Worst club i have come across in London. Staff and manager were incredibly rude , was spoken extremely rudely to and told to shut up by the manager, after he had taken our leaflet which entitled us free entry and free shots from us, and mistakenly given it away to other people!!, hoards of greasy old men, and overpriced for what it is. Any of the surrounding clubs and bars in the Leicester square area would be a much better alternative to this cheap awful place.
On Saturday Oct 30, My friend and I went to Tiger Tiger. 2 hours after entering the club, we are called by 2 bouncers to go out the backdoor. We go outside, and the Manager says we are being kicked out because we "stand out". She brought attention to my semi-baggy jumper (which wasn't an issue at the entrance and mind you it is Halloween where ppl are wearing funky stuff), she said we were not buying drinks, and hovering around girls. Obviously these reasons are BS. We were both completely sober(ironic that you can get in trouble in that case) and not causing any trouble. I was and am still shocked and urge you, and everyone that reads this to spread the word and boycott that racist establishment.
This is the worst experience I have ever had and I felt like I was on a time machine back to 1960.
I visited Tiger Tiger on the evening of 11th April 2009 as I had tickets for the comedy club held there (Big Night Out). The ticket cost £9.99 booked in advance, and included nightclub entry. Tiger Tiger is a club/restaurant/bar spread over five separate areas, it has a lavish design with low level lighting, funky leather and wood furniture and chandeliers.
Tiger Tiger is located in Central London near Piccadilly Circus. Although it is one minute walk away from the tube station it took me over 15 minutes to get there as I got lost due to the numerous roads leading off from the Circus.
As I had booked tickets online I was quickly let in by the polite well-dressed door staff and not searched (this was around 8pm). I am 23 but have on occasion been asked for ID when buying Lottery tickets, so I was slightly surprised that I was not asked to show ID. However later on in the evening as I was leaving, those entering the club were being patted down and bags were being searched. This is only to be expected I suppose, especially as Tiger Tiger has been the target of a car bomb (didn't explode though luckily). The dress code states no sportswear allowed and trainers and jeans must be smart.
The Comedy Club
The comedians were Hal Cruttenden, Danny Buckler and Milton Jones (in that order). I thoroughly enjoyed the first two acts, laughing solidly all the way through. However I thought the last act was rubbish. He was on stage for about 20 minutes and repeated the same joke for the first 10 minutes!
The seating was rather tight, however it is a rather cosy (small) room so you are never far from the act. There was a lot of banter with the audience, and at times the Stag groups got a bit out of hand. However the acts were good at turning this round.
I only visited the toilets on the basement floor, which were clean. There was no soap in the fancy dispensers as there is a pushy toilet attendant holding a hand soap dispenser (from the supermarket). I was using the hand dryer but the attendant kept trying to shove paper towels at me, which was a bit frustrating. There was a small plate to tip the attendant.
Happy hour is from 5-8pm but we missed that so I will tell you about the drink prices that we paid. A Jack Daniels and coke was £4.40, but I was shocked at the amount of ice. The glass was filled to the top with ice before any drink was put in, and I felt really ripped off. Next time I will ask for some drink with my ice. The same thing happened when we ordered a cocktail jug. We ordered a Mai Tai cocktail which was a gorgeous mixture of rum, almond, orange and grenadine but expensive at £15.40 for a jug which holds around 5 glasses worth. The bar staff weren't particularly friendly to be honest. I know the bar is busy, but bar stuff on the continent always seem to have a smile for you even if they are rushed off their feet.
After the comedy club had finished at around 10pm, the chairs were cleared from the room and the DJ started playing mostly old school dance music e.g. CeCe Peniston - Finally. I am not old but the music seemed way too loud for such a small room and my hearing is still muffled a day later! The place gets full very quickly and there aren't many places to put your drink down. I only stayed until 11.30pm as I needed to get home on the tube so I am not able to say if the place stays busy throughout the night, but there was a big queue to get in as I was leaving.
