Click on the date you wish to book for. Tickets can still be processed up to 7.30 on the night of the event. Please note our events usually sell out in advance so if you are coming as a group make sure everyone buys their ticket in good time

Halloween Spooktacular!
Friday 31st October

Saturday 1st November
TanqueraryCelebrate All Hallow's 1920s-style, with themed cocktails courtesy of Tanqueray gin and live music from those Gothic Gatsbys The Top Shelf Band

Candlelight Cantina
Friday 14 November
Saturday 15 November

For thirsty Americans during Prohibition, travelling out of the country suddenly had more appeal—and where more convenient than across the border into Mexico? Suddenly border towns like Tijuana became boozy paradises dedicated to helping gringos party. At out celebration, guest chefs Ochofrom El Nivel will be offering a menu of Mexican cuisine along with classic and modern tequila cocktails, courtesy of Ocho premium tequila. There will be Mexican-themed burlesque performances for that authentic Tijuana experience, and dancing to live gringo music from The Old Hat Jazz Band

Prohibition Paris
Friday 28 November
Saturday 29 November

With the banning of alcohol in the US, many top bartenders left the country to find work. Some landed in Paris bringing American cocktails and jazz to mingle with European bohemia. Famous US drinkers like Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald drifted here too, along with scandalous dancer Josephine Baker who found the French more accepting than her countrymen. Live music will come from Café Manouche on Friday and Swingatto on Saturday, playing the gypsy jazz style popular in Paris in the 1920s. To celebrate the city's famous connection with art, we will see the return of our famous Tablecloth Painting Competition, with a prize for the finest artwork (crayons and felt tips will be provided)

Christmas by Candlelight
Friday 12 December
Saturday 13 December

Like 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. Live music will come from the Basin Street Brawlers on Friday and the Original Rabbit's Foot Spasm Band on Saturday

New Year's Eve!
Wednesday 31st December
Come and see out the old year in Jazz Age style! Live swing and ragtime from the Dixie Ticklers! Open till 2am!

If you buy a ticket but later find you can't come, you are welcome to transfer it to someone else—just let us know the change of name. We may alternatively be able to transfer you to a different date up to an equivalent value, if we are able to resell your original ticket, but please note that we cannot offer cash refunds

Doors open 7pm and we throw you out at midnight

The Candlelight Club is held at a secret location. Ticket holders will receive an email a couple of days before the event giving exact directions, the password, which cops have been bribed, etc.

If you don't get this email, first CHECK YOUR SPAM FOLDER, then contact us (in good time), either by email or on 07768 628788, because customers do sometimes misspell their email addresses when they buy tickets.


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 a table 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. At the Excelsior Club events there are also two-person tables for £40, which includes two glasses of Champagne. 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 reservations@

1920s dandies and flappers, gangsters and molls, degenerate aristos, decadent aesthetes, corrupt politicians and the Smart Set In the Know. Evening wear or jackets and ties for gents. No T-shirts, jeans or trainers. Hen parties very welcome but, please, no L-plates or phallic objects

Please note that the Candlelight Club is lit entirely by candles. It looks lovely but be aware that naked flames can be dangerous if not respected, and that candle wax can be a bugger to get out of clothes. Customers enter at their own risk.

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You can come just for drinks and dancing but our kitchens are also open all night offering à la carte dining. The menu varies with the theme of the event but you can view a sample menu here.

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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



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


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Candlelight Cantina
Friday 14th & Saturday 15th November

For thirsty Americans in the 1920s and early 1930s, the banning of alcohol at home suddenly gave travel out of the country a new appeal—and where more convenient than across the border into Mexico? Suddenly towns like Tijuana, just south of San Diego, became boozy paradises dedicated to helping gringos party. Tijuana was dubbed "Satan's Playground" by preachers, who even posted signs along the highway warning drivers of the moral turpitude ahead. This didn’t stop the motorists who queued at the border crossing to get to the town where every other building was a tavern or casino and, in the words of one wide-eyed tourist, “they have barrels of whiskey, rum, brandy and beer standing right before your eyes and you can drink all you want”.

The smarter cantinas offered dancing to jazz bands playing the latest tunes. The Cavern Café in Nogales, across the border from Tucson, was converted from a prison tunnelled into the mountainside and boasted a bandstand, dance floor and comfortable 72-degree temperature year round.

