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Hattie Lloyd 18/06/18

The Best London Restaurants With Live Music

Back in the day, a little jazz with your meal was only to be expected.

Sadly, it seems a lot of restaurants have dropped their standards.

But if you’re set on a little musical accompaniment to your meal, fear not – you won’t be forced to sing for your supper. Because London is still home to a number of excellent dining establishments where you can score a samba with your sambal. So behold; the best London restaurants with live music, from jazz, to classical, to 1940s gypsy folk.

Brasserie Zédel | Piccadilly Circus

Brasserie Zedel - London restaurants with live music

Not content with hosting one of the West End’s ritziest cabaret and music venues, The Crazy Coqs, Brasserie Zédel’s musical offerings spill into their grand, marble-clad dining room where live musicians play every night of the week. The bands come in for week-long residencies (find out more HERE), and blast out everything from Parisian folk music to vintage tango.

When to catch it: Every night 9.30-11.30pm Mon-Sat and 8.30-10.30pm Sun Cover charge? No

The Blues Kitchen | Brixton, Camden & Shoreditch

The Blues Kitchen does exactly what it says on the tin, delivering live R’n’B, blues and soul alongside excellent Southern BBQ fixings. Which means you no longer have to visit three different places for the world’s strongest beer (a sociable 67.5%), pan-fried catfish, and live music seven nights a week.

When to catch it: Every night, check HERE for listings Cover charge? Free entry but often ticketed Fri/Sat

La Bodega Negra | Soho

La Bodega Negra live music restaurants

LBN may be hidden behind the facade of an old-school Soho sex shop, but nowadays they’re putting on a very different kind of live show – specifically, a live soundtrack of vintage mambo, cubano and guaracha to accompany top-notch tacos and margaritas.

When to catch it? Wednesdays, 7-10pm Cover charge? No

28-50 By Night | Marylebone

28-50 By Night

28-50 made a name for themselves in the restaurant game thanks to their top-shelf wine list – the place is even named after the latitudes that grow the best wine grapes – but now they’ve added another string to their bow: live jazz. Their moody restaurant space plays host to high-calibre live acts every night… and the wine is absolutely stellar.

When to catch it: Every night 8pm-2am Tue-Sat- check HERE for listings | Cover charge? No

Brunswick House | Vauxhall 

Banger Factory at Brunswick House

Brunswick House is a gorgeous, antique-filled restaurant in Vauxhall run by chefs Jackson & Frank Boxer. And underneath it, they just so happen to have an atmospheric seventeenth century cellar, which they’re taking advantage of by putting on live jazz every Tuesday night. They’ll kick off on October 4th (running until the end of November), and the sessions will all be headed up by Mark Kavuma & The Banger Factory…

When to catch it: 7pm & 8.30pm Tuesdays (4th October – 30th November) Cover charge? No, walk-ins only

Plaquemine Lock | Islington

Jacob Kenedy (the uberchef behind Soho’s Bocca di Lupo) turns his hand to Louisiana cuisine at his homely Islington eatery – and like all good New Orleans joints, there’s live jazz and blues from big name performers four days a week.

When to catch it: Monday blues 7.30-10pm, Tuesday jazz 7.30-10pm, weekends 12.30-4pm – check HERE for listings Cover charge? No

Café Bohème | Soho

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A Soho institution, Café Bohème has all the great hallmarks of French authenticity (despite actually being owned by Soho House) – cosy, Belle Epoque décor; a menu of hearty French fare; and nightly live jazz that seems to make the seafood taste that bit better…

Maybe it’s a mussel relaxant.

When to catch it: Daily at lunch and early dinnertime Cover charge? No

Sarastro | Covent Garden

The fact that almost every surface is swathed in gold isn’t the most unusual thing about this restaurant – and neither is the fact that some of the seating is arranged in theatre-style boxes. If anything, it all starts to make sense in the evening when performers start belting out anything from Motown to opera. It’s a hoot.

