Best London Burlesque Shows
Burlesque in London! Burlesque is intended to cause laughter by caricaturing the manner or spirit of serious works. Often confused with striptease, it is in reality a more complex performance format. First burlesque’s shows were popular from the 1860s to the 1940s in the US, often held in cabarets and clubs, as well as theatres and featured bawdy comedy. We’ve chosen the best London burlesque shows for those looking for a classy mix of lasciviousness and irony.
The Black Cat Presents... Salon Des Artistes
@ Hotel Café Royal, Friday 5 September 2014 and 31 other dates
One of the most spectacular, extravagant, and stunning cabaret shows in London, the Black Cat Cabaret have a very special December residency in the historic and luxurious gold guilded Grill Room at the Cafe Royal Hotel. Indulge in music, magic and some of the most acclaimed burlesque dancing in London, then splash out with dinner, artisan cocktails and dancing until the wee hours. Set to be fun, raucous, and utterly wonderful, party the night away at one of the most exclusive, fun and festive burlesque shows in London. Busy Fridays? You can also go on Wednesdays too!
The Wam Bam Club
@ The Bloomsbury Ballroom, Saturday 13 September 2014 and 5 other Saturdays
No two nights at The Wam Bam Club are the same - expect only the unexpected at this London burlesque show. Sassy burlesque dancers take to the stage, alongside a spectacular host of dazzling circus performers and slick comedians, in a stunning art deco venue. Think The Great Gatsby with a cheeky modern twist.
House of Burlesque
@ London Wonderground, Thursday 4 September 2014 and 2 other Thursdays
The renowned House of Burlesque is back by popular demand. Returning to the South Bank’s Spielgentent for its third consecutive year, the House are running a series of exhilarating Thursday night performances. The bawdy and beautiful Miss Tempest Rose heads the bill, and she’s joined by a glamorous selection of the finest international burlesque stars around at the moment.
Soho’s High Societease
@ Kettner's, Sunday 28 September 2014
Hosting a deliciously tempting afternoon tea with a sassy cast as colourful as Kettner’s history itself, Soho’s High Societease is a great way to spend your evening. Delighting audiences with burlesque, cabaret and circus performances, you can sit back and indulge in delicious homemade scones, sweet treats, dainty finger sandwiches and tea.
THE FOLLY MIXTURES REVUE
@ Madame Jo Jos, Every 1st Wednesday of the month
One of the best burlesque shows in London has to be The Folly Mixtures Revue at Madame Jo Jo's. These performance all-stars are booked for residency throughout 2014, performing on the first Wednesday of the month. Have your socks knocked off by their slick choreography, charm and pizazz! Credits include: Bestival, Café de Paris and the Goodwood Revival.
London Cabaret Society
@ Cafe de Paris, Every Friday
Explore a world of hedonism and excess at one of London's top cabaret shows. Expect the unexpected, as the London Cabaret Society arrive at Cafè de Paris to showcase a spectacular night of cabaret, comedy, circus and neo-burlesque from some of London's most talented performers. Look forward to a series of remarkable fire tricks, aerial acrobatics, sideshow acts and seductive dance routines at one of London's most spectacular venues.
@ Cafe de Paris, Every Saturday
Experience one of the most spectacular variety shows in London; welcoming only the crème de la crème of cabaret, circus, comedy and burlesque, Showtime Cabaret presents a remarkable celebration of all things fun and sexy. Expect the finest stand-up comedians, the raciest burlesque performers, unforgettable speciality acts and a top secret visual climax that'll keep you talking for months.
High Tea & Tease
@ Cellar Door, Every Saturday
Cabaret, cards, and burlesque and a number of other forbidden pleasures are to be expected Cellar Door's High Tea & Tease night. Open every Saturday, experience one of the most raucous displays of cabaret London has to offer from such performers Miss Daisy Page, Vicious Delicious and the legendary Beatrix Von Bourbon. Tickets include the show, casino chips and high tea with bubbles, finger sandwiches, cupcakes and tea.
Madame Jo Jos, Central London
Dating back to the 1940s, Madame JoJo's Cabaret Club is a true Soho gem. Decadent, raucous and rather salacious as well, it's one of the most distinct venues to be found in the capital. With regular weekly slots and varied nights such as burlesque, cabaret and their very own "Tranny Shack Academy", Madame JoJo's is always worth a visit.
Proud Cabaret City, Central London
A speakeasy nestled in the City oozing 1920's glamour and decadence, this burlesque show is not one to miss. Work your way through the delicious dinner and marvel at the showgirls from your table for a night that you won't forget in a hurry. Easily one of the best burlesque shows in the capital.
Proud Cabaret Camden, North London
A night of burlesque entertainment and a delicious three course dinner awaits. Marvel in the Parisian 1920's atmosphere and be enchanted with the performers whilst working your way through your meal. Housed in a 18th century horse stables, this is one hot Burlesque show in London.
Lost Society, South London
Floridita, Central London
Floridita is a Soho bar, restaurant and club, your little dose of Havana in the heart of London. Nestled within the heart of the West End, Floridita stands on the original site of the Marquee Club on Wardour Street, where many famous names cut their teeth on the way to global music fame.
Cirque le Soir, Central London
Cirque du Soir is a London members only club which in the heart of Mayfair hosts a variety of circus acts including acrobatics, magicians and a burlesque show. The quirky event space has led the reemergence of theme-based nightclubs offering members a circus atmosphere of fire-eaters, bejewelled trapeze artists, contortionists and burlesque.
Aquum, South London
It's about to get hot at Aquum; putting on a fiery and sassy burlesque show, the party atmosphere gets wild on Fridays. In this uber-chic and stylish club, the old school burlesque performances get some naughty modern twists. These shows are far from anything ordinary, with fire-eaters and acrobatics these fantastic performances are not to be missed.