Piano Kensington

Bars and pubs Kensington
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Venue says Olav Bratli, one of Norways's top entertainers, entertains this weekend from 8.30pm.

Piano Kensington is a venue for listening to jazz pianists five nights a week. They serve a regularly changing menu combining influences from numerous cuisines, and snacks on Sunday evening when there is no dinner service.

The short wine list includes bottles from both Europe and the New World, with prices starting at £20.95, and several wines are available by the glass. 

Note: live music is played from 6-11.30pm Tuesday through Thursday; from 6pm-midnight Friday and Saturday; and from 8.30-11.30pm on ‘Jazz Sundays’, when there is no cover charge or entry fee.

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Piano Kensington says
Lively cocktail piano bar. The best of London's piano entertainers play five nights a week, with top jazz trios every Sunday. Perfect for celebrations.
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Venue name: Piano Kensington
Address: 106 Kensington High St
W8 4SG
Opening hours: Tuesday – Friday, 5pm - midnight Saturday – 5pm - midnight Sunday – 6pm - 11.30pm Sunday 6pm - 10pm
Transport: Tube: High St Kensington
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An inconspicuous door, a narrow staircase and a hidden gem on the first floor: step into a legendary piano bar on Kensington high street. The lights are dim, the atmosphere is buzzing and hidden behind Londoners dancing and singing along to all time classics, you’ll eventually spot the piano man, playing away by the window at a piano that takes the name of this venue literally as it has an inbuilt bar. Grab a prime spot next to him if you are lucky to find a free seat or join the standing crowds for a night to remember. You can request your favourite tunes or sing along to the those that come on, most of which you are bound to know. 

This tiny place tends to get quite packed, so booking is advised. Good for second dates (the bar tends to get quite loud so it’s not great if you want to have a proper conversation), birthday parties or catch-ups with friends, Piano bar is a must for all live music enthusiasts out there looking for a night out to unwind, cheer up and let the worries of the week fade away one piano chord at a time.


Go here on a Friday or Saturday night and don't expect someone playing the piano in the corner quietly as you dine. This becomes a party bar with requests and the area by the piano in the corner heaving with revellers dancing to the ivories! It's a shame the bar doesn't do draft ales and beers but they do have a good selection by the bottle, wines and spirits. It's also very loud for such a small place but if you're into that, you'll have a good time. Capacity is an issue so don't expect to get in late at night.

Sonia C

This is quite simply the absolute best night out ever in London! This small but perfectly formed bar fairly hums along with bonhomie as the piano man plays & the crowd sings along. By the end of the night it's a full on party. Friendly clientele, great staff & a veritable hit parade of classic tunes old & new. Who knew Purple Rain could be such a fist pumping piano power ballad?! Above average bar snacks with perfect arancini & the most delicious porcini truffle chips- highly addictive!!

Vanessa C

Love this intimate setting where beautiful live piano music abounds! You can grab a bite as well to go along with your favorite drink. Location across from the High Street tube station is very convenient. Always a place to revisit.

Vajeeha M

This place is just rad! Don't be confused, it's tiny as hell but man the vibe is exhilarating. The pianist is out of this world, he can play ANYTHING. For real, ANYTHING. From rap to indie, to British pop, he sings it loud and proud and he does it damn well! Plus, the whole place can't help but join in as divas or divos.

Get there early if you want somewhere to sit, or to even try and get in at all - since it's small, it gets filled up quick.

Not a great selection on mocktails and it is a pricey joint (not a surprise considering the area) but certainly a night I'll never forget and hope to return to soon!


Brilliant live music from piano man, Nick Reeve, who puts his own spin on the latest hits. By the end of the night, the whole place is bound to be packed onto the tiny dance floor belting out the hits with him. My advice, book a table in advance or be prepare to stand for the entire evening. People become territorial over their tables, even if they’re just using them to rest their coats and bags. Another word of warning, don’t leave the bar and try to get back in... the door staff will inform you they’ve reached full capacity. 

Lisa Slyfield

A busy venue with friendly bar staff and an amazing Pianoman playing/singing live putting his own twist on current hits as well as some classic oldies. Everyone was up and dancing and singing along. Fantastic night out.