Weekend Hot Spot The Piano Works Serves Up A Night of Entertainment (With Delicious Food & Tasty Cocktails)

As Friday creeps around, so too does the pressure to do something. To get dressed up, to socialise, to exert the last morsel of energy the working week kindly spared you. And so, if the couch doesn’t swallow you first, that’s exactly what you do. However, as the weekends come and go, these go-with-the-flow evenings can become unnervingly similar to many others that have preceded. You’ll return to the reliable Italian that still takes walk-ins, or perhaps you’ll skip the meal entirely and head straight to the pub, the one you know will have a corner to spare. It is here that the drained conversations repeat themselves- irritating colleagues, intense workloads, the cost of living, etc. You’ve come to socialise, but leave feeling depleted. This is because often, we don’t need to “catch-up” at all. Instead, we should be listening. That is, listening to an expert pianist and a multitasking waitress with a voice of an angel, to be precise.

Introducing; The Piano Works, the energy-infusing weekend hot spot serving delicious food, tasty cocktails, and a night of entertainment. 

Whether you’re celebrating a milestone with a buzzing group of friends or on a romantic date with a partner you’re keen to impress, a table at The Piano Works is a guaranteed winner for all occasions. How, you may ask, can one venue cater so seamlessly to all? Separating it from many entertainment venues in central London, The Piano Works prides itself on impeccable quality. From the exquisite cocktails to the extensive menu of fresh food, the standard is second-to-none. Each table is adorned with low-lit lamps that emit a sultry, orange hue, the perfect lighting for an intimate date. Meanwhile in the centre sits a grand piano, with a skilled pianist always at its side. The waiting staff are pleasant, knowledgable, and as you’ll soon discover, incredibly talented.

For the first portion of the night, as you tuck into tasty plates and refreshments, enjoy performances of upbeat classics from the likes of Elton John and the Beatles. Feel free to sing along- this isn’t the kind of pretentious, hushed venue where you must sit and watch in silence. It’s inclusive, eclectic, and in fact, if there’s a specific song you’re looking for, simply fill out one of the request slips and hand it to your waiter. They’ll pass it on to the pianist and if your request is chosen, you’ll get a special shout out- always a nice touch! 

As for food, we opted for the feta, watermelon, and roasted pepper salad to start- a light, refreshing plate with a delicious pairing of salty and sweet notes. For the main course the herbed, rare tuna steak is a must. Served on a bed of soft sweet potato, fluffy sushi rice and a sweet mango salsa, the medley of flavours and textures was heavenly, with the meal itself perfectly satisfying, but not too filling. Meat-eaters have the option of a succulent dry aged beef from one of London’s most respected butchers, HG Walter. The menu itself was diverse, with a variety of vegan and gluten free options, as well as dishes catering to all allergies.

As the night progresses, you’ll recognise the performer belting out a ballad better than Beyoncé as the waitress who helped you choose between the spring rolls and the salad. That’s right, all of the staff at The Piano Works are natural-born performers, and each performance was as incredible as the next, resulting in a standing ovation from diners and bar guests alike. What’s more, once the kitchen’s finished, the night has only just began. One by one, your neighbouring tables will take to the dance floor until the dining area is completely empty. Even those who tend to cringe at the thought of busting a move will find it incredibly difficult to resist the urge to join in. Filled with high spirits and vivacity, it encapsulates weekend energy. 

In conclusion, as the working week comes to an end, try something different and venture away from the old reliables and the locals. It’s London, after all! The Piano Works is a city-centre gem that ticks all of the boxes for the perfect start (and finish) to the weekend.

Josie Wilkins

Josie is a Journalism graduate from Galway, Ireland. In her free time, she writes for her blog, Naturally Fuelled (@josiewilkins on instagram). When she isn't writing, she enjoys playing the one song she knows on the piano, 'I Giorni', saving the postman from her aggressive Shorkie, and defending brussels sprouts as an all-year-round snack!