Let me begin by saying that Volupté certainly puts the cock in cocktails and the supple in supper club! Blizzaow!
volupté (v lüp t)
"intense pleasure that is both sensuous and spiritual; ecstasy; bliss"
Dripping in decadence, it is no wonder that the word Volupté was chosen to represent this fabulous flapper fantasyland. You'll be instantly transported to the 1920s at the height of vaudeville burlesque in a way that you haven't been since watching Moulin Rogue and secretly wishing that Ewan McGregor would serenade you in a Parisian elephant loft.
Whether you stay upstairs sipping 2-for-1 classic cocktails in the romantic dimly lit bar area, or venture down to the swanky performance dining room for an afternoon tea and striptease, your experience will be nothing less than magical.
This is one of the more affordable Burlesque haunts in the city as it doesn't necessarily require you to buy the full meal ticket to enjoy the show, which are often upwards of £75. Even better is their 2 for 1 offer on the cocktails between 5-8, and they're high class.
The place itself is as sophisticated and decadent as you'd expect from this kind of establishment, all reds and golds with low lighting with witty touches reflected in the lampshades and wallhangings. Just to see the show is between £10 and £30, depending on the night you go, but the restaurant also looks like it produces very satisfying comestibles indeed. The handpainted booths are a treat to sit in and you even get to adjust your own lighting and music volume.
It's advised to dress up for the occasion, as you'll find that a lot of people come in 20s and 30s style get up and if they won't outshine you then the Burlesque queens themselves certainly will! Amazing performances and cabaret every night of the week, bands and dancing too. Make sure you sign up for the newsletter on the website.
Tucked away near Chancery Lane is a wonderful little cabaret bar, restaurant and nightspot that capitalises on the rejuvenated burlesque scene. Hosting a wide variety of nights, it's definitely worth checking our their web site to fond a night which appeals to you. Alternatively go on a Saturday afternoon for tea and cakes along with your striptease.
The food menu is wonderful, very well done. Cocktails were also great though took some time. Still you won't waiting as the atmosphere is always very good and the acts are also great fun.
Definitely book in advance as the venue is quite small and you aren't guaranteed a place.
Great place for a wonderful night out!
Volupte already gets my vote because it gave me free canapes! I have yet to visit a bar in central London which does this.
When I visited here, we could not sit downstairs and watch the burlesque show unfortunately because it was closed for a private party, but the good natured manager let us peek through and get a sense of what we would be expecting. I instantly loved the feel. Very grown up, risque but not sleazy; as much fun for women as for me. In fact, probably more fun - I saw more girls then I did guys.
I was quite disappointed to have to head back upstairs, but the bar was fun; good music, great cocktails. I had a vodka and berry drink - I think it was called Lady J. I could have drank five of these. This was when one of the waiters brought up the platters of canapes. I presume that they had made too many for downstairs. Still, I wasn't complaining. They went down a treat. I can't wait to come here again for the proper entertainment. And to get dressed up properly for it as well.
I was here on a Groupon for the Tease and Tassles while visiting London with my man and we had a good time. This place is beautiful and although neither of us drink we were sorely tempted since the cocktails looked amazing.
For the Groupon price it was a great deal. If I had paid full price I would have been pissed. There weren't that many acts, and the ones they had felt more like short previews of what the ladies did when they had more time. Still good talent and some sexy flesh with pretty costumes.
We had a pretty crappy table (could it have been the Groupon?), but we could still see most everything with a lot of head bobbing and neck craning.
The food was good if serves at funny times and a bit sparse. We each got 4 tiny sandwiches, 2 cones, 3 one bite desserts, and a pot of tea. Since we didn't drink they exchanged our glass of Champagne for pineapple juice. The weird thing is that all the food came out THEN the tea came out at the end. Now I'm not British, but anytime I've had a High Tea it's been tea first then you eat the food with the tea. So that was a bit of disappointment. The scones were so lovely and I really wanted them with my tea!
Service was poor. It took forever to seat us. Our table was often ignored, and at the end of the show I had to go up and ask if we could go since we hadn't ordered anything additional. They said we had and that we needed to sit back down. So we sat back down for another 10min until the place cleared out. Then the lady walked past us and I had to grab her arm and say, "Umm, we're still waiting to discuss our check." For which she replied, "Oh! I didn't know you were back here." And then walked away. So we finally left, but it did leave a bad taste in our mouths.
Hidden on the back streets of the city amongst the skyscrapers is a fantastic cabaret club. To begin your journey loosen up with the best cocktails I have found in London, they have a 2for1 special from 5-8pm. Then travel downstairs for dinner, entertainment, and dancing till late hours when it is a Black Cotton Club night. Dinner runs about £30 per person but it is not necessary that you have dinner while you are there if you just want to have cocktails and enjoy the show. The shows are £10 and have to be paid for in advance via credit card. There is no official dress code but most people dress in the style of the 1920s-1940s. The acts are really fantastic with a bit of naughty teasing but nothing graphic, and guarantee a really enjoyable and entertaining night. A place Dita Von Tease would be proud of.
I went here on a Saturday afternoon for the tea and tassels show. It was £35 for a show, tea, sandwiches, glass of champagne, scones and cake. There was enough food to fill you up and satisfy anyone with a sweet tooth with good selection of cakes. Staff were friendly and we were given a good table in very comfortable surroundings. Cannot fault the bar but was slightly disappointed by the show itself. The focus appeared to be on the band and a very armature magician. What we saw of the female acts was good but they just didn't come on with enough acts. I was left feeling that if we had gone in the evening we would have seen a better show with more girls.
Great atmosphere, lovely cocktails and the food is amazing!! I only wish I was able to get over more often!
It seems like the English version of the cabaret and it doesn't look good...
Volupté is a world of decadence and delight - a place to escape, unwind and be entertained.
Sit back, relax and let your server bring you exquisitely muddled cocktails and sumptuous food all whilst watching Londons finest burlesque & cabaret performers.
Established in 2006.
Volupte was established by two best friends with a love for all things vintage. As a tribute to the days of old where supper clubs were essential for letting your hair down, dressing up and enjoying delicious food with a side of cabaret, Volupte was created. Several years later and still going strong, you can attend for dinner and entertainment with shows that change on a daily basis so there's always something different to enjoy from burlesque to jazz. On Saturdays (and the odd Friday) you can indulge in a full afternoon tea with a fabulous cabaret show for just £49.
Denise has put a lot of love and heart into Volupte over the past 7 years. She believes that anyone and everyone should be able to enjoy something delicious to eat whilst enjoying a cabaret show - something that transports you into another world and forget about the outside world for a few hours. Denise is a hands-on business owner and can be seen welcoming guests, shaking up our signature cocktail now and again and ensuring everyone has a great time.
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