Nipple tassels & escalators? Review of Shaka Zulu Camden
As a #yopro, I've definitely moved on from traipsing around my regional Oceana, sick of the carpet that still smells like feet and bumping into my younger sibling doing shots of Jagermeister to ‘House Every Weekend’.
Last night, I found myself in Shaka Zulu, an African themed bar-restaurant-club in the heart of Camden Town. Stepping from the roaring streets of Camden into this exotic, tribal lounge where walls are adorned with 8ft Zulu warriors and the furniture is lined with golden, African print was an amazing, if not slightly surreal, experience.
The club features two escalators that transport you from the upper bars onto the main dance floor - a surprisingly exhilarating experience (and much safer than steep stairs after a few drinks!), as well as live bongo drummers that drum and dance to the beat of the music.
At parts of the night, I almost felt like I was in an x-rated version of Disneyworld's Animal Kingdom, as tropical characters roamed the dance floor and circus entertainers shimmied in their glittering nipple tassels. The music was great fun; bongo-infused No Scrubs to Drake's Hotline Bling.
As I was with my boyfriend's friends celebrating a university reunion, we treated ourselves to a Table Package. Entry was £10, on top of a £700 minimum spend to split between us all. We quickly ordered a bucket of alcohol (featuring vodka, prosecco and a delicious shared Mango cocktail), which cost around £350! The table was definitely worth it for a special evening, the service was excellent and it was a great place to rest our legs between spouts of energetic (and in my case hideously uncoordinated) African dancing!
Obviously, the prices at these high-end clubs are eye-watering. I think the best way to make your money go further is in a big group with some kind of Table deal. That, or spend your night drinking tap water!
Nevertheless, Shaka Zulu was a fantastic night out - 4/5 and I'll definitely be going again!