Dance Band Encyclopaedia

Places

London Establishments

 Home page Introduction  Label Index Musicians Sound Files

Towards documenting the places where dance music could have been heard or danced to in London during the 1920s , 1930s and 1940s. I would like to add photographs of the buildings if anyone can help!

Any extra details are always welcome. Apart from more exact dates, information about the places would be useful.

Page last updated: 21 August 2013

Note: dates in brackets signify the earliest or latest dates I have found a reference to.

Establishment Information and Bands From To Recordings
Ace Of Spades
Kingston-by-pass
       
  Vic Filmer and his Band May 1932 Oct 1932  
Amateur Dancers' Club
Queen's Rd, Bayswater
       
  Clive Erard and his Band Dec '30 (Aug '31) Filmophone
  Al Tabor and his Band   May '32  
Ambassador Club
Conduit Street
The Ambassador Club opened in January 1926      
  Percival Mackey's Band directed by Sam Raitz Jan 1926    
  Leon van Straten and his Ambassador Club Orchestra Apr '26 Sep '26 Zonophone uniss'd
  Ray Starita and his Ambassadors' Band Apr '28 Apr '30 Columbia
  Eddie Gross-Bart and his Ambassador Club Band Apr '30 Jul '30  
  Eddie Norris and his Ambassadors' Band Jun '30 Sep '30 Piccadilly
  Eddie Gross-Bart and his Ambassador Club Band Jan '31 Apr '31 Winner
  Ray Starita and his Ambassadors Apr '31 Aug '32 Sterno
  Rudy Starita and his Band Sep '32 1933 Sterno
Astoria Ballroom
Charing Cross Road
Built on the site of a pickle and jam factory, the Astoria Cinema and Ballroom opened on January 12th, 1927      
  Astoria Dance Band, dir W. L. Trytel Jan 12 1927    
  Billy Mayerl's Vocalion Rec' Band, dir Drayson Marsh Feb '27    
  Archie Alexander & his New Columbians Orchestra Nov '27 (Jan '28)  
  Billy Cotton's London Savannah Band Apr '28 Mar '30 Metropole / Piccadilly
  Lal Johnson and his Band / Melody Six Jul '28 pre- May '30  
  Clive Erard and his New Astorians Apr '30 Sep '30  
  Oscar Rabin and his Romany Band Apr '30 Apr '34 Sterno
  Joe Loss and his Harlem Band Sep '30 Dec '31  
  Reg Batten & his Orchestra Jul '31    
  Frankie Davis and his Melodians Dec '31 Feb '33  
  Joe Shuter and his Band Feb '33    
  Joe Loss and his Band Nov '34 (1938) Regal-Zonophone
  Mantovani & his Tipica Orchestra (replaces Joe Loss briefly) Sep '35   Regal-Zonophone
  Jack White and his Collegians 1937 1941 Parlophone / R-Z
  Art Gregory and his Band Jan 1940 Feb 1940  
Bag O' Nails
Kingley Street
       
  Les Stirling and his Band ?Apr '32    
  Charlie Spinelli (sax); Gerry Moore (pno); Sid Heiger (drs)   Jan '33  
  Johnny Walker (sax); Gerry Moore (pno); Sid Heiger (drs) Feb '33 Feb '33  
  Don Barrigo (sax); Norman Yarlett (pno); Sid Heiger (drs) Mar '33    
  Art Thompson & his Quartet Jul '37 Jul '37  
  "Swing bands" 1938    
Bat Club        
  The Four Bats (a Jack Vernon unit) 1928    
  Barry Mill & Bobby McGee (pianos)   (Aug '28)  
  Arthur Hetherington and his Band c. Jan '30 Dec '30  
  Harry Roy's Bat Club Boys Dec '30 Oct 1931 Parlophone/Oriole
  Arthur Rosebery and his Band   Jan '33  
  Hal Wallace and his Band Jan '33    
B.B.C.
Savoy Hill
       
  Stanley Holt & his Band early 1920s   Homochord
  Sydney Firman's London Radio Dance Band Apr '26 Mar '28 Columbia
  Jack Payne's BBC Dance Orchestra Mar 12 1928 Mar '32 Columbia
  The BBC Dance Orchestra, directed by Henry Hall Mar '32 Sep '37 Columbia
Berkeley Hotel
Piccadilly
Built on the site of an 18th century coaching inn called "The Gloucester Coffee House", the hotel opened in 1886 and was originally called "St James Hotel" before being renamed "The Berkeley" in 1897.
The hotel closed in 1969, being rebuilt in Wilton Place, reopening 1972
     
  Howard Jacobs and his Orchestra 1922 Sep 1926  
  Howard Jacobs and his Orchestra Mar '27 Dec '29  
  Joe Kaye and his Band Jan '30 Apr '30 ?  
  Jean Pougnet and his Band Jan '30    
  Arthur Lally and his Orchestra May 30 Dec 30 Decca/Filmophone
  Joe Kaye and his Band Oct '30 1932  
  Howard Jacobs and his Orchestra Jun '32    
  Al Collins and his Orchestra Jun '32 1945 Decca
  Howard Jacobs and his Band Sep '32 Mar '33  
  Howard Jacobs and his Orchestra Sep '33   Columbia
Blanchard's
Beak Street
Formerly Murray's Club.
Changed it's name back to "Murray's"  in 1929?
     
  New Carnival Quartet (dir Henry Saville) Feb 1926    
  Ginx Five Feb 1926    
The Blue Lagoon
Beak St / Carnaby St
       
  Bert Collis & his Band 1938  Jan '40  
The Blue Moon Club
Regent Street
       
  Debroy Somers' Blue Room Club Band May 1928    
The Blue Peter
Denman Street
       
  No reference found.      
The Blue Train
Stratton Street, Mayfair
Formerly the "Malmaison" Restaurant, name changed early 1933      
  Bert Bow(e)n and his Bands cApr '33    
Brent Bridge Hotel
Hendon
       
  Pat O'Malley's Romany Band (Sep '28)    
Brummell's Club
Albermarle Street
This was a Bottle Party club      
  Reginald Foresythe & his Band Sep '37    
The Bull Frog Club Opened October 1927      
  Marc Anthony (piano) and Lou Taylor (drums) Oct '27    
Cabaret Club
Beak Street
       
  Len Newbury & his Band Jul '37    
  Tony  Kanzello's Band 1938    
Cabin        
  Billy Mason & his Band Feb '36    
Cafe Anglais
Leicester Square
       
