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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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The Candlelight Club is a clandestine pop-up cocktail bar in a secret London venue, a stunning, tucked-away den with a 1920s speakeasy flavour, completely lit by candles. Each party offers a one-off cocktail menu, with special themes, plus dancing to live 1920s jazz bands and vintage DJing.

"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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Christmas at the Candlelight Club!
Friday 11th December
Saturday 12th December
Friday 18th December
Saturday 19th December
[sold out!]

XmasLike a lot of folk in the 1920s, we're not about to let Prohibition spoil Christmas. So we'll be celebrating the season of goodwill by candlelight at a secret party where the jingling of sleigh bells will mingle with the clinking of cocktail glasses, where for one night the cop and the gangster will lay down their Tommy guns and share a toast, where the Prohibition Agent holds back from smashing that barrel of whiskey and the corrupt politician, his heart softened by that third Martini, decides to donate this month's kickback to the orphanage.

At our tinsel-toned special we'll invite you to jive, shimmy and Lindy Hop around our Christmas tree, to the ragtime Yuletide stylings of the Original Rabbit's Foot Spasm Band on 11th and 12th December, the Dixie Ticklers on the 18th and Benoit Viellefon and his Orchestra on the 19th. When the bands aren't playing our DJ Auntie Maureen will be spinning shellac.

Our kitchens will be open all night, and you'll be able to order from our seasonal à la carte menu—featuring roast turkey and all the trimmings, of course.

If you're looking to hold a Christmas party for friends or colleagues you are welcome to bring large groups, and we should be able to put you on tables together. Get in touch if you'd like to discuss this.

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