When David Bowie made the decision to retire the character of Ziggy Stardust in 1973, he did so with a now legendary concert at the Hammersmith Odeon. But the after party had been just as carefully considered – and was thusly carried out in outlandish fashion at the legendary Cafe Royal, appropriately once a haunt of Oscar Wilde.
In 2012, the hallowed space was swallowed up into the opening of the rather impressive Hotel Cafe Royal, a plush Soho boutique sleep owned by The Set Hotels group, who have also recently made over Paris’ storied Lutetia hotel. The cafe itself also retained the name, but was glammed up for the entertainment of the new international jet set.
Now the hotel will open a new bar, the not-mysteriously-monikered Ziggy’s, styled around the late, ethereal leader of The Spiders From Mars. As one might expect, the establishment will be decked out in photos by the venerable Mick Rock, Bowie’s “official” photographer back in those fabled days. Cocktails will also nod to the theme, drawing on song lyrics from the album – Darkness and Disgrace, Tigers of Vaseline, Animal Grace – without necessarily fully revisiting the illicit decadence of a 1970s rock & roll after party.
Ziggy’s will open September 20. The clock waits so patiently on you…