To mark the release of Spectre and the fact that they have acquired a new home, The London Cabaret Club has been hosting a series of James Bond inspired evenings, London Never Dies, at the Bloomsbury Ballroom which will soon be their fixed address.
So in want of something a little more refined than the pub on a Friday night, we headed over to Holborn to check it out. Stepping into the art-deco building you leave London behind and enter a world of mesmerising acts, glittering costumes and spellbinding performances.
The evening starts in the Rose Lounge with Bond themed cocktails – go for the Reverse Vesper Martini 1) it would be wrong not to at a James Bond event and 2) it’s just the ticket to take the edge off the week, aka it’s strong.
You then move through to the ball room for supper and the show, you can buy tickets just for the show but we say go for the supper too. The menu is made up of small plates, our evening was themed around You Only Live Twice so our starters included Japanese salmon with yakitori dressing and lotus root, tuna sashimi and a California sushi roll with avocado and coriander. However the Sky Falls chicken with M’s secret (a mini chicken pie with tarragon) was the real winner, closely followed by a slow cooked lamb shoulder with celeriac puree and fondant potato.
We were however there for the show and it wasn’t just one or two acts, nope there were performances throughout the evening right from 8pm up until 11pm. There were fire eaters, gymnastics and powerful renditions of the James Bond songs all wrapped up in beautiful dresses, sharp dinner jackets and a whole lot of sequins. It was more elegant than salacious and more seductive than cheeky, all in all more sophisticated than how you might imagine cabaret to be.
In between each act was a DJ, who played hit after hit, it was a case of everyone getting up to dance in between each act before sitting back down to watch the next performance, so that as soon as the show was over the floor was packed again with people dancing.
Would James Bond applaud this evening? Definitely.
The shows run every Friday and Saturday until the 7th November