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The best jazz bars in London if you're feeling inspired by La La Land

Julie Delahaye

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone have dazzled fans in the dreamy trailer for their newest film La La Land, which tells the story of jazz pianist Sebastian and aspiring Mia as they fall in love in Los Angeles and navigate through the world of fame. Although we have to wait until January 12 for the film's UK release, the teaser already has us hooked with its impressive dance numbers and whimsical jazz music.

If you can't wait for the film's release and want to embrace your inner jazz fan, why not head to one of London's best jazz bars? We've rounded up the best five you'll want to try… 

The Nightjar

A speakeasy-style bar in Old Street, you'll feel like you've been transported to the 1920s. It's not just the setting and live music that will you have feeling like you've stepped back in time – there's also vintage specialist drinks for an all-encompassing experience! As a bonus there's table service and a no standing policy, meaning you won't have a long wait at the bar or people standing in your way of the performances.

For more information visit barnightjar.com


Nightjar will transport you back to the 1920s (Photo: Jerome Courtial)

Dalston Jazz Bar

Looking for somewhere to take in great jazz and also grab a bite to eat? Dalston Jazz Bar boasts an eclectic menu including exotic treats such as ostrich, shark and zebra. Want to dance along? Visit on a Friday or Saturday after 11.30pm when the bar transforms into the Dalston Jazz Club.

For more information visit dalstonjazzclubrestaurant.co.uk

The 606 Club

Jazz artist Jamie Cullum previously described this club as "London's best music venue", and it remains a firm favourite amongst music fans. The 606 Club supports home-grown talent, only booking British-based musicians, with live sets seven nights a week. Make sure to book in advance as places fill up fast in this popular joint!

For more information visit 606club.com


The 606 Club has live sets seven nights a week

The Piano Bar Soho

This Soho favourite regularly hosts speakeasy jazz and cocktail nights, serving up classics including Old Fashioneds and Long Island Iced Teas, and the snug surroundings mean you won't be battling crowds to get to the bar. Although The Piano Bar is a reservations-only member's bar, non-members can get guest list access to experience one of their glamorous nights.

For more information visit pianobarsoho.com


The Piano Bar Soho boasts delicious classic cocktails

Ronnie Scott's

Nestled in the heart of Soho, Ronnie Scott's is one of the oldest jazz clubs in the world. Legends such as Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone and Chet Baker have played to the audiences at the intimate venue, where the cosy tables provided the perfect setting for sitting back and enjoying the music. Make sure to try one of their delicious cocktails – they have an extensive list including classics with a twist.

For more information visit ronniescotts.co.uk

La La Land will be release in UK cinemas on January 12. 

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