The team behind The Piano Works has just opened live music venue Studio 88 near Leicester Square. The premise is similar to the original: guests scribble down their requests on bar napkins, and the six-piece house band will bring it to life from the central stage.

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Groups of six to 30 can take over booths in the main space, while the 100-capacity Blue Room is a serious draw for private bookings: there’s a separate bar, baby grand piano and DJ station. As for teambuilding opportunities, bookers can choose between 90-minute cocktail masterclasses and hour-long choir lessons.

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We also like that the interactive theme has crossover with the design – expect light-up, musically synced tables and LED fixtures that respond according to the melodies.

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Food menus are well suited to standing events, as everything from miso pork to coconut chicken curry is served from usherette boxes in easy-to-hold, bamboo cones. 

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