Cabaret and burlesque shows in London

Catch an exciting burlesque or cabaret show in London with this guide to the capital’s thriving cabaret scene.
Acrobats on stage at London Cabaret Club in London.
On stage at London Cabaret Club. Image courtesy of London Cabaret Club.

Discover the best venues to see cabaret performances and burlesque dancing acts in London and enjoy a night out at one of these extravagant cabaret venues and clubs.

London Cabaret Club

Savour a night of dinner and dance performances with an exciting cabaret show at the London Cabaret Club. Shows have seasonal and cultural themes, and they feature impressive dance performances, stunts, beloved hits and spectacular staging.

Soho Theatre

Soho Theatre has three areas for cabaret and other shows, including the studio space Soho Upstairs and the main theatre. Head below the streets of Soho to Soho Downstairs for some of the best talent in the British cabaret scene and stand-up comedy. Check the events calendar for award-winning performances and experimental acts from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Proud Cabaret

Live performance at Proud Cabaret in London.

Travel back in time to the roaring 20s at Proud Cabaret. Upgraded tickets include a meal with the live show. Expect cabaret takes on classic films and beloved musicals, special circus and vaudeville nights, and occasional DJ sets. Proud Cabaret also has a London venue in Embankment.   

Royal Vauxhall Tavern

Legendary Royal Vauxhall Tavern has been pulling the crowds for decades with its renowned entertainment, spanning cabaret to LGBTQ+ parties and comedy. The venue helped launch Lily Savage and Julian Clary, and hosts regular Sunday cabaret sessions, popular club nights and drag competitions.

Battersea Barge

Step aboard Battersea Barge, an events boat docked on the south side of the river Thames, and get ready for an unusual night out in London. Showcasing a bar and an upper deck space that's perfect for summer evenings, Battersea Barge hosts cabaret shows as well as first-class comedy and live music. 

Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club

With sensational performances, Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club is the place to go for cabaret shows in London. Themes include musician tributes and performance fundraisers for LGBTQ+ organisations.

The Glory

A group of people wait for a cabaret show to start at The Glory club in London.

Catch a cabaret show at The Glory, one of the best LGBTQ+ venues in east London. Watch performers take to the stage every night for lively cabaret, drag shows, quiz nights and club nights.

Phoenix Arts Club

Pick any night of the week to see cabaret and burlesque at the Phoenix Arts Club. This venue below the Phoenix Theatre in Soho puts on a regular Saturday Supershow of cabaret, plus drag karaoke, comedy and stunt performers. 


Venture down the stairs of this converted Victorian toilet in Aldwych to find CellarDoor. Enjoy live acts on stage every night of the week, from swing music and cabaret to sassy burlesque and drag shows.

Radisson Blue Edwardian Mercer Street

Enjoy a night of surprises at Radisson Blue Edwardian, situated on the corner of Mercer Street in Covent Garden, where the famous Gentleman Cheater Magic Show has been brought all the way from Vegas to give Londoners a night they won't forget.


Find even more ideas for a great night out in London, from the top London clubs to the best things to do on the Night Tube.

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