With World Piano Day falling on Tuesday 29th March, we’ve compiled a list of London’s most notable, piano-playing bars and restaurants to celebrate the occasion. From plush hotel bars to dingy underground haunts, these are the best places to sit back, martini in hand and listen to the sweet sound of tinkling those ivories. 

Downstairs at The Dilly

This World Piano Day, get ready to get down at Downstairs at The Dilly located in the heart of Piccadilly. Downstairs from the lobby of the hotel, the speak-easy style space offers a tasty, London-themed cocktail menu along with a talented selection of pianists and singers.

Having just opened in March, this calm, candle-lit cocktail bar is a fresh addition to London’s live music scene that you must check out.

21 Piccadilly, London, WIJ OBH


The Piano Bar Soho

With exceptional ambiance and outstanding entertainment, the Piano Bar Soho is a classic. Hosting a wide variety of talented jazz musicians, their lineup is constantly changing, making for a unique experience with every visit.

Almost as great as their assortment of talent is their assortment of cocktails so you can sit and sip the music. The small, intimate venue makes for a great escape from the hustle and bustle of Soho, so we highly recommend swinging through.

16 Carlisle Street, London, W1D 3BT



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The Piano Works West End

If you’re looking for more of a high-energy, interactive night out, The Piano Works West End will definitely work for you and your crew. Led by two piano vocalists, the six-piece house band at London’s only non-stop, audience-led live music bar creates their setlist from crowd requests.

The lively atmosphere and its equally lively entertainers make for an exceptionally fun night out, explaining why it’s repeatedly been renowned as one of the best bars in London.

47 Whitcomb St., London, WC2H 7DH


The Piano Works Farringdon

Similar to its West End sister, The Piano Works Farringdon is a live music venue, bar, and restaurant that hosts two live pianists and accompanying musicians who play audience-requested set lists. Located in a listed Victorian basement, their expansive, Farringdon venue fits more of a concert vibe than its club-style West End location.

No matter which you choose, you’re bound to have a good time with some great tunes.

113-117 Farringdon Rd., London, EC1R 3BX



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Piano Smithfield

A London live music staple, we’re absolutely smitten with Piano Smithfield. Part of the Piãno piano group, their Smithfield location sits in the heart of the Culture Mile and is chock full of charm. For over 10 years, the piano bar has been trusted for a fantastic time, offering an energetic atmosphere and excellent, expert-crafted cocktail menu.

Showcasing a talented selection of musicians ranging from soul to jazz, Piano Smithfield promises plenty of brilliant piano playing.

14 Long Lane, Barbican, London, EC1A 9PN


Black & Blue – The Archduke

Planted on the Southbank, The Archduke is guaranteed to strike a chord with piano music fans and foodies alike. Renowned for its unique architecture and eats, the restaurant is nestled underneath the railway arches by Waterloo Station and provides live jazz performances every day of the week.

If you’re hungry for spectacular steak and song, The Archduke is definitely the place to be.

153 Concert Hall Approach, London, SE1 8XU



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Boisdale of Bishopsgate

Tucked away down an alleyway in the City, Boisdale of Bishopsgate is a hidden gem that truly shines. In their reimagined, two-floor venue, they offer delicious, Scottish-inspired dishes with a side of live, contemporary music.

With multiple locations across the city, including Canary Wharf and Belgravia, you can take your pick as to where you want to dine and appreciate piano for the night. 

Swedeland Court, 202 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 4NR


Covent Garden Social Club

Give your friends an experience to covet at the Covent Garden Social Club’s Theatre Club.  Hosted by some of the best from the West End, the Theatre Club hosts Piano Party Sessions multiple nights a week where they pair world class cocktails with world class talent.

Located directly above the Arts Theatre, the venue sits in the centre of London’s theatre district and hosts live shows every night, making for a great post-show stop.

6-7 Great Newport St, London, WC2H 7JA



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The Den

A cosy spot with crazy good cocktails, we ten-out-of-ten recommend The Den. Complete with live music every night, The Den is an elegant-yet-eccentric drawing room and is a great place to get comfy while listening to the keys.

The cosy cocktail den keeps it classy with their sophisticated interior and a spectacular collection of pianists, guaranteeing an evening that will not fall flat.

100 Wardour St., London, W1F 0TN


ESQ at 100 Queens Gate

If you still aren’t sure where to go, there’s no need to fret. Nestled into the basement of Kensington’s 100 Queen’s Gate Hotel, ESQ is an exquisite pick for some live piano. From Thursdays to Saturdays, the hotel’s hidden gem hosts a mix of pianists to perform for its occupants on their baby grande piano.

Equally cosy and classy, ESQ has an experienced team of mixologists and musicians to keep you thoroughly entertained for the evening.

100 Queen’s Gate, London, SW7 5AG



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