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Tiger Tiger London - Get some earplugs
Tiger Tiger (London)
Member Name: fuzzybear01
Tiger Tiger (London)
Advantages: Fabulous decor, nice cocktails
Disadvantages: Bit too loud, expensive drinks, pushy toilet attendant
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.
Summary: Good for a night out if you don't want to trek around in the cold weather.