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London Cabaret & Burlesque

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Proud Cabaret City

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Proud Cabaret City
Proud Cabaret City
Volupte Lounge
Black Cat Cabaret at Cafe de Paris
CellarDoor
Royal Vauxhall Tavern
Proud Cabaret City
Volupte Lounge
Black Cat Cabaret at Cafe de Paris
Madame Jojo's
Bethnal Green Working Men's Club
Bethnal Green Working Men's Club
 

 

Tassels and corsets galore, Londoners have acquired quite a taste for a glamorous show and cheeky striptease. Prim and proper we may be, but even we Brits have to let our hair down.

 
 

Proud Cabaret City

Dinner and a show, these 1920s restaurants treat Londoners to dinner with a side of sultry songstresses.

1 Mark Lane, City, London, EC3R 7AH

Tube: Tower Hill Station, Monument Station, Aldgate Station

 
 

Just as you used to be in a 1920s speakeasy, at Proud Cabaret you're entertained while you dine. A lively mix of cabaret, jazz and burlesque are performed while you tuck into a very British menu which includes choices like fish and chips and Dover sole. Everything about this late night City destination reminds you of a bygone era when ladies smoked cigarettes on a lengthy holder and wore flapper dresses while gentlemen dressed like members of the mob. Even the staff serve dishes while sporting the regalia of the era. No fear of prohibition here though, instead there's a full and varied wine list as well as sophisticated cocktails called things like 'Ginger Rogers' (tequila, pineapple, ginger) and 'Lady Luck' (gin, pineau des charentes and orange bitters). Depending on which night you go you will be treated to cabaret, jazz and burlesque with live bands and DJ sets continuing the party long into the evening. Proud Cabaret joins Proud Chelsea and Proud Camden, along with another Proud Cabaret venue in Camden, as part of the Alex Proud stable and is available for private hire.

 
 

Events at Proud Cabaret City

Le Deco Desire
Ongoing

24th April to 27th November 2015 - 6.30pm-8pm | £44

 
Le Deco Desire Proud Cabaret City 2015-04-242015-11-27 Where:
Proud Cabaret City, 1 Mark Lane London, EC3R 7AH
Category: Nightclubs
The Overdose Show
On Soon

5th Jul, 31st Aug, 4th Oct, 8th Nov and 6th Dec 2015 - 7pm-11pm | £20

 
The Overdose Show Proud Cabaret City 2015-06-072015-12-06 Where:
Proud Cabaret City, 1 Mark Lane London, EC3R 7AH
Category: Nightclubs
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Volupte Lounge

This decadent supper club provides weekly Burlesque events, including a saucy take on Afternoon Tea.

9 Norwich Street, Holborn, London, EC4A 1EJ

Tube: Chancery Lane Station

 
 

From cream teas to secret organic cocktails, cabaret and comedy, Kuki La-Belle and Delores von Cotier's cheeky club combines the naughty with the nice. This two-floor bar with secret zones, nooks and crannies offers the perfect alternative night's entertainment for the adventurous and curious. Mademoiselle Victoria Etoile, Tallulah Mockingbird, Honey Lulu, Ms Sienna Lately, Trixee Sparkle, Serenity and Liberty Pink are just a few of the perky performers to entertain evening diners in this intimate salon. With an emphasis on the burlesque and Vaudevillian, themed nights take place at Volupte regularly on Friday and Saturday nights, supported by jazz and swing, cabaret singers, flapper dances, comedians and magicians. Choose from a full menu or get your fingers dirty with the sharing snack platters, from intimate, hand-painted booths that offer you the opportunity to adjust your own lights and music. Old movies, dancing lessons and wine-tasting also sporadically appear on the menu. This is light-hearted eye-lash fluttering, fan-dancing fun.  

 
 
 

Cafe de Paris

With extravagant chandeliers, lavish decor and velvet galore, this is an opulent bar with risque events.

4 Coventry Street, Soho, London, W1D 6BL

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station, Leicester Square Station

 
 

Café de Paris is one of those places that you have to visit at least once, just to say you have been there, and to enjoy the extraordinary baroque decor. Everyone from Madonna, Vivienne Westwood and the Spice Girls has held a major party here, along with GQ and MTV. It's absolutey vast (with a capacity of 700 people) and has three separate bars in addition to the mezzanine and main dance floor. Despite the glitz, the problem with Café de Paris is that for mere mortals the experience can be less than stellar. Yes, everything is opulent and over the top, and there is live music on Friday nights. But the prices are steep and the bar staff can be snooty. Our advice? Try to get inside when you're invited to a major party.

