Last December I headed to Piano Works for the very first time for two of my friend’s birthdays and I absolutely loved the concept of the house band playing songs live as it gave a really awesome edge to the place and gave such a variety of musical choices. The things I wasn’t so keen on was the huge queue which took us about 45 mins to get in – despite being on the guest list – and how busy it was inside, which of course these are both testament to how popular the place is. When the option to head there for brunch was presented to me I couldn’t say no.
I decided to take along my friend Jo with me as I know she loved the place when we went last time and loves a good dance so we turned up at Piano Works ready for opening at 12pm when our brunch started. It was so strange to see the venue lined with tables ready for people to eat at but it was a nice change and certainly a popular option for hen parties and birthdays as there were a lot of larger tables set up. As we were just a two we were seated at the side a little way from the band which actually worked pretty well as I think on the floor right beside them it would have been pretty loud.
There’s plenty of brunch options to choose from and I opted for smoked salmon and scrambled egg and Jo went for smashed avocado. You can choose to order regular cocktails, beers and other alcoholic and non alcoholic options from the menu or you can choose for bottomless prosecco or Bloody Mary’s. We chose the prosecco option and of course wanted to take full advantage of this so I’m pretty sure we ended up going through about ten glasses etc *oops*, but the waitress was on it and always there to top up our glasses when ever they got even part way empty.
Thankfully food turned up quite near the start of our 2 hour brunch slot which meant we had full tummies and my smoked salmon and scrambled egg was so good. It tasted so fresh and the scrambled egg was the perfect creaminess to complete the fish and the toast. The 2 hours flew by full of us eating and drinking but thankfully our day wasn’t over as when we gave up our table we moved to the dance floor area surrounding the band to enjoy the music and dance off some of the prosecco we’d drunk. I love how the band twisted up and remixed classic tracks ranging from Dolly Parton’s ‘9 to 5’ to ‘Mr Brightside’ by The Killers, it was a real mixture and catered for everyone.
I have to say I don’t think I’d have liked to be on the later brunch serving at 2-4pm as the place was a bit more crowded, people would have been dancing around your table while you’re trying to eat and of course your drinks might not have been filled up quite as quickly.
Leaving at 4pm when it’s light but having a slightly heavy head isn’t something I’ll be doing on a regular basis but the Piano Works brunch combined everything I love about the venue and was a great way to spend an afternoon.
Thanks to Piano Works and Love Pop Ups London for organizing my afternoon.