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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.

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

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Come in, before someone sees you

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…

Christmas by Candlelight

Friday 9th December &
Saturday 10th December

SATURDAY 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 whisky and the corrupt politician, his heart softened by that third Martini, decides to donate this month's kickback to the orphanage.

Auntie MaureenAt our tinsel-toned special we'll invite you to jive, shimmy and Lindy Hop around our Christmas tree, to the ragtime Yuletide stylings of Candlelight favourites the Shirt Tail Stompers playing live for your dancing pleasure. Your host for the evening will be that impish impresario Champagne Charlie, and there will be vintage vinylism from DJ Auntie Maureen.

Let the music play and the bootleg liquor flow!

Set MenuIn 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.

Shirt Tail Stompers

Cocktail Menu

Mince Pie Old Fashioned
Rum, spices, sugar, frankincense smoke

Cranberry Sage Collins
Sage-infused gin, cranberry juice, sugar, soda water

Christmas Caiporoska
Vodka, satsuma, cloves, lime, sugar

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

Bootlegger's Royal Iced Tea
Prosecco, vanilla vodka, tea syrup, lemon, bitters

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