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sdfgThe Candlelight Club is brought to you through the shrewd and enlightened help of SW4 ultra-premium London dry gin, "The Gin of Champions"

Interesting gin facts

1. SW4 gin is made in a gold-plated bath by a man named Mo.

2. A bottle of SW4 gin is a universally recognised unit of currency among corrupt politicians and bent cops.

3. The story goes that the Candlelight Club started as a private party one night. Some passing dissolute toffs heard the music and revelry and banged on the door, demanding to be let in. The startled doorman replied, "Say, what for?" Legend has it that this phrase became shortened to "SW4" and was adopted as the name of the club's house gin.

Care to dance with
the Green Fairy?

fgThere is much myth and mystique surrounding absinthe, the "forbidden drink". Where better to learn the truth for yourself than the Candlelight Club? We offer two first-rate modern absinthes, Butterfly, made to a 1902 Boston recipe, and sfgLa Clandestine, a colourless nectar from Switzer-land, absinthe's birthplace. They appear in our cocktails but you can also try them served in the traditional way, simply diluted to taste by trickling water from a glass fountain. If you'd like it sweeter, drip the water through a sugar lump on the flat "absinthe spoon" provided.


Gin lore and wormwood nerdiness courtesy of the Institute for Alcoholic Experimentation



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The Candlelight Directory

Guests sometimes ask if we can recommend somewhere to get a suitable outfit or a period hairdo for Candlelight Club parties. So we've put together a list places you might want to try—and if you have a recommendation yourself please email us and we'll add it.

Moreover, we've managed to secure some special discounts exclusively for Candlelight Clubbers…


Frock and FrillFrock and Frill
Fashion brand whose vintage-conscious aesthetic includes a line of 1920s-inspired flapper dresses. The garments are designed in-house then hand-stitched and beaded in India. You can buy online from the Frock and Frill website, but there are also bricks-and-mortar stockists. They are offering Candlelight Club customers a 25% discount if you buy through their website: just use the code CANDLE25.

rock my vintageRock My Vintage
Online purveyor of a unique selection of original vintage and vintage-inspired dresses and accessories, giving you the opportunity to own classic, quality, one-off vintage pieces or invest in a contemporary design that embodies that vintage style. They cover a range of vintage eras but you can see some of their 1920s schmutter here. Candlelight Club customers get a 15% discount by entering the code JAZZY15.

peckham ryePeckham Rye
A West End tailor with a family tradition stretching back 200 years. Their shop in Carnaby Street sells a range of silk accessories such as bow ties and scarves, socks and shirts with exotic cuffs and collars, but they also offer made-to-measure and fully bespoke suits and coats, with a house style that betrays their origins as military tailors. They make ties for clubs (including one club that only has four members) and military regiments and even make ties for Savile Row tailors Huntsman. Drop in to the store to pick up your Candlelight Club discount card offering a 15% discount on all purchases.

atelierAtelier Millinery, Kingly Court Brasserie, 9 Smiths Court, London W1D 7DP, 11am–7pm Monday–Saturday, Thursday till 8pm, 12–6pm Sundays (020 7734 3848)
Located just off London's Carnaby Street, Atelier offer fine hats, fascinators and hat-making supplies for ladies, as well as their summer range of Panamas and linen, cotton and silk blend caps for gents. They also run hat making courses. They are offering 10% off all supplies (new and vintage) and full-price ready-to-wear hats when you mutter the password "Casablanca".

blackout iiBlackout II, 51 Endell Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9AJ, 11am–7pm Monday–Friday, 11.30–6.30 Saturday (020 7240 5006)
This Aladdin's Cave is crammed with original ladies' fashions from the 1920s to the 1980s, plus costume jewellery, hats, bags, lingerie and shoes, and menswear from the 1940s on, including a good range of ties and cravats. They are offering a 10% discount upon production of any valid Candlelight Club ticket.

