The best hi-fi bars to check out in London in 2024

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Rhythm Section founder Bradley Zero and The Colours That Rise producer Nathanael Williams are the brains behind two of London’s most talked about listening bars. JUMBI and MOKO are sister venues running in the south and the north of the city respectively, offering high-quality audio with their bespoke soundsystems and custom-built vinyl shelving (featuring some of Bradley’s own records) for the music communities of Peckham and Tottenham. Both venues mirror each other in look and feel, stocking food inspired by the Afro-Caribbean diaspora with kitchens from Well Fed Naz and Sisterwoman Vegan. “We try to honour that diaspora and legacy in everything that we do, collectively,” says Rudi Minto de Wijs, the Cultural Programmer across both venues.

In 2023, JUMBI was granted a 2:AM licence just a year after it first opened, while the pair’s more recently opened MOKO also runs with a late-night licence hosting parties on a weekly basis. “We’re conscious of maintaining relationships and working with the local communities consistently,” says Rudi. “Whether that’s jam sessions, EP launches, poetry readings, dining with us or a no-nonsense party, we work as much as we can with local communities to create a space for them.”

JUMBI is open from Tuesdays to Sundays, and MOKO is open from Tuesdays to Saturdays. Check out JUMBI here, and MOKO here.

Written by: Tim Hopkins

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