Unlikely as it may seem there is a high quality music venue right in the heart of Streatham. The Hideaway is a Jazz club at heart but also plays host to a variety of soul nights as well as live comedy. With the recent addition of the Hideaway Café they have furthered their offering. If you’re already a fan of Ronnie Scott’s you’ll be able to enjoy a similar, but less formal, atmosphere and quality of performances without heading into central London. If you’ve never been to a Jazz club before then let me introduce you.
I recently spent a Friday evening at the Hideaway for a night of live music from ‘Soul Street’, an SW16 based soul collective. Vocals came from the amazing Sharlene Hector, who has sung for both Basement Jaxx and Celo Green. Musically a wide variety of 70s and 80s soul and funk were covered.
As I had a table in the dining section, which I would recommend for the best views, the evening started with an enjoyable meal of pork belly and dauphinoise potatoes. The rest of my party opted for the jerk chicken which came with chips and coleslaw and looked great. Food can be served throughout the performance but if, like me, you prefer to have eaten by the time the show starts I advise getting there an hour before the advertised start of show time.
The evening continued with two halves of high energy performances from a full band and stunning vocalists, both Sharlene and her special guest, a fellow Basement Jaxx singer. Dancing and singing along were encouraged and despite early hesitations by the last few songs a good percentage of the audience were on their feet.
The audience at The Hideaway is a real mixture with the old and young uniting in their love of live music and having a good time. The Hideaway was recently voted Venue of the Year in the Parliamentary Jazz Awards, and having been I can see why.