Cellar Door, London
Cellar Door is one of London’s hidden gems. If you are looking for an afternoon or evening out with a bit of pizazz, then look no further than Cellar Door, London.
We went there as part of a hen weekend. We were booked in for the afternoon tea package.
The entrance to the Cellar Door is quite hidden and if you didn’t know where to look, you could quite easily miss it. There’s a stairwell outside the Lyceum Theatre, which if you glanced at it, you might well expect it to be the entrance to a public toilet. On entering, you find yourself transported back to the 1920s.
There’s a bar, a blackjack table, a seating area and a curtained off area, which turned into a tiny stage. The venue is tiny but charming, so I’m going to refer to it as bijou. If there was a downside to it, that was it, it was very small and as we were a large group, people ended up sitting at quite strange angles to avoid blocking the walkway.
When we arrived, we were greeted by the friendliest of staff who ushered us to our area and poured us a welcome glass of bubbly. After a short time and once we and the other patrons were settled, act one began. The first part of the show was a very funny female cabaret singer, accompanied by a super-talented chap, who could not only sing but played the keyboard effortlessly. I won’t say too much about the act, as I don’t want to spoil it if you go, but let’s just say we loved it. She was hilarious and together they were a great double act.
After they had finished their cabaret tunes, we welcomed to the club a very beautiful and graceful burlesque dancer. I wasn’t quite sure how I felt about this before we went, having never seen burlesque before, I didn’t know what to expect.
She was fantastic, she moved so gracefully and effortlessly, it was like watching ballet but with feathers and little bit of sauciness.
After act one, we were proffered steaming hot pots of tea and cake tiers of sandwiches, cakes and chocolates. If I'm being brutally honest, I've had better afternoon teas but we weren't there just for that and the cakes were really well decorated and very yummy.
After tea, we thought it would be time to check out the blackjack table. The croupier was very patience as some of the ladies had never played before and he explained the rules. We did quite well in the game and pooled our winnings to ensure the bride won enough for a free bottle of bubbly.
Act two soon followed with another set from both cabaret singers and a follow up from the burlesque dancer. The second set was as enjoyable as the first.
After the conclusion of the entertainment, we were told that the venue would be open for a while, so we treated ourselves to a 1920s inspired cocktail from the bar.
This was a really unusual afternoon of entertainment and really had a lot to offer. A well themed, bijou venue, which appeared to be a bit of a hidden secret. A cast of very talented people – a dancer, singers and a pianist. A glass of bubbly, afternoon tea and a cocktail, all topped off by friendly and helpful staff. What more could you want? This would be a great afternoon out for couples and groups, even if you weren’t on a hen do.
If you are having a look on their website, it also appears a bit mysterious, but I assure you it’s a great show and well worth what we paid (£39 per person). Go on, treat yourself next time you are in London.
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