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Ten Best LGBTQ+ Cabaret Events: May 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.

Glorious May has arrived dear cabaret lovers and with it comes a plethora of shows and events with an LGBTQ+ lilt, and there’s something for everyone. Here’s just a small selection of what’s on offer this month…

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Kinky Kabaret at Freedom Soho
Every Monday, from 10pm

Schmooze with West End stars and watch them do what they do best. Mondays are known for being quite dry in cabaret-land but this longstanding night rarely fails to deliver. Great live music in a beautiful venue with plenty of space to chill away from the hubbub if that’s what you want, plus sumptuous cocktails and largely a really nice vibe. Hosted by the utterly fabulous Carl Mullaney. Open till 3am. All in the heart of Soho.

66 Wardour Street, W1F 0TA
Nearest Tube: Piccadilly Circus


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Dragaoke! The Karaoke Night Hosted By Drag Royalty at Phoenix Arts Club
Every Tuesday, from 10.30pm

Drag power couple and all-round fabulous beings Adam All and Apple Derrieres take karaoke to the next level with dragaoke. A hugely fun and lively night, which I guarantee you’ll enjoy even if you are slightly averse to karaoke (like me). Adam and Apple’s wonderfully devised and executed performances are divine, plus the Phoenix is a gorgeous venue.

1 Phoenix St, WC2H 8BU
Nearest Tube: Leicester Square 


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Cocktails and Cabaret at Ku Lounge
Every Thursday, from 7pm

Full and fabulous shows from cabaret artists such as Chanel N°5, Vanity Von Glow, Candy Heals, Luna Cortez, and more. Ku Lounge is located to the side and above Chinatown’s iconic Ku Bar. Good no-nonsense fun, and easy to travel to and from.

30 Lisle St, WC2H 7BA
Nearest Tube: Leicester Square


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Karla Bear at Admiral Duncan 
Every Friday, from 8pm

A queen with an absolutely sensational voice. Expect everything from pop to musical theatre via uptempo dance numbers, and plenty of playful wisecracking in-between. Karla Bear is a true Aussie beaut who performs with gusto. Free entry all night. Gets very busy!

54 Old Compton Street, W1D 4UD
Nearest Tube: Leicester Square


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Saturday Night Cabaret at Ye Olde Rose & Crown
Every Saturday, from 9pm

Fabulous drag shows full to bursting with live music and comedy from the likes of That Girl, Sissy Lea, Moira Less, Topsie Redfern, and more. Fun and friendly atmosphere. Open till 12.30am.

1 Crooms Hill, Greenwich, SE10 8ER
Nearest DLR: Cutty Sark


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Son Of a Tutu at The Old Ship
Saturday 4th, 9.30pm

Drag superstar Son Of a Tutu is widely revered and rightly so because they put on magnificent shows. Expect rousing musical numbers and affable repartee from one of the best in the business at this charming east-end pub. Free entry all night.

17 Barnes Street, E14 7NW
Nearest DLR: Limehouse  


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Trash Planet – Out of This World Drag at EartH (Evolutionary Arts Hackney)
Saturday 4th, from 10pm

Performances from RuPaul’s Drag Race stars, Darienne Lake, Elektra Fence and Kitty Scott-Claus, PLUS the superb Taylor Trash, Freida Slaves, Dosa Cat, Oedipussi Rex, Brandy X and Don One. A dragstravaganza that’s bound to be a lot of fun.

11-17 Stoke Newington Road, N16 8BH
Nearest Overground: Stoke Newington


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May Bank Holiday CK Sunday at Halfway to Heaven
Sunday 5th, from 4.30pm

CK Sundays are a blast at the best of times, headed by dazzling drag stalwarts Crystal D’Canter and Kelly Mild whose entertainment always guarantees a fun and memorable end to the weekend. So add to that the fact that this particular Sunday doesn’t signal the weekend’s end and you’ve got an absolutely mammoth day and evening of live music, medleys, banter, and gaiety. Get there early to guarantee a good spot (advisable from before 4pm). Free entry all day and night. Open till midnight.

7 Duncannon Street, WC2N 4JF
Nearest Tube: Charing Cross  


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Louis CYfer presents – A Decade of Dickhead at Two Brewers
Thursday 16th, from 7pm

Ten years on from winning Drag Idol UK and becoming the first and only drag king to date to ever win the competition, LoUis CYfer returns to the venue in which he was crowned for a night of camp celebration, reflection, and dickheadery. LoUis is a gifted and passionate entertainer and multitalented king who can sing live, hold a room in the palm of his hand, convey pertinent messages, make people roar with laughter, and utilise his natural charisma in order to dazzle. This will be a night to remember, for sure.

114 Clapham High Street, SW4 7UJ
Nearest Tube: Clapham North


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Poppycock – The Witch Trials at Two Brewers
Thursday 30th, from 7pm

As well as putting on a show herself, drag peers will be roasting Poppycock which is bound to be a scream. Billed as a night where magic meets glamor with sizzling testimonies and an interactive jury vote to decide whether Poppycock is crowned or cooked. Open till 2am.

114 Clapham High Street, SW4 7UJ
Nearest Tube: Clapham North

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