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The Best Jazz Clubs and Bars in London

The Best Jazz Clubs and Bars in London

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Our (major jazz fan’s) guide to all the best jazz bars and clubs in London.

Looking for the best jazz clubs in London? London’s packed with spots to showcase the best of traditional jazz and the city’s thriving contemporary jazz scene. 

Delve beneath the city’s surface (often, quite literally underground) and you’ll find a vibrant scene where the city’s musical tapestry unwinds in some of the most relaxing, and coolest venues.

From old-school classics, to some of the finest improvised and innovative jazz sounds anywhere on the planet, London has you covered with numerous options to whet your musical palette.

Whether you want to visit the famous Ronnie Scott’s or dive into somewhere lesser-known, pull up a chair, grab yourself a martini and let us guide you through the cool jazz places you simply shouldn’t miss.

Best Jazz Clubs in London 

Ronnie Scott’s 


Ronnie Scotts

As, arguably, the most iconic of all London jazz clubs, Ronnie Scott’s is an institution that has boasted plenty of high-profile jazz performances throughout the years. 

The main room works through reservation only – you’ll need to book a ticket in advance, for which you’ll be allocated a table where you can order drinks and food all night. So sit back and enjoy the show while you chow down.

Once you’ve enjoyed a performance in the main club, head towards the historical staircase and make your way to Upstairs @ Ronnie’s: a 50s-inspired speakeasy with a chilled vibe for a late-night cocktail and yet more live music all week long.

Tickets: Make sure to book your ticket to Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in advance – prices start at £37.50.

Crazy Coqs


Crazy Coqs Jazz Club

From the snug seating in front of the red curtain to the classy cocktails poured at the impressive bar and delivered straight to your table, every inch of Brasserie Zedel’s secret next door jaunt, Crazy Coqs, oozes Parisian glamour. 

Pair this setting with incredible live music and cabaret shows and you’re in for a total treat.

Famous faces who frequently play shows here include the jazz artist, food critic, and journalist extraordinaire, Jay Rayner, as well as the (by no means less impressive) Mario Bakuna Band.

Tickets: Book a spot in advance through their website.

Jazz After Dark


Jazz After Dark is one of those spots that you accidentally stumble across when looking for somewhere to drink in Soho. But don’t just stare – let the soft sounds of jazz lure you in and relax in this cosy jazz club with a drink or two.

Amy Winehouse is the most famous name to have performed here, and they often have nights dedicated to the late artist. Other nights, up-and-coming jazz artists, trios, and acoustic performers spend the evening entertaining you with their wonderful sounds.

Hungry? No problem, they have excellent food options at giveaway prices, including a Tapas meal deal where you can choose five small plates on a platter for less than £25, and awesome house specials for less than a tenner, with a burger and chips or fish and chips. 

Tickets: Live music plays most evenings and you can book a table here.

Pizza Express Jazz Club


While it’s perhaps the strangest music venue in London, the Pizza Express Jazz Club has been hosting world-class performers in its dimly lit, underground bar for decades. There are actually a few locations dotted across the capital, but Soho’s offering is the most popular.

The Israel Varela Group, Jackson Method and Tom Ford, and the Alex Wilson Trio are just some of the modern jazz trail blazers to take to the stage in recent years. Head back and it’s pretty much a who’s who of jazz greats (and some not so associated with jazz) including Gregory Porter, Amy Winehouse, Diana Krall, Van Morrison, Charlie Watts, and Sting, to name a mere handful.

If you’re looking to attend jazz shows regularly, you can become a member of the Pizza Express Jazz Club for £120 and you’ll get free tickets and discounts throughout the year, as well as a 10% discount on Pizza Express food.

The Jazz Cafe 


The Jazz Cafe in Camden is no stranger to a famous face, since opening in 1990 it has hosted shows by the biggest artists in jazz and soul music – Amy Winehouse, D’Angelo, and Bobby Womack to name just a few. 

Head to The Jazz Cafe in the week if you want to grab a bite to eat and drink with live jazz music in the background, or pay a visit on Fridays and Saturdays and you’ll find the crowd is a lot livelier on their club evenings.

The food is awesome, with their miso marinated monkfish hitting the spot, and their roast sweet potato and squash yellow curry providing non-meat / fish eaters with a wonderful plate of food. And the range of cocktails will have you salivating as you read.

Tickets: Prices vary depending on the show – you can check upcoming events and book your tickets here.


