Opening: November 5th, 2009
Reminiscent of a 1920s speakeasy and located in one of London’s most historic quarters, Proud Cabaret is set to be the destination venue in the City.
Positioned behind Fenchurch Street Station and nestled amongst iconic landmarks such as the Gherkin and London Bridge it will be a place to eat, drink and escape.
The building’s exterior is a subtle façade to what lies beneath – hidden away from the passing world two floors below ground level, its sumptuous decor contains more than a touch of decadence.
Alex Proud, said “I am thrilled to be opening another venue; guests at Proud Cabaret will feel like a million dollars". The furnishings will consist of plush booths, leather upholstered banquettes and velvet curtains to create an atmosphere of luxury and indulgence; the mirrored VIP area will make the perfect den of iniquity.
Every detail has been intricately designed by Russell Sage Studios, whose clientele have included Stapleford Park at the Savoy, Goodwood and luxury brand LVMH. Working in conjunction with them is the Creative Director at Proud and Sunday Times Style columnist, Danielle Proud.
The venue is a flexible space that accommodates different activities throughout the day and night. The dining room will operate between 12 and 9pm. In the early evening dinner jazz musicians will ease guests into the night, evocative of cabaret clubs in 1920s Berlin. The latter part of the evening will see a further transgression, with burlesque performers taking to the stage. Finally the venue will morph into a club with DJs and bands performing until 5am.
There will be a selection of diverse events each night hosted by various esteemed promoters. Thursday’s ‘Supper Club’ will be hosted by the Folly-Wiltons, whose bespoke retro-cabaret nights hark back to bygone eras. Their nights will be a master-class in cabaret, with incredible performers and big bands providing the backdrop to dinner. Guests will be encouraged to fit into the styles and salutations of the chosen era.
Fridays and Saturdays will be an all encompassing experience with dinner, entertainment and dancing. My Gosh Marvellous, a vintage entertainment company brings Hollywood glamour as inspired by the 1920s and 1930s, with West-End caliber singers providing interactive performances - like that of a Fred Astaire film.
Finally from 10pm and onwards on Monday to Wednesday there will be raucous Student nights ; these nights will be the consummate example of the neo-Cabaret scene that is thriving in London, with cross-genre DJs and bands continuing until 5am, with revelers encouraged to dress-up in the style of the age.
The restaurant’s menu is ‘proud to be British’; working with partners Absolute Taste to source produce and suppliers all from the UK, food will be cooked and executed exquisitely - there are 130 covers.
The bar’s menu includes Maldon rock oysters with shallot dressing and tobasco, Bath Chaps - braised and breaded pig cheek with a spicy chutney and mini - Cumberland sausages with mashed potato dip, amongst other British delicacies.
The main dining room will serve up equally classic dishes; Dorset crab salad, Foreman’s smoked salmon salad and brown bread ice-cream, Scottish lobster thermidore, Shepherd’s pie, beef Wellington and steak and kidney pie as well as ample vegetarian options too. A selection of sides, salads and puddings complete this well rounded menu.
The menu also boasts a British Charcuterie board – the finest cuts of beef from the Rother Valley, which produces organic beef-aged for 28 days. A carefully selected wine list will complete this wonderfully conceived, unmistakably British menu.
Proud Cabaret is a different concept from its sister venues – a notable step away from photography, on which the name was built.
Check out Proud Cabaret restaurant and club in The City.
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