London has an incredible jazz scene with some of the worlds best jazz venues. The city keeps the genre of jazz, fresh, innovative and celebrated as jazz musicians from all over the world take to the stage. Here are the three best London Jazz clubs and bars to visit…
Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club
Ronnie Scotts is undoubtedly the most popular and well-known jazz club in London. In fact, it is one of the most famous jazz clubs in the world! With many talented and successful musicians performing here. Ronnie Scotts is situated in Soho, well-known as the district of fashion and music. In Soho, you get the feeling that you can be anyone you want, with so many quirky and unique individuals. The stylish and fresh vibe makes it the perfect place for Ronnie Scott’s. However, this club is very sophisticated and usually attracts more of an upper-class crowd, with some shows being fairly expensive (but very worth it!). It celebrates the genre of jazz in all its beauty and asks quests to remain silent through performances. So everyone can solely focus on the spectacular harmonies and rhythms of jazz music. If you want to visit this jazz club then you better book quick. Shows sell out extremely fastly.
And guess what? this venue also hosts The Late Late Show with James Cordon. A late-night talk show! This runs a few times a week and each time a different jazz band will be chosen to feature. You’ll view some of London’s top jazz musicians! And get to enjoy a mixture of jazz and comedy all in the same sitting.
Pizza Express Jazz Club
Pizza Express Jazz Club is no more than a 5-minute walk from Ronnie Scotts. It has also become very well-known and is a popular choice for Londoners and visitors. The club is award-winning and regularly holds performances from the top jazz musicians in the industry. There have been many famous musicians that have played there, such as pianists Lennie Felix and Brian Lemon. And also many extremely famous singers such as Amy Winehouse, Gregory Porter, Benny Carter, Brad Mehlday, Rick Wakeman and many more. Check their website out for an extensive list of performers! The club has no won many awards. Such as Time Out and Parliamentary Jazz Awards and the impressive ”Venue of the Year’ at the London Lifestyle Awards (in both 2015 and 2016). And of course, everyone knows that Pizza Express pizza is the best. So, Jazz and a delicious pizza, does it get much better?
The 606 Jazz Club
The 606 Jazz Club is situated in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Despite the venue being very small and intimate (with 175 people being the capacity), it’s extremely popular and well-known as one of London’s best jazz venues. You can attend a jazz night every single night of the week if you wanted to! The 606 hosts a different jazz performance 7 days a week. Usually, there are two different bands that play each night. It’s the perfect place for jazz musicians from all over the world to showcase their music as the club encourages new and fresh jazz bands. You can spend a whole evening here with a delicious and extensive food menu. Guests that attend The 606 are always respectful of the performances and remain quiet. So if you come here you know you’re experience of jazz music will be undisrupted and wonderful.