The Real Thing: British Soul Giants Thursday 25 August 2022 21:30 Boisdale of Canary Wharf Restaurant

“You To Me Are Everything”, “Can’t Get By Without You”, “Feel The Force”, “You'll Never Know What You’re Missing”, and many more
Reservations from 5.30pm | Live Music 9.30pm

THE REAL THING with ORIGINAL VOCALISTS  CHRIS AMOO & DAVE SMITH  are now celebrating over 45 incredible years in the music industry, and they’re still going strong, playing hundreds of gigs across the world.

The Real Thing had three million selling hit singles in the 70′s, “You To Me Are Everything”, “Can’t Get By Without You” and “Feel The Force”.

In the 70s the face of British soul was a quartet of gifted singers from Liverpool who helped the nation (and the world for that matter) find love on the dance floor. The Real Thing are still grooving four decades later and will host two consecutive nights of silky sounds on the Yamaha Music London stage at Boisdale of Canary Wharf on 23 and 24 of March.
“The Real Thing are British soul aristocracy,” said Kavitha Rao, Boisdale’s Director of Music. “Songs like ‘You To Me Are Everything’ helped define the landscape of the 70s and we can’t wait to give them a proper Boisdale of Canary Wharf welcome.”  

The Real Thing was formed in 1970 by scousers, Chris Amoo, Dave Smith, Kenny Davis and Ray Lake. They racked-up a string of hits, including the international smash “You To Me Are Everything”, “Can’t Get By Without You” and “You'll Never Know What You’re Missing”, all of which appeared on the first album, Real Thing, making them the most successful soul acts in the country at the time.
Further singles included “Love’s Such A Wonderful Thing”, “Whenever You Want My Love”, “Let’s Go Disco”,  “Rainin’ Through My Sunshine”, “Let's Go Disco”, “Can You Feel The Force”, “Boogie Down (Get Funky Now)” and “She's A Groovy Freak”. The Real Thing’s reputation stretched in the 80s with further remixes and hits in the disco charts, while the group continued to influence more contemporary outfits such as Daft Punk and N-Trance who sampled their songs in the early and mid-noughties. In all, The Real Thing, released eight albums and 34 singles.

" ... these guys are pure class, and really hold up their songs vocally, even after all these years" - Clair Woodward, Sunday Express

Bar and heated Terrace available for pre/post-show drinks! Mi-Soul DJ's on the first floor from 7pm till 2am


Jools Holland is Boisdale’s Patron of Music presenting the very best in jazz, blues, reggae and soul and occasionally rock’n’roll. Described as “London’s No 1 jazz venue” by Tatler Magazine, Boisdale of Canary Wharf is a two-floor venue overlooking the fountains of Cabot Square, which comprises an award-winning restaurant, four private dining rooms, The Oyster Bar & Grill, The Cigar Terrace, the world’s most extensive whisky bar (over 1000 malt whiskies!), and a stunning walk-in cigar humidor & shop.

The food offering ranges from an excellent value bar menu with a wonderful selection of burgers starting at £12.95, Scottish Pizza from £8.95  and an A La carte menu celebrating great British ingredients with flair and imagination. The dry aged grass fed Aberdeenshire beef steaks are simply amazing! You can also enjoy fabulous cocktails, a good selection of real ales and draft lagers as well as an outstanding wine list with over 200 bins.

"London's number one jazz venue" Tatler

"Best Whisky Bar in the World" Whisky Magazine

"A carnivore's dream" Evening Standard

"Aged steaks are deemed incredible" Square Meal

"The world's most individualistic style bar & restaurant" Hot Tickets

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Dinner and Show

Description Price Quantity
info   Summer Offer - Standard - Live Music & Dinner £39.50
info   Restricted View Live Music & Dinner £69.00
info   Window - Live Music & Dinner £89.00
info   Standard - Live Music & Dinner £99.00
info   Premium - Live Music & Dinner £149.00
info   VIP - Live Music & Dinner £179.00

Show Only

Description Price Quantity
info   Summer Offer - Standard Live Music £19.50
info   Restricted View Live Music £29.00
info   Window - Live Music £39.00
info   Standard - Live Music £49.00
info   Premium - Live Music £99.00
info   VIP - Live Music £129.00

Boisdale of Canary Wharf Restaurant - Cabot Place, Canary Wharf, London, E14 4QT