July 14 2011
Mark C O’Flaherty
The Maddox in Mayfair is one of the most swish and fun late-night member’s clubs in London right now, and it happens to have a very good kitchen on-site. The Cipriani tagliolini lobster picante and the seared tuna with balsamic lime and ginger infusion are two of my favourite supper dishes. You can visit the restaurant as a non-member (membership of the club is £450 per year once you are proposed and seconded), but for me, it’s an invite to the speakeasy-like Green Room that makes for one of the most glamorous and shamelessly exclusive experiences in the capital.
When I was invited to a birthday dinner for a friend at the Maddox Club recently, I was intrigued to be led away from the front-of-house, bottle-service glitz and through the kitchens to this entirely private space. I love secret, hidden rooms, and they don’t much more covert than this.
Once through the scuffed staff-only corridor and through the doors, you’re in a fairyland of heavy emerald curtains, richly patterned walls, white leather chairs and seductive lighting (first picture). The room has its own bar, a DJ booth, and a pretty, walled, open-air courtyard (second picture). A trip to the toilets is a peculiar highlight – you have to navigate a mirrored corridor and doors, something that reminded me of the final, disorientating scene in the film Enter the Dragon.
The Green Room is a great place for a very special, private dinner party for up to 20, or for dinner followed by a very private party: there are plenty of sofas and tables, and you can stay in your bubble of fabulousness until the club closes at 3am.
Exclusive hire of the Green Room up to 3am is £10,000 per night (which sounds steep, but bear in mind that has its own facilities and a private entrance, and a bar serving Perrier Jouet Belle Epoque champagne and Grey Goose vodka). But a more modestly-priced option would be to book the Green Room for dinner up to 11pm, which would cost £55 per head for three courses.