 
 

Events at Cafe de Paris

Cabaret des Distractions

Friday 3rd July 2015 - 6pm-10pm | £20, w/dining £52-£75

 
Cabaret des Distractions Cafe de Paris 2015-07-032015-07-03 Where:
Cafe de Paris, 4 Coventry Street London, W1D 6BL
Category: Nightclubs
Cabaret des Distractions
On Soon

Friday 10th July 2015 - 6pm-10pm | £20, w/dining £52-£70

 
Cabaret des Distractions Cafe de Paris 2015-07-102015-07-10 Where:
Cafe de Paris, 4 Coventry Street London, W1D 6BL
Category: Nightclubs
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Madame Jojo's

This former sleazy strip club is now notorious for its burlesque and cabaret club nights.

8-10 Brewer Street, Soho, London, W1F 0SE

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station, Leicester Square Station, Tottenham Court Road Station

 
 

This was once a sleazy Soho strip club, as the name suggests, and it really shows. Deep reds are the dominant colour, with mirrors, booths and velvet curtains creating an atmosphere of sleazy glamour. This sordid ambience makes it one of Soho's most enjoyable bars, adding a superb frisson to the many excellent early-evening comedy and cabaret nights it hosts. Sundays are reliably ridiculous, with everything from burlesque to belly-dancing on offer. On Friday and Saturday nights, there's good food to accompany the early evening stage shows, then later on DJs step up for their devastatingly fashionable funk, ska and rockabilly nights, which give patrons the chance to flash their finest vintage fashion selections.

 
 
 

CellarDoor

This intimate Weimar Germany inspired bar is enlivened with nightly jazz and burlesque performances.

Zero Aldwych, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 7DN

Tube: Covent Garden Station, Temple Station

 
 

The Victorians built their public buildings on a grand scale and they built to last, which is why this former public toilet makes a surprisingly chic and comfortable 60-seat bar. The steps down are in the middle of the street, just opposite the Lyceum Theatre. Things are pretty intimate here, but there's no sense that you're cramped, just the pleasure of being close to the stage, and on friendly terms with neighbouring tables. The cocktails are excellent, and they've found a novel way of getting round the smoking ban by selling snuff behind the bar. The decor is a seductive futuristic take on Weimar Germany, with purple neon a dominant theme. As a tribute to the venue's original purpose, they also have some decidedly... unusual toilets. A progamme of jazz, cabaret and burlesque enlivens the small stage on most evenings and the low-arched roof and chic decor create a speakeasy atmosphere that would be impossible to replicate in a more conventional space.

 
 

Events at CellarDoor

Kit Kat Kabaret
Ongoing

9th April to 27th August 2015 - 9pm | £12, mems £10

 
Kit Kat Kabaret CellarDoor 2015-04-092015-08-27 Where:
CellarDoor, Zero Aldwych London, WC2E 7DN
Category: Bars
Friday Folies Bergere
Ongoing

10th April to 28th August 2015 - 9pm | £12, mems £10

 
Friday Folies Bergere CellarDoor 2015-04-102015-08-28 Where:
CellarDoor, Zero Aldwych London, WC2E 7DN
Category: Bars
Saturday Afternoon High Tea & Tease
On Soon

11th April to 29th August 2015 - 2pm | £39, mems £35, standing ticket £19, mems £15

 
Saturday Afternoon High Tea & Tease CellarDoor 2015-04-112015-08-29 Where:
CellarDoor, Zero Aldwych London, WC2E 7DN
Category: Bars
Saturday Night Diva
On Soon

11th April to 29th August 2015 - 9pm | £12, mems £10

 
Saturday Night Diva CellarDoor 2015-04-112015-08-29 Where:
CellarDoor, Zero Aldwych London, WC2E 7DN
Category: Bars
Life's a Drag
On Soon

13th April to 31st August 2015 - 9pm | £12

 
Life's a Drag CellarDoor 2015-04-132015-08-31 Where:
CellarDoor, Zero Aldwych London, WC2E 7DN
Category: Bars
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Royal Vauxhall Tavern

Crowned the Best London Cabaret Venue 2012, this pub-cum performance venue stages intriguing events.