I went to tiger tiger last night for the first time as part of a night out. We decided to visit it because we had some 50% off vouchers for food and drink between 7 and 11pm. Tiger Tiger is a chain which has a few locations alround the country. We went to the one on Haymarket Road London. It was fairly easy to get to by the tube although Picadilly Circus has a lot of roads coming off it so it is confusing to know where to go but we managed to find it.
We got there around 9 o clock and it was very busy already. At this time of night you do not need to pay to get in although later on you have to pay £10 to get in which is fairly pricey. It was packed full of people but the queues at the bars were not too bad. We decided to go round to the toilets, there was a big queue but this was for the cloakroom. We decided not to use this as there was a massive queue and we weren't going to be staying all night. The toilets didn't have any queues when we used them which was good and they were fairly clean.
After we went to the loo we went back upstairs and to the bar. The queue was not too bad and there were a range of drinks available. We decided to have cocktails as they looked quite interesting. We had a strawberry clouds and a passionate. These were made with stuff that came out of packets but were still very tasty. The staff were ok but were not very friendly although they were very busy so don't blame them too much. They took the voucher with no questions, a lot of people were using them. The cocktails were normally 5.70 a glass but were now 2.85 which is pretty good value. There were not many places to stand or sit because of the amount of people. We went upstairs and found somewhere to put our drinks and coats. A lot of people did keep barging into us though which was a pain. You can book a booth for free for your friends, which would be a good idea if you were planning on staying there all night.
The music was good. It was all the sort of music I enjoy which is dance, pop and R & B . Basically all the stuff that is in the charts at the moment so if you like this kind of music it is good. There was a dance floor downstairs which wasn't too busy so if you want a little dance there would be room to do it.
We also later on bought a bottle of wine, which was 7 pounds half price. This isn't bad for about two glasses each so I would say with the vouchers it is very good value. The drinks are not too over priced though even if they were full price.
We didn't eat at the restaurant but there were sections that were specifically for diners. I wouldn't think that I would particularly want to have a meal where people are drunk everywhere but that is my opinion. They seem to have a variety of dishes on the menu for a reasonable price, around 10-15 pounds.
Overall I would say that Tiger Tiger is quite a fun place to go out. If you like that kind of music and don't mind crowds then you would probably enjoy it but I wouldn't stay there all night.
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I have been here on two occasions and both times I was not impressed as the Tiger Tiger venues are usually above average for a night out!
I visited on a Sunday night the first time and the bar was still really lively. Entry was £4 at around 9.30pm. I have also visited on a Saturday night and the bar was extremely busy and paid £10 to enter at about 10.30pm, which for London on a Saturday night I think is a fair entry fee.
The bar was unnaturally cold both times I visited, even when dancing I was absolutely freezing which is very very unusual. At one point we had to move from the seated area as the air con was blowing out such cold air!!
Prices for drinks were high!! It wasn't too bad for alcohpops (£3.50) but we were stung for spirits and a mixture. Single measures with a mixer were £5. This was for vodka, and Jack Daniels. We also paid £4 per shot of sambucca!!
The music played was a good mix of chart/ house music and there was something for everyone. The bar also has an area to dance and generally we had a good time.
I didn't dine at this Tiger Tiger but I have dined in the Newcastle and Manchester venues and they are really good value for money, and the food is cooked well and there is a wide choice of food on the menu.
In my opinion its not one of my favourite venues from the Tiger Tiger chain and it certainly doesn't meet the standard of others in the bar chain!
Tiger Tiger is a restaurant, bar and club chain with locations around the country. I have never used the clubbing facilities or the bar but have visited the restaurant part in London's Haymarket twice now with vastly different experiences.
Booking theatre tickets a few years ago, a friend and I came across an offer for a pre-theatre meal in Tiger Tiger which we decided to take up and really enjoyed - the menu had a good choice, service was prompt and the two course offer was good value. In a similar situation recently I suggested this restaurant to my partner as a place to eat as before we went to see a show.
