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Booking information

Join jazz singer and entertainer Ian Shaw as he presents some of his favourite songs in the beautiful setting of the Lauderdale House Tea Lawn.

Expect music drawn from the rich vein of the Great American Songbook through to the cherished contemporary songwriters – Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, David Bowie and Stevie Wonder. There’ll also be a springling of Shaw’s pithy original lyrics that draw on the quirkiness of the human condition – a satirical take on good living, dodgy politics and the perils of yoga at 60.

About the performer

With 16 studio albums to his own name in a career spanning over three decades, Ian Shaw is widely regarded as the best male jazz vocalist the UK has produced. He is also a talented pianist, song writer, presenter, record producer and actor. Alongside performances at the major London venues, Shaw tours throughout the UK at theatres and arts centres and has played all of the main jazz festivals here. He has performed at numerous venues in the US including Jazz at the Lincoln Center; three of his recordings are on US labels. Ian is a frequent visitor to Canada, as result of regular play on the Toronto-based Jazz.FM91 and has toured Australia and the Far East several times. He plays festivals and club dates on the Continent of Europe throughout each year.

Shaw’s recordings and live performances as a jazz singer have been recognised by two BBC jazz awards (2004 and 2007), a Parliamentary award (2018) and numerous award nominations including Downbeat Magazine (2017) and Jazz FM (2013 and 2019).

Alongside solo shows and performances with his regular piano trio, Shaw is also much in demand as the featured soloist with big bands and orchestras both in the UK and internationally. His many collaborators over the years include Quincy Jones, Abdullah Ibrahim, Guy Barker, Kenny Wheeler, Cleo Laine, John Dankworth and Joe Beck. In a part written especially for him, Ian performed alongside Kurt Elling and Dee Dee Bridgewater at New York’s Lincoln Center in 2019 and at the Southbank, London in 2020, in the premiere concerts of Elling’s radio-drama “The Big Blind”.

Ian also presents the weekly Ronnie Scott’s Radio Show which is syndicated worldwide and has recently added podcasting to his repertoire, with “Not Even Music” going into its third series.

Booking information

This performance will take place on the Tea Lawn at the back of Lauderdale House. 

If you would like to sit together, please book together, as this allows us to assign each booking a socially distanced space.

Chairs will not be provided so please bring either a picnic blanket or a chair to make yourself comfortable. Audience members with chairs will be seated behind those on the ground to make sure that everyone has a good view. If you are booking as a group, the whole group will need to be on chairs or on blankets, rather than a mixture of the two.

We have a limited number of picnic tables and benches (see map below) available as group tickets – book these early to avoid disappointment. 

If you have a disability or any special requirements please get in touch with us so that we can best accommodate you.

Seating Map


The performance will continue regardless of the weather unless unsafe. Please plan for all eventualities and remember to bring a waterproof layer and a warm jumper. We prefer waterproofs to umbrellas because umbrellas can obstruct views. Don’t forget that if you are on a blanket the ground may be wet so make sure you have a blanket with a waterproof side or bring aplastic sheet. There are no refunds for shows cancelled due to the weather.

Food and Drink

The cafe/bar will be open selling light snacks and drinks before the performance starts and during the interval.

You are also welcome to bring your own picnic to enjoy on the Tea Lawn as you watch the performance. 

COVID-19 precautions

Although the government has lifted many of the requirements around COVID-19 isolation rules, we are aware that many of our visitors are vulnerable and we want everyone to feel safe and comfortable. As such, we are continuing to provide hand sanitiser at our entrances maintaining our reduced capacity of 80%. As audience members, we ask that you do not attend if you are showing symptoms or are testing positive, and that you wear a face covering if possible. If you have any concerns, please contact us on 020 8348 8716 and we will do our best to accommodate you.