Despite the heavy influence of the blues on many aspects of the London music scene, sadly the capital has no Beale Street to rival Memphis, Tennessee.
Instead R & B lovers and those just looking for something aside from the run of the mill must generally make do with a collection of mainly jazz orientated pubs and clubs which host regular blues nights.
A LondonNet favourite The Blues Bar, is located right in the heart of the capital. A small corner of this bar-come-venue plays host to some incredibly talented blues bands seven nights a week. Virtually packed out every night (especially at weekends) it’s essential to get there early in order to guarantee a seat.
The Blues Bar
20 Kingly St
Soho, London W1
– Just a few minutes away from busy Oxford St, this cosy pub-venue, decorated with photos of blues legends, features bands every night of the week, most at no charge.
47 Frith Street, London W1
Leicester Square Tube
– The late great’s jazz and R&B emporium. A must-visit for aficionados, this superb club is conveniently located in the heart of London’s Soho