I went there 15 years ago with a party from work, and had a great evening - it’s nice to hear the cabaret is still up to scratch, although a pity (scary?) to hear it has been taken over by Hen Parties…
8 Brewer Street, Soho, London W1F 0SG
- Piccadilly Circus Tube Station (0.2 km)
- Leicester Square Station (0.5 km)
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020 7734 3040
London EN3 7XU
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22 reviews of Madame JoJo's in English
Madame Jojo's is a true London institution that has been mostly unchanged for years. This intimate, red velvet-clad club is the perfect venue for watching its (in)famous drag shows, burlesque performances and many more night time delights aside.
I used to go to Madame J's fairly regularly for electro club nights, which were among some of the best I've attended in London. It's not too huge to feel daunting or overwhelming if all you fancy doing is sitting at the bar and enjoying some music, and always attracts an eccentric crowd.
We went to the Saturday cabaret. I've been there many times on a week night and thought it was a safe bet. We loved the drag acts and generally had fun for the three hours we had there. I do not recommend paying the extra for canapes and the after show party though. We were really disappointed with the very boring club we were taken to. Not at all in keeping with the night.
Save your money and just do the cabaret.
An aficionado of the Kitsch Cabaret for a long time I was delighted when the Ukulele Band gigged there at the beginning of March. The atmosphere was terrific and the staff couldn't have been more helpful and friendly. I recommend the fabulously louche and occasionally gay feel of the great Madame JoJos.
Saw Two Door Cinema Club here a couple of months ago and it is a great little venue for an intimate gig.
The Mezzanine level allows for an unobstructed view or you can dive into the pit and actually look up at the band.
Tiny, atmospheric and a lot of fun. Although now I think about it they only had bottles of Stella behind the bar - is that normal? Dreadful behaviour if so...
Dark, electric and injected with fun, this place is rocking! The vibe in here is terrific and everyone seems ready for a good old dancing session. Not a lot more that I can say, except try it out and experience it for yourself!
I love this place because it's one of the only live music venues I've found in London in which someone of my minuscule stature can have a perfect view of the stage no matter how crammed-to-the-rafters it is. I keep to the mezzanine level because of the aforementioned vertically-challenged thing (seriously, some gig-goers are like giants and it ruins my fun. Anyone want to join me in petitioning for all future concert audiences to be arranged in height order, like in school photos?). But unlike in some venues, where hanging around on upper levels can make you feel totally separate from things like some outcast spectator, Madame Jojos is so intimate that you can still revel in the atmosphere even if you are adamant about staying away from the sticky, sweaty dancefloor below.
Fab venue, fab sound and atmosphere, will definitely be back again and again. Only complaint - one tiny toilet for a venue with capacity of at least a few hundred? Even the girls' ends up revolting by the end of the night, and they're so small that the more curvaceous amongst us will need to breathe in!
Something Madame Jojo’s has working in its favour is that it’s deceptively spacious. If you can get past the massive crowd at the bottom of the stairs that will undoubtedly be milling around the bar, it suddenly opens up to wide floor space and seating lining the walls. If you choose to stay on the mezzanine, you can get a perfect view of the stage regardless of how many heads deep the crowd is on the floor. And perhaps it’s telling of my age that I appreciate that the music isn’t deafeningly loud between sets. The sound is good, though, regardless of what kind of band is playing, and the lighting is tame so you won’t risk an epileptic fit. It’s really one of Soho’s last musical treasures.
this place is a little gem with a very friendly crowd. Music wise - there’s something to cater for everyone. this place is small and intimate with velvet decor but is looking a bit run down nowadays. Still you can always expect to have a good time. On most nights the breakdancers come out and perform for fun.
Yep, you can’t go wrong with a night out here. This evening was part of my mission to take people out in London and “get them drunk and find them pretty girls”. Not such a hard task after all.
