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Our pick of the Ten Best LGBTQ+ Cabaret Events: July 2024

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.

In the midst of another chaotic year on Normal Island, one thing remains certain and unyielding – the LGBTQs delivering magnificent art. July has everything from pop diva drag to bidding farewell to an esteemed cabaret star…

Power of Four at Two Brewers 

Every Sunday, from 4pm

Top-notch drag cabaret at one of London’s most popular LGBTQ venues. Amongst others, there are regular shows from Mary Mac, Marsha Mallow, Sandra, and Trevor Ashley. If you are on a budget, save yourself some money by getting there before 6pm when entry is free (£7 after 6pm). Brewers’ longstanding DJ Demon plays tunes all night long through till close at 2am. Power of Four is good no-nonsense fun which is well worth venturing south of the river for.

114 Clapham High Street, SW4 7UJ

Tube: Clapham North

Two’s Company at Admiral Duncan 

Every Sunday, from 6pm

Soho drag den Admiral Duncan plays host to brilliant drag queens who serve up exuberant shows full of singalongs every Sunday evening. Wilma Ballsdrop or Ruby Violet from 6pm then Cosmic or Saffron Slayter from 8pm. It’s free entry all night and the crowd are always up for a good time.

54 Old Compton Street, W1D 4UD

Tube: Leicester Square

2000s Pop Diva Drag Show at The Divine

Sunday 7th, from 6.30pm

Hosted by Duniya Dhoom and Amelia Dreams, with noughties pop-inspired performances from Bev, Izzy Farelle, Kardeizure, and NyonGbella. I can’t believe we’re doing retrospective pop cabaret nights about the 00s already, but I’m totally here for it because the likes of Lady Gaga, Beyoncé and Rihanna are definitely worth celebrating.

33 Stoke Newington Road, N16 8BJ

Overground: Haggerston

Synchro Presents : Colombian Independence Day Arts Show at The Divine 

Wednesday 10th, from 7.30pm

A night of music, glamour, and liberation courtesy of Synchro and friends to coincide with Colombian Independence Day. With special performances from Kikiara, Lala Dangereuse, Slim Z, and, of course, Synchro.

33 Stoke Newington Road, N16 8BJ

Overground: Haggerston

Peach Chutney: Back To School at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club 

Friday 12th, from 7pm

The southern Asian cast of The Bitten Peach, Peach Chutney, returns for a night of back to school drag and cabaret which includes games, quizzes, a “sports day”, AND a prom afterparty which goes till 2am. Seems like very good value for money! Starring Mahatma Khandi, Mama Dosa, Kaajel, Bolly Illusion, Sarjana, and Teenasai.

42-46 Pollard Row, E2 6NB

Tube: Bethnal Green

Drag Royale at Zodiac Bar

Friday 12th, from 7pm

Live music and comedy from drag diva Luna Cortez at this wonderful LGBTQ+ bar and club. Entry is free if you pitch up before 9pm. Zodiac is always worth a visit. Friendly team and good vibes.

119 Hampstead Road, NW1 3EE

Tube: Euston/Warren Street


Claudia F at The Hope Pub

Saturday 13th, from 8pm

Fabulous live music and Saturday night fun served up by drag party girl Claudia F. Check out my interview with Claudia in this month’s print edition of Gay London Life.

49 Norwood High Street, SE27 9JS

Rail: West Norwood

David Dale at The Old Ship

Sunday 14th, 9.30pm

An authentic drag icon who’s performed with drag greats Paul O’Grady, Sandra Hush and more; David Dale is still going strong and the cabaret scene is a better place for having this truly fantastic entertainer on it. Get yourself on a DLR to Limehouse and see traditional drag at its best. Entry is free all night!  When do we get to see such talent for nowt? Rarely. So don’t miss out!

7 Barnes Street, E14 7NW

DLR: Limehouse


Ginny Lemon: Bitter at Soho Theatre

Tuesday 16th – Saturday 20th, 9pm

Expect the unexpected is an idiom that sums up Ginny Lemon most perfectly. They are a crocs-loving, psychedelic, surreal and unconventional queer cabaret artist that is truly one of a kind. Ginny writes and performs original songs and comedy material based around their working-class identity, queerness, and disability! A night you won’t forget, that’s for sure.

21 Dean St, London W1D 3NE

Tube: Tottenham Court Road

CK Sunday at Halfway to Heaven

Sunday 28th, from 3.30pm

It’s the end of an era as Crystal D’Canter hangs up her heels after more than 16 years of performing alongside her devoted drag sister, Kelly Mild. CK Sunday is the flagship weekly drag shindig and a scene institution on account of it’s longevity and sustained popularity. Surely one of the longest running LGBTQ+ drag residences in the capital of all time. Over the years, Crystal and Kelly have fostered a strong community element throughout their shows and for many, that feeling of familiarity and belonging is vital. Shows are consistently jam-packed with glitz, glam, and big numbers. No half-measures with CK. This send-off for Crystal is bound to be a very emotional affair, with poignant duets, tears of joy, and recalling of wonderful memories surrounded by chosen family and friends. Free entry all day, but get there early because, for obvious reasons, this will be a very busy one!

7 Duncannon Street, WC2N 4JF

Tube: Charing Cross

Jason will be back next month at the same time with his next Top Ten.

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Jason Reid

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