Funky, Gypsy or swing, Jazz clubs are the place for good food, good music and therefore, good dancing. Get over your January blues at one of these amazing nights…
Live at No. 5
5 Greek St Soho, London W1D
Thursday nights at No. 5 Greek Street are all about Jazz and Blues.
The new cocktail bar (which opened in November) is bringing a bit of New York to Soho with comfy sink-in sofas and drinking dens while live music plays.
The bar invites both West End and Broadway singers to compere and perform to a background of Jazz and Soul. With an Old-Fashioned whiskey cocktail in hand, it’s a shock to leave and find out that you’re not in downtown Brooklyn…
47 Frith Street, London W1D 4HT
Only down the road is the most infamous Jazz club of all, Ronnie Scott’s.
Running since 1959, every night is a sold out extravaganza, with the best names in jazz from around the world – which is why you should book ahead.
January headliners include Ruby Turner, Booker T Jones and Carleen Anderson. Get in there quick!
Cabot Place, Canary Wharf, London E14 4QT
In the city, Boisdale is the club that will satisfy your jazz craving.
The sophisticated restaurant caters for all but it’s all about the 28-day dry-aged Aberdeenshire steak, from £36, and Wild Native Oysters, from £45 a dozen, while you listen to live music.
The Sunday Jazz Lunch is a particular highlight, with the the Rio Trio gently lulling you into a carb coma. If you can manage it, pop into the cigar library for an after-dinner puff.
Vortex Jazz Club
11 Gillett Square, London N16 8AZ
On a whole different level is the Vortex Jazz Club.
This Dalston-based venue is making waves on the scene for its incredible performances and intimate setting.
From Gypsy Jazz to more modern takes, one way to make sure you’re always on the guestlist is to become a member. Membership includes priority seating, discounts on food and drink and future bookings, which in 2015 include the Trumpet Festival and Carol Grimes.
Le Quecum Bar
42-44 Battersea High Street, London SW11 3HX
Shh! This gem of a restaurant is tucked away behind Battersea Square.
Le Quecum Bar is a place for fine French cuisine and a wild after-dinner dancing experience with an injection of Gypsy swing.
With performances every weekend, the entire ticket price is handed directly to the musicians – plus bring your own bottle of wine and the corkage is only £10. With regular jam sessions and Ava Golding performing monthly, a riotous night is almost guaranteed.
The 606 Club
90 Lots Road, London SW10 0QD
Over the bridge is Chelsea’s premier Jazz venue, the fabulous 606 Club.
Experience live jazz seven nights a week with a Sunday singers special thrown in.
Becoming a member here is a real commitment – visit the club three times and get three separate dated manager signatures for your membership to be processed!