Published on May 29th, 2014 | by Gavin0
The London Cabaret Club, South Kensington
Billed as “The Ultimate Social and Fine Dining Experience”, The London Cabaret Club is back with a bang after a massive 3 day experience last November that gained so many plaudits that they decided to return for a month long pop up in South Kensington’s The Collection club. The show is a choreography, singing, and gymnastic extravaganza lasting about two hours and intertwines with a gourmet menu created by Sophie Michell, executive chef at the Pont St restaurant. We featured a preview of the event for I’m A Londoner a few weeks back and by hook or by crook, I was determined to go before it finishes on 31st May; and last week Saturday 24th May I got my wish.
The Collection truly is a spectacular venue. From the long, elegant entrance guided by a hostess in what can only be described as a see-through black tutu; to the derelict warehouse speakeasy dining room, I was in awe and it’s the perfect venue to host such a glamorous spectacle. The mature audience is equally glam with everyone dressed up to the nines for what is shaping up to be a grand evening.
There are four ticket categories ranging from £55 for show only, to £175 for the VIP seating which includes food, cocktails and champagne. I’ve gone for the ‘Knightsbridge’ package which includes a 3 course meal, cocktail, and a table that is so close to the stage that you can almost see what the performers ate for lunch.
The theme for the evening is ‘Best of British’ and it’s divided into three parts; James Bond, Britannia, and Brit Pop. After a couple of potent welcome cocktails and a fresh asparagus and goat curd starter, the lights came down and James Bond arrived giving his best pouty pose. Soon enough, Madonna’s infectious Die Another Day begins and the energy levels surge. The feast of the eyes has me gleaming from ear to ear as sultry goddesses prance about and flexible acrobats fly across the stage. And to top it all off, just as the first act finishes, one of the performers hands me a Vespar Martini- shaken, not stirred, of course.
After such an explosive start I wasn’t sure how it could be topped…and then the main dishes came out. My guest falls in love with the melt in the mouth lamb with garlic mash, which didn’t overpower the meat. Despite being mildly jealous, I was more than happy with my choice, black cod with crispy shrimp, which complimented each other perfectly.
After such an excellent course, I was in no mood for small talk as the quintessentially British second act was upon us. It could have come directly from a Japanese tourist’s photo album after a visit to London as it included the changing of the (scandily clad) guard, Old English Sheepdogs (aka the Dulux dogs), and ballroom dancing.
They definitely saved the best till last, food AND performance wise. The afternoon tea style dessert tray filled with all my favourite sweets, and was well worth the upgrade to the Knightsbridge package. I’ve never had so many much win on one plate; and it would be unfair to single out one as the best, but I must give special mention to the tastiest macaroon I’ve ever tasted and a heavenly salted caramel pudding.
The final act was a good old drunken British sing-along with cheesy classics from The Bee Gees, Elton John, and George Michael. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house as How Deep Is Your Love bellowed from the pouty James Bond (who knew Bond had such a good voice?). After plenty of jigging and jiving in my seat, once the final tune rung out, one of the rather attractive dancers invited me up to party the night away as the DJ took over; and I happily obliged.
A brilliant night out that I can’t recommend highly enough. It’s just a pity that the London Cabaret Club is only around for such a short period of time. But just like another British institution the Cadbury’s Crème Egg, absence makes the heart grow fonder, so next time the cabaret is in town, make sure you get your fill before it’s too late!
The London Cabaret Club @ The Collection, 264 Brompton Road, SW3 2ASShare This Post