Lio London – Why We Love It

It was a pleasure for the Ibiza Burlesque Festival producers Sapphira & Tonestepa to be invited to the industry opening of Lio London.

The Ibizan heavyweights of high-end glitz and glamour have made it to Leicester Square in London’s capital.

They opened officially on Saturday 17th March and will be spicing up the nightlife in all the right ways!

It is said you haven’t been to Ibiza if you haven’t been to Lio and now the high-octane exhilarating performance energy is on the doorstep for Londoners.

Sapphira came to London from Australia seeking the kind of show production that would set hearts racing. Instead, she found herself drawn to Ibiza after a jaunt in 2006 whisked her to Pacha, Space, Bora Bora and DC10.

She was so inspired she began plotting a Burlesque in Ibiza project and later set up the Ibiza Burlesque Festival because of the unrivalled show production and boundary-defying edginess on the island.

Lio has been inspirational since Sapphira & Tonestepa first saw the show at the waterfront Marina Botafoch location and now the excellence continues in London’s capital.

Best of all, the company, owned by Pacha Group, has revived and enhanced the iconic space of Cafe De Paris to which all Londoner’s owe them a debt of gratitude.

This exceptional theatre and cabaret space has entertained generations of Londoners for over a century (even being known as a haunt for Frank Sinatra, Ava Gardner and Noel Coward) and it sadly had to close in the pandemic like many other landmark locations.

Thanks to Lio London, the magic of Cafe De Paris lives on and not only is the beautiful interior renovation true to the legacy we know and love, it’s magically enhanced and improved.