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Annabel's Nightclub: A String of Naked Lightbulbs

  • Documentary

Summary

Documentary charting the 50-year history of London's first members-only nightclub. The venue, situated at 44 Berkeley Square, has long been considered the exclusive haunt of Britain's most celebrated public figures. Annabel's remains the only nightclub to have been visited by the Queen, and once courted notoriety by refusing entry to The Beatles. This film explores the club's story from inception to the present day, revealing how membership over the years also serves as a cultural biopsy of London since the Second World War.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Annabel’s nightclub in swish Mayfair, London, was set up “strictly for top society, elegant people” according to one contributor to this starstruck documentary.

Its habitués queue up to tell us how marvellous Annabel’s is – Kate Moss, Goldie Hawn, Naomi Campbell, Brian Ferry, Anna Wintour (editor of US Vogue) – they all just simply love the place. Moss in particular is impressed that she’s greeted by name when she arrives (how else would she be greeted, I wonder).

For anyone who’s not a celeb or out of the top drawer, it’s a peek behind the front door into a glamorous world, a piece of glitz carved out by buccaneering entrepreneur Mark Birley in 1963.

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DirectorGreg Fay
Executive producerRidley Scott

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