A party fit for a queen at Le Gothique Bar & Restaurant, Wandsworth

Last night’s Kings & Queens themed party in honour of my very good friend Juliette was fabulous. The venue was crackalackin for starters – Le Gothique in Wandsworth, housed in the imposing Royal Victoria Patriotic Building. Having lived down the road from it for well over a decade, I’ve always been intrigued by this super spooky place but have never had the pleasure of exploring it – I didn’t even know there was a bar and restaurant on site until Jules booked it for her party.

If I’d been firing on all cylinders I would have taken a zillion pics. Due to the spaced-out effect of my pain killers and limitations of my bloody bad back, I’ve only got a few to share. But I hope they still tell the story of a great night with excellent food, fabulous company and many brilliant costumes….

All fancy dressed up and ready to go; a Drama Queen and Queen of the Damned
Don’t you just love this man’s creative spirit?
My husband – the King Prawn (pfffft)
What a strange couple we make – mind you, not sure that vampires are partial to shellfish
Our beautiful hostess was Anne Boleyn (as far as I know she left with her head intact)
Le Gothique is one atmospheric venue
I hope she doesn’t tip her water over Don King…
The fangs did come out (for five minutes – the Party Superstore packaging lied about the effectiveness of the “putty”)
Titania, Queen of the Fairies makes her entrance (those wings were lethal)
The ladies (our Queen Bee had an issue with her gusset – the Party Superstore strikes again). Other costumes in attendance included Freddie Mercury, a drag queen, Cleopatra, Marie Antoinette, Henry VIII, the Queen of Hearts, Jonathan King (oof) and my personal fave, Jareth the Goblin King (a la David Bowie in Labyrinth)
The food was scrummy – and how I wish I could have stayed longer to get stuck into the cheese board
All good cheese needs a delicious grape or two to go with
The cupcake tower was provided by the venue – I’m now even more tempted to book a party there!
The themed cupcakes provided were delicious
This really was the ideal setting for a vampire costume: I made myself into Akasha, Queen of the Damned, with aid of a belly dancer costume, a black jersey maxi skirt from Primark, tiara from the Party Superstore attached to a crown made of black card, tribal necklaces from Primark and New Look and shit loads of liquid eyeliner – easy!
And I did succumb to falsies – I may never wear this much eye make-up again, much as I loved it

Happy birthday Juliette and thanks for inviting us!

Written by Johanna Payton