8-10 Brewer Street W1F 0SE
An institution in sleazy Soho, Madame Jojo’s combines indie credentials (White Heat on Tuesdays) with its cabaret traditions. Thursday nights sees Bete Noire take over the building, which means live music hall, retro titillation and burlesque.
The Box Soho
12 Walker’s Court, Soho
Before Burlesque became a semi-mainstream form of entertainment it existed in the dark, secretive corners of the city. New York transplant, The Box is almost a revival of sorts. No phones, no cameras, strict glamorous dress code, near unattainable exclusivity and a roster of acts encouraged to push the boundaries of taste. Reservations are a must.
1 Mark Lane EC3R 7AH
Tucked away in the middle of The City, Proud Cabaret brings the Camden complex’s vim and vigour to a new crowd. Table clothed tables, fine crystal and silverware cover the rich, red room while one of the most polished cabaret routines in London dazzles on stage.
The staircase on the Strand doesn’t look like much but when you head below ground, the world of CellarDoor is an intoxicating one. Styled like a Berlin cabaret bar by way of New York, you’ll find live burlesque, drag and cabaret most nights of the week. Shows are mostly free and the Tuesday night open mic is particularly worth a visit.
Leicester Square Theatre
6 Leicester Place, London
The Basement Bar at The Leicester Square Theatre hosts a range of cabaret, comedy and burlesque. The subterranean intimacy of the small bar is the perfect place to get up close and personal with a range of acts performing in front of a modest audience.