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Description: Stylish and chic spin-off parties are synonymous with the word Salvation. Recognised for being a unique experience in a scene that is becoming increasingly standardised and sterile, Salvation presently operates events in the most state-of-the-art and in-demand venues in the London and the UK, as well as events in several major cities throughout Europe and America.

In addition, Salvation has now launched its own DJ agency to deal with increased demand for their team of superstar DJs. In an effort to spread the Salvation brand and vibe throughout the world, the busy team behind this popular club have also launched a record label.

Now in its eighth year, Salvation has expanded to worldwide recognition, through regular parties in Paris, Amsterdam, Rome and Brussels, as well as new journeys into Stockholm, Madrid, Milan, Lausanne, Zurich, Tel Aviv and Asia. Parties in Brazil have achieved amazing success where other clubs have only scratched the surface.

The music of Salvation has proved popular around the globe with each new Salvation event attracting capacity crowds. With its worldwide reputation of delivering quality productions and cutting edge sounds by its stable of internationally famous DJ stars, Salvation continues to attract loyal fans and music lovers the world over.

Salvation blends its cutting edge music policy along with professional on-site management, lavish decor, stylish props, outrageous personalities and chart-topping dance acts to make its events a sure-fire success. It is no wonder that in just eight short years, Salvation has placed itself amongst the cream of the London dance scene, building into one of the UK's most loved and well-respected organisations.

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Address: The Hippodrome, Leicester Square, Strand WC2H 7JH - Find it on the map
Nearest station & local bus routes: Leicester Square - Use Journey Planner to plan your route to Salvation.
Opening times: Special party dates.
Website: www.salvation-london.com
Photo galleries: Gallery 1 - Gallery 2 - Gallery 3 - Gallery 4 - Gallery 5
Crowd: LGBT


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Mono

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Registered: October 2004
Location: London, UK
Posts: 231
Review Date: 26 August 08 Would you recommend this club? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Venue. Music. Production. Crowd.
Cons: Bar prices (�4.50 for a Red Bull)! Chaotic coat check.

Salvation, at its new home, The Hippodrome on Leicester Square, is clubbing at the glossy magazine level: stunning venue; theatrical production; gorgeous men (and women). The occasional nature of the parties mean that it's a true event and, accordingly, the crowd comes out in droves. I'm very glad that I arrived early because by 19:30 reports were coming in (I love my iPhone) of huge queues outside.

Arriving a shade after 18:00 we were politely greeted and thoroughly searched. Thorough being the operative word. I'd come with a bag containing a change of clothing (well, shirt, socks and underwear for the following party) as well as shower gel, towel and deodorant (my office is nearby and it has a shower). The gel presented some sort of security risk and my 'wet bag' was held at the door for me to collect later. I was given a ticket but couldn't understand why I couldn't just check my whole bag there and then rather than separate the contents. If I'd known then the nightmare that was to follow at the end of the night I think I'd have insisted that they take the whole bag. But more of that later�

Inside we were greeted by friendly, scantily-clad super-heroes and we excitedly made our way to the bar. For a venue that had only been open a very short space of time it was surprisingly busy. Sensibly, the main floor was curtained off letting the excitement build in the wings and allowing for the dramatic unveiling of the dance space when critical mass was achieved (although by nipping up to the balcony you could get a sneak peak).

The Hippodrome is an impressive venue with an appropriately impressive pedigree. Built in 1900 it originally hosted aquatic spectacles, a circus and variety events (the floor used to conceal a 100,000 gallon water tank). It later became a music-hall variety theatre and then, in 1958, evolved into The Talk of the Town hosting acts such as Judy Garland and Shirley Bassey. The venue isn't a club any more, in the traditional sense, it's an events venue. But it is a great club space.

The main floor filled up very quickly, although mercifully it never got to the 'I can't move/breathe/dance' level that has blighted many a bank holiday party in the past, and the tunes kept the crowd in a suitably animated state. I'd heard that Sharon O Love was a bit of a turntable treasure and she was; the sound was distinctly up and funky and unashamedly crowd-pleasing.