  Douglas Hope and his Band 1927 Apr '30  
  The Selma Four / Five c. May 30 c Mar31  
  Eddie South and his Band (American) Jun '30 Aug '30  
  Hon. Anthony Vivian and his Band c Mar '31 Apr '31  
  Eddie Gross-Bart and his Cafe Anglais Band Apr '31 Nov '31 Winner
  Bobby Martin and his Band Oct '31 Nov '31  
  Douglas Hope and his Band Nov '31 Nov '31  
  Edward Stanelli and his Band Jan '32 Feb '32  
  Eddie Gross-Bart and his Cafe Anglais Band Feb '32 Aug '32  
  Dave Frost and his Band Aug '32 Oct '32  
  Roy Fox and his Band Oct '32 Jan '33 Decca
  Harry Roy and his Orchestra Jan '33 Jun '33 Parlophone
  Lew Stone and his Band Dec '33 Feb '34 Decca
  Howard Jacobs and his Orchestra Feb '34    
  Louis Simmonds and his Orchestra Feb '34    
  Reginald Forsythe & his New Music Jul '34  (Dec 1934)  
  Bert Firman & his Band Jul '37    
  Emilio Columbo's Band 1938    
Cafe de la Paix        
  Reginald Forsythe & his New Music Aug '33 Sep '34  
  Arthur Rosebery & his Band Sep '35    
Cafe de Paris
Coventry Street
The Cafe de Paris opened in 1923      
  The Crichton Lyricals, dir Syd Roy 1923 1928 Aco
  Joseph C. Smith & his Orchestra (American) Nov 1925 Dec 1925  
  Teddy Brown and his Cafe de Paris Band Jan '26 1927 Imperial/Vocalion
  Sid Phillips and his Melodians 1927 Jun '28 ? Victory
  Jack Vernon's Belgravians Mar 1928 Mar 1928  
  Teddy Brown and his Cafe de Paris Band Apr '28    
  Tony Garrard and his Band (replaces Sid Phillips) Jun '28 ? Jul '28  
  Chas. Watson and his Band Jul '28 Sep '28  
  Arthur Rosebery and his Band Sep '28 Dec '28  
  Arthur Rosebery's Cafe de Paris Band, dir Stan Marshall Jan '29    
  closed Jan '29 April 15 1929  
  Sid Phillips and his Melodians April 15 1929 1929  
  The Blue Lyres, dir Arthur Lally (an Ambrose unit) Jul '29 Apr '30  
  Jimmy Caruso & his New York Syncopators (American) Jul '29    
  Dennis Moonan and his Band (Jan '30) Jun '30  
  Hal Kemp and his Band (American) May '30 Jul '30  
  Billy Mason and his Cafe de Paris Band Jul '30 Aug '31 Broadcast
  Roy Fox and his Band (American) Sep '30 Nov '30 Decca
  Dave Frost and his Cafe de Paris Band Jan '31 Oct '31 Filmophone
  Eddie Gross-Bart and his Cafe de Paris Band Oct '31 Jan '32 Winner
  Tiny Maite and his Band Jan '32 Feb '32  
  Edward Stanelli and his Band Feb '32 Feb '32  
  Derick Turner and his New Dixieland Band Feb '32 Apr '32  
  Jack Harris and his Band Apr '32 (Aug 1932)  
  Roy Fox & his Band Feb '34 May '34 Decca
  Reginald Forsythe & his New Music July '34 July '34  
  Lew Stone and his Band Apr '36 Jul '36 Decca
  Ambrose & his Orchestra Sep 14 1937 Jul '38  
  Lew Stone & his Band Jul '38    
  Billy Bissett and his Orchestra 1938 1938  
  Bert Firman & his Band Oct '39 Nov '39  
  Ken Johnson & his Band Nov '39 Nov '39  
  George Melachrino and his Band Jan 1940 July 1940  
Cafe Royal
68, Regent Street
Re-opened February 3rd, 1928 after alterations including an Esty organ costing 7000      
  Hal Swain's Cafe Royal Band Feb '28 Jun '29 Regal
Carlton Dance Hall
Tottenham Court Road
Formerly called "Rector's Cluib" (q.v.), it re-opened January 30th, 1928 under this new name.
In December 1939, the name changed back to "Rector's Club"
     
  Max Chappell's London Choreans Band Jan '28 Jan '28  
  Percival Mackey and his Band Mar '28 Mar '28  
  Albert Kendall and his Savannah Band Apr '28 Apr '28  
  Arthur Lilley and the Savannah Band Oct '28 Mar '29  
  Pete Mandell and his New Savannah Band Apr '29 May '30  
  Jock McDermott and his New Carlton Players May '30 Feb 31 Piccadilly
  Al Wadding and his Band Feb '31 Jun '31  
  Nat Allen and his Band Jul '31    
  Tommy De Rosa and his Band Jul '31 (Aug 1932)  
  Stanley Barnett and his Band   Feb '32  
Carlton Hotel
90, Belgrave Road, Victoria
       
  Al Davison and his Carlton Hotel Orch 1924 1925 Vocalion
  Bert Firman's Carlton Hotel Dance Orch 1925 1927 Zonophone
  Leslie Norman & his Carlton Hotel Band Feb '27 Sep '27 Electron/Winner
  Jay Whidden and his Band Oct '27 Oct '31 Imperial/Victory
  George Scott-Wood and his Band Oct '31 Dec '31  
  Dancing discontinued; resumed May 3rd 1932.      
  Maurice Winnick and his Band May '32 May '33 Panachord
  Lou Preager and his Band Jan '36   Panachord
Carnival Club        
  Unnamed 4-piece band including Jack Clapper (atlo-sax) April 1926    
Casani's Club
Imperial House,
Regent Street
Just off Piccadilly Circus
Opened March 3rd 1933      
  Charlie Kunz & his Casani Club Band Mar '33 1937 Sterno / Rex
  Eddie Carroll and the Casani Club Orchestra 1937   Parlophone
Casa Nuova Restaurant        
  Harry Roy and his Band Nov '32    
  Arthur Rosebery & his Band Nov '32    
Casino
Old Compton Street
See "London Casino"      
Casino De Danse
Finchley Road
       
  Original Lyrical Five (inc Harry & Syd Roy) 1922    
Castle Hotel
Richmond
       
  Jack & Lionel Clapper's Band Mar '21 1927  
Cavour Restaurant Under the same management as the Cafe de Paris, hence the doubling here of Syd Roy's Lyricals      
  Sydney Firman and his Florida Band Aug 1925    
  The (Crichton) Lyricals (directed by Syd Roy) Jan '26 May '26   
Century Club
Glasshouse Street
nr Piccadilly Circus
"Re-opened Sept 1930 after several months of inactivity"      
  Micky Lewis and his Band Sep '30 Jan '31  
  Closed Jan 1931 Nov 17 1931  
  Harry Jimmick and his Band Nov 17 1931    
Chantilly Restaurant        
  Hal Swain and his Band Jun '31 (Aug 1931)  
Chateau De Madrid
Victoria
Formerly the Riviera Club      
  Nobby Knight, jr and his Band Oct '31 Feb '32 ?  
  Johnny Walker (sax); Norman Yarlett (piano); Reggie Mills (drums) Sep '32    
Chez Henri
Long Acre
       
  Charlie Kunz & his Chez Henri Band 1924 Feb '33 Columbia
  Chez Henri Band, directed by Gerry Moore Feb '33    
  Arthur Rosebery & his Band Feb '36    
  Arthur Rosebery (solo piano only) Jan '37 May '37  
  Eddie Carroll & his Band Jan '39    
Chez Oncle Club
77, Dean Street
Note that this is the same address as the Night Lights club (formerly the Palermo) and could occupy the same rooms. It closed in late 1930.      
  Rex Owen and his Band Jul '30 Dec '30 ?  
Circus Restaurant
Oxford Street
       
  Radio Novelty Syncopators, dir Alec Alexander May '26    
Ciro's Club
Orange Street
off Haymarket
Ciro's Club closes in March 1939 due to financial problems.      
  Jean Lensen and his Ciro's Club Dance Orchestra 1924 Feb '27  
  Debroy Somers' Band Mar '27 1928 Columbia/Broadcast
  Harry Bidgood and his Band (leader: Ramon Newton) Oct '27 Apr '29 Broadcast
  Teddy Brown and his Band Apr '29 Dec '29  
  Sydney Kyte and his Band Jan '30 Jul '30  
  Billy Cotton and his Savannah Band Sep 1 1930 Mar '31 Regal
  Ronnie Hart and his Band (Canadian)  [for two weeks] Mar '31 Mar '31  
  Tommy Kinsman and his Ciro's Club Band Mar '31 Feb '32 Sterno
  Jacques Jacobs and his Band Jan '32 (Feb 32) (Pathe Film)
  Tommy Kinsman and his Ciro's Club Band Feb '32 Apr '32 Sterno
  Bert Firman and his Band, dir Ronnie Cuthbertson May '32    
  Maurice Kasket and his Band Oct '32 Apr '33  
  Lew Preager and his Band Apr '33    
  Joe Smith & his Band May '33 May '33  
  Maurice Winnick and his Band Sep '33 Feb '34 Winner
  Jack Harris and his Orchestra Sep '37  Mar '39 HMV
Claridges Hotel
Brook Street, Mayfair
Originally (1812) called Mivart's, the name changed when the buildings on the site were bought by William & Marianne Claridge. By the late 1880s the hotel was bought by the Savoy group and completely rebuilt, re-opening in 1898.      
  Al Collins and his Orchestra 1920 Dec '29 Regal
  George Boulanger and his Orchestra Jan '30    
  Joe Kaye and his Band May '30 ? Sep '30  
  Howard Jacobs and his Band Oct '30 Apr '31  
  Al Collins and his Band May '32 July '32  
Cocoanut Grove
Regent Street
       
