There’s a cool new hotel in town, it’s called The Moxy and it’s not quite like anywhere you’ve stayed before. Located in Stratford, it’s just a stones throw away from the monstrous Westfield and the Olympic stadium, so a perfect place to stay after hitting the shops for a spree with the girls (or boys).
I had the pleasure of attending The Moxy’s opening party last week and it was certainly a party like none other. We had the best time and there was so much to do while we were there. It was quite likely one of the best launch parties I think I’ve ever been to…
The Moxy is a branch of The Marriott which has been designed around the younger adults who need somewhere to stay whilst in the big smoke. It’s extremely contemporary and chic and provides a great place to stay just 25 minutes away from the hustle and bustle of Central London. Each of their 294 guest rooms feature a floor-to-ceiling art wall, free wifi, a 42-inch LCD TV, MUK bath amenities and sumptuous bedding as well as offering snacks & drinks available 24/7, free use of computers and a bar with local spirit!
We checked our names off the guest list and headed in to the downstairs lobby/living area of the hotel where we were asked to sign the ‘guestbook’… now, this was like no ‘guestbook’ I’ve ever seen before… It wasn’t exactly a book you see, but rather a young lady in a PVC catsuit with a pen and you were able to sign your name directly onto her body. At first it was a little bit of a weird idea but we decided we liked the certain quirkiness surrounding it, although I was definitely glad that it was her being signed and not me!
After this we swanned through the crowds of people surrounding the numerous bars that were dotted around and ordered ourselves a mojito before wandering over to see what else the night had in store for us. One thing we noticed was the huge variety of cocktails and various drinks that were available to the party-goers, The Moxy really had gone out with a gin bar which offered both sweet and dry fruity takes of the standard Gin and tonic. I chose to have a strawberry gin and cranberry juice which I enjoyed hugely and am now going to search for some strawberry gin in order to recreate this tipple at home.
As well as this there was a champagne bar which featured a number of golden magnums of Bottega Gold Prosecco so everyone was able to live like the glamour pusses that they truly are. On top of this there was the main bar which was serving mojitos (as I’ve already mentioned), espresso martinis, wine, soft drinks, beers and pretty much anything else you could think of! In addition to copious amounts of alcohol, the food that was offered was scrumptious. There were platters of sushi, and other finger food and deserts along with an area filled to the brim with sweets! Yay. We certainly enjoyed these, I even found a giant lollypop in my bag at work the next day which was a huge pick-me-up.
Soon after our arrival, everyone was called to the stage to hear about The Moxy and listen to a lovely speech by the beautiful general manager (her hair was amazing) before a dance crew which was a fusion of break dance and ballet took to the floor to give everyone a performance. One of my favourite parts was the various topless waiters who were knocking around and offering us all shots of Tequila Rose (we couldn’t help but get a cheeky photo, I mean, you would too.)
As well as all of this going on downstairs, The Moxy had opened a few of the first floor hotel rooms for visitors to sneak a peak whilst various models in their slinky pjs provided entertainment with a pillow fight. By the time we arrived upstairs it looked like they’d made their way through quite a few pillows due to the amount of feathery mess all over the corridor and rooms. There were also musicians in some of the rooms doing there thing and inviting party people to give their best renditions which was nice (for the most part).
We headed back down to the lobby where we came face to face with some very tall (don’t worry, I realise they were on stilts) and scantily clad ladies who were providing entertainment and hyping up the crowd for the band – Tyler Rix (who were great) and rallying up the crowds so that nobody got run over by the returning dancers. Everyone looked simply fabulous! And it felt as though I was in some weird dream, slightly bonkers.
We made our way round to another part of the downstairs area and on our way we found a huge bed, this was designed to be sort of like a photo booth and we had a pick of loads of props to pose with in one of The Moxy’s comfy beds, I think you’ll agree we look like rockstars (or maybe not).
We continued on round to the other part of the downstairs area where to much surprise we found a pop up tattoo parlour where REAL TATTOOS were being offered for free. I was slightly tipsy by this time and so whether or not I should do something I would most likely later regret was a very tough decision to make – mother and father if you’re reading this, don’t worry I said no – but had fun watching a lot of people choose what they wanted and getting inked on a drunken Thursday evening!
Not long after this we made some pals and resided to the chill out area where we played (and I won) a game or two of table football, just as well as I’m relatively competitive…
Seeing as it was a week night, my friend and I decided it was best to be on our way and so we left for our tubes and trains, which were luckily only a two minute walk away at stratford station. But the party continued on until 1pm and I can only imagine all the fun that went on!
So, If you’re planning a trip to London or want to have a little staycation in the East then you better get onto their website and book your stay now!