The show was odd (but in a good way) with super-heroes and villains emerging from the floor on a raised platform (presumably the water tank was empty or long gone) and, prompted by their gyrating the mood was shifted up a gear. I have to say a special mention for the Heath Ledger-inspired Joker �a fabulous antithesis in the midst of so much sculptured, tailored and coiffured perfection.

The Salvation clubbers are a good-looking bunch; not all gay, not all men and not all smooth-of-chest and producted-of-hair. At any given point you could turn and see a photo-opportunity of a good-looking person (even if you didn't fancy them) or be stopped dead in your tracks by the kind of vision that inspires Catholic guilt even in the most liberated of souls.

By 22:00 the party was in full swing and a good time was seemingly being had by all; certainly the group that I was with were having a ball, although at this point I have to be honest and say that I wasn't really getting the sum of the parts. This was a great venue, with great music, a fantastic crowd, and production of kind that you just don't get in weekly clubs. I wasn't not enjoying myself, I just felt that given the huge effort put in by the promoters and the crowd, somehow I should be enjoying myself more than I was. Nothing can be all things to all people and I'm a firm believer that the world would be a very boring place if we all liked the same things but whilst the ingredients of this night were undoubtedly of the finest quality, somehow the dish wasn't really the meal I'd hoped for.

About midnight I decided to leave, hoping to catch the last tube. It was at this point that my decision not to pursue the separation of my wet bag from my rucksack came back to bite me. Retrieving my rucksack from the upstairs cloakroom was a cinch. When I then presented the check-ticket for the confiscated wet bag I was told that I'd have to go to the main cloakroom to collect it. When I arrived there the queue was long and disorderly. When I finally made it to the desk they couldn't find the bag. Throughout the course of the evening literally hundreds of items had been separated from bags and put into clear plastic bags. retrieving them was proving to been time consuming and erratic. The staff were never less than helpful (although the security guys 'controlling' the queue didn't appear to have a clue about queue management) and after several fruitless searches for my bag let me into the cloakroom to look for myself. I found it (it had come out of the labelled clear bag and put to one side). All in all it took my an hour and ten minutes to leave the building, which certainly wasn't a fitting end to the night.

Salvation is a quality night that certainly deserves to be experienced. Bear in mind the venue's airport-style obsession with your bags' contents though and take as little with you as possible - you'll be glad of it at the end of the evening. Perhaps The Hippodrome could look at their arrangements and, if they have issues with bags' contents let us check the whole bag at the door and not just some of its contents. I really does not make any sense to make things as chaotic as they were at the end of the evening.
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craigie_b

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Registered: November 2003
Location: London, UK
Posts: 40
Review Date: 4 December 07 Would you recommend this club? Yes | Price you paid?: �10.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Venue enhancements.
Cons: Drinks prices?

Sceptical munchkin craigie_b grabbed a Brixton-bound tube bound for Salvation, and was very pleasantly surprised...

This review is for Salvation at the Fridge - not Salvation in the Bloomsbury Ballrooms. (It's complicated.)

Like most people, I've been to a few of those behemoth Bank Holiday Oranges a few years back at the Fridge in Brixton. Remember them? Millions of people; inability to move from the one spot you secured at the back of the stage; good music; the night seemed to stretch for 48 hours; and everyone there had a six-pack or an eight-pack and no chest hair (except for you).

At their peak, the big parties were so rammed that many people had to be turned away - which led to a new slightly secret/'spillover' night at new-ish club FiRE which then grew to dominate the scene. On hearing that the Salvation brand was branching into two, with new one-off parties at the Fridge, it sounded like something new was brewing. The Fridge always struck me as a less-than-opulent venue - similar to G-A-Y (an old theatre with black walls - but with rotting toilets and fewer teenagers), so I was intrigued how that could marry with a premium/decadent night like Salvation.

To succeed, it would need a huge effort - not least on the very night that the once-great DTPM finally left the land of the living, like a weak actor on stage that steadfastly refuses to kark it.

But, my word, they pulled it off. Arriving fairly early, the cavernous dancefloor was curtained off, so clubbers were dancing to Pier Morrocco in the bar area with no sight of what was to come. Orange light bounced off mirror balls and there was a bit of impatient excitement in the air. At 7.30 the curtains were at last dramatically pulled back to reveal...

