Last Updated on November 29, 2020 by Fiona Maclean
Christmas Parties at the House of Magic.
As the world gradually emerges from live entertainment and culture numbing COVID regulations, here at London-Unattached we are on the lookout for shows and productions that just need to be seen. We’ve done Halloween and I have to confess, an evening at the House of Magic was a very special way to celebrate a pagan festival just before we were locked down and out again in London! Now, it’s nearly Christmas – that time of year when we all need a little magic in our lives…perhaps of the darker kind this year?
The House of Magic, a shuttered Victorian building on the corner of one of those streets in London that an estate agent might call ‘up and coming’, might just be the answer. It’s both home and showcase for Simon Drake, the star and creator of Channel 4’s cult classic ‘The Secret Cabaret’. I’ve walked past for years – sometimes when it’s been closed up, sometimes when there’s a mysterious doorman standing and staring as I make my way home. I’ve always wondered just what is inside. And, I’ve never dared find out. Now I’ve been for myself I urge you all to go along. I survived…and lived to tell the tale. But my lips are (mostly) sealed so you’ll need to go along yourself to find out more!
Now though, I’ve been along to check out the venue and find out more about what (might) be in store for guests this Christmas. As you go in, there’s a garden with a definite feel of derelict stately home about it. If I’d turned the corner and found a private cemetery, I wouldn’t have been surprised. Instead, three snow-white chickens loiter in anticipation of mealworms or more. Will they still be there by Christmas? Who knows…
If the weather is clement and you fancy a quiet moment, you can sit in the gazebo. From my own experience of the Halloween party, it’s unlikely you will want to do so for long – there’s far too much to see and do inside;)
Rumour has it that on the night you’ll be greeted at the door by the Master’s headless butler and escorted to the House of Magic. Inside, tardis-like, the elaborately gothic Red Room on the ground floor seats up to two hundred guests, with a large stage to the front. There’s a welcoming bar if you feel you might need a stiff drink and a collection of working vintage automata, with coins so you can play as you wish and distract yourself by whiling away the time till the main show starts. Visitors who are brave enough learn about their future fortunes from the dubious comfort of the whispering chair.
The butler will take you down into the haunted cellar to learn more about the ghost that inhabits the building, there’s food included in the ticket price, a licenced bar and tableside entertainers who will keep you amused until the main show starts. There’s space to dance or, if you prefer, to relax upstairs in the luxurious Drawing Room.
This place is Simon Drake’s home. Now I’ve lived to tell the tale (and even taken a friend along for the ride!) I can confirm that an evening at the House of Magic is like nothing else you’ll ever have experienced. It’s a show with a mixture of magic and an edge of danger – but one where high camp and laughter are a big part of the experience. It’s a peculiarly personal insight into the life of one of the UK’s leading magicians who has just been awarded the Magic Circle equivalent of an Oscar, a Maskalyne award. A unique blend of individual taste and professional performance that might just leave you a little unnerved. In absolutely the best possible way, of course.
In 2020 for Christmas there are just two special party evenings with a strictly limited number of guests so that the venue can keep everyone safe. Having been along to the Halloween event, I can confirm that the social distancing and covid guidelines are carefully maintained…and that none of the fun is gone! Sixty tickets on each night with prices including the booking fee from £77.85 t0 £82.40. For that, you’ll get entry to the House of Magic from 7 pm till 12 am (may be altered to accommodate COVID-19 Guidelines), dinner and of course plenty of magic. There’s a lockdown moneyback guarantee so, in the event of the venue being forced to close you’ll get your money back.
Find out more and book your tickets for a truly magical Christmas in London from the House of Magic website