London has long been a city with many sides, and it's not surprising that the capital boasts a thriving cabaret scene. There's an incredibly diverse range of clubs, lounges and bars, and no two venues are the same - whether you're looking for a night out that's a bit silly, a bit racy, a bit scary, or all of the above, you're sure to find somewhere in the capital that fits the bill.
With so much to choose from, however, it's not always easy to know where to start. Here's but a handful of what's on offer: grab your fancy dress costumes at Woolworths, paint your face and gear up for an unforgettable night.
Cellar Door (Zero Aldwych, WC2E 7DN)
This Covent Garden bar redefines 'intimate' - a converted underground Victorian restroom, it's got a maximum capacity of only 60 people! You won't feel cramped though, and the variety of free events on offer will ensure a good time. Swing by on Tuesdays for the open mic night. Entry is free, but some seats are reserved for those who choose to book in advance for £10 per person, so get there quick! You won't be disappointed.
Bethnal Green Working Men's Club (Pollard Row, E2 6NB)
This much-loved venue has multiple personalities. By day, it's an authentic working men's club, situated just beyond the trendier nightspots of Dalston and Shoreditch; by night, it's a riot of colour and camp. The decor might be politely described as 'having lots of character', but you'll be having too much fun to notice. Of particular note are the regular Sink The Pink club night, now into its fifth year, and the Double R Club, a spooky tribute to the work of cult film director David Lynch.
The Pheasantry (King's Road, SW3 4UT)
Pizza and jazz: what could be a better combination? Currently operating under the Pizza Express banner, this Chelsea venue is firmly established as a major hotspot for cabaret performance and jazz singing in the capital. In the basement you'll find big names from the West End and Broadway, as well as up and coming artists from a variety of genres. Its forerunner, the Pizza on the Park, was another legendary cabaret venue, and The Pheasantry continues that tradition in style.
September 12, 2013 11:52 AM | Guides