... a completely different venue to what I was expecting. 'Sex Ball' was the theme (which could so easily just mean 'Tacky') but it was *seriously* well done. Two massive cages dominated the dancefloor, while acrobatic dancers galore in Chicago-esque outfits using huge fat metal poles on stage to do some gravity-defying routines. Now this fitted well with the decadent nature of Salvation. The occasional show (which, yes, included the odd nipple tassel) broke up the rhythm of the night for just the right length of time for me to pop to the bar and the loo. Hoorah! Competing club promoters were seen hob-knobbing merrily in the bar, so has this night reconciled our best clubbing brands for the first time in yonks?

In olden times (when they used vinyl?) the DJ in the Fridge used to fester in a booth at the back of the dancefloor. Tonight they grandly took over the stage, which makes a lot more sense. To add to the dramatic effect, the decks were suspended from the ceiling on four wires so it looked like they floated above us. Now, how often do you see a DJ's legs? For the first time we could see if they played with themselves whilst DJing (answer - no they didn't). Music-wise, Luke Hope was very impressive and Gonzalo was less hard than I've heard before. A live drum set up in the gods added a new dimension to some of the house music which ranged widely and included Uninvited (twice, woo-hoo!).

The place wasn't rammed like the old bank holiday oranges, but it was busy enough and decadent. It had less of a carnival atmosphere to it than Salvation at Bloomsbury Ballrooms, but there's a lot of mileage in this new night that will shortly go monthly. So - a new opulent, naughty night in a different venue? Extravagant performance that can be plotted somewhere between Cabaret and Chicago? And all in the style that gives a gracious nod to Ibiza and to the DTPM of old? At last we're seeing a bit of innovation twinned with real investment in clubbing.
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Mono

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Registered: October 2004
Location: London, UK
Posts: 231
Review Date: 3 July 07 Would you recommend this club? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 5 

 
Pros: Venue. Staff. Production.
Cons: Clash with Madrid EuroPride meant depleted numbers.

This was my first visit to Salvation and, following the excellent reports I'd read and been given by trusted friends, I was very excited by the prospect of doing something different.

I'd been told that, as a lover of Art Deco, I'd love the venue. They were right. I'd heard that the production values were very high. They were. I was told to expect a better class of operation - it was truly very slick and professional. I was told that I would love it.

Unfortunately, and I mean unfortunately through no fault of their own, I didn't love it. There was no buzz. I could see that a huge amount of effort had gone into staging the event. The venue is truly stunning - a huge 30's ballroom equipped with a temporary lighting gantry, lasers, podiums, chandeliers. The dance-floor populated by professional dancers and stilt walkers. You can see that a huge effort has gone into staging this party, but what was wrong? Where was everyone? I'd heard that it got packed. That I'd likely have to queue for a while, but I'd queued for two minutes behind four people.

It didn't occur to me what the quietness was down to until I bumped into a Brazilian friend and Salvation regular. I asked if it was usually busier and he gave me a look and said "of course". I asked why it was so quiet today. "Everyone's in Madrid for EuroPride, except for me. I have to work tomorrow."

I went to the separate bar area and sat down. I was very disappointed. Not just for myself (although I had really wanted to enjoy this) but for the promoters. This wasn't a disaster - the club was far from empty - but it really wasn't working as well as it should. A venue the size of The Bloomsbury Ballroom needs volume, and this was lacking today. After three hours it became apparent that it wasn't going to get any better for me and I decided to move on.

I'll definitely go back, though, because I want to experience it at capacity. You can tell from the sheer effort that's gone into the night that this should be an amazing party. I'm sure that if I had gone any other time than this weekend everything that I'd been told would have been true, but this time, it was just one of those times.

But I will be back...
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wertpolos
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Registered: October 2006
Location: London, UK
Posts: 3
Review Date: 29 May 07 Would you recommend this club? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Good atmosphere and crowd.
Cons: Some organisational issues.

Standing out in the rain in the queue for Salvation for half an hour didn't really make for a promising start. Fair enough, they did provide some umbrellas to the people at the front (or people are so obsessed that they have their own umbrellas with Salvation written all over them, I'm not sure) but I still think they could have easily let people in quicker. My group arrived nice and early after all and when we did get in it really was still empty (because they were holding all the people outside). There was only one queue for everyone (people on guestlist, people who had bought tickets online, and those who didn't have tickets in advance), which slowed things down even further.

