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Best Intimate Music Venues for Date Night

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For those looking for a romantic, cosy night out in London with your significant other, you’re in luck. There are countless places to go to spend the evening together, feeling like it’s just the two of you despite how busy the rest of the city is! After all, London is one of the most romantic cities in the world, up there with the likes of Paris and Venice.

One particularly great thing about London – and one that helps it stand out above other global cities – is our fantastic music scene. Thanks to our wonderful artists and musicians that have made their name in the city, we have some amazing music venues across the capital to check out some world-class live music in. And if it’s romance you’re after, then you’ll be pleased to know there is an abundance of intimate, cosy and romantic venues to check out.

We’ve rounded up our favourites, all within easy distance or connections to our fabulous accommodation near Paddington – our Devonshire Hotel Paddington. The hotel’s imposing facade is graced with period features, yet inside there’s a contemporary feel to the restful rooms, with crisp white linen, calming powder grey leather, warm wood and gleaming marble. Amenities include flat-screen TVs, complimentary WiFi and tea and coffee making facilities, and each room has a microwave oven for added convenience.

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Nightjar – Hoxton

‘A hidden slice of old-school glamour on the fringes of Shoreditch’, Nightjar’s reputation for injecting new life into forgotten cocktails and bringing a fresh take to traditional recipes and presentation is famous. Alongside the drinks menu is an extended spirit list, including classic tipples, a delightful menu of tapas and sharing plates, and a nightly program of the very finest vintage jazz, blues, ragtime, and swing that the capital has to offer. It’s also surprisingly cosy, so makes for the perfect date spot.

St Pancras Old Church – Islington 

This small, Grade II-listed church has been showcasing the best live music since back in 2011 and is a go-to place for established musicians to play special acoustic shows. After all, the location is perfect for it, with the spotlight lighting often coming from candles, rickety wooden chairs and the audience rarely entering too far into triple numbers. Sinead O’Connor and Brian Eno have performed there in previous years, with many more big names making fairly regular appearances.

Sebright Arms – Hackney

One of London’s nicest intimate venues brought to you by the company behind the Old Blue Last since 2017. Constantly being recognised as a live music venue providing a broad range of craft beers and tasty food, it’s the perfect place for an east London date night. Burrowed away, just off of the Hackney Road, the Sebright Arms is very much your local’s watering hole, appreciated for hosting initial shows for big bands and artists including the likes of Courtney Barnett, Charli XCX, Catfish and the Bottlemen, H09909, Hinds, Sunflower bean and many more.

Bloomsbury Club Bar – Bloomsbury 

The Bloomsbury Club oozes elegant appeal – it’s an English gent’s club meets library, but the cabinets are filled with alcohol rather than literature. The bar takes its influence from the group of writers and artists who socialised together in this spot back in the early twentieth century. There’s a drink titled after each of the Bloomsbury Set’s ten central members, so you can sip on a Virginia Woolf or a Duncan Grant, and many more. The room is adorned with chesterfield armchairs, accentuated by current, teal velvet stools. A curve of high-backed chairs surrounds the bar, a top spot where you can soak up the master mixology while gazing at a jazz duo playing at the foot of the room.

The Blue Posts – Soho

Not far from The Devonshire Hotel Paddington, this ground floor pub boasts the same soaring ceilings and large windows it’s had for the previous 275 years, but it has been given a makeover with leather barstools, green walls, and a metal bar. Here you can experience amazing live jazz (every Sunday from 5-8 pm) as you scan the lineup of independently fermented cask ales, craft beers & ciders including Mondo Brewing’s delicious Denis Hopp’r. This place is often regarded as a little slice of vintage heaven in an otherwise bustling London area.

Blind Spot – Covent Garden

Cloaked behind a door with a golden palm for a handle, Blind Spot serves powerful cocktails created with ingredients from around the globe. And they’ve got a decent grasp on the ambience, too, thanks to the live blues, jazz and pop bands that bring life to the place every Tuesday.

Cahoots – Carnaby

You’ll immediately enter the 1940s by a staircase – which looks like one of the old wooden escalators that previously lead down to the London Underground. Enter through the ticket hall and you’ll find yourself in an informal, bustling and secret cocktail retreat comprising a replica 1940s tube carriage finished with traditional adverts visible on the brick wall through the windows. You’ll also spot railway tracks; transformed steel bunk beds; antique lampshades fraternised with chandeliers; bartenders serving drinks that mix champagne with garden produce, alongside black market alcohol and post-war favourites. On the walls and floor, you’ll experience framed tube maps and glossy white, underground tiles; old clocks that tick backwards; sandbags; luggage racks and – multiple times a week – a live band playing 1940s jazz and swing.

The Vault at Milroy’s – Soho

Hearing the lively strains of live music radiating from behind a bookcase would, in most circumstances, be a reason for concern. In fact, the only time it isn’t, is when you find yourself scanning the shelves of Soho whisky institution Milroy’s, and are recalled of the fact that their secret, romantic bar (concealed at the back of some shelving towards the back of the store) has now transformed Monday evenings to live music nights. Here you can relax with your partner and a whisky cocktail and enjoy the feeling of stumbling across something special.

 

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