After an evening of pub and bar hopping, my team at work often ends up at The Roxy. Somehow, I’ve managed to miss out on all these excursions. The next day, I hear the stories of my boss’s wild dancing, the who-pashed-who, etc.
I began thinking that I couldn’t leave London without experiencing the team night club. So I sent a meeting invitation to my work friends.
‘I would like to go to Roxys on Friday. Is it crazy to plan such a thing? Please join me.’
On Friday night, remarkably four attractive bachelorettes and I hit the town together.
First we went to the pub. I had pear cider. Then we had some filling and tasty burritos. I paid extra for guacamole, yum.
At a Scandinavian bar where my friends spun a wheel and made me drink whatever the arrow landed on. The drink was called ‘Chilly Willy’ and it turned out to be a spicy blackcurrant-flavoured vodka shot.
Finally, at the grand hour of 9:30pm, we arrived at The Roxy. We paid the discounted early bird entry fee and found ourselves alone on the dance floor.
I had the most enormous fun, leaping around the floor like a gazelle, shaking like a buffeted strand of seaweed, striding backwards. My mates had fun too. Some danced barefoot.
By 11:30pm, a crowd had joined us on the floor. It was a distinctively young crowd. I read that The Roxy is a hang out for University College London kids.
The ground got sticky with spilled drinks. By midnight, I had declined two invitations to dance with expressionless boys, and had shaken off another overly expressive one (who pointed at me, then pointed to himself, then I shook my head, then he pointed at me, then pointed to himself, then I shook my head, then realised he was acting out the song lyrics).
I love dancing but have never been clubbing. I never realised how much time is spent fending boys off.
It wasn’t one way traffic, though. Some of my eligible friends made their own successful approaches to their quarry.
My final words on Roxy: Value for money early in the night if you want space to be silly. Music was patchy at best. Male patrons tend to be young and assertive. Fruitful hunting grounds for pumas and cougars.