The Barbican Estate

Ok, disclaimer: the Barbican is not exactly a jazz club, but it is host to some really brilliant performances throughout the year.

Guildhall School of Music and Drama often holds their jazz showcases here, which means not only do you get treated to impressive shows, but you also get to catch a glimpse of undiscovered performers before they tip over into global stardom.

Expect a mix of classic performances and some rather unusual jazz-fusion groups from time to time for those of you with eclectic musical tastes.Tickets: You can filter through upcoming events and book tickets here.



As you can read all about here, we are teetering on the fence about Nightjar

We’re big fans of the drinks and the vibe… but what we aren’t fans of, however, is the military operation required to nab yourself a table inside (and the cover charge for seats where you have no chance of hearing, let alone seeing the music). 

Perseverance is key with this cool Shoreditch bar, though. Once you’ve swallowed the cover charge and got yourself a seat close to the stage, it’s a brilliant place to listen to live jazz music in the capital. 

Tickets: Getting in is quite the process – we’ve broken it down for you here.

Jack Solomons 

Tucked underneath a restaurant on Windmill Street, Jack Solomons is not only a cool Soho speakeasy but also one of the best jazz bars in London. 

The intimate space is the perfect setting for an eclectic programme of gigs and small festivals, with the added benefit that it’s much easier to nab tickets than some of the bigger venues in the area. 

Not only do Jack Solomons host some of the best musicians on the scene, they also make some of the best cocktails you can lay your hands on in Soho. If that’s not a winning combination, we don’t know what is. 

 Tickets: You can find upcoming events and book tickets here.

Hidden Jazz Bar


For an evening of secret prohibition-style fun, head to Waterloo’s Hidden Jazz Bar in the Vaults. The entire venue is dedicated to alternative arts, but you’ll want to head to the hidden jazz bar for the smoothest of sounds.

The venue is completely artist-run, with the likes of Denys Baptiste and Vimala Rowe regulars on the stage. The idea is that the audience can chill out with world-class performers in between their sets, creating a totally intimate experience that’s found at no other jazz club.

Tickets: You can grab the £20 tickets from here.

Toulouse Lautrec

Elephant and Castle

1920s Paris comes to life at Toulouse Lautrec. Not only does this restaurant and jazz club serve up delectable French dishes, but the art deco theming is reminiscent of the prime romantic Paris era without being too garish.

Peel yourself away from the menu to appreciate the intimate jazz club upstairs. Nightly performances are guaranteed, and the recurring L’art de Jazz and Eddy Smith are huge favourites amongst regular visitors.

They also host a huge array of special events, including the Burlesque Bottomless Brunch, Big Band Burlesque, and a range of awesome life drawing classes for anyone wanting to get their freaky art shoes on. 

Tickets: Check out the events here – tickets start at £16.

28°-50° by Night


2850 by Night

Tucked away in Marylebone, next to 28°-50°’s stellar restaurant offering, is their very own jazz club: 28°-50° by Night. And it’s every bit as cool and intimate as you would expect – oozing fun 1920s vibes and an underground New Orleans atmosphere.

Serving up all of the excellent wine and food you can find next door at 28°-50°, with the addition of live jazz performances, this is one of our favourite London jazz clubs. From Tuesday to Saturday, 8pm until 2am, expect your ears to be caressed with jazz, soul, and blues from the capital’s top artists.

Whilst the performances very much take centre stage, the food is equally as wonderful. 

In fact, the a la carte menu is served until midnight so you can enjoy light bites or some heartier options (we’ll take the seafood platter, please) until the early hours. And of course, the friendly sommeliers are always on hand to help you find the perfect bottle to pair with your meal.

28°-50° by Night might be a newbie on the London jazz club scene, but they’ve already established themselves as one of the top spots for live music and late-night dining in the capital.

The Blues Kitchen


Blues and jazz is the name of the game in The Blues Kitchen in Camden. This is another spot that technically doesn’t count as a jazz club, but the atmosphere, music, and drinks are just too good not to mention.

The restaurant and bar is decorated in a vintage American style, serving hearty food and cocktails that you can enjoy as the likes of live performers and DJs bring Americana to the heart of the capital.

If you’re a whiskey fan, this is the jaunt for you, at the last count there were well over 100 to choose from and sample, and that’s before we even scratch the surface of the almost endless list of spirits!

Tickets: Entry is free, but you can check out the upcoming events here.

