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It's not what you know it's who you know

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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Please note our events usually sell out in advance so if you are coming as a group make sure everyone buys their ticket in good time. Note that a large proportion of our tickets go to groups, so we are not able to offer group discounts.

If you buy a ticket but later find you can't come, you are welcome to transfer it to someone else—just let us know the change of name. We may alternatively be able to transfer you to a different date up to an equivalent ticket value, if we are able to resell your original ticket, but please note that we cannot offer cash refunds. If you wish to go on the waiting list for cancellations, please email with your contact details.

Forthcoming events:

Friday 8th & Saturday 9th September

We're very pleased to welcome back the eight-piece Swing'It Dixieband who played such a blinder at our April party. After the summer the classic line-up is actually disbanding but we've persuaded them to stay together for a few weeks longer to play this last party for us!

Friday 6th & Saturday 7th October

Our 7th Birthday Party! Live music will come from Benoit Viellefon and his band, launching their new album at this very event.

If you want to help with the costs of this album, the band have a crowdfunding campaign—chip in and you can secure your copy of the CD, plus extra privileges and merchandise, a private concert or even Benoit's own vintage 1958 guitar. See the band's Indiegogo page for more details.

Benoit crowdfund appeal


Halloween Ball

Saturday 28th October

A special event in a grand, long-forgotten venue in east London, featuring two rooms of entertainment: in the Ballroom proceedings will be presided over by Lord of Cabaret Misrule Champagne Charlie, with live jazz from the Bubbly Boys, Charleston routines from those happy-footed flappers the Gatsby Girls and vintage DJing from Auntie Maureen, plus dinner options and tables that can be reserved as usual. Meanwhile in the intimate Cabaret Lounge there will be an extra bar, more seating (not reservable) and two cabaret shows during the evening hosted by Weimar androgyne Victor Victoria, with gothic burlesque from Suri Sumatra, comedy magic from Christian Lee and more. Further details to come…


Friday 17th & Saturday 18th November

With live music from the Silver Ghosts.


Christmas Party

Friday 15th & Saturday 16th December

Christmas party! Witnessing the very welcome riotous return of Duncan Hemstock and his All-Stars.


New Year's Eve

Sunday 31st December

Details and tickets coming soon…