The Play Room

 
 

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ADDRESS
10 Air Street, Soho, London W1B 5AB 
 
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PRICES
£29 for three courses | cocktails from £7 | entrance fee £5-£15, or free if you are eating
 

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The Play RoomAs quickly as it began, the brief craze for Burlesque has died down again, just in time for London's first dedicated burlesque bar to open its glossy doors.

But the failure to hit the crest of the fashion wave may not effect this extraordinary bar, which really feels far more like an episode of Jeeves and Wooster than anything from the modern age. The zebraskin and leather of a current style bar mix with the grand pianos and elegant Art Deco light fittings of a 1920s nightclub, and it all comes across as the epitome of glamour.

The food was a little bland, but the cocktails were magnificent, and the service snappy, friendly, and beautifully turned-out. Some of our fellow-drinkers were dressed in 1920s suits, spats and trilbys, others were in more modern clothes, but all of them oozed style. Clever, open-plan design, and an entertaining Burlesque floor-show helped create a convivial atmosphere.

While most bars in this price range - and it is seriously expensive - aim to attract City-workers, tourists or celebrities, you feel that The Play Rooms is aiming for a slightly more discerning crowd. Whether there really are enough Bright Young Things with independent incomes in London to keep a fabulous place like this going remains to be seen, but for the moment, this is London's coolest bar, and if you want to see and be seen, this is the place to do it.

 

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Underground Stations

Underground Stations

 
Piccadilly Circus Tube Station
 
3 minutes walk
 
Green Park Tube Station
 
7 minutes walk
 
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

 
Charing Cross Railway Station
 
12 minutes walk
 
Victoria Railway Station
 
21 minutes walk
 
 
Car Parks

Car Parks

 
Brewer Street NCP
 
3 minutes walk
 
Burlington Car Park
 
4 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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What's on in London 2014

With an exciting calendar of events, London 2014 is shaping up to be another special year. Find out the best of what's happening throughout the capital this year with our thorough guide to 2014's finest entertainment.

 
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Hotels near The Play Room

Near The Play Room
Cafe Royal Hotel
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £220  31% off
68 Regent Street, W1B | 1 minute from The Play Room
Café Royal is a 160-bedroom 5-star luxury hotel on Regent Street, in London's city centre overlooking Piccadilly Circus. The hotel has conference facilities, a cafe, bar ... More
 
 
 
Le Meridien Piccadilly
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £159  25% off
21 Piccadilly, W1J | 1 minute from The Play Room
A hotel that is distinctly in the old English style, with magnificent antique décor, staff who are attentive, discreet, and ever so polite and, most importantly, ... More
 
 
 
Cavendish London Hotel
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £113  39% off
81 Jermyn Street, SW1Y | 3 minutes from The Play Room
Situated on prestigious Jermyn Street, in the heart of Piccadilly, the 4 star deluxe Cavendish Hotel is perfectly located for London's theatres, shops and arts. It ... More
 
 
 
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Alternative Bars nearest The Play Room

Nearest to The Play Room
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Graphic
London > Nightlife > Bars
4 Golden Square, Piccadilly, Soho, London W1F | 2 minutes from The Play Room
Graphic is a drinking den with two identities: by day it's a cool Soho cafe bar, but by night it becomes a cocktail bar with DJs ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Comedy Camp
London > Nightlife > Bars
3 Archer Street, Soho, London W1D | 3 minutes from The Play Room
Excellent, intimate bar with a mainly gay crowd in the middle of Soho, boasting the usual combination of expensive but superior cocktails and finger food, ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Milk & Honey
London > Nightlife > Bars
61 Poland Street, Soho, London W1F | 5 minutes from The Play Room
With no number on its door, no name emblazoned outside, a ring-before-you-arrive guest policy, an underground location and some rather interesting house rules, this bar oozes ... More
 
 
 
 
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Nightlife near The Play Room

The Play Room clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Fortnum & Mason: 1707 Wine Bar
London > Nightlife > Wine Bars
181 Piccadilly, St James's, London W1A | 2 minutes from The Play Room
The Fortnum's wine bar has had a makeover as part of the store's refurbishment in 2007, three hundred years after this grand old department store first ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Bar Rumba
London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
36 Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, London W1D | 3 minutes from The Play Room
Located nearby to Leicester Square, Bar Rumba is a lively bar that's ideal for late-night partying in the West End. Having moved away from its urban ... More
 
 
 
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Vinoteca Soho
London > Nightlife > Wine Bars
53-55 Beak Street, Soho, London W1F | 3 minutes from The Play Room
Since opening their first Vinoteca in 2005 in Farringdon's St John Street, Brett Woonton, Charlie Young and Elena Ares have quenched a thirst for wine bars ... More
 
 
 
