If you go down to the city today, you’re sure of a big surprise… if you go down to the city today, there’s no need to go in disguise. Tucked away behind many doors and inside many buildings, burlesque beauties and cabaret cuties can be found shaking and shimmying to their heart’s content. From the extravagant to the intimate, there are a variety of Burlesque and Cabaret venues to visit across the UK… here are some of our must-visits for those who love burlesque!
The Disco54 Cabaret Show at Café de Paris is self-confessed as being ‘like no other in London’. A night at the Disco54 Cabaret Show will introduce you to their dance troupe, the 54ers and acrobatic busboys, as well as jaw dropping circus, burlesque and entertainment. Be guided on an immersive journey which will give you a taste of the heyday of NYC 1970’s nightlife where outcasts, famous faces and wonderful weirdos all mixed together as one, to the soundtrack of the best thumping disco hits.
Edinburgh’s eclectic Fringe Festival presents the Best of Burlesque, an international round-up of the absolute finest in sultry striptease, curvaceous cabaret and vaudeville variety from the legendary producers of the infamous London Burlesque Festival. Debuting in 2012, visitors to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival have since enjoyed six years of burlesque fun, and the 2019 experience will be no different. Be prepared for tassels, shimmies, bums and all-round burlesque revelry during a show that will blow your socks off.
The annual Love You Burlesque Charity Cabaret presents the very best of amateur burlesque from performers from Essex, Hertfordshire and Suffolk. Ask anyone who’s been to a Love You Burlesque Cabaret event before and they’ll tell you to expect a night of sparkles, sequins and general burlesque revelry as well as some extra special treats. From 50s style burlesque and modern day takes on classic pieces, to Broadway-style performances and seductive dances, whatever style burlesque you like, the LYB cabaret will showcase them all.
Inspired by the Prohibition Era, Gin House Burlesque truly evokes the Golden Age of Jazz with its Speakeasy style décor, costumes and over four floors of exquisite antique delights and immersive cabaret entertainment! Now in its third year, guests can dress up in their best vintage finery and look forward to a night of high-end burlesque as well as impressive shake charmers, magnificent fire eaters, magicians, live music and so much more – all channelling the soul of 1930s New Orleans and lasting over three hours. What are you waiting for??
Located in the centre of London, Proud Cabaret City is home to a 1920s Speakeasy offering a high-end dining and burlesque experience. Serving up a delicious variety of delicious British classics, and an extensive cocktail list, Proud Cabaret’s guests can enjoy cabaret, jazz and burlesque as they eat in the style of a retro Hollywood supper club. More appetising than the dinner menu, are the sheer number of performances offered by this glamorous venue including acrobatics, aerial acrobatics and fire-breathing sirens out in full force.
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