  Oscar Grasso and his Band (Apr '37) 1938  
  Barney Gilbraith Quartet Jun '39    
  Paul Lombard & his Band Jan '40 Mar '40  
  Oscar Grasso & his Band Mar '40    
  Harry Parry & his Band   (also at Paradise Club next door) Oct '40    
  George Shearing & his Trio Oct '40    
Continental Club This club was owned by Teddy Joyce.      
  Teddy Joyce & his Band Dec '35    
  Len Hayes and his Band Jun '37    
Cosmo Club
Wardour Street
       
  Julian Vedey and his Cosmo Club Band/Troubadours Dec  '26 (Jul 27)  
  Jack Padbury and his Band Mar '28 (Nov 31) Winner / Radio
  Closed   May 1932  
  Jack Oliveri and his Band May 1932    
  Teddy Foster & his Band July  '40    
Cricklewood Palais A note in Melody Maker says 5 different bands played here during Alf Wadding's absence between February and October 1931      
  Alf Wadding and his Band 1923  Feb 31  
  Al Tabor and his Band Apr '31 Apr '31  
  Alf Wadding and his Band Oct '31    
Criterion Restaurant
224, Piccadilly
       
  Art Hickman's New York London 5 (American) Sept 1920    
  Al Davison and his Claribel Band   Apr 1926  
  Kel Keech and his Orchestra Jan '26 Apr '26  
  Criterion Dance Band (dir Max Goldberg) (a Keech unit) Apr '26 Jun '26  
  Criterion Dance Band (dir Joe Daniels) Jul '26    
Dalton's
Leicester Square
No reference found.      
Datchet Pavillion Club
River Thames
       
  Reginald Foresythe & his New Music Apr '34    
  Reginald Foresythe & his New Music Mar '37 Aug '37  
Deauville Restaurant
Regent Street
Opened in December 1929. Was previously known as the Silver Slipper Club. Club closed March 1930.      
  Eddie Gross Bart and his Band Dec '29 March 1930   
  Leon Abbey and his Band March 1930  March 1930   
  Alec Cripps and his Band March 1930  March 1930   
  Jack Gill (piano); Eddie Gross-Bart (drums)  [at time of closure] March 1930  March 1930   
Devonshire Restaurant
Piccadilly 
(opposite Ritz Hotel)
The Devonshire Restaurant, opened Late 1926, was in a new building of "Palatial residential  mansion flats" built on the site of Devonshire House, previously the residence of the Duke of Devonshire. 
Dancing from 9pm to 2am every evening
     
  Devonshire Restaurant Dance Band, dir Bert Firman 1926 Nov '26 Zonophone
  Murray Barley and his Band Nov '26    
  Closed; Re-opened as Hector's Devonshire Restaurant.   Jan 1931  
  Bob Probst and his Band Jan 1931    
Dorchester House Hotel
Park Lane
Opened April 20th 1931      
  Melville Gideon and his Band Apr '31 Oct '31  
  The Blue Lyres, directed by Arthur Lally Oct '31 Oct '32 Decca/Zonophone
  The Blue Lyres, directed by Peter Rush Oct '32 Feb '33  
  The Blue Lyres, directed by Ernie Lewis Feb '33 (May '33)  
  Jack Jackson and his Orchestra Aug 1 1933 1939 HMV
  Maurice Winnick and his Orchestra Apr '39 (Feb '40) HMV
Dolphin Sq. Restaurant Opened December 1937      
  Eddie Carroll & his Band Dec '37 Feb '38  
  Arthur Rosebery & his Band (doubling Paradise Club) Feb '38  (Jun 38)  
East Ham Palais de Dance        
  Victor Vorzanger's Savannah Band July '25 Oct '26 ?  
El Gaucho 
Wardour Street
Bottle-Party Club      
  Jack Kerr & his Band Jun '37    
El Morocco
Albermarle Street
       
  Lew Stone & his Band (doubling Palace Theatre) Dec '39 Jan '40  
  Jack Harris & his Band (doubling London Casino) Dec '39 Feb '40  
  Ron Joynes & his Hawaiians Feb '40    
  Miff Ferrie & his Band (fill in for one week only) Feb '40 Feb '40  
  Syd Kyte and his Band Feb '40 Mar '40  
  Jack Doyle & his Aces of Rhythm Mar '40    
Embassy Club
Old Bond Street
The club was put into the hands of the Receiver in March 1938, then bought the following month by Abe Aaronson & refurbished at a cost of 10,000.
Becomes a Bottle Party Club in February 1939
     
  Benny Peyton's Jazz Kings Dec 1919    
  The American Five (inc Eddie Gross Bart) March 1920    
  Ambrose and his Orchestra Sept '20 Jan '27 Columbia
  Lou Raderman and his Orchestra Jan '27 July '27  
  Jack Harris and his Band 1928   Parlophone
  Abe Aaronson and his Orchestra (Jan '30) May '32  
  Joe Orlando and his Band May '32 Aug '32  
  Lou Simmons and his Band & The Three Ginx Aug '32 (Mar '33)  
  Ambrose and his Orchestra July '33 Jan '36 Decca
  Reg Pursglove and his Band 1935 Mar '38  
  Tim Clayton & his Band 1938    
  Reginald Foresythe & his Band Mar '39 Jul '40  
Empress Rooms,
Royal Palace Hotel
Kensington
       
  Continental Five (inc Joe Van Straten) circa 1921    
  Robert Bennett's Frisco Syncopators Feb 1923    
  Paul Specht's Lido Venice Orchestra (American) c. 1924    
  Bobby Davis and his Band Dec 1925 Dec 1925  
  Les Norman and his Band Dec 1925 Jul '26  
  Paul Specht and his Band (AMerican) Apr '26 May '26  
  Philip Buchel and his Band (a quartet) Jul '26    
  Les Norman and his Band   Jan '27  
  Leon Zimbler and his band Sep '26 pre '28  
  Jan Ralfini and his Band Jan '27 pre '28  
  Tucker's Royal Empress Orchestra Sep '27    
  The Romany Band, director: Oscar Rabin 1928 Mar '30  
  The Omega Collegians Nov '28 Apr '29  
  Lal Johnson and his Band (May '30) Sep '30  
  Al Lever and his Band Sep '30 Jul '31  
  Tommy Atkins and his Band Jul '31    
  Syd Lipton and his Band Sep '31 May '32 ?  
  Leslie Hutchinson and his Band Sep '31 May '32  
  Stanley Black & his Band  (Jan '32)    
  Bert Jackson and his Band May '32 Jul '32  
  Percy Hampton and his Band May '32 Jul '32  
  Jack Shields and his Band Sep '32 Sep '32  
  Bill Gerhardi and his Band Sep '32 Sep '32  
  Eddie Carroll & his Band Oct '34    
Femina Club        
  Art Gregory and his Band      
Fischer's Restaurant
Bond Street
Opened November 1932      
  Bruce Merryl and his Band Nov '32 Apr '33  
  Micky Lewis and his Band Apr '33    
  Tommy Kinsman and his Band 1936 1937 Octocros
  Paul Lombard and his Band July '39 Mar '40   
  Arthur Coppersmith & his Band Mar '40     
Fleming's Restaurant
68, Oxford Street
       
  Hal Wallace and his Rhythm Boys c. Nov '31 (May 1932)  
Fleming's Restaurant
301-307, Oxford Street
(Thanks to Pauline Welthy for the address; she also tells me that this address now houses a River Island clothes shop (c. 2008)      
  Gordon French and his Band Apr '32    
Florida Club
Bruton Mews, 
off Brook Street
Sometime in 1930, the club changed name to "Toby's".
By 1936, it had become "The Old Florida Club"
     
  Billy Edser and his Band July '26    
  Leo Ash & his Band Dec '26    
  Ronnie Munro and his Band Mar '27 May '27 Imperial
  George Hurley and his Band   [for 1 week] June 1927 June 1927  
  Leo Ash and his Band               [for 2 weeks] June 1927 June 1927  
  Leon Whiting and his Miami Band June 1927 late '27  
  Jack Harris & his Band 1928   Mimosa
  closed ("Has been closed for some time" - MM Jun '29)      
  Tommy Kinsman's Florida Club Dance Band 1929 1930 Piccadilly / Sterno
  Ken "Snakehips" Johnson & his Emperors of Swing Nov '36 Apr '37  
  Ken "Snakehips" Johnson & his Band   Sep '38  
  Adelaide Hall accp by Fela Sowande & his Band Sep '38 (Feb 39)  
  Felix Mendelssohn's Hawaiian Serenaders 1940    
Forty-Three (43 Club)
43, Gerrard Street
       
