Cocktail glasses wobble precariously on mirrored tables, glitter floats through the air and the bass thumps as Glyn Fussell dances along a velvet sofa, Nadine Artois and Skye Barr pose for selfies and Garrett Moore pops open (another) bottle of champagne.
You’d be forgiven for thinking this crowd are out on a Saturday night, letting off steam after a long week. In fact, it’s 9am on a grey, drizzly Wednesday. But for the stars of London’s nightlife, there’s a party to be had any day, any time, anywhere.
From the eco-friendly crusaders to the guardian of London Fashion Week’s most in-demand guest list, these night owls are keeping clubbing fresh in the capital. So turn off Netflix, grab yourself a drink and get out there — the night is young.
‘I’ve always thrived in chaos, I’m a little punk really,’ says Glyn Fussell, 39, co-founder of Mighty Hoopla, East Creative and amped-up, camped-up drag party collective, Sink the Pink. ‘I guess we’re a group of punks in big wigs!’ For Fussell — whose dancing fuel is white wine and the hits of Dannii Minogue — the collective has ‘always been a night for everyone, where you get to be the fullest, most fabulous version of yourself’.
Nadine Artois, 31, and Skye Barr (above right), 28, met in a Glasgow nightclub in their teens and ‘just fed off each other’s energy. Literally, the rest is history,’ smiles Barr. The duo founded Pxssy Palace, a collective that holds space for ‘womxn’, non-binary and trans people of colour through club nights, events and workshops. While their going out aesthetic may be ‘something sparkly’, they also love a tracksuit — ‘comfy slag is like, our gender,’ laughs Artois.
Garrett Moore and Francesco Pastori
Surreal, sensational and stupidly decadent, the supercharged parties of Garrett Moore (far right), 33, and Francesco Pastori, 36, are beloved by the smart set (see the Tokyo Dreams night at Loulou’s, which involved a cat café, a bonsai forest and a used-knicker vending machine). ‘We try to make things that have a bit of depth,’ says Pastori. ‘That way, the whole experience comes together.’ Their craziest request? ‘An orgy in a cave,’ they grin. ‘It didn’t happen!’
‘I try to be really sensitive to what the client wants, then I can shake it up a bit,’ says creative consultant Mandi Lennard, keeper of the guest list for Love magazine’s hot ticket LFW parties — this year, Kendall, Bella et al rocked up at The Standard in King’s Cross. ‘The best party I’ve ever been to? The launch of Janet Jackson’s album, The Velvet Rope [in 1997]. They had exotic fruit everywhere, and I was devouring mangoes on the dance floor.’
Billy Mackie and Hadi Ahmadzadeh
Tail & Twist founders Billy Mackie (far right), 24, and Hadi Ahmadzadeh, 25, are reinventing clubbing for the eco-generation. ‘We felt we were in a position to have an impact,’ says Ahmadzadeh of the pair’s single-use-plastic-free club nights, where disposable cups are swapped for reusable metal versions. ‘We went straight in and proved it can be done.’ And they both have the same hangover cure: walking their dogs the morning after.
DJ Jamz Supernova, 28, is seriously busy. On top of her BBC Radio 1Xtra show (tune in for R&B, jazz and off-beat electronica), she has recently launched her own record label, Future Bounce — plus a club residency of the same name — and has a podcast out next year. The south-east Londoner rates spicy Margaritas and Rye Wax in Peckham for a night out: ‘It’s got a full-on, rattle-through-you sound system.’
It takes a hefty dose of creative nous to become Soho House’s head of music in the UK and Europe, and be responsible for more than 3,000 member events a year. But not everyone’s a fan of the musical talents of Dom Chung, 37 — namely, his younger sister, Alexa. ‘She hates my music actually!’ he laughs. ‘We have very different music tastes, which we find quite funny. But we’re super tight. We’re bonded by our love of going out.’