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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

Swing in the city: London's top jazz venues revealed

21st December 2011

As well as boasting a vast array of eateries, bars, clubs, pubs, museums and theatres, London is also home to some the best jazz venues in the world – a perfect night out for anyone staying in one of the luxury hotels in London.

One of the most famous is Ronnie Scott's, which is one of the oldest such venues in the world.

It was opened in 1959 by saxophonists Ronnie Scott and Pete King and since then some most of the biggest names in jazz have graced the stage including the James Taylor Quartet, who wrote the theme to Starsky and Hutch, and Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra. 

Coming up in 2012 is bass legend Jack Bruce of Cream fame, from 6th-8th March.

Another top venue is Jazz Club Soho by Pizza Express that will satisfy your appetite with a combination of flavoursome food and fine jazz.

It is not just the fans who have been attracted by the pizza and musicianship as the central London venue has played hosts to the likes of Norah Jones, Jamie Cullum and Amy Winehouse.

In February, New York vocalist Gregory Porter, who UK pianist Jamie Cullum calls "very special", will be wowing the crowds once again.

The London Jazz Café is a rather newer kid on the music block, but has had a turbulent time since its inception in 1990. However, now under the guidance of music group Mean Fiddler, it is playing host to jazz, soul, funk, world, dance and hip hop.

To celebrate Valentine's Day, UK soul legend Omar will be performing on Saturday 18th February.

One of the 5 star hotels in London would provide the perfect romantic setting for a Valentine's getaway, where you can relax in the privacy of a luxury suite and dine in a fabulous restaurant. 

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