London's secret 1920s party
The Candlelight Club is a pop-up Prohibition-era speakeasy in a secret London venue completely lit by candles. We have no permanent home but put on scheduled parties at different locations. Each event offers an elegant cocktail menu, dining options, dancing to live jazz bands, retro-DJs and cabaret performances. And everyone dresses the part.
Our next events:
Friday 9th & Saturday 10th March
Evoking the heyday of luxury liners, the Art Deco dream of gleaming speed, the adventure of travel, the romance of shipboard life and the opulence of First Class—in an age when the journey itself was as important as the destination. There will be portholes, deck chairs, quoits and live music from the ship's dance band The Silver Ghosts
Friday 6th & Saturday 7th April
April is the time of sakura, the much-anticipated cherry blossom season, so we're celebrating the strange melting pot of traditional and modern that was 1920s Japan—which gave rise to the "modern girl" Japanese flapper, an interest in jazz, an indigenous gangster movie genre and a unique local cocktail tradition. Kimonos and bobs do go together
Saturday 12th May
A special event in a grand east London ballroom, with dancing to jazz from the Swing'It Dixeband and DJ Auntie Maureen in the main hall, accompanied by Charleston dancers the Gatsby Girls, plus more music and two variety shows in the intimate Cabaret Lounge, and our fortune tellers Foxglove and Lucius. There is also the option to have dinner.
Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd June
When Prohibition was enacted, Cuba—tantalisingly close to the US but untroubled by the alcohol ban—suddenly became party central for thirsty Americans. Airlines would organise "booze cruise" boat plane flights from Florida straight into Havana harbour. The local drink was rum and rum cocktails pioneered at famous bars like Sloppy Joe's and Floridita went on to become classics that we still drink today
Saturday 30th June
A special event in a grand east London ballroom, with dancing to a live jazz band and DJ Auntie Maureen in the main hall, accompanied by Charleston dancers the Gatsby Girls, plus more music and two variety shows in the intimate Cabaret Lounge, and our fortune tellers Foxglove and Lucius. There is also the option to have dinner.
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