Burlesque, Cocktails and Cabaret in The City!

Peggy shows us her moves and curves!

I’ve been hanging out with Burlesque divas and saucy singers, and flirting with gorgeous trans sexuals at Rouge Bar, London’s brand new Cabaret and Cocktail bar!

Emmanuel Ray with singer/songwriter Antonia Wood
Emmanuel Ray with singer/songwriter Antonia Wood

Situated close to Barbican underground station, it is also the first ever Cabaret Bar in London’s financial district. With live music and performers. 

Burlesque performer and singer Lola Rouge
Burlesque performer and singer Lola Rouge

Managing director Lauren Steadman herself is a musician and is one third of the entertainingly funny band The Frantastics! She wanted to open a venue where people could enjoy classy and glamourous Burlesque acts without having to be obliged to buy food or sit down for a three-course meal. Thus, Rouge was born. And Rouge it is, with its red interiors,  vintage style decor and great music adding bygone glamour to this intimate basement venue in the city. 

Burlesque performer Mia Merode
Burlesque performer Mia Merode

I went with my friend Louis Szikora, a massage therapist who also works wonders   with his i phone camera! We had a great time tossing back cocktails, champagne and enjoying the live acts; Ruby DeshabilléAntonia Wood and Lola Rouge

Singer songwriter Antonia Wood
Singer songwriter Antonia Wood

Pop over to Rouge with friends or drop in for after-work drinks with colleagues and enjoy the entertainment. They currently open on Thursdays (5pm-3am), Fridays (5pm-3am) and on Saturdays (8pm-3am). 

The Frantastics
The Frantastics

And here’re two more photos of Lola Rouge. She’s very talented, entertaining and also funny!

Burlesque performer and singer Lola Rouge
Burlesque performer and singer Lola Rouge
Burlesque performer and singer Lola Rouge
Burlesque performer and singer Lola Rouge

Photos by Richard Blaszkowski

Author: Emmanuel Ray

Nominee, London Personality of the Year 2012 (London Lifestyle Awards). Winner, Fashion Icon of the Year 2011 (Fashions Finest Awards, UK).

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