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Welcome to London’s home of Cabaret, Live Music, Musical Theatre, Burlesque and LGBTQ+ Entertainment

The Phoenix Arts Club is open for live performances of cabaret, live music, musical theatre, comedy, burlesque and LGBTQ+ entertainment seven nights a week!

Open night from 5pm ’til 2.30am (1.30am Sundays)

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A LITTLE BIT ABOUT US

The Phoenix Arts Club is the world’s most famous theatrical cabaret and private members club. Entertaining entertainers since 1988, the Club will celebrate its 35th Birthday in 2023. Independently owned and operated, it still stands as one of the last truly authentic, bohemian hangouts in the West End of London. Welcoming neighbourhood creatives for late night socialising, our frequenters include theatre cast & crew, comedians, film makers, Savile Row tailors, poets, painters, drag artists, publicists and lovers of the arts.

Not a Member? Gain membership for the night by purchasing a ticket to one of our nightly Cabaret shows (usually 7.30pm start). We’re rated best Cabaret Club in London from over 2,000 customer reviews, and many of our shows start from just £10 a ticket – we believe theatre should be affordable for all. Check out our EVENTS CALENDAR HERE

If you’ve been looking to join a Private Members Club that’s affordable, full of character, and most importantly, run by passionate individuals, then you’ve found the place! Our membership starts from just £100 a year (that’s £50 every six months), and all monies generated is reinvested back into the Club’s fabric and frame. By becoming a Member, you’re keeping a very special part of the West End alive! Check out our Membership Page for more info.

How has the Club survived for so long? By remaining proudly independent, and continually innovating. The Club remained fully functioning (online!) during the pandemic, keeping hundreds of performers in paid employment, welcoming some 50,000 viewers in its first week and receiving media coverage across the world from BBC News to CNN.

 

IN POPULAR CULTURE

Seen by millions worldwide, and known in the biz as “that Soho bar”, The Phoenix Arts Club has featured in countless features films and on TV. Anthony Bourdain called the Club a ‘must visit when in London’ in his hit Netflix travel show, The Layover. Recently, The Club ‘stole the show’ on 2022’s The Apprentice when the winning team were treated to an unforgettable cabaret chosen by Lord Alan Sugar himself.

Multi-award winning, it was voted ‘London’s Most-Loved Late Night Venue’ by Time Out, ‘London’s Best Secret Bars’ list by Harper’s Bazaar and in ‘London’s Best Bars for a touch of Theatrics’ by The Handbook.

Secret London’s Best Cabaret in London feature said The Phoenix Arts Club’s “artistic programme is one of the most diverse in London and aims to bring the best new and emerging artists to the West End.”

You can find out more about the Club’s clientele in our interview with the Londonist and My London

Fans of the Paddington Bear films may well notice a striking resemblance between the film’s lead character, Phoenix Buchanan, and the original proprietor of The Phoenix Arts Club Maurice Huggett. The character was indeed inspired by the legendary, and very much missed, Maurice Huggett who was famous for his impromptu performances, unforgettable demeanor and famous quotes. Visitors would often be told “Don’t Touch the Props!” when attempting to move the tables and chairs – and that rule very much still stands. Read more about Maurice HERE and in the Telegraph

 

HOW TO FIND US

The Phoenix Arts Club is nestled between Soho and Covent Garden, and within easy reach by foot from Tottenham Court Road and Leicester Square.

Phoenix Arts Club, One Phoenix Street, London, WC2H 8BU

For more information visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Instruments proudly supplied by Rose Morris of Denmark Street & Kawai!