We took a chance and didn't book as we had plenty of time before the show, and arrived at Tiger Tiger at about 6.15pm. There were quite a few tables taken but they managed to seat us by the window. The restaurant is simply designed along contemporary lines and has a pleasant, laid-back atmosphere. Even though it was early evening, we were not disturbed by noise from the bar part, as the restaurant bit is entirely separate. I was pleased to see that they still did a two course pre-theatre offer, as it isn't mentioned on their website which I had checked earlier. If you eat between 5 and 7.30pm (I believe only on weekdays, rather than Friday and weekends) you can have two courses for £9.95. There are some steak or tiger prawn dishes where there is a supplement of £2 extra though. There is also a bar menu at promotional prices at these times.
Once seated our waiter came to take our drink orders and I decided to take advantage of their happy hour cocktails. They have an extensive cocktail list and not all are available at 50% off, but there was still a reasonable selection and I was happy with the choices. Our waiter told us that this offer is also extended on some spirits and mixers and bottles of wines as well as cocktails by the glass or jug.
I elected to have a starter and a main, whilst my other half decided on a main and a dessert. There were four starters on the pre-theatre menu, one of which was soup and another was breaded goats cheese with onion chutney. I'm a sucker for breaded cheese and read no further down the list! For my main, as a vegetarian I chose one of the two veggie options, which were vegetarian fajitas. As I don't like peppers (they are Evil) I asked for it to come without, as well as without guacamole. My other half chose the Aberdeen Angus burger with Cajun fries (which are actually regular skinny fries rather than seasoned fries which I would have expected) and the New York Cheesecake. I would guess there are about 10 or so main course choices on the pre-theatre menu including a range of Eastern and Western inspired meat and fish dishes, and four desserts.
My starter was delicious, it wasn't very big but it was very tasty. As I eat breaded cheese at every opportunity, I have become a bit of an expert and this was a delicious little starter, attractively served with a salad garnish and olive oil drizzled across. Then the main courses arrived and the problems began...
My fajitas came over sizzling and steaming with some tortilla wraps, sour cream and spicy salsa - delicious! But it was chock full of peppers. The waitress (not the person who had taken the order) had disappeared before I had looked at my food properly, and I managed to rescue precisely two green beans and some mushy onions. I attracted the waitress's attention again (no mean feat), explained that this was not what I ordered and she took it away again without a word. In fact she didn't say what she was going to do next so I just sat there and picked at my other half's (luke warm) fries whilst I waited...
And waited....Then my waiter came over and was very apologetic saying that he wasn't aware that they couldn't do the fajitas without peppers and he was very sorry as he was new. I didn't blame him at all - the kitchen had left off the guacamole so presumably they had read the order, they should have checked with him first instead of preparing and sending out a dish that was incorrect. I asked if I could then have the vegetarian noodle dish without peppers, and he said that should be fine and offered me a complimentary glass of champagne as a way of apology. I was quite happy to accept this. Unfortunately my partner had finished his meal at this point (the burger itself was deemed to be very nice and certainly nothing was left behind!), but we still had time before the theatre to wait. After about five minutes the waiter came back and said that they could not do the noodles without peppers either as it was all pre-mixed. I asked what vegetarian alternatives he could offer without peppers. He came up with a chicken curry! In the end he could only offer salad which I thought was not acceptable (they did a couple of side salads on the menu - they didn't seem to be inspiring enough for mains). The poor guy was absolutely stumped at what to say to me, so I asked to see the manager, as I suspected they may have more influence in getting the kitchen to produce something off-menu.
A short while later our waiter came back to say that the manager would be with me shortly and that he was not supposed to have given me the champagne. I wasn't inclined to get him into trouble so told him I understood, as at least he had tried, and I feel the kitchen were at fault for not explaining things to him sooner. However the manager seemed to be in no hurry to come and see us and our waiter was keeping a low profile - he did know we had to go to the theatre and were running out of time. All this while my partner sat with his empty plate and glass in front of him with no effort to clear it away or ask if he wanted another drink. For the first time ever I contemplated walking out of a restaurant without paying, even though we had received (and eaten) some of our meal. Before I have only walked out when food/drinks did not arrive. After 15 minutes our waiter came and apologised and said that the manager was very busy! I reminded him that we were busy too and asked him to tell his manager that we would be leaving in five minutes. The manager arrived as we were putting our coats on.
