The Thin White Duke

The Thin White Duke

The Thin White Duke


Worship at the boozy altar of David Bowie

The Thin White Duke has brought some sick work-hard-play-hard vibes to Soho's Windmill Street. With coffee from Girls Who Grind, a sexy menu of Dominican bites and cocktails with subtle references to Bowie records from bar expert Dav Eames, you won't have any excuse to leave your seat from breakfast 'til nightcap, apart from visiting the stunningly wallpapered bathrooms.

The pair behind this hub for music-oriented creatives, production designer Sasha Almonte and musician Giovanni Almonte, have gone all out when it comes to experimental style. Their muse? The king of culture and self-expression, HRH David Bowie. His Thin White Duke persona was inspired by the queer cabaret scene of Berlin during the '20s and '30s, and they've melded this with his fascination with Japan to curate the collaborative venue's glamorously chaotic aesthetic.

On the ground floor, the bar is surrounded by exposed brick and a wicked copper-tiled ceiling. This is where the boozy magic happens, so order one of Dav's bangin' drinks and get involved. But you're also gonna want to ask the team nicely if they'll give you a cheeky tour of the members-only recording studios downstairs, 'cos they're freakin' amazing. The Seminary boasts a modern church aesthetic complete with a stained glass mural of Bowie surrounded by adoring saints, plus some taxidermy and detached doll heads for good measure. Meanwhile, the Kyoto Room is inspired by 19th-century Japonisme, with truly magnificent wallpaper that'll have you scouring Pinterest when you get home. You might want to consider a music career just to spend a little extra time here.


By BarChick


22 Great Windmill St, London W1D 7LD


Monday 9:00 - 15:00
Tuesday 9:00 - 23:00
Wednesday 9:00 - 23:00
Thursday 9:00 - 23:00
Friday 9:00 - 00:00
Saturday 10:00 - 00:00
Sunday 12:00 - 18:00


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