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Events near The Play Room

Near The Play Room
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Urinetown The Musical
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 29th September 2014 to 24th January 2015
Apollo Theatre, 29 Shaftesbury Avenue, Westminster, London W1D | 3 minutes from The Play Room
After a hugely successful run at the St James Theatre at the beginning of 2014 Urinetown moves to the Apollo Theatre on 29th September 2014 making ...More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 20th December 2014 to 9th May 2015
Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Avenue, WC2N | 12 minutes from The Play Room
Olivier-Award winner Tamsin Greig (Episodes, Green Wing, Jumpy, God of Carnage), who made her name as Debbie Aldridge in Radio 4's The Archers, makes her musical ...More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
War Horse
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 28th March 2009 to 14th February 2015
New London Theatre, Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 13 minutes from The Play Room
This moving adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's World War I epic War Horse gets a West End transfer to the New London Theatre after two critically acclaimed ...More
 
 
 
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Entertainment near The Play Room

Near The Play Room
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Criterion Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
218-223 Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus, Soho, London W1V | 2 minutes from The Play Room
The tiny entrance of the Criterion Theatre is almost invisible among the massive advertisements, traffic and crowds of Piccadilly Circus. To ignore it, however, is to ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Comedy Store
London > Entertainment > Comedy Clubs
1a Oxendon Street, Soho, London SW1Y | 4 minutes from The Play Room
The Comedy Store is the spiritual home of stand-up in the UK. Despite being the best large comedy venue in the country, the Store still succeeds ... More
 
 
 
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Gielgud Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, London W1D | 4 minutes from The Play Room
From the outside, the Gielgud Theatre is an impressive sight, towering four storeys over Shaftesbury Avenue, its height further emphasized by the turret on top. The ... More
 
 
 
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Sights and Attractions near The Play Room

The best museums, galleries, attractions near The Play Room
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Hauser & Wirth (Piccadilly)
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
196A Piccadilly, St James's, London W1J | 2 minutes from The Play Room
Art-dealer, gallery-owner and collector Iwan Wirth was recently voted one of the ten most powerful people in the art world. Hauser & Wirth London opened at ... More
 
 
 
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Piccadilly Circus
London > Attractions > Sights
Piccadilly Circus, Soho, London W1J | 2 minutes from The Play Room
Right in the middle of the West End, Piccadilly Circus isn't a circus at all, but an enormous road junction where Piccadilly itself Regent Street, Shaftesbury ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Pace Gallery London
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
6 Burlington Gardens, W1S | 3 minutes from The Play Room
New York art gallery Pace opens its second London space at 6 Burlington Gardens on 4th October 2012, a 9,000 square foot space in the presitgious ... More
 
 
 
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Shopping near The Play Room

The best shops and markets near The Play Room
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Wired Store
London > Shopping > Electronics
Quadrant Arcade, Regent Street, W1B | 1 minute from The Play Room
You'll have to be quick to get to The Wired Store, a pop-up store from the gadget magazine which appears in Quadrant Arcade, Regent Street, from ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Lush
London > Shopping > Perfume and Cosmetics
Quadrant Arcade, 80-82 Regent Street, Soho, London W1R | 1 minute from The Play Room
An overpowering mix of perfumes assaults the nose before you even enter these premises, which offer a huge mix of fizzing bath bombs to suit all ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Whole Foods Market
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
20 Glasshouse Street, W1B | 1 minute from The Play Room
Just off the southern end of Regent Street, the Whole Foods Market store in Piccadilly Circus, opened on 22nd May 2012 as part of the Quadrant ... More
 
 
 
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Restaurants near The Play Room

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Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Oscar Wilde Bar at Hotel Café Royal
London > Restaurants >
68 Regent Street, W1B | 1 minute from The Play Room
Reopened on 21st January 2013 as part of a major renovation of the Hotel Cafe Royal , The Oscar Wilde Bar is steeped in history. Formerly ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
MASH
London > Restaurants > American restaurants
77 Brewer Street, W1F | 1 minute from The Play Room
American Cuisine... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Cocoon
London > Restaurants > Pan-Asian restaurants
65 Regent Street, Soho, London W1B | 1 minute from The Play Room
Regent Street's Cocoon is just that - a protective cover from the hustle and bustle and bright lights of Piccadilly. With its award winning design (tables ... More
 
 
 
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Education near The Play Room

Near The Play Room
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Cookery School
London > Education > Cookery Courses
15B Little Portland Street, W1W | 10 minutes from The Play Room
Awarded The Best City Cookery School 2013, the Cookery School at Little Portland Street has been teaching people to make simple, honest food for more than ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
L'Atelier des Chefs
London > Education > Adult Education
19 Wigmore Street, W1U | 12 minutes from The Play Room
Whether you're a Nigella or not in the kitchen, the L'atelier des Chefs cookery school can teach you something. Classes are given in the basement kitchens ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
English [Out There!]
London > Education > English Language Courses
10 Coptic Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1A | 13 minutes from The Play Room
English [Out There!] takes a very hands-on approach to learning English. The course places an emphasis on using what you have learned. Students are taken out ... More
 
