Live Music in London

London’s live music scene comes brimming with characterful pubs, swinging jazz joints and exotic basement clubs in their dozens. Leave your typical clubbing blueprint at home this weekend and let a live band soundtrack your night out; there’s plenty of music pubs and gig venues in London well worth checking out. Read on for our hand-picked guide to the best live music venues in London.

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Kansas Smitty's

1 user reviews

The Hackney hideout named after its very own house band, Kansas Smitty's will take you back to the hazy jazz age of America's Deep South. She's an intimate place to see live music in London where killer juleps are the verse of the bar and the soundtrack is of the live jazz and blues persuasion. Enjoy their weekly concert every Wednesday. 

Happily Affordable ££
Hackney

XOYO

13 user reviews

Hailed as one of East London's clubbing Mecca's, XOYO is a sought after destination for live gigs in London. Bringing in talent from not only across the UK but also internationally, you'll find legendary DJs taking you through to the early hours here as well as live sets from the like of Crazy P, Katy B, Mike Skinner and Ms Dynamite. 

Happily Affordable ££
Shoreditch

Nightjar

23 user reviews

Recently crowned the third best bar in the world, Nightjar’s dazzling speakeasy atmosphere owes much to its live music schedule. Settle in for a night of highly innovative, multi-sensory cocktails on the side of a line-up of top vintage performers. Expect a discerning playlist of swing, jazz and acoustic blues with a New Orleans edge from this bar with live music in London.

Splash the Cash £££
Shoreditch

Ruby's Bar and Lounge

1 user reviews

A 60s style lounge inspired by the vintage decadence of Parisian drinking dens, Ruby's Bar & Lounge is a darling live music venue in London where you enjoy an intimate experience at a table for two like the good old days. Having taken over the space next door, Ruby's has extended her charm to bring you a full packed entertainment roster all week long. 

Happily Affordable ££
Dalston

The Piano Works

7 user reviews

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 night bursting full of splendid singing and dubious dancing. Based in a Victorian warehouse, this place fills with the sound of jazz music in London playing swing songs from yesteryear as well as classic adaptations of your favourite chart hits!

Happily Affordable ££
Farringdon

Blues Kitchen Brixton

3 user reviews

The Blues Kitchen brings mouth-watering Texan BBQ, bourbon cocktails and brass band tunes to Brixton’s thriving late-night scene. A dark cavern of old fashioned interiors and deep south style, this London blues music venue goes off at the weekends when live bands and DJs have the crowd dancing to vintage funk & soul, tooting horns and trumpets until 2am.

Happily Affordable ££
Brixton

Looking for a unique dose of live music in London, atop one of the coolest rooftop venues in the city at that? Then head to the heart of Kensington as Candle Club take to the Roof Gardens for a darling night of Spanish music, flamenco dancers and more. 

Themed Nights, Live Music, Something A Little Different, Food & Drink
Latino
Kensington
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For a Wednesday in May, Wringer & Mangle will be transforming their fabulous restaurant into a fundraising space. The Pinwheel Pavilion will include some vintage clothes stalls and DJs playing until 11pm so you can get your fix of live music in London whilst enjoying some great drinks and even some prize giveaways. 

Live Music, Fun Time Partying
Retro
Hackney
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Celebrate female singer-songwriters and lush live music to boot this May in London as Jazz Mino takes her beloved Superwomen in Spring event to the Prince of Wales for a fun-filled night of ukelele pop and plenty more. 

Live Music, Date Night, Food & Drink, Something A Little Different
Commercial/Pop
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Stereo92

0 user reviews

Stereo92 is an all-day cafe, bar and live music venue that you’ll find on the bustling Stokey High Street. Open for coffee, cocktails or a few soul food dishes from 10am to 10pm, Stereo92 allows a platform for London’s most innovative performers to showcase their skills in an intimate and accessible basement setting. Expect regular jazz, folk, acoustic and hip-hop gigs.

Happily Affordable ££
Stoke Newington
Tuesday Club - Live Jazz, Stereo Brunch Deal, Early evening eats

Big Chill Bar

3 user reviews

Part of the bustling Brick Lane scene and nestled in the heart of the Truman Brewery, the Big Chill Bar is a favourite for East London locals and those looking for a fun night out. Promising live music in London with a cream of the crop when it comes to DJ talent and a kind of anything goes philosophy when it comes to the soundtrack, Big Chill knows what's up. 

