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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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The Candlelight Club is a clandestine pop-up cocktail party in a secret London venue, a stunning, tucked-away den with a 1920s speakeasy flavour, 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…

Our 6th Birthday Party

Friday 7th October &
Saturday 8th October



Cocktail waiterBelieve it or not, the Candlelight Club is six years old in October—six years of giving the authorities the slip while we dispense bootleg liquor and whip up a storm on the dance floor with the raunchy, raucous rhythms of 1920s jazz. So this will be a special party! There may even be cake.

Benoit Viellefon QuintetTo get your feet moving we'll have live music from Candlelight favourites the Benoit Viellefon Quintet, plus vintage vinylism from DJ Auntie Maureen spinning shellac.

And leading the charge with a song, a slap and a tickle will be that Lord of Cabaret Misrule, Champagne Charlie.

Benoit and his Orchestra

Set MenuSmoking a cigarIn addition to a well-stocked bar of exquisite cocktails, Champagne, wine and beer, our 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 platters and bar snacks available to order on the night, and it is also possible to reserve tables with Champagne but without the set menu.

We even sell cigars, so you can sit outside in our private candlelit courtyard, puffing on a stoogie like a Mob Boss.

Cocktail Menu

Candlelight Club Manhattan
Bourbon, sweet and dry vermouth, hickory-smoked bitters, maraschino (bottle aged)

Gin, crème de violette, maraschino, lemon juice (bottle aged)

Chamomile Collins
Chamomile-infused gin, vanilla syrup, lemon juice, soda water

Honey Behave!
Prosecco, Krupnik honey vodka, golden rum, lime juice

Salted Caramel Old Fashioned
Bourbon, chocolate bitters, caramel syrup, pinch of sea salt (bottle aged)


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