Live Music in London

London has some fantastic live music across its pubs, bars and clubs. Not only are they in different types of London venues but they can be found all over London to; from a bar in Soho to a pub in Shoreditch. Live Music really has become fashionable in London and not only in Camden - even the sleekest of London bar is now hosting a live music night. Fancy unearthing the next Arctic Monkeys? Or how about chilling out in the week to the sweet sounds of the acoustic guitar? Look through our guide to the best live music pubs, bars and clubs in London and you will have a fantastic and different night out in London.

@ The Bedford, Friday 1 May 2015 and 3 other Fridays

Ceilidh Night's Our pick

Throw London’s wildest ceilidh band together with this vibrant Balham pub and you’ve got yourself a raucous evening out. Fiddle Paradiddle take the stage to serve up a foot-stomping, hand-clapping session of alternative tunes, and with expert callers on hand throughout, it doesn’t matter if you’ve never given it a try before.


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The Roof Gardens, West London

Head high above London to the stunning Roof Gardens to watch intimate and underground live acts and magical gigs. Be entertained by some of the best new and established talent every Friday and Saturday in The Roof Gardens Live lounge.

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The Cat and Mutton, East London

The Cat and Mutton more than earns its stripes at all things pub-like; and the fact it regularly hosts some great jams is just another added plus. The enticing babble and buzz of chat and music wafts out from its prime position on Broadway Market; inviting folk in for a pint and a listen. Creating warm atmospheres night after night, this is sure to become a regular haunt. 

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The Elgin - Geronimo Inns, West London

Live music is best heard whilst sipping a bloody mary in an eccentric pub paradise, and this is exactly the experience offered by The Elgin! Purveyors of creativity, good times and booze, regular live music events get rather riotous. Seemingly decorated by someone whose design inspiration was Alice in Wonderland, soak up the strangeness for a memorable evening. 

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The Bull's Head - Geronimo Inns, West London

This sweet, traditional pub regularly hosts some very jazzy jazz indeed! Sunday swing sessions and a mix of jazz musicians bopity bop bop away to create electric atmospheres. If you fancy a craft beer, real ale or spot of food while you're jiggling around, that's no problem at all! What's more, glance out the window and you'll spy the twinkling riverside. Bloody lovely. 

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The Candlemaker, South London

With regular lively appearances from the likes of The Wastemen, Keith Harkin and Nigel Thomas, The Candlemaker proves to be a wonderful and wacky rock and soul music venue. Priding itself on its community atmosphere, expect friendly and energetic evenings in a psychedelic setting. Inspired by a nearby candle factory, this place has some serious style. 

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@ The Piano Bar Soho, Every Friday

Live Jazz and Handcrafted Cocktails

The Piano Bar private members club in Soho is opening its doors to host an evening of smooth jazz music and signature hand crafted cocktails, all in a sultry 20s speakeasy setting. For just £10 you can be shmoozed for the night by live jazz performers plucked from the bestin Europe whilst supping on some sumptuous drinks. 


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Eaton Square Cocktail Bar, Central London

Come Thursday nights, Eaton Square Cocktail Bar becomes a hive of live music activity with bands bringing the evenings entertainment to an opulent crowd. Sit back and relax in this plush lounge bar were you can tuck into divine Mediterranean style foods and sup on specially crafted cocktails courtesy of some of London's top mixologists. 


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Topolski Gallery and Bar, South London

Famed for it's minimal interiors dedicated to showcasing the late, great works of World War II painter Feliks Topolski, Topolski's is an art gallery come bar and eatery where simple wood and metal finishes make for a vast space ideal for hosting entertainment events, live music and other varied performances. 

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Apples and Pears, East London

Apples & Pears have carved out a stellar reputation for their acoustic sessions. This charming neighbourhood cocktail bar on Brick Lane welcomes a cracking array of local talent to the stage at their open mic nights, where guests head over to top up on Vietnamese street food, signature cocktails and a handful of intimate live tunes.

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Hippodrome Casino, Central London

A grand casino in the centre of Leicester Square, the Hippodrome Casino is more than an oasis for gamblers and has a number of different features for guests of all kind. Boasting six bars (with 24 hour license), a 24-hour food service and regular live music nights, it provides the whole package right in the heart of the City.