The Arizona and San Diego Railway Co. extended their line across the border to Tijuana, where trains stopped midway between the casino and the horse racing track. Airlines had direct flights from Hollywood and New York to a private airstrip at the new hotel and resort at Agua Caliente, where celebrities like Laurel and Hardy, Charlie Chaplin and gangster Al Capone relaxed among strolling musicians, manicured gardens and mission-style guest bungalows. The actress Rita Hayworth was discovered there while performing in a show.

The casino had a gold bar in a room where patrons could only bet using gold chips, with a $500 minimum wager. Bugsy Siegel cited Agua Caliente as his inspiration for building the resort on what became the Las Vegas Strip. The race meetings and golf tournaments at Agua Caliente offered the biggest prizes in the world at the time. Known as "America's Deauville" or "America's Monte Carlo", it offered, in the words of the brochure, "modern gaiety in an Old World setting".

The resort even starred in its own movie, In Caliente (1935), featuring Mexican actress Dolores del Rio who became a Hollywood star in the 1920s and 1930s. We'll be projecting this and other del Rio pictures at our party.

Behind it all were the “border barons”, enterprising racketeers who raked in fortunes, paid handsomely to pliant Mexican authorities and vied with each other like the bootleggers across the border. Frank “Booze” Beyer co-owned the Owl Café in Mexicali, claiming to be “the largest gambling house on the American continent” with ten bartenders manning “the longest bar in the world”.

To recreate this world of sunny escapism, where Prohibition-wracked Americans could drink and party with impunity, the Candlelight Club has partnered with Tomas Estes, the man behind Mexican restaurants Café Pacifico and La Perla, new agave-spirits bar El Nivel and the premium tequila brand Ocho, for two nights of 1920s fun.

Guest chefs and bartenders will be offering a menu of Mexican cuisine and tequila cocktails old and new made with Ocho. We’ll be serving Mexicali beer, the brand that fuelled many a cross-border spree in the 1920s.

For that authentic Tijuana experience there will be Mexican-themed burlesque performances, dancing to live 1920s swing music from The Old Hat Jazz Band and vintage DJing.

Cocktail Menu

Ocho tequila, triple sec, lime juice,
optional salt rim
Dating probably from the 1940s, this is the one tequila cocktail everyone can name. There are many stories of its creation, usually revolving around a customer called Margaret/Margarita…

Ocho tequila, grapefruit soda, lime juice
Apparently how most Mexicans actually drink their tequila

El Diablo
Ocho tequila, crème de cassis, ginger beer, lime juice
Tequila and ginger go together remarkably well, as evidenced by this recipe hailing from California in the 1940s

Mexican 88
Ocho tequila, sparkling wine, agave syrup, lemon juice
An twist on the classic French 75 (made with gin)

Lost Steps
Ocho tequila, cardamom sweet tea, Chartreuse Elixir
A Speciality of Megaro Bar, complementing Ocho with sweet cardamom spice and the aromatic herbal liqueur Chartreuse

Screaming Viking
Ocho tequila, Swedish Punsch, Martini Fiero, lime juice, agave syrup
Created for us by Brian Silva (The Connaught, Rules). Tne name is a reference to an imaginary cocktail in an episode of Cheers: Brian's real-life interpretation gets its Norse element from Swedish Punsch, a liqueur dating from the days of the Swedish East India Company, based on the Javan spirit arrack

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Special offers for Candlelight Club customers…

◆ Why not treat yourself to a professional vintage styling session in your home with Lipstick & Curls? They are offering Candlelight Club customers a 10% discounton their "Takeaway" mobile beauty parlour which comes to your home. Click here for more information. To make a booking email

◆ Stuck for an outfit to wear? Angels, the country's oldest and largest costume supplier, is offering Candlelight Club customers a 15% discount on rental at the Shaftesbury Avenue store or on purchases both in store and online. To claim your discount use the code CANDLE14.

And if you're going to party like a movie star, why not travel like one? We've teamed up with Uber to bring you £20 off a ride in a chauffeur-driven car. Standard uberX cars are typically 30–50% cheaper than a black cab, and you can choose a luxury car if you want to travel in real style. Click here to learn more and download the app. First-time users get a one-time £20 discount by entering the promo code CANDLELIGHT14.