  Unnamed sextet of Arthur Chester-t/G. Dickman-as/ Kay Goldberg-ts/Geo Hurley-vn / Dave Kaye-p/ Murray Fine-d. Jul '26    
  Chas. Spinelli and his Band Jan '31 (Jan '32)  
  Frank Morgan & his Band (Quartet) May '37    
  Forty-Three Swing Band 1938    
Four Hundred Club
Leicester Square
       
  Brian Lawrance & his Quartet Mar '35 Apr '35  
  Reginald Forsythe & his New Music Jun '35 Aug '35  
  Tim Clayton's Band 1938    
  Reginald Forsythe & his Music Aug '40    
Frascati's Restaurant
Oxford Street
       
  Allan Selby & his Frascatians 1927 Dec '29 Metropole/Piccadilly
  Cyril Hellier and his Band Jan '29    
  Raymond De Courcy's Band, dir W. Greenborough May '29 Jul '32  
  Harry Green and his Band Jul '32    
  Manuel Raymond's Band 1938    
  Louis Simmonds & his Band Apr '40    
Frivolity Club
Leicester Square
       
  Gaby Rogers and his Band June 1926    
Gargoyle Club
Dean Street, Soho
       
  Edgar Jackson's Dance Band Aug '30 (May 1932) Oriole
  Derick Turner and his Band   May '32  
  Will Lanin and his Band Jul '32 Dec '32  
  Jacques Brown and his Band Jan '33    
Garter Club
Grosvenor Street
       
  Cambridge Swing Stars (dir George Banner) Jan '40    
The Gaucho see "El Gaucho" (under "El").      
The Gestapo Club
Regent Street
No reference found.      
Golder's Green Ice Rink        
  Fred Coleman and his Band (a Max Chappell unit) Dec '30 May '31  
Grafton Galleries
Regent Street
       
  Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra (American) May 1923   HMV
  Jack Hylton and his Orchestra May 1923 May 1923 HMV
  The Original Capitol Orchestra (American) Jan 1924   Zonophone
  Chas. Renard and his Band June 1924   Regal
Green Park Hotel
Piccadilly
Later Changed name to Hotel Splendide, q.v.      
  Leon van Straten and his Orchestra Apr '27 Aug '28  
  Jean Pougnet and his Orchestra (a Jack Hylton unit) Oct '28    
Grosvenor House
Park Lane
Built in 1730 as a private residence, it was bought in 1806 by the Grosvenor family and remained the family's home for over 100 years before being sold to A.O. Edwards who turned it into one of the greatest hotels of the period, opening in 1929.      
  Jack Harris's Orchestra, dir Bill Gerhardi (Nov '29) Sep'30 Decca
  Jack Harris's Orchestra, dir Hugo Rignold Sep'30 Dec '30 Decca
  Jack Harris and his Orchestra, dir Bill Gerhardi Jan '31 Jul '32 Broadcast
  Sydney Lipton and his Band Jul '32 1940 several
  Billy Mayerl and his Grosvenor House Band July 1941   Decca
Hambone Club        
  Lionel Claff and his Band (Jul '30) Dec '30 ?  
  Alec Alexander and his Band Jan '31    
Hammersmith Ice Drome        
  T. Valentine and his Band c Mar '31    
Hammersmith Palais De Danse The building was demolished in 2012, having been closed for some years.      
  Original Dixieland Jazz Band (American) April 7 1919   Columbia
  Billy Arnold's American Novelty Band Jun 1919    
  Original Dixieland Jazz Band Jun 1919 Jun '20 Columbia
  The American Five Apr '20 May '20  
  Bennie Peyton's Jazz Kings Sep '20 Dec 22  
  Southern Rag-a-Jazz Band July 1921   Winner
  Billy Madden's Crescent City Orch Sept 1921   Homochord
  The Paramount Six Oct 1921    
  Lyric Five Jazz Band (inc Harry & Syd Roy) 1922    
  Hammersmith Palais de Danse Orch 1923   Regal
  unnamed Orch directed by Frank Wilson 1924    
  George W. Smith's Dixie Entertainers Aug 1925    
  The Original Gerracs, dir Jack Geary Aug 1925 Jun '26  
  Al Tabor & his Transatlantic Band Jan '26 Mar '29  
  The Buffalo Orchestra, directed by Bill Shenkman (Canadian) Jun '26 Sep '26  
  Albert Kendall and his Savanna Band Oct '26 1928 ?  
  The Buffalo Orch (no mention of Shenkman) Feb '27    
  Alan Green and his Band 1928    
  Maurice Winnick and his Band (a Jan Ralfini unit) Mar '29    
  Oscar Rabin and his Band Aug '34 Nov '40 various
  Alf Kaplan & his Band Feb '40    
  Lou Preager and his Orchestra 1944 1945 Columbia
Happy's
Oxendon Street
No reference found.      
Hatchett's
Piccadilly
       
  Hatchett's Swingtette, dir Arthur Young Oct '39 Sep '40 Decca
  Reginald Forsythe & his New Music Sep '40    
  George Shearing & his Trio Nov '40 Nov '40  
  Hatchett's Swingtette, dir Dennis Moonan Nov '40 1942 Decca
Havana
Denman Street
       
  Cuban Band (?) 1938    
Haymarket Brasserie
Piccadilly
       
  Archie Alexander's Band 1938    
         
Hell
Gerrard Street
       
  Al Craig and his Band 1938    
Holborn Restaurant
Kingsway
       
  Harry Saville and his Band Sep '26    
  Lionel Paulus and his Holborn Restaurant Orchestra Jan '29 Oct '34  
  Bram Martin and his Band Feb 35 Feb 38 Regal-Zonophone
  Edward Dennis and his Band 1938    
Hollywood Restaurant
Piccadilly, W1
Formerly Prince's Restaurant      
  Lew Stone and his Band Apr 1935 May 1935 Regal-Zonophone
  Mantovani and his Tipica Orchestra May 1935 Oct 1935 Regal-Zonophone
Hotel Cecil
Strand
Dancing stopped on 28th February 1930. 
The Hotel was demolished in the summer of 1930 to make way for Shell-Mex House.
     
  John Birmingham and his Band pre-1925    
  Jack Payne and his Hotel Cecil Dance Band 1925 May '28 Zono, Regal
  Marius B. Winter's Hotel Cecil Dance Band May '28 late 29 Homochord
  Jimmy Lally and his Band Dec '29 Feb '30  
Hotel Metropole
Northumberland Ave.
       
  Jack Howard's Midnight Follies Band c 1923 1924  
  Midnight Follies Orchestra, directed by Bert Firman 1924   Zonophone
  Sydney Bliss & his Metropolitans (incl Mario Lorenzi)   Jan '26  
  Jay Whidden and his Midnight Follies Band Feb '26 Sep '27 Columbia
  Mantovani and his Orchestra Jan 28 May 28 Regal
Hotel Splendide
Piccadilly
Formerly Green Park Hotel (q.v.)      
  Jack Harris' Band, dir Bill Gerhardi (Jun '29) 1929  
  Abe Aaronson's Orch, dir Tiny Maite ( Jan '30) Jul '30  
  Dancing suspended at end July 1930 July 1930    
  The Splendide Quartette, dir Cecil Watts cMar '31 (Aug 1931)  
  Jack Oliveri and his Band Sep '32 Sep '32  
  Dave Frost and his Band Oct '32    
Hungaria Restaurant
Regent Street
       
  Manuel Hyman and his Band Oct '30    
  Geoff Gibson and his Band   Jun '31  
  Bob Probst and his Band Jun '31 (May 1932)  
  Emilio Colombo & his Orchestra (for 5 years) Early 1930s    
  Tzigane Orchestra 1938    
Jackson's Restaurant
Shaftesbury Avenue
       
  Gaby Rogers and his Band (trio) Nov '31    
Jacobite Club
West End
Opens February 1936, hosted by Rudolph Dunbar      
  Rudolph Dunbar & his Band Feb '36    
Jade's Club
Golden Square
Formerly "The Little Club", re-opened in May 1926.
In October 1926, this club was struck off the register & disqualified for 12 months following a police raid where the owner, Clarence William Green was jailed for a month for "selling intoxicants without a license".
     