372 Kennington Lane, Kennington, London, SE11 5HY

Tube: Vauxhall Station

 
 

The Royal Vauxhall Tavern has been a gay venue since the Second World War, surviving both oppression and the great mainstreaming of Gay culture that saw it lose its biggest stars (including Lily Savage) to television. It's the spiritual heart of Vauxhall's gay village, and a busy midweek program packs it out every night for bingo, comedy, music or drag acts. On weekends, queues stretch all the way round the block for Duckie, the drag cabaret collective who've performed their cabaret/comedy/experimental theatre show everywhere from the Barbican to New York. Straights are very welcome, but the more delicate should be aware that there is a lot of audience participation.

 
 

Events at Royal Vauxhall Tavern

Drag Idol 2015
OngoingFree Event

30th April to 27th August 2015 - 7pm-11.30pm | Free

 
Drag Idol 2015 Royal Vauxhall Tavern 2015-04-302015-08-27 Where:
Royal Vauxhall Tavern, 372 Kennington Lane London, SE11 5HY
Category:
The Ruby Darlings Show

Friday 3rd July 2015 - 7.30pm-8.30pm | £7.50

 
The Ruby Darlings Show Royal Vauxhall Tavern 2015-07-032015-07-03 Where:
Royal Vauxhall Tavern, 372 Kennington Lane London, SE11 5HY
Category:

Seriously rude adult cabaret exploring female sexuality in a funny, outrageous and empowering way. Music by David Tims.

The LipSinkers
Ongoing

Friday 3rd July and Friday 7th August 2015 - 9pm-4am | £8, concs £6, after show £5

 
The LipSinkers Royal Vauxhall Tavern 2015-05-012015-08-07 Where:
Royal Vauxhall Tavern, 372 Kennington Lane London, SE11 5HY
Category:
Duckie
On Soon

12th April 2014 to 28th November 2015 - 9pm | £6

 
Duckie Royal Vauxhall Tavern 2014-04-122015-11-28 Where:
Royal Vauxhall Tavern, 372 Kennington Lane London, SE11 5HY
Category:
Sundays Charlie Hides TV
On Soon

9th March 2014 to 30th August 2015 - 2pm-12midnight | £6

 
Sundays Charlie Hides TV Royal Vauxhall Tavern 2014-03-092015-08-30 Where:
Royal Vauxhall Tavern, 372 Kennington Lane London, SE11 5HY
Category:
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Bethnal Green Working Men's Club

Taking the title of Best London Cabaret Venue 2013, this club hosts naughty burlesque and cabaret shows.

44-46 Pollard Row, Tower Hamlets, London, E2 6NB

Tube: Bethnal Green Station

 
 

This social club hasn't changed much in appearance since the 1970s heatherette and laminate coverings, Formica, garish red carpets and teak paneling still abound, but the entertainment programme has seriously evolved. The upstairs area is now a fun and fabulous entertainment free-for-all. A giant heart made of raunchy red lights frames a stage, lighting up garishly dressed audience members complete with feather boas and corsets. From dance classes, DJs and disco to karaoke and cabaret this club has well and truly embraced its new role as a 'living canvas' for the East End's performance artists and one of the most creative and accessible venues in town. There's even bingo on offer for the seriously ironic, and there's no getting around the fact that this place has become a magnet for the young and trendy looking for a post-modern playground. Remaining honest to its working class roots, local members can still retreat to a private area downstairs, while the income generated from the public outlet allows the original club to function without threat of closure. Refreshing and raunchy.

 
 

Events at Bethnal Green Working Men's Club

Hashtag
On Soon

Friday 10th July 2015 - 9pm-3am | £7, before 10.30pm £5

 
Hashtag Bethnal Green Working Men's Club 2015-07-102015-07-10 Where:
Bethnal Green Working Men's Club, 44-46 Pollard Row London, E2 6NB
Category: Nightclubs
Sweet Baboo

Wednesday 23rd September 2015 - 8pm | £12

 
Sweet Baboo Bethnal Green Working Men's Club 2015-09-232015-09-23 Where:
Bethnal Green Working Men's Club, 44-46 Pollard Row London, E2 6NB
Category: Nightclubs

Indie-pop singer-songwriter also known as Stephen Black.

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