OVERALL SCORE 90/100

Website: Surrender

Location: Bar 242, Blackfriars Road, London, SE1 9UF

Price: £15 per person (Must be purchased in advance)

Surrender was a big loss to the fetish/LBGT scene when the event last November turned out to be the last at the old venue…  and it has taken a year to find a new venue… complete with new hosts.  The old Surrender was a definite favourite of christina & i, as it was a very open and accepting hardcore play club with very few restrictions placed on the guests.  So whilst we were excited about attending the club reopening night, we also did wonder if the club would have the same ethos & atmosphere.

First Impressions

We arrived at 10pm and were greeted at the door by Nyx, the new hostess (who was also an integral part of the old Surrender).  After signing in, we descended a spiral staircase which lead to the main bar and chill area.  The club was still quite empty at this point, but we new that all of the tickets had sold out days before so we were not worried about that…  It was early in the night, and the club was open until 3am.

After getting ourselves drinks at the bar, Nyx kindly showed us around, to the free cloakroom, outside to the heated & covered smoking area, and back inside the cub via another entrance to the dance floor, & darkroom before we climbed another staircase to a very large dungeon which was filled with furniture (and condoms, lube & wipes) & even contained a kitchen for tea and coffee.

Our night started out with us all chilling and relaxing downstairs in the comfy bar. Once the place started filling up and piccies were being taken, I dragged bigboy upstairs and had a damn good shag, after which I turned my attentions to my lovely slaves Kunty and christina.. at one point Nyx graced us with her bubbly nature and sharp hand! (lol poor kunty!)

Facilities

Foyer – Nice bouncers at the door, not intrusive or rude, infact they ushered us in the door to get out of the rain rather than make us wait! . At the top of the stairs,  one of the cheerful Surrender Team welcomes you. Sign in and make sure the rules are read!

downstairs to the main area

Cloakroom & Changing Area – FREE manned and secure cloakroom (nice touch) and an open plan changing area with mirror.

Bar Area – A very trendy style bricked low ceilinged archway (subway type) with  comfy leather sofas and ambient music in the background. (Just thought I’d point out, the bar didn’t do measures, they kinda gestimate.. which is nice as I think the barman liked me and got a decent shot of vodka to go with my coke, that or they are just generous!) £6-£8 for two basic drinks isn’t a bad price in London.

Smoking Area – Mainly under cover and heated outdoor smoking area.

Dance Floor/Darkrrom - Definitely the quietest parts of the club…  Surrender is a play club, people don’t come here to dance that being said you don’t really WANT to dance with all the play going on!.

Dungeon Area – The stairs to the dungeon are a little precarious, but once you are up there, there is plenty of  play equipment to keep people entertained, suspension, cage, benches, St Andrews cross, medical area and more.  As the night went on, Surrenders ethos as an ‘anything goes’ play club is revealed…  at least 95% of the guests were in the dungeon playing by 12:30am and it continued in that vein throughout the night.

Our Rating for this Club!

Rating: ★★★★★ Price

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Facilities

Rating: ★★★★★ Hygeine

Rating: ★★★★☆ Accessibility

Rating: ★★★★★ Play Equipment

Rating: ★★★★★ Entertainment

Rating: ★★★★★ Value for Money

Overall Rating: ★★★★½

Suggestions: Its a fair price, drinks are not hugely expensive,and they had the play area itself pretty well nailed down.  The only points that I would raise are that the darkroom could have done with a bit more attention to detail & the dance floor was largely redundant throughout the night.  Personally speaking, I would not have advertised the club as both a play club and a dance club…  For me, this is a pure play club, and this suits the guests just fine. The old ethos is still there and strong. Nxy herself has commented on utilising the space better.. I personally would have put more furniture downstairs and separated the upstairs area a little where the medical area was to form the Darkroom(as it was warmer upstairs and I like shagging in the warmth! lol). Overall.. I think it was brilliant. We had a lot of fun and it was a shame we had to travel home for 2 hours after such a great time.

The bottom line is that there are other clubs that you can attend if you want to wear fabulous latex outfits and dance, but when it comes to very open minded, unrestricted play clubs… I am glad to say that there are still very few clubs that can match Surrender!  Roll on December 3rd!

Nikki (aka Mistress Kent) x