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Ten of the Best LGBTQ+ Cabaret Events this October

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.

Tis the season when us gays get extra excited for things that go bump in the night, and putting the willies up others. This month I’ve peppered my list with some Halloween treats, as well as the usual gorge assortment of cabarets in the capital…

Saturdays at The RVT 

Every Saturday, from 9pm

A perfect menagerie of Saturday night cabaret and clubbing in the form of bitesize shows from some of the best drag and burlesque artists London has to offer, hosted by lip-sync supremo Me the Drag Queen. Post-turns you can dance the night away to classic and modern pop courtesy of David Robson and various guest DJs. Halloween special is on the 29th!

372 Kennington Lane, SE11 5HY

Tube: Vauxhall

Showtime Sunday at Ye Olde Rose and Crown

Sunday 2nd, from 4pm

Can’t really go wrong with spending Sunday in the company of two super-talented showgals. Dolly Diamomd and Miss Moppe serve up musical theatre, pop and ballad numbers, interspersed with wry repartee. Devour a roast and settle down for the entertainment. Perfect end to the weekend tbqh.

1 Crooms Hill, Greenwich, SE10 8ER

DLR: Cutty Sark

Le Fil’s Timeless Birthday Party at The Glory 

Tuesday 4th, from 8pm

Celebrate the birthday of the altogether sublime Le Fil who’s currently slaying on Drag Race UK. There’ll be performances from Fil’s friends Mahatma Khandi, Prinxcess Silver, TIN and Ella Veryde. Goes from 8 till late.

281 Kingsland Rd, London E2 8AS

Overground: Haggerston

Funnyboyz London Presents: Cynthia Lee Fontaine at Two Brewers

Friday 7th, from 7pm

RuPaul’s Drag Race fan favourite Cynthia Lee Fontaine touches down at the Brewers for one night only, thanks to Funnyboyz. Hosted by glamazon Tequila Thirst, with support from Imani Versace. Prepare to be blown away because Cynthia is a sensational live performer!

114 Clapham High Street, SW4 7UJ

Tube: Clapham North

Cybil’s House presents… Long Live The Kings at The White Swan

Saturday 8th, from 10pm

Hosted by the unstoppable Cybil War, this edition of their house is dedicated to the great and the good of the drag king scene. With performances from Saint Sinister, Shardeazy Afrodesiak, Don One and more. Club night goes till 3.30am.  Always an electric atmosphere.

56 Commercial Road, E14 7JD

DLR: Limehouse

Chanel N°5 Affairs to Remember at The Pheasantry

Wednesday 12th, 8pm

Billed as a brand new cabaret about the lives and heartbreaks of Hollywood’s glittering stars, with iconic songs from that bygone era; queen supreme Chanel N°5 teams up with the very suave Luke Baker for this show. Chanel is a stunning vocalist who revels in opulence, so this is sure to be a spectator affair.

152 Kings Road, SW3 4UT

Tube: Sloane Square

Gender X – Mermaids Fundraiser at Royal Vauxhall Tavern

Thursday 13th, from 7pm

A very special event, fundraising for Mermaids which is a charity that has been supporting transgender, non-binary and gender-diverse children, young people, and their families since 1995. A whole host of cabaret stars will be taking to the iconic RVT stage, including Pride’s Got Talent winner Alexa Vox, drag king Toby Carvery, Margo Marshall, Cocoa Butter Club founder and host Sadie Sinner, Frankie Sinatra, Mahatma Khandi and Charlie Wood. That’s one hell of a cabaret bill, and worth every penny of the ticket price. Drag sensation Chiyo hosts.

372 Kennington Lane, SE11 5HY

Tube: Vauxhall

LoUis CYfer presents: Heavy Metal Halloween at Two Brewers

Thursday 13th, from 7.30pm

King of kings LoUis CYfer joins (dark) forces with burlesque legend Wildvixen in order to merge the best of heavy metal with the spooky shenanigans of Halloween for this extra special one-off cabaret. Expect awe-inspiring performances from ghoulish guest artists Cleopantha, Silver Rox and Tristan Treble. Plus there’ll be games to get your teeth into, and prizes from the mummy for best/worst dressed. A proper Halloween extravaganza!

114 Clapham High Street, SW4 7UJ

Tube: Clapham North

The Queer Comedy Club at Zodiac Bar  

Saturday 15th, 7.30pm

I think I speak for most people when I say that what the world needs right now is more laughter. This north London comedy night features eight of the hottest queer comedy acts on the circuit right now: Lily Webb, Sumi, Kate Dale, Jack Coles, Sam Roulston and Merry Martyn. Two full hours of top-notch comedy for just a fiver — in this economy, that’s very welcome indeed. And unlike most comedy clubs, you don’t get kicked out shortly after the gig. Enjoy drinks and dancing till the early hours in the gorge setting of London’s newest LGBTQ+ venue.

119 Hampstead Road, NW1 3EE

Tube: Euston Square


CK Sunday Halloween at Halfway to Heaven

Sunday 30th, from 4pm

The legendary pairing of Crystal D’Canter and Kelly Mild are known for their annual Halloween party which is always a total scream. Dress to impress, or just rock up and enjoy the festivities. Singalongs galore guaranteed!

7 Duncannon Street, WC2N 4JF

Tube: Charing Cross

Catch up with Jason again here!, for his November top ten this time next month!

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