If Soho is the heart of London, places like The Windmill Soho are what keep it pumping.
The 350 capacity venue is infamous for being the first theatre in the UK where people got their kit off on stage before becoming one of the best-known strip clubs in London. Now it's been taken over by the Cream Group, AKA the crew behind Cirque Le Soir (think freak flags flying while sparklers spray from champagne bottles) and Restaurant Ours (Tom Seller's dramatic, jungly Knightsbridge joint accessed via an insta-famous light-walled tunnel) so it's curtains for its strip joint status and showtime for something a bit more luxurious.
Money clearly gets you the outrageous, so with a £10m refurb, you can expect something pretty spectacular from The Windmill Soho's new look when it reopens in June. We're talking deep purples, regal blues with a stroke of art deco, and there won't be any glossing over the venue's saucy history. Rawwwr. As well as cash, they also have some salaciously fabulous collaborators onboard, like drag superstar DJ Jodie Harsh, and Adrian Sauvage, the London-born costumier who is bringing a wardrobe of sleek satins, velvet cloaks and louche smoking jackets to complement the boujie interiors.
The Theatre will act as the main restaurant, where Michelin-starred Chef Andrew McLeish will whip up a titillating and theatrical dining experience while cabaret acts bend over backwards to keep that Windmill story alive. Looking for drinks? The Palais De Luxe will host the grand upstairs bar, and speakeasy vibes will be found at Hendersons in the basement, both with drinks designed by Cocktail Trading Co's Andy Mil. If this is theatre reimagined, baby, we want front row tickets.
The Windmill Soho will reopen in June.