Love live music but can’t face another night in a crowded dingy basement venue? We’ve hunted down the best restaurants with live music for a more sophisticated, less sweaty night of live entertainment. From piano ballads to next level DJ sets, here are the best restaurants boasting live music nights in the capital.
100 Wardour Street
One place that knows how to put on quite the show is Soho’s 100 Wardour Street. Expect live music from rising stars in the industry to be performing on stage in their basement every Wednesday through to Saturday.
Soho’s spirit is kept alive in the Basement Restaurant & Club. You’ll find their team serving up food until late while you sip on cocktails and boogie the night away. On the site of London’s iconic Marquee Club, you’ll be following in the footsteps of David Bowie and the Rolling Stones.
Their brunch offering is one to catch too, home to a live band, DJs and moreish brunch classics. Tuck into dishes such as eggs Benedict with cured ham and hollandaise sauce; smashed avo on grilled sourdough; and ‘London cure’ smoked salmon, scrambled eggs and chives.
100 WARDOUR STREET, SOHO, W1F 0TN
Iconic live restaurant and bar, Quaglino’s in London’s St James’s, is renowned for hosting some of the best live acts in the capital.
From their Swing brunch filled with bottomless bubbles to their dedicated music Mondays, there are so many options to get your groove on. Their live music calendar is always jam-packed with legendary artists. Pick your perfect night, grab a glass of bubbly and enjoy the music blast through the room.
16 BURY STREET, ST JAMES’S, SW1Y 6AJ
For those looking for authentic Italian fare with a side of live entertainment, look to Bocconcino. Head over to this Mayfair establishment and experience live DJ nights every Wednesday through to Saturday evening. Live music will accompany the DJ on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The space will be filled with the sounds of saxophonists, violinists and bongo players while you dine in style.
Think cocktails, brilliant food and a relaxed party vibe you can’t fault.
19 BERKELEY STREET, MAYFAIR, W1J 8ED
Hotel Cafe Royal
Soho’s Hotel Cafe Royal doesn’t do anything by halves. Especially not their music nights. Head down every Wednesday and Thursday for one of their legendary jazz nights at the Green Bar.
Kicking off from 6:30pm, the band salutes the greats of the jazz age, from early ragtime and Harlem stride to mainstream swing and bebop.
68 REGENT STREET, SOHO, W1B 4DY UK
The London Cabaret Club
A night at The London Cabaret Club always feels like a ‘once in a lifetime’ experience. It’s managed to perfect the balance between entertainment and high-end dining, and we, quite frankly, never turn down a night to experience it in all of its glory.
The clue’s in the name really but they boast London’s best cabaret nights, featuring stars from London’s West End, stunning choreography and is distinctly British.
The current show is the ‘Queen of Roses’, a homage to Queen Elizabeth I, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II.
68 REGENT STREET, SOHO, W1B 4DY UK
The Piano Works
Boasting locations in Farringdon and the West End, The Piano Works is the place to go for non-stop live music. Whether you’re after a boozy brunch with live pianists soundtracking your afternoon or somewhere fun, bubbly and lively for a light-hearted works do, this music venue ticks all of the boxes. Expect countless cocktails, lively dinner parties and endless entertainment.
WEST END & FARRINGDON
Hithe + Seek
Bringing wine and music lovers together is Hithe + Seek, the riverside restaurant with stunning views over the Thames. Their menu has been crafted around wine, with each dish available to be paired with a carefully selected wine, from crisped lamb sweetbreads with a Malbec jus to scallop crudo with passion fruit, avocado and corn crisp.
You’ll find DJ Limão spinning the decks on Thursday and Friday nights. Expect to be listening to global beats from samba to house while you dine the night away.
60 UPPER THAMES STREET, EC4V 3AD
The Little Blue Door
Keeping the phrase ‘Thursday is the new Friday’ on its toes is The Little Blue Door and their live music Thursdays. Every Thursday you’ll find the ‘Piano Man’ doing his thing – think sing-a-long sessions from 9:30pm until late.
Pair the party alongside cocktails and small bites from their menu for a real Thursday night treat.
871 – 873 FULHAM ROAD, FULHAM, SW6 5HP
Renowned for their big nights, Proud is home to three locations across the south, including two in London. They’ve helped make cabaret popular again, putting on some of the most immersive shows in the capital right now, from West Side Cabaret Story to Christmas bonanzas and boozy brunches.
EMBANKMENT, CITY & BRIGHTON
Charlie’s at Brown’s Hotel
End your weekend with a splash of style and sophistication at Charlie’s at Browns Hotel. Every Sunday the restaurant welcomes their resident musicians led by saxophonist Greg Davis for a night of ambient jazz.
Settle in for a night of cocktails and dishes such as London smoked salmon; calves’ liver with crispy bacon and creamed potatoes; truffle macaroni cheese; and Charlie’s tiramisu.
ALBEMARLE STREET, MAYFAIR, W1S 4BP
Thursday nights are party nights at GŎNG Bar. Every week you’ll find a live performance from their resident DJ, Dave Delgado. A regular at Tomorrowland, he brings his ambient beats with an accompanying saxophonist to the highest hotel bar in Western Europe. Enjoy the best views of the city whilst indulging on sushi from the new live sushi station and sipping on GŎNG’s Asian cocktails, mocktails or Champagne.
LEVEL 52, SHANGRI-LA THE SHARD, 31 ST THOMAS STREET, SE1 9QU
With a music hall as beautiful as this, who could say no to a night of live entertainment?
Every Friday night you’ll find this Hammersmith community members’ club hosting live music. Each week they shine a spotlight on both emerging and established artists, with this week’s headliner jazz performer, Rachael Cohen.
BRADMORE HOUSE, QUEEN CAROLINE STREET, HAMMERSMITH, W6 9BW
For a Mayfair moment, look to Park Chinois. Renowned for its exceptional Chinese cuisine, Park Chinois is also home to dazzling atmospheric music to keep you entertained all night long.
In Park Chinois’ opulent dining room, Salon de Chine, enjoy the sultry sounds of glamorous jazz divas and the sophisticated house band as exquisite dishes are brought to your table. This dining setting celebrates the heyday of Shanghai supper clubs with a nod to the golden era of dinner & dance, transporting you to another world.
The live band and singers perform every evening seven days a week and during weekend lunches too.
17 BERKELEY STREET, MAYFAIR, W1J 8EA
It may be autumn but that isn’t stopping Sloane Place’s weekly Sloane Sessions on the roof terrace from taking place. It’s where dulcet guitar tones of an acoustic singer dance in the air for guests enjoying an alfresco dinner.
The musician changes on a weekly basis to accompany diners as they enjoy the delicious European/Javanese menu that samples the freshest of British ingredients with new dishes including English green asparagus ceviche to the messy aromatic lemongrass chicken burger and Jerusalem artichoke, chickpea and wild garlic burger.
60 Lower Sloane Street, Chelsea, SW1W 8BP
If you’re looking for somewhere to take your date that’s not stuffy, but still knocks it out of the park with fantastic food, quirky interiors and live entertainment, look no further than Amazonico.
Mayfair’s rainforest restaurant is home to a lively night. Start your night with one of their signature cocktails and tap your foot to the beat of the ‘elec-tropical’ sounds and Latin American tunes from the resident DJ, before making your way to the restaurant. Your dining experience will be accompanied by live Latin-influenced jazz performances and stellar dishes.
10 BERKELEY SQUARE, W1J 6BR
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By The Handbook