Chatting and Drinking Lounge Bar Happily Affordable ££

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Salvatore's Bar, Central London

Take a seat in the luxurious Salvatore's Bar in Mayfair and enjoy an afternoon tea alongside a background of live music. Choose from a wonderful selection of home made, unique savouries, sandwiches and pastries accompanied by your choice of Te’Freddo Teapot Cocktails.

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Blues Kitchen Shoreditch, East London

Blues Kitchen boasts a live music programme that makes it the envy of Shoreditch. Talented live Rock & Roll bands and DJs take to the stage most evenings to showcase their skills long into the night (3am at weekends). The atmosphere is fantastic, the BBQ'd treats are delightful and the drinks flow all night.

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Guanabara, Central London

Guanabara brings the colours, magic and vibrancy of Brazil to the heart of London. Every day is like a carnival in its own right; with Samba bands, dancers and percussionists spreading that infectious Latin American charm before DJs drop popular music mixed in with Brazilian beats.

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LIFT 574, East London

Live entertainment is what makes Dalston’s Lift 574 tick. There’s DJs, stand-up comedy and movie screenings, but it’s the venue’s frequent live music nights that really get the crowd up and running. Award-winning pies and inventive cocktails add the finishing touches to a cracking little east London location.

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The Drury Club, Central London

Take in some live tunes at this members only speakeasy on Drury Lane. It’s open at the weekends for some lavish entertainment, mixing up a NYC basement bar vibe with the decadence of a Parisian drinking den. Basically, it’s a really cool space to get some mates together, enjoy some drinks and a night of music.

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Blues Kitchen Camden, North London

Blues Kitchen is one of Camden's most popular live music bars. Inspired by the dive bars of the Deep South, live music performances at Blues Kitchen Camden consist of soul, jazz and rock and roll played by some world famous musicians, including Seasick Steve, Mystery Jets and Dirty Pretty Things.

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Blind Bee, Central London

For a night of spectacular live music in London, you'll want to be on the guest list for Blind Bee, one of the most exclusive members only bars in London. Every night of the week, some of the most spectacular live performers in London will take to the stage to perform everything from jazz and burlesque to modern day bossa nova, cabaret and trip hop. Enquire online to secure membership. Don't delay - with only 500 memberships available, they're quickly being snapped up.

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The Miller, Central London

The Miller is a hub of activity, nestled among the backstreets of Borough and London Bridge. Regularly playing host to improvised comedy troupes and live music acts from across the city, this London pub is one of the best venues for live music in London. Book yourself a table now. 

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Honky Tonk Clapham Common, South London

Regular live music nights play host to jazz, blues and rockabilly acts to give you a healthy dose of fun time retro inspired entertainment. This bar in Clapham serves a great pickleback (a shot of pickle juice followed by a shot of bourbon... I know) and boasts a vintage diner-esque interior. This Clapham bar is especially busy at weekends, so book now.

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Proud Cabaret City, Central London

Head to 1920s speakeasy-style supperclub Proud Cabaret City to witness one of the best London burlesque shows set to a backdrop of stunning live jazz music and a vintage-inspired three course meal. DJs then take over centre stage as the night heats up and the party lingers on into the early hours. Get your tickets now for this great London live music den.

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Proud Camden, North London

Proud Camden has for long established itself in London's nightlife and live music scene due to it's cutting-edge live music performances. Afte the gig, the main room in Proud Camden turns into a club. The live music acts are for free every Saturday and Sunday from 3pm-7pm! All in all, Proud Camden gives a rockin', fun and cool experience with by combining live music and nightclub. Book Online. 

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Rise 46, South London

Rise46 has a whole host of live music throughout the week. Whether it's acoustic sets, live Jazz, up and comers, singer songwriters, or well known artist; you will be guaranteed a musical treat at Rise46. All alongside some fantastic cocktails, in a cool and relaxed setting - Rise46 really is the Clapham bar to be, for live music. Don't miss out on any events, check what's on offer and book online by clicking here. 

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Shaker&Company, Central London

Shaker and Company is one London's finest cocktail bars but also hosts acoustic sessions on Wednesdays and on Thursday, live blues sessions. Shaker and Company in Euston has New Orleans soul decor and feel, imagine listening to blues and drinking the mouthwatering cocktails in the lovely soulful environment. Perfect for having a calm live music night out in London with a couple of friends or impressing a date. Book online.  

