Music at Merchants – week of 29th February

February 29, 2016



Congratulations are due this week to Maestro Ennio Morricone, one of Spiritland’s musical heroes, for his Oscar win for the Hateful Eight score, coming a mere fifty years after The Good, The Bad and The Ugly somehow didn’t win a thing. In other musical news, UK Garage don DJ EZ made his faultless 24-hour DJ set in aid of Cancer Research look like a breeze, with every mix as tight as the last. He’s raised over £58,000 to date and you can throw in a sovereign or two here. Meanwhile in our corner of the musical universe, here’s how things are shaping up this week:

On Wednesday night, Mach V (Echaskech) plays a selection of supremely chilled acoustic and electronic sounds for your listening pleasure. Get a taste for his deep sound here

Thursday night finds Adventures in Paradise back in action for your monthly delivery of tropical grooves, rare funk, balearic oddities and more. Get to know them through their recent mixes here

Dom Servini is the head honcho at Wah Wah 45s, one of our favourite labels specialising in funk and soul, both modern and vintage. He’ll be playing only the good stuff on our system on Friday night. Check out an hour of recent Wah Wah goodness here

On Saturday nightBen Morris (Kudos Records) plays at Merchants Tavern. Anyone in the music industry who has tried to handle the fiddly bit between the record coming off the press and making it to the shops will know about Kudos, distributors of fine vinyl.  Ben is creaming off the best bits of his preposterously large record collection to play a distinctly eclectic set.

Sunday afternoons are a time for sitting by the roaring fire and enjoying music and a drink or two. Fortunately we have the great Chris Coco (Melodica) as your musical director for the afternoon. His new album ‘How To Disappear Completely’ has been on heavy rotation at Spiritland HQ recently. Check it out here


Sounds come from Spiritland


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Leap Year Borns Eat On The Tavern

February 24, 2016

leap year

It’s that auspicious time when February’s days number twenty-nine – and for those born on this once in every four year occurrence, we’ve got cause for celebration.

Next Monday the 29th of February, those celebrating their leap year birthday will be treated to dinner on the Tavern.

Also a quick reminder that Mother’s Day is just around the corner. We’ve got the perfect spot to help your family celebrate this year – a relaxed yet refined dining experience and a delectable menu to treat your mum. So why not speak to Adele now to secure your table for Sunday 6th of March via our website, phone (020 7060 5335) or email.

Please note: if you are a leapling we’ll expect you to prove your leap-year status with some ID. Any drinks or sharing plates will be charged as normal. View our a la carte menu here to get yourself in a celebratory mood.

To book for Mother’s Day, your leap year birthday meal or for general bookings speak to Adele and the team: website, call (020 7060 5335) or email.


Music at Merchants – week of 22nd February

February 22, 2016



The music plays on at Merchants Tavern, this week and every week on our super-rare Living Voice Air Scout speakers. Those with a deeper interest in hifi (you know who you are) may be interested to see this article on Living Voice on a Vitavox fan site here

Graham Erickson is your selector on Wednesday night. With a record collection broader than most, the vibe is strictly amber and very relaxed – think Sun Ra, Ethiopian lounge, deep soul and desperate doo-wop for starters

On Thursday night, it’s a very warm welcome back to Jolyon Green (Low Life RIP) – an unstoppable collector of elegantly good music, with an ear for a sophisticated jam. Treat your ears and have a listen to his mixes  here, here and here for starters.

Rik Moran (tothebone) is your man for Friday night entertainment. You’ll know him by his record bag packed with Europop carboot gems, leftfield disco and Balearic oddities.

Saturday night sees Spiritland resident Dan Bean (bleep43) back in action, playing boogie, Detroit-tinged electronic music, heavy dub and cosmic jazz. Perfect with a sharpener or two.

Sunday afternoon sees Sam Don (Anomalous Visuals) on the turntables from 4 – 8pm, keeping things super mellow and Sunday-ish. We’d call it Mellow Magic if Richard Allinson hadn’t got there first.

Sounds come from Spiritland



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New a la carte plates

February 18, 2016


As the days begin to grow in length and thoughts turn to spring, we’ve been busy making a few menu updates ahead of a full seasonal overhaul at the end of winter.

All the more reason to visit our dining room soon to sample some of the great new a la carte plates Neil has dreamed up like our light and flavoursome chicken salad, pickled walnut cream & radish, our rich and moreish game pate, red wine poached apple, hazelnuts (both pictured above) and our delicately balanced cod, curried cauliflower, spinach & pomegranate.

