Last week I had the great fortune of attending one of the coolest events I’ve been to since moving to London! Cutty Sark Whisky had created Cutty Cargo, a touring event that brings together design, photography, food, drink and music; all within an oversized cargo crate. It had been erected by the Old Truman Brewery and was massive! However, before I go any further, special mention must be made to the fabulous Elsa Messi who hooked me up with the tickets to this special one off night.
By the time we arrived, the queue had already formed and the anticipation was growing! After handing your tickets over you were given a wristband that included 5 free cocktail tokens and unlimited Meat Liquor all night (if you were quick enough to get your hands on it!).
As we made our way inside, we were met by a neon haze, created by an incredible light installation that had been produced especially for Cutty Cargo.
As the crowd started to grow we thought we had better waste no time in hitting the cocktail bar and sampling what the Cutty Sark mixologists had to offer.
The walls of the Cutty Cargo were adorned by some great artistic creations and a really intriguing photography concept from Tom Oxley called The Moving Portrait. Giant screens depicted celebrities’ video portraits captured during the process of a photo shoot.
There was an immersive theatrical performance going on amongst the crowd that saw the cast interacting with the public as they watched on in intrigue.
As we waited at the bar for another cocktail we eyed a suspicious looking man standing guard at what seemed like a secret doorway. People were being bundled inside in small groups and it wasn’t too long till I was asking when it would be our turn! After a bit of persuasion he told us to return in ten minutes and he’d sneak us inside.
What we found inside was a small bar area known as the Secret Club.
The bar was being manned by the bartenders of 69 Colebrooke Row, who were serving up whisky sours and absinthe cocktails! The perfect sippers for the show we were about to experience. With our drinks in hand, we were quickly ushered to some seats at the foot of a small stage, unaware of what was going to happen next until….
…Miss Polly Rae, the UK burlesque sensation appeared. She soon got the crowd a little hot under the collar with her performance, which culminated in her relieved of her clothes and covering herself in Cutty Sark Whisky! It must have had a lasting effect on the guy next to us as he was left quite short of breath haha!
When we made our way back into the belly of the Cutty Cargo crate, it was obvious that word had got around about Miss Polly Rae’s show, as the line for the secret club was now double the size and the doorman was being bothered more than ever! We decided to leave them to it and hunted down MEATLiquor! Delicious as ever, we soon made light work of their Dead Hippie burgers and decided to grab a decent spot for the top treat of the night!
Yes that is right! Jessie Ware took us through a full blown performance of her incredible album; what a perfect way to top off an already epic night!
It was a shame she had to finish when she did. However, it wasn’t the end of the night. Duke Dumont turned up to shut the night down in stupendous fashion, bringing some of the summer’s finest anthems for revellers to two step to till the early hours.
Cutty Cargo was an incredible night, encompassing some of the best examples of London’s creative cultures and talents and what’s more, it was entirely free! This is why I love this city!
We The Food Snobs x