This is gay ballroom night at the Rivoli, but about a third of the guests are straight, Around 200 punters go. It's ten pounds entrance, and the bar prices are reasonable, and you can get a cup of tea for one pound, and a freshly made sandwich for one pound fifty pence. A bottle of champagne is thirty six pounds, and you get an ice bucket and decent glasses.
The doormen are professional, as are the bar staff.There's a free cloakroom. Some of the dancers, in particular some of the gay men, are incredibly good dancers. The best foxtrot I've ever seen danced has happened here. It's open until around midnight, maybe a bit later. There are several really good cheap West Indian restaurants in the same High Street,
It's held every month, on the first Saturday of the month.This month. I often go, as I live in South London, and have a 'meet up' table on the right as you enter and put a sign on it. You would be welcome ot join my table if you see me there.
I feel the whole thing has gone a little stale, and I wish they would have more guest DJs, a live dance orchetra at least sometimes and also do less sequence dancing. The 'men only' andd 'women' only and 'mixed couples only' dances get a bit tedious, especially when the floor 's half empty, and the men's standard uniform of jeans and sweatshirts doesn't exactly add glamour, but I suppose I'm spoilt for choice.