St Martins Lane Hotel,
45 St Martins Lane,
(020) 7300 5592
Bungalow 8 Information
This venue is now closed.
We went on a Saturday night with some members and the staff couldnt have been nicer. Henrick a host was the most friendly and welcoming person ive ever met working in a club in London.
The crowd was a little different from the normal members clubs and it made a refreshing change and it had a very relaxing feel. We were downstairs It was the busiest of nights there but the music was good and the upper floor was busier.
Quirky fun and a change. Would definitely go back.
Very disappointing night out - people and staff very snobby, would really not recommend it!
I went to Bungalow 8 for the first time last night and have to say, these reviews made my nervous but I actually had an awesome time. Yes, it was a Tuesday (brits after-party), so not strictly a regular B8 night, so maybe the crowd had something to do with it – they had relaxed the members-only policy down to guestlist-only for the evening. The bouncers were polite and professional. The door staff were not at all the pretentious fashionistas I was expecting – they were friendly, cooperative, communicative. At one point we overheard one of the girls tell a couple who were trying to name-drop and talk their way into the front of the queue that “everyone’s equal tonight”, and they’d just have to wait. The venue’s a bit of a maze, and I’m sure the décor looks hilarious with the lights on, but I’d still call it charming. Downstairs is better than upstairs. All the djs were skilled and fun, and the music certainly lived up to its reputation for being eclectic. Bar staff were efficient and extremely sweet. Floor staff were a little too eager to clear tables sometimes though, and did swipe one of our drinks before it was finished…! Now, about those prices… Yes, the grog is not cheap, of course, but it’s still perfectly easy to have a good time here without needing a supermodel’s pay packet. We did pay £10 for a medium-sized glass of house white, but we also got Corona’s for only £4, which is very standard West End club pricing. And a glass of ice water – even with a twist of lime – is free, so they’re not heartless ;-)if I could get a membership there, I honestly think I’d be a bit of a regular. It was seriously fun.4 stars – loses one because a couple of the male patrons were getting a bit handsy with women on the dancefloor, including my partner [who I was clearly with]. Not really B8’s fault, but the lack of space in the venue made it difficult to avoid/escape from unwanted attention.
Firstly this is very different from Bungalow 8 New York. It's a lot smaller. It doesn't tend to get busy until late. Midnight, 1-2am are the best times to go. Before this it can be very quite, although this is nice if you want a quiet drink with friends. The music is generally very good. A good mix of 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's and modern with some excellent boot-legs. The drinks are generally very good too although the bar staff can be a little off hand at times. Because there is no dance floor (there isn't the space) when it gets going you just dance on chairs, in between tables and in the small space by the DJ. This is actually quite nice and intimate and means that you could well end up dancing next to some very famous people. The mix of people is very eclectic, in a good way. Overall one of the better private bar/dance clubs in London. I wouldn't compare this to Mo*vida, Maddox or Cuckcoo because it's really appealing to a different crowd. I'd treat it more as a bar than as a club. If this is what you're looking for it is well worth a visit.
As a table paying, London club-goer, club member I have found that the best club scenes in London all revolve around Bungalow 8, Maddox and Movida. Don't waste your time anywhere else. These three clubs sustain the best crowd, the best drinks and the best atmosphere. Bungalow is clad with interesting people from all areas of artistic London, New York and Paris. During my extensive time in B8, I have come across Miles Kane, Agyness Deyn, Gemma Ward, and Lindsay Lohan, all so commonly mixed with the other guests. This only happens in Bungalow 8, because B8 only accepts members with class and enough money to actually have a good time in the club. It must be horrible to have to be persecuted to the chavy club experience of Lester Square.
Just got back home from an utterly boring night out. I was there night of Saturday 17th April and I've never heard such bad music. The dj had absolutely no idea to maintain rhythm or tempo. I'll finish this by saying that when we heard bugsy Malone playing, we thought enough is enough! Seriously, music maketh the club. Tonight, bungalow failed!
it sounds nice. is there a way you can become a member?
I went for the first time last week it was at capacity so we had to wait for a little bit, but when we were inside..
