So did anyone else hear that Ruski’s Tavern is relocating? The Russian themed nightclub has been open for barely four months on Kensington High Street, before deciding to call it quits and move elsewhere. I can’t say I’m too surprised, my one and only visit left me feeling underwhelmed. It’s yards away from the ever popular Kensington Roof Gardens and Bodo’s Schloss, but lacked the same infectious atmosphere. The main problem was that it promised to be a grand affair worthy of a tzar and yet the place felt poky and crammed. Ruski’s admitted as much in its goodbye email, referring to the current premises as a “tiny basement”. Hmmm hardly fit for a tsar, never mind this princess!
The plus points included delicious caviar chips and refreshing cocktails, especially the aptly named War and Peace which came in a box. (Don’t ask me which bottle is War and which is Peace, in the harsh light of day both look like War to me).
The poorly decorated, dingy ladies toilets left something to be desired. Not sure what this poster in the ladies was about, but it certainly didn’t scream decadent…
Ruski’s could learn a thing or two from Knightsbridge restaurant Mari Vanna, their toilets are fit for a Russian emperor. I’ll be interested to see where Ruski’s relocates to, and if it can live up to its own hype. I have a love affair with all things Russian but high-end bars like Novikov in Mayfair set the bar high. Take note, Ruski’s.