Or you could just tuck in to Neil’s current menu favourite – our pickled mackerel, creme fraiche & potato salad.

To book your next meal speak to Adele and the team: website, call (020 7060 5335) or email.


Music at Merchants – week of 15th February

February 16, 2016

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It’s properly cold out there. Either gaze upon the vista above or come and warm your ears and your heart by the roaring fire at Merchants Tavern, in the company of a strong drink and tender-hearted DJ. Here’s who’ll be playing this week

Toby Tobias (Delusions of Grandeur) sets things up on Wednesday night. Fresh faced and reasonably relaxed from an inspiration month in Bali, he’ll be playing toe-tappers from his deep collection.

Elle Andrews plays on Thursday night. Expect some truly unfindable rarities in the mix, from off-beat rock to life-affirming dub.

Leo Walton (Amateurism) is at the controls on Friday night. His Amateurism blog is an oasis of exquisite taste on the internet and home to acres of phenomenal music. The music plays from 6.30pm to close.

Saturday night sees another visit from our pals Andrea and Mr Black (Purple Radio) – with absolutely no shame in their game, you can expect soul, disco, pop and some adults only AOR.

Joe Muggs plays a supremely chilled set on Sunday afternoon from 4 – 8pm. If you’ve wanted to hear the system in full quality, Sunday afternoons are the time. Expect folk, dub and downtempo electronic selections.

Sounds come from Spiritland

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Music at Merchants – 8th February

February 9, 2016



Let the gentle breeze blow you along Charlotte Road and through our double doors into a musical wonderland of joy on the Spiritland sound system. Here’s how the week is looking:

Rob Butler (Be With Records) is in action on Wednesday night, riding high on a wave of critical love for the latest Be With reissue, Kylie Minogue’s 1994 album. Yes, the one with ‘Put Yourself In My Place’ on it. If you want to get hold of Kylie’s most balearic offering on 180g vinyl, head over here

Adventures in Paradise return on Thursday night. ‘Music to milk your coconuts to’ is promised from Katie Barber and Michelle Kelly, and they always deliver on their promise. Check out their most recent chart here at Juno.

Jack Sellen (Salad Soundsystem) is Friday night‘s selector, playing his refined mix of country rock, funky folk and acoustic stylings. Most recently seen playing a set in the booze-soaked and acoustically unforgiving environment of a brewery, come and hear what he sounds like in a dark light.

He doesn’t roll on shabbos, but he’s always happy to play some music once it’s gone out. Mark Greenfield (Los Desterrados) plays AOR, blue-eyed soul, fusion and more from his extensive record collection on Saturday night.

Chris Coco (Melodica) keeps things super chilled on our Sunday session from 4 – 8pm. No Valentine’s Day shenanigans here, just good music from the downtempo don.

Sounds come from Spiritland




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February 2, 2016

pancake tuesday london

Come and celebrate Pancake Day with us here at Merchants Tavern on Tuesday the 9th of February! We will be paying homage to Neil’s love for French cuisine (a passion for produce that was cultivated when working for Michel Bras) with a delicious Crêpe Suzette on the set lunch menu and we will be serving delightfully fluffy mini pancakes in the bar from 10 am. Come done for a drop scone or two – there’s no batter pancake around!


Music at Merchants – week of 1st February

February 1, 2016


Farewell then, January 2016. You were a cruel beast, slaying far too many of our musical and cultural heroes. But with a spring in our step and hope in our hearts we face February and serve up the best music in town, each and every week. Here’s what things are looking like this week at Merchants:

Joe Muggs (Boiler Room/The Arts Desk) plies his trade on Wednesday night, playing the widest range of music around from Berlin to Mali. One day we’ll book him as his post-trap alter ego Mo’ Juggs. Not just yet though.

Thursday night finds Nick Luscombe (Late Junction/Flomotion) playing downtempo sounds from his global musical travels. Hear him doing his thing at his regular gig here

Rik Moran (tothebone) continues to please the ears and tease the toes on Friday night with a bag full of Balearic oddities, space funk and avant-garde pop.

Saturday night sees the long-overdue return of Rob Hyde and Pete Gofton (Tanzmusik). Anyone aware of their mix of kraut, psych, kosmische and pastoral pop will know it’s pro gear, pro attitude all the way with these two. No timewasters.

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