Hello, gorgeous! Looking for a little bit of London Burlesque this weekend? Maybe you want to spice up your Mondays with a touch of burlesque life drawing, or pretend you’re back in the prohibition era with a gin and tonic in hand? Whatever you’re looking for, here’s a list of incredible regular London Burlesque Shows when you feel like going out out…
Proud Cabaret has been a popular London burlesque night out since I first discovered the scene more than a decade ago, starting out in Camden and now offering two gorgeous locations in both Tower Hill and Embankment (as well as one in Brighton). Proud City pays homage to the roaring 1920’s speakeasy age with opulent vintage décor – think jazz club meets Parisian glamour. Located in the heart of London’s financial district, this is an underground haven that captures the illicit glamour and decadence of a bygone era. Proud Embankment, meanwhile, is a majestic, two-storied venue that hosts a spectacular array of shows and events, including world-class cabaret, circus acts and brunch events. It is also the home of Cabaret All-Stars, which currently features headlining acts including Bill Bailey, Duncan James and Denise Van Outen. With several nights of entertainment per week, there’s always something on at Proud.
Gin House Burlesque
Presenting the very best in vintage burlesque, vaudeville, circus and music, internationally-renowned Burlesque performers Miss Betsy Rose, Jolie Papillon and Missy Fatale have joined forces to create an interactive vintage cabaret experience unparalleled on the current London nightlife scene. Now in its fifth year of regular weekend shows at it’s resident home, The Kings Head (between Haggerston and Hoxton), this prohibition-era inspired show takes place over 4 floors, surrounded by exquisite antique delights and immersive cabaret entertainment In addition to high-end burlesque, you can also expect snake charmers, fire eaters, magicians and live music from the Gin House Burlesque cast, combining the energy of New Orleans, with the glory of smokey old London town.
Dr. Sketchy’s Burlesque & Cabaret Life Drawing Class
CURVEBALL! Like your burlesque delivered with a side order of creativity? Dr Sketchy London invites you to grab a pencil, grab a drink, and grab a seat for the most fun figure-drawing class/party in town. Hosted by the multi-award-winning cabaret legend Dusty Limits and a cast of models drawn from the world of burlesque and cabaret, their philosophy is simple: “our classes are to art what karaoke is to singing.” You don’t need any previous drawing experience to have a brilliant time and it’s a fantastic way to spend a couple of hours on a Monday night getting out of your creative comfort zones.
House Of Burlesque
House of Burlesque, produced by the inimitable Tempest Rose, have been making history with their unique blend of pin-up, pop, punk, glamour for over 10 years. Unapologetically innovative, you can currently find them offering Saturday night shows at Sway Bar, Covent Garden, every weekend for the rest of 2021. See Fan-dancing divas, tantalising tassel twirlers,, cabaret and circus glitterati and everything in between in a gin-soaked fabulous live show performed in the round. With happy hour from 6-7pm and a show start time of 6:30pm, this special early show is the perfect prelude to dinner and a night on the town if you are heading out after. Oh, and did I mention they also run a burlesque school too?
The Windmill Soho
Having historically introduced the first nude showgirls to London, the iconic Windmill Soho is back with a complete brand makeover, a star-studded rolling cabaret show running throughout the evening and into the small hours. As well as a main auditorium, balcony bar and private dining room, I’m personally excited to visit the basement speakeasy, Henderson’s, which is named after Laura Henderson who ran this historic venue in the 30s and 40s. Open from Wednesday to Saturday every week from August 2021, does anyone want to be my dinner date?
Like the sound of Cabaret and Dim Sum fusion? The Courtesan in Brixton is the place for you! Featuring live performance and music from all four corners of the globe, played on unique electrostatic Audiophile speakers, treat yourself to a visual burlesque feast whilst devouring some ‘curious pumpkin buns’ every Friday and Saturday night.
Want to recommend your favourite regular London burlesque show?
I’ll be updating this list periodically with more recommendations as life reopens after lockdown, so pop me a note in the comments with your favourite regular London burlesque shows (ideally monthly, if not more frequent) and I’ll add it to my list!