360 degrees vintage360 Degrees Vintage, 3/3A Greenwich Market, London SE10 9HZ (07904 709759), Thursday–Friday 12–6pm, Saturday–Sunday 11am–6pm
Vintage clothing, accessories and homewares, based in Greenwich Market and recently rated by Homes and Antiques among the top 50 vintage shops in the country. They are offering a 10% discount upon production of any valid Candlelight Club ticket.

radio daysRadio Days, 87 Lower Marsh, Waterloo, London SE1 7AB, 10am–6pm Monday–Saturday, Friday till 7pm (020 7928 0800)
Lots of vintage ladies' clothes and accessories, plus suits, jackets, dressing gowns, hats, etc. for gents, and an intriguingrange of magazines, homewares, sunglasses and more. They are offering a 10% discount upon production of any valid Candlelight Club ticket.

stop traffic clothingStop Traffic Clothing
Representing a range of brands producing reproduction ladies' clothing styles from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, this online outlet is offering Candlelight Club customers a whopping 15% discount. Simply enter the word "CANDLE" in the e-voucher discount box at the checkout (note this won't work with fast checkout).

house of vintageHouse of Vintage UK, 4 Cheshire Street, London E2 6EH, 12–7pm Monday–Friday, 10am–7pm Saturday–Sunday (020 7739 8142)
Also at the junction of Cheshire Street and Brick Lane, this shop spans a wide period from 1920s to 1980s. They are also offering a 10% discount to customers who mutter "Candlelight Club" when making a purchase!

paper dress vintagePaper Dress Vintage, 114–116 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3AH (020 7729 4100)
Selling clothes, shoes and accessories from the 1900s to the 1980s, this Shoreditch establishment also boasts on on-site alterations team, café, cocktail bar and arts/music space where they now often have evening events including live period jazz. Mention that you're looking for something to wear to a Candlelight Club party and they'll give you 10% discount.

revival retroThe Revival Retro Boutique, 30 Windmill Street, London W1T 2JL, 12–7pm Monday–Saturday, 12–6pm Sunday
(0207 636 8922)

Now offering a bigger than ever range of 1920s reproduction dresses in sizes 8–16. (It's worth visiting the shop as there is more choice instore than online), plus reproduction 1920s shoes, stoles, pearls, fascinators, jewels and much more. Revival can also equip gents with fine two-piece suits, two-tone wingtip shoes and a natty pair of braces. Candlelight Club guests will get a 10% discount on selected 1920s dresses upon production of a valid ticket.

pennies vintagePennies Vintage, 41a Amwell Street, London EC1R 1UR, 11am–7pm Tuesday to Friday, 11am–5pm Saturday (020 7278 3827)
Located between Angel and King's Cross, Pennies Vintage has one of the largest collections of original 1920s flapper dresses in the country, as well as a wide selection of pre-1950s fashion and accessories. Mention that you're a Candlelight Club guest and you will get a 10% discount.

le vie en swingLa Vie En Swing
A vintage-inspired reproduction clothing brand, offering "1920s–1940s" styles (though what is on the site is mostly 1940s and 1950s) with, as the name suggests, an emphasis on clothing suitable for swing dancing. Their atelier is in Barcelona and their showroom in Paris, but they offer a mail order service. Candlelight Club customers get a 10% discount by entering the code "candle10" when ordering.

Dolly and DottyDolly and Dotty
Offering an extensive range of reproduction dresses, tops, skirts and headbands, though admittedly with the focus on the 1950s, rockabilly and a bit of 1940s swing, rather than Prohibition era. To get a 10% discount use the discount code "candlelight".

little black dressLittle Black Dress
A website designed to help women find their perfect outfit for a special occasion, including a blog with style guides, event guides, etc. Their bestselling brand is Gatsbylady, offering affordable flapper dresses, perfect for a night at the Candlelight Club. is the UK's largest online wardrobe, offering over 1,500 brands—many not available anywhere else in the UK—including this season's vintage-inspired cocktail dresses and accessories, plus men’s waistcoats, jackets and bow-ties. With free shipping and returns you can find a new outfit or the perfect piece to finish your antique-chic look.

tin tin collectiblesTin Tin Collectibles, G38–42, Alfie's Antiques Market, 13–25 Church Street, London NW8 8DT (020 7258 1305)
Original 1920s dresses are hard to find, and I've never seen quite so many together in one place as you will find at Tin Tin. Mind you, they don't come cheap… This place has a lot of stock crammed into a small space, but they now also have a separate vintage luggage department on the first floor.

levisonsLevisons, 1 Cheshire Street, Shoreditch, London E2 6ED, 12–6.30pm all week (07762 793273)
Just off Brick Lane, this emporium, unusually, focuses almost entirely on men's clothing, hats and shoes.

this shop rocksThis Shop Rocks, 131 Brick Lane, London E1 6SA, 11–6pm all week, (020 7739 7667)
Eclectic mix of general vintage with some interesting finds—including some rare 1920s clothing—though prices can be steep.

heydayHeyday Vintage Style
Website of a firm specialising in reproduction 1930s, 1940s and 1950s clobber including a limited range of menswear (though the clobber on display for men all seems to derive from the 1940s onwards). The owners are swing dancers, so the clothes are designed to be hard-wearing and easy to care for.

passionate about vintagePassionate About Vintage
Online shop offering high-end vintage, vintage-inspired and designer costume jewellery, specialising in the 1920s to 1950s, run by Canterbury-based collector Natalie Leon.


