Last Updated on December 11, 2021
It’s all about Gatsby at the London Cabaret Club
On a quiet street tucked away from the bustle of Holborn is the Bloomsbury Ballroom, home to the London Cabaret Club. Stepping out of the London cold into the warm plush entrance decorated with golden trees and the bright lights of Christmas decorations, one is instantly transported to a place of luxury, decadence, and spectacle. From an impressive start, the décor continues to impress throughout the evening. From the entrance, guests descend a flight of stairs to the beginning of the bar area, with a corridor lined with lush roses from Bodvár – House of Rosés.
The bar offers a sophisticated range of drinks and canapés, including signature cocktails for A Gatsby Christmas, with drinks named Daisy Fizz or Hotsy Totsy Mulled Wine. The Zozzled cocktail from the signature list, made up of Patron Silver, agave syrup, fresh lime juice and grapefruit juice, had a satisfyingly sharp taste from the sour lime and grapefruit and was smartly presented in a tumbler. From the martini trolley, the Blue Sea Martini was breezy, suitable for a summer night party, and made a striking impression with its bright blue colour in the cocktail glass.
Half an hour after doors opened, the pre-show entertainment began in the bar area, with guests and performers alike dressed to the nines. Being the festive season, Christmas classics were performed on stage and the solo performances were later followed on by dancing around the bar area. With guests continuing to arrive in groups both large and small to champagne on ice, the build-up to the main event certainly created the atmosphere of a special occasion.
We then stepped through to the ballroom and were shown to our seats right by the stage where the show would take place. The table was festively set, with Christmas crackers on each plate.
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Taking inspiration from Hemingway’s Jazz Age novel The Great Gatsby, the A Gatsby Christmas performance was spectacular from the costume design to the gymnastic athleticism of the performers. The choreography was fluid and the jaw-dropping feats such as swinging from hoops suspended from the ceiling drew gasps of admiration from the audience. Different dance styles such as tap were also incorporated into a performance of Singing in the Rain. Interspersed with musical interludes, tracks ranged from Lana del Rey to an Amy Winehouse cover to Bella Ciao, offering favourite hits to all audience members. Some call and response kept interaction going with the crowd, along with umbrellas for the front row when a large fountain formed part of a dance routine. Both the costumes and decoration of the ballroom deserve to be particularly highlighted as an excellent fusion of the glitz, glam and gold of the Great Gatsby and the holiday spirit of the Christmas season with its lights and baubles. Cast members even emerged in Santa hats for a Christmas song performance at the end of the show with a dancing dog, a Christmas tree suspended above the stage. In Gatsby style, partying continued late into the night with a live DJ taking to the stage following the end of the cabaret performance.
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Included in the Gold level tickets is a three-course gourmet meal with a half a bottle of wine for each person. For the starters, the cured salmon tartare was well matched with the acidity of the accompanying pickles and accompanied by toasted brioche slice and crème fraiche. With a hint of lemon, the portion size was also plentiful. Keeping with the Christmas theme of the evening, guests can look forward to a Christmas dinner with all the trimmings for the main course. Get your turkey in early, with the London Cabaret Club serving Norfolk turkey breast with a red wine jus, tasty caramelised Brussel sprouts, buttered carrots, cranberry jelly and roasted potatoes. For dessert, the sticky fig pudding had nutty undertones with toffee and was served with crème anglaise. The celebratory vibe continued to grow throughout the evening, and guests can order drinks direct to their seats, bottles of champagne illuminated with sparklers keeping the party atmosphere going.
A Gatsby Christmas offers an immersive and all-inclusive experience unlike much else available in London over the Christmas period. Dress up in your glad rags and prepare for a dazzling evening of extravagance and intrigue.
If you’re after an evening of spangles and sequins and glamorous, escapist fun then the London Cabaret Club is the place to go. A Gatsby Christmas is running until 23 December 2021, followed by The Great Gatsby New Year’s Eve Show on the 31st December. In the New Year there’s more Gatsby fun with All About Gatsby running from 8th January to 26th February.
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