9 Popular Burlesque & Cabaret Restaurants in London

Brimming with restaurants, shows and late-night hedonist hotspots, our capital is a glamourous haven for foodies, pleasure seekers, and those who like to combine the two. London restaurants with entertainment come in all shapes and sizes, with many a meal served with a side of cabaret, a sprinkling of burlesque and a musical garnish. From sophisticated jazz nights to late-night singalongs at cabaret clubs, via some slightly more salacious offerings, there’s a dinner with a show for all tastes.

 

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The City

Proud Cabaret City

Proud Cabaret City

For some old-age glamour from the golden era of the 1920s, look no further than Proud Cabaret City. Modelling itself on a 1920s speakeasy from the prohibition age, the underground restaurant is a haven reminiscent of the illicit glamour of a bygone era, full of table lamps, candelabras and plush velvet walls.

With burlesque shows that are guaranteed to dazzle, Proud Cabaret City is the place to go for an evening of vintage glamour. Highlights from the menu include roasted turbot with steamed samphire and salsify, and leg of lamb steak with Lebanese taboulleh and lamb jus.

 

Hippodrome Live
Leicester Square

Hippodrome Live

Hippodrome Live

Dinner in a casino is already fairly reminiscent of a Las Vegas evening, but throw in some live entertainment from jazz, swing and cabaret acts and you’ve got a unique night out. Steeped in history, the venue opened in 1900 and has played host to Charlie Chaplin, and Julie Andrews’ first ever West End stage appearance. Nowadays, the eclectic entertainment is paired with irresistible finger food like half rack of dry-rubbed back pork ribs with a side of slaw and barbecue dipping sauce.

 

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Kennington

Brasserie Toulouse Lautrec

Brasserie Toulouse Lautrec

Kennington may seem a far cry from Paris, but Brasserie Toulouse Lautrec have gone some way to strengthening l’entente cordiale with their French fare and intimate piano bar. Candlelit dinners here include the likes of 24-hour slow-cooked shoulder of lamb with redcurrant sauce and the speciality whole lobster with garlic butter.

 

The Piano Works

Piano Works

The Piano Works

Piano Works is all about putting the diners in charge. Requests are written on napkins and make up the entirety of the set from the talented live band. In between scribbling on napkins, enjoy rolls filled with 2 whole crabs or marinated ribeye with blue cheese dipping sauce. When it comes to London restaurants with live music, this place ticks all the boxes.

 

Cellar Door
Aldwych

Cellar Door

Cellar Door
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With a name supposedly bearing the most romantic combination of words in the English language, Cellar Door is an intimate and intriguing cabaret venue in the heart of central London. A sleek street entrance is incredibly deceptive: once inside the venue is a combination of 1930s Berlin and a New York basement dive, and so it’s hardly surprising that the venue was once the reputed haunt of Oscar Wilde and Joe Orton.

With booth seating and dimmed lighting, Cellar Door offers a selection of light bites alongside an eclectic array of performers, in what must be one of the most unique drinking dens in London.

 

The Pheasantry

The Phesantry

The Pheasantry
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Italian restaurant chain Pizza Express have came up with something a little different: instead of just being an ordinary pizza joint, selected locations in the UK play host to fantastic cabaret evenings, where diners can enjoy an authentic taste of Italy whilst enjoying live jazz and cabaret shows.

One of these select locations hosting Pizza Express Live is The Pheasantry, housed in a beautiful historic building on London’s ever-fashionable Kings Road. Formerly a Russian dance academy attended by none other than Dame Margot Fonteyn, this Georgian building has an incredible history. And, given its former purpose, it is the perfect venue to host cabaret and dance shows in its intimate dining space.

 

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Stringfellows

Stringfellows

Infamous, notorious, gaudy. Call it what you will, it’s hard to talk about restaurants with entertainment without mentioning this place. It’s been around for decades, so many a story has emerged from behind those Soho doors. And many will have stayed firmly behind them.

 

Volupte Lounge
Volupte

Volupte Lounge is a world of decadence designed to delight even the most sceptical of cabaret goers. Situated in Bloomsbury, the décor in this burlesque restaurant blends perfectly with the theme: think red velvet drapes, fantastically upholstered seating and quirky lighting. Plus the restaurant boasts an in-house grand piano, of course.

Regular cabaret shows include Afternoon Tease and Baby Grand Burlesque, the latter offering a scintillating selection of Volupte Lounge’s finest burlesque and cabaret stars with live music. Diners can expect plenty of singing and dancing accompanied by some of the finest jazz in town, together with guest performers including Bettsie Bon Bon and Chrys Columbine.

 

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Camden

Proud Cabaret Camden

Proud Cabaret Camden
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In Camden’s historic Stables Market, Proud is something of a London institution. Transformed into a burlesque bar and restaurant, extravagance is on display from the plate to the stage, with the raunchy shows joined by exciting international dishes. A burlesque restaurant with character, Proud truly epitomises the eclectic ambience of its Camden location.

About Grace Elisabeth Cook

Grace is a freelance writer currently based in Newcastle. Her main loves in life are food, fashion and the Queen. She is a keen baker and mean cupcake maker. As a child with a long list of food allergies, until the age of 14 Grace lived on a diet of sausage and chips and chocolate biscuits. Since then, she has branched out and discovered her love of authentic Italian and Indian cuisine. She is also something of an afternoon tea connoisseur, and as a result is a self-confessed jam snob. Her favourite London eateries are The Tea Rooms and The Hummingbird Bakery.

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