Everyone’s talking about 100 Wardour Street in Soho—the gigantic new bar and restaurant on the site of the old Marquee Club. Before closing in 1988, The Marquee was the place to catch the "next big thing" in rock ‘n’ roll, from Jimi Hendrix, The Jam and David Bowie to Pink Floyd, The Who and Led Zeppelin. Even The Rolling Stones performed for the first time there (as you’ll discover if you visit the band’s blockbuster exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery this summer, to 4 Sep).
More than 50 years have passed since then and the iconic Soho address has been through some changes. In the 1990s, it became Europe’s biggest restaurant after designer Sir Terence Conran took over the vast building to open 700-seater Mezzo. Then came Carom and Floridita in 2004, two restaurants across two floors: one Indian, the other Cuban.
Now the venue has gone back to its musical roots with live performances five nights a week alongside a rocking cocktail menu and show-stopping European cuisine.
Split across two floors, 100 Wardour Street is divided into an all-day restaurant and cocktail bar on the ground level, and a late-night dining room and club in the basement. For the best people-watching, head to the red-lit lounge by the street-facing window. Whether you’re alone or with a large group, this area is a welcoming spot in which to end the day or enjoy an aperitif before dinner. Choose from one of "The Soho Six" happy-hour cocktails, just £6 between 5pm and 7pm (Mon-Fri). We recommend the 100, a frothy sweet and sour blend of Amaretto, lemon and fig. The Jumbee—a mix of infused rum, Falernum and lime juice—is equally delicious, too.
Downstairs in the club, things get a little more louche as the venue channels its past with a large stage for musicians (now surrounded by elegant dining tables). One of the few spots in London to serve food until 2am, this subterranean restaurant is equally enjoyable for an early pre-theatre bite. It’s after 7pm that the fun really begins, though, as different musicians take to the stage (Tue-Sat).
Get a taste of The Marquee years on Tuesdays, with live music from emerging artists. On Wednesdays it’s all about Latin sounds (if you liked Floridita, you’ll love this). On Thursdays you can hear blues, soul and reggae—three genres that never go out of style. And come the weekend, it’s time to party with DJs mixing up the best in commercial house.
It might no longer be the legendary Marquee, but 100 Wardour Street’s combination of well-crafted cocktails, live music and late-night cuisine make it the perfect place for a legendary night out.
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