Discover the top best jazz bars in London. Before dance, hip hop and rock, the original soundtrack to drinking was creamy smooth, velvety jazz. The Carouser loves some of the rock stars of jazz like Sinatra, John Kerouac and Miles Davis. These men have a graceful edge to their debauchery and I want to know their secret. So, the Carouser has fished out the hovels that hoard these classic, suave, sexy ladies and gentleman.
One jazz club that people would kill me not to mention is the Jazz Cafe in Camden. It’s a large venue that has housed some of the biggest artists, including Amy Winehouse. It would be rude not to go. A short walk from there, towards Chalk Farm is the notorious Joe’s. I say notorious because the locals often disregard it as a filthy place but then always end up in there after a few too many martinis. It’s open till late, sweat is dripping from the walls while everyone is jiving like a mother fucker. That’s jazz.
Also in North London, is The Shaftsbury Tavern in Archway. A quiet pub tucked in Hornsey Road offers a live jazz band every Tuesday. It has a classic set up and the most fabulous bartenders. Which is very different to its close neighbour, The Silver Bullet who seem to take a more urban style vibe. Blues and Jazz events happen quite frequently here with a close walk to the station, everything’s dandy.
Bringing back the sophistication to Jazz is the ultra secret speakeasy, located in Chelsea. In Barts you have to knock to enter and book ahead. Once in, the jazz is creamy and the cocktails are classy. The bartender becomes your best friend and he makes sure your pockets will be empty by the time you leave. Another lesser known secret is Cecil’s, hidden in the back alleys of London Bridge. The 1930’s themed basement bar has everyone (and I mean everyone) dressed up and dancing to the in-house jazz band.
The more commercial jazz clubs seem to be located closer to central London. Ronnie Scott’s is one of the oldest jazz clubs in the world, located on North End Road. It’s extremely popular with jazz fiends so table bookings are essential. If you like to eat with your music, Pizza Express Jazz Club is one of the most innovative uses for a pizzeria I’ve seen. I found out about this place at my time at Jazz FM and was delighted to hear it hosts some of the best musicians including Jamie Cullum.
Dalston, being a trendy area, does have it’s perks. The Dalston Jazz Club holds the latest jazz performers with a small but delightful selection of food while you scat to the beat. Vortex is probably the more trendy of the two, hosted by a bunch of volunteers in the name of art. You couldn’t get more Dalston than that.
Each jazz club has its own appeal making it the most diverse selection fans and artists. Wether a quiet jam or a swinging Saturday is what you’re after, you can enjoy this wonderful genre of music any day of the week.