Gotham City StyleGotham City Style
An online shop on Etsy selling 1920s-style headbands and fascinators—they have over 1000 styles to choose from. Even though they are based in San Francisco, postage to the UK is very reasonable.




Clown de la republiqueAu Clown de la République
At 11 Bd Saint Martin, 75003 Paris, or at Aux Feux de la Fête on 135 bis, Bvd du Montparnasse, 75006 Paris, you can buy very cheap Jazz Age accessories—35 euros for a dress and feather headband; long black gloves and cigarette holders are both 9 euros a piece. They also have costume rentals. For more posh costumes and rentals (Louis XIVth themed balls) Académie du Bal Costumé, 22 ave Ledru Rollin, 75012 offers rentals and the of all sorts as well as their accessories

Admiral CostumesAdmiral Costumes
86 Westbrook End, Newton Longville, Bucks MK17 0BX (01908 372504)

Buckinghamshire-based costume hire that comes heartily recommended by a Candleight Club customer (pictured, in the outfit she hired). They have an online shop selling generic party costumes, but it looks as if you are better off visiting in person to get access to their best stuff


Deco WearDeco Wear

Bespoke period outfits made by Welsh designer Barbara Green, to patterns created from original garments, including flapper dresses and evening gowns, which matching accessoriees, as well as boating blazers and Oxford bags for men.



lipstick and curlsLipstick & Curls email:, phone 0208 690 6416 or 0787 907 6449
A vintage hair and make-up styling team who offer their services for parties, weddings, hen nights, photo shoots, and sometimes their own pop-up salons. They are currently offering Candlelight Club customers a 10% discount on their "Takeaway" visiting service: see here for details.

little nail roomThe Little Nail Room, 7 Barnsbury Road, London N1 0HG (0207 837 4842)
A creative nail room based in Angel, Islington, currently building up a range of 1920s-inspired nail designs to celebrate this year's The Great Gatsby movie. Mention that you're a Candlelight Club customer and they'll give you a 15% discount. Click here to see a gallery of their designs.

kittys vintageKitty's Vintage
Mobile make-up artists and hair stylists specialising in vintage styles, offering make-overs for hen parties, proms, weddings, etc. Mention the Candlelight Club when booking to get a 10% discount plus complimentary false lashes!

ninas hair parlourNina's Hair Parlour,
Founded in 2005 by Nina Butkovich-Budden, Nina's Hair Parlour was the country's first vintage hair and makeup salon and went on to acquire many film, TV, stage and celebrity plaudits. Nina has had bricks-and-mortar salons in The Cut and Alfie's Antiques Market, but following the launch of their Personal Premiere Service in 2012 the Parlour's service is now by appointment only.

miss bettyIt's Something Hell's, Unit 2.16 Kingly Court, London W1, 11am–7pm (07896 153491)
French vintage hair stylist Miss Betty operates from It's Something Hell's, a space she shares with Mr Ducktail, who cuts men's hair in a assertively Rockabilly style (and will even give you a trim with a flick-knife if you ask nicely). Miss Betty's style too veers more towards the 1950s. For gents you can just walk in, but ladies will need to make an appointment.

powder roomThe Powderpuff Girls
(0844 879 4928)
Vintage beauty stylists the Powder Puff Girls formerly had two "Powder Rooms" in London, one in Shoreditch and one off Carnaby Street (at the latter you can sip on a Bellini while you are pampered) but it looks as if their services are currently offered at your own premises only.


painted ladyThe Painted Lady
65 Redchurch Street, Shoreditch, London E2 7DJ (020 7729 2154), Mon–Fri 11am–8pm, Sat 11am–6pm, Sun 12pm–5pm (nails by appt)
Vintage and contemporary styling in a Shoreditch salon (think shabby chic, taxidermy, books on tattoos, etc).



lipstick and curlsGlam Hatters Tea Parties
email:, phone 0203 637 3341 or 07879 451451

Running fascinator-making workshops for your hen party, either from London venues in Exmouth Market or Kentish Town, in a Dublin venue in Fitzwilliam Street Upper, or travelling across the UK to your home or a venue near you. Mention that you are a Candlelight Club customer and you will receive a 10% discount on their Gatsby (Platinum) Package.