Three hidden London jazz & blues venues

Updated: Feb 17, 2019

When we're not working ourselves, the next best thing to playing music is to go out and watch it. There are the usual haunts that are always spoken about; Ronnie Scotts, The 606, Pizza Express Dean Street. But here are three venues that have awesome live music most nights of the week, but aren't spoken of nearly as much as they should be.

1. Scarfs Bar at The Rosewood Hotel, Holborn.

Known London-wide for having a room that can rival Berners Tavern, Scarfes bar serves incredible cocktails in a location that never gets too crowded. You may have to wait a little bit on Saturday, but when there is room you'll always get a cosy seat and a great view of the live music. And there music here is always top notch. Look out for Damian Flood and his band.

2. Pizza Express Live - Holborn.

There are now a few Pizza Express restaurants playing killer jazz. soul and funk in London aside from the Soho flagship. A current favourite is actually right opposite Scarfs Bar on High Holborn. Featuring seats right up against the stage and great food, Pizza Express Live Holborn features amazing value for money for the high quality of acts there. Look out for the City Funk Orchestra for a night of dancing!

3. Jam in a Jar, Green Lanes, Harringey.

Now for more of a local vibe. Jam in a Jar has served Green Lanes with great drinks and music for a few years now, and has recently doubled in size. It's a juke joint vibe with a huge variety of acts. Usually free entry and of course non-central London prices for drinks.

Look out for any of the live blues acts there.