Le Quecumbar: Django’s Hot Club

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Romantic images of bohemian Paris circa 1930 spring to life at Le QuecumBar, a secret den of jazz manouche–a.k.a. “gypsy jazz”–located in London’s own Left Bank. It’s the the perfect spot for a delightfully retro night out with friends, with fine food and drink, a stylish atmosphere, and some of the best live music in the city.  Drop by early to secure a spot near the fern-flanked stage. Order a bottle of French wine for the table–adding to that Lost Generation vibe–and get ready for a show to remember. After the band takes the stage and strikes that first exotic chord, you’ll find it all but impossible to stop your toes from tapping. A stand-up bass plunks along, terse bursts of “la pompe” rhythm mechanically pop from a grande bouche guitar, and your groups’ collective jaws drop in amazement as you watch the soloist’s fingers skip and leap up and down the frets in daring chromatic runs, channeling the godfather himself, Django Reinhardt. If there are any musicians in your group, now may be a good time to assign roles for your own manouche band yourself as the swing rhythms and virtuoso guitar continue to race above the din. Head back for another round as a lilting clarinet dangles overhead like a cloud on the night’s final rendition of Nuages, imagining yourself as part of just another band of artistes in the City of Lights.

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Le Quecumbar

42-44 Battersea High St London SW11 3HX

44 20 7787 2227

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