Piano Smithfield 1

14a Long Lane , London, EC1A 9PN

SquareMeal Review of Piano Smithfield

This glitzy Smithfield party pit isn’t content to play second fiddle to its elder sibling in Kensington – ivory-tinkling Baz Norton’s first successful stab at the ‘piano lounge’ genre. Hoofers, West End wannabes, faded divas, stage door Johnnies and the occasional star turn can give their fingers and voices a workout to a songbook of smooth American standards and poppy chart-toppers played in a style that mixes Gershwin and Chas & Dave with lashings of Liberace camp. To drink, go for sub-£25 wines, bubbles from £27 and a range of classic cocktails – a Piano Bellini sounds about right. A fun, affordable Broadway-style alternative to staying in and watching the telly for those who want to channel their inner Liza Minnelli or Frank Sinatra. Note: there’s no cover charge, but table booking is essential.

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