Friday, December 18, 2015

Playboy Club, London '66

There's a fantastic two page spread illustration by Arnold Roth in the Winter 1966 issue of VIP - The Playboy Club Mag #12, showing all 5 levels of the infamous nightspot at 45 Park Lane in "misty but swinging London." So much fun detail here that I had to scan it very large so you guys could really take in all the amazing teeny awesomeness packed in every room. The illustration is sort of backwards when it comes to posting scans, so to begin your own journey into the club, you actually need to start at the bottom right corner of the second scan below, and work your way back up to the top left of the first scan. If you get lost then you better just call your mommy.

Anyway, not only is London misty and swinging, it's pretty damn cold too-- so first thing I'm doing when I get inside level one is make my way to The Nook to warm my buns by that cozy fireplace! Heading to the second level, Cartoon Corner Casino sounds fun, but I'm not really a gambler, so it's a quick jet over to the ultra vibratey Discotheque to totally get my groovez on!

After working up an awesome appetite, let's see what the witch is brewing up in the kitchen on the level 3 (love the rabbity chef hat!) --and hello, what's this? Are my eyes deceiving me? I say old chap, it's dinner with The Beatles in the VIP Room!! Only in London- WOW! More live music and bunny snugglin' on level 4 in the Playroom Cabaret, and then ultimately tis time to finish out my evening with an investigative tour of the Bunny Dressing Room on the 5th level-- you know, to find my lost cat (*wink!) So what do you think? Did we make the most of our trip to London's very own Playboy Club? What are your plans there this evening? :)

7 comments:

Karswell said...

ALSO NOTE: As you spiral down (or is it actually up?) the rabbit hole Alice-style, be on the look-out for the ever evil Mr. Hyde! Also, be sure to "ahoy" the Captain when he arrives on the scene with Sally from Nightmare Before Xmas.

J_D_La_Rue_67 said...

There's also Long John Silver, and a drunken chap who looks like Henry the 8th (or Victor Buono). So you'd better bow your head if you care for it.

Mr. Cavin said...

I like Sally's Piet Mondrian dress. Très sixties! But when it comes to captains, I think I'll be drinking my tots with that peg-legged guy with the Femlin on his shoulder like a parrot. He doesn't seem to care one whit for that bleached Dead Bear who's shadowing him. I think we'll get along really well.

Craftypants Carol said...

neat!

i'll be in the discotheque/living room/buffet for a long time, then i'll sneak into the secret room at the very back of the penthouse level (that only a select few know about) where all the mens have to check their pants at the door :)

Karswell said...

Pretty sure the men check more than just their pants at the door 😊 I've been staring at these pages for a few days now and continue to notice new things every time I look at it. Thanks for the comments!

JMR777 said...

Outside it looks like a scene from 'My Fair Lady' with Professor Henry Higgins holding his ears trying not to hear Eliza Dolittle's voice.

"What are your plans there this evening? :)" Better yet, what are our plans for Christmas or New Years? I can only imagine the Christmas party or New year's blowout that went on in the Playboy club.

Pappy said...

I'd like to hang out in the VIP room, where the Beatles are having dinner; minus Ringo, who is providing the downbeat for stoned couples dancing.