Chinawhite is an exclusive nightclub in central London. The original club was located between Piccadilly Circus and Soho, 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
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. The Virgin Pocket Guide to London noted that it was "notoriously tough to get into" unless you were a member or celebrity, and another publication stated that "you may have to sell your organs to get into this celebrity pick-up joint with lightly trashy overtones". Kate Moss, Jemma Kidd, Leonardo DiCaprio, Mick Hucknall and Jude Law were names well connected with the club.
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. 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". 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.
In 2009 Chinawhite undertook an extensive 16 week refurbishment project which was completed by Phelan Construction Ltd the same year. The new club in Fitzrovia features a restaurant and Temple Bar. Blueprint stated in 2010 soon after the reopening that the "new Chinawhite has immediately regained its status as London's most elite nightclub".
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'.
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. The club is to locate in the city's Linen Quarter.
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