..i have to say it was grt everyone was friendly...bit of a maze finding everything but still grt funcompletely different the rest of the west end...
more of a quirky house party friendly vibe....
anyone want to take me to bungalow 8?
this place is extremely overrated! ive heard outstanding publicity and reviews on it but was EXTREMELY DISSAPOINTED. the security people were friendly but refused to except anyone in unless they were with a member, wouldnt except my PASSPORT ID, even though im 21 had a huge row, eventually let me in. all z list celebritys with barely any crowd, the music was baaadddd hip hop and rnb and the prices of drinks were ludicrous! a glass of white wine was £16 and a bottle of water £6. PLEASE DONT GO THERE LOOKING FOR A NIGHT OUT! however if youre lucky enough to get in to the VIP area, that looked and sounded great.
The main problem with Bungalow is the massive division between upstairs and down stairs. Like most 'super trendy' clubs in NY and London, Bungalow does, unfortunately have to deal with an overwhelmingly tacky client base. the basement room is usually appropriated for this, and I agree can be really rather awful. The top floor is another matter. Unfortunately again for many people who visit the club, they will very probably be confronted with the same group time after time. This group however is a far more stimulating one. A group that is very much linked to the club's PR and events facility, as well as the fashion and music industries.
Recently the christmas party showed just how brilliant Bungalow can be - a festive lock in, the top room heaving with over a hundred people who pretty much ALL knew eachother, only a couple of tacky 'celebrities' compared to the tens at Movida, it was a fantastically welcoming and exciting atmosphere. By 6am a thouroughly good time had been had by all present!
Being friendly with the management and door staff, I can only say that the below criticism of "designer outfit door staff" is frankly ludicrous. I suppose some burley bouncer with a balaclava would be more appropriate? If I had to deal with the same massively boring euro/eastern cavalli trash night in night out, i'd think i'd be pretty shitty too.
Yes the club has become exclusive in such a way that it is infact exclusionary, but as some one else quite rightly put it. it is a members bar, and functions as a lounge. Go to Fabric if you want hoards of idiots beaned off their faces on a wednesday night...
I am not surprised that the staff at Bungalow8 have sat, put their thoughts together and written some long, not so diplomatically put reviews. It must be embarrassing reading what a flop the club is after a year of opening.
For a start, people who go to Bungalow8 clearly have the money, otherwise the snotty unprofessional door people wouldn't give them the time of day. In fact most people who go there probably earn more in one day than their management/staff do in a month. If people are complaining about the price, its because they expect a good night out in return for their £600 worth of drinks.
Sadly, the place is over rated. It is too small, too dark and the management have thought too much about their designer outfits and not enough about their customer relations.
Of course it's busy late at night....It takes 10 people to make that place busy. Sadly, you'll be lucky to see 5 people there on most evenings in the week.
St. Martin's Lane had its days....long dead and Bungalow 8 was history before it even opened.
Since I've been coming to Bungalow the vibe has changed. It used to be deathly quiet, but it seems sticking to their guns on the door policy has paid off, because the crowd are super cool, and not in a full of posh way like the other uber night clubs, the crowd is eclectic and full of music, fashion and art industry types on top of a really top notch party crowd. If you go late in the evening it is always busy. Go earlier if you want a more peaceful drink.
This club has been getting better and better, and the staff are so friendly I find I'm going here every week at least once, I just can't stay away. They treat their regulars exceptionally well. Having been a member of other clubs, I think the membership is good value and well worth it.
the door is not exclusive, and given how empty it was it can't be, what vibe wasn't quashed by lax door was killed off with poor choice of music with no attempt to mix, over priced over rated and most unfortunately over here. B 8 NY died 2 years ago, this import was past it's used by date before it opened.
Cool place but think you guys should play alot more older rock n roll (Rollings Stones, Bowie, Cure, The Smiths, The Jam, The Doors.. etc) the hits that all people like... i was at met bar on a saturday and there dj plays all the right stuff!!
better music would really make the place.
It is interesting, that people still do not quite get the idea of the members club. It is not designed for everyone to like. The club attracts people who want to have fun with their friends in the private atmosphere with great drinks, food and music. This is not the place to find dates, but have fun. Also no tourists are coming which is the biggest luxury.
There is no need to complain that the prices are high, since you know very well, that the drinks will not be like in your local pub. You get the quality and service and the space what you do not get in the normal club.