Ricco Lounge

West Kensington

Tucked away in West Kensington Ricco Lounge is an art-deco cocktail bar decorated in warm-toned velvet and gilded accents. 

Fridays are dedicated to jazz and soul music, with live performers rotating on a weekly basis. Kedma and Mo, as well as Natalie Duncan are popular regulars, often blessing the crowd with their honey-like voices.

Ricco also serves up elegant cocktails and wines, as well as a small menu of delicious bites to nibble on as you enjoy live jazz. 

Tickets: Tickets can be booked online through their website.

606 Club


A classic jazz club might sound slightly out of place in the expensive Chelsea neighbourhood, but 606 Club manages to tread the line of upmarket club and down-to-earth jazz spot pretty successfully. The Guardian described 606 Club as “London’s most seductive jazz cellar” – who are we to disagree?!

If it wasn’t for the illuminated 606 sign perched on top of the brick wall, Club 606 would be tricky to find, though that only adds to its elusive and enigmatic nature. And 606 Club doesn’t just stick to jazz either – it branches out into Latin and soul music, too. 

Performances span genres and ages, with primarily British musicians taking to the stage each evening. The venue also hosts performances during the EFG London Jazz Festival… but more on that later.

Tickets: Check out the upcoming lineup and book tickets here (performances are also live-streamed in case you can’t make it in person).

Dalston Jazz Bar


Dalston has long been crowned one of the hottest areas for jazz in London, and the Dalston Jazz Bar is a dreamy vintage spot (and a criminally underrated one at that) that transports you back to the 50s heyday when artists like Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong ruled. 

Decorated in old transport signs and retro posters, the restaurant transforms into a vibrant bar on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights that is free to enter – a rarity in the London jazz scene. Or perch on one of the outdoor seats and admire the sounds of jazz in a slightly less busy (read: rammed) atmosphere.

Food-wise, it’s an interesting concept. The food comes on one plate, yet serving two portions, and comes without prices. They simply ask that you make a donation for the dish you choose – a range of seafood or veggie dishes – that also covers the price of the live soundtrack. Think of it as a jazzy honesty box approach!

Tickets: Entry is free and there’s no cover charge to eat or drink here. Keep up to date with the latest events here.

Boisdale of Canary Wharf

Canary Wharf

When the legend that is Jools Holland is a regular performer, you know it’s got to be a brilliant jazz club. Boisdale of Canary Wharf is a tartan-clad Gentlemen’s Club, featuring the biggest names in showbiz.

Not only does Jools Holland take to the stage often, he’s also the patron in charge of curating the music – and anyone who watches his annual hootenanny will know that his taste is impeccable. Fans of the Rat Pack will love the regular tributes to the days when music was music. 

Head here for a mix of big names and rising talent blessing your ears whilst you scoff modern British cuisine.

Tickets: You’ll need to reserve a spot in advance – be quick as shows sell out fast.

Vortex Jazz Club


Dalston boasts another jazz gem: Vortex Jazz Club. It might be slightly more famous than Dalston Jazz Bar, but the 100-seat club still manages to maintain a fairly intimate atmosphere.

The line up at Vortex Jazz Club changes often, but ranges from classical jazz trios to improvised scat and big band swing. In other words, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Tickets: Book tickets in advance here.

Brilliant Corners


Brilliant Corners is typically Japanese: cut-back interior design that’s as sleek as it is minimal, a strong range of drinks – many that take inspiration from Japanese ingredients, and a killer menu of izakaya to nibble on as you soak in the vibes. 

The groovy little bar lays on music of all kinds, generally in the form of DJ sets by DJs that have strong leanings toward the neo-jazz/contemporary jazz scene. 

It’s not exactly the spot you want to go to for classic, live jazz shows. But if you want something new, fun and on the cutting edge of contemporary, Brilliant Corners will do you well. 

Ruby’s Bar and Lounge / Corrochio’s Cantina


Ruby’s Bar and Lounge has been a hotspot on our Dalston nights out since, well, longer than we can actually remember (in part due to the fact we often get a bit wild in there). 

They do great live jazz shows every night in their cocktail bar. The vibe can swing from mellow and moody to totally popping depending on the night, then things usually slide on through to their main room where they have DJs at the weekends and select weeknights. 

There’s not heaps of space for seating so you might end up bopping on your feet for a bit. You can always call ahead (actually you should probably call ahead) if you want to lock in a table for the show. 

