We’re not sure what happened to the previous 87 studios…
…but we know for damn sure that they weren’t as good as this one.
It comes to us from the people behind raucously enjoyable The Piano Works, and is similar in concept: a live band, taking requests all night long, and playing non-stop music while the audience sing, dance, drink, and generally bring the house down.
Find the almost anonymous door just off Leicester Square, you’ll wander down a staircase, and see the huge venue open up in front of you. The space is dolled up ’70s style with the stage neatly abutting the bar, while both are surrounded by plentiful booth seating. At the start of every evening, the house band will take up position, and start with the first few requests of the night. And from there, it’s non-stop.
In fact, on any given night, there’s absolutely no set list, with the band (a six-piece outfit with two pianists, a drummer, guitarist, bassist and horn) exclusively taking requests from the audience, then having the musically synched illuminated tables & lighting respond perfectly to the rhythm of the tunes.
Regarding that bar; aside from playing the classics their barkeep will also rustle up a list of original numbers from their Autograph Collection – the Astoria Studios, for example, blends gin with Velvet Falernum, ginger & mint; while the Abbey Road Studios mixes 16yo whisky with lemon & honey.
As for the food, they’re serving up bamboo cones filled with Californian-influenced ingredients such as miso lamb with black bean, quinoa & chipotle yoghurt; some coconut chicken curry with sticky jasmine rice, coriander chutney and crispy fried onions; or veggie shiitake mushrooms with curly kale, garlic, tamari & sesame seeds.
Sounds like they’ve got a hit on their hands.
NOTE: Studio 88 is open now. You can find out more and make a booking at their website right HERE.
Studio 88 | 47 Whitcomb Street, WC2H 7DH
Like the sound of this place, but want somewhere less central? The Piano Works in Farringdon should do the trick.