When to catch it: Live music most evenings, check HERE Cover charge? No

Sketch | Mayfair

Edmund Dabney

If live music’s your cup of tea, you can combine it with an actual cup of tea in the flamboyantly eclectic Gallery at Sketch, where string quartets will bow their way through classical pieces and the occasional pop arrangement as you tuck into your afternoon tea.

When to catch it: During afternoon tea, daily | Cover charge? No

Dirty Bones Kensington | Kensington

Dirty Bones Kensington restaurants with live music

Nod to the hosts at the pinball machine in the cocktail bar, waltz through the old photo-booth into the restaurant, and chow down on slow-cooked pork belly ribs; buffalo hot wings and mac ‘n’ cheeseburgers as a live band serenades you with classic funk, soul and R’n’B. Figures.

When to catch it: Thursdays from 8pm Cover charge? No

Hideaway | Streatham

True to its name, Hideaway has been kept a closely-guarded Streatham secret for the past seven years. But to those in the know, it’s an atmospheric, totally unpretentious live music den that plays host to every genre, from jazz and swing to Motown and reggae, whilst serving up top-shelf gastropub-style food.

When to catch it: Check listings HERE | Cover charge? Ticketed events

The Ned | Bank

The Ned - London restaurants with live music

Soho House’s grandest opening yet, The Ned makes its home in a former bank building in, well, Bank. And inside the majestic, marble clad ground-floor atrium, you’ll find no less than seven restaurants, a cocktail bar, and a central bandstand, from which you’ll be treated to live music daily – from roaring jazz to acoustic sets from up-and-coming artists.

When to catch it: Daily Cover charge? No

Park Chinois | Mayfair

Any restaurant that serves a soup for £168 should, at the very least, have some excellent live music to distract you. Which is why Park Chinois, Mayfair’s most extravagant (and, to its credit, highly impressive) Cantonese fine dining restaurant has exactly that, with cabaret-style seating and top-class bands taking to the stage every night of the week.

When to catch it: Every night Cover charge? £10pp

100 Wardour St | Soho

100 Wardour St - best London restaurants with live music

Built on the very site where the Rolling Stones played their first gig, 100 Wardour St are hoping that you can always get what you want, with their nightly changing line-up of live music. Plus, there’s a full dinner menu available until 11pm.

When to catch it: Mon-Sat, check ahead HERE Cover charge? £3pp

Le QuecumBar | Battersea

Le Quecumbar - London restaurants with live music

Suffice to say Le QuecumBar is pretty cool. Cosy and intimate, the place is decked out like someone’s living room, with photographs lining the walls, candlelit cabaret tables and a sprinkling of Belle Epoque Parisian charm. Thanks to the owner’s obsession with Django Reinhardt, you’ll find the cream of the Gypsy jazz-swing crop performing six nights a week, after which you can retire for a nightcap in the fairy-lit jungle of a garden.

When to catch it: Every night except Wed, 8-11pm Cover charge? Free before 8pm, £6pp after (unless a special ticketed event). Best to reserve as there’s no standing.

Le Café du Marché | Smithfield

If a child drew a (very accomplished) picture of a French restaurant, this is how it would look – hidden down a cobbled alleyway, with vintage posters on the walls, candlelight and tablecloths, little curtains at the windows, and a nonchalant pair of musicians providing a little background jazz on double bass and piano.

When to catch it: Nightly Cover charge? No

Scarlett Green | Soho

Scarlett Green - best London restaurants with live music

Scarlett Green would make a horrible colour. But thankfully it’s pretty easy on the ears, thanks to the live acoustic and DJ sets that take place daily in their stylish first-floor dining room – the perfect accompaniment to a bottomless Aussie-style brunch.

When to catch it: Daily from 4pm Cover charge? No

Toulouse Lautrec | Kennington

This low-lit jazz bar is like something out of a film – crooners and quartets take to the stage at the back, while lovers share steak tartares and crème brûlées at marble-topped, cabaret-style tables with Bentwood chairs. The atmosphere’s romantic, the music’s great and the food is classically, romantically French.

When to catch it: Every night Cover charge? £10pp if you’re not dining


Last updated: 18th of August 2022

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