8 Of London’s Best Live Music HangoutsJanuary 7, 2019
The London music scene is iconic. There’s a history, culture and a beat that runs through every corner and crevice of our fair city – and no matter what your genre or mood, London’s got a musical venue for you.
With an enticing cocktail menu, and live music Monday to Saturday, Quaglino’s is an iconic gem in the heart of St James’s. Established in 1929, it still inhabits all the glitz, glamour and decadence of the roaring 20s. With two beautiful bars to pick from, and a steady rotation of swing, soul, blues and jazz on offer, Quaglino’s is a great spot for a romantic date, or special occasion with friends.
Approx journey time from HRH London: A 10 minute stroll through Green Park
Inspired by the culture and rich musical history of New Orleans, NOLA is the only bar or restaurant outside of North America to be awarded the ‘Seal of the Sazerac’. Embracing the idea of ‘Southern Hospitality’, jazz, blues and rock n roll fill the bar late into the night. So, take your pick from the classic New Orleans cocktail menu and – “Laissez le bon Temps Rouler!” – let the good times roll!
Approx journey time from HRH London: A 35 minute tube ride
100 Wardour Street
With live music from Monday to Saturday, there’s something for everyone at 100 Wardour Street. The former home to London’s legendary Marquee Club – where artists including David Bowie and the Rolling Stones strutted their stuff – this bar oozes rock star allure. The stylish spot is ideal for those looking for a whole evening’s worth of entertainment under one roof.
Approx journey time from HRH London: A 20 minute stroll through Soho
Boisdale – Mayfair
This charming, intimate spot in the heart of Mayfair prioritises customer experience over all else. Boisdale of Mayfair perfectly bridges the gap between deep rooted tradition and nuanced indulgence. From Tuesday to Thursday, it presents a selection of London’s elite pianists and singers, performing the great tunes from the finest blues and boogie practitioners on the planet.
Approx journey time from HRH London: A 10 minute cab ride
The Piano Works
Located in a listed Victorian warehouse in Farringdon sits Piano Works, a totally unique music venue. With a live band performing as your human jukebox, request your favourite songs on a specially made napkin and hand them to your waiter. What Piano Works lacks in intimacy, it certainly makes up for in atmosphere and here, dancing until the early hours is very much encouraged.
Approx journey time from HRH London: A 30 minute tube ride
In 1959, saxophonist Ronnie Scott opened the door to an intimate basement club in London’s west end – it was intended as a hub where local musicians could jam. Since then, it has evolved into a symbol of London’s rich musical heritage and has even been dubbed ‘the home of British Jazz’. With a no-talking rule, the music here takes precedence and Ronnie Scotts’ stage has been host to some if the genre’s greats, as well as up-and-coming artists. Book tickets early, though – getting in here is no mean feat.
Approx journey time from HRH London: A 15 minute tube ride
Ain’t Nothin’ But Blues Bar
Claiming to be the best blues bar this side of the Atlantic, this little gem sits on Soho’s Kingly Street. A popular haunt with locals and tourists alike, there’s live music every night, so be sure to get down early to avoid disappointment.
Approx journey time from HRH London: A 20 minute stroll through the heart of Piccadilly
The Night Jar
Fittingly named after the nocturnal bird, this under the radar bar is the ultimate speakeasy. Conceived as an antidote to overcrowded West End bars, this is a destination for discerning drinkers to enjoy a vibrant and varied live music programme. Go back in time in this low-lit, sitting-only bar located in the heart of hip Shoreditch.
Approx journey time from HRH London: A 25 minute tube ride