  Ronnie Munro, Barry Mill (pianos) and Harry Robbins (drums/xylo) May 1926    
  Ronnie Munro - solo pianist July 1926    
  Jack Miranda-cl-as/Ted Edbrooke-vn-pac/Bobby Davis-p/Joe Kosky-d Sep '26 Oct '26  
Jigs Club
Wardour Street
       
  Cyril Blake & his Jigs Club Band 1941   Regal-Zonophone
Karsino
Hampton Court
Originally owned by Fred Karno, the Karsino was bought by the owners of the New Princes Restaurant in April 1926 with the intention of turning it into an American "Palm Beach" style place. Re-opened May 8, 1926 and renamed "Palm Beach", (q.v.)      
Kaspec Restaurant        
  Teddy Westfield and his Band May '31 (Aug 1931)  
Kettner's Restaurant
Soho
"No more dancing after the end of March 1929"      
  Kettner's Five, directed by Hugo Rignold (a Hylton unit) Jan 1926    
  Geoffrey Gelder's Kettner's Five Dec '26 Mar '29 Imperial / Regal
Kit-Cat Club
Haymarket
Opening in 1925, this was a members-only club, but, following a raid in late 1926, was closed and subsequently re-opened as a public restaurant (see below)      
  Al Starita's Kit Cat Band 1925 Dec 1926 HMV / Columbia
  Vincent Lopez and his Orchestra (American) May 11, 1925 July 4, 1925  
  Ted Lewis and his Band (American) July 6, 1925 Aug 15, 1925  
  Brooke Johns & his Orchestra (American) Aug 17, 1925 Oct 10, 1925  
  Isham Jones and his Orchestra (American) Oct 10, 1925 Dec 5, 1925  
  Don Parker and his Band Nov '25 Nov '26 Vocalion
  Paul Specht's Canadian Club Orch (Canadian) Feb 1926 Feb 1926 Columbia
  Jack Hylton and his Band Mar 1926 Mar 1926 HMV
  Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra (American) Apr '26 May '26  
  Al Payne and his Kittens (American?) Jun '26 Jul '26 ?  
  Ben Bernie & his Band (American) Sep 26 Dec '26  
  Irving Aaronson's Commanders (American) Dec '26 Dec '26  
Kit-Cat Restaurant
Haymarket
Formerly a private members club, the Kit-Cat opened as a restaurant in October 1927.      
  Al Starita's Kit Cat Band Oct 1927 Feb '28 Columbia
  Percival Mackey and his Kit-Cat Band Jul 1927 ? Oct 1927 Winner / Electron
  Teddy Brown and his Band Oct 1927 Oct 1927 Electron
  George Fisher's Kit Cat Band Jan 1928 Dec 1928 HMV/Piccadilly
  Arthur Rosebery and his Kit-Cat Dance Band Jan 1929 Aug 1929 Parlophone
  Abe Lyman and his Californians (American) Jan '29  Mar '29  
  Abe Lyman and his Californians (American) May '29 (Jun '29)  
  Hal Swain and his Band Aug '29    
  Ben Bernie and his Band (American) Sep '29 Nov '29  
  Jack Hylton and his Orchestra Dec '29   HMV
  Hal Swain and his Band   Jan '30 Regal
  Teddy Brown and his Band    May '30  
  Ted Lewis and his Band (American) May '30 Jul '30  
  Maurice Toubas and his Band Jun '30 Jul '30  
  Ray Starita and his Band Jul '30 Sep '30 Columbia
  Johnny Hamp and his Kentucky Serenaders (American) Sep '30 Oct '30  
  Charles Renard and his Kit-Cat Band Sep 1930 Nov 1930 Decca unissued
  Ray Starita and his Band Oct '30 Jan '31 Columbia
  Dave Frost and his Band Dec '30 Mar '31 Decca
  George Hurley and his Band (a Billy Mason unit) Jan '31 Mar '31  
  Closed Mar 7, 1931 May 14, 1931  
  Reg Batten and his Band May '31 Jul '31  
  Percival Mackey and his Kit-Cat Band Jul '31 Nov '31 Regal
  Joe Loss and his Harlem Band Dec '31 Sep '34 Winner/Panachord
  Fred Spreadbury and his Coney Islanders Dec '31 Jan '33  
  Roy Fox and his Band Jan '33 Feb '34 Decca
  Maurice Winnick & his Orchestra   Dec '33  
  Teddy Joyce and his Dance Music Feb '34 May '34 Sterno
  Closed for 60,000 redecoration. July 1935 Sep 1934  
  Al Jennings & his Band   Mar '40  
  Teddy Joyce & his Orchestra   Jan '40  
  Joe Lucas & his Band Jan '40 Jan '40  
  Syd Dean & his Band Feb '40 Mar '40  
  Jimmy Durrant & his Band Mar '40    
Lansdowne Restaurant
Berkeley Square
       
  Brian Lawrance and his Quartet / Sextet / Orchestra May '35 Mar '40 Decca / Panachord
  Dan Donovan and his Music 1938   His Master's Voice
  Paul Lombard & his Band Mar '40    
  Barney Gilbraith & his Quartet Mar '40    
Leicester Sq Theatre
Leicester Square
Opened December 1930. Owned by Jack Buchanan and Walter Gibbons, who sold it to RKO soon after. Later it became a full-time cinema.      
  Harry Roy and his RKOlians Aug '31 Feb '32 B'cast/Parlophone
  Syd Roy and his RKOlians (dir Oliver Aston) Aug '32 Oct '33 Eclipse
  Percival Mackey and his Band Aug '32 Dec '32  
Le Suivi
Stratton Street
Opened March 12th 1940 , formerly The Stratton Club      
  Sid Phillips & his Trio Mar '40   Decca
  Peter Mendoza & his Band Mar '40    
Lex
Soho
       
  Jack Roy Trio & guests May '37    
L'Hermitage Restaurant
Piccadilly
Formerly "New Princes"; re-opened under new name.
Closed September 1931; re-opened as "New Prince's" in July 1932
     
  Arthur Lally and his Band May '31 Sep '31 Decca/Filmophone
  Isidore (Syd) Chasid and his Band Aug '31 Sep '31  
Lido Club
Frith Street
       
  Coney Island Band, dir Fred Spreadbury Oct '26 Nov '26  
  Fred Spinelly's Lido Venice Band Oct '27 Apr '28 Electron
  Eddie Grossbart & his Band June 1928    
Locarno Dance Hall
Streatham Hill
       
  Locarno Dance Band (dir Les Osborne)    Jan '30  
  Billy Cotton and his Savannah Band Mar '30 Aug '30 Regal
  Jan Ralfini and his Band (May '30) Aug '30 Sterno
  Lal Johnson and his Band Sep '30 Mar '31  
  Jan Ralfini and his Band Sep '30 ? Sep '30  
  Arthur Rosebery & his Band            [for 1 week only] Sep '30 Sep '30  
  Jimmy Kelleher and his Band Sep '30 Oct '30  
  Joe Gibson and his Band Oct '30 May '31  
  Albert Kendall and his Band             [for 2 weeks only] Apr 31 Apr 31  
  Syd Wyner and his Band May '31 Sep '31  
  Alex Freer and his Band Jun '31 -Jul '31  
  Art Gregory and his Band Jul '31 Sep '31  
  Alan Green and his Band Sep' 31 Nov '31  
  Doug Swallow and his Band Sep' 31 Nov '31  
  Syd Chasid and his Band Nov '31 Nov '31  
  Alan Green and his Band Dec '31 Jun '32  
  Art Gregory and his Band May '32 Aug '32  
  Syd Wyner and his Band Jun '32 Jun '32  
  Billy Merrin and his Commanders Feb '33    
  Alan Green & his Band Nov '39  Feb '40  
  Frank King & his Band    Feb '40  
  Les Hilsden & his Band  Feb '40    
  Alf Kay & his Band  Feb '40    
London Casino
Old Compton Street
Formerly The Prince of Wales Theatre, the building was re-decorated at a cost of 15,000 and opened as the London Casino in April 1936      
  Jack Harris & his Band Apr '36    
  Debroy Somers & his Band   Oct '37  
  Bert Firman & his Band Nov '37 Jan '39  
  Hugo Rignold & his Orchestra 1938 ? Jan '39  
  Closes (In Liquidation) Jan 1939 Apr 1939  
  Jack Harris & his Band Apr '39  (Jan 1940)  
  Hugo Rignold & his Orchestra Apr '39    
London (Sports) Club it re-opened in the late 1920s (1929?) for a while as "The Charterhouse Club" before closing suddenly. It re-opened in Oct 1930 under this name.      
  The Buffalo Band Sept 1925    
  The Embassy Six Oct '30 May '31  
  Ernie Weaver and his Band May '31    
Lyons' Corner House
Oxford Street
Opened in 1923 - Specht's band was the first band to play here.      
  Paul Specht and his Orchestra ("The Georgians") (American) May 1923    
  Not sure when Specht left, but there was no dance band featured until Al Leslie's band below.      
  Al Leslie & his New Dixieland Orchestra Dec 25 Dec '26  
  Fred Garrity and his Band Jun '32    
Lyons' Popular Cafe
Piccadilly
       
