“This area looks dodgy!” The Greek Mister said what I was thinking since we left the bus stop on our way to Hideaway, a jazz and comedy club in Streatham, London. There was nothing wrong with the area, it was just a bit crowded with people mingling about on the side streets and piles of trash here and there. Lol.
It was 12 noon on a Sunday, we booked a table at Hideaway for lunch time with a jazz entertainment. As we were walking towards the entrance through an alleyway, The Greek Mister and I were both kind of hesitant if we should go ahead with our plan or should we just ditch it and go some place else. “Let’s just see how it is inside and if we don’t like it, we can just go.” The Greek Mister said.
Don’t judge the book by its cover, that saying can’t be more appropriate for this place. The unassuming entrance through a narrow side street won’t prepare you for what you’re about to see inside. A massive dining area welcomed us with a huge, long bar behind it. In front of it is the stage where live entertainment is to be performed. I don’t really know what I was expecting to find behind those doors but it sure made me think that being snobbish may make you miss some great things.
We were greeted by a friendly receptionist and asked us for our names. We’ve paid £10 each for the online reservation however, it’s still a first come first serve basis when it comes to which table we’ll have. Luckily for us, we were given the best table on the floor – front row and right smack in the middle. YAY!
Service was quick, food was good and the entertainment was absolutely amazing! We had Diz Watson & The Doormen performing and after this show, I’m now a big fan of them. I’m not really into jazz but I think it’s the kind of music that everyone will like specially if it’s being performed live. The energy of the musicians was contagious – you’ll tap your toes, you’ll clap your hands and nod your head to the beat of the songs.
I don’t know any of the songs they performed and yet, I think it’s the best entertainment I’ve witnessed since we moved here in London. It’s the kind of entertainment that you’ll enjoy not because of the showmanship of the musicians and not because of the extravagance of the performance, but seeing them enjoy the music they’re making will make you feel good. It’s a real feel-good place that I can’t recommend enough!
As the band performed their encore , the crowd cheered on and cajoled them into playing one last song. They gave into it much to the delight of the entire crowd. We’re going back there for sure, it’s an experience that we don’t mind having over and over again.
We paid a total of £91 for two meals, 3 pints of beer and 5 cocktails.
Nearest train station: Streatham
020 8835 7070
Reservation is £10 per person
Sunday lunch starts at 12nn and the show starts at 2pm
Sunday comedy show starts at 8:30pm
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