Cabaret is not just about naked women and bouncing tassels – it is about the perfect balance of glamor, sauciness and mischief. With a dedicated following in London, it is hardly surprising that the city is packed with some great cabaret options. Here are OROGOLD‘s picks of London’s best cabaret joints.
Proud Cabaret, Camden Town
Already known for being at the forefront of the music scene with regular live bands and alternative DJs, as well as for being located in the 200 year old Horse Hospital in Camden Town’s Stables Market, Proud kicks things up a notch by turning its attention to a more glamorous, burlesque crowd. The shows range from circus acts to risqué dancers to burlesque performances and much more. The first of its kind in North London, Proud Cabaret oozes sophistication, and doesn’t let its customers down when it comes to the food either. Taking influences from all over the world, the gourmet menu features all sorts of dishes, from tamarind cod to pan-fried pigeon breast to Jack Daniel’s glazed pork belly.
Nestled beneath the streets of London’s financial district, Volupté hosts some of the best cabaret, burlesque and jazz in the capital. The venue is also known for its decadent cocktail bar, with each beverage created using a secret recipe. Not sure what to order? OROGOLD recommends their Bloody Mary, made with basil and sundried tomatoes, or the Dixie Dragon, featuring a chili and lemongrass infused gin and topped with fresh raspberry purée. While the late night action guarantees an exciting evening, OROGOLD especially loves the Voluptease events that Volupté hosts. These take place on Saturday afternoons, featuring a delightful afternoon tea, with freshly baked scones and fruity jams, accompanied by burlesque performances. For some added fun, OROGOLD suggests ordering one of their decadent cocktails, discreetly served in a beautiful teapot.
Cellar Door, Aldwych
While you may not expect a converted Victorian toilet to be one of London’s cabaret hotspots, this is most certainly the case with Cellar Door, located in Aldwych. Self-described as “30s Berlin meets New York basement dive”, there really is nowhere like it elsewhere in the city. Although this intimate venue can only accommodate sixty people at a time, the clever design means that it never feels claustrophobic. Most of the shows, which feature burlesque dancers, drag queens and much more, are absolutely free, meaning that you could easily pass the night away in this sleek and sophisticated establishment. For those of you thinking of paying Cellar Door a visit, OROGOLD highly recommends doing so on a Tuesday, for their Champagne Charlie’s open-mic night. The Cellar Door also regularly hosts snuff parties, selling the tobacco in a variety of flavors as an alternative to cigarettes and other drugs.
When it comes to entertainment and nightlife, London’s scene is one of the best in the world. The next time you find yourself in the capital, keep OROGOLD’s favorite cabaret joints in mind, as they each guarantee that you will have an unforgettable evening.