A quintessentially British night out at the London Cabaret Club.
With British Summertime in full bloom and the party season upon us, why not try something very special indeed…
The London Cabaret Club is a unique entertainment concept, the creation of co-founders Evelina Girling and Doni Fierro, brilliantly combining fine dining and innovative live cabaret at exclusive locations. Since its inception as a pop-up event in 2013, London Cabaret has deservedly gained a reputation amongst those in the know, hosting a series of exciting shows that celebrate the rich heritage of British culture, taking inspiration from the nation’s iconic past as well as its vibrant present.
Following sell-out residencies at One Mayfair and The Collection in South Kensington, The London Cabaret Club now has a permanent home at the iconic Bloomsbury Ballroom. Here you’ll enjoy high-class dining whilst being entertained by stars from London’s West-End, critically acclaimed performers, original choreography and unparalleled production.
There are price packages to suit all pockets: from ‘Silver’, ‘Gold’, and ‘Diamond’, to ‘Show-and-Champagne’ and ‘VIP’. ‘Celebration’ packages are also available, with fun extras like personalised desserts and private dance classes. Whichever you choose, London Cabaret assures a night to remember, with gentlemen suited and booted and ladies looking very glamorous on the red carpet…Dress to impress…
I was invited along for the opening evening of The London Cabaret Club’s sixth extravaganza – Hats, Heels and Horses – a Royal Ascot themed event celebrating the very best of a great British institution.
My friend and I were very happy to soak up the glamour, kicking off with champagne and canapés, and going on to enjoy an evening of spectacular cabaret entertainment accompanied by a delicious three-course meal.
On arrival we entered the glittering Long Bar, where a svelte crowd was mixing, bubbles and conversation were flowing, and people were grooving to the DJ’s sounds. By the time we were shown to our tables in the opulent art-deco ballroom, everyone was feeling suitably celebratory…
The evening’s entertainment is arranged in three acts combining dance, stunning acrobatics, juggling, balancing, musical numbers – and a dog!
Act One/ Starters
We were served a chilled bottle of 2016 Joie de Vigne Marsanne Vermentino, a crisp fresh green French wine with fruity aromas and the perfect accompaniment to the delicious meal that followed…
As the ballroom lights dimmed and spots lit the runway our starter arrived. Aptly named Royal Artichoke Tart, it didn’t disappoint with rich flaky pastry and a velvety artichoke filling.
We settled into a terrific selection of numbers, including: ‘Tea for Two’ – a charming routine with a delightful nod to Mary Poppins here and also in ‘Royals’, the company dressed in glorious black and white outfits, with elegant parasols and millinery, and splendid footmen in attendance.
The act proceeded through these and more, concluding with ‘Rule Britannia’, ‘Killer Queen’ (a special favourite of mine) and ‘Cool Britannia’.
Act Two/ Mains
Act Two introduced a distinctly international flavour, and turned up the heat, with numbers ranging from ‘Spanish Guitar’ and ‘Smooth Havana’ to a rendition of The Police’s ‘Roxanne’ and the electrifying ‘Bollywood’. Nods to ‘Strictly’: The salsa sizzled and the Tango was terrific. Topless men balanced perilously atop columns and gyrated across the stage in giant hoops while pony-girls posed and pranced.
Our Main course was quite delicious – tender seared fillet of sea bass, served on a bed of luscious creamy cauliflower puree with baby leeks, perfectly complemented by a white wine sauce.
Act Three /Dessert
Act Three was very much in the Revue tradition, with amazing hats, high heels, and skimpy costumes. The audience was thoroughly in tune now, and the drinks were flowing…
Time for dessert – and in keeping with the theme we were delighted with the Pimm’s No.1 Cheesecake, served with candied cucumber, strawberry, mint.
The evening ended on “The Greatest Show” – to very great applause.
What a thoroughly immersive, entertaining, delicious – and quintessentially British – night out!
Hat Heels & Horses from the London Cabaret Club – Thursday, Friday & Saturday nights until 13th July.
The London Cabaret Club
The Bloomsbury Ballroom