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. 

@ Cafe de Paris, Every Friday from 6th March

Cabaret des Distractions

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.


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.

Something a little different Restaurant Bar Happily Affordable ££

@ Hotel Café Royal, Friday 6 March 2015 and 16 other Fridays

The Black Cat Presents... Salon Des Artistes Our pick

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!


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.

Something a little different Restaurant Bar Happily Affordable ££

@ Kettner's, Saturday 4 April 2015

Soho's High Societease Our pick

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. 

@ Cafe de Paris, Every Saturday

Showtime Cabaret

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.

@ Cellar Door, Every Saturday

High Tea & Tease

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.


Hippodrome Casino, Central London

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.

Chatting and Drinking Lounge Bar Happily Affordable ££


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. 

Eating and Drinking Restaurant Bar Happily Affordable ££


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.

Drinking and Dancing Nightclub Splash the Cash £££


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. 

Drinking and Dancing DJ Bar Happily Affordable ££

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