21 August 2014

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Best restaurants for jazz and live entertainment


Circus_performer.jpgLondon has more than its fair share of restaurants that seek to entertain diners as well as feed them. Find bawdy burlesque shows, sexy striptease, live music or dance, and all that jazz with Square Meal’s pick of some of the best restaurants and bars with entertainment in town.

Bentley’s, Mayfair

Knock back a few bivalves in Richard Corrigan’s relaxed oyster bar and enjoy strains of live jazz bands, which play here every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening.

Big Easy, Chelsea

This perpetually busy all-American homage to ribs and root beer is an absolute riot. Ask for a basement table to enjoy rock bands playing covers of Nirvana, The Eagles, Springsteen and more.

The Blues Kitchen, Camden

Readers love this Camden classic’s ‘super-cool blues bands’ and superlative soul food – the perfect place for kicking back and relaxing.

Boisdale_CN_2012_5.jpgBoisdale, various locations (pictured, left)

Boasting its very own Boisdale Blue Rhythm Band, and regular performances from acts including Judy Carmichael and Jools Holland, the swish steakhouse chain knows how to entertain diners. A cover charge of £4.50 applies during the week, but prices rise at weekends.

Circus, Covent Garden (pictured, top right)

It may not convince Londoners who give food top billing in a restaurant experience, but Circus has its admirers – including a strong tourist fanbase. A combination of restaurant, cocktail bar and cabaret, Circus brings a lot to the table – literally. Guests sit at the communal table while the performers dance, strip, and wow the crowds. Book later in the evening for the more risqué acts or retire to the bar after dinner to enjoy the whole spectacle.

Hideaway, Streatham

This revamped snooker hall in Streatham is now a live music-and-comedy venue with a swanky stage and top-notch sound system.

Longitude 0°8’ at Le Méridien Piccadilly Hotel, Piccadilly

This hotel bar holds weekly jazz nights every Thursday from 6-10pm. The sessions coincide with ‘aperitivo hour’, where all drinks come with complimentary canapés.

OXO Tower Brasserie - oxo_2008_-_REST_OXO_HighRes.jpgOxo Tower, South Bank (pictured, right)

The sky-high brasserie combines beautiful views of the Thames with a wide roster of live bands in the evening, from bouncy Latin jazz outfits to soulful divas.

Ronnie Scott’s, Soho (pictured, right)

Ronnie Scott’s is the daddy of cool-cat tunes – sit at the tiered tables and soak up jazz from some of the world’s best musicians.

This feature was updated in January 2013.

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