Proud Cabaret City

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Venue says Our flagship 1920s speakeasy venue is located in the heart of London’s financial district.

This Mark Lane spot is from the Proud group - a chain perhaps best known for its live music space, Proud Camden. This City venue is part of a successful venture into the  cabaret scene, with sister venues both in Camden and down on the south coast, in Brighton. 

There's an art deco, speakeasy feel to things here, with much of the cabaret following  aesthetic suit. Shows range from music, burlesque and vaudeville to circus acts, fire-play and risqué dance. Keep an eye out for DJ nights, too.

Food doesn't play second fiddle to the music. There's global influence, so expect Thai steamed mussels and sticky yakitori chicken skewers alongside fillet steaks served with black truffle butter, sea bass with a chilli and rosemary crust, and roasted turbot steak served with steamed samphire, salsify and hollandaise sauce. 


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Proud Cabaret City says
Offering fine dining & entertainment in a self-contained space amidst a lavishly decorated underground escape, the venue exudes the beautiful glamour of a bygone era.

Looking to hire? A full stage/catwalk setup is beautifully complimented by cabaret-style seating, with a dancefloor and a number of booths & tables – it’s the perfect space for standing receptions/seated events. The venue pays homage to the 1920s speakeasy age with its vintage décor – think jazz club meets Parisian glamour.

Our flagship 1920s speakeasy venue is located in the heart of London’s financial district, making it the perfect space for bespoke events and private functions.
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Venue name: Proud Cabaret City
Address: 1 Mark Lane
Transport: Rail: Fenchurch Street
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  • Hip hop and R&B Until Saturday March 31 2018

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This place gets 2 stars with a stretch from me. And only because the whole absurdity of its existence cracks me up today and sometimes you need to bring together a group of people to entertain on an occasion of a birthday or a bachelorette party and you want them not to talk to each each other while seated at the opposite ends of a booth.

The performances are poorly conceived and performed, if you ask me, although some girls do have the spirit. Whoever gave performances thumbs up obviously has never seen burlesque done really well. I come from Ukraine - a country with great ballet, dancing, circus and gymnastics tradition (Ukraine gave the World Sergei Polunin, a mind boggling percentage of Cirque du Soleil performers, etc., etc.), so this was painful for me to watch. Importantly, for a venue where cabaret performances are the main draw, the performances lasted negligibly short: sneeze and you miss them. Instead, the host (Fergie’s lookalike) took to the stage a time too many and spared no effort to draw attention (by name) to all the people having birthday parties (there were at least 10). Torture!

The food was at best mediocre. Something must have gone terribly wrong in the kitchen, because they attempted to bring out our desserts immediately after the starters... twice. Hilarious when you consider the whole act: girls in skimpy outfits (bustiers, hot pants and tights is all) bringing our 12 deserts at once and with fanfare, then us going ‘mmm, we didn’t have our main courses yet’, them going back…and then repeat! The sides of salads arrived with no dressing and there were no condiments on the table, but we kind of gave up as flagging any member of stuff took all the energy we had and we decided to use it (the energy) only when prosecco was running low.

And then they added all those extra items to our bill (which at £1250 for 12 people, once we demanded the extra items to be taken off, was extortionate as is). But also, if you do attempt to cheat, why add mint teas? Add something that won’t stick out as a sore thumb. It actually is quite funny to think of us partaking of tea in all the mayhem of a cabaret.

And then the venue turned into a club! I have no idea how it works, but it went from a mix of birthday parties, stag dos and middle aged white British couples trying to shake it up to 100% black and early to mid-twenties clientele in no time. I think the two of us who stayed for the club night were the only white girls and over 30. The only reason I’m mentioning this is because it all happened so quick: you could have taken a moment too long queueing for the loos and come back to a completely different club! It was astonishing. 

All I can say, avoid this venue if you can.


Came here for a ladies lunch right before the Holidays. We were seated very quickly and the staff we very friendly (although as mentioned the ladies were dressed for the boudoir!) Our MC was a very funny fellow, and did some nice little numbers while mingling in the crowd. You definitely need to be ready for a bit of tit for tat, so having a bit to drink helps. 

The food was nothing spectacular, although I remember the mousse stating "exploding candy" on top and when I questioned the waiter about it, he looked very confused. Still-- it was tasty. 

The bottles of wine here are PRICEY (I think someone said £20 a bottle?). So I suggest drinking before going out drinking. Still, I like to think it goes towards the performers, who put on a very good show. Yes there was a male performer as well-- called the Bear. I will leave that there for you to decide what to make of it.

All being said, I think it would be great to come again, although maybe with a smaller group than we did so as to keep the booze price down. 


We went here for a girls' Christmas lunch. Going into a cabaret club in the middle of the day is quite an experience. The tables around the stage were full although the rest of the venue was empty (strange how they'd coerced us in to booking by telling us we were getting the last table). We had a 3 course lunch booked then alcohol was extra. The food was actually really good. I had a Xmas dinner with all the trimmings and was much better than any other Xmas offering I've had in the city. There was a very good and funny compare and then 3 acts all giving 2 performances. Watching the show whilst eating wasn't ideal and I felt like I was constantly having to turn in my chair to see what was going on.

