The Spice Of Life

Historic Bar / Live Music Venue / Pub
The Spice Of Life The Spice of Life in London’s Soho is an historic bar with great live music nightly & budget-minded prices. Enjoy a great night out in London with Party Earth. London England 51.51329 -0.129942
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The Spice Of Life - Historic Bar | Live Music Venue | Pub in London.
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Party Earth Review Right off bustling Charing Cross Road, The Spice of Life is a down-to-earth boozer with an impressive musical history that’s still going strong thanks to nightly live acts. The venue’s location has all... ... read full review

  • Tube:

    Central, Northern Lines: Tottenham Court Road; Piccadilly Line: Covent Garden

  • Phone:

    020 7437 7013

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    M–Sa 10am–11pm, Su noon–10:30pm

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth The Spice Of Life Review

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The Spice of Life in London’s Soho is an historic bar with great live music nightly & budget-minded prices. Enjoy a great night out in London with Party Earth.

Right off bustling Charing Cross Road, The Spice of Life is a down-to-earth boozer with an impressive musical history that’s still going strong thanks to nightly live acts.

The venue’s location has all the geographical trimmings of a tourist trap, but a diverse clientele can always be found inside the historic building, which has been home to a bar since the late 1800s.

The large and consistently busy street-level space features lots of stained glass inserts and cool vintage lamps, as well as a gingham-carpeted floor that could easily be torn up and turned into a Scottish kilt.

Chilled out local office mates, pre-show theatergoers, and lots of wandering tourists all gather to take advantage of a nice drinks list full of budget-friendly suds and spirits, as well as an English-fusion menu that includes burgers, chorizo, and steak frites.

Once the sun drops, Life’s true allure becomes the intimate Backstage Bar downstairs, which hosts an array of nightly live music that includes open mic, jazz, blues jams, and even classical acts.

And though Bob Dylan, Cat Stevens, or the Sex Pistols are unlikely to show up for a set (as they all did at one time), today’s performers consistently draw a big crowd of festive music lovers.

Like many central London pubs, The Spice of Life is owned by English beer chain McMullens, but it still retains a homey local flavor that’s well worth sampling.

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Tip from Jonah:

You don’t need to get in touch to perform in the open mic. Just show up on Mondays at 6:30pm and sign up to play in front of a guaranteed audience.

  • Crowd

    Music-loving regulars, Soho professionals, relaxed young tourists, diverse set of theatergoers, mid-20s to 40s. 

  • Entertainment / Music

    Live music nightly in the Backstage Bar, including jazz, blues, classical, rock, indie, funk, and soul, as well as open mic sets on most Mondays.

    One TV, often off. 

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    English-fusion pub menu served noon–10pm, including soup of the day, battered mackerel, smoked fish pâté, brie bruschetta, salads, burgers, lamb chops, poached salmon, and a few desserts.

    Tickets to the Backstage Bar shows can be purchased online or at the door.

  • Prices

    Live music cover charge £0–£8/Backstage Bar only. Starters and snacks £3.50–£4, entrées £6–£14, desserts £4. Sunday roast £9.

    Beer and cider £3.50–£4.50, wine £3.50–£6/glass or £13–£23/bottle, cocktails and spirits £3–£6, aperitifs £2.50–£4.50.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: jeans, t-shirts, blazers, slacks, plaid, turtlenecks, tunics, cropped leggings, blouses.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Mondays for the Open Mic night, Tuesdays for blues, Wednesdays and Thursdays for the great jazz, or Fridays through Sundays for the never-know-what-to-expect new bands showcase nights. 

  • Close By

    The Phoenix Artist Club (1 Phoenix Street) is a members club that caters heavily to local theater industry types, but non-members can get in prior to 8pm to get rowdy with actors and set designers. 

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