Will this be Harry’s new haunt Prince's Eton pal opens DukeBox, the club billed as new Mahiki – with waltzer cars, 500 tables and a bespoke marshmallowist…
20:45 GMT, 18 September 2012
Red chino-wearing, Sloaney-haired clubbers went into mourning when Chelsea's coolest upmarket nightspot closed down earlier this year.
Dubbed as 'the rich kids' playground', Public saw the likes of Pippa Middleton, Prince Harry and the whole of the Made In Chelsea cast pass through its golden doors every single week.
But Sloaney party-goers London-wide can rejoice because Howard Spooner, the man that brought us an array of London's hippest haunts (including the legendary Public) is back with a brand new night called DukeBox – and as soon as it opened its doors, a new Royal fan club was born.
DukeBox owner Howard Spooner is using a tried-and-tested formula to lure the Sloaney crowds to his hip new club
Prince Harry and Pippa Middleton, who were loyal fans of Public, are always welcome says Spooner
Spooner, the 42-year-old club king who ran Public along with Prince Harry's best friend Guy Pelly, is back on the London club scene with a vengeance and this time he is doing things his own way.
Using a tried-and-tested formula, DukeBox revellers can expect delicious 'egg and spoon' style cocktails (or present-themed ones for a special occasions), sparklers, tubs of candy treats, waltzers, bucket loads of popcorn, confetti, cool beats, a bespoke marshmallowist and the most unrivalled crowd south of the river.
And there is one very special guest who may be making an appearance (if his rumoured girfriend's recent visit is anything to go by).
'You just never know with Prince Harry. He came to Public a lot and he is a pretty special client.
The fridges are always stocked to the brim with expensive drinks ready for those champagne showers after midnight
Sloaney crowds, including Made In Chelsea's Cheska, Gabriella and Jamie, were out in force to support the club on opening night
'As a fan of Public, Pippa Middleton is always welcome too,' said Spooner in an exclusive interview with MailOnline.
DukeBox is located just round the corner from the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in the basement that used to host The Valmont Club- the perfect location for its loyal Chelsea and Fulham-based clientele, of course.
As an aesthetic juxtaposition of a New York warehouse-style interior with eccentric theatrical touches featuring a series of nods to the fantastical, DukeBox offers an idiosyncratically British design.
Guy Pelly, a friend of Prince Williamm and Harry isn't involved in DukeBox but he and Howard are still good friends. Right: DukeBox offers sweet treats including flavoured popcorn and a bespoke marshmellowist
But with the minimum table spend setting you back a cool 500, only the rich may apply.
And although Spooner has brought the carousel rides and sweet jars with him from Public, there is one crucial difference between the two clubs.
'DukeBox differs from Public in that we don't have that spoiled brat element. I have had people shouting at me on the door saying: “If you don't let me in I will have you fired, I could buy you right now”,' said Spooner.
Taking a playful approach to whimsical drunken debauchery, the 250-capacity space is inspired by recollections of unimpeded childhood fun and judging by the opening night's clientele (which included Prince Harry's rumoured girlfriend, Cressida Bonas as well as the Made in Chelsea cast, Professor Green, Matt Cardle and Aidan Grimshaw) the club looks set for Sloaney success.
THE FIVE HOTTEST LONDON CLUB NIGHTS
DukeBox, Fulham Road – Of course. Expect frivolous fun from Howard Spooner and his team and be sure to try the egg and spoon cocktail
Embassy Brasserie and Salon nightclub, Mayfair – It's a restaurant, it's a bar, and it's one of the city's coolest destinations. There's a 40-seater terrace outside, and inside a DJ subtly ramps up the vibe throughout the evening.
Aura, Mayfair- Head out on a Friday
night for London's most glamorous club night. Aura is a haven of rich
heritage and grandeur and is always a regular hang-out for A-listers.
Mahiki, Mayfair – A club cult classic
that doesn't look set to be going out of fashion anytime soon. Rihanna
always pops in when she is in town and judging by the delicious
signature treasure-chest cocktails, it's no surprise.
The Box, Soho – Prince Harry, his cousins
Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, Kate Moss, Emma Watson and Keira
Knightley have all partied here until dawn. Head there for a wild
cabaret show and plenty of laughs.