She was very apologetic and said she had only just been told that there was a problem. We had been waiting 20 minutes. She said she would speak to the kitchen in order for alternative dishes to be made available, and to the waiting staff to see why it took so long for someone to come to get her. I have to say I am rather surprised that she had only just been informed and wonder if our waiter had initially spoken to a different manager, as I can't believe he deliberately left us sitting there for 20 minutes. After ascertaining that we had not been charged for any part of our meal, she wished us a pleasant evening at the theatre and apologised again. Whilst she was very professional, it was all a bit too little too late, there was not the time to put the problem right, and whilst we had not been charged for what we had, it did seem to defeat the object of going for a meal! Due to time constraints I never did discover if it was possible for the kitchen to pull together a quick alternative in these situations as it seems all the veggie dishes at least, are pre-prepared. I consoled myself with an ice cream at the theatre during the interval.
The website does list the regular restaurant menus plus the drinks menus if you want a greater idea of what they offer and fancy taking your chances! I feel I cannot recommend this restaurant anymore, which is sad as the menu is interesting and the pre-theatre offer represents such good value. However, I accept that I was probably just unlucky.
29 The Haymarket, London
T: 020 7930 1885
F: 020 7930 3060
I had lunch at this restaurant a few weeks ago, as part of a meal + theatre booking via lastminute.com. The starter was still half frozen, unfortunately I tried some without realising, requested a new portion, but by the time I got to the theatre, I was sick with food poisoning. I reported the incident, which was investigated, but resulted in....nothing.
Now that I have left London (my student placement has finished so I am back in Kentish lands), I feel I must dedicate this review to my year's stay in the UK's capital, seeing as it was a regular haunt for my friends and I.
Tiger Tiger (TT for the purposes of laziness) is a nightclub and restaurant at Piccadilly Circus, which I happen to love, and I know a couple of my London-based ciao friends like too, so when I heard it described my a 'meat market' by a work friend last week I was pretty surprised. This could be because she said as they dragged me kicking and screaming into Lewisham's only gay club, where everyone dribbled on each other in a far more inappropriate manner than I've ever seen at TT.
Anyway, I for one like it there so I will now try to give you all a feel for the place as well as I can, considering my 5 visits have left me with some very hazy memories. TT is based at Piccadilly Circus I said, right at the top of Haymarket, so its in pretty damn easy reach of public transporters. You can either get the tube to Piccadilly, or walk from Charing Cross overland station, or Embankment, Leicester Square, Oxford Circus or Covent Garden tubes if you are feeling athletic.
Admissions wise, well, you have to be over 18, smartly dressed (last week we saw a group of guys get turned away in their sneakers or flip-flops) and try and get there when its actually open, pretty easy when its open from 12noon to 3am every weekday and Saturday and 12noon til late on a Sunday. Admissions costs are, according to the website are after 10pm - £3 Sunday to Wednesday, £5 on a Thursday and £10 on a Friday or Saturday. This means it is FREE to go in before 10pm, a massive saving on your night out, especially if it's the weekend.
I will have to skim over the restaurant a wee bit as I have never eaten in it. It looks pretty good though, if you like eating with little or no lighting, not good when your hand-eye coordination isn't up to much. Usually there is a table of girls clad in pink cowboy hats in there- the hen night crowd and a few groups of friends having a meal.
When you walk into the club/bar you are faced with a long bar, and some stairs. Carry on to the back of this ground floor area you will find a seating area and smallish dance floor and the restaurant area. The bar has huge and impressive looking metal tiger sculptures adorning it. There is also a TV screen here where they were showing the footie last Saturday, so presumably they always play big games. The TV was switched off later in the evening though. If you go right to the back you will find some stairs going up and some going down. Go downstairs and you will be faced with a very large dancefloor, but they tend to play pretty dancy stuff down there and it's a bit reminiscent of a student union, grotty and smoky (though as a smoker I can hardly complain). Go upstairs however and there is another bar and seating area, which is significantly swankier.
