The Brits have a reputation for knowing how to have a good time. Whether in Edinburgh, London or anywhere in-between, we’re not afraid to dress up and go out, dance and enjoy ourselves.
This is a philosophy we take with us whenever we travel. In Spain and Portugal, across the Balearics and spreading into Eastern Europe, the Brits are instantly recognizable in a naughty nurse outfit or neon tutu. The Germans might be able to match us for sometimes having one too many, but we taught them how to do fancy dress. It is a shame that in some locations this has gone too far. What was once just harmless fun is now often reported as drunken excess and, as usual, those who just want to have fun getting caught up in the crackdown. It starts to feel like there are fewer places to head to where you can have a good time.
It is the same back in the UK
In the last ten years, the number of nightclubs in the UK has halved. Even in the capital some of the biggest names, especially those associated with dressing up such as Madame Jo Jo’s in Soho, have closed.
There are many reasons for this. Escalating rents and few club-goers are important factors, and it is also a question of value for money. Both at home and abroad, what was once fun, exciting and novel is now packed and out of control. People are opting towards house parties and more local venues when they want to have fun with friends.
Bring the party home
Why not bring the party home? We can have music streaming and strobe lights in the living room, and we can still dress up.
We will mourn the nightclubs and the holidays that could soon become a thing of the past. As the saying goes, you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone. With this in mind, perhaps it is time to dig out our dancing shoes and legwarmers and look up the night bus times again while the clubs are still open.