Studio 88, the capital’s latest late-night hotspot, will be hosting The House of Song, the audience-requested live music concept that has proven to be a huge hit in Farringdon’s The Piano Works.
The name Studio 88 comes from the creative industries in the area, of which there are plenty in nearby Soho, as well as the fact that there are 88 keys on the standard piano. As you can guess, pianos feature heavily in the arrangement of most of the songs that are played. The main thing to remember is that the selections and playlist are down to you, the audience!
The immersive experience allows for anyone, with any taste in music, to join in. The main stage features a six-piece band complete with two pianists. There are also 50 musicians on rotation with no pre-planned set list to work from, so you’re guaranteed a unique night out whenever you visit.
Some of the country’s top designers have been involved in the creation of the underground venue. The tables sync up to the music and light up in time with the songs being played. It takes a while to get used to, but don’t worry, it’s not the wide array of cocktails going straight to your head!
Music is obviously the big attraction, especially with fewer and fewer venues offering the live experience nowadays, but the food is also a big attraction.
The menu is California cone-based – bamboo cones filled with fresh and vibrant Californian-influenced ingredients. Choose from a wide range of dishes, including miso pork with black bean, quinoa and chipotle yoghurt; coconut chicken curry with sticky jasmine rice, coriander chutney with cashews and crispy fried onions or the veggie shiitake mushrooms with curly kale, garlic, tamari and sesame seeds.
The experimental cocktail list, known as The Autograph Collection, features theatrical serves inspired by the world’s most famous recording and filming studios, including Pinewood, Abbey Road and Motown’s first headquarters, Hitsville USA; expect experimental and molecular concoctions designed to delight and surprise. Traditionalists can choose from House of Song’s signature collection featuring reinvented classic cocktails, while other drinks include premium spirits, wines and beers.
Nearest tube: Piccadilly Circus.
Visit Studio 88 for booking information.