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Club de Fromage - does exactly what it says on the tin
Club de Fromage (London)
Member Name: BumpyBump
Club de Fromage (London)
Advantages: Cheesy classics all night long
Disadvantages: Everything is overpriced, from the drinks to the cloakroom
I discovered this little gem of a club three years ago, on their opening night. I have been a regular ever since and they are celebrating their 3rd birthday this month having gone from strength to strength. Club de Fromage does exactly what it says on the tin - it is a club night packed full of cheesy tunes and cheesy DJs. People go there to dance, have fun, drink and cop off and the availability for doing all of this is in abundance.
The event is held every Saturday night at the Islington Academy (N1 Centre). There is always a massive queue outside so should really buy your tickets early. The night starts at 10pm but doesn't really get busy until after the pubs shut, and goes on until about 3.30am. There are two bars in the venue (one on each side of the room) and, even though the drinks are overpriced (about £4 a drink), there is always a queue at the bar. Club de Fromage is run by 'Fat Tony' and 'Slow Alfie' (the DJs dressed up) and musically you should expect anything from Britney to Whitney to Duran Duran. As long as it can be classed as 'cheese' they will play it. They do take requests if you send them an email via their website.
Fromage often runs themed nights (Grease, geeks or cowboys, to give you an idea) and anyone going in appropriate fancy dress for the theme gets to jump the queue. You can view details about what nights they are running on the Club de Fromage website. You can also subscribe to their group on Facebook and you will be emailed details in advance. Each week they hold a meat pie raffle, and they give away the raffle tickets for free (although you have to be able to push to the front of the stage) and the winner wins a sausage roll or similar. They also frequently have air-guitarists on stage for a few songs, but that part is a bit rubbish if you ask me because every stops dancing in order to stare at the stage and the whole atmosphere just gets ruined.
There is no dress code at Fromage, but you will often see people dressed up. The place is always packed and you do struggle for space to dance when it hits its peak, and be warned that the floor can get very slippery in there (I have seen many a woman go a over t). The clientele is a mixed bag. You get all age groups in there and all types of people - from tarts to indie kids. There isn't that much of a meat-market feel to it, but there are plenty of people on the pull if that's what you're after. But I would say that mostly you see large groups of friends in there who have just gone for a giggle and a dance. There is quite a laid-back feel to it and I have never seen any trouble in there to speak of.
The tickets cost £6.50 (plus booking fee) in advance (you can buy online or over the phone) or they are £8 on the night if you get there before midnight, and £10 afer midnight. NUS holders get in for £6 all night long. £2 to put your coat or bag in which I think is a disgrace, but they've got you over a barrel by the time you're in there.
All in all it's a fun night, but you should expect it to be busy and you should expect to spend a fair bit of cash. Not bad though for a guaranteed night of cheese.
Summary: Everybody smile and say cheeeeeeese