  Harry Singer and his Band Summer 1931    
  The Ginx Sep '31    
  Barry Lindoorn and his Band May '32 Sep '32  
  Jack Sheehan and his Band Sep '32    
Malmaison
Stratton Street, Mayfair
Opened May 27th 1931
Changed name to The Blue Train (q.v.) in early 1933.
     
  Percy Chandler and his Band May '31 Oct '31 Piccadilly
  Gene Arthur (Reg Pursglove) and his Band Oct '31 May '32  
  Harry Collins and his Band   June '32  
  Nat Allen and his Band                [for 2 weeks only] May '32 May '32  
  Len Edwards and his Band Jun '32 Jun '32  
  Gene Arthur (Reg Pursglove) and his Band Jun '32    
  Closed for extensive re-decoration      
  Gene Arthur (Reg Pursglove) and his Band Oct '32    
Manhattan
Denman Street
No reference found.      
Martan Club
6 - 8 Old Bond Street
       
  Original Dixieland Jazz Band (American) Apr 28 1919   Columbia
Maxim's
Wardour Street
       
  Eddie Beecher and his Band 1938    
May Fair Hotel
Berkeley Square
The May Fair hotel opened March 28, 1927, part of Gordon Hotels Ltd.      
  Ambrose and his Orchestra Mar '27 May '33 HMV / Decca
  Harry Roy and his Orchestra Jun '33 Jun '36 Parlophone
  Billy Bissett and his Orchestra 1937   His Master'sVoice
  Michael Flome and his Orchestra 1938   Decca
  Ambrose & his Orchestra Dec '39   Decca
Mazurka
Denman Street
No reference found.      
Melody Inn
Beak Street
No reference found.      
Melton Club
Regent Street
Closed Easter 1930      
  The Melton Five, directed by Vic Filmer (Jan '30) Mar '30  
"Mi" Club
New Bond Street
Opened May 1932      
  George Pallat and his Band (trio) May '32    
Midnight Room
Albermarle Street
       
  Len Newbery and his Band 1938    
MilRay Club
Regent Street
Opened October 21st, 1933. Club owned by Eddie Gross Bart, and named after his wife, Ray and their business partner, Millie. I have no information as to the music at this venue.      
The Mitre 
Regent Street
Formerly "Nunkey's".      
  Arthur Rosebery and Flaming Five July '30 July '30  
  Tommy Sharp and his Band July '30 Jan '31  
  Maurice Brian's Band May '31    
  Vic Filmer and his Band May '31 (Aug 31)  
  Vic Filmer and his Band Oct '32    
Monseigneur Restaurant
Jermyn Street to Piccadilly Circus
Opened May 27th 1931.
The restaurant closed in September 1934, becoming a cinema, with no live music again.
     
  Roy Fox and his Band May '31 Oct '32 Decca
  Mantovani and his Tipica Orchestra Jul '31 Sep '34 Sterno
  Lew Stone and his Band Oct '32 Oct '33 Decca
  Jack Harris & his Band   Feb '34  
  Lew Stone and his Band Feb '34 Sep'34 Decca
Moody's Club        
  Max Goldberg and his Band (Nov 1925)    
The Morgue
Ham Yard
No reference found.      
Mother Hubbard's
Ham Yard
       
  Jock Salisbury Trio Jun '37    
  Syd Raymond and his Band 1938    
Moulin Rouge Club
Brixton
       
  Hal Griff and his Band Jan '31 (Aug 1931)  
Murray's Club
Beak Street
By February 1926 this club had changed it's name to "Blanchard's", (q.v.) but changed back to "Murray's"  by 1929      
  Roy Allwood and his Band   Mar '29  
  Al Tabor and his Transatlantic Band Mar '29   Piccadilly
  Frank Davison and his Band  (Jan '30)    
  Vic Filmer and Murray's Melody Makers Apr '30 May '31 Piccadilly
  Hugh Radcliffe and his Band May '31 Sep'31  
  Teddy Sinclair and his Band Sep'31    
  Pauline Gray and her Band   May '32  
  Eddie Gross-Bart and his Band Sep '32 Feb '33  
  Hal Swain and his Band Feb '33 Mar '33  
  Fred Morrison and his Band Mar '33    
  Alvin Saxon and his Band Jul '35 1936  
  Norman Stanley and his Band 1938    
  Art Gregory and his Band 1940    
The Nest
Kingly Street
       
  Nest Swing Band & Buskers 1937 1938  
New Bonne Fortune Club
Poland Street
       
  Gaby Rogers (piano) & Ginger Conn (drums) Jul '30    
New Prince's
Piccadilly
       
  New Princes Toronto Band (dir Hal Swain) Feb '23 Feb '26 Columbia
  Alfredo (Alfred Gill) and his New Princes Orchestra 1925 1927 Winner
  New Princes Toronto Band (dir Alfie Noakes) Feb '26 Sep '26 Columbia
  Hal Swain's New Prince's Orchestra Jun '26 Jan '28 Regal
  The Miami Band (dir Arthur Fottrella) Jun '26    
  Reg Batten and his Band   May '29  
  Closed (date unknown); reopened as L'Hermitage Restaurant (q.v.) (date unknown); Re-opened (again) as New Prince's Jul 1932; dancing "downstairs" in "The Golden Brasserie"   Jul 1932  
  Jack Padbury and his Band Jul '32 (May 1932)  
  Tommy Kinsman and his Band 1933  (JAn 1934) Winner
  Theodore Guitter and his Band 1938    
Night Lights Club
77, Dean Street
Formerly the Palermo club.      
  The Coney Island Band, dir Fred Spreadbury Dec '26    
  Ronnie Munro and his Band ("on the balcony") Jun '27    
"Not" Restaurant
Leicester Square
Part of The Cafe Anglais      
  Alf van Straten and his Band (trio) (May '30) Jun '31  
  Johnny Walker-sax/Barry Mill-p/Doug Howson-d Jun '31 Oct '31  
  Sid Cole-sax/Barry Mill-p/Frankie Morgan-d Oct '31    
Nunky's Club
Regent Street
The club changed it's name to "The Mitre" in July 1930      
  Eddie Gross-Bart and his Band May '29 Oct '29  
  Arthur Rosebery and his Farenheit Five (Jan '30) Jun '30  
Nuthouse
Beak Street
A new swing club, opening about June 1939      
  George Shearing (piano) Jun '39    
Oddenino's
Piccadilly
       
