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UmbabaNew concept bar in the heart of the West End owned by the same group as China Whites, with an 'African' theme. Members must purchase a passport for the Republic of Umbaba, for £500, but for the moment they are still admitting civilians if you ring ahead. There's a buzz about this place but our roving reporter did not enjoy it.

He sent the following report by the medium of text: 'Surrounded by the cream of the aristocracy. Rich and thick. Help. I want to leave but I have left my coat in one of the Elephant's feet.'

Sobered up and more fully debriefed, our agent conceded that perhaps his reaction to Umbaba had been tempered by a dislike of all things upper class. Diligent reporters that we are, (and hideous social climbers into the bargain) we girded our loins for a second visit.

Umbaba is undoubtedly beautiful, and the hotch potch Africanised furniture is very comfortable as well. However, the 'African' theme is a little uncomfortable when conjoined with an incredibly wealthy crowd and a stolidly dull R'n'B music policy. Either these guys are very earnest and pretentious, or they're sniggering into their sleeves like Prince Harry in his SS uniform.

Drinks are excellent, if very expensive. You also need to book a table which will set you back enough for a week's boozing around the corner in Soho. The crowd are extremely well-to-do, and dressed up as well which gives the place a pleasantly decadent feel. However, this is very much a place to be seen and if you're not a socialite you may find the superficial conversation and glances over your shoulder a little hard to take. Also, you won't pull in any meaningful way unless you bring enough money to start your own coup.

 

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Oxford Circus Tube Station
 
4 minutes walk
 
Piccadilly Circus Tube Station
 
6 minutes walk
 
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Charing Cross Railway Station
 
15 minutes walk
 
Euston Railway Station
 
21 minutes walk
 
 
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Broadwick Masterpark
 
2 minutes walk
 
Burlington Car Park
 
3 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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London > Apartment > Apartment   from £150  42% off
5 Maddox Street, W1S | 2 minutes from Umbaba
Edgy, urban and very hip, these distinguished apartments are a shopper's seventh heaven. Located near Regents Street, Maddox Street is a stylish sanctuary of tranquility offering ... More
 
 
 
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London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £141  38% off
19 - 21 Great Marlborough Street, W1F | 2 minutes from Umbaba
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London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £300  39% off
68 Regent Street, W1B | 5 minutes from Umbaba
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No. 41
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41 Conduit Street, Mayfair, London W1S | 3 minutes from Umbaba
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4 Winsley Street, Fitzrovia, London W1W | 4 minutes from Umbaba
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201-203 Wardour Street, W1F | 5 minutes from Umbaba
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13 Kingly Court, Soho, London W1B | 1 minute from Umbaba
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12a Newburgh Street, Soho, London W1F | 1 minute from Umbaba
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9 Conduit Street, Mayfair, London W1S | 2 minutes from Umbaba
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Umbaba, 16 Denman Street, W1D | 4 minutes from Umbaba
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Umbaba, 29 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D | 5 minutes from Umbaba
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Umbaba, Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, London W1D | 5 minutes from Umbaba
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8 Argyll Street, Soho, London W1F | 2 minutes from Umbaba
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Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, London W1D | 5 minutes from Umbaba
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218-223 Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus, Soho, London W1V | 6 minutes from Umbaba
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London > Attractions > Art Galleries
16-18 Ramillies Street, Soho, London W1F | 3 minutes from Umbaba
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London > Shopping > Street or Area
Carnaby Street, Soho, London W1F | 1 minute from Umbaba
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London > Shopping > Children's Gifts and Toys
188-196 Regent Street, Soho, London W1B | 1 minute from Umbaba
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Unit 1.7, First Floor Kingly Court, Soho, London W1B | 1 minute from Umbaba
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25 Ganton Street, Soho, London W1F | 1 minute from Umbaba
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23a Ganton Street, Soho, London W1F | 1 minute from Umbaba
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15 Kingly Street, Soho, London W1B | 1 minute from Umbaba
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15B Little Portland Street, Fitzrovia, London W1W | 6 minutes from Umbaba
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19 Wigmore Street, Marylebone, London W1U | 8 minutes from Umbaba
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24 Shelton Street, Covent Garden, WC2H | 12 minutes from Umbaba
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Unit 2.4-2.6 Kingly Court, Soho, London W1B5PW | 1 minute from Umbaba
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33 Great Pulteney Street, Soho, London W1F | 3 minutes from Umbaba
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77a Wells Street, Fitzrovia, London W1T | 6 minutes from Umbaba
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77a Wells Street, Fitzrovia, London W1T | 6 minutes from Umbaba
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London > Business > Venue Hire
Burlington House, Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J | 5 minutes from Umbaba
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68 Dean Street
London > Business > Venue Hire
68 Dean Street, Soho, London W1D | 6 minutes from Umbaba
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195 Piccadilly (BAFTA)
London > Business > Venue Hire
195 Piccadilly, St James's, London W1J | 6 minutes from Umbaba
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