You’ll probably notice that Ruby’s is transitioning to Corrochios Cantina but don’t worry, the weekend parties with the same DJs will still be in residence, so you can continue to vibe throughout Friday and Saturdays in familiar surroundings.

The Palm Tree

Mile End 

This fantastic pub out in east London is a fave watering hole of ours, and that’s without the great jazz sessions that they put on over the weekends. 

The vibe inside is a nice mix of bohemian salvaged-looking furniture and faded Victorian grandeur and is a lovely place for a quiet pint any night of the week. Turn up on a Friday or Saturday though, and the place is far from quiet. 

On those nights the owners invite a group of local jazz musicians over to reel off a bunch of classics from the cannon of the Great American Songbook – it’s especially nice as you’ll probably recognise a lot of the tunes even if you’re more of a pubgoer than a hardened jazz fan. 

The Piano Bar


Part of the Soho Live Music Club, the Piano Bar in the heart of Soho is one of London’s finest piano-based jazz clubs and bars.

Open Tuesdays for Saturdays, members receive 50% off reserved seating tickets and can walk into the bar’s cocktail lounges. The musical focus is very much on the very best jazz pianists tinkling the ivories, all curated from the recording studios housed above the bar. Not only will you be wowed by the quality of music on offer, you can even book them for your own live events.

Of course, a venue of this class comes with a list of stunning cocktails sure to satisfy any taste – the Twinkle is to die for, while their take on the Highball certainly fits the setting.

If you’re thinking of becoming a regular, grab an annual membership for just £35 to entitle you to a massive range of cool discounts and offers.



Is it a restaurant? Is it a jazz club? Mmm, kinda. Does it matter? Absolutely not. If it’s cutting-edge live jazz sounds fused with awesome Japanese food in a pared-back interior you’re after, Mu is the perfect spot.

Their live music plays weekly from Wednesday through Sunday every week, with two performances nightly, one at 7:30pm and the other at 9pm. Booking in advance is recommended, although not essential, and you’ll be guaranteed to catch at least one of the performances as you sit and lazily enjoy some of the best Japanese food in East London.

Choose from their range of a la carte options, or enjoy their sharing set menu at just £45 per person, absolutely superb value considering the quality food titillating your tastebuds and mellow vibes tickling your eardrums throughout the evening.

The Bulls Head


You don’t have to get dressed up in fancy togs and ball gowns to enjoy a night at the Jazz, one of southwest London’s premier jazz clubs is held in a humble old-school boozer.

The Bulls Head in Barnes is a gorgeous traditional riverside pub that has stunning views of the Thames throughout the year, particularly in the summer. Yet, it’s their weekend jazz club that has us enchanted.

Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays sees a range of different jazz rock up, from big band swing acts to modern grooves and pared-back duos. All in beautiful surroundings and with proper pub drinks and grub to accompany what is always a great night out.

Jazzlive at The Crypt


This Friday night jazz club began in 1995 in the crypt of St. Giles Church in Camberwell and has quickly become a staple of the London jazz scene.

Jazzlive at The Crypt is a haven for some of the UK’s finest experimental and improvised jazz musicians as they take residence in this unique London venue churning out some of the finest sounds in town.

Food is served, with local businesses and chefs rocking up and creating a culinary storm in the kitchen – be warned though, you cannot reserve tables so arriving early is recommended – while you can enjoy a wide range of beers, wines, and spirits as well as some ‘house’ cocktails that are perfect accompaniments to the music.

Booking your tickets in advance to ensure entry is recommended if you want to get your weekend off to the coolest possible start.

Hampstead Jazz Club


This leafy North London suburb is home to one of London’s best-hidden jazz gems in the form of Hampstead Jazz Club

The brains behind the operations part own the Duke of Hamilton pub where the club calls home and they put on a regular cast of fantastic jazzy talent as well as the odd soul and blues musicians, and musical theatre performances too.

Yet, if it’s jazz you’re after, don’t worry, it’s jazz you’re going to get. The creative team at HJC are passionate about all things jazz and draw on decades of experience in the industry to source the biggest and best talent to bring to North London and wow local and visiting crowds to one of the finest jazz experiences outside the centre of town.

The pub itself has an illustrious past, having been a drinking den for the likes of Oliver Reed, Richard Burton and Peter O’Toole, and it continues to serve some of Hampstead’s best food and drink.


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