If you choose to buy Chrystal instead of Moe & Chandon this is again one’s choice. If water ‘apparently costing £10’ is the only thing you can afford in the club, why bother going then? There are plenty of clubs like Mahiki in Mayfair where you would probably feel more at home. There is nothing wrong with that. It’s a great club.
I am going out in London and internationally a lot and find Bungalow 8 absolutely one of the best places to go. I do not like huge clubs and it is very important for me the clientele going to the place. I have no clue who ‘the celebrities’ are nowadays and who cares. I probably would not recognized Madonna on the street. This is sure not the reason I go to the place or apply for a membership.
For the record, I went out on Tuesday night, the 30th of September with my friends and it was great. Therefore, do not make up your mind by other people’s opinion. Also, no place is always perfect.
Hey guys, just wanted to find out how much does the membership cost at this place and can anyone join if they wish? thanks in advance
I cant believe some of the reviews that Bungalow 8 is getting...
I love going here! The music is great, the drinks are amazing and the staff are fantastic!
Every time i go there we all have such a good time. It starts out as a few quiet drinks and as the night goes on the atmosphere picks up and everyone is partying
And it is the perfect place to spot celebrities (which explains to all those nobody wingers why there are no cameras are allowed)
About the cost... the bottom line is if you cant afford to go to Bungalow 8 then you cant afford to have a good night in london and to those people i would recommend drinking JD from a Maccas cup on your way to Sound
I am a member and have visited many times since it opened. Found it a great place to nip out of the busy city in for a quiet drink....because it is always empty until at least midnight. This is fine by me. Unfortunately I had a terrible time there last Wednesday. A friend of mine took a discreet photo of another friend on her mobile phone. There were no other people in the frame (there were barely any other people in the club). The manager was walking by and very rudely snapped "no photos" at my friend. This would have been fine and I understand the policy, it makes sense however the reason we took a pic (not least cos we were having fun!) was because we had just witnessed another group having their photo taken by a waitress and also snapping lots of shots of each other. He had been sitting with the group at the time. I spoke to him and explained that we felt a bit put out by his manner. I understand that he didn't approve in principle but the reality of the situation was that other people were taking pics (but fine one rule for us one rule for them is standard in this world!) but mostly the way he spoke to us. Hospitality is key and he should be treating us like friends not tacky tourists. When I told him that we were a little unhappy (I was not rude and made sure I spoke to him in a discreet spot of the club) he said "you're not getting a free drink". This was ridiculous and so unpleasant I was ready to leave...I said "no worries, I think we'd better just settle up then"...he snapped at a passing waitress "get her the bill" and gestured at me. I don't know why I paid but I did. We left and will never go back. Even though I am a membership that won't expire for a few months.I recommend visiting as long as you never cross paths with the manager.
The place is very disappointing time after time. Specially compared to other clubs I have membership with. The music is cliche and dull. The members are like a bunch of estate agents, the place itself is like a corridor and the drinks are overpriced. A lot of hot air. I would rate the club lounge at Heathrow Airport higher than this place.
Nothing special and severely over-priced. Don't waste your money.
ive read other reviews on bungalow and i agree sometimes...there isnt anyone there
but this is usually early....like before 11pm....after this thur fri and sat...you cant move in there!!!
its a GREAT venue and i love it, and if you have been when its quiet then give it another shot
Hello! I'm an Aussie moving to London very soon (there are more Aussies in London than in the homeland now) and thought i'd get a head start on the London night life and applied online for a membership at Bungalow 8.
But now i have read all these scathing reviews i'm wondering whether i should take the 350 pounds required for the membership and buy myself something pretty instead, non?
the company my dad works for finances the schraeger hotels so he got a sneak peak at this place before it opened. as they were his clients he didn't tell them how disappointed he was but he said that if the place became a cool hang-out he would be very surprised...and i guess he was right as the club has barely made a blip on the radar.
one problem was for a place that easily charges the highest prices in London (10 quid for a tiny bottle of water...you are having a laugh) it doesn't offer much in terms of entertainment except if you get a kick out of spending crap loads of money and getting little back in return.
