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Jason Allen 20/09/22


A Legendary Hidden Speakeasy Piano Bar Is Returning

Saying The Den has a rich history is a bit like saying Jeff Bezos has a ‘comfortable’ income.

Since opening in the mid-sixties (when it was known as The Marquee Club) the venue’s seen residencies from everyone who was anyone, including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, and more. You name them, they probably smashed a guitar here. Over the years it has remained a haven for live music… however despite surviving Keith Moon and John Bonham, it was finally shuttered by the pandemic.

But now it’s back.

It’s going to be reopening its legendary doors at the end of this month… and Nudge Members are getting in for an exclusive preview party on 28th September. For just £15 a ticket, you’re getting 3 cocktails and live piano music from renowned pianist Andrew May (who has played alongside the likes of Lou Reed and Jack Bruce) who will be taking guest requests all evening.

The Den

As for the bar itself? Well, like most hidden speakeasy piano bars, it’s hidden, and it has a piano. You’ll find it nestled underneath 100 Wardour, where it occupies a cozy little, low-lit nook. The dim lighting highlights the lush cognac tones of the leather bar stools, the vintage vinyl records lining the wall, and the colourful, iconic artworks from David Studwell. It may be a re-launch, but the place feels very much like a welcome throwback to a bygone era. Oh, and that piano? Will be occupied (on non-preview party nights) every Thursday to Sunday with a rotating line-up of renowned ivory-tinklers.

And as for the speakeasy part of this speakeasy, if you fancy a drink, you can get yourself a musically inspired cocktail, with menu-fillers including the Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door (a whisky-based number with Disaronno & vanilla) or the tequila-loaded Purple Haze, which features all-spice liqueur, cranberry and ginger ale.

Jimi would approve.

 

NOTE: The exclusive Nudge Member party at The Den will take place on 28th September. 6-11PM, £15 ticket, 3 cocktails and live piano music from renowned pianist Andrew May, who has played alongside the likes of Lou Reed and Jack Bruce and will be taking guest requests all evening. To get your tickets, just check the Members’ Box at the top of this page.

OTHER NOTE: The Den is set to relaunch on September 30th. You can keep an eye on their Insta here for updates.

The Den | 100 Wardour Street, W1F 0TN


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The Den


100 Wardour Street, Soho, Central London, W1F 0TN




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