Is it a sign that we’ve finally entered a new era? Cabaret – so evocative, in the English mind, of Parisian naughtiness or Berlin decadence – finally seems to be catching on in staid old London town.
Only the Pigalle Club W1 is really dedicated to offering Londoners anything in this style at the moment, but the run-up to Christmas is set to see the opening of not one but two cabaret venues in the metropolis – Proud Cabaret, in the City, and Supperclub, off Ladbroke Grove.
Proud Cabaret aims to be a sumptuous affair, backed by hipster Alex Proud (who’s best known for his eponymous photographic galleries). The idea is to create a ’20s speakeasy atmosphere, with entertainments inlcuding jazz and burlesque, and DJs to bring the night to a close (at 5am). All this, and – it is claimed – decent British cooking too.
At about the same time, Supperclub – an established Dutch operator whose empire stretches from San Francisco to Istanbul – is bringing its own-brand mix of cabaret-cum-fine-dining to a not-obviously-glamorous location of a cavern beneath the Westway (which was once home to ’80s über-club Subterranea).
Proud Cabaret (opens 5 November)
4 Minster Court
Mark Lane, London EC3R 7AA
Contact 020 7482 3867 (Proud Camden) for more information
12 Acklam Road
London W10 5QZ