2012 - We visited the club on a Saturday Night (Couples only)
The last time we visited Adfabs was in 2008 (We would go more regularly, it’s just a bugger for us to get to) and although we had some friends send us reviews as recently as last year thought a first hand visit was well overdue.
If you don’t drive, the easiest way to get there is take the Piccadilly line to Hatton Cross and then get either a bus or taxi. The club however has an extensive car park out the back so there is no shortage of room to park and there are of course a ton of hotels nearby. The club can be easily driven past as it looks fairly non descript from the outside but the directions are good, just look for the garden centre, that is easier to spot, its just next door.
The club is essentially broken in two sections, the main building which is a large bungalow, and the outer buildings and facilities which are covered by completely enclosed covered / heated connecting corridors, enabling you to access all the areas of the club in comfort without any problems, regardless of the weather.
Once inside you pass reception and wind through a small (unused) kitchen area and in the centre of the main building. If you turn right here you come into the main dance-floor area which is preceded by a water cooler a couple of drinks stations where you can label and store your bottles (Its bring your own, there’s no bar, mixers and soft drinks are free here) Turning right off the dance floor is a huge chill out room with a circular bed in the centre and several sofas and chairs with netted off areas. From here is another set of doors that leads to a covered smoking area outside and another out building that contains a cinema room with plenty of sofas and seating. Back at the beginning turning left you will enter a corridor that has two toilets on it, there is a lockable playroom almost straight in front of you and then another short corridor off to the left leads to a third toilet block with three cubicles and a small private playroom, continuing along there is a third playroom on the right with a viewing window, a dark room, and opposite an open raised play area through an arch on your left. This area also has two sofas for you to chill out in before the doors that lead to the outer buildings.
Once outside past the ornate fountain, there are several read robes you can grab if you’re more scantily clad and want to stay warm. Outside you have enclosed walkways leading to essentially three areas, the heated indoor pool, with a Jacuzzi at the far end, the first out building which has lockers, toilets, towels, sauna, shower room, hair dryers and mirrors for the ladies (And us posers) There is also a tea and coffee room attached to this, and nearby a second Jacuzzi which is currently outside and still had people braving it in the cold, and it was an especially cold, cold night. By this there are also three more ‘shag-shacks’ (Just invented that!) essentially beach hut style playrooms, all heated and very comfortable. Finally there is the Dungeon area at the end of the corridor housed in converted heated stables which has a multitude of different rooms and fetish equipment, slings, bench, kitchen sink etc, added to here are several more heated shag-shacks, giving you several more private play rooms outside. In case we haven’t said it enough and you haven’t been in a while, everything outside is heated, warm and easy to get to without so much as getting your hair wet unless you opt for the outside Jacuzzi. It was bitterly cold on the night we went, but found because of this using the pool was no where near as traumatic as it might have been, and the pool was absolutely lovely, easily the best in any club in the UK (Clean and very, very warm) There is also an outside area with sun loungers and a barbecue for the summer parties.
We have to say hats off to the club, all the improvements have really taken this club up several notches and we liked it before anyway. More thought has gone into the layout and it really shows with the club using every bit of space more effectively.
The numbers seemed about the same to us as they did in 2008 and we were told it wasn’t that busy, but it seemed pretty busy with well over 60/70 couples at a guess of all ages and types. There was never an issue finding somewhere to play, the staff were really helpful and professional without being intrusive and the ladies on the door we were really great and keeping the bottle neck at the entrance down to the minimum. No one new here was not given a tour of the facilities so if you are new make sure you take one as maps are not provided and you might find you need one. Our only gripe, and we will admit it probably won’t bother everyone, is that the dance floor almost never if ever gets used so we would still like to see a DJ once a month for a themed party and the music on Saturday was actually really good.
Another major plus point here was we didnt see people 'straying' from their partners and wandering about, which can happen in some other clubs.
This is probably one of the best clubs in the UK, facility wise in London it can’t be beaten. It’s not the easiest one to talk to people in, but it’s not overly cliquey either. It is on the pricey side and if your travelling and booking a hotel nearby your its not the cheapest option in London, but you get what you pay for. You would be hard pushed not to have a good time here and if you’re a nervous newbie it’s a good choice for a first club visit. The true test of any club is its ability to continue investing and improving itself - Adfabs have done that in spades. A and A
Date: 17 April 2012