When we were invited to review The Candlelight Club we had no idea what to expect
I blindly said “Yes” and Googled it afterwards. I’m glad I did! Blogging is a funny old game and you find yourself in places you never dreamed of going to and I had never heard of The Candlelight Club before.
The Candlelight Club is a secret 1920’s speakeasy style pop-up in London, entirely lit by candlelight (hence the name)
Parties are held at different locations in London. You don’t know where it will be at the time of booking, you’re sent an email and a text 48 hours before to let you know where to turn up. Each party has a different theme and ours was Mardi Gras.
The Candlelight Club dress code
Looking the part is essential, but it’s actually not too hard to throw together a 1920’s style outfit. For men a three piece suit is fine and for women it’s fairly easy to accessorise a dress. I bought a pack of accessories for £7.99 from Amazon which had a head dress, beads, gloves and so on.
Some people do go all out though and there are some absolutely fabulous costumes to be seen. There were Flappers, the occasional Dandy and plenty of Peaky Blinders!
The party we attended was a couple of minute walk from the tube. I think it was once a factory or warehouse.
When we arrived we walked past the door, it wasn’t clear and there were other guests wandering past too. They obviously realised people were wandering blindly down the street as we were called in! All your details are on a list so no need to fumble about for tickets.
The venue we attended had an outside courtyard with tables and chairs, this was popular among smokers and those wanting to cool down.
Inside we were greeted again and shown to our table
There are several options when booking The Candlelight Club
You can just book tickets or, for an extra fee, you can reserve a table. The cost of the table depends on the size of your party, the larger the party the more economical. I would recommend reserving a table.
We were sharing a table with another blogger who had ordered food. I’m a vegetarian so I can’t tell you what it was like but it certainly looked nice!
There were plenty of drinks on offer too, at what I think were reasonable prices, especially for London and I can confirm there was a large amount of alcohol in the cocktails!
Upstairs hosted a cigar bar and a tarot reader, Monsieur Incidental wishes he’d had his tarot read – maybe next time!
Our entertainment for the evening came in the form of Champagne Charlie who was great fun – we’ve been randomly shouting “CHAMPAGNE!” ever since. There was also a superb live band. People ate (there is a three course dinner option too), drank, laughed and danced the night away.
What did we think of The Candlelight Club?
We had a great time, we didn’t dance but soaked up the atmosphere. I would certainly return and highly recommend it for a group of people.
My only gripes were there only seemed to be two ladies toilets, although there may have been more had I asked. And the venue was incredibly busy. You had to squeeze through people waiting at the bar to get to the toilets but that is a minor issue.
All in all I would go back with a group of people, I would like to try the rest of the cocktails!
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*we were given entry free of charge but all opinions are my own