The best restaurants with live music

The best places to find a food and music fix under one roof


Thames Foyer at the Savoy

This stunning room at the heart of The Savoy, dappled with natural light from the glass dome overhead, is home to the hotel's famous afternoon tea. Those partaking in this refined British tradition can enjoy being serenaded by the pianist in the central garden gazebo, while come evening the space takes on a different atmosphere altogether. As well as putting on live music acts and dinner dances soundtracked by its resident dance orchestra, every Thursday and Friday sees it transformed into a haven for jazz aficionados at its regular live music nights.

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Red Rooster

Just like Marcus Samuelsson's original restaurant in Harlem, music plays a key part in the laid-back, party atmosphere of this outpost of Red Rooster in London's Shoreditch. With live acts on seven days a week, each night is themed to a particular genre, catering for different tastes. Ease into the week with acoustic soul on Mondays and afrobeat and reggae on Tuesdays, while it gets livelier as the weekend approaches with hip-hop and Motown on Fridays, culminating with the popular gospel brunch on Sunday.


This swanky Mayfair dining spot has its roots in the glamorous Art Deco era, but truly came into its own in the 1990s under the stewardship of Sir Terence Conran as the place to see and be seen. Quaglino’s has undergone a lavish refurbishment under the current owners, experienced restaurant group D&D London, that recalls its glory days. This is also thanks, in part, to its late licence, meaning that it can lay on a line-up of live bands to keep diners dancing until 3am at weekends.


Sketch may be best known for its highly Instagrammable David Shrigley-designed interiors, but just as much attention has been put into its playlists to create an experience that is a treat for all the senses. Curated by music director Mathieu Massadian, who brings decades of knowledge working with record labels in Paris, the line-up of in-house DJs includes the minimalistic Mademoiselle Jayne and house specialist Alex Gromadzki.


Part cafe/bar, part radio station, at Spiritland in King's Cross, music is not just a mere auxiliary feature, but central to its premise. At its heart is the custom-built sound system, conceived by high-end audio experts Living Voice, making it one of the best places to catch one of the rotating line-up of DJs. If you need any more proof that it takes its sound quality seriously, Spiritland has recently expanded to include the Headphone Bar in Mayfair, from which its sells some of the best audio gear on the market.

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