The best hotspots for jazz and dining

Don your spats and chase your steak down with a Jack Daniels as you listen to some great jazz.

Not that it ever really went away, but London's jazz scene is experiencing something of a resurgence, of late. Whether it's the popularisation of jazzophanists such as Jamie Cullum and his Radio 2 show or the mass of crowd-pleasing speakeasies popping up across the capital which has borne a nostalgia for prohibition-era nightlife - one thing is for sure: we've got a thirst for jazz and we can't get enough.

What, therefore, could be more civilised than coupling some great music with some great food? Well, very little.

So don your spats and chase your steak down with a Jack Daniels as you listen to some of the capital's best jazz.

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Ronnie Scott's
47 Frith Street W1D 4HT
Region: Soho
Nearest Station: Leicester Square (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: This historical venue is a must-visit for fans of jazz. There is a quiet, appreciative atmosphere, as although dining tables face the stage, an announcement before each show warns the audience to switch mobiles off and keep talking to a minimum. Now over 50 years old, line ups continue to feature the biggest names in jazz, but be warned, it’s a pricey experience.

  • BRITISH
The Arch Bar
1 Hamilton Place W1J 7QY
Region: Mayfair
Nearest Station: Hyde Park Corner (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: There are over 35 varieties of gin on offer at the stylish Arch Bar, where this fortnightly event takes place. There is a concise, suitably chic menu of sharing plates (tuna sashimi, beef steak empanada) and the music focuses on the sounds of the 1920s-40s.

    Boisdale
    15 Eccleston Street SW1W 9LX
    Region: Belgravia
    Nearest Station: Victoria (0.2 miles)

    AIL Says: This Scottish whisky bar and restaurant has live jazz every night, as well as Cuban cigars and a large selection of champagne. Artists range from the Congo Faith Healers to Billie Holliday tribute acts. There are three branches, in Canary Wharf, Bishopsgate and Belgravia.

    • BRITISH
    • USERS 7/10
    Dover Street Restaurant & Bar
    8-10 Dover Street W1S 4LD
    Region: Mayfair
    Nearest Station: Green Park

    AIL Says: This Mayfair venue is ideal for late night jazz and dancing, as it’s open till 3am every night of the week. The food is a little on the pricey side however (mains cost around £20) and it’s a firm favourite for corporate nights out.

    • FRENCH
    • OUR REVIEW 7/10
    • USERS 1/10
    The Spice Of Life
    6 Moor Street W1D 5NA
    Region: Soho
    Nearest Station: Leicester Square (0.1 miles)

    AIL Says: As well as their nightly performances, Spice of Life host live jazz every Friday lunchtime. It’s an intimate venue that has seen the likes of Jamie Cullum and Soweto Kinch turn up to play. Food is hearty pub fare.

    • OUR REVIEW 7/10
    The 606 Jazz Club
    90 Lots Road SW10 0QD
    Region: Chelsea
    Nearest Station: Fulham Broadway (0.6 miles)

    AIL Says: This veteran basement club south of Chelsea is for those who are serious about their love of jazz. UK performers are favoured and the entirety of the cover charge goes to them. The menu has Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes, all made on the premises.

    • EVENTS / NIGHTS
    • OUR REVIEW 7/10
    • USERS 6/10
    Jazz After Dark
    9 Greek Street W1D 4DQ
    Region: Soho
    Nearest Station: Tottenham Court Road (0.1 miles)

    AIL Says: The Mediterranean tapas aren’t the best here, but most people don’t go for the food. Cramped and bustling, this late night venue has bags of atmosphere; Amy Winehouse once turned up with a group of friends and did an impromptu set.

    • USERS 7/10
    L'Anima
    1 Snowden Street EC2A 2DQ
    Region: The City
    Nearest Station: Bethnal Green (0.2 miles)

    AIL Says: This award-winning Italian is a City favourite, but aside from the discerning menu there is live jazz from 7pm onwards every Tuesday to Saturday. Expect agreeable, slightly middle-of-the-road sounds and a moneyed crowd.

    • ITALIAN
    Hideaway
    2 Empire Mews SW16 2ED
    Region: Streatham
    Nearest Station: Streatham (0.1 miles)

    AIL Says: The jazz club and restaurant are separate at Streatham’s Hideway, but it’s worth stopping by for a bite to eat first, and there is even a sommelier to hand. The line ups feature a mixture of big names like Courtney Pine and up-and-coming performers.

    • OUR REVIEW 7/10


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