Reviewing The Service at Café de Paris
Legendary Leicester Square club Café de Paris has been hosting wild nights since 1924. Many stories have unfolded in this basement venue and now, this astonishing history is told at its new Friday night cabaret show, The Service. We went along to check it out.
The club is renowned for drawing famous revellers and performers in its time, including Frank Sinatra and Princess Margaret. It stayed open despite The Blitz during World War Two, when the dance floor was hit by a bomb. The attack killed 80 people, including the renowned swing performer Ken ‘Snakehips’ Johnston.
Through exhilarating performances and high production values, The Service draws on all of this history: Marlene Dietrich’s appearances here are reimagined as slow, skilful burlesque strips; a 1990s-style clubber wears a dayglo outfit and spins flaming hula hoops.
With its chandeliers and curving staircases, the two-storey space also lives up to the glamour of its past. The dance floor is filled with large dining tables during the show, so you can choose to eat as you watch, or smaller tables on the balcony offer a great, elevated view without dinner.
Whether you choose to go for the full dinner option or just drinks, we highly recommend The Service as one of London’s better cabaret experiences, which delivers the most fun history lesson you’ll ever have.
Café de Paris opens for The Service on Friday nights at 6pm, and the show starts at 7.30pm. Tickets range from £20 to £80. www.cafedeparis.com