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.
Kettner’s revisit the faded glamour of a WW2 soiree with the second edition of their Lights Out party. The first evening was a roaring sell-out success, and these guys return to the fold with a line-up of rousing live Oompah Band music, swing dancing, ‘Home Front’ inspired menus and cocktails served in tin cups. Get yourself dressed up to the nines and embrace a raucous themed party that continues until the early hours.
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.
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.
Taking you back to a time of smokey Jazz bars, swinging soul singers and Charleston jives, the Piano Works in Farringdon offers its guests a nigh bursting full of splendid singing and dubious dancing. Based in a Victorian warehouse, this spacious spot will be filled with nostalgic patrons as the live band play some of the biggest jazz and swing songs from yesteryear. Grab a drink, sit back and relax as their talented musicians take you back in time with their soulful sonatas and tantalising timbres.
A fusion of cocktail bar, kitchen and basement club on Soho’s Poland Street, Barrio’s atmosphere is something special. Live bands play an eclectic mix of tunes and there’s DJs too, as a fun-loving crowd sup tequila cocktails and whack out their best shapes until the early hours.
Head to the Playboy Club this September for a night of mesmerising live music, incredible burlesque performances and incredible dance routines. Nightfall is a live entertainment show like no other. Alongside a delicious 3 course meal, the team of performers will be serving up an extra treat, showing off their wonderful talents and jaw-dropping dancing abilities.
Take to the roof for your August bank holiday shenanigans. The incredible, plush pad for all things raucous revelry, glamorous partying and all around good times are hosting One Day on Sunday 30th. Yes, it's Kensington's Roof Gardens, yes there will be a BBQ and YES this will be an all day funfair of DJs and dancing. Sold.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Music doesnt get much liver than DJ Yoda, we can tell you that for free. this guy has been spinning the decks since the late 90s and is still at the cutting edge of hip hop. And when paired with the celebrated Old Queen's Head, you know you're in for a great night seeing your favorite live act right up close and personal. If you want to be at one of DJ Yoda's famously amazing sets then get down to this great event.
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.
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.
The Vic in Dalston is nothing short of an East London live music institution. It’s been the home of buoyant gig-goers for years on end, welcoming crowds from right around the capital for intimate yet raucous nights out. With a host of cracking drinks and a regularly rotating kitchen residencies, there’s no shortage of reasons to get yourself along before the music starts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This extravagant bar in Mayfair is a high end experience for those wanting a lavish night out in the West End. With its vintage Hollywood style decor, special Cristal Champagne Towers and cool live band, Baroque is the bar to visit when you want to treat yourself to good live music in beautiful surroundings. Make sure you check out the luxurious Baroque, book online here.
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.
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.
Echoing atmospheric, Under The Bridge nestled beneath Stamford Bridge Football Stadium in Fulham is a hip-as hidey-hole accommodating all manner of entertainment. Stylish with a sick state-of-the-art sound system and lighting to match, this nightclub knows how to host live music. Showcasing a centre stage and a super-wide space to mosh, head-bop, fist-pump and swing, Under The Bridge is the perfect place to fill your ears with mega music melodies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Effortlessly charming with its Parisian speakeasy feel, The Reading Room hosts secluded singalongs every Saturday. This is an intimate, candlelit hideaway churning out cocktails and a dedicated absinthe menu, and the soothing tunes usually get underway from 9-ish.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.