Chinawhite (nightclub)

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Map displaying original approximate location near Piccadilly Circus
Nightclub interior after 2009 refurbishment

Chinawhite is a high profile nightclub in central London. It is a regular celebrity haunt. The old club was located on 6 Air Street near Regent Street between Piccadilly Circus and Soho,[1] but the club closed in December 2008 due to the building being sold, and re-opened on 20 October 2009 at 4 Winsley Street, in Fitzrovia, London

Old Soho club[edit]

The old Chinawhite venue near Piccadilly Circus became a well known club attended by Premier League footballers, Page 3 girls and young people in the entertainment industry.[2][3] Virgin London noted that it was "notoriously tough to get into" unless you were a member or celebrity, [4] and another publication stated that "you may have to sell your organs to get into this celebrity pick-up joint with lightly trashy overtones".[5]Kate Moss, Jemma Kidd, Leonardo DiCaprio, Mick Hucknall, Jude Law, Katie Price (Jordan), Liberty X, and Lily Allen were names well connected with the club.[6][7][8]

The old club in Soho had a number of "suites" with soft, bed-like lounging areas. including a "VIP suite" which gained notoriety in the British press over the years.[9] The Unofficial Guide to London described the club as "highly artistic and colorful", and noted the "oriental styles and Chinese daybeds mixed with theatrical flair [and] unique lighting and cushions everywhere".[10] The suites were noted for their lavish furnishings and were known to be very expensive. Exclusive membership was often priced at £700 for a year. Over the years numerous music acts performed at the venue.

Fitzrovia club[edit]

In 2009 Chinawhite undertook an extensive 16 week refurbishment project which was completed by Phelan Construction Ltd the same year.[11] The new club in Fitzrovia features a restaurant and Temple Bar.[12][13] Blueprint stated in 2010 soon after the reopening that the "new Chinawhite has immediately regained its status as London's most elite nightclub".[14]

In March 2013, Chinawhite launched the new main room concept 'Libertine', which was a collaboration with nightclub entrepreneur Hootan Ahmadi. The redesigned Winsley Street site also features a clandestine, multisensory cocktail lounge called 'Reason & Mankind'.[15]

Belfast club[edit]

In September 2014, it as reported in Business and Leadership and the Belfast Telegraph that Chinawhite is to open a club in Belfast, and would employ 60 people at the new venue.[16][17] The club is to locate in the city's Linen Quarter.


  1. ^ Gervat, Claire; Gavin, Francesca (2006). Night + Day London. ASDavis Media Group. p. 238. ISBN 978-0-9766013-7-1. 
  2. ^ Reade, Brian (14 January 2011). 44 Years With The Same Bird: A Liverpudlian Love Affair. Pan Macmillan. p. 238. ISBN 978-0-330-54042-1. 
  3. ^ Williams, Andy (1 August 2011). Robin Van Persie: The Biography. John Blake Publishing, Limited. p. 106. ISBN 978-1-84358-836-8. 
  4. ^ The, Globe Pequot Press,; Publishing, Virgin (1 April 2001). Virgin London. Globe Pequot Press. ISBN 978-0-7627-0962-5. 
  5. ^ Gervat, Claire; Gavin, Francesca (2006). Night + Day London. ASDavis Media Group. p. 75. ISBN 978-0-9766013-7-1. 
  6. ^ Clare, Richard de (1 September 2002). Night Out in London. Niche Publications. p. 108. ISBN 978-0-9532299-0-1. 
  7. ^ "Lindsay Lohan enjoys a champagne night out with Lily Allen and girlfriend Sam in £300,000 limousine". The Daily Mail. November 14, 2008. Retrieved July 4, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Chinawhite". Retrieved July 4, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Chelsea stars celebrate victory with Jenna Jameson". The Spoiler. Retrieved July 4, 2009. 
  10. ^ Logan, Lesley (10 January 2008). The Unofficial Guide to London. John Wiley & Sons. p. 373. ISBN 978-0-470-13829-8. 
  11. ^ "Chinawhite". Retrieved February 2, 2010. 
  12. ^ Fullman, Joe (18 November 2011). Frommer's London Day By Day. John Wiley & Sons. p. 122. ISBN 978-1-119-97265-5. 
  13. ^ London Green Guide Michelin 2012-2013. Michelin. 2012. p. 493. ISBN 978-2-06-718238-7. 
  14. ^ Blueprint. Wordsearch Limited. 2010. 
  15. ^ "Libertine: Chinawhite Reinvented". The Handbook. March 7, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Famous nightclub Chinawhite to open in Belfast". Business & Leadership. September 18, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Nightclub brings 60 new jobs". [Belfast Telegraph]. September 18, 2014. 

External links[edit]

Libertine Club Guestlist

Coordinates: 51°30′37″N 0°8′11″W / 51.51028°N 0.13639°W / 51.51028; -0.13639