Last Updated on October 8, 2021
Cabaret meets 007 at the London Cabaret Club
With No Time to Die drawing the crowds back to London’s cinemas, there’s yet more James Bond on offer at the London Cabaret Club. The 007- themed London Never Dies is the club’s latest extravaganza. It’s a great excuse to get all dressed up and go up to town for a night of dancing, singing, acrobatics and more.
The London Cabaret Club is based at the historic art deco Bloomsbury Ballroom in Victoria House. Situated on Bloomsbury Square, it was originally built for the Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society in the 1920s. I wonder how many insurance companies still have their own ballrooms.
We started our evening over cocktails and canapés in the comfortable Rose Room while being entertained by a sax player. My companion’s eye was caught by the word watermelon on a list of special cocktails and promptly ordered the Watermelon Ginbull. The bull turned out to mean Red Bull – so an unusual experience. She then moved on to a Caipirinha, which was far more to her taste. I was less adventurous and stuck to the Tanqueray gin and tonic – delicious. In retrospect, we should have drunk nothing but Martinis in honour of the evening’s Bond theme.
We moved through to the ballroom for dinner and the show. There we were introduced to the Cast of the London Cabaret who took us on an all-dancing, all-singing tour of the great James Bond theme-tune songbook. Live and Let Die was one of my favourite numbers but I was relieved not to be sitting by the stage when a woman was plucked from the audience to dance with one of the male members of the troupe.
The show is interspersed with some spectacular speciality acts including a man whose talent is hand-balancing. His act brought to mind the recent feats of the gymnasts at the Tokyo Olympics. Other memorable turns included an aerialist doing unfeasible things in a half moon suspended from the ceiling to Fly Me to the Moon. But my highlight was the appearance of Laser Woman, who put on a dazzling light show. I hadn’t seen anything like it before
The London Cabaret Clubs offers a variety of meal and ticket packages. Our diamond tickets included our canapés, a filling three-course meal and a theatrical cocktail. Courses are served in between acts of the main show. However, the entertainment keeps on going while you eat thanks to the DJ playing a lot of fun party tunes and we were also treated to variety acts including a performing dog.
- Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for The London Cabaret Club
The dramatic finale combined acrobatics with singing and dancing to Skyfall, for me the best of the modern James Bond theme songs. The moment it finished, the DJ swung back into action and before we knew it we were surrounded by couples and groups of friends dancing to I Want to Dance With Somebody. The night was clearly still young. After all, London Never Dies!
If you’re after an evening of spangles and sequins and glamorous, escapist fun then the London Cabaret Club is the place to go.London Never Dies is running until 20 November 2020
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