Royal Family: Inside the London club where Prince Harry and William used to party

When it came to partying in London in the noughties, the royals knew how to do it in style. Everyone likes a night out which is close enough to home that they can get home and crash at the end of the night – so it’s no surprise that Prince Harry and William’s old favourite party hangout was in Mayfair, just a stone’s throw from West London’s royal residences.

If you never heard of Mahiki, it’s a world famous Tiki bar, just off Piccadilly, near the Ritz, earned its place as the Mayfair legendary institution to have fun. For decades the club was the playground of some of the biggest names in the celebrity world, including the likes of Beyoncé, Rihanna, Brad Pitt, and Harry Styles.

The atmospheric bar, which opened in 2006 and was famed for its ‘Tiki’ Polynesian themed interiors, including a beach styled Lanai Lounge, claimed it had “an exclusive feel but once inside, everyone is equal”. However, you could be forgiven for questioning this claim – if you ever happened to find yourself inside the club and rubbing shoulders with Prince William and Prince Harry.

Because the now-closed-down venue used to be a favourite haunt of the royal brothers, according to reports. The royals were regularly snapped coming out of the club, along with Kate Middleton and her sister Pippa.

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The club offered a degree of exclusivity allowing the Princes and other VIPs to let their hair down away from prying eyes of the media; the royals were thought to have felt safe at Mahiki because they knew the club owners weren’t going to call the papers. And William and Harry aren’t the only royal link the prestigious club ever had. In 2018 it drew a massive amount of press attention after Princess Eugenie announced her engagement to the club’s former manager Jack Brooksbank.

Only in July 2021 was it announced that Mahiki was finally closing its doors after 16 years. Speaking of the club’s closure Co-owner David Phelps said: “After sixteen years in our original location, now is the right time for us to find a new home for Mahiki.

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