My London: Violet Chachki

Violet Chachki by Silvia Prada  (Silvia Prada )
Violet Chachki by Silvia Prada (Silvia Prada )

Home is…

Los Angeles.

What’s your first memory of London?

The Parent Trap with Lindsay Lohan! Really though, one of my favourite memories of London was bringing my solo burlesque show A Lot More Me here for the first stop of the tour. It was my first-ever solo touring show! It had been a dream for a very, very long time and I had worked so hard to produce it, so to see it finally come to life, I just couldn’t believe it. And then to have a sold out show at Clapham Grand! It was just very special.

Where’s your favourite place to spend a night out?

Feel It at Omeara, they always have the best music, best DJs, best crowd.

What’s the most memorable meal you’ve had in London?

That restaurant Berners Tavern off Oxford Street has the best brunches, but what I really love is getting Wok to Walk in Soho late-night after a gig.

Who do you call to have fun?

Jodie Harsh of course! Who else throws THE best parties in London?

Tube, cab or walk?

Only Uber for me.

What would you do if you were Mayor for the day?

I wouldn’t do that. Let Jodie Harsh be the Mayor of London, I’d be interested to see what she would do.

What shops do you rely on?

Rellik is one of the best. I love vintage shopping and buy clothes with longevity in mind; I love the idea of a shoe that lasts a lifetime. I’m also constantly looking for beaded dresses on eBay and Etsy, which I upcycle into burlesque costumes, use as appliqués or turn into different designs. Best place for a first date? I usually invite gentleman callers to my gig and see what happens — usually nothing.

Pride means defiance! Nothing can stop us and I can’t wait to be in London for it

Who is the most iconic Londoner?

Pete Burns.

What do you collect?


What makes London style so special?

Monarchy vs anarchy.

Do you have a favourite London fashion designer?

Richard Quinn. My go-to!

How does the UK drag scene compare to the US?

UK is a bit crunchier and campier, IMO.

How will you be celebrating Pride in London this year?

I’ll be kicking off at The London Edition on the 29th with Jean Paul Gaultier and DJing the Cha Chá club pop-up, then performing on Saturday for the fabulous brunch they’re putting on!

What does Pride mean to you in 2023?

Defiance! Nothing can stop us and I can’t wait to be in London for it.

What are you up to for work at the moment?

Being a fierce little international cross dresser, my dear! I’m working on new music and have some exciting new design projects coming this fall. Oh, and I’m touring next year.

What are you looking forward to this summer?

Some time off in July and August, hoping to get back to Ibiza with some friends! Violet will be co-hosting

The London Edition’s Annual Pride Fundraiser Brunch is held on 1 July in support of The Albert Kennedy Trust and Not a Phase (shop Violet’s clothing range here, and follow her on Spotify here) .