Secret Cinema has opened an exclusive, Star Wars-themed nightclub somewhere in London. That’s the sort of sentence that’ll get lots of Londoners prematurely firing their blasters with excitement, no doubt – both fans of Secret Cinema’s immersive interpretations of cult films, and Star Wars’ heavily breathing baddies and fur-covered goodies. So, what’s the deal with this pop-up Secret Nightclub? And could it possibly live up to the infamous Mos Eisley Cantina bar from ‘Star Wars Episode IV’ (aka the first film); the one described as a ‘wretched hive of scum and villainy’? We can only hope…
First things first, the shindig is (inevitably) cloaked in a veil of mystery. It’s solely for ticketholders for Secret Cinema’s eagerly anticipated and no-doubt epic run of Star Wars-themed film experiences, beginning in June. The venue is revealed by dialling some space digits from your portable communication device (what Earthlings call a ‘mobile’), after which you’ll receive a password. Don’t try to blag your way in: you’ll be hard-pushed to find a soul who’ll tell you any more details, having been given strict instructions by the rebel forces who staff the event… there, I’ve already said too much.
Inside, that Cantina bar vibe is strong, with plenty of nooks and crannies to hide away and do your dodgy deals in. Extraterrestrial musicians bust out space-skronk, joined by Afrobeat bands and DJs spinning everything from dub to techno. The occasional fracas breaks out between the barflies, as you’d expect, but for the most part the nightclub’s a good place to soak up a few intergalactic cocktails, sample culinary delicacies from far, far away (or, at least, the Middle East), and boogie with an jawa. Don’t know what a jawa is? Like an ewok, but more sinister. Don’t know what an ewok is? You need to rent ‘Return of the Jedi’, fast.
Like most things Secret Cinema have a hand in, the decor is impressively immersive, and there’s some room for guests to explore, with plenty of suitably spooky rooms to match the hooded SW characters who’ll creepily follow you around the staircases. It’s as fun as you choose to make it – turn up looking like a gunslinging space rat, and you’ll blend right in. Then at the end of the night (things wind down about 1.30am) hitch a lift on the Millenium Falcon back to Alderaan. Or, y’know, get an Uber back to Acton.
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