Preview by Paul Nelson
THIS Summer, the River Walk Restaurant on 2nd Floor, Oxo
Tower Wharf, in association with Ian Mowat, IMP and Cahoots, is
throwing open its doors to the Cream of London Cabaret every
Sunday, starting Sunday, July 20.
Set on the banks of the Thames in the famous Oxo Tower, River
Walk, with St Paul's Cathedral in the background, and the panoramic
views of London, is the stunning new venue set to host some of
the best Cabaret in the City.
Relax into the start of a new week, chill-out on a Summer Sunday
evening and indulge in a beautiful evening of music, ranging from
sophisticated Jazz, to Revue, to Opera by some of the finest performers
working in the West End and Broadway today.
The doors open at 6pm for drinks and food. Dinner will be available
(optional) and there will also be Mediterranean and Oriental Sharing
Platters and Bar Snacks.
The Cabaret starts at 8pm.
Artists appearing will be:
Sunday, August 31 - Ian Shaw (pictured)
After a stint in one of England's most popular soul bands
of the late eighties, Brave New World, Ian Shaw settled into his
identity as a jazz singer, appearing regularly at Ronnie Scott's
and became, according to London's Time Out, 'The Vocal Find of
the Decade'. Nominated two years running for Best Jazz Vocalist
at the BBC Jazz Awards, Ian has recorded eight highly acclaimed
This year has seen Ian on a National Tour with the world-famous
Brodsky String Quartet. The Brodsky Song Album (Challenge Records)
featuring Ian alongside Sting, Elvis Costello, Bjork, Paul McCartney
and Jacqui Dankworth was released in June.
Sunday, September 7 - Kit and the Widow
Kit and The Widow are two men and a piano. If you like Tom
Lehrer, Victor Borge, Fascinating Aida, Flanders and Swann or
Anna Russell, chances are you'll like them. They are Western Europe's
leading lounge act.
When they were establishing the brand how young and lovely they
were.... now they are not but what experience they bring to the
gentle arts of Intimate Cabaret Revue. ("We offer a full
range from 'appallingly intimate' to 'long-range, virtually indiscriminate'
"'). For the price of a fish supper, you can be in a public
space with them, sometimes so close you can actually smell the
Sunday, September 14 and Monday, September 15 - Sally Mayes
Sally's Broadway credits include Welcome to the Club, She
Loves Me and Urban Cowboy and Off-Broadway, the hit
revue Closer Than Ever, Das Barbecue, and Pete 'n' Keeley.
Her cast recordings include Closer Than Ever, She Loves
Me, Bye Bye Birdie, Lost in Boston, Unsung Musicals, and Unsung
Sondheim etc. Sally's rare and much anticipated nightclub
appearances have garnered her rave reviews from New York to Los
Angeles, and the producers look forward to now welcoming her to
play for the first time in London at River Walk.
Sally has three solo albums, The Dorothy Fields Songbook, Our
Private World and The Comden and Green Songbook.
Sunday, September 21 - Sally Burgess
''The lady is superb whether she turns her artistry to opera,
jazz or Sondheim'', a view that sums up the remarkable career
of this singer, who offers a versatility and diversity of styles
unsurpassed by any other British artist today.
Sally has sung Carmen at The Met and world-wide, was nominated
for 'Best Actress in a Musical' Olivier Award in Showboat,
has made three jazz albums and now sings for you.
Her new show, Harold Arlen - Who?, will open at the Barbican
for 10 performances in November.
Sunday, September 28 - Clive Carter
Clive's theatre work covers the gamut of the profession, as
actor, director, and producer from Phantom to Les Mis',
Shaw to Shakespeare, Sondheim to We Will Rock You.
He has been nominated for an Olivier Award and he has worked on
both sides of the Atlantic. This one-man show takes you through
some of those travels and includes some surprising guests.
Where else would you get Dean Martin and Dame Edith Evans on the
Accompanied by Kevin Amos at the piano.
River Walk Restaurant, Oxo Tower, River Walk, London SE1.
Tickets cost £18.50 or £20.00, Banquettes to sit six
people available for £100.00. River Walk Restaurant by train:
Blackfriars, Waterloo, Waterloo East or Charing Cross by tube:
Blackfriars, Southwark, Waterloo or Embankment by bus: 1, 4, 26,
59, 68, 76, 168, 171, 188, 243, 341, 501, 521, X68 to Waterloo
Bridge 45, 63,100 to Blackfriars Bridge 381 to Stamford Street
RV1 along the riverside. River Walk is wheelchair accessible.
River Walk is open for lunch and dinner daily. There are two entrances
- either from the Thames pathway, straight into the Bar, or via
lifts from Barge House Street.
Tickets 020 7928 2884.