Service wasn't great - think they had issues remembering our order and it was pretty distracting them shouting out dishes while people were trying to watch the show. The women waitresses were all minimally dressed which felt a bit old fashioned as all of the men working there were fully clothed.

The acts were all pretty good. Some standard burlesque, an amazing performance with fire and they even had a male performer which made a nice change. There was a bit of audience interaction - mainly the male performers picking on other men, so don't sit near the stage if you're not a good sport.

It didn't seem like a lot of alcohol was consumed at our table but the final bill was huge.

A novelty to have this kind of venue in the city and I'm sure they do well with the group bookings. It was a fun afternoon but after seeing the bill I think I'd rather just go for the show and a few cocktails.


I visited Proud Cabaret City on a girls only night. But it’s clearly a place for blokes as 99% of the staff runs around in sexy underwear. I’m not sure why on girls only nights they don’t have sexy boys instead.

It has the speak-easy vibe, it’s a bit decadent and atmospheric. The level of entertainment on the day we came was average. Our warm up act was a semi funny, but sexy and vocally impressive lady. Her cover show was followed by a comedy called ‘Treesome’ by the Laboratory Theatre Company, with pretty good cast including ‘Skins’ April Pearson.

I didn’t try their food, but the cocktails are pretty good. It’s not cheap. You’re in the city, so expect prices adequate to the location. 


Proud Cabaret City events seem to be mainly attended by hen parties and birthday parties. There were 6 or 7 hen parties when we went. The decor is 1920s style including plush round purple booths and tables scattered strategically around the room so the stage can be viewed. The waitstaff are mostly women dressed in bustiers and tights. The emcee made me think 'cabaret singer' the whole time. He was entertaining but not fantastic. The other acts were pretty good, including fire eating and sexy dancing, although I left feeling that maybe cabaret wasn't really my thing. Our server was very nice but unfortunately the kitchen was understaffed or just disorganized, and our first course didn't arrive until after the first half of the show. At that point I was starving! Then the second and third courses were delayed, meaning that after the show was finished, we received our dessert. That was the point at which everyone was up and dancing to the music the DJ was playing so really not ideal. They tried compensating us with a bottle of prosecco, which I couldn't drink since I'm not drinking alcohol at the moment. As there were mainly hen dos that night, the audience was almost all women, dressed in sequins. It was a fun evening but not sure I'd go back.


The term dinner and a show rarely means you get to enjoy both at the same time, but at Proud Cabaret that is literally what you get! When I visited Proud in the City, my table was places directly next to the stage where I was able to enjoy three courses of fantastic food whilst watching three beautiful women dance over the course of two and a half hours, interspersed with superb presenting by comdian and performer Joe Marose.

The menu is fantastic and diverse - I enjoyed the eggs benedict (beautifully cooked eggs, though with slightly cold hollandaise!), followed by the Asian Style Black Cod, served on a bed of Egg Noodles and Choy Sum - possibly the best fish I have ever tasted and I am now obsessed with it if truth be told. My meal ended with a Pink Grapefruit and Pistachio Tart with Clotted Cream which was warm and gooey (whether this was the intention i don't know, but i enjoyed it all the same).

The dancers each performed unique dances, including fire eating, some audience participation (my poor friend was subjected to a pair or stocking thrust into her unsuspecting mouth - much to my absolute delight!) and a lot of glitter. The saying apparently goes - "if gin is the petrol of cabaret, glitter is the herpes" - i'd guess that's a pretty true statement, but it doesn't mean it's not all the more enjoyable as it goes flinging across the room!

The value for money at Proud is quite exceptional - at around £79pp for three courses and the full nights entertainment, i'd say it's the perfect place to go if you're celebrating a birthday, hen or stag do or even just a night out with friends or colleagues. I loved it, and would go as so far to say it might just have been one of the best nights i've had out in the City of London.


This sort of place is right up my street...! Food was great, the show was really enjoyable and the deep dark interior made it all the more sexy!

For a night out with a difference - I really recommend it! My only two comments were, we weren't allowed to take our wine with us which we didn't want to finish there and then. And also, there was a guy there who clearly drank anything in sight and he wasn't asked to leave. Luckily, once he'd removed his shirt and attempted to remove his trousers, his poor girlfriend took him home!

The waitresses were great though, welcoming and fun!

There are not enough stars!!! This venue desreves a 10. The whole experience is something that will stay with me for a long time. We were so excited to get a very late booking and ended up with the best table in the house. However there are no bad tables. The layout of the room is so that everyone can see and join in. Well done Proud Cabaret we will be back.................if we can get in.

Great Night with the girls. Drinks flowed until the early hours as we dined, enjoyed the entertainment and then danced!!! Fab! Will be back soon x

Hey guys, I appreciate the messages but 'The Carnival' is now on at Leicester Square as Veronique is right, it didn't fit with the venue. Proud is a great place but simply not right for The Carnival, hence why we have moved the show. Please see for show times etc. I can understand that some people may have been disappointed as they bought tickets to The Carnival but we are now at a venue that is far more conducive to the performance. Also, people who have specific issues with Proud really hasn't any thing to do with us or our show so could you please get in touch with the venue as opposed to posting on a public site. Many thanks and best wishes to all! Chloé xx