Ever fancied a chic night out mixed with good time classic cabaret and cocktails? Well the Krumpetklub has just that with  classic 1950’s   pouring glamour into  a cocktail glass. You will get a cross over of an Orson wells film set and Hollywood rolled into one.

‘Inspiration from film noir and the 1950’s fashion’ has always inspired me.’  Marquissa Darq says after hosting the Krumpetklub at the finest art deco bar in East London ‘Fontaines.’Marquissa Darq teaches classic burlesque at Pineapple studios for Burlesque Baby. Classic burlesque is often created with an elaborate tableau with lush, colourful costumes, mood-appropriate music, and dramatic lighting with a comedy  element to it.

A mix of burlesque dancing inspired by the femme fatale – literally translating from the French language into dangerous woman. Miss Cherry Boomb (pictured below) performing in dramatic lighting her ‘Minnie the Moocher’ Routine, combining femme fatale with glamourous chic fashion inspired from the film noir  classic ‘Gilda’. Gilda is a 1946 American film noir directed by Charles Vidor and starring Rita Hayworth in her signature role as the ultimate femme fatale.

Cherry Boomb performing ‘Minnie the Moocher’

The bamboo lounge downstairs at Fontaines is the ultimate in chic living beautifully upholstered in luxury fabric and bamboo. The luminosity from the art deco lamps and neon sign gave the night a downtown Brooklyn feel. With the swing of the music from Rum Buffalo we could have been transported into the 1940’s.

The décor with its neon lighting and palms set the scene the host Marquissa Darq in her exquisite cocktail dress era 1950’s,


The audience could have been on a  film set in Bugsy Malone. Romance was high the host received a large a Hanky Panky from an admirer, which is the most delicious of vintage cocktails you will want to taste. Originally made by Ada ‘Coley’ Coleman at Savoy’s American Bar London in the 1900’s for actor  sir Charles Hawtry. The mood was warmed by the whole special evening the classic cocktails on offer .’ Hanky Panky’, ‘Ramos gin fizz’, ‘Royal haiwiian’ and  ‘Corpse review’ to name a few are timeless flavours of royal sapphire gin, vermouth, pineapple, nutmeg mixed by a professional mixologist.

“A beautiful and entertaining night” – Midnight Jones productions.

With thanks to Ruby from Fontaines, 176 Stoke Newington High Road, London

Photography – Beatrice Pasqualini