Calling all 90s babies, spice girls, destiny’s children and double-denim-wearing boyband devotees. This one’s for you.
I’m pretty sure I could count on my left hand the amount of people I know who aren’t totally down with the 90s. The fashion, the music…the haircuts. The cult TV shows, the questionable makeup choices (blue hair mascara, anyone?), the absolute icons. Mine was Geri Halliwell, FYI.
So when I heard about The 90s Brunch, it was safe to say I was more excited about it than a Westlife member getting a new stool for Christmas.
The brunches are held on a fortnightly basis, across different London venues – you only know the rough area until the Monday before, when the secret location is revealed to ticket holders. We headed down to Clapham at midday on a Saturday to check out our first (and definitely not last) 90s Brunch event at dim sum restaurant and venue Fu Manchu.
And here’s why you totally need to get yourself (and your best the next 90s brunch event…
Have you ever been on a night out where every single song induces you turning to the person next to you and squealing ‘I. LOVE. THIS. SONG!’? Right. Well. The 90s brunch soundtrack is basically that. Every damn song is incredible. From Atomic Kitten to Snoop Dogg, whatever your 90s chart topping vibe, they bring it.
We were welcomed into the party with a bang – from 12-1, you can get your hands on unlimited bubbly cocktails from the bar. And believe me, we took full advantage of that. You do have to pay for your drinks after that, but it’s certainly a very good start – so make sure you arrive at 12 on the dot!
As Fu Manchu is a dim sum restaurant, the eats on order were definitely not your standard avo toast brunch kinda deal. For starters, we had some crispy spring rolls which were delicious, and as a main, a tasty chicken curry. They may not have been top-notch gourmet plates, but definitely perfect for lining the stomach for an afternoon of debauchery. Oh, and the lychee doughnuts that arrived on piled up plates for dessert? AMAZING.
To get the party going while everyone hovered slightly politely at their tables pouring bubbly down their throats, rollerskate-dancing was order of the day. Seriously, the guy doing it was so slick. I want to be that cool. And as the party got going later on, we were treated to a fabulous neon hula hoop show.
The Lip Syncing
Can’t sing? Doesn’t matter! Get up on stage and lip sync your heart out to some of the best 90s tracks! It’s not a serious, sit down affair – with stage invaders jumping up and everyone in the crowd singing and dancing along too. Unfortunately, we missed the sign-up for the competition, but our lip sync duet of The Real Slim Shady will live to be performed another day…
The Dance Routines
If you can do the Macarena a million times better than you can do your household paperwork (which I totally can), you’ll love this part. The first hour and a half being, as Kassie so rightly put it, like the first stage of a school disco, totally changes once everyone’s got fully into the party mood. We’re talking throwing down your best 90s moves, sashaying like Britney and proving to your companions that you totally still know every single step to Bye Bye Bye.
Honestly, I’m not normally a big nightclub lover. If I do go ‘out out’, it’ll usually be to a sweaty rock club, or I’ll awkwardly hover on the dance floor pretending I know the words to the latest Drake song. And if you’re like me, you might initally be put off when I say, it’s basically a club night in the day. BUT, unlike the super clubs with a million people stepping on your brand new Topshop flats, this is a much more intimate and friendly affair. Everyone there was all about the fun – happy to dance silly, sing badly and chat away about anything and everything.
Event tickets are priced at £35 – for a three-course meal, those unlimited welcome drinks and an entertainment-filled five-hour daytime party, I think that’s pretty awesome value.
And seriously, we just had the absolute best time (even though I was hungover by 9pm). I’m already hoping they run one on my birthday (1st April, thanks in advance for the pressies) so I can head back again with everyone I’ve ever met and have all the fun, all over again.
The 90s Brunch
Various London locations
*We were invited down to try out the event for review purposes. But my 90s-induced happiness is so real.
Event images courtesy of The 90s Brunch, photography by Anna Wallington