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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Overtures?

London's original showtune singalong piano bar! Gather around the piano, have a few drinks, and sing your heart out to all the hits from stage and screen in harmony with like-minded musical lovers.

Where are you located?

In the heart of London's West End! We are hosted by the Soho Cabaret Club, above Louche at 5 Greek Street, London, W1D 4DD.

By tube or train:

Tottenham Court Road (Central, Northern, Elizabeth) - 3-minute walk 

Leicester Square (Northern, Piccadilly) - 5-minute walk

Charing Cross (National Rail) - 12-minute walk

 

Please be aware that the venue is 18+, requires photo ID, and may check bags at the door. 

 

Access to the venue is via stairs, and access to the toilets is via an additional staircase. Each staircase has 18-19 steps and a handrail on the right side.

When are you open?

Our regular hours are Thursday* from 8:00pm-midnight, Friday, and Saturday from 8:00pm to 2:00am.

*On Thursdays, we run Overtures Ensemble - our casual, boozy showtune choir - from 8:00-10:00pm, with our regular singalong starting at 10:00pm.

We do occasionally close or change our hours to accommodate other events at the Soho Cabaret Club. You can always check our social media for our weekly schedule.

Do I need to book in advance?

Only for Ensemble or other ticketed events. Our regular singalong is non-ticketed - you can just turn up! For group bookings or special events, you are welcome to book a space by contacting us at info@overtures.london.

 

Please be aware that we operate a door charge for non-members on Friday and Saturday nights:

8:00-10:00pm: Free entry

10:00pm-12:00am: £5 per person

12:00-2:00am: £10 per person

You can become a member for £10 per month for free entry at all times.

Can I bring my suitcase or musical instrument? 

We have a limited amount of storage space, so try to leave large items at home. But if you’re traveling with a suitcase or coming straight from a gig with your instrument, we can hold it in the office for you while you sing the night away!

Do the pianists take requests?

Our pianists and hosts welcome song requests from the world of showtunes: West End to Broadway, classical to contemporary, movie musicals, jukebox musicals. We do our best to play every request, but it may not always be possible to fit them all in!

Can we tip the performers?

Absolutely! If you would like to show your appreciation to our talented pianists and hosts, there is a tip jar available on the piano, as well as a scannable QR code on the tables which supports Visa, Mastercard, Apple Pay, and Google Pay. All tips go directly to the performers and are greatly appreciated.

How do I know who’s performing?

We post our performer schedule on our social media at the beginning of each week. There are three scheduled performers each night: The early pianist plays from 8pm-11pm, the late pianist plays from 11pm-2am, and the host leads the singalong from 8pm-midnight. On Thursdays, since we run Ensemble from 8-10pm, the early pianist plays from 10pm-12am, the late pianist plays from 12-2am, and the host sings from 10pm-12am.

Please note that the rota is subject to change based on performer availability. We’ll always do our best to post any changes on social media.

How does everyone know all the words?!

Shhh— don’t tell anyone, but most of us use our phones to find lyrics to the songs we don’t know! Have a sneaky Google, and once you've come along a few times, you may be surprised by how many new songs you've learned.

Can I sing a solo?

At Overtures, the vibe is more “spontaneous group singalong” than “karaoke night”. We’re all about the ensemble, and we like to keep things low-pressure! If you see someone singing into the microphone, they’re one of our pianists, hosts, or guest performers who are there to support the crowd. 

I want to go up and sing around the piano, but I’m nervous!

Everyone at Overtures is there because they love singing showtunes— whether their last gig was on the stage or in the shower. It’s a friendly, safe environment where everyone is free to be themselves. Our regulars were all strangers until they met and became friends around that piano. So come join us, and you might just meet your new best pals!

Can I book Overtures performers for a private event?

Our team of pianists and singers would love to perform your favourite musical theatre, pop, jazz, or classical tunes at your wedding, party, or event. We are happy to travel to your venue, or we can discuss a private or semi-private hire of the Soho Cabaret Club. We can also help to source additional musicians or bands for your event. Email info@overtures.london or submit this form so we can discuss your needs.

I’m interested in working at Overtures. 

That’s fantastic! We are a very small team and rarely in a position to bring on new performers, but if you’re happy for us to keep your details on file for the future, please fill out this form

 

For bar applications, you are welcome to send your CV directly to the venue at info@louchesoho.com. (Please be aware that the Overtures team has no involvement in Louche’s operations or hiring.)

I have another question that hasn’t been answered here.

For press enquiries, sponsorship requests, or any other questions, comments, or feedback for the Overtures team, please email us at info@overtures.london.

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