mobbed a West End nightclub for a glitzy bachelor party to
toast the upcoming civil union between Elton John and David
Furnish. Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, Elizabeth Hurley,
Bryan Adams, and Kid Rock were among those who
streamed into the gala event Monday night in London's
Soho neighborhood. John and Furnish slipped into the
Too2Much venue just minutes before the show started.
wearing black ties and riding boots served guests
flutes of champagne. The nightclub, once a strip club known
as Raymond's Revue Bar, features an auditorium with
red leather and banquette seating, a bar decorated
with Swarovski crystals, chairs dipped in rubber, and
sculptured glass walls.
sushi and presents arrived at the main entrance as the
celebrities partied on. Though the couple had asked revelers
to give donations to AIDS charities in lieu of gifts,
Cilla Black playfully promised to ignore the
instructions. "I'm going to get them the tackiest
toaster I can find," the singer told reporters.
bash came ahead of a private ceremony to seal the
couple's civil partnership. Hundreds of same-sex couples
plan to form civil partnerships in England and Wales
on Wednesday, the first day that such ceremonies
become possible under new legislation offering gays many
of the legal protections available to married heterosexuals.
Civil unions became legal in Northern Ireland on
Monday and in Scotland on Tuesday. (AP)