Indulge in the Best Burlesque Clubs in London
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Burlesque virgins will truly have cherries popped at at Café de Paris nightclub in Leicester Square. Every Friday and Saturday night out in central London you can discover acrobatics, contortions, circus stunts, hilarious comedy, and sexy burlesque. The flamboyant setting of the cabaret club's famous ballroom (scene in many a movie) gives the occasion a certain Moulin Rouge appeal. The resident dance troupe come to titillate the crowd with their dance moves - in fact they achieve one of the sexiest dance routines putting their clothes ON! For fans of the classic format, Showtime Cabaret is on Saturday nights. For something a little different, The Service show on Fridays is for you.
City of London
The impressive and decadent Bloomsbury Ballroom near Holborn is home to the emphatic London Cabaret Club. We all love a little bit of naughtiness in any way, shape or form and burlesque dancing features in the main show, Queen of Roses, "a sensational tour of British heritage, celebrating Queen Elizabeth I, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II". Provocative dancers and talented singers provide the entertainment. We recommend the dinner and a show combo ticket. Take seat at your table for unrestricted VIP views of the central stage and indulge in three courses of luxury food, whilst feasting your eyes on two bespoke stages. And then, to the late night after party!
Soho Burlesque Club is one of London's best burlesque cabaret show. Hosted by and starring Miss Polly Rae with an ensemble cast of the UK's top burlesque performers, the revue-style night is hilarious, titillating and thrilling; gorgeous physicality, music and song, dance, humour and contortion all delivered with a bawdy sense of fun and a skilled engagement of the risqué. It's an intimate space with tables close to the stage. Room enough for a chat and a drink, and then enjoyment as the spectacle literally unfolds. Book dinner at the casino's Heliot Steakhouse beforehand and later descend in Lola's Underground Casino for more sexy dancing opportunities.
The decadent show at this Chinese restaurant in Mayfair features comedy, burlesque and jazz, accompanied by soulful singers. The performers come from an array of different disciplines, from dance to acrobatics, and inviting you to dive into a different world. The Gatsby-ish atmosphere and luxurious dining room allows you to be immersed in a theatrical show full of mesmerising characters. Upstairs in the Salon de Chine, sophisticated live jazz and soul is led by resident Park Chinois divas including new artists Coco Malone and Trifasica who represent the essence of 30's glamour. Save this event for a very special occasion, such as a birthday or anniversary.
City of London
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You might be thinking that this burlesque club top 10 is a bit girl heavy. Where is all the boylesque? If you're organising a girls night out in London then a trip in to The City on a Friday or Saturday night could involve getting front and centre to see the Proud Boys with all their six-park performing aerial acrobatics, striptease and erotic circus. Alternatively, you might want to check out the Cirque de Ville traditionally sexy shows that include burlesque dancers, jugglers, contortionists and cabaret. Click through to the listing and you'll find a wealth of special offers which include food and bottomless cocktails, as well as those bare bottomed cowboys, naturally.
In addition to the Dragons and Titties cabaret show (a Game of Thrones revue) and Date Night Circus show which includes fire-eating, pole dancing and contortionists, this large pub and live entertainment venue in west London is home to the Sunday show, Burlesque'D. Think leather, silk, stockings, feathers and a whole lot of sass, courtesy of a troupe of West End stars. Arrive late afternoon to take advantage of the awesome beer garden before the adult show starts at 9pm (weekends). Or book yourself in for a dinner and the show combo and get great seats right near the action. And FYI, this was awarded the 2018 Best Pub in London award from Design My Night. Just sayin'.
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Yes, this is an unassuming Lebanese restaurant in one of London poshest areas, Knightsbridge. Yet, intriguingly, Layalina has a split personality. By day it's all Middle Eastern shisha and shakshouka. By night, it becomes Privée of Knightsbridge, a restaurant for cabaret and burlesque suppers on the lower ground floor. Picture the scene: on your candlelit table sits an oven-roasted chicken suprême with mushroom sauce. Then, as you reach for your Hot Bitch martini cocktail, Ruby Risqué, Lolo Pop, and Bootsy Bonafonte seductively perform their routines right beside your table. Some of the best burlesque performers in the UK regularly entertain at this secret club. Just keep it to yourself.
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If anyone had said you'd find nipple tassels in the depths of the loo, you'd look in my own toilet with worry. Cellar Door basement bar next the Lyceum Theatre in the West End is a former toilet facility and now your magical gateway to the burlesque wonders hidden underground. Enjoy constant burlesque delights on various nights of the week at this exotic, yet cosy venue in Aldwych. Decadent like chocolate but with less calories, Cellar Door offers women lessons in the art of tease with famed burlesque dancers. Think Moulin Rouge in the heart of merry old London. Sit down with a glass of bubbles, listen to the seductive beating drum and watch the femme fatales undress one layer at a time.
Vauxhall & Oval
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One of the most popular alternative gay venues in London, the Royal Vauxhall Tavern has been pleasing audiences since 1863 with its eclectic mixture of cabaret, comedy, jazz, bingo and club nights. There is something for everyone every day of the week, although the star attraction is undoubtedly Duckie on Saturday nights. This gender-bending playgroup, hosted by London's very own Night Czar, Amy Lamé, is this gay bar's most popular night of the week. This riotous show pulls no punches so expect the unexpected and do go if you're easily offended (but why would you be?). The bar also prides itself on being an affordable alternative to the West End clubs with their many drinks offers.
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This east London club was said to be responsible for the burlesque explosion. The carpets are grotty, the bar is absurdly cheap, and the nights are wonderfully eclectic. The lineup changes frequently and the stars of the future perform here. The wonderfully eccentric Mariah and Friendz night, a "hot-mess cabaret-cum-club night", is an example of the perfect burlesque party mixed with circus performances, drag queens and whole lot of dance floor bangers. Be warned, if you're not there by 9pm dressed in your vintage, glittery best, you probably won't get in.