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In the diary: gad about like Gatsby

Posted by Kate Thorman on June 13th, 2013

With the Gatsby bandwagon rumbling through town like a Rolls-Royce, we’ve rounded up the coolest hotels and happenings that capture the zeitgeist without drowning you in fringed flapper frocks…

Jazz Age Lawn Party | New York event

JAZZ UP YOUR SUMMER

This weekend, in Gatsby’s home city of New York, we’re pulling out our kitten heels and spats for the bi-annual Jazz Age Lawn Party, now in its eighth year. Held under the trees on green Governors Island – just a five-minute ferry ride from the city – every June and August, this bash is the perfect excuse to pull out all the stops for an afternoon of dancing to live jazz, taking a turn behind the wheel of a 1920s motorcar and twirling your parasol with a champagne cocktail in hand.

Mark your calendars for June 15 and 16, and August 17 and 18, and be sure to get your Jazz Age Party tickets ($30) in advance.

Art deco style | Claridge's Hotel LondonDO THE CHARLESTON

The art deco Foyer at London‘s decadent Claridge’s hotel – always one of our favourites –  seems to have stepped straight out of Gatsby’s oversized imagination. On 15 July, after an afternoon tea worthy of Daisy and Jordan, the hotel is offering a Charleston masterclass, complete with feathered headbands and satin gloves. Dance routine completed, a 1920s-era cocktail rounds out the evening.

Claridge’s Charleston dance class takes place 6.30pm–8.30pm, 15 July, and costs £125 a person.

The Siam Hotel Bangkok | Art deco styleART DECO DIGS

In one of the story’s climactic scenes, Gatsby and his crew rented out a luxurious hotel suite for their own private party. Do the same at Bangkok’s vintage-style Siam hotel, where the Siam, Mae Nam and Riverview suites all have authentic art deco accents. Just try to tear yourself away from that bathroom, we dare you…

The Siam hotel, from £188 a suite a night.

TWENTIES TIPPLES

Nearly every major city these days seems to have its fair share of Prohibition- or Twenties-themed bars and speakeasies these days, an easy way to get your Gatsby fix without going all out.

Paris cocktail bar | Experimental Cocktail ClubIn San Francisco, the secretive, password-required-for-entry Bourbon & Branch – and its even more deeply hidden sibling, Wilson & Wilson Detective Agency – sits on the site of an actual speakeasy, known as the JJ Russell Cigar Shop. Paris’ first serious cocktail bar, the Experimental Cocktail Club (pictured at left) – now exported to both London and New York – replicates the aesthetic and flavours of 1920s glamour in a city where Fitzgerald himself was known to party.

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