Mahiki is a London nightclub and bar in Dover Street, just off Piccadilly, near the Ritz Hotel, well known for its celebrity clientele. It is named after the Polynesian path to the underworld. Mahiki was opened in October 2006 by Piers Adam and Nick House. The club has attracted media attention as a favourite haunt of royals including Princes William and Harry and celebrities such as Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Kelly Rowland, and Paris Hilton. It is often referred to in the press as one of London's most popular clubs. Its themed Thursday nights, hosted by Henry Conway, a socialite, are particularly popular, and rival club owner Charlie Gilkes has said "Thursday nights at Mahiki ... are the night in London, there are queues going round the block."
About the club
The club was opened at 1, Dover Street in 2005 (the site of an earlier nightclub) by Piers Adam, David Phelps and Nick House. Mahiki is a nightclub and bar, with a Polynesian and tiki theme, predominantly specialising in rum. Mahiki claims that it adheres to a mostly open door policy. Its co-founder Nick House has said "The vision with Mahiki is that whether you're fat, thin, bald, ugly or old, you can get in. Admittedly, when it gets to 11pm, it might be more difficult. But certainly, until it reaches capacity, anyone can get in." Anna van Pragh of The Daily Mail, however has argued that while it may technically have an egalitarian door policy, in practice it has "a cross-section of the pages of Debrett's." Some papers have attributed its popularity with London's upper class in part to promotions manager Guy Pelly, who is a close friend of Princes William and Harry.
Mahiki requires a strict dress code policy. Generally, the Mahiki dress code is to come in casual and elegant attire. The club will refuse entry with guests who do not follow the dress code.
- The madness inside Prince Harry's favourite new bar. Daily Mail. Anna van Pragh. 12 February 2007
- Say Cheese. Daily Candy. 25 October 2006.
- Mahiki opens Park Lane whisky club for bankers in their 40s. Evening Standard. Benedict Moore-Bridger. 6 September 2008.
- Hooray Henry! Loving the limelight. The Independent. Henry Deedes. 8 May 2008
- Model 'raped' at nightclub popular with young Royals. The Telegraph. Aislinn Simpson. 9 July 2008.