  The Darnswells (inc Harry & Syd Roy & Lew Davis) 1920    
Oddenino's
54-62 Regent Street
Could be the same establishment as above?      
  Chester Tunis and his Orchestra Jan '29 Mar '29  
  No dancing Mar '29 Sep '32  
  Charlie Spinelli and his Band Sep '32    
  Roy Wallace and his Band 1938    
Odoni's Restaurant        
  The Odonians, directed by Allan Selby 1933 1934 Trusound
  Dave Frost & his Band 1934    
Old Florida Club see "Florida Club"      
Olympia Ballroom        
  Jack Howard and his Band Jan '26    
  Closed ?? - Re-opened January 1928   Jan '28  
  Leon Abbey & his Band Jan '28    
  Herman Darewski and his Orchestra Jan '28    
  Gwen Rogers and her Musical Dolls Jan '28    
Palermo Club
77, Dean Street, Soho
Formerly "The Carnival Club". (Re-) Opening on April 5th 1926, the Palermo Club (sometimes "Paloma") was owned by Layton and Johnstone. It changed its name again in 1927 and re-opened as "The Night-Lights" (q.v.)      
  Jack Clapper and his Band Apr 5, 1926 1927  
Palm Beach
Frith Street
Hampton Court
The old "Karsino's"  re-opened on May 8, 1926 under this new name and the new management of the "New Princes" restaurant. The first three bands named below played at both establishments.      
  Alfredo and his Band May '26    
  Hal Swain and his Canadian Band May '26    
  New Princes Toronto Band (director: Alfie Noakes) May '26    
  The Miami band, directed by Arthur Fottrella May '26    
  Gerry Moore & his Quartet Jun '37    
  Various swing and jam bands inc: Ike Hatch 1938    
  Hetty Booth's Palm Beach Stompers 1938 (Mar 1940)  
Paradise Club
Regent Street
       
  Arthur Young and his Paradise Club Music June 1935   Decca
  Arthur Rosebery and his Band   (doubling Dolphin Sq) Oct '37  (Feb 1940)  
  The Heralds of Swing Feb '39 May '39  
  Harry Parry & his Trio    (also at Cocoanut Club next door) Sept '40    
Park Lane Hotel
Park Lane
This hotel opened on March 21, 1927.
Dancing daily (except Sundays) from 10pm to 2am.
     
  Alfredo's Band, dir Wilbur Blinco Mar '27 Jun '27  
  Jack Hylton's Kit-Cat Band Jun '27    
Persian Garden Club
Frith Street
       
  Charlie Spinelly and his Band Jun '27    
Piccadilly Hotel
Piccadilly
       
  Piccadilly Hotel Dance Band, dir David de Groot 1923   HMV
  Jack Hylton and his Orchestra c. 1923   HMV
  Alex Hyde and his Orchestra  (American) c. 1923    
  Geoffrey Goodhart and his Orchestra Jan '25 Dec '25 Vocalion
  Mound City Blue Blowers (American) June 1925 June 1925  
  Don Parker and his Band Oct '25 Nov '26 Vocalion
  Jack Hylton's Kit-Cat Club Band (dir Al Starita) Jan '26 (Sep '27) Columbia
  Piccadilly Revels Band, dir Ray Starita Dec '26 Mar '28 Columbia
  The Piccadilly Players, dir Al Starita (restaurant) Apr '28 Dec '29 Columbia
  The Piccadilly Hotel Band, dir Charles Watson (Grill) Apr '28 Jun '28  
  George Pallat and his Band Jul '28 Aug '28  
  Maurice Harford and his Band Aug '28    
  Jim Kelleher and his Piccadilly Band Feb '29 Jul '29 Piccadilly/Victory
  Jerry Hoey and his Band  (Grill Room)  [Hoey took over Kelleher's band] Jul '29 Apr '31  
  Sid Bright and his Piccadilly Players [Bright took over Starita's band) Dec '29 Jan '31 Decca
  The Selma Six Apr '31 May '31  
  Maurice Winnick and his Band Apr '31 Oct '31 Regal
  Jerry Hoey and his Band (Grill Room) May '31 (May 32) Regal
  Sydney Kyte and his Piccadilly Hotel Band Nov '31  Jun '36  
  Maurice Winnick and his Sweet Music Feb '38 Jun '38 Decca
  Jerry Hoey and his Band (Grill Room -1938) 1938 (1940)  
  Norman Cole & his Band (Restaurant) late '38 (1940)  
Pop's Club        
  G. Clapham and his Band (trio) (Dec 29) (May 30)  
Popular Restaurant
Piccadilly
       
  Coney Island Band (dir Fred Spreadbury) Feb '26    
Prince's see "New Prince's"      
Quaglino's
Bury Street
       
  Percy Chandler and his Band (May '30) Dec '30  
  Geoffrey Gelder and his Band Dec '30 Jun '31  
  Alfred van Straten and his Band Jun '31 (May 1932)  
  Manual Hyman and his Band   May '32  
  Quaglino's Quartet, dir Brian Lawrance Feb '34 Feb '35 Decca/Panachord
  Alfred van Straten and his Music 1938 1939 Parlophone
  Frank Gregori and his Quartet 1938    
Queen's Club
Langham Place
       
  Queen's Dance Orchestra, directed by Jack Hylton 1919 1923 HMV/Zonophone
Queen's Hotel
Leicester Square
       
  J. Jenkins and his Band   Mar '29  
  Reg Spinelly and his Band Mar '29    
  Harry White and his Band (Jan '30) Jun'30  
  Will Hender and his Band July '30 Aug '30  
  Dave Rome and his Band (an Alec Alexander unit?) Aug '30 (Feb 31)  
The Ragtime
Charing Cross Road
No reference found.      
Rector's Club
Tottenham Court Road
Changed name to "The Stork Club" in June 1940      
  Original Dixieland Jazz Band (American) June 1919 Oct 1919 Columbia
  Billy Arnold's American Novelty Band (American) Oct 1919    
  The American Five ( inc Eddie Grossbart) (American) Apr '20 May '20  
  Bennie Peyton's Jazz Kings (American) Sep '20 Dec '22  
  Southern Rag-a-Jazz Band (American) July 1921   Winner
  Billy Madden's Crescent City Orch (American) Sept 1921   Homochord
  The Paramount Six (inc Richard MacDonald) (American) Oct 1921   Winner
  Lyric Five Jazz Band (inc Harry & Syd Roy) 1922   Zonophone
  The Original Capitol Orchestra (American) Jan '23 Mar'23  
  Closed Mar 1923 1928  
  Opens as "Carlton Dance Hall" (q.v.) 1928 1939  
  Jack Jackson & his Band Dec '39 Feb '40  
  Syd Dean & his Band   Feb '40  
Regent Palace Hotel
Glasshouse Street
       
  Jan Ralfini and his Band    Jan '27  
  Art Alexander and his Band  Jan '27    
  The Ginx   1930 Sep '31  
  Frank Paleson and his Band Sep '31 (Mar 1932)  
Ritz Hotel
Piccadilly
       
  Harry Bidgood and his Band   Sep '27 Broadcast
  Jean Lensen and his Band Oct '27    
  Abe Aaronson's Orchestra, dir Joe Burns (May '30) Sep '30  
  Abe Aaronson's Orchestra, dir Tiny Maite Sep '30 Aug '31  
  Hon. Anthony Vivian and his Band Sep '31 Nov '31  
  No dancing from November 1931 until Apr 25 1932 Nov '31 Apr 25 1932  
  Tommy Kinsman and his Band Apr 25 1932 Dec'32 Sterno
  Joe Kaye and his Band 1938    
  Gordon Reed & his Band Feb '40    
Riviera Club
129, Grosvenor Road
Westminster
Subsequently changed name to the Chateau De Madrid      
  Leon van Straten and his Orch Oct '26 Apr '27 Duophone
  Harry Robbins and his Riviera Club Orch May '27 Jul '27  
  The Riviera Club Orch, dir Percival Mackey Jul '27 Jan '28 Winner / Electron
  Harry Joseph's Band   Jan '28 ?  
  Gene Morelle and his Riviera Club Band Feb '28    
Road House Club
Leicester Square
This short Lived club, which was next to the Alhambra Theatre, opened in September 1930 and closed in May 1931.      
  Jack Davis and his Band Sep '30 Sep '30  
  Harry Gordon and his Band Oct '30    
  Nobby Knight jr and his Band (a Vic Filmer unit) Mar '31 May '31  
Romano's Restaurant
Strand
Opened in the 1830s or 40s      
  The Versatile Three/Four 1910   Winner/HMV
  Bert Fuller and his Band Nov '28    
  Geoffrey Gelder and his band Apr '29 Oct '30 Regal
  Murray Barley and his Band (a Marius B. Winter unit) Oct '30 Jan 31  
  Arthur Rosebery and his Band May '31 Jun '31  
  Tommy Sharp and his Band May '31 Jul '31  
  G. Ruthland Clapham and his Band Jul '31 Aug '31  
  Arthur Rosebery and his Band Aug '31 Nov '32  
  Isle's Nine Band, directed by Fred Morrison Nov '32 Feb '33  
  Eddie Grossbart and his Band Mar '33    
  Lou Preager and his Romano's Restaurant Orchestra Jan '35 Dec '35 Panachord
  Romano's band 1938    
Royal Opera House
Covent Garden
       