Upstairs again and you will be met with a large dancefloor and yet another bar. With clam-shell type booths, which are usually reserved for parties- you can book through the website.
The music that is normally played in Tiger Tiger, in the main area is RnB and pop chart dance, which I prefer because I can dance to it. The music upstairs is the same as the music downstairs, in the entrance bar area, so if you want a change of scenery its the basement dance bit I described earlier.
I have been to Tiger Tiger on 5 separate occasions. The first was my birthday and we went on a Thursday night. We arrived about 11 and stayed until three, mainly in the entrance bar area, which was pretty empty and filled with City types, boasting about their company credit cards and plying us with champagne. Well, it WAS my 21st, and needless to say, I can't remember much of it. The second time I went was a couple of weeks later on a Saturday night, we were on the guestlist as it was my friend's birthday, and it was just as well as there was a large queue. We failed to get there before 10pm though from her place in Ealing so had to pay £10 entry.
The last time I went to TT, last Saturday, my 'farewell to London' night was with my friend S. We met at 8 and went straight there, pretty early but we managed to stay entertained. It was hot hot hot last Saturday and so I was glad it was walking distance from Charing Cross, as the tube would have been unbearable. We had our nachos (their nachos are simply delicious, lashings of cream, guacamole, salsa and cheese) which were only £4.75 for a generous portion- it fed the two of us. This dish was part of the bar snacks menu, an alternative to a sit down meal. However, as there were no seats downstairs because of the football enthusiasts, we had to eat it standing at the bar. We asked if we could perch in the corner of the restaurant but this wasn't possible despite tonnes of empty seats.
After this we proceeded upstairs where we sat with a bottle of wine (wine is approx £12-20 a bottle) and had a girly chat (S and I went to school together so there was plenty of reminiscing to do, depsit the fact she had come round earlier in the week for tea). We were only harassed by one male, a short dude who thought we wanted to hear about his dream last night and just would not leave despite us laughing in his face. His friend dragged him away and we continued, before relocating downstairs again, where I bumped into A, a guy I had been seeing for a while (and met there originally). We spent most of the night upstairs with A and his friends, and we danced away with 2 more bottles of vino, before leaving at about 1:30 to head back, thankfully in A's car. Usually on a Saturday night, it is very difficult to get a taxi back from the West End after 1am, so I hop on the night bus after a TT experience, which was convenient for me as Trafalgar Square is a stone's throw away so buses are easily gettable.
Well, obviously I think TT is a good night out, otherwise I wouldn't keep going back. I have given you a taster of my nights out there which hopefully has filled in a lot of details for you.
Other stuff that you may find useful:
Happy hour is daily between 5pm and 7:30pm, where the bar platters are cheaper, as is wine and cocktails (by the glass or pitcher) by £2-4.
The wheelchair access is not great, as you may have guessed when reading about the massive amount of stairs, so its not a great place for the disabled unfortunately, unless oyu stay in the entrance bar only. There are only toilets (clean, with attendant trying to squeeze money out of you for a dash of handwash) upstairs and downstairs so you might find yourself caught short if you can't manage the stairs.
The full menu, including an extensive cocktail list is available online at http://www.tigertiger-london.co.uk/default.asp. There you will also find details on how to book a booth, get on the guest list (only really necessary if you are celebrating a special occasion, otherwise just arrive early and you should be fine to get in). The place gets very busy at weekends, so maybe I see my friend's meat market comment may ring true.
Overall, TT London is a good night out, if you like RnB and chart music. If you are a bit alternative it probably won't appeal, with the large amounts of suited men on the prowl, tacky hen nights and the like. The drink is reasonable and if you get in before 10pm, you're laughing- a dead cheap nightout. I only spent £30 last week which is very low for a London night out.
There are branches of TT in Croydon, Newcastle, Portsmouth, Glasgow, Manchester, Cardiff Aberdeen and Leeds.
Address: 29 The Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4SP
Phone: 0207 930 1885
Fax: 0207 930 3060
Main Website: www.tigertiger.co.uk
I have given it for stars, taking off a point for disabled access and the too-trendy atmosphere that might put some off.