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At Cafe Yukari you can just drink a tea or coffee or order from the Japanese orientated menu. No alcohol is served but you can bring your own or take your pick from the off-licence conveniently positioned opposite

And where is this Yukari’s place? Directly opposite the east side exit of Kew Gardens is a unique little Cafe seating around 25 people. The proprietress Yukari loves piano music and has installed a beautiful Fazioli grand piano, Italy's answer to Steinway. No amplification is allowed but who needs it in such a small place where every seat is front row?  

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Sunday evening is a great  time to listen to some inspiring music relax and recharge the batteries for the week to follow. Unfortunately it is also a great time for working on the railways. On Sunday the 15th of September there will no trains drawing into Kew Gardens station.

Still determined to hear Geoff and Noelle? Here are some alternatives.

Waterloo to Kew Bridge (Windsor & Eton Riverside train), across Kew Bridge by walking or bus.

Waterloo to Richmond, (Reading train), to Kew by walking or bus.

Equidistant, about 25 minutes all walking and the weather forecast is good.

The busses will of course be running as normal. I would trust the regular busses rather than the replacement busses offered by the train services.

Pleasures await the undaunted. Noelle Vaughn is a jazz chanteuse specialising in vintage numbers from the 1940s to the 1960s. With influences such as Doris Day, Anne Shelton, Peggy Lee and Julie London, Noelle sings classics and jazzstandards from the golden years with exceptional flair and a voice as smooth as velvet.

Geoff Castle has played on the British Jazz Scene since joining the National Youth Jazz Orchestra in 1967.  Artists he has worked with include Graham Collier, Ian Carr's Nucleus, Neil Ardley, Ronnie Scott, Georgie Fame plus his Latin fusion band Paz.  He is currently mixing a trio album for release in the autumn.

You can book by emailing me bobstuckey@gmail.com, or directly from the cafe or from the skiddle link