4 drag shows to see when you’re in London

4 drag shows to see when you’re in London

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England’s capital has some of the best entertainment in the world. From the internationally renowned plays and musicals of the West End to bars celebrating everything from bingo to burlesque, there are venues and shows to suit everyone. 

Drags shows have been an evening entertainment staple in London for decades but recently have seen a rapid rise in audience numbers. This is largely thanks to drag entering mainstream popular culture through the likes of the hit television series Ru Paul’s Drag Race

When you’re planning the logistics of your trip such as organising accommodation and browsing the times of trains to London, investigate booking your tickets for a local drag show to avoid disappointment. Here are our top four drag shows to see in London, and the lowdown on what to expect when you’re there.

What to expect from a drag show

Drag shows are light-hearted adult-only affairs led by performers dressed to impress. You can expect an array of stand-up comedy, musical numbers, and audience interaction characterised by plenty of saucy innuendos and nudge-nudge-wink-wink insults.

Where to see a drag show in London

Wondering where to see a drag show in London? The best venues range from major stages with exhilarating special effects to a cosy room in the local pub. 

1- Neverland London

Hosted by one-time stars of the hit musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Neverland London is one of the drag shows with a commercial feel where you can be confident you’re in safe hands. 

You are guaranteed to be invited to a few games of bingo and lots of karaoke, interspersed with iconic guest performances. Afterwards, enjoy the city views from the banks of the River Thames.

2- Brixton Jamm

Brixton is one of the city’s indie hotspots, beloved for its lively atmosphere and celebration of arts from all corners of the globe. It’s no surprise that Brixton Jamm has one of the most sensational shows with exceptionally talented performers.

If you’re after a raucous evening that raises the roof, look no further!

3- CellarDoor

Tucked away in the historic Covent Garden shopping area is the quirky cabaret cavern CellarDoor. From the outside, it might look understated, but the drag shows are anything but!

Celebrate a birthday or hen do with the bottomless bingo day experience, or head over in the evening for a chaotic fast-paced performance that’s sure to tickle your funny bone.  

4- Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club

Didn’t expect a working men’s club to host a drag show? Bethnal Green goes against the grain!

The retro red and gold glitzy interiors, slightly sticky carpets, and low lamp lighting create the perfect backdrop for a sultry drag show. Fancy dress and burlesque are the specialities, whether it’s a spandex duet or a spicy solo performance deliberately designed to shock.