The best jazz bars in London are impressive. Often small, often full of true jazz fans and always welcoming, the best jazz bars in London have a uniquely soulful and friendly air which many other live music venues
in London struggle to recreate.
More Jazz Bars in London
With its distinctive but discreet red brick arched doorway, the 606 Club is one of Chelsea's most popular jazz venues.
90 Lots Road, Chelsea, London, SW10 0QD
(020) 7352 5953
Cabot Place West, Canary Wharf, London, E14 4QT
(020) 7715 5818
Boisdale of Canary Wharf is the largest of the group and features a large smoking terrace, cigar club and London's largest collection of whiskies. They also host some of the world's leading jazz, soul and blues musicians.
The Bulls Head has been featuring jazz acts for the last 50 years and host live music every night of the week.
373 Lonsdale Road, Barnes, London, SW13 9PY
(020) 8876 5241
Dalston Jazz Bar is the venue if you want pure fun – endless musical possibilities and always a packed out place.
4 Bradbury Street, London, N16 8JN
(020) 7254 9728
On Sundays, the legendary Uncle Sam's Jazz Band make an appearance and play late into the night.
438 Kingsland Road, Hackney, London, E8 4AA
(020) 7923 3206
Hideaway is a vibrant live music venue tucked away on Empire Mews behind Streatham High Road. As well as featuring music from established artists they also provide a platform for up-and-coming jazz, funk, soul, Latin and RnB musicians as well as hosting a weekly comedy night.
2 Empire Mews, Streatham, London, SW16 2BF
(020) 8835 7070
Le QuecumBar is a funky, laid back jazz club on Battersea High Street dedicated to hot club gypsy jazz swing.
42-44 Battersea High Street, Battersea Park, London, SW11 3HX
(020) 7787 2227
The Leopard Bar and Cigar Lounge is an intimate bar located within The Montague on the Gardens Hotel.
The Montague on the Gardens Hotel, 15 Montague Street, London, WC1B 5BJ
(020) 7612 8416
To coincide with the London Jazz Festival, the Mango Tree is putting on a range of sensational acts from 13th - 16th November including the Frank Giasullo and Art Themen Quartet.
46 Grosvenor Place, Belgravia, London, SW1X 7EQ
(020) 7823 1888
Free entry and live jazz on Portobello Road on Thursdays equals happy days all round for west Londonders.
265 Portobello Road, Notting Hill, London, W11 1LR
(020) 7229 8528
The Nag's Head hosts a variety of jazz on Sundays, including a five-piece group, The Stowaways.
9 Orford Road, Walthamstow, London, E17 9LP
(020) 8520 9709
People are attracted by more than just the setting here - live music, jazz, acoustic or multi-piece sets can be enjoyed every Friday and Saturday night when groupies spontaneously begin dancing.
381 Lordship Lane, East Dulwich, London, SE22 8JJ
(020) 8693 4236
Prince Arthur on Eversholt Street holds a live jazz every Tuesday from the Bee Ororo Quartet.
80-82 Eversholt Street, Camden Town, London, NW1 1BX
(020) 7387 2165
Ronnie Scotts is one of the oldest Jazz clubs the world, and since opening has featured most of the legendary and popular names in modern jazz and jazz fusion. (And here's your fact of the day - Ronnie Scott provided the sax solo on The Beatles' 'Lady Madonna'. And he didn't like the final recording.)
47 Frith Street, Soho, London, W1D 4HT
(020) 7439 0747
Ronnie's Bar is located upstairs at the legendary Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club but it has its own entrance and roster of jazz, folk and world music events.
Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, 47 Frith Street, Soho, London, W1D 4HT
(020) 7439 0747
The Scolt Head brings live music to De Beauvoir Town, with monthly gigs from Peter Werth's Jazz Crew.
107a Culford Road, De Beauvoir Town, London, N1 4HT
(020) 7254 3965
Regular events are held here, including a jazz night, weekly live music, a quiz night on a Thursday and fortnightly comedy.
60 Selkirk Road, Tooting, London, SW17 0ES
(020) 8672 6235
Smooth jazz den for trendy north east Londoners.
10A Bradbury Street, Dalston, London, N16 8JN
(020) 7684 8411
At Spice of Life you can catch live performances of almost every genre from blues to classical, rock, indie to funk and soul. And some exemplary jazz too of course.
6 Moor Street, Soho, London, W1D 5NA
(020) 7437 7013
Playboy Club London, 14 Old Park Lane, Mayfair, London, W1K 1ND
(020) 3553 7733
The Tale Bar is a cocktail bar within the Playboy Club that is inspired by the clubs history and features vintage imagery. There is an impressive range of drinks available at the Tale Bar that are served by the club's iconic Bunnies. With a weekly jazz night held each Thursday, The Tale Bar at the Playboy Club London is well worth a visit for live music fans.
Chesterfield Hotel, 35 Charles Street, Mayfair, London, W1J 5EB
(020) 7491 2622
Terrace Bar is loacted in the Chesterfield Hotel in Mayfair, characterised by stylish decor and top quality service. A complete restaurant menu is available alongside the extensive drinks list. Every Wednesday swing-lovers, gin aficionados and hotel guests should all make merry as they find The Chesterfield Mayfair's Terrace Bar transformed into an intimate jazz setting. The music is perfectly complemented by a bespoke menu of event-exclusive gin cocktails. Served with complimentary and seasonally-themed canapé accompaniments.
Toulouse Lautrec, located in Kennington, offers an impressive menu of French dishes including charcuterie, snails and weekly specials. A comprehensive wine list, with something to suit all budgets, is available to complement your meal.
140 Newington Butts, Kennington, London, SE11 4RN
Toulouse Lautrec also provides quality live music from Jazz to Soul Funk, from French Chansons to Latin Salsa.
(020) 7582 6800
Troy hosts midweek live jazz music and open mic jazz sessions in its trendy Hoxton location.
10 Hoxton Street, Hoxton, London, N1 6NG
The Vortex is a legendary and world renowned live jazz venue that is suitably shabby and welcoming, whilst retaining an air of exclusivity in Dalston.
11 Gillett Square, Dalston, London, N16 8AZ
(020) 7254 4097