With restrictions easing in a matter of weeks, we’ll soon be able to enjoy live music at our favourite London venues once more. But for those who are on the hunt for a more sophisticated, less sweaty night of live entertainment, look to one of these 12 restaurants who host some of the best live acts in the city.

From piano ballads to next level DJs sets, here are the best restaurants boasting live music nights in the capital. 

100 Wardour Street

One place that knows how to put on quite the show is Soho’s 100 Wardour Street. Expect live music from rising stars in the industry to be performing on stage in their basement every Thursday through to Sunday. 

Soho’s spirit is kept alive in the Basement Restaurant & Club. You’ll find their team serving up food until late while you sip on cocktails and boogie the night away. On the site of London’s iconic Marquee Club, you’ll be following in the footsteps of David Bowie and the Rolling Stones. 

Their brunch offering is one to catch too, home to a live band, DJs and moreish brunch classics. Tuck into dishes such as eggs Benedict with cured ham and hollandaise sauce; smashed avo on grilled sourdough; and ‘London cure’ smoked salmon, scrambled eggs and chives.

Where: 100 Wardour Street, Soho, W1F 0TN
Website: www.100wardourst.com

Quaglino’s

Iconic live restaurant and bar, Quaglino’s in London’s St James’s, is renowned for hosting some of the best live acts in the capital. 

From their Swing brunch filled with bottomless bubbles to their dedicated music Mondays, there are so many options to get your groove on. Their live music calendar is always jam-packed with legendary artists. Pick your perfect night, grab a glass of bubbly and enjoy the music blast through the room. 

Make up for the last 18 months and book in for a live music bonanza to really eek out the best of the restaurant.

Where: 16 Bury Street, St James’s, SW1Y 6AJ
Website: www.quaglinos-restaurant.co.uk 

Hotel Cafe Royal

Soho’s Hotel Cafe Royal doesn’t do anything by halves. Especially not their music nights. Head down at the weekend and enjoy The Soho Live Studios Band performing their weekly set at the Green Bar.

Running every Friday and Saturday night from 6:30pm, the band salutes the greats of the jazz age, from early ragtime and Harlem stride to mainstream swing and bebop.

Where: 68 Regent Street, Soho, W1B 4DY UK
Website: www.hotelcaferoyal.com

The London Cabaret Club

A night at The London Cabaret Club always feels like a ‘once in a lifetime’ experience. It’s managed to perfect the balance between entertainment and high-end dining, and we, quite frankly, never turn down a night to experience it in all of its glory. 

The clue’s in the name really but they boast London’s best cabaret nights, featuring stars from London’s West End, stunning choreography and is distinctly British. 

Right now they are hosting a ‘London Never Dies’ set. Expect a night of live entertaining magic, DJs and dinner.

Where: Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, Holborn, WC1B 4DA
Website: www.thelondoncabaretclub.com

The Piano Works 

Boasting locations in Farringdon and the West End, The Piano Works is the place to go for non-stop live music. Whether you’re after a boozy brunch with live pianists soundtracking your afternoon or somewhere fun, bubbly and lively for a light-hearted works do, this music venue ticks all of the boxes. 

Expect countless cocktails, lively dinner parties and endless entertainment.

Where: West End & Farringdon
Website: www.pianoworks.bar

Amazonico

If you’re looking for somewhere to take your date that’s not stuffy, but still knocks it out of the park with fantastic food, quirky interiors and live entertainment, look no further than Amazonico. 

Mayfair’s rainforest restaurant is home to a lively night. Start your night with one of their signature cocktails and tap your foot to the beat of the ‘elec-tropical’ sounds and Latin American tunes from the resident DJ, before making your way to the restaurant. Your dining experience will be accompanied by live Latin-influenced jazz performances and stellar dishes.

Where: 10 Berkeley Square, W1J 6BR
Website: www.amazonicorestaurant.com

Park Chinois

For a Mayfair moment, look to Park Chinois. Renowned for its exceptional Chinese cuisine, Park Chinois is also home to dazzling atmospheric music to keep you entertained all night long. 

In Park Chinois’ opulent dining room, Salon de Chine, enjoy the sultry sounds of glamorous jazz divas and the sophisticated house band as exquisite dishes are brought to your table. This dining setting celebrates the heyday of Shanghai supper clubs with a nod to the golden era of dinner & dance, transporting you to another world.

The live band and singers perform every evening 7 days a week and during weekend lunches too.

Where: 17 Berkeley Street, Mayfair, W1J 8EA
Website: www.parkchinois.com

116 Pall Mall

To celebrate the easing of lockdown restrictions and the reopening of their iconic Wine Bar, 116 Pall Mall is welcoming back guests with an evening of smooth rhythms and entertainment in sumptuous surroundings. 

Their upcoming jazz night event, running on the 5th August, will see you enjoy delicious cocktails, sharing charcuterie and vegan platters and of course, live jazz. Book your space now or keep up to date with their new dates here.

Where: 116 Pall Mall, SW1Y 5ED
Website: www.116pallmall.com

The Northall Bar

Boogie the night away at The Northall Bar. Tucked inside Corinthia London, their in-house restaurant The Northall Bar hosts live entertainment Thursday through to Saturday, from 7-11pm. No reservations are required meaning you can just turn and enjoy the beats late into the night. 

Their upcoming schedule includes Blue Rose, Aurora, Stella Angelika, Victoria Fox and Bruno Monteiro. 

No reservations are required meaning you can just turn and enjoy the beats late into the night. 

Where: Corinthia London, Whitehall Place, SW1A 2BD
Website: www.corinthia.com

Kindred

With a music hall as beautiful as this, who could say no to a night of live entertainment?

Hot off the heels of their Spring reopening, Kindred is fast becoming the go-to destination for West London music lovers. They’ve upped the ante this summer with a brand new, fortnightly Introducing… night, representing the finest in raw talent, and a rotating roster of artists performing soul, Motown and acoustic material at their weekly Live Music Fridays.

Where: Bradmore House, Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith, W6 9BW
Website: www.wearekindred.com

Gordon Ramsay Street Pizza

Live DJs? Check. Outdoor dining? Check. Bottomless pizza? Triple check…

Battersea Power Station’s Gordon Ramsay Street Pizza boasts live DJ nights seven days a week, alongside their menu serving up signature bottomless pizzas for all to enjoy. Plus, cocktails, wines and more. 

Head here for a night to remember. You never know, you might spot Ramsay amongst the crowd too…

Where: Circus West Village Battersea Power Station, 2 Arches Lane, SW11 8AB
Website: www.gordonramsayrestaurants.com

Fortnum’s Diamond Jubilee Tea

Pair your award-winning afternoon tea experience with a spot of live entertainment at Fortnum’s Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon. It makes for the perfect place to indulge yourself with sandwiches, cakes and scones – all whilst listening to the grand piano tinkling in the distance.

Where: 4th Floor, Fortnum & Mason, 181 Piccadilly, St. James’s, W1A 1ER
Website: www.fortnumandmason.com


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