Not since Barclays Bank in Camden Town became the Jazz Café in 1990 has London seen a new, purpose-built jazz nightclub.
South London, a jazz desert relieved only by occasional oases inside Victorian pubs, has never had one. Until now, that is. The Hideaway, brainchild of businesswoman Frances Strachan, will change all that. Formerly a snooker hall secreted down an alley opposite Streatham overground station, it has been spectacularly transformed into the spacious and smart clubrooom, restaurant and bar launched by tenorist Ed Jones last Friday and diva Mica Paris the following night.
Excellent, and only a short hop away in a cab or on a 57 bus.