waitressesWhat better way to spend a lazy Saturday afternoon than with a glass of champagne, afternoon tea and a bit of burlesque. Yes, burlesque. Time for Tease combine quintessentially British afternoon tea with burlesque cabaret, having entertained the likes of Queen’s Roger Taylor and Kate Moss. QueensOfVintage editor Lena went along to one of their ‘Afternoon Tease!’ events to find out more about a different kind of tea party.

Zoe Fletcher and her team of waitresses and burlesque artists set up Time for Tease in June 2006 with the very first ‘Afternoon Tease!’ at London’s Volupté club and have been busy ever since doing weekly stints at clubs as well as setting up tent at music festivals and private events.

Today I’m at the Pigalle Club just off Piccadilly Circus. It’s 13.00 on a hot summer Saturday afternoon, and this is definitely the earliest time of day I’ve ever watched a burlesque performance. Taking my seat close to the stage, one of the waitresses, dressed in a gorgeous vintage black and white uniform, comes over and offers me a complimentary glass of champagne.

Gradually the other tables begin to fill up. It’s a really mixed audience: middle-aged couples, two hen parties and a girl in her late Twenties celebrating her birthday with her friends.

Just as the first course, a selection of finger sandwiches, is served, the first act comes on stage. Musical duo Frisky & Mannish quickly have the audience in stitches with their hilarious pastiche of pop songs, sending up everyone from Lily Allen to Eighties new romantic bands. Just like a good burlesque performance, their act is satirical, witty and amusing.

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  1. katebee

    we saw Frisky & Mannish about 3 weeks ago, aswell as Kiki, both were very good, it was the opening night of beyond the cabaret at Tiger Tiger, it was great!

    F & M were thoroughly enterntaining