Come in, before someone sees you
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
Our next event…
Saturday 7th December
In the aftermath of the 1917 Revolution, life is tough for White Russians. Many are forced to flee the Motherland, often with their wealth hidden about their persons, settling in Shanghai, Paris, New York… Those without funds take odd jobs—composers become music teachers, socialites work as taxi dancers. A young Yul Brynner plays guitar in Russian nightclubs in France. The better-off continue in their old careers, such as film actress Olga Baclanova, one of many Russians who take their talents to Hollywood. Writer Ivan Bunin wins a Nobel prize in exile and the scandalous Tamara de Lempicka paints the famous and wealthy in her "soft cubist" style from her studio in Paris. Vladimir Nabokov's well-heeled family catch the last ship out of Sevastopol and land in England where he takes a degree at Cambridge. Sergei Rachmaninoff flees to Helsinki by open sled with only some notebooks and music scores, but within a year he has been invited to the US where Steinway gift him a piano.
But they don't forget the troubles back home. Some debate furiously in Russian bars and the émigré press, awaiting the expected collapse of Bolshevism so they can return. Nabokov's father is mistakenly assassinated by a Russian monarchist. Others simply dream of the Motherland and the homes and lives they have lost.
A shipload of exotic but maudlin aristocrats creeps into the docks by night: where do they go to drown their sorrows? Why, the Candlelight Club, of course. But, hey, they've brought vodka…
At our party there will be cocktails to remind you of the good old days back home. There will be 1920s swing jazz with an East European flavour from the Marama Café Band and vintage vinylism from DJ Magdalena. And there will be rousing dance action from the Bees Knees' famous 'Russian Dolls' routine.
To make it an extra special night, why not treat yourself to a professional vintage styling session in your home with Lipstick & Curls? They are offering Candlelight Club customers a 10% discount on their "Takeaway" mobile beauty parlour (a revival of a type of service popular in the 1940s). Click here for more information. To make a booking email firstname.lastname@example.org.
And why not immortalise your vintage finery at our pop-up photo studio, with Candlelight photographer Michael Marks?
Our dinner menu will also have a distinctly Russian twist…
Mixology by David Hamilton Boyd of Organic Spirit, winner of the Jameson Mix Master world final, Vestal Vodka UK cocktail competition and Hendrick's Gin UK cocktail competition
Vodka, beetroot juice, vanilla, lemon juice
Sweet and earthy, like Mother Russia
Vodka, ginger, lime juice, soda water
A twist on the Moscow Mule—which was actually invented in 1940s America when two salesmen got talking, one of them trying to sell vodka and the other trying to sell ginger beer
Vodka, lemon sherbet, black pepper bitters, cucumber, soda water
Like the Russian satellite, this unexpected combination is a surprise and a great success
Monkey Shoulder whisky, Frangelico, peanut butter syrup, chocolate bitters
In honour of Tchaikovsky's ballet of the same name, a perennial favourite at Christmas, this rich beverage blends Scotch whisky, hazelnut liqueur and peanut, with a hint of dry chocolate. Probably not one for those with nut allergies
Citrus and mild chilli vodka, cucumber syrup, sparkling wine
An ice-cold shot of infused vodka, served with fizz and refreshing cucumber
TABLE RESERVATIONS Most of the tables in the venue are freely available on a first come, first served basis. However, seating is not unlimited so if you wish to reserve atable you may do so for a supplemental charge. A small table costs £65 (on top of your ticket price), includes a bottle of the house Champagne and can seat up to five people. A large table is £130, includes two bottles of house Champagne and can seat up to ten people. Only one person in a group needs to reserve a table. You'll see the option to reserve a table on the billing page of the booking process,but it is also possible to reserve a table after you have already bought a ticket. If you have any queries, or special requests such as flowers or a cake, please email email@example.com.
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