After standing on my feet all day, I was really looking forward to a night of good music and cocktails to kick-start my weekend. 

Located in the basement of a Victorian listed warehouse in the heart of Farringdon, The Piano Works is a creative space of live music and entertainment which seeks to revive the tradition of Victorian music halls – the fascinating, long-forgotten days of smoking jazz lounges, swing balls and Charleston jives. 

 With my wristband strapped on, I made my way down the stairs to the basement where I was further welcomed with a chilled glass of prosecco before I explored the vast space. With a 400 capacity, the place really is quite huge with three bars in total (= less queues, more drinks!). The main stage is obviously the centre of attraction, with a live band consisting of two pianists, vocalists and accompanying musicians. The concept is simple and fun, where the audience can make song requests by writing it on a napkin which is then handed to the band.

You may not have your song played immediately, with the understandably long list of requests, especially on a busy night, but nonetheless you really can’t fault the enthusiasm and talent of the band. I do have great admiration for musicians, with a particular soft spot for pianists and saxophonists – if anyone happens to know any eligible ones, do kindly send them my way…

The vibe is vibrant and lively, and all that music and dancing definitely works up an appetite. Thankfully The Piano Works also offers a long list of cocktails and a food menu to keep your energy levels going. 

I started with the Almond and Hazelnut Sour under Kelly’s trusted recommendation, made with Disaronno almond liqueur, frangellico hazelnut liqueur, egg white and lemon – definitely no regrets with this choice. I also had a Mai Tai after – because you just can’t go wrong with a Mai Tai…

 We had a little sample of the ‘Filled Rolls or Not’ menu: medium rare ribeye steak, butterflied chicken breast marinated in Moorish spices, a vegetarian pan-fried chickpea and pumpkin seed burger, and my favourite Cajun-spiced softshell crab.

Overall, I love the concept, and it would be a great venue for after-work drinks, a fun night out with friends, or even a potential date spot – maybe even try to jump on and show off your hidden musical skills… 

So get your groove on, and head down to the House of Song.

The Cheekster, signing out x

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