A Mayfair institution and a great place to hear live music. Introducing Quaglino's.Peter Gray reports.

Live music in London at Quaglinos

Old style glamour and a Mayfair address give this 90 year old West End institution some serious cachet. Quaglino’s has been the haunt of royalty, socialites and celebrities since it first opened in the 1920s, however, the venue’s current owners, the D&D group, are keen to move with the times, hence Quaglino’s is currently home to an incredibly impressive roster of musicians and singers.

Quaglino’s Winter Season 2022

February 2022 sees a diverse array of talent gracing the stage at Quaglino’s with the highlights including cool modern tunes from Sophie Trio, r’n’b and soul from the House of Ellington and retro rock from The Fabulous Hurricanes.

The Sophie Trio

On Tuesday 8th of February the popular Sophie trio takes to the Quaglino’s stage for another round of hot r’n’b and soul covers.

“Influenced by the likes of Alicia keys and Chaka Khan, Sofie quartet performs arrangements of classic and commercial hits with their neo-soul and R&B style, bringing high energy and artistic flare to the stage” says the Quaglino’s website about the band.

Set times: 20:00 – 20:45 /21:15 – 22:00

House of Ellington

Then, on the 12th of February 2022, exciting collective the House of Ellington grace the Quaglino’s stage.

House of Ellington are the newly formed super collective created by the coupling of four phenomenally talented music industry session singers. Harnessing their distinct brand of soul, r’n’b, gospel and funk, the four belt out a diverse range of covers, all of which are characterised by the group’s tight vocal harmonies and precise musical arrangements.

Set times: 18:30 – 19:00 / 19:30 – 20:00 / 20:30 – 21:00

The Fabulous Hurricanes

Finally, on the 18th of February, Quaglino’s will proudly welcome The Fabulous Hurricanes. Specialising in 1950s rock ‘n’ roll, 1960s rhythm & blues, and 1970s funk, the band perform ‘swing and jazz classics from the past in a contemporary style to get you on your feet, shaking, swinging, and shouting to the infectious rhythm of songs by the likes of Ray Charles, The Beatles, Little Richard, Elvis Presley, Stevie Wonder, and Chuck Berry, to name a few’.

Set times: 21:00 – 22:15, 22:30-00:00

The making of a legend 

Quaglino’s began life in the roaring twenties. The venue soon gained a reputation for its well heeled clientele with the cream of London society descending on Bury Street during the club’s heyday. This included the then Prince of Wales (Edward VII) and Lord and Lady Mountbatten.

By the 1950s the restaurant was regularly frequented by royalty and it was even said that Quaglino’s kept a permanent table reserved for royal guests. In 1956, Queen Elizabeth II became the first reigning monarch to eat at a public restaurant when she dined at Quaglino’s. making her the first reigning British monarch to eat at a public restaurant. Princess Margaret, the Duke and Duchess of Kent and Princess Alexandra were also frequent guests.

Decline and renewal

Despite its royal clientele the restaurant went into a period of decline in the 1950s and it was not until the 1990s after its purchase by furniture designer Sir Terence Conran that Quaglino’s began to rebuild its reputation.
In 2014 the restaurant was bought by the D&D group who immediately set about dramatically refurbishing the venue.

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-London's Best Events-
What: nightlife
When: Feb 22
Where: St James
Website: Quaglino's