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It's not what you know it's who you know

sdfgThe Candlelight Club is brought to you through the shrewd and enlightened help of SW4 ultra-premium London dry gin, "The Gin of Champions"

Interesting gin facts

1. SW4 gin is made in a gold-plated bath by a man named Mo.

2. A bottle of SW4 gin is a universally recognised unit of currency among corrupt politicians and bent cops.

3. The story goes that the Candlelight Club started as a private party one night. Some passing dissolute toffs heard the music and revelry and banged on the door, demanding to be let in. The startled doorman replied, "Say, what for?" Legend has it that this phrase became shortened to "SW4" and was adopted as the name of the club's house gin.

Care to dance with
the Green Fairy?

fgThere is much myth and mystique surrounding absinthe, the "forbidden drink". Where better to learn the truth for yourself than the Candlelight Club? We offer two first-rate modern absinthes, Butterfly, made to a 1902 Boston recipe, and sfgLa Clandestine, a colourless nectar from Switzer-land, absinthe's birthplace. They appear in our cocktails but you can also try them served in the traditional way, simply diluted to taste by trickling water from a glass fountain. If you'd like it sweeter, drip the water through a sugar lump on the flat "absinthe spoon" provided.


Gin lore and wormwood nerdiness courtesy of the Institute for Alcoholic Experimentation



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London's secret 1920s party

The Candlelight Club is a clandestine pop-up cocktail party in a secret London venue, a fantasy 1920s speakeasy, completely lit by candles. Each event offers an elegant cocktail menu, sophisticated dining options all night, plus dancing to live 1920s jazz bands and vintage DJing. Sometimes there is also cabaret, dance acts, burlesque and more…

"The Candlelight Club really is the closest you'll find to an authentic Jazz Age experience in central London. Its unique ambience, fuelled by hundreds of candles, is truly a scene to behold." —Time Out

"Pull on a flapper dress and have a decadent night out at The Candlelight Club" —Grazia

"Speakeasies may be everywhere, but there's no bandwagon-jumping here. This is a sincere recreation, not to mention a really fun evening. Proper drinks too." —Imbibe

"The Candlelight Club—dope" —DJ Yoda

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Our next event…

Friday 6th &
Saturday 7th October

7th Birthday Party!

Candlelight customers

Champagne Charlie and Auntie MaureenYes, the Candlelight Club has been keeping you in illicit hooch and foot-stomping jazz for seven years! Come and celebrate at our birthday party, presided over as ever by lord of cabaret misrule Champagne Charlie, with DJ Auntie Maureen spinning vintage platters.

Live music will come from a Candlelight favourite, Gallic crooner Benoit Viellefon and his band—who will be launching their new album at this very party.

Bemnoit Veillefon

Our jovial barmen will be offering a menu of expertly made cocktails as well as Champagne, Prosecco, still wine, spirits and beer.

Sample menuOur kitchens will also be open all night: why not choose the pre-order fine-dining option, which gives you a three-course set menu? There will also be a menu of bar snacks available to order on the night, and it is also possible to reserve tables with Champagne but without the set menu.

Our private courtyard will be open where you can puff on one of our range of genuine Havana cigars, or just cool off from dancing with a glass of chilled Champagne.

Sponsored by Vivien of Holloway, purveyors of fine vintage-inspired clothing for eight years.

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