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“Please come to Wam Bam Club, an evening of Burlesque entertainment” read the invitation which dropped into my inbox a couple of weeks ago. This was rather intriguing as I’ve never seen anything Burlesque outside Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge and honestly have no idea what to expect as seeing a lady stripping seductively has never been high on my list of things to do before I die. However, as I’m always up for new and interesting experiences, I booked 2 tickets for a 3 course meal at 7pm, to be followed by a 2 hour show at 8pm.
After waiting in the cosy bar area at the Cafe de Paris in central London, we are escorted into the auditorium.
The venue is decorated with tables in front of the relatively small stage, booths around one side, and a seating area upstairs for those who have come for the show only. There is a screen where Burlesque routines from the last century are being played and as our drinks arrive we are joined by another couple. Fortunately we get on and we all order a couple of rather more-ish cocktails.
I’m not going to dwell too much on the food but the starters were phenomenal with juicy, succulent king tiger prawns and superb goat’s cheese croquettes. The main courses were disappointing – the suckling pig was more like a steak on a bed of lumpy mashed potato, and the lamb could have been moister. Desserts were chocolate bavarois or strawberry millefeuille, both needed more flavour and texture.
The general clientele were hen parties (dressed as Burlesque girls after their free exotic dance lesson beforehand), various office parties and couples, all as intrigued as we were. Everyone seemed eager to be voyeurs for the evening and we were introduced to the Wam Bam Club host, Lady Alex. This is a woman who could tear strips off men with her steely stare and cheeky grin and is perfect in her role of host/performer, relishing every moment of the night.
The line-up changes on a weekly basis but there is a hugely eclectic mix of acts – ranging from Burlesque to comediennes to singing to gymnastics. One of the acts was slightly too close to the knuckle to feel entirely comfortable and another was just completely misplaced but the stand out was Gracie, who sang about love before knocking our socks off with a genuinely hilarious twist we just weren’t expecting.
All in all, this is an evening that will appeal although I think it would be more enjoyable if you go in a group and have a couple of drinks beforehand. Definitely an unforgettable evening.
General Admission = £35. 2 course meal & show = £70. 3 course meal and show = £75. Prices if bought online.
Wam Bam Club is on a Saturday only at Cafe de Paris, 3 Coventry Street, Piccadilly Circus, W1D 6BL.
Picture credit: Sophia Schorr Kon
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