Last Updated on December 14, 2021
It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing!
I love London at Christmas time; the streets are aglow with twinkling lights, buzzing with busy shoppers and party-goers. Perhaps like me, you enjoy being in the heart of this great city and relish the thought of a night on the town with friends or loved ones. Well, I’ve found just the place…
QT presents The Green Room, a glamorous hideaway in Covent Garden where you can swing from the rafters and enjoy a fabulous night at Leo Green’s sultry, sexy, jazz-infused residency. This stylish late-night basement bar can be found beneath the creamy façade of the elegant new luxury lifestyle hotel Middle Eight (which is named after the middle part of the song that gives a touch of variety to a tune), it is built upon the foundations of the iconic music venue, Kingsway Hall, offering a contemporary take on the classic speakeasy.
With legendary musician Van Morrison, Line of Duty’s Adrian Dunbar and singer and actress Beverley Knight to name just a few of the stars who are flocking to enjoy a night at QT Green Rooms I was thrilled to get the opportunity to go along for the evening.
The QT is an exceptional space; cool modern décor with concrete pillars, a parquet wood floor, large contemporary circular ceiling lights and cabaret-style seating with marble-topped tables and velvet cocktails chairs.
They provide lovely personable table service, and the QT kitchen offers a selection of sharing plates and a QT platter. We browsed the carefully curated cocktail menu which also offers a good choice of wine, prosecco and champagne. We kicked off the evening with some excellent cocktails…a classic Negroni and a vodka Martini served in a small jug on a bed of ice, along with good-sized sharing platters loaded with delicious truffle flatbread, juicy artichokes, chunks of Parmesan cheese, breadsticks and salamis.
QT Presents – The Green Room is hosted by Leo Green who if don’t know already, is a hugely respected sax player, and the son of the late and legendary writer, broadcaster and musician, Benny Green. Leo has grown up in a world of music and has worked with some of the all-time music greats, travelling all over the world playing with a host of A-listers including Jack Savoretti and Paul McCartney, not to mention rock’n’roll icon Jerry Lee Lewis, who once declared Leo to be “The greatest sax player I have ever worked with.”
Leo’s is also known for his successful Radio 2 show, also called The Green Room, where he hosted an array of ultra-talented musicians and singers. So, as you can imagine he has got a little black book bursting with extraordinary contacts many of whom he will be inviting to come and play here.
Leo is accompanied by highly accomplished trombone player and musical sparring partner, Matt Holland. Both Matt and Leo have toured internationally with Van Morrison.
We settled down with a bottle of prosecco to enjoy the show. Sharing the stage with Leo and Matt were a group of skilled musicians on double bass, bass guitar, drums, keyboards and guitar. Plus, two guest female vocalists, Emma and Tess both with distinctly different but equally beautiful bluesy voices and singer Nick who added lovely depth and tone.
These lively hep cats and gals were dressed up to the nines in festive velvet jackets and figure-hugging dresses. They played some swinging sounds, old and new tunes each with a unique jazzy, bluesy, funky and soulful twist, with Leo’s honking sax and the warm and rich sounds of the trombone adding to the charm.
There’s something for everyone no matter what your age. Jazzed up old favourites including the Police’s ‘Every Step You Take’, Stealers Wheel ‘Stuck in the Middle with You’ which was actually written by Gerry Rafferty, Dolly Parton’s ‘Jolene’ and they even jazzed up ‘Living on a Prayer’ by Bon Jovi and 10cc’s classic ‘I’m Not in Love’.
And, we were also swinging along to some more recent hits by Beyonce, Selena Gomez and Megan Trainor’s ‘All About that Bass’.
The Green Room is sure to be a roaring success, such an uplifting, fun and festive way to spend an evening with fantastic jazzy entertainment in stunning surroundings. As they say ‘it don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing!’
The QT Green Room is now open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. There will be two shows each night, from 8 pm to 9.15 pm and from 10 pm to 11.15 pm (with a DJ until 2 am).
Tickets for QT Presents the Green Room are priced at £25, £35 and £45
New Years Eve
And if you are looking for something really special for NEW YEARS EVE. Middle Eight and QT Green Room have got it covered. Guests can enjoy a three-course pre-show dinner at Middle Eight’s gorgeous restaurant, Sycamore Vino Cucina, served from 8 pm. Tickets are priced at £195 per person, inclusive of a glass of prosecco.
Tickets for the show only are priced at £115.
QT’s doors open at 8.30 pm. Showtime is from 10.30 pm to 12.30 am and there will be a DJ to continue the festivities until 2 am.
Tickets can be booked through their website:
66 Great Queen Street,
London WC2B 5BX
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