Proud Cabaret is one of the City’s newest nightspots. Located in the curvy shadow of The Gherkin, this seductive underground space is decked out to evoke the glamour of yesteryear. A restaurant, bar and entertainment venue, it’s owned by Alex and Danielle Proud: the duo behind Proud Camden, Proud Chelsea and Proud Gallery (www.proud.co.uk).
Proud Cabaret is fairly large, but cleverly divided, with tables for dining on one side (including several plush red booths along the wall) and a more casual lounge area on the other. At the back of the room is the bar, which was busy serving up tasty cocktails to thirsty Thursday night punters when we were there – the venue is obviously proving popular with the City crowd.
Although it’s been open a few months now, last night was the official press launch and a taster of things to come. We saw legendary drag queens The Globe Girls, who will take up their Thursday night residency at Proud Cabaret from 8 April. They were as disco-fabulous as you’d expect from one of London’s best-known drag acts.
Later in the evening, some of Saturday night’s Tassel Club regulars took to the stage including burlesque beauty Barnbury Cross, accomplished emcee Sara Colohan and the very bendy Pixie Knott. New talent took the form of retro songstress Rosa Swan: whose big-band-style voice was a great match for classics such as Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend.
As well as looking forward to the Globe Girls every Thursday, Proud Cabaret will also host an event at the upcoming London Burlesque Week. I look forward to doing myself Proud, once again!