Live Music in London

London’s live music scene (from Camden to Shoreditch and back again) 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 are plenty of music pubs and gig venues in London well worth checking out.

Last updated on 1st December 2022

The Vic has 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 spend a night here. 

The Shacklewell Arms

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The Shacklewell Arms in Dalston is well-known for their incredible variation of live music acts throughout the week. Head bang while you listen to rock 'n' roll, tap your feet to acoustic sets or throw some serious shapes with the help of DJs on the decks.

Salvador & Amanda

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Head to Covent Garden every Wednesday where Salvador & Amanda is serving up a side of live music with its sangria. They'll be bringing you a true taste of Spain, with acoustic sounds and plenty of tasty tapas plates.

The Lock Inn

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Fronting a lineup of live traditional Irish music, The Lock Inn is the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park pub that's keep you entertained. Topping that off? Darts, local craft beer, sport screenings and a menu packed with hearty grub for you to chow down on.

Up-and-coming artists Paris Paloma and Maggie Baring take to the stage at La Goccia, Petersham Nurseries in Covent Garden this February. They're serving up cocktails and light canapes while you enjoy the live music with a special someone or friends.

The Moth Club

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Boasting one of the best live music programmes in Hackney, the Moth Club brings together fresh talent and established acts every month. Head down for the chance to catch your favourite new band or catch a little something you didn't know existed.

Fidelio Café is home to some of the best live music nights in London, pairing its sublime European dishes with refreshing drinks and live performances. Head here for an evening of drinking and dining in an undeniably romantic setting.

Plant Based Events Co

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Over at Plant Based Events Co you can catch a fantastic set from Rebel Clash of Chase & Status, as well as tunes from a crew of top-notch DJs over at Colour Factory. While you boogie? Grab some grub from one of the plant-based vendors and potter about the sustainable shop.

O’Neill’s Clapham

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The eclectic variety of live music sets at Stane Street Syndicate suits a night out for any music enthusiast. The laid-back atmosphere and contemporary decor encourages listeners to let loose and have fun.

@ Shoreditch Treehouse on Saturday 17th December 2022 and 5 other dates

Looking for classical music in London? DEBUT at Shoreditch Treehouse is doing a secret concert in its stunning loft space. The evening will kick off with their resident pianist offering improvised tunes before you enjoy two magical performances from up-and-coming and renowned stars.

Amazing Grace

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For an epic night of live music and food, you'll want to check out Amazing Grace. Along with delicious Asian cuisine and booze, the spot in London Bridge features killer bands and DJs so you can dance the night away.

Bubba Oasis

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If you're after live music in North London, Bubba Oasis hosts live music every week. While you enjoy the fantastic tunes, you can dig into healthy wraps, delicious salads and even a cheeky cocktail or two. They also host brilliant DJs in the evenings so you can have a bit of a boogie.

Toulouse Lautrec Jazz Club

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If you're looking for live music in London then you should be adding the Toulouse Lautrec Jazz Club to your hitlist. The Elephant and Castle venue plays host to all manner of performers and events, from blues and soul to life-drawing and spoken word evenings. This July, they'll also have a special performance from celebrated pianist Alberto L. Ferro.

Vintage Arts Asylum

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A new pop-up jazz club in Hackney, Vintage Arts Asylum is offering more than just a space to listen to music. Alongside live bands and affordable drinks, the quirky event series will also be teaching you a series of classic dances. 

Archer Street SW11

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Archer Street SW11's Clapham venue offers a whole range of music-focused entertainment from talented West End acts. You can find regular events throughout the week, from Musical Bingo to Stars of Motown, with premium drinks up for grabs too.


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Kindred are showcasing a whole range of talented local artists at their LoungeLDN evening, priced from as little as £10 a ticket. If that's not your bag, the stunning Hammersmith members club will also be welcoming London DJ El Conchitas to their abode for a fun and raucous evening.

Ricco Lounge Events

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Looking for somewhere you can treat your ears with fantastic live music? Ricco Lounge, found over in Kensington, is the place to go. Lap up the sleek interiors that echo Art Deco vibes, as well as enjoy delish cocktails, moreish sharing platters and jazzy tunes.

The Bedford

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Considering Ed Sheeran once played here, years before he reached international fame, The Bedford is without a doubt a fantastic place to catch exciting up-and-coming artists. The Balham institution hosts live sets in their club room most nights of the week from 8pm.

London Boat Party

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Head to The Thames where London Boat Party are bringing you a range of fun and unforgettable events. Be sure to check out their A Stocking Full of Show Tunes evening, complete with a three-course feast and live music from a trio of musical pros.

Live Band Karaoke!

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One of the best live music nights in London is back this September. Giving you the chance to tear up the stage, this incredible karaoke event brings together a whole backing band to make sure you can live your best rock star life.

Signature Brew Haggerston

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A taproom and live music venue in Haggerston, Signature Brew is championing craft beers and talented musicians. Located under a railway arch, this gem has a whole number of IPAs and lagers on-tap, perfect for sipping on while watching wicked sets.

Hidden Jazz Club

185 user reviews 5

On the hunt for live music in London? Taking place at The Vaults Theatre, Hidden Jazz Club are coming in hot this December. Kick back and relax as you check out world-class artists such as Binker Golding, Cherise, Jas Kayser and many more.

Fancy belting out 'Merry Christmas Everyone'? A Christmas Concert is an excellent new show by Rogue Opera. There will be a festive concert featuring all your favourite carols. It's all in a cosy garden so be sure to grab a mug of mulled wine while you listen. Not for you? They have a Christmas theatre show as well.

You can always rely on The Rhythm and Booze Project for some live music in the city. Taking place at Crol & Co on Dunton Road, this top-notch venue will be home to fabulous entertainment, including poetry, alongside an open bar with plenty of free-flowing whisky serves.

The Phoenix Arts Club

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One of the best bars in Soho for live music, The Phoenix Arts Club promises a wealth of excellent events, from musical theatre, cabaret and comedy, to hilarious drag and a fun afternoon tea offering complete with tuneful performances.

St John’s Tavern

12 user reviews 5

Head down to St John's Tavern every Friday and you'll be treated to a night of live music alongside South London's best craft beers. With reasonably priced pints and tunes from up and coming artist Billy Keane, you're in for one helluva treat.