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Our pick of the Ten Best LGBTQ+ Cabaret Events: July 2023

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.

HIYA LOVES! Another magnificent month of kaleidoscopic cabaret events is here! July is ALWAYS a beauty. There’s drag legends, creative kings, salubrious singers, lip-sync assassins and SO MUCH MORE. Let’s dive right in…

Kinky Kabaret at Freedom Soho 

Every Monday, from 10pm

Soho’s original late night cabaret where you can expect gorgeous live performances from the West End’s finest and enjoy scrumptious cocktails. Divine vibe and atmosphere. DJ plays till late.

66 Wardour Street, W1F 0TA

Tube: Piccadilly Circus

Miss Penny’s Play Your Cards Right at Halfway to Heaven 

Every Wednesday, from 8pm

One of the cabaret scene’s campest queens doles out prizes and cash at this midweek soirée which also includes a generous helping of big numbers from modern pop to musical theatre, plus of course laughs aplenty from Birmingham’s finest — Miss Penny. This is a gorgeous way to spend a Wednesday evening. Halfway to Heaven is amongst the best spots in the capital for LGBTQ+ drag and cabaret.

7 Duncannon Street, WC2N 4JF

Tube: Charing Cross

LIPSYNC1000 at The Glory 

Every Wednesday (from 12th), 8pm

Back for another year of fierce lip-syncing, LIPSYNC1000 is every Wednesday at The Glory right through till the end of August. Each act gets 4 minutes to impress the judges with their look, lip-sync, and overall star power. Free entry all night. Show time 8pm. Hosted by Rhys’s Pieces and Sue Gives A Fuck.

281 Kingsland Rd, London E2 8AS

Overground: Haggerston

Friday Night Cabaret Drag Royale at Zodiac Bar 

Every Friday, from 8pm

What better way to wind down at the end of the working week than at the UK’s first trans-owned and run LGBTQ+ bar with fabulous shows from drag stars like Luna Cortez, Son Of a Tutu, Moira Less, Eileen Eiffel and more. Open till 2am, AND it’s free entry – absolutely bona, dear!

119 Hampstead Road, NW1 3EE

Tube: Euston Square

Dolly Diamond’s Rather Large Variety Night at Social Convention 

Every Saturday (from 8th), 7.30pm and 9pm

An hour of sensational songs, sardonic humour, and some very special guests from the world of cabaret. This brand new variety show is weaved together by the hilarious and relentlessly rambunctious drag diva Dolly Diamond. Check out my interview with Dolly in this month’s print edition.

2 Caxton St North, E16 1XJ 

Tube: Canning Town

Power of Four at Two Brewers 

Every Sunday, from 4pm

This prominent weekly drag marathon is the beating heart of the Two Brewers’ cabaret programme, and for good reason given that some of the UK’s biggest and brightest drag queens are part of the line-up, including Mary Mac, Miss Jason, Marsha Mallow and many more. The fun ordinarily starts off relatively gentle with singalongs and jovial repartee, and morphs into a huge messy party. Club goes till 2am with DJ Demon. Free entry before 6pm.

114 Clapham High Street, SW4 7UJ

Tube: Clapham North

Son Of a Tutu at The Old Ship

Saturday 8th, 9.30pm

There are very few things better in life better than a night with Son Of a Tutu. I should know, I’ve spent many a night smiling from ear to ear and singing along with them. An artist that radiates pure joy and was born to perform. At the Old Ship, you can also be assured of a spirited east-end knees up. What’s not to love!

17 Barnes Street, E14 7NW

DLR: Limehouse

Lady Bunny: The Greatest Ho On Earth at Clapham Grand

Saturday 15th, from 7pm

There’s drag icons and then there’s whatever the hell Lady Bunny is because even though she started out in the Jurassic era, Bunny still routinely sells out wherever she goes. An artist who finds the humour in absolutely everything; yes she can be dark and unconventional but that’s precisely why she’s adored the world over. Highly recommended (if you can get a ticket!)

21-25 St. John’s Hill, SW11 1TT

Overground: Clapham Junction

Mamma Mia, The Second Coming at The Glory 

Monday 17th, from 7.30pm

Three absolutely hilarious kings — Sweet FA, Father JC and Tim Tation —  take us on an ABBA Voyage. I guarantee this will be a fantastic show because these artists are forever brimming over with ingenuity! They are a pure joy to watch.

281 Kingsland Rd, London E2 8AS

Overground: Haggerston

Hot They Summer By The Enby Show at Royal Vauxhall Tavern

Tuesday 25th, from 7pm

A night of non-binary finery at the glorious RVT. For this scorching edition of The Enby Show, you can expect top-drawer turns from Carrot, Lolo Brow, Lusty Lovelace, Shivani Dave (with more TBC). Might be worth digging out those garish palm tree and pineapple shorts that reside at the back of the wardrobe! This show is also running a NOTAFLOF (not turned away from lack of funds) scheme, which is pretty damn impressive – check out The Enby Show socials for more details.

You can catch Jason here same time next month or give him a follow on insta @jasonreiduk

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