Happily Affordable ££
Shoreditch
beer bucket, pint and grilled cheese, beer bucket

The Old Queen's Head

13 user reviews

Angel's playground for raucous nights out and live music in London, The Old Queen's Head is something of an institution with they city's revellers. Far from your usual stylish haven, this place is rough around the edges and overflowing with edgy attitude. The dance floor gets sweaty, the music loud and it's a place for a cool gig or two. 

Happily Affordable ££
Angel
Two free bottles of Prosecco for Friday group bookings!

Oriole

1 user reviews

Granted, Oriole’s exquisite cocktails and sharing plates are well worth the visit alone, but it’s the live music programme that really completes the picture. Tying in with the bar’s global theme, enjoy a soothing roster of jazz, swing and blues tunes at one of London’s finest cocktail bars.

Splash the Cash £££
East London
4 events @ with 4 upcoming dates from 13 May 2016 until 22 Jul 2016

Live music in a cutesy and whimsical enviroment? The Nest Collective are giving guests just that. Huddle around the campfire as they promise humble guests with a darling roster of live musicians, storytelling, performers and more over the next few months.

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Live music in a South Pacific inspired tiki bar in London? It must be none other than Trader Vic's infamous Leid Back Sessions. Join them for tiki inspired cocktails and lush sounds aplenty as Annie Bea takes to the stage this May. 

Live Music, Food & Drink
Funk & Soul
Mayfair
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The Four Thieves

10 user reviews

If you’ve found yourself with a particularly potent hangover to shake off, you’ll need to head round to this excellent Battersea gastropub. It’s one of the finest places to catch live vintage jazz music in London come Sunday lunchtime, when guests enjoy traditional roasts with all the trimmings supported by a live band playing those easy, chilled out tunes. Bliss.

Happily Affordable ££
Battersea
Buy One Get One Free Burgers, Comedy - Pizza Deal, Prosecco Thursdays, Boogaloo's Big Bottomless Brunch Bingo & Craft Club

The Dog and Fox

0 user reviews

Every Saturday night, this gem of a Wimbledon gastropub welcomes a different live music act to the stage. Entry is free, the bar is stocked full of everything from well-kept ales to the finest spirits and some of the most sought after wines from across the globe, while revellers ease themselves into the weekend against a backdrop of classic hits and today’s chart-toppers.

Happily Affordable ££
Wimbledon

NOLA

16 user reviews

Looking for a unique bar for live music in London? Then it's time to tread in Shoreditch and discover this hidden gem in the rafters of Bedroom bar. One of the most charming bars in town thanks to their vintage nod to 1930s New Orleans, tuck into a regular roster of live music with jazz and soul acts a-plenty. Heck, gather round the piano if you must and sling back some heavy liquors too. 

Happily Affordable ££
Shoreditch

Bayou Soul

3 user reviews

The Bayou is a deep-south inspired diner in Camden that serves up hearty portions of Creole-inspired cuisine - think sticky bbq ribs, Maryland crab cakes and Mississippi steaks. But on top of that, The Bayou also hosts regular live music nights in Lodnon, with authentic country musicians plucking the strings all night long so you'll think you're the wrong side of the Atlantic for a while. 

Happily Affordable ££
Camden

The Roof Gardens

30 user reviews

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. They've seen the likes of Ella Eyre and the Atlantic Soul Orchestra play at this fabulous rooftop venue in London. 

Splash the Cash £££
Kensington

The Cat and Mutton

4 user reviews

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 charming East End local is one of the best music pubs in London.

Happily Affordable ££
Bethnal Green

The Victoria

2 user reviews

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.

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Dalston

Guanabara

14 user reviews

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. This is a must try for salsa music in London. 

Happily Affordable ££
Holborn
@ Ceilidh Night Events on Various dates

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, this is one of the best band nights in London to experience.

