The Handbook
The Handbook

Most Londoners associate Piccadilly Circus with noise, crowds and street performers, and whilst they’re not wrong, there is a hidden gem tucked below said street performers – one of London’s most intimate, glamorous and exciting live performance venues: Crazy Coqs. With a constantly jam-packed programme of events you can pull up a Parisian cafe-style seat and feast your eyes on everything from cabaret, live music and theatre to comedy and engaging conservations, which take place nightly.

The Handbook visited during the London Jazz Festival and combined two of our favourite things in an evening; food and music, with none other than food critic Jay Rayner perched at the piano to reveal his other great passion: jazz. Nestled amongst a sold-out audience, The Jay Rayner Quartet performed a handful of food-related jazz songs (yep, really) in their set, with Jay sharing anecdotes from his life as a food critic in between.

The new Live at Zédel programme is almost so packed that you don’t know where to begin but trust your gut, pick a show and you won’t go wrong. To give you an idea, it’s seen award-winning musical comedy cabaret from Miss Hope Springs, insightful discussion and costume changes from Grayson Perry and toe-tapping, swinging Christmas tunes from Gary Williams, star of the West End’s ‘Rat Pack’. Oh, and you’re spoilt for choice for food too. Drinks and light snacks can be brought over to your table during the performance but why not make a night of it and book a table at Brasserie Zédel, aka ‘The only real brasserie in London’ according to Pierre Koffman…

Eat, drink and be merry has new meaning.

The programme for Live at Zédel at Crazy Coqs can be found on their website