The London House, Chicago

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The London House was a jazz club and restaurant in Chicago located at the corner of Wacker Drive and Michigan Avenue, in the London Guarantee and Accident Company building, 360 N Michigan.[1] It was one of the foremost jazz clubs in the country, once home to such luminaries as Oscar Peterson, Ramsey Lewis, Bill Evans, Dave Brubeck, Marian McPartland, Cannonball Adderley, Erroll Garner, Ahmad Jamal, Nancy Wilson, Barbara Carroll, Bobby Short and many others.

The club closed in the early 1970s. It later became a Burger King restaurant. It is now a Corner Bakery restaurant location.

Several live jazz albums were recorded there, including The Sound of the Trio and The Trio by Oscar Peterson, and After Hours at the London House by Sarah Vaughan, Gin and Orange by Brother Jack McDuff and Barbara Carroll "Live" Her Piano and Trio by Barbara Carroll

George Shearing and his group often played at this venue in the '60's. On its closing night a group of jazz luminaries gathered to say goodbye. Shearing wrote and performed "A Foggy Day in London House."

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  1. ^ Demlinger, Sandor; Steiner, John (11 August 2003). Destination Chicago jazz. Arcadia Publishing. p. 78. ISBN 978-0-7385-2305-7. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 

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Coordinates: 41°53′17″N 87°37′30″W / 41.88806°N 87.62500°W / 41.88806; -87.62500