 
 
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The Play Room gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Urban Golf Soho
London > Leisure > Golf
33 Great Pulteney Street, Soho, London W1F | 2 minutes from The Play Room
OK, so you may not be able to soak up the rays on this indoor course but it's a brilliant idea that has been stylishly executed. ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Triyoga
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
Unit 2.4-2.6 Kingly Court, Soho, London W1B5PW | 4 minutes from The Play Room
On the second floor of the Kingly Court complex off Carnaby Street, Triyoga offers busy city people a refuge where they can centre themselves. One of ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Beauty Lounge
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
1 Kingly Court, Soho, London W1B | 4 minutes from The Play Room
All therapists at The Beauty Lounge in Kingly Court work in the media, fashion and beauty industry so when you go for a make-up leseson you'll ... More
 
 
 
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Pubs near The Play Room

The best pubs near London The Play Room.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Waxy O'Connor's
London > Nightlife > Pubs
14-16 Rupert Street, Soho, London W1D | 4 minutes from The Play Room
Located where it is, Waxy's is fairly predictable. It's busy, it's Irish and it's got a fair smattering of tourists, but it also has that certain ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Waxy's Little Sister
London > Nightlife > Pubs
20 Wardour Street, Soho, London W1D | 4 minutes from The Play Room
If you're not up for the hectic atmosphere of Waxy O'Connors it might be worth slipping across the street to her infinitely more tranquil Little Sister. ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Endurance
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
90 Berwick Street,, Soho, London W1F | 4 minutes from The Play Room
... More
 
 
 
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Meeting venue hire near The Play Room

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course near The Play Room.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Royal Academy of Arts
London > Business > Venue Hire
Burlington House, Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J | 3 minutes from The Play Room
Lord Burlington's spectacular London palace is home to the Royal Academy of Arts, a set of galleries that houses the country's premier art school and a ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Haymarket Hotel
London > Business > Venue Hire
1 Suffolk Place, St James's, London SW1Y | 5 minutes from The Play Room
A hip designer hotel by Tim and Kit Kemp in a grand building on the prestigious Haymarket, the broad boulevard street making for an impressive entrance. ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Dover Street Restaurant and Bar
London > Business > Venue Hire
8-10 Dover Street, Mayfair, , Mayfair, London W1S | 5 minutes from The Play Room
This long established night spot in Mayfair's Dover Street has been providing Londoners with a sophisticated setting to enjoy food, drink and live entertainment for 30 ... More
 
 
 
 

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Salon Des Artistes: The Black Cat Cabaret
Theatre | Until 30th August 2014 

Oscar Wilde Bar at Hotel Café Royal W1B 5EL W1B 5AB - 0 minute walk from The Play Room

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Stacy Sullivan: It's A Good Day - A Tribute To Miss Peggy Lee
Concerts | Until 2nd August 2014 

Brasserie Zedel 1 minute walk from The Play Room

The vocalist presents an interpretation of the career of the late American jazz and popular music singer and songwriter....More

Jon Weber: Joplin To Jarrett
Exhibitions | On 1st August 2014 

Brasserie Zedel 1 minute walk from The Play Room

A lecture-recital spanning a century of jazz piano....More

Mirror
Exhibitions | Until 16th August 2014 

Frith Street Gallery 1 minute walk from The Play Room

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Martin Parr: Signs Of The Times
Exhibitions | Until 30th August 2014 

Chris Beetles Fine Photographs 1 minute walk from The Play Room

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Jersey Boys
Jersey Boys
Theatre | Until 26th October 2014 

Piccadilly Theatre 1 minute walk from The Play Room

Jersey Boys at the Piccadilly Theatre is the tale of four blue collar boys from the wrong side of the ...More

 
Matilda The Musical
Matilda The Musical
Theatre | Until 24th May 2015 

Cambridge Theatre 1 minute walk from The Play Room

The Royal Shakespeare Company's musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's celebrated children's book Matilda is a big hit at the Cambridge ...More

 
Slovak Piano Trio
Concerts | On 1st August 2014 

St James's Church Piccadilly 2 minutes walk from The Play Room

Marina Solarek on violin, Miriam Lowbury on cello and Diana Brekalo on piano perform Per Hendrik Nordgren's Piano Trio and ...More

Natural Affection
Theatre | Until 9th August 2014 

Jermyn Street Theatre 2 minutes walk from The Play Room

An unconventional couple wait for the visit of the woman's delinquent son. Upon arrival, the son makes an announcement, which ...More

Towards Impressionism: Photography In France 1850 - 1865
Exhibitions | Until 1st August 2014 

James Hyman Gallery 2 minutes walk from The Play Room

A photography exhibition that examines the ways in which early French photographers anticipated the mode of Impressionism that would dominate ...More

 
 
 
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