The London Standard once described London as being, “engulfed in melancholy”. Why did the London Standard make such claim? Because of the growing number of blues bars in London that have been sprouting up around the capital in recent years.
Whilst London may be falling considerably behind Chicago in terms of being the ‘Blues capital of the world’, today London has a pulsating blues scene, as if people have suddenly realised what genre of music left all of other forms in it’s wake.
If you are keen to experience this cool, genuine and thoroughly raw music scene in the capital, then take a look at three of the best blues bars in London.
The Blue’s Kitchen, Camden Town
Camden’s legendary “Oh bar” has recently been converted to become “The Blue’s Kitchen”, where not only can you hear some of the best blues music from down the centuries but you can eat and drink authentic culinary delights from South America. There are 40 bourbon whiskeys’ on offer behind The Blue’s Kitchen long American-style bar.
Naturally, blues bars in London would not be complete without live music and you certainly won’t be disappointed at this top music venue, as there is live music on every night of the week with an open microphone night on Sundays. Spending a leisurely evening eating delicious food whilst listen to the ultra-cool sounds of live blues music conducting and dominating the ambience, as to be one of the biggest pleasures London has to offer!
Charlotte Street Blues, Fitzrovia
Charlotte Street Blues as you would expect is on Charlotte Street in the Fotzrovia region of Camden. Recent acts at this popular blues club have included the Yardbirds and iconic American Blues man Jimmy Kalb. The usual massive choice of bourbons and great soul-food are available At Charlotte Street Blues and it has to be said that the food and drink here are very reasonably priced. Adding to the great ambience of the club is the display of photos taken by the American country blues singer, John Hopkins of the influential American blues singer and songwriter, John Lee Hooker and The Rolling Stones.
Aint Nothin But The Blues, Soho
Aint Nothin But The Blues in Soho has been around for 20 years and has live gigs on every night of the week, with the next month’s gigs being chalked on a blackboard. A Blues jam night takes place on a Monday and draws in musicians from all over London. The legendary Blues outfit “Jeremiah and his Aces” repeatedly play at this club and always raise the roof!