Maggie’s plays homage to Britain's most controversial female Prime Minister. No, not Theresa May. The Iron Lady herself: Miss Margaret Thatcher. We hear what you’re saying, partying and politics? ‘Doesn’t really sound like a barrel of laughs guys’. Well, that’s where you’re wrong. Filled with 80's memorabilia, crazy murals and lots of pictures of Mags herself, this kitschy club attracts a mix of cool people that don’t take anything – including themselves – too seriously. To be honest, we’re just glad it’s not ‘Davey’s’: the David Cameron themed joint.
Although Maggie’s is in Chelsea, it’s actually best reached from South Kensington tube station. The first thing that welcomes you to the club is a wall of old pictures including the Iron Lady herself and a black-and-white photo of Ronald Reagan. Inside the main room the walls are painted with caricature-like graffiti murals of 80′s icons like Timmy Mallett, Mr T and David Bowie - there’s even a sneaky Super Mario painted on one wall. On top of that you will find framed “Smash Hits” covers and vintage toys – extra points if you spot the owners very own collection of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The tables are designed to look like huge rubix cubes and you can read the cocktail menu through View-Masters. Conclusion: Maggie’s is a legitimate time capsule.
Music: Commercial, Retro, 80's, Pop
Dress Code: Smart/Casual
Train Station: Fulham Broadway
Address: Maggie's , 329 Fulham Road, London, SW10 9QL
Keeping up the overall theme, prepare yourself for kitschy themed cocktails – including The ‘Top Gun’ and the ‘Tainted Love’. There’s even a bottle of Babycham signed by Thatcher herself, that is sold here for a mouth dropping £5,000. The waitresses serve your drinks a la Starlight Express on roller skates – what else! The DJs at Maggie’s like to mix up cheesy 80s hits with current dancefloor fillers and everyone gets a little boogie on in here. Also stars from the era have been known to come in and play some of their favourite hits, because at Maggie’s it’s always throwback Thursday.
Some people might say it is an odd idea to open a nightclub inspired by Margaret Thatcher, but as the owners explain, the club is called “Maggie’s” because the Iron Lady was ruling the country in this time period and they found that there is no better – or more discussed – 80′s icon than her. Maggie’s is open every Wednesday and Thursday from 10.30pm to 2.30am and Friday and Saturday from 10.30pm to 3.30am. Through the bathroom speakers they even play The Margaret Thatcher Diaries audiobook so you can hear her most famous speeches while touching up your makeup. Surreal, but pretty cool.
Whether you loved or hated the Iron Lady – this club is definitely cult. Maggie’s will welcome you with cheesy music, crazy outfits and an even crazier theme. It doesn’t even matter if you experienced the 80s for yourself or not, it’s just a fun place for everyone to enjoy the oddities of the era. It’s a pretty brave theme too, so credit where credit it due: they’re keeping the Mag’s spirit alive. So next time you start pining for Duran Duran or you simply want to get nostalgic with a spot of Pacman head to Maggie’s for a night filled with debauchery. We can’t help but think she would be turning in her grave to know that a night at Maggie’s is anything but conservative. Oh the irony.