London Soho is home to a countless number of top quality live music venues. It’s hard to believe that this lively and bustling area stretches for a little over a square mile. With so much packed into a small space in Soho, it sometimes can be best to wander around and see where you end up. However, here are some must-visit live jazz music spots you shouldn’t miss!
1. Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club
Starting with Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club, this world-famous Jazz club is busy and thriving nearly every night of the week. On top of having an amazing atmosphere full of Jazz enthusiasts, the club has also hosted some of the biggest names in Jazz including Wynton Marsalis, Cassandra Wilson and Kurt Elling. Ronnie Scott’s has also been known to feature up and coming musicians who are said to be the next big thing. So if discovering new talent is what you want then this Soho hotspot is where you need to be.
You will need to book tickets in advance of your visit to Ronnie Scotts and with this booking, you will be allocated seats so no need to worry about struggling to get comfy! Once inside they have a delicious food and drinks menu and table service the whole way throughout the show. You’ll be well looked after during your visit to one of the oldest Jazz venues in the world!
Ronnie Scotts is open seven days a week, Monday-Saturday from 6pm-3am and Sundays at 6:30 pm until 12 midnight.
You can check out their jam-packed upcoming schedule here.
Next on our list is the award-winning live music and comedy venue, Hideaway. Not only does this venue have amazing live music but they also serve to-die-for food from their seasonal menu. This laid-back club is definitely the perfect environment to experience new Jazz artists or one of your longtime favourites.
If you want to get in deeper and experience what its like to perform in a jazz band first hand, they also offer a weekly jazz workshop for all levels. These workshops focus on learning how to play and phrase the melodies and how to tackle improvising over the changes. Vocalists are welcome to attend so if it’s been your dream to perform in a jazz club then Hideaway has you covered.
Hideaway is open Thursday – Saturday, and doors open at 7 pm. Sunday Lunch is also available and doors open at 12 pm.
Check out their upcoming calendar here.
If whiskey is your drink of choice and jazz your music of choice, then Boisdale is the spot for you. Their whiskey bar, located on the second floor in their restaurant, is a 12-meter long glowing amber wall of liquid gold and holds over 1,000 bottles of malt whiskey and is undoubtedly one of the most magnificent whiskey bars in the world.
Boisdale also offers an experience of a lifetime where fantastic dining is matched with the very best in live entertainment. Boisdale’s superb British menu is met with an even better live performance of the very best in soul and jazz.
Boisdale is open 7 days a week at varying times.
You can learn more about their upcoming acts here.
If a quirky and delicious cocktail is your drink of choice while enjoying live jazz then the Nightjar should be top of your list. Their cocktail menu is not only extensive but also extremely creative. From the ‘Alchemists Brew’ drink, a whiskey and pineapple cocktail, to the ‘Hug a Wild Cat’ which includes tequila and kumquat, they have a drink to suit every taste bud.
Their beautiful decor paired with an incredible cocktail menu should be enough for a memorable night out but on top of this, they offer a delicious tapas menu until 11.30 pm.
They also have live Jazz acts every night until the end of November. To pick the perfect night for you check out their calendar here.
Last but not least on our list is Oriole. This speakeasy-themed cocktail and live jazz bar is an oasis of peace from the madness of the capital. With exceptional hospitality and an amazing drinks and food menu alike, this bar is what you need for a wonderful night of escape and jazz. Their live music ranges from early Jazz of New Orleans’ red district and early international Swing Jazz to Brazilian Jazz to 50’s Rhythm and Blues so you will be spoilt for choice at Oriole.
Oriole is open Tuesday — Sunday 6.00pm — Late and Monday 6.00pm — 11 pm.
To check out their Jazz schedule until the end of November click the link here.
Although your evenings will be jam-packed experiencing London’s Live Jazz Music venues, it’s always a good idea to line your stomach before a night of fun. Why not try out one of the many London food tours from Eating Europe? Choose from our East End Food tour, our Twilight Soho Food Tour or our London Old Docks – Historic Pub Tour.