There was further confusion when we finally got to the front of the queue. My friend who had bought a ticket in advance said to the clipboard guy: "Hi, I've bought my ticket online here is my credit card". Clipboard guy: "What do you mean?" Friend: "I bought my ticket online using this credit card, you can check my name". Clipboard guy: "I don't understand what you mean, just go through". When it was my turn, more hilarity ensued. Me: "Hi, I should be on the guestlist, I'm reviewing the club". Clipboard guy: "Which guestlist"? Me: "The press guestlist". Clipboard guy: "Your name is press?" (I'm not kidding). Anyway, after we eventually managed to get through, I have to say I was quite impressed.

I'd never been to Salvation before and the Bloomsbury Ballroom is not your average venue for a debauched, gay clubbing experience. In fact I think it is the only venue I've ever been to that has a carpet. The carpet and other nice surroundings, however, did not make up for another mishap. My friend, who had bought VIP tickets online for �20 which apparently included a free glass of champagne, went up to the bar only to be told that "the champagne had run out". And that was half an hour after the club opened. Not to mention that they didn't offer him a different complementary drink either.

Apart from all this Salvation turned out to be really good fun. After a slow start (I think people were a bit confused by the up-market surroundings and didn't start taking their tops off until around 8pm) it became apparent that all that usual clubbing faces were there. The dancefloor was absolutely packed and I've never seen so many podium dancers / people on stills / drag queens prancing around / live guitarists on stage (fact) in a club.
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craigie_b

One of Ruby's Munchkins

Registered: November 2003
Location: London, UK
Posts: 40
Review Date: 11 April 07 Would you recommend this club? Yes | Price you paid?: �15.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: party atmosphere
Cons: it got a bit hot!

Mid-way through an Easter clubbing marathon, munchkin craigie_b headed to Bloomsbury for a date with Salvation...

Arriving at Bloomsbury ballroom at 7pm, the party was clearly well under way. The queue problems from the 1st event were sorted, and there were two small queues to get in that initially indicated a quiet start to the evening. But that was soon disproved when we got through the VIP coatcheck (wow!) and entered the main room to see a room that was absolutely crackling with atmosphere.

Salvation is known for its party/carnival feel, and this party did not disappoint. There were cool original dancers on stage that exploded huge confetti rockets into the crowd. People on stilts strode through the crowd and hung off the light rig, while others wore costumes that would have stood out at Notting Hill Carnival. The DJ led the room from a stage in front of a massive luxurious draped velvet curtain. And in all in this wondrous art deco building. Everything oozed occasion, style and party. It felt really rather indulgent, and exciting.

A surprise PA was performed by (I think) Therese, which was cool and fitted with the night. The music was great funky house for most of the night, and the crowd loved it until about 10.30 when there was a clear move to DTPM. But the night stayed fun despite being a bit quieter. I couldn't work out who the DJs were, as there was no list pinned up anywhere and none of the staff seemed to know - and I was having far too much fun to wait beside the stage until they came off.

There was a really beautiful/handsome crowd, and not in a plastic-y shaven chest kind of way - in fact there was a high number of hairy chested men with stubble out to play (growl!). The bar was tough to get to at its busiest points, but the long corridor running along the side of the dance floor doubled up as VIP sit-down area and small bar, which helped if you had a VIP band or knew someone that did.

The fact that this club was a real occasion was shown by quite how many DJs/promoters were there as punters. Hugh Stevenson (woof!), Rob Sykes, David Rogers, Minty, Megan...

In short, this night has a real nice feel to it. go go go! and take me with you!
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craigie_b

One of Ruby's Munchkins

Registered: November 2003
Location: London, UK
Posts: 40
Review Date: 5 December 06 Would you recommend this club? Yes | Price you paid?: �15.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Music, crowd, venue, plushness.
Cons: Teething problems with new venue.

After a month off clubbing, munchkin craigie_b was chomping at the bit for a dance on a podium. Salvation did not disappoint:

This Sunday, Salvation decamped from its decidedly mediocre Vauxhall base across town to a new venue, the Bloomsbury Ballroom. For the first time in ages, I was hugely excited at the prospect of a completely new space, and what would be in store for the celebrations of the club's 8th birthday. I was almost breathless and giggly as we strode past the British Museum and then... promptly got ourselves lost in Holborn.

