OVER 18'S ONLY. CLOSED MONDAYS - WEDNESDAY UNTIL LIVE MUSIC RESUMES BUT AVAILABLE FOR PRIVATE HIRE
THE VENUE IS CURRENTLY OPEN FOR FOOD AND DRINK ONLY. NO LIVE MUSIC AT PRESENT. PLEASE CHECK OUT GOVERNMENT GUIDELINES AND LE QUECUMBAR WEBSITE FOR UPDATES FOR CONCERTS PLANNED IN THE FUTURE.
Le QuecumBar & Brasserie - Parisian soul in the heart of Battersea where we serve Music Food Wine and Food in our famous Jazzerie.
Primarily a live music venue, where the staff are delicious and the food friendly!
Numerous celebrities and secret Django fans visit Le QuecumBar incognito to enjoy the enchanting atmosphere and close up intimate genius of players who grace its stage at The Prestige Performance Concerts, or just drop by to catch the infectious unplugged weekly jam sessions some even joining in with the fun. This is live music at its best.
Widely regarded as the world premier venue of Gypsy Swing. Dedicated to promoting the music of Django Reinhardt and those who perform it, staging some of the world’s finest Gypsy Swing musicians who relish playing in an authentic original style intimate atmosphere. Here, as in 1930’s Paris, Django’s innovative, joyous hot club music is alive, with its wicked swing and hypnotic, pumping rhythms. Le QuecumBar plays host to the worlds best of this genre offering instrumental workshops and integrating home-grown talent with global players.
Le QuecumBar is indebted to the Gypsy culture which pervades this unique music, as style born in 1930’s Paris, drawing on nearly 2000 years of Gypsy musical traditions. The venue also promotes other global Gypsy music such as from Spain and the Balkans – there is always a musical surprise behind its secret doors.
Le QuecumBar and Le Q Records are committed to providing and supporting acoustic and nostalgic jazz/swing by working with the best musicians who believe as we do in our aim to become the foremost Hot Club Gypsy Jazz/Swing venue in the world.
So soak up the ambiance of Parisian chic; experience la belle époque in a venue where strangers become your friends; relax and linger whilst you quaff a glass of wine and peruse the blackboard menu at your leisure; share the magic of real music as it is created, all in a place where time seems to stand still. Above all, have fun rediscovering the roots of Hot Club Gypsy jazz swing, jazz standards, Latin and other acoustic and nostalgic music from a truly elegant era.
The bar and exotic secluded tropical patio and our front pavement tables are yours, as we transport you to another time and place, so sit back and enjoy (but if you are in a hurry please let us know). Chess, backgammon and dominoes are available for those who like to linger.
So please come and linger a while and introduce yourself a place where friends are only strangers you have not met. .
25 plus years ago Sylvia Rushbrooke, proprietor of Le QuecumBar, had a dream nurtured and born at the annual Django Reinhardt Festival in Samois-sur-Seine (Gypsy swing Mecca for the greatest Gypsy/world musicians of this genre and Django’s resting-place).
The bar become a reality due to pig-headedness and tenacity, fuelled by the inspirational off-the-wall friendly quirky 1930s charm and nostalgia of pre-war France, where the aroma of garlic mingled with the sounds of typical bal musette street café music. This is where Django Reinhardt played the guitar with magic in his hands and invented the finest ever Hot Club Gypsy jazz, the birth of European jazz, making Paris swing to the newly discovered liberty of unconventional but melodious rhythms.
The conception and Le QuecumBar’s birth in February 2003 was no accident, deliberately coinciding with and commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Django Reinhardt’s death (1910-1953). A venue created to be a continuation and celebration of the legacy left by this Gypsy swing guitar genius, who was the inventor of European Jazz.
Some 80 plus years after Django and his Quintette du Hot Club de France first melded musette and Gypsy music with swing, jazz manouche (Gypsy Swing) is still alive and as innovative and expressive today as it was 80 plus years ago.
The heart of Le QuecumBar beats to the rhythm of Gypsy Swing whilst Europe and American are gripped with its vibrant exciting sound and only now can it be enjoyed live, as it should be, in the UK.
Le QuecumBar & Brasserie, is a hot spot for UK public newly discovering this music and for visiting Gypsy Swing Jazz fans, throughout the world, who head off to Le QuecumBar whilst visiting London, due to this brasserie’s fame, the world over, through word of mouth and the wonder of the World Wide Web.