Best London Burlesque Shows

Opulent, lavish and just a little bit naughty; London’s burlesque scene is absolutely thriving right now. Offering up a scintillating night out of alternative entertainment, we’ve rooted out the finest comedy, cabaret and circus shows around. Read for more info on our selections for the best burlesque shows in London.

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Cabaret des Distractions

7 user reviews
@ Cafe de Paris on Every Friday

Cabaret Des Distractions offers a glamorous evening of cabaret, musical theatre and circus performances in a stunning 1920s ballroom. Inspired by the Féeries  of 19th century Paris, this is a classic tale of love and temptation featuring gasps of awe, roars of laughter and whoops of excitement along the way.

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A group of the most globally renowned tattooed lasses take to the burlesque stage this September in London as the infamous SuicideGirls come out to play. With their favourite, buffed up ladies taking to the Electric Ballroom stage, Blackheart Burlesque promise a night like no other with titillating antics, deviant debauchery and antics a-plenty.

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Proud Cabaret Camden

5 user reviews

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.

Happily Affordable ££

The House of Burlesque is one of London’s most glamorous secrets. Tucked away underneath the streets of the West End, this UK-leading production company host an evening of stockings, feathers and fabulousness that won’t fail to impress. Get set for an evening of dancing divas, tantalising tassel-twilers, cabaret and circus gliterrati, with special happy hour deals and the option to dance the night away afterwards.

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@ Playboy Club London on Thursday 3 September 2015

Lavish and sleek, Nightfall is the Playboy Club's sultry night of frivolous fun. Join the talented team of performers for a delicious 3 course dinner, framed by spectacular live shows and flirtatious performances. The team includes a number of soulful singers, a entire troop of dancers and a jaw-dropping line-up of teasing burlesque dancers. 

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@ The Electric Carousel on Various dates

Move over Mr Cowell, there’s a wildly popular talent show competition that’s taking London by storm. Burlesque Idol enters its sixth year of dazzling competition in 2015, as the globe’s most talented up-and-coming acts come together to battle it out for a place in November’s final. This is a high-energy, opulent night of entertainment hosted by the acclaimed House of Burlesque, and your vote is crucial to deciding who wins!

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Tremendously titillating and artistically on point, Cirque Noir's Burlesque performance is one to be desired. Ghostly, yet gorgeous, fetching, yet frightful, Cirque Noir's Burlesque dancers will entertain you clad in somewhat Halloween-inspired attire complete with teary mime faces, black leather corsets and naughty extras.

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Where else would you find a certified romp-ilicious Burlesque show other than the infamous Soho pleasure dome known as Kettner's? Nowhere. So without further ado, Kettner's cordially invite you down for a spot of 'High Societease' afternoon tea where you'll be taken on a raunchy journey through London's pleasure district's saucy past and treated to a spectacular show of burlesque, cabaret and circus. 

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Showtime Cabaret

23 user reviews
@ Cafe de Paris on 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.

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@ Cellar Door on Every Saturday

Cabaret, cards, 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, with performers like Miss Daisy Page, Vicious Delicious and the legendary Beatrix Von Bourbon to look forward to. Tickets include the show, casino chips and high tea with bubbles, finger sandwiches, cupcakes and tea.

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The Hippodrome Casino

3 user reviews

Anybody for a dash of good old-fashioned debauchery? There's nowhere better for it than this premier Leicester Square casino, where far from placing all their eggs in a gambling basket, the Hippodrome also welcomes an array of the most talented burlesque and cabaret performers in the West End.

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3 Course Dinner & Cabaret Show - £40pp, 2 Course Dinner & Cabaret Show - £32pp , Shimmer with Confidence | Burlesque Masterclass

Proud Cabaret City

4 user reviews

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.

Happily Affordable ££

Cirque le Soir

5 user reviews

Cirque du Soir is a members-only club in the heart of Mayfair, hosting a variety of acrobatics, magicians and burlesque performances. The quirky event space has led the re-emergence of theme-based nightclubs offering members a circus atmosphere of fire-eaters, bejewelled trapeze artists and contortionists aplenty.

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Aquum

49 user reviews

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. 

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Complimentary Food Platter

A match made in burlesque heaven, the Burlesque Knights and Knightsbridge's very own Privée lounge come together to bring you the very best in burlesque whilst you chomp down on their delicious dishes. Comprising of the finest performers from two of London's leading cabaret shows, The Kitten Club and The Folly Mixtures, the beautiful burlesque gals will have you sizzling in your seats as they entertain you with their spicy, sassy and oh so splendid spectacle.

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