Fun Time Partying, Live Music, Something A Little Different, Classes
Live Music
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Welcoming a collection of the capital’s sweetest drag queens, the Cellar Door is the place to be for live music on a Monday Night in London. Tickets include a guaranteed seat and your first drink on the house, as a rota of top performers bring you the best in live music and alternative entertainment from a top West End cocktail bar.

Cabaret/Burlesque, Something A Little Different
Live Music
West End
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Barrio Soho

27 user reviews

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 flaming tequila cocktails and whack out their best shapes until the early hours. This place is a tropical inspired den for live music events in London and fiery cocktails alike. 

Happily Affordable ££
Soho

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. 

Happily Affordable ££
Barnes

The Candlemaker

4 user reviews

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 in London. 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. 

Happily Affordable ££
Clapham
Pub

Speakeasy Jazz & Cocktails

17 user reviews
@ The Piano Bar Soho on Various dates

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. 

Live Music, VIP Party, Date Night, Something A Little Different
Burlesque/Piano
Soho
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Bird of Smithfield

4 user reviews

Bird is Smithfield is premier private hire venue in London, where private functions with live music are held in a stunning, 5-floored Georgian townhouse. The Birdcage cocktail bar is a particular favourite; it’s an ideal spot for birthday parties, engagement celebrations and the like, with room for live music entertainment and further optional extras.

Happily Affordable ££
Farringdon

Eaton Square Cocktail Bar

9 user reviews

Come Thursday nights, Eaton Square Cocktail Bar becomes a hive of live music events in London 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. 

Happily Affordable ££
Victoria

Blues Kitchen Shoreditch

17 user reviews

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 so head here for a stomping night out with live music in London.

Happily Affordable ££
Shoreditch

Apples and Pears

41 user reviews

Apples & Pears have carved out a stellar reputation for their acoustic sessions in London. 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.

Happily Affordable ££
Brick Lane

The Tale Bar

8 user reviews

Take a seat in the luxurious Salvatore's Bar in Mayfair and enjoy an afternoon tea alongside a background of London's best live music. Choose from a wonderful selection of home made, unique savouries, sandwiches and pastries accompanied by your choice of Te’Freddo Teapot Cocktails whilst bunnies hop to it with table service and ambient music is played on the piano.

Splash the Cash £££
Mayfair

The Reading Room

1 user reviews

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. Keeping to its vintage style, the stage is for melodic artists and soothing tunes from around 9pm making for an intimate live music set in London. 

Happily Affordable ££
Islington

Blues Kitchen Camden

11 user reviews

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.

Happily Affordable ££
Camden

Rise 46

77 user reviews

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 best Clapham bar for live music. 

Happily Affordable ££
Clapham

Honky Tonk Clapham Common

66 user reviews

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... we know) and boasts a vintage diner-esque interior. A pretty heaving place to be come nightfall, this music bar in London is a must-try.

Happily Affordable ££
Clapham

Baroque

6 user reviews

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 for an atmospheric night out. 

Splash the Cash £££
Mayfair

Proud Cabaret City

6 user reviews

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 venue.

Happily Affordable ££
City of London

Under The Bridge

1 user reviews

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 in London. Showcasing a centre stage and a super-wide space to mosh, head-bop, fist-pump and swing you'll get your musical fix here alright. 

Happily Affordable ££
Fulham

Shaker&Company

50 user reviews

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 décor 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. 

Happily Affordable ££
Fitzrovia
Burger Me It's Monday, Wingman Wednesdays, Happy Hour

The Star of Kings

25 user reviews

A King's Cross favourite for after work drinks and nights out with entertainment in London, The Star of Kings is quite the social hangout. A bit rough around the edges but boasting quite the legacy of live music sets in London, this pub has a Funktion One sound system for DJs and a decent stage set up for bands to rock out on. 

Happily Affordable ££
Kings Cross
2 for 1£10Cocktails, Workers Wednesday - 20% Discount

The Hippodrome Casino

4 user reviews

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.

Happily Affordable ££
Leicester Square

The Piano Bar Soho

1 user reviews

Primed for those looking for a hidden London gem, The Piano Bar is a brooding vintage space of some of the best live jazz in the city. Head on down to this private members club and indulge in all things swing and sass in this retro and sophisticated space. 

Happily Affordable ££
Soho

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