We are regulars at Bungalow 8 and on Wednesday evening we went down at 10pm for our usual champagne eve. The waitress took our order twice and came back saying they did not have this and that bottle in stock! The third time we ordered a bottle which was around £100-£150 on the menu approximately. I know because I checked it on the menu. Two bottles later we got a bill for £485. We are not the type to complain or make any sort of fuss, but we were all very disappointed and appalled at the fact that they would deliberately overcharge, thinking just because you can afford it, its ok to do that.
I'm personally very disappointed....
I went last night and i was a bit dubious about going because of some of the reviews on here. My friends and i had a fantastic night. I would say to arrive about midnight as it starts picking up then. The music was cool, started off a bit different but then the dj threw in some great mixes and everyone went crazy! Girls dancing on chairs,having a good time. The staff were very attentetive and polite. The people were great fun, all mixing and dancing with eachother. I am a member and would reccommend for other people to go too.. good vibe and atmosphere.. cant wait to go again!
Last night my fiance dragged me down Bungalow 8 for a few drinks, as she has recently received her membership. My god, I was appalled by the manners of the lanky doorman - the tallest door person there with dark brown hair. I can't believe they get away with having staff like that at a reputable club. Anyway, drinks were great, the music was ok, on and off, but the no. of freaks there were the entertaining part of the evening!!We were told it was an A-listers club and considering the membership fees of £300 and the hassle of being 'shortlisted' for the membership, it was a load of K*K. Stick to the Sandersons and Light Bar, thats my advice!!
Hi, pretty vast differences on what you guys think of this venue. I went there last night by accident as it was chosen as an after show venue for Teatro. i was pretty pleased to be going as had read a lot about it. i found the door staff charming, was walked to a table and the bar staff quick freindly and efficient. yes it is a bit 'proud of itself' and a place is only as pretentious as the people using it, i was with people i liked so i had a great time. it is expensive it you want to get 'mullered' but i dont mind paying over the odds not to get glassed at the bar by some coach trip from wherever.
the music was like going into some crap gay bar in stoke on trent, bordering on ironic, it got more palatable the more i drank and felt i could take a very mixed bunch there who'd have a laugh dancing rather than get into the club vibe.
i would join but then changed my mind when i saw they'd close it to members when any night worth going to occured and who wants to turn up on a saturday night only to be turned away amonst a throng of papps and paris hilton...surley that the fun bit.
i could have decortaed it better myself, it looked like a cross between the orient express and a fish tank.
id go again.
If you this this joke of a club is a top ''Cool Celebrity'' place to hang out then i have two words for you from friday night, ''Jamie Oliver'' (Z-list) thats right the man who used ''Top-Loader'', ''Dancing in the Moonlight'' as the choice of music to his uber-cool Sainsburys advert. It kind of all made sense when i heard the DJ on the CD Mixer, playing what equated to total ''Jive-Bunny''. I think maybe Micheal Barrymore might liven the place up with a few choice tunes from his best of ''David Wilkie'' Compilation CD.
Bungalow 8, more like Bungle Low rent. Avoid this club at all costs it is devoid of any atmosphere, style or class. I was in there on friday night with my friends, and after having to deal with the ''Bride of Wieldenstein''on the door, atypical terrible trolley dolly type with badly applied make-up who made Jodie Harsh and Pete Burns look like Jerry Hall, and who could not even be asked to see if we were on the guest list, we made it in to the inner sanctum of quite possibly the worse nightclub i have ever visited. The music was an insult to any semi-intelligent person, S-Club 7, Kylie and that awful Crooklyn Clan song with the Faith Evans riff that every Punk Mini-Driving Foxtons loving estate agent loves in West London. If i wanted cheese i would have gone to the deli counter at Fortnum & Masons. Anyone that desperate to visit this club is more fool than cool, i am truly astounded how badly wrong the people who run this club have got it. You should be truly ashamed of yourselves.
Whi writes these reviews? Rival member's clubs? Visted the other night for the first time and after ready all the bad reviews I was a little worried. But it was great! You know it's going to be slightly pretentious, it's a members club. That's all part of it. Staff were attentive and I didn't get any attitude. Fantastic drinks. I will be going again.
