A couple of weeks ago the lovely Jas and I met up for a catchup over bottomless bubbles at one of the coolest London venues I’ve ever been too. The Pianoworks is located in Farringdon which was eerily quiet for a Sunday morning being a very business focused area but after queuing up outside waiting for the venue to open we descended some stairs into a whole new world.
The Pianoworks is Londons only non stop live music venue so no matter what time of day you arrive be it 6pm on a Wednesday for a post work drink or noon on a Sunday for brunch like us you’ll be treated to live music either in the form of two pianists or a full band. The best part – there’s no set list. The music is completely dictated by the audience who can request any song by writing it down on one of the specially printed napkins and leaving a tip which your waiter will drop off to the band on your behalf. It makes for an eclectic collection of tunes but also makes you appreciate just how talented these guys are at what they do.
Of course the live aspect does mean that the venue is rather loud so if you need a venue where you can have deep and meaningful conversation with your dining companions then maybe pick somewhere else but if you just want to have fun listening to good music (and dancing!) then this is the place for you.
Brunch is served at The Pianoworks every Saturday and Sunday and while the menu is short it offers pretty much everything you could want from a brunch. Eggs benedict, avocado on toast and a full English brekkie are all standard options but they also have bombay omelettes made with onion, spinach, cumin & curry powder served with a mini naan bread and a bacon and egg bap with cajun spices! Given that I was in the midst of a UC flare and that food wasn’t really agreeing with me all that much I decided to play it safe with a full English (minus the beans cos blech) while Jasmin chose the scrambled egg with smoked salmon with a cheeky side of sausage.
I thought that the portions were incredibly generous especially Jas’ smoked salmon which can sometimes be a little on the skimpy side at restaurants but my full English was just as impressive. The sausages were amazing and clearly very high quality, the black and white pudding was a rare treat for this Scot in England and the bacon, potato and onion hash was also a nice touch. Really good value for money with both of these options in my opinion.
Everything was washed down rather nicely with glass after glass of crisp prosecco which only costs £15 per person for two hours (£20 on a Saturday for some reason) that our waiter literally never let get even close to empty. Despite being pretty close to full we stretched out our leftover time by ordering a cheesecake to share for dessert. It was nice enough but didn’t leave up to the standard of the mains in my opinion.
Two hours of prosecco and loud music in a dimly lit venue later we put on our coats and scarves and stepped out into the bright daylight of London – it was only 2pm but it really did feel like it should be 8 o’clock at night (the perils of a basement venue I guess) and I absolutely went home and had a deliciously decadent afternoon nap while still having plenty of time to tick off everything on my to do list for the weekend!
Thanks to Jo of Love PopUps London for setting this review up.