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Clayton Hartley

Co-founder of the Candlelight Club back in October 2010, thanks to a chance meeting when the other co-founder happened to walk past a venue (the long-vanished Salon d’Été) where Clayton was running a party for retro-dandies the New Sheridan Club. A lifelong fan of the 1920s and 1930s, Clayton dresses in the style of the era pretty much all the time. On the Candlelight Club team he promotes the events, books the entertainers, takes photographs and runs the sound and lights on the night. He has a profound interest in cocktails and cocktail history: read his drinks blog here.


David Hamilton-Boyd

Working in and managing bars, restaurants and events for the last two decades, David is an award-winning mixologist, caterer and owner of the Kent Mobile Bar Company. At the Candlelight Club he oversees the bar and kitchens.

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Omar Valadez

Omar is our bar manager, with an international background tending bar in the USA, Mexico, Italy and London. He has a love for all things agave and now brings his passion and skills to The Candlelight Club.

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Let our resident compère take you by the hand and lead you into a decadent underground world of 1920s cabaret, a delightful mixture of American speakeasy, British music hall, Weimar Berlin and Parisian follies. With cheeky songs, comedic patter and a wardrobe of astounding costumes, he combines waspish bedevilment with a warmth that leaves everyone feeling included. With the Lord of Cabaret Misrule presiding, you’ll be screaming for more Champagne all night long! 

“Brilliant. Your show is great!” —Hugh Grant

“The way you work the audience is captivating.” —Su Pollard

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Auntie Maureen believes all melodies should crackle, hiss and pop.  She loves music of every era, but her first love will always be songs and dance routines from times gone by and nothing makes her happier than transporting her audience through musical time. She’s happy to wrangle modern DJ technology but equally happy to crank up her original 1930s gramophone to spin shellac 78s. When not filling the floor at the Candlelight Club she can be found all over London at vintage venues and special events such London Fashion Weekend, The Tweed Run, Tate Modern and Tate Britain, The Museum of London, The Wallace Collection and Royal Museums Greenwich. In summer she woos the dancing masses at Camp Bestival, Bestival, the Wilderness Festival, Latitude and more. Find her on Mixcloud.


Our regular dance troupe the Gatsby Girls will transport you back to a world of sophistication, glitz and glamour with performances full of flapper fun and dazzling Charleston footwork. When not shimmying at the Candlelight Club they can be found at the Ned, the Café de Paris, the Café Royal, Glastonbury Festival, Highclere Castle and have popped up on the BBC and ITV.