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 Old Queen's Head, Friday 12 September 2014

DJ Yoda
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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. 


@ Paradise By Way of Kensal Green, Friday 19 September 2014

The Cuban Brothers
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Throwing a tasty mixture of live music, riotous comedy and sensational dancing into a Havana-inspired melting pot, the Cuban Brothers land at Paradise for a big Friday night out. Expect soulful sexy tunes aplenty, with the usual top West London DJs playing disco, funk and soul tunes until late afterwards.


@ Octoberfest Pub, Friday 5 September 2014 and 31 other dates

German Beer And Ooompah Brass Band Bonanza
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Who can resist the sounds of the Oktoberfest Bavarian brass band playing your favourite sing-along tunes, combined with huge amounts of strong beer? Not us, that's for sure! A night of fun and games for all, you get the added bonus of free beer with any involvement in all the drinking games!


@ Cellar Door, Every Sunday

Sunday Seance
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If you're looking for some amazing live music in London, get down to Sunday Seance at Cellar Door. Expect an evening of eccentric jazz piano from former Dexy's Midnight Runners keys man Pete Saunders, as well as some magic surprises. Your ticket even includes a complimentary glass of prossecco or a bottle of beer and a reserved seat - so you can seduce your date in style.


@ Madame Jo Jos, Every Saturday

Madame Jojo's Kitsch Cabaret
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Head over to Madame Jojo's Kitsch Cabaret and you'll enjoy plenty of fantastic live music; with drinks, canapes and dancing thrown in for good measure too! One of the capital's leading Cabaret shows that takes place in an equally striking Soho venue, the live theatrical experience at Madame Jojo's is one that will live long in the memory.


@ Trapeze, Wednesday 3 September 2014 and 6 other Wednesdays

Wednesday Whoopee Open Mic
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The Secret Showcase Presents link up with Trapeze to showcase and nurture new talent at their Open Mic nights. Guaranteed to provide a hump-day boost, these events always produce a charming and intimate atmosphere that helps up-and-coming talent flourish. Entry is free so there’s really no excuses not to give this a try.


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Hippodrome Casino, Central London

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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.

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Salvatore's Bar, Central London

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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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@ The Breakfast Club Hoxton, Every Sunday

Sunday Sessions
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Love a bit of live music? Well The Breakfast Club have teamed up with Pistonhead and Flor de Caña for brand spankin' new live music nights in Hoxton. It's free entry, so grab your mates, grab a beer and they'll see you for a good old Sunday Session.


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White Heat @ Madame JoJos, Central London

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For your weekly dose of live Indie music, head over to Soho for White Heat Tuesdays. A string of talented bands will take to the stage from 8pm - with acts like The XX, Klaxons and Foals having turned out here previously - until 11pm. DJs will continue the Indie vibe hereafter with their catalogue of hip-shaking classics until 3am. There's amazing drink deals to be had too.

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Blues Kitchen Shoreditch, East London

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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

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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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Tompkins, East London

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Not just a stylish restaurant bar, this Canary Wharf venue is also home to excellent weekly music sessions. Found in the Pan Peninsula, Tompkins hosts "Wednesday Night Blues & Jazz", showcasing some great artists playing some chilled-out options to ensure your experience is as enjoyable as possible. 

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Blues Kitchen Camden, North London

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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

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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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B-SOHO, Central London

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One of the most popular Italian restaurants in London, B-SOHO serves up a sweet selection of live music performances alongside the wood-fired pizza. Throughout the week, Luca, an Italian musician from F1 legend Eddie Irvine's band Eddie & The Robbers takes up a resident slot, performing many of his much loved classics. Book a space now at B-SOHO, one of our recommended venues for live music in London.

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Vibe Bar, East London

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Get yourself along to the vibrant Vibe Bar on Brick Lane for one of their Heard It Hear First nights, where the venue opens its doors to showcase the very best local talent around at the moment!

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The Miller, Central London

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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

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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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Baroque, Central London

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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.

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Proud Cabaret City, Central London

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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

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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

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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

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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.  

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Floridita, Central London

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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

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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.

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The Magic Garden, South London

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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. 

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The Old Blue Last, East London

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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

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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

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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. 

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@ The Round Chapel, Saturday 13 September 2014

Rhythm Junction London
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For live music that's a little different to the norm, try the Rhythm Junction London. Housed in the Hackney Round Chapel, this one off event is a fabulous throw back to the 1950's. Don your best top hat or your finest frock, and dance the night away as the finest swing bands and jazz acts play all the old favourites to get you up and moving.


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