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Our Pick of the Ten Best LGBTQ+ London Cabaret Events: April 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.

April not only brings glorious brighter evenings but a wealth of wonderful cabaret events to suit all tastes, from drag queens belting out big number, to drag kings tearing up stages, and much more. Get the gays and theys together and head to some of these fab events…

Man Up at The Divine 

Every Wednesday, 8pm

Hosted by drag king stars Chiyo and Cyro, Man Up is back with heats taking place every Wednesday in April at London’s newest LGBTQ+ hangout. Entry is free but these nights get very busy so be sure to rock up early if you want a good and comfortable vantage point from which to see the competing kings do their thing.

33 Stoke Newington Road, N16 8BJ

Overground: Dalston Kingland

Anna Toni’s Drag Extravaganza at City Of Quebec

Every Saturday, from 9.30pm

Lip-sync supremo Anna Toni serves up a magnificent assortment of drag and cabaret every Saturday night at one of the longest-running LGBTQ+ venues in the country, which is less than a minute from Marble Arch tube station. Expect live music, lip-sync, comedy, dance and more. Free entry.

12 Old Quebec Street, W1H 7AF

Tube: Marble Arch

Power of Four at Two Brewers 

Every Sunday, from 4pm

The flagship drag event at Clapham’s famous LGBTQ+ venue which takes place every Sunday without fail. Expect high-spirited shows from some of the best drag artists the UK had to offer like Sandra, Mary Mac, Miss Jason, Marsha Mallow, Poppycock. Free entry before 6pm, £7 after. Post-cabaret, DJ Demon keeps the party going till 2am. A great way to spend a Sunday!

114 Clapham High Street, SW4 7UJ

Tube: Clapham North

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

Weds 10th, 17th, 24th, from 8pm

Midweek fun with a drag powerhouse. Miss Penny belts out the big numbers, keeps the vibe light and jovial, and invites punters to play games with her. Prizes to be won, including cold hard cash. Plus, it’s free entry all night! A no-nonsense, good value, fun night out!

7 Duncannon Street, WC2N 4JF

Tube: Charing Cross

Drag Royale with Candy Heals at Zodiac Bar

Friday 12th, from 8pm

Camp hi-jinx and songs galore courtesy of a dazzling cabaret star. And there’s bound to be a generous helping of wisecracking as Candy is known for her fast and sharp tongue! A friendly LGBTQ+ venue which is just a short stroll from both Euston and Warren Street tube stations. Showtime is 9pm, followed by DJ. Free entry before 9pm!

119 Hampstead Road, NW1 3EE

Tube: Euston/Warren Street

Stephanie Von Clitz at Admiral Duncan  

Sunday 14th, from 6pm

The Dorset Tart With a Heart takes to the stage of Soho’s popular drag cabaret bar for an early evening shindig. Expect lots of singalongs, ribald humour, and happy vibes. Free entry all evening. This venue is always bustling for cabaret! Be sure to check out my interview with Stephanie in the print edition of this month’s Gay London Life.

54 Old Compton Street, W1D 4UD

Tube: Leicester Square

Recon Fetish Cabaret at Royal Vauxhall Tavern

Thursday 18th, from 7pm

Hosted by international fetish fiend and stunning vocalist, Letitia Delish; Recon Fetish is a social night of fun, fetish and queer cabaret. Hit up Recon’s socials for all the tantalising line-up updates. Dress code: gear up! Civvies are also welcome. Doors open at 7pm. Showtime 8pm.

372 Kennington Lane, SE11 5HY

Tube: Vauxhall

Cabaret with Chanel N°5 at Two Brewers 

Thursday 18th, from 9.30pm

Little miss vintage doing what she does best, entertaining the punters of Clapham’s palace of LGBTQ+ cabaret. Marvel at Chanel’s stunning gowns and breathtaking vocals, and dance the night away post-show with DJ Amy LaQueefa. Everyone knows that Thursday is the window to the weekend, and Chanel eases us in gently with a lighthearted and well-crafted show. Happy hour is 5pm-7pm (check with the bar regarding which drinks are currently on offer). Free entry before 9pm, £5 after.

114 Clapham High Street, SW4 7UJ

Tube: Clapham North

The Z DollZ Friday Cabaret Show at Zodiac Bar 

Friday 19th, from 8.30pm

A night of pop classics, singalongs and dance with drag starlets Aeliana Cortez and Eva Iva. The atmosphere at Zodiac is largely relaxed and convivial. No attitude, just a fun night out. Free entry before 9pm.

119 Hampstead Road, NW1 3EE

Tube: Euston/Warren Street

Sandra at The Old Ship

Saturday 20th, from 9pm

There’s ‘legends’ and then there’s SANDRA. A drag artist who has seen it all and is still going strong. Sandra is rightly venerated by countless LGBTQ+ cabaret-goers, and she always puts on an absolutely brilliant show whichever venue she’s performing at. Expect playful bawdy banter, familiar dance/pop numbers, and a euphoric party atmosphere which is sure to round off your weekend in style!

17 Barnes Street, E14 7NW

DLR: Limehouse

You can catch another fabulous Ten of the Best, by Jason same time next month.

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