Chinawhite (nightclub)

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Map displaying approximate location near Piccadilly Circus of the original Chinawhite nightclub in central London
Nightclub interior after 2009 refurbishment

Chinawhite is an exclusive nightclub in central London. The original club was located between Piccadilly Circus and Soho,[1] but the club closed in December 2008 due to the building being sold. It re-opened at a new location in London on 20 October 2009 at 4 Winsley Street, in Fitzrovia.

Original Soho club[edit]

The original Chinawhite venue near Piccadilly Circus became a well known celebrity club; being attended by Premier League footballers, Page 3 girls, and young people in the entertainment industry.[2][3] The Virgin Pocket Guide to 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 and Jude Law were names well connected with the club.[6][7][8]

The original 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 colourful", 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]

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.[15][16] The club is to locate in the city's Linen Quarter.

Celebrity appearances[edit]

Since its original venue, Chinawhite (now known as Libertine by Chinawhite) has hosted many celebrities including Woody Harrelson, Drake, Paris Hilton, Tom Cruise, Prince Harry, Niall Horan, Usain Bolt, Lindsay Lohan, Winnie Harlow, Rihanna, Kendall Jenner, Lewis Hamilton, Gigi Hadid, Bella Hadid, Joe Jonas, Justin Bieber, Louis Tomlinson and Dalton Harris.


  1. ^ Gervat, Claire; Gavin, Francesca (2006). Alan S. Davis, ed. Night+Day London (travel guide). the Cool Cities series from pulseguides. USA: 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. ^ London: 1000 of the best places to eat, drink and shop (travel guide). Globe Pequot Press, The Virgin Publishing, Trafalgar Square. 1 April 2001. 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. 14 November 2008. Retrieved 4 July 2009.
  8. ^ "Chinawhite". Retrieved 4 July 2009.
  9. ^ "Chelsea stars celebrate victory with Jenna Jameson". The Spoiler. Retrieved 4 July 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. ^ "Famous nightclub Chinawhite to open in Belfast". Business & Leadership. 18 September 2014.
  16. ^ "Nightclub brings 60 new jobs". Belfast Telegraph. 18 September 2014.

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