La Plage by Bacanal

April 09, 2014
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Call me Little Miss Contrary. For whenever I am in London I crave the tranquil luxury and effortless glamour of my life in Kuala Lumpur, but whenever I'm in K.L I miss the uncertainty, chaos, and the excitement of London. Surely I'm not the only one who suffers from intercontinental FOMO (fear of missing out)? Le sigh, this is what happens when you call two countries home. Best rename this blog to 'A Tale Of Two Cities' which incidentally was the working title for my topical comic series Audaciously Yours. Bad enough that I missed the reopening of the iconic---and rather imprinted in my nightly routine---Scotch of St. James, and yes, although I spend more time complaining about being dragged to parties than actually going to parties I do actually enjoy a little knees up. As long as there's good company, food, champagne, and a chance to play dress up.

Happily there's such a party waiting for me in London...!


I have been a fan of and attended the Bacanal parties ever since it's stylish inception in 2010. Inspired by the day first generation of New York brunch clubs, Bacanal was one of the very first day parties in London. Of course many imitators popped up afterward claiming to be the innovators (those of you who work in nightlife and entertainment know who I'm talking about, think think) of brunch parties but Bacanal is the one. 



Clockwise from top; me at Bacanal Halloween brunch at Il Botacio, with Georgia and Diana at Nick's Bacanal birthday dinner at The Criterion, with Barnesy at Bacanal by Night at the Hurlingham, again at The Criterion. My black and white photos make it look like a dark, moody, gothic affair but the reality is that the parties are really quite colourful!

Originally formed by five friends, Bacanal was created as the antidote to all night clubbing, forming a new wave of partygoers who were looking for more than a nightclub. Just like that London's party animals transitioned from 'dancing all night at The Box and then supping at sunrise at VQ' to 'brunching at The Box and then dancing all day into the night'.

Diego Lijtmaer, one of the original five, has single handedly steered the brand to expansion via Europe's top party destinations including Ibiza, Milan, Croatia, and Cannes while building a regular, loyal clientele in London.


I initially attended the Bacanal parties at the kind invitations of my friends, founders Nick and Diego, but always come back for more. Not only because it starts out a very civilised affair of intimate brunch party to full out champagne-drenched debauchery (which incidentally draws parallels to how I like to imagine my transition from daytime me to my dark side) but also because it's a great way to make new friends. With a clientele of some of the most successful and prolific globe trotters, the Bacanal parties have a reputation for attracting an international fashion, film, and city crowd for high octane socialising and networking. 


Bacanal has previously held parties at The Box, Kensington Roof Gardens, Nozomi, The Hurlingham, Il Botacio, Supperclub, The Old Vic Tunnels, and Bloomsbury Ballroom. 

And this April they're bringing a new chapter to the story with La Plage by Bacanal...!


La Plage is Bacanal’s first pop up residency; weekly Saturday soirees at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel, Kensington. A veritable visual feast, the brunch is an emphasis on fresh, organic produce where possible, to fuel one up for the hedonism and party to follow.

Hosted within an Island club setting and gently imbibed (or drowning in, whichever you prefer) with Moet Ice, I’ll be easing into the party mood amid palm trees set beneath a full sun roof, alternating between fantasising about my trip to Cuba with Luxy and enjoying a tropical setting in luxury. It’s the best of Kuala Lumpur and London, the sultry equatorial glamour of Malaysia but with the party spirit of les Londoners!

I'm looking forward to the launch on 26 April! Tickets to the launch will be available for sale two weeks before, but if you can't make it, the brunch parties will take place weekly at Conservatory at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel with other one off events to be announced separately. Membership for Bacanal is invitation only, but one can always apply at the Bacanal website!

I'm excited that Luxy and Harry will be there! Now my only conundrum is...who am I taking to La Plage? 

x


12 comments:

  1. That looks amazing! Are they expanding to Asia anytime soon? Hint hint Malaysia! ;)

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    1. Aaaaaah, let me ask Diego! When they do you'll be the first to know! x

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  2. The comments alone on slating other brunch parties. makes you realise that this is one to avoid... like the plaque..

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    1. I'm sorry you feel that way but facts are facts; there are always innovators and imitators in any business. You'll always be welcome at Bacanal regardless. Good day x

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    2. It's hard to take someone's vindictiveness seriously when they say plaque instead of plague. Makes me LOL.

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    3. HA! I didn't even notice that! Although to be fair, dental plaque is something to avoid like the plague. x

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  3. Dear Posh and broke,
    Suggest you get out a bit more. " people in the business and the london scene.' know who the day time brunch belong too..... It does not need cheap articles to sell its self.... I know where I will be on the 26th April .. Kensington Roof Gardens... the one and only summer branch location....

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    1. You obviously work for roof gardens. Spend more time improving your company instead of leaving bitter comments. It reflects badly on your brand.

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    2. Anon1, that's your opinion and I'm happy for you. There's no need to get upset over mine. Enjoy x

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    3. Anony'mouse' or should I say 'E' is taking it personally because he doesn't want to lose his job! Ha!

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  4. Jasimine didn't slate anyone. She didn't even mention any names. Anonymous did that himself when he outed his company. Not very smart. He can't even spell 'branch' for goodness sake. Embarrassing.

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  5. Someone is wooorrieed... Anonymous: come to Bacanal, we can show you we are nice people, my treat!. We don't hate, we love... brunch too! We respect our main competitor and wish them the best. If you want to disclose your name I will be happy to add you to our VIP list. There's too much hate in the world for us to be worrying about banal things. Viva Bacanal, and viva Love Brunch! Signed by Diego the owner of Bacanal (diego@bacanal.com)

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