I always seem to forget about this place, but not anymore. I think we got there a little bit early - it was quiet, but not entriely dead. We were just up for a little more adventure. It’s a small cosy place that probably won’t shake off the 'little bit of a dive feeling’. But that’s a good thing. It’s everything that a club in Soho should be. The rockabilly funk was only ruined by the wedding dj who felt like he had to talk between each song in that voice that only wedding dj’s have. (If any of you have seen that Peter Kay sketch you’ll know what I mean - why?)
But they really shouldn’t be charging £2 for the cloakroom. No one does that anymore - it’s daylight robbery.
One of those places in Soho which if it ever closed down you’d know the end of civilisation was just round the corner. It’s just an ace venue with a great atmosphere, a fascinating history, some truly bonkers regulars, and soem of the best club nights in the West End.
I used to go there on a Sunday night for Keb Darge’s Deep Funk night just to watch the Northern Soul boys and girls do their stuff on the 'special’ dance floor (no drinks allowed), and used to love it every time.
I went to a burlesque night here a couple of months ago, the venue itself is very pretty,one small problem is there is only one small bar, I was waiting for over half an hour in the queue, and when i finally ordered my drink they got it wrong- and the price eeek over £15 for 2 double dark rum and cokes!. After the burlesque, it turned into a clubnight which played electro and latin drum music- not what I had in mind. There is only 1 Ladies wc so the queue for that was big aswell (queue the loud snorting noise!), the people who were there for the burlesque quickly dispersed as soon as it was over, I wish I had done the same.
i went to a gig here a month or so ago and i was really impressed with the place. i’d never heard of it before but it had a really nice atmosphere and was quite nice inside. i went to a charity gig called ‘mum’s the word’ and it was fabulous! because it is quite a small venue, the view of the stage was superb!
I wanted something a little exciting to do with my fiancee, after we had recently gotten engaged, so after researching the west end on the net, I decided to take her to the Kitch Cabaret here on a Saturday night.
Now I new that it was a a drag show, but we are pretty open minded and I thought that it might be quite a spectacle.
Really the mention of discounts for hens nights along with the price of strippers - should have given me some heads up about what to expect!
Anyway off we went. Had a little trouble finding the place and we were a little bit flustered even before we got to the door. The door itself was engourged with about 20 already drunk women, all dressed in pink and wearing cowboy hats.
The venue was to be a surprise for my fiancee, and as such unknown to her, so I quickly walked past the entrance and dragged her under a shop front. I do weird things sometimes so she wasn’t that concerned by my odd behavoir and subsequent look of panic.
It was very clear to me that I had accidently booked a specialist hens night venue - not at all as I’d imagined it would be - which was a dark romantic table from the high school musical version of Cabaret I’d seen as a teenager.
I explained this to her and she laughed and dragged me inside.
There were four seperate hens groups, and appart from the waiters and the cast, (who were of course dressed as women) I was the only man - except for the bathroom assistant guy who really must have one of the least profitable jobs in London.
I set about getting really drunk, while each hens group in turn got a different stripper to dance for them.
After the third beer I began to really mellow, and I must say, as advice for single men, there could be no more gauranteed place to pull chicks than a venue like this. You had to wade through the estroegen to get to the bar.
After a while - the main act came on. They were fantastic. I’ve never really seen men dressed as women singing to groups of wild women before, but I thought they performed wonderfully. Genuine entertainment, funny, powerful voices and great dancing and costumes.
The food was late and a bit ordinary and as it was the early session we got hearded out very quickly after it finished.
The best thing though was that my fiancee loved it. She was jumping up and down and taking photo’s and dancing and singing.
I won’t be going back to this night but It was a really fun evening. Just so funny watching so many women, so ecstatic, watching a bunch of blokes dressed as girls singing Abba.
Really good venue if you’re into the whole indie, electro scene. I had an overall good night, missed the live bands, but the dj was fantastic. the dancefloor is small, packed and smelly. all the people are really friendly, if you don’t mind hanging around with indie kids, its actually a great atmosphere. drinks are cheap, you can get a vodka and soda for £2.00 or a stella for £2.50.
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