Last Updated on December 28, 2020 by Lucy Foxell
A glamorous evening with live entertainment and fine dining
After weeks of lockdown with the cold and gloomy winter weather taking its hold, I can’t tell you how excited I was to get the opportunity for a much-needed pre-Christmas night out (before the Tier 3 and now Tier 4 restrictions were announced). It was great to have a reason to get my glad rags on for an evening at the glamorous London Cabaret Club where I was wined, dined and thoroughly entertained.
The London Cabaret Club is situated in a historical 1920’s building in the heart of central London in Bloomsbury Square just a short walk from Holborn station. I went along to the Christmas Royale show where James Bond meets Christmas. The evening starts with a glass of bubbly and pre-show entertainment in the bar, before taking your seats for dinner.
Girls in shimmery dresses and men in top hats and tails wearing sequined masks set off the evening with a bang. We were treated to some fabulous singing and dancing along to some of the best-loved Bond theme tunes, including Diamonds are Forever and Gold Finger. This is glitzy, yet classy entertainment performed by real cabaret professionals. The atmosphere was really buzzy, you could really tell that everyone was very happy to be out enjoying themselves and getting into the festive spirit.
We were especially impressed by an incredible magic act where the talented magician somehow made lots of white doves literally appear from nowhere, only then to vanish before of our eyes, and finally, mind-bogglingly he made a huge parrot materialize out of a stick, quite extraordinary!
Matt and Valentina from Las Vegas provided some jaw-dropping acrobatics on roller skates, at one point Matt spins Valentina, who is attached to him via by a neck strap, in circles at a frightening speed, which certainly had everyone sitting on the edge of their seat, I did wonder if one of them might just fly on to my lap! The second half of the show was pure Christmas, a fabulous, sparkling and heart-warming extravaganza, Winter Wonder Land with a delightful shaggy dog and girls in dalmatian outfits and All I want for Christmas hoopla hoop style.
And all this all whilst being served a delicious three-course meal. The food at The London Cabaret Club is not to be sniffed at, (any dietary requirements are made when you book your ticket) this a high-end dining experience where the menu is very well constructed and the service is seamlessly orchestrated.
The three-courses were perfectly paced throughout the evening. We started with some tasty crispy croquettes with nuggets of ham hock nestled in the fluffy interior, served with a dollop of piccalilli and shiso leaves.
The main course was a delicious affair consisting of a dish of moist and tender roasted quail roulade filled with chicken mousseline and dried fruit served with slithers of sweet sauteed pears, crunchy confit potatoes and port jus. For dessert, a perky looking poached pear in a luscious syrupy mulled wine sauce with vanilla ice cream.
An evening enjoying Christmas Royale at The London Cabaret Club was the perfect festive pick me up, it felt like a proper night out and I enjoyed every minute of it. But do not despair if you’ve missed this show there’s plenty more to come in the New Year, a programme of fabulous shows which celebrate the rich heritage of British culture past and present. While New Year’s Eve Royale may not happen due to the current Covid restrictions, later in the year there will be more productions – London Never Dies, Exquisite and the Best of British Pop.
At London-Unattached we are great fans of The London Cabaret Club and have reviewed a number of their past productions. Hats, Heels and Horses is a particular favourite of mine and one I hope we’ll see return in the future. The club itself really needs all our support at the moment – like all the performing arts it’s been badly hit by lockdowns and restrictions. So, please do book and go – we promise you won’t be disappointed
The London Cabaret Club
London WC1B 4DA