On Friday 23rd March, Café de Paris launched its immersive and theatrical burlesque and cabaret show The Service. The show takes its audiences on a journey reflecting the history of London’s most well known nightclub through the ages.
The Service brings to life the epic tales, dramas and confessions as told by some of the lesser known yet nonetheless remarkable stars – the ‘staff’ of Café de Paris, played by a talented array of performers. Cheeky bellboys pour champagne suspended high above your heads, acrobatic waiters wink and flirt to win favour and seductive secrets unfold throughout the show.
The illustrious Reuben Kaye, who was amazing, tells the story! Our amazing host took us on a hilarious journey, with jokes, songs and the funniest audience interactions that completely nailed it. Plus we have to give it to Reuben’s makeup artist, those lashes though!
All of the acts were beautiful and show such strength and agility. We were captivated at every moment by the cast of the show. Bettsie Bon Bon who wowed us with her burlesque skills played Princess Margaret, she is known as ‘the body of burlesque’ and voted best burlesque performer 2016. We loved how she mixed humour and sexiness into her smooth effortless routines. Sammy Dinneen was the ever so cute Valet, who performed the most beautiful hand balancing act, with snapshots of the war projected on his body, we were mesmerized by the beauty of his performance. Some other amazing performers, who performed hula-hoop tricks, also entertained us, an amazing foot balancing act, as well as the amazing trapeze acts, kept us wanting more all night. Can we also say that the music was amazing, the lead singer who sang her heart out all night, kept the crowd going and her voice was to die for! Anna the Hulagan, who plays The Club Kid, is one of the UK’s leading hula hoop teachers, best known as ‘London’s cult hula hoop artiste’ (The Times). As the winner of the Triple Crown award at the World Burlesque Games, Hulagan delivers performances that are as fun as they are sexy.
To enjoy the full experience we would recommend going all out and enjoying the VIP dining package, not only does it sit you closer to the show but also you get to enjoy an amazing three-course meal and half a bottle of Prosecco per person. The menu has an array of dishes; to start with we had the thick cut smoked salmon, which was served with a cucumber salsa and horseradish cream. I think we need to have a silent moment for the salmon… It was to die for and I would highly recommend you choose this as a starter. For my main I ordered the roast rump lamb served with sautéed new potatoes, bok choi and rosemary sauce. My friend had the pan-fried sea bass served with crushed new potatoes, Kalamata olives and sun blushed tomatoes with a vierge sauce. Both dishes were served to perfection, but the salmon was a hard act to follow. That was until the desserts! The classic crème brulee served with an almond biscotti and the passion fruit cheesecake were out of this world, like seriously out of this world. The dining experience is not one to be missed, whether you are on a date, out with friends or family you have to ensure that you have the full package. To have a two or three course meal prior to the show costs £55/60 and the full VIP dining package which includes the Prosecco, sat on the mezzanine level with a waiting service costs £80. It is worth every penny.
Don’t take how awesome the night was just from my word, why not try it yourselves and comment on our social media pages on how you found it.
Café de Paris
The Service: 18:00 – 22:15
Nightclub: 22:15 – 03:00
3 Coventry St, London W1D 6B
0207 436 1111
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