No matter, we found the venue thanks to an *enormous* queue which snaked out of an imposing art deco building. After we explained we were reviewing the club, we managed to get in after a wrangle on the door - and felt momentarily guilty for our friends left out in the biting cold. It would take them an hour to get in. The sense of excitement waned a little. A new venue is always likely to have teething problems - but better signage, and people walking up and down the queue apologising and communicating would have helped.

The art deco theme continued inside as we walked down into the main bar area, which was so purple and splendid that Prince would have been impressed. A fab funky mix of 'Love To Love You Baby' was playing as we walked in - perfect. A cool lit ceiling that slowly changed colour, bottles of Taittinger and wine menus on the bar, plush carpets, curtains lit red from behind and a few comfy seats dotted about � all contributed to a feeling of decadence mixed in with fun that I've not seen anywhere else. The excitement began to return until we realised there was a problem at the bar - lots of staff, but all had trouble working out how to use the till. My barmen then took two or three orders at the same time, but mucked them all up thanks to him busily chatting on his radio mike. It took 20 minutes to get a coke and a bottle of water and even then he got the order wrong. C'mon guys!

Then the big doors were open and I spied the main dancefloor in the big long ballroom - two stages and light rigs at either end, with some astonishing dancers, themed in white and silver splendour; Angels, masks, a woman with huge feathers and one beautifully-bodied guy in a white thong who managed to dance acrobatically up and down the catwalk above the crowd in 4-inch red heels. The feeling of a decadent fiesta was carried on later when stunning women dressed in white carnival outfits shimmied through the dancefloor on metal stilts (well, they stomped a bit more than shimmied, I suppose, but still looked graceful), and the huge impressive windows had blinds that moved up to reveal further dancers boogying on the enormous windowsills.

This was SO not your bog-standard club-night. The crowd was very fit, and not the muscle-mary-shaved-chest stereotype I had assumed. Mind you, there was still a brazilian/mediterranean feel to the crowd, and I only saw one blonde person the whole night - and she was a transvestite wearing a cher wig and so I doubt was a natural blonde. The music was refreshing - the DJ was someone new, and so we caught up with her and her lovely friend afterwards. It turns out she's called Sharon O Love, and it was her London debut as she normally places up North. Keep an eye out for her, definitely one to watch. Have a listen at www.sharon-o-love.com. Per QX ably followed. The only comment I�d have on the ballroom was that the walls were dressed with white drapes and looked cool, and there were a couple of white chandeliers in the corners, but the high ceiling was hardly touched � mainly unlit, no drapes or anything. This gave the place a feeling of a school hall that had been taken over for the night. But it was exceptionally well air-conditioned, a real bonus for a club.

Exploring the venue, we were a bit disappointed there weren't more bars / rooms around the place � there was one long corridor with blue leatherette and wooden seat booths running all the way down one side of the ballroom, with half-naked waiters in black-tie collars and cuffs striding up and down with trays of drinks. I suspect they were vital considering the congestion at the bar! The music was good enough to not really need a second room.

We were having a great time bopping away on the dancefloor - but of course it was Salvation's birthday and it was about to get better. The eclectic music switched to a Marc Almond song. It sounded like a live version that I'd not heard before - woo-hoo! - and then I turned around...

...to see that he was singing live on stage with a troupe of dancers.

Absolutely astonishing that this had been kept a secret. He sang great renditions of Tainted Love, Adored and Explored - a really generous set and the crowning glory to the night. Wow. After a boogie on the catwalk (frankly, this was as good as podium dance for me), we headed off to our next clubbing destination, but it paled by comparison. Salvation comes heartily recommended, and a permanent move to Bloomsbury would be a decisive success if they sort out their teething problems over queues and the bar. Sudddenly, the scene no longer stops at the Vauxhall borders - this is one trip well worth the effort. Made my weekend and one of the best clubbing nights of my life. Happy Birthday Sally!
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Registered: January 2005
Location: London, UK
Posts: 267
Review Date: 27 June 06 Would you recommend this club? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 6 

 
Pros: Amazing Electro in room two!
Cons: Being on my own

When I got to the Renaissance Rooms the door staff were kind of sitting around looking a bit bored, I then walked past an empty cloak room and then through an empty Room Two before reaching the main room that had very few people in. From reading previous reviews this isn't what I expected at all, where was everyone? It got even worse at about 4am when everyone left for the last night at Beyond. I ended up doing some kind of T-shirt swinging thing that entertained myself for a bit.

