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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…

Summer Ball
Saturday 8th July


Ballroom interior

A special event in a grand, long-forgotten venue in east London, featuring two rooms of entertainment.

Gatsby Girls● In the main Ballroom there will be dancing to live jazz from the Shirt Tail Stompers, Charleston routines from those happy-footed flappers the Gatsby Girls and vintage DJing from Auntie Maureen, plus dinner options and tables that can be reserved as usual.

Champagne Charlie● Meanwhile in the intimate Cabaret Lounge there will be an extra bar, more seating (not reservable) and two cabaret shows during the evening hosted by louche crooner Champagne Charlie with Michael Roulston on the piano, and featuring burlesque from Ruby Deshabillé, hooping and acrobatics from Abi Collins and feats of balance from the Gentleman Ruby DeshabilleJuggler Ian Marchant.

● In the lobby Hanson Leatherby will be running a vintage photo studio to capture you in your finery.

● Want a glimpse into your future? Our fortune tellers Foxglove and Pure Venom are will be on hand to help…

In addition to a well-stocked bar of exquisite cocktails, Champagne, wine and beer, our kitchens will also be open all night.

Set MenuWhy 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. (Note that all the reservable tables will be in the Ballroom; the Cabaret Lounge will have extra seating, but as the same show will run twice in the evening, it is expected that guests will circulate in and out of that room. If you have reserved a table it is yours for the evening, so you are not obliged to stay there all the time and are free to dip a toe into the Cabaret Lounge when you please.)

Abi Collins

Ian Marchant

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