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

Little Italy
Saturday 6th September

Italian Americans like Al Capone did much to shape our picture of the Prohibition era. But the trade between Italy and the US brought much more than organised crime—in the Golden Age of Cocktals, some of the quintessential ingredients were Italian. We've partnered with classic aperitivo Aperol to bring you a feast of mediterranean food and drink, PLUS the chance to win a weekend for two in Venice!

Halloween Spooktacular!
Friday 31st October

1st November
Celebrate All Hallow's 1920s-style, evoking the famous Halloween parties thrown in the Jazz Age at New York's legendary Plaza Hotel, and featuring themed cocktails and live music from those Gothic Gatsbys the Top Shelf band

15th November
Details coming soon…

29th November
Details coming soon…

New Year's Eve!
31st December
Details coming soon…

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.

Looking for a killer outfit or a vintage hairdo?
Click here for a list of vintage and repro fashion outlets and vintage hairdressers and stylists—inlcuding some special offers exclusive to Candlelight Clubbers!

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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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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



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…

Little Italy
Saturday 6th September

Prohibition may be in full swing, but people still gotta eat, right? Your uncle Giuseppe's Genco Olive Oil Co. seems to be doing very well—every month more and more cases of his finest product are unloaded at New York's docks. Now, rumour has it that it's not really olive oil in those crates but the finest spirits, wines and aperitivos from back home in Italy… But what kind of a way is that to talk about your Uncle Giuseppe? Mind you, things are going so well that he's invited you to a little party—but keep it under your hat…

Italy's role in helping subvert Prohibition is undisputed: many of the mobsters who vied to control the flow of illicit drink, such as Al Capone, Lucky Luciano and Salvatore Maranzano, came from Italy to make their fortunes in America, and often, like Al Capone's mentor Johnny Torrio, returned there in retirement. Speakeasies across the country depended on these organisations for the vital supply of liquor.

But Italy's contribution to cocktail culture goes much further than that. Many classic drinks, such as the Manhattan and the Martini, would not exist without Italian vermouth. The flow of immigrants to America introduced Italy's liqueurs, which became fundamental ingredients in the early days of cocktail making.

We've partnered with classic aperitivo Aperol to bring you an evening of flapper fashions, gangster jazz and Italian food and cocktails.

Italy's contribution to speakeasy culture goes deeper still: the very first jazz record ever was made in 1917 by the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, fronted by Italian American Nick La Rocca, son of Sicilian farmers. To celebrate, we'll get you dancing with live 1920s jazz from those cheeky Dixieland minstrels the Shirt Tail Stompers.


Think you can cut a Jazz Age dash? Are you a master of La Bella Figura—knowing how to do everything stylishly? Thanks to Aperol we'll be giving away a pair of tickets at the event for two nights in Venice—home of the Aperol spritz—including flights and hotel, as a prize for the best dressed guests!

Judging will be vintage style gurus Lipstick and Curls, who as usual will be offering Candlelight Club guests a 10% discount on their styling services (see below).


Thanks to legendary costumiers Angels (see below), one guest at our Little Italy party will get their schmutter for nothing. Just book your ticket by noon on Wednesday 3rd September—one guest will be drawn at random to receive a costume hire worth £80+VAT.

Cocktail Menu

Aperol Spritz
Prosecco, Aperol, soda
The classic drink of Venice, blending local wines with the seltzer sparkling water introduced by occupying Austrians in the 19th century

Prosecco, white peach purée
Invented in the 1930s by Giuseppe Cipriani at Harry's Bar in Venice—a favourite haunt of Ernest Hemingway. When Giuseppe was a bartender at Hotel Europa, one of his customers was wealthy young Bostonian Harry Pickering. When Harry's money was cut off by his family as a punishment for boozing, the barman lent him some cash to get by. Later, in gratitude, Harry gave Giuseppe back five times the sum, enabling the barman to open his own place, which he named after Harry. The cocktail is so named because it has a colour that reminded its inventor of paintings by Giovanni Bellini

Negroni Aprés
SW4 gin, Aperol, Fernet Branca, Amer Picon
One day in 1919 or 1920, eccentric playboy Count Camillo Negroni asked his barman in Florence's Caffé Casoni to pep up his Americano (vermouth, Campari and soda). The barman swapped the soda for gin and a legend was born. This version uses the softer Aperol plus aromatic Fernet Branca and the orange-flavoured Amer Picon

Italian American
Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon, Cocchi Americano, Aperol, orange
Like an Old Fashioned cocktail with an Italian accent, this also uses Cocchi Americano, a bitter-sweet aperitivo with a ginger note

Milano Mule
White rum, lime juice, agave syrup, Aperol, ginger ale
A little like a Moscow Mule but more complex

Espresso Martini
Vodka, espresso coffee, gomme syrup
Long before vodka & Red Bull there was this far tastier and more elegant way to combine alcohol and caffeine

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 EXCELSIOR.

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 EXCELSIORCLUB.