Thursday 21st August was the official VIP launch of Embargo Republica, where the newly roughed-up Cuban doors opened to a glamorous Chelsea crowd for the very first time.
I was treated compiling a guest list of 20 to come along and enjoy the night. We entered through a themed cuban cigar shop, then treated to complimentary Champagne and exotic rum cocktails. Various waitresses dressed up in Cuban military uniforms and floral dresses handed around delicious canapés; scallops with avocado puree, crab & salmon balls and sliced venison topped with dill.
Partners of the event included London jewellery designers Whistle & Bango, Ibiza Polo Club, the Countryside Alliance and Dundas London. There was live Latin music (think salsa & tango) followed by commercial classics (top 40!). Live music, DJs & acoustic acts are to become the theme for Embargo Republica which will make a nice change from the old Embargo 59.
One of the highlights was the huge outdoor terrace complete with Caribbean flowers, palm trees, a large bar, heat lamps and striped cushioned seating, in keeping with the Cuban beach theme.
The drinks list is really fun boasting more than 20 rums from around the world, but don’t get too carried away, cocktails are on average £13. Everyone has such a great time, so a big thank you to Embargo Republica is due, we will certainly be back.
The dress code smart but funky, casual but clean. Be sure to get in touch and get on a guest list before you go, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org