Chatting and Drinking Cocktail Bar Happily Affordable ££

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Floridita, Central London

Floridita bar, restaurant and club hosts live music performances playing the best Latino live music in London throughout the week. Decorated in a 1930s Havana- style, Floridita is the perfect bar to listen Latino live music at. Floridita is designed for a good time with its lively Latino music and intimate atmosphere. Book online.

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Carom, Central London

Head to the Meza Atrium for their live lounge sessions, every Wednesday and Thursday, where one of their fabulous acts, including the infamous Lotte and Simone K, will provide smoky blues style entertainment! Perfect to be enjoyed with our list of cracking contemporary cocktails! Book a table.

Chatting and Drinking DJ Bar Happily Affordable ££

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The Magic Garden, South London

The Magic Garden, a gastro pub in Battersea, excels in all aspects and this no exception when it comes to it's performance in London's live music scene. The Magic Garden brings in lesser known artists and bands, of an eclectic selection, and it's great if you want a change from the usual gig nights out in London. Expect to hear anything from acoustic music on Wednesdays, blues on Thursdays and even better festival bands rockin' the dancefloor with with reggae, ska, funk, swing and more.

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Bedroom Bar, East London

Bedroom Bar, in Shoreditch, is just as cool as an East London live music venue could get. This shabby chic bar hosts live music on weekdays and on weekends there's DJs playing funky house. Bedroom Bar is great if you're in a mood for a fun, easygoing and old skool live music. Book Online.

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Camden Pub Crawl, North London

This notorious Camden pub crawl stops off at Blues Kitchen and Barfly - two of the city's heavyweight live music venues - where guests are able to access some great exclusive drinks deals. Join the Crawlers on a Friday and you'll also stop at KOKO, another of London's truly leading venues for catching some live music.

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The 100 Club, Central London

The 100 Club, near Tottenham Court Road, is not only a spectacular live music club in London but it is highly appreciated also in the rest of Europe. Firstly it has open-minded music policy but concentrating on quality and some of the best bands of our time have played at The 100 Club. Sex Pistols. Muddy Waters. Oasis.Travis. The Clash. Sinead O'Conner.The Rolling Stones. That is just to name a few. The 100 Club is a real live music treasure in London. Book Online. 

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Notting Hill Arts Club, West London

Notting Hill Arts Club, a unique music and arts venue in London, doesn't cut back from quality when it comes to music. Playing some the best truly indie music in London, Notting Hill Arts Club is a must and the tickets are usually very drinkonomically priced, including some free nights. Notting Hill Arts Club also hosts DJ nights almost nightly, so there's plenty of diverse action in that chic and artsy basement club. Book Online.

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Ronnie Scott's, Central London

A London instuition. Some of the finest Jazz artists from around the world. Book a table at the famous Ronnie Scotts in Soho since 1959. It has played host to some legendary acts including Ella Fitzgerald, The Rolling Stones and is credited as being the venue for Jimi Hendrix's last live performance. 

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Electric Social, South London

Electric Social in Brixton, newer than most of the other live music bars in London, has a club and live music venue upstairs. It has done well in establishing itself, attracting cool kids from all around London for a fun night out and live music acts. On Wednesdays, the microphone is open for young talents. Otherwise expect indie rock at this live music bar in London. Book online. 

Drinking and Dancing DJ Bar Happily Affordable ££

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The Old Blue Last, East London

Regular hip and "next big thing" bands play here throughout the week. The Old Blue Last is a pub and live venue in Shoreditch, East London brought to you by the people at Vice. Since 2004 they have been bringing you the best forward-thinking bands and Djs seven nights a week, as well as secret shows by some of the biggest names around and all, more-often-than-not, completely for FREE.  Read more about this pub or book online.

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Jazz after Dark, Central London

Consistently strong lineups from the world of jazz and funk. Jazz after Dark is a favourite haunt for well known New Orleans Jazz & Blues musicians. Pete Doherty & The Libertines performed here in their early days, Amy Winehouse was also a regular here and often made surprise visits and sang with the house band. Book online.

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The Star of Kings, North London

Electric Social in Brixton, newer than most of the other live music bars in London, has a club and live music venue upstairs. It has done well in establishing itself, attracting cool kids from all around London for a fun night out and live music acts. On Wednesdays, the microphone is open for young talents. Otherwise expect indie rock at this live music bar in London. Book online. 

Drinking and Dancing Pub Happily Affordable ££

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