Pop-up extravaganza, The London Cabaret Club defied the tube strike by hiring a fleet of iconic buses to provide free transport and guerrilla theatre to weary commuters on day one of the strike.
Organisers of the music, dance and fine dining event created their own, colourful TFL and reminded disgruntled travellers about the bright side of London, with breath-taking songs, dances and acrobatics by their award-winning ensemble onboard the buses.
At midday, the flagship bus took over the South Bank, as onlookers poured out onto the streets and stood at windows to watch 30 performers in elaborate pink, white and black costumes explode from the bus, to perform elaborate song and dance routines to the aptly-chosen Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen and Elton John’s defiant I’m Still Standing.
The heaving crowds and the loud music blaring from the bus’s speakers quickly attracted police attention, who marched into the action, only to find themselves incorporated into the London-themed dance routines.
The London Cabaret Club CEO, Evelina Girling said: “The London Cabaret Club is a lavish, cabaret pop-up, proudly celebrating the very best of Britain’s proud capital. So we certainly weren’t going to let the tube strikes dampen Londoners’ spirits and grind the capital to a halt. And the best antidote to this, was by hiring iconic London buses and filling them with amazing performers from our show, to provide vital transport to commuters.
“More importantly, we gave them a wonderful, cheering reminder of how fantastic London is, through the performances by our artists travelling with us, which are all inspired by Britain’s glorious financial, cultural and industrial centre.”
The entertainment brand’s buses ferried and entertained commuters from 8am until 8pm on Tuesday, starting at Sloane Square and stopping off at South Kensington, Knightsbridge, Green Park, Piccadilly, Trafalgar Square, South Bank, South Kensington, Notting Hill, High Street Kensington, Gloucester Road, South Kensington, Knightsbridge, Hyde Park Corner, Green Park, Piccadilly, Oxford Circus, Holborn, Chancery Lane, St Paul’s, Bank and Tower Hill, finishing at Notting Hill.
The London Cabaret Club show launches on May 8th for a month-long stint at one of the capital’s most spectacular venues – The Collection – and will feature celebrity guest performances from stars including Alexandra Burke, Brian McFadden and Jason Gardiner as part of a cabaret journey through London culture, featuring dancing soldiers, performing dogs, strong men, acrobats and a lavish menu of Britain’s favourite dishes by celebrity chef Sophie Michell.