New Brazilian-themed nightclub in Battersea set to open in time for World Cup


Cocobananas is deisgned to look like a Brazilian beach shack.


By Li Hoang

Anyone missing out on tickets for the World Cup this summer can still get a taste of Brazil thanks to a new nightclub set to open in Battersea.

Brazilian-themed nightclub Cocobananas will open on Howie Street in time for the World Cup in June.  

General Manager of the club, Andrew McHerron, said: “Cocobananas pays homage to all the crazy parties that take place on the Cococabana beach.”

Founding partners, Charlie Gilkes and Duncan Stirling, are no strangers to the London club scene. Besides rubbing shoulders with the young royals, the business duo boast an impressive portfolio of nightspots dotted around South West London.

The pair met when both were asked to cover a shift at the K Bar in Chelsea, now known as the Valmont.

Charlie, an Old Etonian and Pippa Middleton’s ex-boyfriend, studied politics at Edinburgh University while Duncan, an Old Millfieldian, was a PR account manager at Freud Communications before the opening of their first nightclub Kitts, based under the Sloane Square Hotel.

They decided to open Cocobananas adjacent to one of their earlier successes, Bunga Bunga. 

The Latino-inspired club is designed to look like a Brazilian beach shack and is set over two floors, decorated with palm trees, vintage surfboards and plantation shutters. 

One of the key pieces will be a reproduction of Rio de Janeiro’s Christ the Redeemer.

Upstairs a Caipirinha bar will feature a generous menu of Brazilian cocktails concocted by a creative team who will serve everything from ‘Da Cabana’, served in a vessel modelled on a Brazilian beach shack, and filled with a heady mix of Leblon cachaça, Cherry Marnier, Cointreau, Lime, Passion fruit, Apple and Pomegranate juice, and topped with 7up, to the, ‘Bum Bum’, a lower body of a Brazilian beauty proudly sporting one of the country’s famous string bikinis, and bursting with Passoa, Mount Gay Rum, St Germain, Martini Extra Dry, Lime juice, Apple juice and Cinnamon syrup. 

But it’s not all about the drinks and décor. Club-goers can expect to be served by men in surf shorts and women in bikinis.

If that’s not enough to make your eyes pop, there will be performances from Capoeira dancers and girls from Ipanema to tickle your toes.

Cocobananas aims to impress on all levels, and the foodies out there can sample hearty Brazilian street food like Empadinh, pastry parcels stuffed with chicken and spices or Kibe, croquets of beef or fish along with Latin-inspired pizzas. 

Guests can also enjoy refreshingly fruity Caipirinha ice-pops as the tempo rises.

Cocobananas is set to open on Fridays and Saturdays from 10.30pm to 2.30am.

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