london's brightest lights say farewell to cult club night maxilla
As the locally adored Notting Hill club night comes to a triumphant end, founder Lotte Andersen reflects on six years of MAXILLA and the people who made it great.
Since 2010, the children of west London's creative scene gathered infrequently at Notting Hill's Portuguese Working Man's Club for MAXILLA, a club night birthed by art director Lotte Andersen that acted as her enduring and personal ode to love. Her D-I-Y posters splattered across white walls, jostled for space amongst clusters of balloons and streamers, MAXILLA became a rare gem amongst the many passing and going London club nights; it was place to talk, to dance and be decidedly young, happy and foolish! But as the saying goes, all good things must come to and end, and last Friday saw Lotte play party hostess for the last time as MAXILLA ended its half decade run. It was clear its appeal had spread far beyond W11 as for its finale, a crowd from all corners of The Big Smoke came to gather to say goodbye in style. We asked Lotte for a few final words about MAXILLA, the people who made it happen along the way as well as a message to the future generation of party makers.
"MAXILLA is the happiest of accidents. The most memorable moments are Tegen with a blow up dinosaur, Adwoa in the crow, Alex Metcalf in the wonder woman costume, Nancy's birthday, Gaz Mayal turning up in a full Union Jack glitter suit, the party manifestos hanging from the bar, the chicken dinners, Tyrone and I's birthday party, driving around looking for rubbish on the street to decorate with, the skate park, Paula and the Boss, the giant family portrait poster, the cheap alcohol, our Christmas party 2010, the Political party May 5 2015, the portraits by Joe Ridout and the hundreds and hundreds of posters."
"I loved feeling part of a group of people reclaiming parties in London. I loved seeing lose themselves for moment, I loved seeing people kissing. I loved being a girl and being able to carve out my own way of doing things. I loved shouting at the security, I loved letting people in for free, I loved the cross section of people dancing to the same tune. I love the Portuguese Working Man's Club. The next generation of parties know what they're doing... Thank you to everyone who walked into that place and gave themselves to it. You made it!" - Lotte Andersen
Text Lynette Nylander
Photography Lily Bertrand-Webb