Our very own cabaret aficionado Jason Reid peruses the upcoming cabaret events every month so you don’t have to, and picks his cream of the crop for Gay London Life.
Cabaret is rich in variety, and here in London we are truly spoiled. There is an abundance of events all year round offering something for everyone. And I know all to well how hard artists, producers and venues work to put on shows and ensure the LGBTQ+ community is at the heart of what they do. It’s important to reiterate that from time to time. Now let’s check out what February has in store…
High On Heels at Freedom Bar Soho
Every Wednesday, from 10pm
At this midweek glitzy affair, you’ll find only the best drag and divas the West End has to offer. Fabulous shows in a stunning setting, plus cocktails aplenty. What’s more, entry is free! Just take Thursday off, you deserve it!
66 Wardour Street, W1F 0TA
Tube: Piccadilly Circus
Cocktails and Cabaret at Ku Bar
Every Thursday, from 7pm
Kick back in the Ku Lounge which is situated above Ku Bar in Chinatown, and sip on some of the best cocktails in town while top-rate cabaret artists entertain you every Thursday. You can expect to see the likes of Luna Cortez, Chanel N°5, Poppycock and Candy Heals, who all know how to put on quintessentially dazzling shows! Showtime is 9pm, but arrive early in order to secure the best seats in the house. The ideal window to the weekend.
30 Lisle St, WC2H 7BA
Tube: Leicester Square
Kings Of Clubs: Fears, Phobias And F**k Ups at Vault Festival
Friday 3rd & Saturday 4th, 6.45pm & 6.15pm
The celebrated drag king night that has a monthly residency at the iconic Royal Vauxhall Tavern spreads its wings for two exclusive shows at Vault Festival. Hosted by the creator and producer of KOC, King Frankie Sinatra, with performances from Ella The Great, Prinx Silver and Sweet F.A. Highly recommended!
Leake St, SE1 7NN
Vicki Vivacious at The Old Ship
Saturday 4th, 9.30pm
Drag star Vicki Vivacious who hails from beautiful Cornwall takes to the stage of this gorgeous east end cabaret boozer where the atmosphere is always jovial and welcoming. Vicki is a brilliant live vocalist and really knows how to get the party started. Guaranteed to be a great night!
17 Barnes Street, E14 7NW
Bar Wotever at Royal Vauxhall Tavern
Tuesday 7th, from 7pm
A staple of London’s LGBTQ+ cabaret scene, this long-running, award-winning cabaret and community night remains at the top of its game. You can expect to experience a smorgasbord of live art from across the LGBTQ+ spectrum. Hosted by Chuck SJ, with performances from Gila Monster, NE010Y, Vudejai and many more!
372 Kennington Lane, SE11 5HY
Queerly Beloved at 21Soho
Wednesday 8th, from 7.30pm
There’s a need for some fresh LGBTQ+ nights in Soho, and this one sounds like a lot of fun which is why it caught my eye. Also, the name is excellent. Queerly Beloved is a brand new monthly comedy revue showcasing queer artists. This month: Olga Koch, Salima Ferdows, Will Owen, Alice Frick, and Shelf. All for just £7!
3 Sutton Row, W1D 4NR
Tube: Leicester Square
Vanity Von Glow at Ye Olde Rose and Crown
Friday 10th, from 9pm
Wind down after a hard week with a show from a glorious drag diva who serves up power ballads and pop numbers effortlessly. If you’ve never been to Ye Olde Rose and Crown, get yourself down there. A warm and wonderful venue in gorgeous Greenwich.
1 Crooms Hill, Greenwich, SE10 8ER
DLR: Curry Sark
DIVALICIOUS Saturday Night Cabaret at Zodiac Bar
Saturday 18th, from 8pm
In readiness for the big launch night of DIVALICIOUS with Alexa Vox on 25th February (be sure to go to that as well, Alexa is a superstar diva), the divine Dee Chanelle welcomes special guest Farah Mills for a night of song and dance, as well as “we’re all in this together” massaoke – which sounds pretty incredible tbf. Free entry all night, which means more money for shots! CHEERS!
119 Hampstead Road, NW1 3EE
Tube: Euston Square
Martha D’Arthur is Back at Halfway to Heaven
Thursday 23rd, from 8.30pm
She is indeed! With bells on! Since returning from a self-imposed break from cabaret, Martha D’Arthur has been everywhere treating audiences to her unique brand of genial entertainment that is always a joy to behold. What is wonderful about Martha is her genuine warmth which is illustrated through good-natured repartee with a cheeky edge, and lashings of gloriously camp singalongs. And where better to see Martha, than in the venue that is one of the shimmering jewels of LGBTQ+ cabaret in the capital.
7 Duncannon Street, WC2N 4JF
Tube: Charing Cross
Lèse Majesté XIV at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club
Friday 24th, from 8pm
A cabaret extravaganza dedicated to drag kings and things! Hosted by the always brilliant Prinx Silver, with performances from Dairy King, Jamie Fuxx, Barry Badass and Sigi Moonlight, plus DJs till late. This will be a cracking Friday night out!
42-46 Pollard Row, E2 6NB
Tube: Bethnal Green