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Paris in the Spring

  • The Candleight Club Somewhere in central London United Kingdom (map)

Saturday 27th April

Featuring the triumphant return of Gallic crooner Benoit Viellefon and his band, one of the longest-serving stars in the Candlelight Club firmament. Benoit will be unveiling his new show with an extra injection of roof-raising speakeasy fun and irresistibly foot-tapping tunes.

To celebrate we’ll be tipping our hat to 1920s Paris, sipping the cocktails created at ex-pat bars like Harry’s Bar and serving classic French bistro cuisine. Our regular rum and cigar bar will turn into an absinthe and cigar bar.

Leading the cabaret charge will be our regular host with the most, Champagne Charlie, while spinning vintage vinyl will be DJs the Bee’s Knees.


No drink is more associated with underground Paris than absinthe. This intense herbal infusion rose to popularity in the late 19th century and became the tipple of choice for artists, poets and bohemians, who tried to describe the combination of intoxication and invigorating clarity they felt it gave them. Banned for decades, it is now legal again and enjoying a comeback. 

At our party you’ll be able to sample three: Angelique, a classic green absinthe with a bitter edge; Butterfly, a slightly minty absinthe based on an American recipe from 1902, and La Clandestine, a milder, colourless style from the Swiss town of Couvet, the birthplace of absinthe, made to a—then illegal—recipe from 1935.


Once you've fired your soul with an inspiring draft of absinthe, why not give full rein to your creative side? Paris has a long association with the arts and we'll be celebrating this with a tablecloth painting competition on the night of our party. Crayons and felt-tips wil be provided and guests will be encouraged to use their tablecloths as a canvas for their inspiration. Champagne Charlie will be scouting for talent and we'll be awarding a prize for the best work at the end of the night.

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Earlier Event: 23 March
Cabaret Special
Later Event: 24 May
An English Country Garden