Studio 88

47 Whitcomb Street

Opening Times

Monday – Wednesday: 5pm – 1am
Thursday – Saturday: 5pm – 3am
Sunday: Closed

At Studio 88 you’ll be hard-pressed not to have a brilliant night out. The newly opened live music venue sees a six-piece band, comprising two pianists, a drummer, guitarist, bassist and horn player, play music requested by you. The band rotates more than 50 musicians, so no two nights are the same. They can play nearly anything, so test them – and tip them – if you want your song to skip the queue.

Studio 88 draws visitors of all ages, while the name is inspired by the 88 keys on a piano keyboard. Founder and director Alan Lorrimer says: ‘With the number of London’s live music venues in decline – 50 have shut their doors for good since 2007 – we are delighted to open our second live music venue in the capital.’ Studio 88 is under ground, but don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s compact: it fits 400 people standing (or dancing). The venue looks the part, too: the Olivier Award-winning designer, Mike Robertson, has created lights that flash in time to the beat. The bar’s menu is inspired by record and film studios such as Abbey Road. Try the Pinewood Studios cocktail – which is the home of James Bond films. The drink is made with Martini and served shaken, not stirred.

Studio 88 is modelled on its sister venue The Piano Works, also a spot for live music and a hit in Farringdon. With its warehouse-style setting, The Piano Works is popular with an after-work crowd and 20-somethings, who request songs on sheet music printed on napkins. In addition to Studio 88, Megaro’s Piano Bar has opened in The Megaro hotel. On Thursdays and Fridays, a live band performs jazz, blues and 1980s pop. So when it comes to London nightlife, pianos bars are music to our ears.


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  • Charing Cross
  • Leicester Square
  • Embankment
  • Covent Garden
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