London has always had a thriving music scene, and it’s possible to find a venue for just about any musical genre you could think of within this thriving cultural capital. Jazz bars are particularly popular, so whether you’re seeking the best bars and restaurants in Shoreditch or looking further afield, you can be sure to find what you’re looking for!
The Jazz Café, Camden
London’s Jazz Café is one of the best venues for live music in the capital, and certainly one of the finest locations for catching some jazz. An intimate space for watching all your favourite stars, the café’s mezzanine restaurant is as atmospheric as it is ideally situated to watch the acts on the main stage while you dine. Dinner reservations are made simultaneously whilst booking for a main event, making this a great night out for jazz fans.
The Night Jar, Shoreditch
With its 20s décor and jazz or blues nights seven days a week, The Night Jar is based, stylistically at least, upon early 20th century speakeasies. It manages to avoid falling into the realms of cliché, however, by keeping the food and drinks menu fresh and surprising, mixing cocktails which give a thoroughly 21st century vibe to proceedings.
Ronnie Scott’s, Soho
We know that there is plenty of choice of bars and restaurants in Shoreditch but, this is one of the the better known jazz bars in central London for good reason. Ronnie Scott’s plays some of the finest rising stars in an accommodating yet still cozy space. Bookings are only taken in advance and shows often sell out shortly after the announcement is made, so you’ll need to move fast for a chance to visit this iconic venue.
Dalston Jazz Bar, Dalston
With a great, cheerful atmosphere and an eclectic experimental menu which boasts such fare as kangaroo, crocodile burgers and camel meat, Dalston Jazz Bar is nothing if not unique. All-out jazz nights take over every weekend so you can hang out here and enjoy exotic cuisine, cocktails and as much live music as you could possibly want, all under one roof.
606 Club, Chelsea
The 606 has been one of the busiest jazz bars in all of Europe since the late-70s, playing an eclectic mix of musical genres with live music all week long including rich Sunday lunches. The club is renowned for having played host to many emerging artists of the jazz genre including a then-unknown Jamie Cullum. With a membership function available, yet never less than welcoming to non-members alike, this small but active venue is great for group bookings.
Jazz After Dark, Bloomsbury
As an art gallery by day and a jazz bar once night falls, Jazz After Dark is a hugely creative space which benefits from an exemplary reputation amongst jazz aficionados despite its dainty space. It has hosted stars of jazz both past and present, including Amy Winehouse, who was allegedly a great fan of Jazz After Dark’s pared down vibe.