The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Destination Europe - SU­SAN KUROSAWA

BAZ Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby opens in May, but if you are headed to Lon­don in the next few months, get in the swing of the Roar­ing 20s at Clar­idge’s. The ven­er­a­ble art deco ho­tel has launched two-hour Charleston master classes in con­junc­tion with ‘‘Lon­don’s finest flap­pers’’, the Bee’s Knees (pic­tured). Learn moves such as the black bot­tom, scare­crow, bunny hop and fish­tail, plus a homage to Josephine Baker. Ac­ces­sories pro­vided in­clude se­quinned head­bands, strings of pearls and satin el­bowlength gloves. Retro styling tips are also of­fered to ‘‘as­pir­ing bright young things’’. Af­ter all that ex­er­tion, par­tic­i­pants are re­vived with a Flap­per cock­tail, orig­i­nally cre­ated in hon­our of the open­ing of Clar­idge’s Ball­room in 1929. Avail­able Fe­bru­ary 25, March 18, April 15 and May 13 from 6.30pm. More: +44 20 7201 1618; charleston@clar­idges.co.uk.

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