As many a music fan will know, London has long since enjoyed a top spot on the Jazz circuit. Offering up everything from grand concert halls to hole-in-the-wall, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it music venues, the choice is almost endless. For a taste of something just a little more refined, we’d recommend dinner and jazz at one of our favourite London clubs. Serving up top-notch food alongside a soundtrack provided by internationally renowned musicians, this is a fantastic way to while away an evening. Guests staying at 41 (our exclusive boutique address just down the road from Buckingham Palace) will be ideally located for visiting these wonderful venues.
Boisdale of Belgravia
Just a short amble down the road from 41, Boisdale of Belgravia offers up traditional Scottish fare (including Hebridean shellfish and succulent Aberdeenshire steaks) against a background of ambient live jazz. Transporting dinners back a decade or few to the 1940s, Boisdale has something of a gentleman’s club feel about it, but without the stuffy formality. On a balmy summer evening, make sure to visit the rooftop cigar terrace for a whisky and post-dinner puff.
Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club
With a reputation that reaches far beyond the bounds of the British Isles, Ronnie Scott’s is undoubtedly one of the world’s most important Jazz clubs. Set up by Ronnie Scott and tenor saxophonist Pete King back in 1959, it didn’t take long for Ronnie Scott’s to become something of a jazz musician’s mecca. Diners sit at dimly lit tables surrounded by black and white photographs of past performers, whilst an array of world-class musicians entertain for the evening. Truly a must-visit for any jazz aficionado.
Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho
The Pizza Express Jazz Club may not boast the same illustrious reputation as Ronnie’s, but the long list of musicians who have graced the stage here include the likes of Kenny Garrett, Scott Hamilton and Diana Krall, amongst many others. Located on Dean Street in Soho, this is a great laidback environment in which to tuck into a pizza and enjoy top quality jazz.
The 606 Club
Hidden behind an unmarked doorway down Lots Road in Chelsea, the 606 Club is the place to come and see the very best of British Jazz. Booking around ten different bands every week (some nights offer both an early and a late set), there’s a fantastic variety of talent on offer here. The intimate venue provides a small selection of tables (booking is essential) all positioned with a great view of the stage, and a seasonal menu of European and Middle-Eastern inspired dishes.