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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…

Saturday 28th October

Halloween Ball

No one liked a themed party more than the Jazz Age smart set—and what better excuse is there than Halloween? Come and join our 1920s Halloween Ball in a long-forgotten east London hall, lit by candelabra and flickering jack-o-lanterns, where a host of ghostly flappers and gory gangsters, coquettish witches, black cat minxes and dapper devils, will frolic in two rooms of entertainment.

Halloween Guest Halloween Guest

Halloween Guest Halloween guest ghost bride

Champagne CharlieThe Ballroom will be hosted by that impish impresario Champagne Charlie, introducing live music from Charlie's swing band the Bubbly Boys, accompanied by Charleston dance troupe the Gatsby Girls.

When the band aren’t playing DJ Auntie Maureen will be spinning platters by long-dead artists for your shimmying pleasure.

Sample menuOur kitchens will also be open all night serving in the Ballroom: 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 jovial barmen will be offering a menu of expertly made cocktails as well as Champagne, Prosecco, still wine, spirits and beer.

The Gatsby Girls

The Bubbly Boys

Creep QuartetMeanwhile in the Cabaret Lounge there will be another bar and, in the early evening, the Creep Quartet, a classical string quartet playing horror movie themes.

Then, later on, witness the Cabaret of the Damned—two variety shows featuring comedy magic from Christian Lee (as seen on Britain's Got Talent), eerie burlesque from Suri Sumatra, stirring songs from misunderstood diva chanteuse La Poule Plombée and gentlemanly juggling from Florian Brooks.

Cristian Lee La Poule Plombée

Suri Sumatra Halloween Florian Brooks

Elsewhere our foreboding fortune tellers will be ready to predict your awful future, and a roaming photographer will be snapping you in your fiendish finery.

LVE FoundationOur Halloween Ball is in proud association
with the LVE Foundation, helping young
people expand their horizons and realise
their potentials.

Halloween bar

Halloween ballroom

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