In a Soho scene that has seen a whole host of swanky soiree’s come & go, some staying the distance, while others struggling to sustain a significant string of showings, ones that spring to mind including Sanctuary, Salon & Sweet Suite, there is definitely a new breed of scene setters proving that Thursday’s are becoming the new Friday’s, not least “Soho Chic” which launched just last week, which is looking to savour a slice of this substantial soiree scoop. However, there is no doubt that it will have some way to go to match the mark that Room Service has made, this wonderful weekend warmer actually proving to be one of the hottest tickets in town, having quickly established itself as the place to be & be seen on the scene, we hardly believing that Jodie Harsh & her terrific team having been checking in considerable crowds for a good nine months already. Yet not wishing to lay on its laurels, the crew behind the club that very much talks & the talk & walks the walk, have not only extended their offer to a weekly pre-party at nearby Circa, but down at Diu they have teamed up with some of the biggest brands across the capitals clubbing scene, that added to off-shoot “Downtown” & an international presence across in Ibiza, leaving much of their competition in admiration of Room Service’s amazing achievements in such a short space of time.
So, having sampled our own superb slices of Room Service on quite a few occasions since our first check-in some three months ago, when we heard that WE Party was to hold its “Heroes” pre-party with Jodie & co, that combined with Messrs Pitron & Di Angelis sorting the sounds, along with Victor Pallas’ WE London lot sampling their own slice of the Room Service top draw treatment, we simply couldn’t say no, heading for Soho in good time to avoid the inevitable queue & wait that have met us on previous occasions. And we were to be rewarded with our early(ish) arrival, although the usual hiccup with negotiating the overzealous Dui management & security was not the start we wanted, fortunately the ever smiling, obliging & all-round magnificent man, JJ, smoothed over the venue cracks in an instant, stamping our hand as we decided on a brief look in at Room Services pre-party at Circa, a visit that was to leave us both impressed with this new bar kid on the block, as well as a superb set from James Pople, he having made a mark on our minds at Meat a few weeks previously, but definitely proved his worth at this sophisticated spot. But, while we had made ourselves more than comfortable in Circa’s surroundings, a message from Room Service starter Steve was beckoning us back to Greek St and our further check-in for this Jodie jaunt.
Bumping into Brazilian beaut’s Bel & Celso, we paused for a moment to catch up, although the draw of Diu & Steve supercharged sounds wasn’t going to keep us out for long, our arrival downstairs met with a wonderful Naomi welcome, the now usual “emperor” curtsey leaving us laughing out way to the D.J. booth & a beaming Mr Pitron who was already delving into his delightful dance tune collection which was to see us being treated to one tremendous track after the next, pretty much for the whole two hours of his prolific performance. So, finding a spot adjacent to the D.J. booth, we soon bumped into familiar faces a-plenty, not least our fierce partner in crime Lexi, we bringing him up to speed with our recent trauma’s, including the infamous iron lung which had impeded us from soaking up scores of scene splendours in the three weeks we had been out of action. But with many of the Pitron posse now in place, including the smashing Sophie along with the Brazilian bunch, it was “Offshore” that started the floods of emotions that have become our trademark when Steve is on D.J. duty, Bel then adding repeated moments of hilarity with her tweeting advances leaving that iron lung of ours struggling to cope, her playful prances very much egged on by the naughty Mr Pitron. Then with further towering tracks including “So Much Love”, the lyrics, I am so glad I came, most appropriate to this occasion, as well the Mark Knight 2011 remix of “You’ve Got The Love” & Danny Verde’s version of “Starry Eyed” left us hardly wanting for more, yet with first “Release Me” invoking a mini “Doing The Disco Matt” routine its was finally the Pitron/DM anthem “Stronger” that totally consumed us, Bel’s tweeting, Sophie’s whistles, Celso’s glances & Steve’s smiles leaving us in an emotional yet joyful wreck.
But this prolific party was as much about WE as Room Service, the London lot including Ben Kaye, Naomi Ruiz & Mauricio Ortiz all present & correct, yet the hard work the man out of the social spotlight, Paul Vlad, clear for all to see, as not only had he done a sterling job with the pre Room Service promotion around town, but his selection of costume clad super heroes including Batman & Robin was very much in tune with the theme of this latest WE event to storm the scene. Plus, looking around Diu, there were flyers a-plenty pushing the Pride night party, although the Diu management were apparently insistent that the WE team could not further promote by way of posters, another example of the pompous nature of the Room Service venue hosts. That said, as the night wore on, we realised that we were witnessing yet another superb soiree in these sumptuous surroundings, Kris Di Angelis having taken over & sending out scores of those Shoreditch style sounds for which he has become famed for, we even getting a monetary audience with Jodie Harsh herself, a brief boogie making our night pretty much complete and leaving us to wend our way home to reflect on another amazing night of tip top Room Service socialising splendour.
Having just the previous night walked away from Soho with bitter sweet emotions on the curtain call closure of one social soiree, it was incredible to see what a difference a day & a crowd makes, Room Service proving what a dynamic draw it has become & remains, Diu pretty much bursting at the seams within minutes of our arrival, the captivating & good looking crowd standing it apart from its bowing out competitor, Jodie Harsh’s networking skills evident from the scene faces & glitterati that were gracing Room Services doors, very much elevating it into the upper echelons of our most favourite clubbing brands. And with their launch in Ibiza just days before having gone extremely smoothly, host venue Aura reporting similar responses to their London counterpart, the summer season on the white isle looks set to turn many heads & attract plenty of party people, while back in the capital, Room Service remains as popular as ever, showing no signs of slowing down. So, we raise our glass to the continuing success of this social soiree in the sunshine spotlight both home & abroad and cannot wait to check in down Diu or even Aura way very soon. (DISCO MATT)