Get In The Great Gatsby Mood With These 5 Twenties-tastic Things To Do

14 May 2013 by

With no sign whatsoever of the hype waning, the release of The Great Gatsby this Thursday will be the pinnacle of months, no, YEARS of hard work. But it’s not just Baz, Leo, Carey and co who’ve been hard at work. The nation has let out a collective Gatsby groan under the weight of all the 1920’s inspired products and shenanigans flooding the market and our inboxes for our attention. However, because we are totally crazy about Daisy, we’ve sorted through the lot and cherry-picked the very best so you don’t have to.

1. Party like it's the Prohibition

Ever wondered what it would be like to attend one of Gatsby’s heady parties? Well now you can as London’s Bloomsbury Ballroom will play home to a Prohibition Party on Saturday 1st June. With tickets priced at £20, expect live music, silent cinema, dancing troupes and gambling tables not to menu clandestine cocktails served in teacups. Time to dig out that flapper dress!

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2. Listen to the sound of the roaring 20s

We already know that Baz Luhrman’s accompanying soundtrack orchestrated by Jay-Z is pretty epic (hello, Beyonce, Florence, Lana etc), but if you’re a fan of old-school jazz then make sure you pick up a copy of Swingin’ At The Speakeasy. With three cd’s jam-packed full of 20’s and 30’s tunes, you’ll be toe-tapping to the likes of Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong in no time. Perfect for our very own soiree, we think!

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3. Drink traditional 1920's cocktails

London’s Park Lane Hotel is home to an original 1920’s Art Deco Palm Court lounge and from now until 9th June, they’ll be serving up not one but two Gatsby inspired cocktails for you delectation. Based on traditional 1920’s recipes, sup on Fitzgerald Manhattans (Woodford Reserve craft bourbon, Martini Rosso and Angostura bitters) and Daisy’s French 75s (gin, champagne and lemon juice) in the decadent surroundings and leave the driving home to someone else.

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4. Watch The Great Gatsby - on DVD!

There’s nothing worse than falling in love with a film only to have to wait for months for the DVD. So in the meantime why not check out a previous incarnation of The Great Gatsby starring Oscar winner Mira Sorvino, Toby Stephens and Paul Rudd?

Available to buy now on [a target="_blank" href="">Amazon[/a]

5. Visit a Gatsby-inspired getaway

Even Gatsby had a Long Island bolthole and if you fancy retreating the hustle and bustle of Manhattan after a city break or just want to follow the island-dwellers straight to the seaside then make sure you head to the Hamptons. [a target="_blank" href="">The 1770 House[/a] is a boutique colonial style getaway in East Hampton complete with picket fences, lush gardens and antique furniture. It’s likely to be a more sedate retreat than the drama of a Gatsby all-nighter but we all know that’s no bad thing.

Rooms: Seven, including a two-bed cottage

Rates: Double rooms from £284

To book, visit [a target="_blank" href="">[/a] or call 0845 034 0700


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