I did get a good chance to look at the setup and I was very impressed with the decoration. A chillout area just beyond Room Two was made to look like a dark, moody old church with a couple of candles and a plate of forbidden fruit.

The clubs big bonus for me was one of the best ever live electro sets I had ever heard in Room Two. I think at most there were five people dancing with me but for most it was just me and I just didn't want it to end.

I think I need to return on another night when a few more people are there.
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Sticky

One of Ruby's Munchkins

Registered: September 2005
Location: London, UK
Posts: 188
Review Date: 1 May 06 Would you recommend this club? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Music was pumping, club looked great, exciting and fulfilling night out.
Cons: Massive queue, alley was badly lit, no signs.

I was so looking forward to the bank holiday weekend and met my friend Howard to go through his wardrobe because we were going to Salvation and I had not a thing to wear! We arrived at the Miles Street and there was a massive queue to get in the alley was badly lit, there were no signs to direct people in the right direction and confusion reigned. The queue for people with tickets merged into the queue for people without, but the best thing about it all was the queue for blaggers and ligers, sorry the VIP guests list was right by the bins!

Once inside the mood picked up considerably. The Renaissance Rooms was packed, the music was pumping and the lights were flashing. They had advertised four rooms but it took ages to find them all. We had a good look round but could only find three! On our travels we found a sign saying 'laughing gas this way', curiosity got the better of us and our adventure began. Sure enough we found a stall selling � laughing gas! At �2 a go and having had an exceptional day on the gee gee's we decided to give it go. A balloon was filled and after a short instruction on how to inhale the gas by a very sexy attendant (who got even more sexy and naked after we had taken the gas) we sucked the gas from the balloon. I stood there for a moment and... nothing happened. After a minute or two Howard pointed out they must have seen us coming and we'd properly just paid �4 for a sniff of Birkenhead Air. This small and seemingly unfunny comment activated the gas and we fell about laughing. For about five minutes we were the only ones who saw the funny side of it much to the amusement of passers by.

The Salvation production team certainly knows how to throw a party. The attention to detail was meticulous. The club looked great. A few more signs letting people know where the other rooms were and a list of DJs and the times they are on would have been good but apart from that I have nothing bad to say about this most fantastic night.

The outside area had been transformed into the set of the opening scene from the Wizard of Oz complete with a Yellow Brick Road and Ruby Slippers. It was very amusing to see the confused d*** fuc**d queens following the road and not knowing what to do once they had reach the end of the spiral. What did they think was going to happen? I would recommend you have a sniff of the laughing gas before having a go at this in the future. Edna and her team excelled themselves this weekend, the set looked great and added that certain something special and different from the mundane shuffling from one foot to another to the same old tunes by the same old has been DJs that is becoming the norm on the Vauxhall scene.

I know you can't put a party on like this every weekend but then you do it goes down in my book of very memorable, exiting and fulfilling nights out. Salvation knows how to throw a good party and if there is one thing for certain you can be sure of � you're going to have a great time. Well done guys and thank you for a stonking night out.
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Babycakes
One of Ruby's Munchkins

Registered: January 2006
Location: London, UK
Posts: 7
Review Date: 29 March 06 Would you recommend this club? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Brilliant atmosphere, catchy tunes ;-)
Cons: None

Another brilliant night out in the best part of town for disco bunnies everywhere!

I'm fast becoming a huge fan of Salvation, the club has all the ingredients for an excellent night out. Smooth entry well organised coatcheck, bar not too busy, and top tunes!