  Jack Howard and his Band 1924 1926 Duophone
  Gwen Rogers and her Musical Dolls Sep '26    
  Herman Darewski and his Famous Melody Band Sep '27 1928 Metropole/Parlo
  Alan Green and his Band c. Nov '29 1930 ? Piccadilly
  Art Gregory and his St Louis Band Nov '29    
  Dancing will be resumed on October 1st (MM Sep '30)      
  Alan Green and his Band Oct '30 cMar '31  
  Herman Darewski and his Famous Melody Band Oct '30 cMar '31 Parlophone
  Art Gregory and his Band   Jan '30  
  Billy Merrin and his Commanders Oct '31    
  Jock McDermott and his Band Oct '31   Winner
  Doug Swallow and his Band Oct '32    
  Joe Kay and his Band Oct '32    
Sackville Club
Fenchurch Street
Opened September 1938. Club owned by Eddie Gross- Bart and his wife. They sold the venue in 1971. I have no information about the music at this venue.      
San Marco Restaurant        
  Maurice Winnick and his Orchestra Feb '35   Parlophone
  Mantovani & his Tipica Orchestra Oct '35 Dec '35 Columbia
Savoy Hotel
Strand
Opened on August 6th, 1889      
  Savoy Quartet 1915 1920 His Master'sVoice
  Savoy Havana Band 1921 1927 HMV / Columbia
  Savoy Orpheans 1923 1927 HMV / Columbia
  The Sylvians 1926 1927 HMV
  Fred Elizalde and his Music 1927 1929 Brunswick
  Al Collins and his Orchestra Jan '30 (Sep 31)  
  Percival Mackey and his Band Jan '30 Dec '30 Columbia
  Geraldo and his Tango Band / Orchestra Sep '30 1941 Columbia / Decca
  Arthur Lally and his Orchestra Jan '31 Apr '31 Decca
  Howard Jacobs and his Band Apr '31 Jul '31  
  Savoy Hotel Orpheans, directed by Howard Jacobs Sep '31 Jun '32 Columbia
  Joe Kaye and his Band (May '32) Sep '32  
  Savoy Hotel Orpheans, directed by Carroll Gibbons Jun '32 1955 Columbia
  Arthur Salisbury and his Savoy Hotel Orch 1936 1937 Decca
Selfridge's Restaurant
Oxford Street
       
  Marius B. Winter and his College Boys / Band Oct '28 (May 1932) Broadcast 12
Shim-Sham
Soho
The Shim-Sham became "The Rainbow Roof" in Dec '37      
  Joe Appleton & his Sextet May '37    
"Show Boat"
Westminster Pier
       
  Al Shaw and his Band Jun '32    
Silver Slipper Club
Regent St. / Kingly St.
Changed name to "Deauville Restaurant in Dec '29)      
  Dave Frost and his Bands (Jun '27) Mar '28  
  Closed late March 1928 following a visit from Scotland Yard ! Mar '28 Nov 29 1929  
  Eddie Gross Bart & his Band Nov 29 1929    
The Skyline
Wardour Street
No reference found.      
Sovrani's Restaurant
Jermyn Street
       
  Tich Poster (and his band?) Aug '29    
  Al Joy and his Band   May '30  
  Harry Langsman and his Band May '30 Sep '30  
The Spanish Garden
Leicester Square
No reference found.      
Strand Corner House        
  Sydney Firman & his Florida Band ("in the mirror hall")   July 1925  
  Van Straten & his Band ("in the basement") Nov 1925    
  Percy Cowell and his Band (Jun '29)    
  Barry Lindoorn and his Band Sep '32    
Stratton Club I haven't found any reference to bands playing here, but the name was changed to "Le Suivi" in January 1940      
Stork Club
Tottenham Court Road
Formerly "Rector's Club", it opened in June 1940 under this new name.      
Suzi-Q
Soho
       
  Ike "Yow-Sah" Hatch and his Band May '37    
The Swan
Denman Street
No reference found.      
Taglioni's Restaurant
Gerrard Street
       
  Louis Nathan and his Band      
  Leslie Hutchinson and his Band   Jan '30  
  Bob Probst and his Band (May '30) Dec '30  
  Harry Gordon and his Band Jun '31    
  Harry Langsman and his Band   Sep '31  
Terrace Club        
  Jack Spence and his Band (a Vic Filmer unit) May '31    
Thames Riviera Club
Tag's Island
Hampton Court
       
  Arthur Rosebery and his Band July '28 Aug '28  
Theatre Royal
Windsor
       
  Maurice Burman & his Band Oct 1930    
Tivoli Cinema
The Strand
       
  Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra (American) April 1926    
  Jack Hylton's Kit-Cat Band (dir Al Starita) April 1926   HMV
  John Reynders and his Band 1927   Broadcast
Toby's Club
Bruton Mews, 
off Brook Street
Opened June 1930 in the premises of the old "Florida Club".
By 1936, the name had changed back to "Old Florida Club"
     
  Ernest Ritte and his Band Jun 1930    
  Jack de Gray and his Band July  '30 (Aug 1931)  
The Top Hat
Ham Yard
No reference found.      
Tottenham Palais        
  Archie Alexander and his Band Aug 1925    
  Gerald Jennings and his Band (Jan '30)    
  Ronnie Radiman's Radio Revels (Jan '30) May '30  
  Sid Carton and his Band Jun '31 (Aug 1931)  
Trafalgar Restaurant
Trafalgar Square
Opened June 1930      
  Jack Davis and his Band June '30 July '30  
Tricity Restaurant
Strand
       
  Ben Blue and his Band 1927    
  Jay Wilbur and his Band (Oct 1928)    
  Joe Kosky and his Band   Jul '32  
  Eddie Norris and his Band Jul '32    
  Joe Kay and his Band  (Joe Kay = Joe Kosky) Apr '33    
Trocadero (Lyons)
Shaftesbury Avenue
       
  Charlie Kunz and his Band (American) 1922 1924 ?  
  Robert Bennett's Frisco Syncopators (American) Feb 1923    
  Adam and the Trocadero Band 1938    
  Lett Luce Orchestra 1938    
  Jules Gaillard Orchestra 1938    
Tussaud's Restaurant
Marylebone Road
       
  Murray Barley and his Band   Jun '30  
  Bruce Merryl and his Band Jun '30 Feb '32  
  Madame Tussaud's Dance Orch., dir Stanley Barnett Feb '32 Feb '34 Winner
  Arthur Coppersmith & his Band Dec '39 Mar '40  
  Felix Mendelssohn's Hawaiian Serenaders Mar '40    
Uncles
Albemarle Street
       
  Unknown band, "featuring Miller & Farrell". (This is presumed to be Jim Miller & Charlie Farrell) 1925 1927  
Verrey's Restaurant
Regent Street
       
  Nat Lewin and his Orchestra Apr 21 1926    
  John Firman and his Band Nov '26    
Victoria Danse Salon
Nr Southampton Row
Opened to the public on May 1st 1933; previously run almost entirely for private functions      
  Maurice Pacy and his Band May '33    
Victor's
Wardour Street
No reference found.      
Waldorf Hotel
The Aldwych
Built in 1908      
  Howard Godfrey and his Waldorfians Dec '26 1935 Winner / Piccadilly
Westminster Ice Rink        
  Alec Brown and his Band 1937   Decca
Wimbledon Palais        
  The Romany Band, directed by Oscar Rabin   1928  
  Al Lever and his Band (Jun '29) Jul '30  
  Closed for alterations July 1930 Sept 1930  
  Archie Alexander and his Band Sep '30 Aug '31  
  Murray Pilcer and his Band   Jan '32  
  Gaby Rogers and his Band Feb '32 Apr '32  
  Alf Levitt and his Band Apr '32    
  Gaby Robin and his Band Oct '32    
  Eddie Beecher's Atlanta Band Oct '32    
  Tom Bishop and his Band      
Winter Garden Club
1, Sutton Pl, Soho Sq
       
  Marc Anthony and his Music Oct '28 Nov '28  
  Murray Pilcer and his Band Nov '28 (May '30)