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 29th September 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 Phoenix Arts Club

339 user reviews 5

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.


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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.

The Shacklewell Arms

6 user reviews 5

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.

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.

Signature Brew Haggerston

13 user reviews 5

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.

London Boat Party

100 user reviews 4

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.

Amazing Grace

7 user reviews 4

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.

Toulouse Lautrec Jazz Club

1154 user reviews 5

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

34 user reviews 4

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. 

@ St Martin-in-the-Fields on Tuesday 25th October 2022

After a fun music event in the city? Head to St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square for Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue / Beethoven Moonlight Sonata by Candlelight. Performed by rising piano stars, each 75-minute show will have you taken on a journey, while taking in church scenes.

St John’s Tavern

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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.

Bubba Oasis

23 user reviews 4

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.

The Lock Inn

3 user reviews 5

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.

Live Band Karaoke!

31 user reviews 5

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.

Sky Garden

1583 user reviews 4

One of the most iconic tourist attractions in London, Sky Garden is hosting a slew of unique events. Head to morning yoga so you can stretch while admiring pretty views of the city. Or check out its music-themed nights for cracking cocktails and terrific tunes.

NT Loft

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The group behind Night Tales have teamed up with Morty and Bob's toastie specialist to create a fun-loving bar in Hackney. The venue serves as a laid back cafe by day, but completely transforms itself after dark, when the DJs, live music and master mixologists behind the bar dial things up a bit.

The Richmond Club

10 user reviews 5

Fancy jamming to some first-class tunes? Then be sure to check out West London gem: The Richmond Club. Expect live RnB and dance hall sets from DJ RPD to DJ Lindy on a Friday night. To top it off, it's also boasting a happy hour from 5pm onwards too. Sip, sip hooray.

The Moth Club

4 user reviews 5

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.

O’Neill’s Clapham

17 user reviews 4

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.

Salvador & Amanda

22 user reviews 4

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.

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.

Situated on Ash Avenue, The Rosy Hue is a boozer worth visiting. Not only is it hosting some top-notch live entertainment and music from some of the best local artists, but it's also home to a fabulous range of eats. Think pesto halloumi fries or a fried chicken burger. Yum.

@ The View From The Shard on Friday 18th November 2022 and 3 other dates

The View From The Shard is the sky-high spot that's kick-starting the weekend with a fabulous rooftop shindig. What to expect? DJ Max Tyler thumping brilliant tunes to get you in the party mood, as well as stunning vistas and a glass of Moet on arrival.

@ Shoreditch Treehouse on Saturday 15th October and Saturday 26th November 2022

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.