I always find the music in Salvation one of the best reasons to go there. This weekend didnt dissapoint, I had another top night out and the happy sexy crowd made it for me again. I couldnt make it to the end of the night this time as work beckoned early on Sunday morning but the few hours I did spend there means I went home happy!
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Registered: March 2006
Location: London, UK
Posts: 16
Review Date: 23 March 06 Would you recommend this club? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros:
Cons:

The best club and now much better with space for more people
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TheCygnet

One of Ruby's Munchkins

Registered: July 2005
Location: Oxford, UK
Posts: 3964
Review Date: 2 March 06 Would you recommend this club? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: The best just got better.
Cons:

If you have picked up one of the London listing magazines recently you cannot fail to have noticed that Sunday tea-dance favourite Salvation has moved both day and venue to Saturday night at the newly refurbished Renaissance Room.

On one of the coldest nights of the year we arrived a just a little after midnight and saw the queue of people waiting to get in trail off into the chilly, dark, distance. Fortunately for us, the guest list included out names and we waved a cheery hand to the frozen masses as we entered the warmth of the inner portal to enjoy this new and special experience.

One of Salvation's trademarks is the luxury of its d?cor, and it was clear to us that no expense had been spared to make you think that no expense had been spared! The chandelier, the red velvet curtains and lush gold touches were all present. As were the men. Hundreds of handsome hunks filled the main room and were grooving along to the Funky House.

In the upstairs room, hosted by another online company (name rhymes with Fader- almost) two sexy dancers were enjoying each other, much to the enjoyment of those who were seeking a slightly slower, soulful sound provided by Gary from ***dar radio.)

The chill-out lounge was massive and very, very dark. Flourecent panelled walls, a library of books and a crested fireplace which housed a vibrantly coloured flat-panel screen, were dimly illuminated - UV lighting giving the whole space an eerie glow.

But the place to be was on the main dancefloor, and we pushed our way through the shirtless crowd - probably more times than was strictly necessary.

Salvation is now on the last Saturday of every month and we are already planning to make a return visit at the end of March.
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Registered: January 2006
Location: London, UK
Posts: 7
Review Date: 1 March 06 Would you recommend this club? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Glam,gGood vibes, great music, fun.
Cons: None - best night out clubbing for a year or two!

Well would Salvation survive a move from Sunday in town to a Saturday in Vauxhall? Well truth be said I had one of the best nights out in a while. The queue and coatcheck was organised well and on arrival all clubbers were handed a free salvation CD (That kept me disco dancing till 11am when I got home.)

Renaissance Romms in Vauxhall was the venue (untill recently Action's home)
and they had spruced it up with the right amount of chandeliers, furnishings and glamour. The music was excellent, even Madonna was played. The crowd up for it, loads of good vibes and poistve energy in the club.

I'll be back next month and it's more than recommended if you're looking for a fresh fun party night out!
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Ruby Slippers

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Registered: May 2004
Location: London, UK
Posts: 182
Review Date: 6 October 05 Would you recommend this club? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Fantastic music in a fabulous venue
Cons: Security - if they get any more thorough they'll be breaking out the proctoscopes

Sunday was Salvation's 7th Birthday, so with a click of the heels we were outside Caf? de Paris. The first thing to negotiate was the security. Now, there's being thorough, and then there's being ridiculous. This was to the point of going through peoples wallets and actually fishing around in pockets. Toto was expecting them to get out the rubber gloves and KY Jelly.

Caf? de Paris is a glamorous enough place any way, but the Salvation crew had made that extra effort, with gold picture frames with 7s floating in them hanging from the ceiling. Oiled up GoGo boys gyrated to the amazing sounds from a DJ line-up that included Pier Morrocco, Luke Hope, Gonzalo, Per QX, Jeffrey Hinton and Stewart Who?.

The VIP room was uncomfortably hot and humid, so I spent most of the night on the dance floor. Sheena did a fabulous PA performing her new single, a collaboration with Per QX. Toto and I had great time. Well done to the Salvation team on a great party, and congratulations on your seventh birthday.
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Registered: May 2004
Location: London, UK
Posts: 182
Review Date: 4 February 05 Would you recommend this club? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
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Last Sunday saw Salvation with a smaller crowd than usual at the Caf? de Paris. Again, it was fun, but felt lacking in enthusiasm. Even Gesus, who's birthday it was, seemed not as 'gay' as he usually is. The mood also passed onto PSP at Crash, and they decided not to open the main room, as the crowd didn't come in large numbers.
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