What a load of rubbish.... We also started our evening in the 'Light Bar' as we were on their 'list' and had a great time with fairly reasonable prices and a nice mixture of people, 10 of us, all smartly dressed having been ut to dinner, with plenty of money to throw down our necks. Having spent 2 hours we headed downstairs, or didnt it seems as the self-obsessed, i am too good for this place £10 per hour doorman didnt let us in, no reason, just turned his back after securing the entrace with a very strong red rope that made him look important. Did we argue, no we made a call, checked a list and headed to a proper A list club and rescued the night. Bad move guys, one of our group was doing a review on you, or not it seems !!!!! Look forward to next Saturdays papers....
Come on people!!
This is like the best club in London at the moment...extremely nice staff, gorgeous pretty drinks(ok well the prices could have been better...), sitting next to and chatting with people like Kylie Minogue, Kevin Spacey, Prince etc....amazing
Trust me, Bungalow 8 on a Saturday night ROCKS!!!BIG time.
yawn. The danger with having a reputation that precedes, is that things may not live up to expectations - nothing truer said than of this place. We started our evening at the Light Bar which, once we were passed the Wannabe door attendants (although the doormen at the hotel entrance were charming and efficient), was surprisingly fun and lively. The clientele seemed ok - not too may poseur-types nor chavs, and the service was friendly and accommodating. Later, when B8 opened (after about 10/10.30pm), we went down into the dungeons and immediately regretted having left the Light Bar. Although the design was beautiful, it had no atmosphere and was a little dull. We went to both bar areas, hoping the next would be more lively, to our utter disappointment. We even gave it the benefit of the doubt and waited until later for a more fun crowd to appear - and they stayed away... The staff were lovely and welcoming (aside from the manager who thought he was too-cool-for-school and looked down his nose at everyone - despite my suspicion that every one of the patrons probably earns at least 5 times his salary and go to enough nice bars not to have their heads turned by a bit of nice decor and rumours of 'slebs'). The drinks menu was fine - nothing too exciting, but.... I don't balk easily at the prices of drinks in London - it comes with the territory and I pay happily, if the ambiance is distracting enough, but c'mon: £10 for a baby bottle of still water?! You have got to be kidding me! One round of drinks for 3: £90! Oh please. I am privileged enough to go to some stunning bars all over the world, but this was a pretty dismal show. It seemed pointless to have so strict a door policy when no-one wanted to go in anyway...unlike me, they must have been pre-warned! I feel robbed of a good night out - I should have stayed upstairs.
This bar was disappointing on so many levels. It's small and pokey, the cocktails are unimaginative and overpriced and the music was so laughably bad that at times I felt like I'd wandered into a Walkabout. The crowd was a bizarre mix of misfits, the air con was cranked up way too high and there was zero atmosphere. On a positive note, the staff were extremely attentive and friendly- from the doormen to the barmen and waitresses. Unfortunately this didn't save it for me and at the end of the day it's just another overhyped, overpriced bar. I'm not in a hurry to go back.
Bungalow 8 was chic, to be fair. But it is certainly not what I expected. It is too dark and small. Too many staff working, which means less room for the customers. Management not visible. It isn't a celebrity club...it's just another posh bar, a bit like Light Bar when it first opened.
When you arrive here do not expect Bungalow 8 New York - sadly this is one thing it is not.
As with New York, they serve a great drink, but this place has no atmosphere or taste in terms of music or decor. We left as soon as was politely possible. Gruesome!
It will be a relief to go back to New York and conveniently forget Bungalow London ever existed.
Ohhhh this is one huge bullshit club...think 100 times before going there! There is no organisation at all in that place, messy, noisy and so expensive! They don't have their own toilets, you will be ask to go and use the hotel's one,they even don't have their own coatroom...to check your coat you have to go to the other side of the hotel!
I am just warning all those who want to go there! There are more organised clubs in London...Chinawhite, Mahiki etc. They know how to put everything in the right place and time. My opinion if you haven't been in Bungalow 8 do not go there, you will be surprised and very disappointed.
If it's anything like the Bungalow club in New York this London branch is going to rock with models and musicians. Does anyone know if they're going to have palm trees in the London one too?
I went to the American club when I was last in the Big Apple and I can't wait for this one to open in October. London is definitely the place to be when it comes to sexy clubbing. Five massive stars for excitement!
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