Last night we were invited along to the recently rebranded Prince of Wales on Brixton Road, which (as you probably already know) was previously The Lambeth… Brixton Clubhouse… Dex and before all of those, the good old Prince of Wales.
Returning to its former moniker (although it was originally the Prince Of Wales Hotel back in 1910), the venue is now operating under one name and brand and has relaunched itself as a restaurant downstairs.
Arno Maarsdrop (the guy behind the popular local Saltoun Supper Club) is in charge of the food, drinks will still be available, but the main focus downstairs will now be food.
Anyone who has visited the club upstairs will (probably) be glad to hear nothing has changed or been refurbished. The impressive roof terrace remains as it was, as does the inside space.
Event-wise the focus upstairs will be now be more live music, live comedy and community lead events, as well as the usual club nights at the weekends.
On a rainy Monday night in Brixton, we were treated to three live comedy acts with stand up from Ireland’s Andrew Maxwell & Canadian Phil Nichol, as well as sketch comedy from Shirley and Shirley (who are back to perform live this Thursday).
Andrew Maxwell tells tales about geezers moving to the suburbs and being the only potential burglar left on his street in Wood Green…
The live comedy will contine on various nights and will be curated by Wayne Saunders, who previously ran the Comedy Cafe in East London.
The comedy (quite literally) climaxed with Phil Nichol kidnapping a guy from the audience to perform a ‘gay Eskimo’ duet on the guitar. Full marks to Andre who was happy to join in.
After the comedy, we enjoyed some laidback live Salsa from Los Charly’s Orchestra. If you fancy learning a few dance moves yourself, Salsa classes & DJ sets continue every Wednesday.
This weekend Prince Of Wales plays host to Unifunk with Fullee Love & DJ Burt Blackarach on Friday followed by the return of Get Diverted on Saturday as they go ‘Back To Basics’ with Ralph Lawson & Sancho Panza.
Other big events in the Prince Of Wales calendar this month include…
Tuesday 19th November – PONGATHON 5pm-11pm/ FREE ENTRY (Table booking necessary)
Pongathon is a ping pong party like no other providing wall-to wall ping pong tables set against a backdrop of live visuals, DJ’s, creative themes, social tournament play, exhibition games, pro-tips and even ping pong robots that take on all-comers! Ping pong is a wonderful ice-breaker that requires no specialist skills or equipment, just pick up the bat and add fun! www.pongathon.com/
Thursday 28th November – THE GENTS
The Gents will be downstairs for a night of good ol’ drinking singalongs in the pub! www.wearethegents.com/
Friday 29th November – ENGLISH DISCO LOVERS With DJ: SIMON LEE + LAR J HANS AND THE OK JONES BAND + THEE LIV AND DANNY DIXON BACKEBACK + STACEY DEE COLLINS + TONY DUNNE 10pm – 4am
The English Disco Lovers (EDL) movement aims to reclaim the hated EDL acronym from The English Defence League and make it stand for something positive. Currently we are attempting to Google bomb them for the search term ‘EDL’, as well as accumulating more Facebook likes and Twitter (@engdiscolovers) followers. More recently, we have been raising money for causes that support multiculturalism and equality. www.edl.me/
Saturday 30th November – 30 YEARS IN MUSIC CELEBRATION: DJ UCHIKAWA with DJ: DJ UCHIKAWA + CORDELL JOHNSON + MORE TBA 10pm-5am
London and Manchester House collectives 4totheFloor, Makin’ Moves and Community have teamed up with Uchikawa’s LoftSoul Recordings imprint alongside R2 Records to present a night of quality music over two rooms. Japan’s DJ Uchikawa has been a driving force for quality soulful music from jazz through to techno for 30 years, dubbed as the “Japan Jay” by Norman Jay himself. Now his global musical family have pulled together to celebrate his three decades in music. DJ Uchikawa will be playing a special live set alongside vocalists Lyric L (FreshRotations) & Andrea Clarke (BB Boogie) plus Basil Isaac on percussion. Coinciding with the release of Uchi’s new Loftsoul E.P. “Wait For You”, Chicago legend Cordell Johnson will be flying over for an exclusive set. www.r2records.com www.makin-moves.co.uk