The Chap Magazine’s Second Grand Anarcho-Dandyist Ball


The Chap’s legendary “Night of a Thousand Waistcoats” returns after last year’s tenth anniversary party, for the Second Grand Anarcho Dandyist Ball. Moving the location to the much larger and grander Bloomsbury Ballroom, London’s only remaining original Art-deco ballroom, this year’s extravaganza will set the precedent for an annual Chap Ball, each party striving to be even more spectacular than the last.

Guests will leave the 21st century behind as soon as their immaculately shod feet reach the bottom of the entry staircase. The breathtaking grand ballroom will immediately sweep them back to the heady 1920s and 1930s, aided by delicious retro cocktails served by our partners Bourne & Hollingsworth.

Your extremely louche host will be Nickolas Grace, the actor who played Anthony Blanche in the original Brideshead Revisited, who will be “charming thwough the gwille” for the entire evening. In the Grand Ballroom there will be a full cabaret line-up, topped by the irrepressible Mr. B the Gentleman Rhymer, giving an exclusive live preview of his brand-new longplayer, “I Say!” This evening of old-world jollity will also include wandering acts among the guests, including Viv the Spiv, Escalado horseracing and the legendary “Chap Room”, where guests may dictate a letter to a 1950s secretary and have it delivered on a silver salver to another guest by a butler.

The dress code will be: 1890s decadence, 1920s villainy, 1930s glamour, 1940s spiv. Anyone arriving in Polyester will be politely asked to stand near a naked flame and handed some tweed. Guests with valuable overcoats may rest assured that this year’s Ball will offer a fully operational cloakroom.

To book tickets click here, or call 0207 7724 1617

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