London’s cabaret scene is so very wide and varied that it can sometimes prove impossible to find what you are looking for. Square Meal’s helpful guide to the best for cabaret in London features a list of London’s top cabaret restaurants, offering both a high quality dining experience along with a superb cabaret show. Whether its comedy, dance, burlesque, singing, acting, acrobatics or any other kind of cabaret act you wish to see, these great London cabaret restaurants are sure to tickle your fancy. Enjoy the unexpected and the absolute original at these top London cabaret restaurants.
Square Meal has carefully selected only the very best for cabaret restaurants in London to feature in this list, guaranteeing you a night of quality entertainment and great food in London. From top cabaret restaurants in the West End to top cabaret restaurants in the City and top cabaret restaurants in many other London areas, Square Meal’s guide to the best for cabaret restaurants in London will ensure you can’t go wrong.
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£30 - £49
1 Mark Lane, London, EC3R 7AH
Starting out with its City flagship, this 1920s-style dinner-and-daliance outfit now boasts sister sites in Camden and Brighton. Each offers a raucous mix of scantily-clad waiting staff, cheeky cabaret and demure burlesque, supported by a regularly changing roster of themes, from Vegas and Gatsby to Broadway and The Blitz. Most obviously suited to birthdays, stags and hens, arrive with your party head on and expect plenty of audience participation. Evenings start with drinks and dinner, before the lights dim as desserts arrive. Undemanding menus explore the globe to satisfy most tastes, serving up thoughtfully presented dishes including curries, beef fillets and poached fish with lobster tails. A warm welcome is pretty much guaranteed, making Proud a good introduction to the world of burlesque for newcomers. If you're looking for an easygoing dinner which puts entertainment centre-stage, this is worth considering.
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£50 - £79
The Corus Hotel, 1 Lancaster Gate, London, W2 3LG
Opera buffs & novices alike are charmed by this concept restaurant, which sees staff belting out popular arias as the evening progresses. One minute, the smiling waitress is delivering your gravadlax, the next she’s performing a duet from The Magic Flute with her companion. Meanwhile, the European menu might run from tomato terrine with a mascarpone & basil quenelle to sea trout steamed with aromatic lemongrass. The well-balanced wine list also gets in on the act with categories such as ‘sopranos’ (lighter, aromatic whites) and ‘basses’ (big-hitting reds). While the food may not win any prizes, it does at least keep punters seated & sated between musical interludes, & even the most reserved diners will find themselves trilling along to the toast from La Traviata by the end of the evening.
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£30 - £49
3-4 Coventry Street, London, W1D 6BL
This grande dame of the London club scene continues to draw the crowds with unmatchable, Moulin Rouge-style high camp in fabulously opulent surroundings. Having played host to a glittering array of stars from Marlene Dietrich to Blondie over the years, the Grade II-listed building is dominated by an impressive two-tiered ballroom adorned with dramatic chandeliers and sweeping staircases. Above all, Café de Paris is famed for its fabulous cabaret and hedonistic entertainment: Seven Sins steps up every Friday with a line-up of acrobats, fire-eaters, dance troupes and aerial acts, telling a tale of love and temptation via a deviant, wickedly witty host who ties the whole package together; Saturday brings Showtime Cabaret – a riotous mix of magic, comedy, burlesque and chanteuses. If you’re also booked in for dinner, expect a French-tilted menu running from duck liver terrine via ribeye steak to cinnamon and apple tatin.
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£50 - £79
27-29 Endell Street, WC2H 9BA
If you've ever wanted to run away and join the circus, this cabaret venue with its acrobats, dancers and burlesque performers is for you. The food is no novelty act however, with a confident, recently re-launched menu of pan-Asian specialties that makes telling use of luxury ingredients. Recent highlights have included rich beef and foie gras gyoza, punchy chilli salt squid in a delicate tempura batter and a dish of flaky Chilean sea bass dressed with a vibrant sauce of shaoxing rice wine, garlic and ginger. Such theatrically presented plates are ideal for sharing, with big groups taking advantage of the large central table that doubles as a stage. A sexy sci-fi interior, rocking tunes and kicking cocktails ramp up the party atmosphere, while friendly service is 'as entertaining as the acts'.
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