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 are plenty of music pubs and gig venues in London well worth checking out.

Last updated on 17th May 2019




RE:IMAGINE

34 user reviews 4

With the help of full 16-piece orchestras, live choirs and epic live performers, the Reimagine collective retell the stories of some of music's biggest and most-loved names including Daft Punk and Dr Dre! 

Jazz Cafe

20 user reviews 4

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Amy Winehouse, D'Angelo, Bobby Womack; they're all superstars that have played at Camden's iconic Jazz Cafe. Recently taken over by London's Columbo Group, the Cafe hosts live shows throughout the week with hip hop and soul club nights kicking off at the weekends. Come for live performers, food and drinks in one of Camden Town's best loved musical joints.

Candlelight Concerts

11 user reviews 4

Experience a night of sensational music as the London Musical Arts Ensemble, directed by the talented John Landor, bring the outstanding works of Vivaldi and Handel to life in a romantic and spectacular setting.

Venn St. Records

89 user reviews 4

Cheap Date - 2 Pizzas and 2 Drinks for £19 and 1 other offer

One of the best alternative nights out in Clapham, Venn Street Records is a vinyl-clad, rock 'n' roll drinkers den covered with NME posters and other iconic music memorabilia. The venue hosts regular live music and DJ nights, with happy hour running from 5 to 8pm every day and #CheapDate offering 2 drinks and 2 pizzas for £15 between Sunday and Wednesday evenings.

@ Dirty Bones Kensington on Every Thursday

Head down to Dirty Bones in Kensington every Thursday to be blown away by live performers singing everything from hip hop to old school classics. While listening to the brilliant music, order from their menu of New York comfort food which includes dishes such as a Mac n' Cheese burger topped with pulled pork or go for a boozy shake.

The Victoria

32 user reviews 5

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.

Old Street Records

370 user reviews 4

Cheap Date - 2 Pizzas and 2 Drinks for £19 and 1 other offer

Old Street Records has positioned itself right at the forefront of Shoreditch's live music scene thanks to its cutting-edge mix of EP launches, new bands and established acts. Take in a constantly top-drawer mix of live acts or make for the basement, where there's more of an intimate vibe thanks to the jazz evenings and low-key DJ sessions.

Ruby's Bar and Lounge

13 user reviews 4

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. 

@ The Arcola Theatre on Every Friday

Adding some electric swing to your already lively Friday nights, the team at the Arcola Theatre serve Londoners a truly stunning night out in town. Guests will first take part in a dance class before watching a talented jazz band fill the air with quavering notes and trembling tunes. Grab that special someone, pull on your best pair of dancing shoes and head to Dalston.

XOYO

33 user reviews 4

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. 

Under The Bridge

1 user review 5

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. 

@ Paper Dress Vintage on Sat, 8th Jun 2019 @ 20:00 - 3:00

This summer, Paper Dress Vintage are inviting you to cavort around Hackney, sip on a cocktail or two and chill out with an evening of exotic easy listening. It promises to be the quintessential summer night with live music and feel-good vibes throughout.

  The Motown Supper

45 user reviews 4

@ FEST Camden on Thursday 11th July 2019 and 6 other Thursdays

Love Motown? Then you're gonna love this. With tickets from less than £40, you can experience a live show where bands perform the genres biggest hits, alongside dinner, welcome drinks and a lively atmosphere that'll really kick-start your weekend.

Nightjar

1963 user reviews 4

Free Live Music & Reduced Price Cocktails and 1 other offer

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.

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 a warm atmosphere night after night, this charming East End local is one of the best music pubs in London.

The Blues Kitchen Camden

36 user reviews 4

From swing bands, folk troupes and high octane blues groups, Blues Kitchen Camden has a rollicking  line-up of live music. Get there early and feast on their meaty Southern plates and bourbon-filled cocktails before dancing until the early hours.

NOLA

138 user reviews 4

Live Music and 1 other offer

Looking for a unique bar for live music in London? Then it's time to step foot in Bethnal Green and discover this hidden gem. 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. 

This sweet, traditional pub regularly hosts some very jazzy jazz London nights indeed! Sunday swing sessions and a mix of jazz musicians bopity bop bop away to create an electric atmosphere. If you fancy a craft beer, real ale or spot of food while you're jiggling around, try their delicious menu of pub grub.

Bird of Smithfield

12 user reviews 4

Bird of Smithfield is a 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.

Toulouse Lautrec Jazz Club

253 user reviews 5

Inspired by the Parisian jazz clubs of old, the Toulouse Lautrec Jazz Club in South London is quickly rising up London's live music ladder. Hosting a handful of jazz and funk & soul bands throughout the months of April and March, the venue hopes to recreate the same electric energy that flowed through the vintage live music spots of the 1920s. Grab a drink, enjoy some delicious food and watch as the stage comes to life at this live music venue in London.

  The Candlelight Club

234 user reviews 4

@ The Candlelight Club on Friday 24th May 2019 and 4 other dates

For live jazz music in London and to feel like you've stepped back into the bygone days of the 1920s, discover London's most elusive party collective, The Candlelight Club. Prohibition is back, bootleggin is rife, flappers are wild and the parties go long and loud with these guys so don't mess about. 

Hoxton Square has long been a huge hit with the Shoreditch crowd, and there's a true gem of a live music venue right at the heart of it. Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen serves food and drinks to its outdoor terrace, but really it's best known for live music - with a regular line up of the best emerging bands on the scene right now. Don't believe us? Florence + the Machine, Foals and Mumford & Sons have all graced the stage here before...

The Basement Shoreditch

13 user reviews 3

Forget those crowded bars and rowdy clubs, The Basement Shoreditch is a new live music bar in East London that showcases jazz performances and served expertly-crafted cocktails. Armed with an impressive arsenal of fruit, liqueurs and fiery spirits, the bartenders are capable of making every drink under the sun and promise to cater for every mood or taste you might have.

The Star of Kings

233 user reviews 5

2 for 1 Cocktails

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. 

Having made a reputation for itself by delivering amazing American-themed dishes and stunning whisky-based cocktails, the team at Blues Kitchen in Shoreditch now turn to focus on their live music. Across April and May, the venue will be showcasing live music performances from the likes of Ephemerals, The Blues Brothers and Soul Exchange. 

@ The Rivoli Ballroom on Saturday 15th June 2019 and 5 other Saturdays

As one of the few remaining ballrooms with its original decor still intact, it's only fitting that London's biggest Jive party takes place at the Rivoli Ballroom. Rolling back the clock and filling the historic London venue with a lively buzz, the evening will start with a fun jive lesson, before the reins are handed over to one of the great swing bands performing on the night. 

A night of

89 user reviews 4

For a stunning night of live music in London you can't go wrong with A Night Of. Bringing together great musicians to pay tribute to some of history's most renowned artists, there's opportunities to catch one of the events at venues across London.

Experience the sweet sounds of classic music from some of the country;s best performers, as this unique series brings you atmosphereic concerts in London's most intimate settings. Think Chopin and Champagne in St Ann's Church and Vivalidy by candlelight at Ely's Cathedral.

LIBRARY

8 user reviews 3

A home away from home, this unique space offers plenty of exciting performances form some of the city's most promising new artists. The laid-back environment is a cool, independent space for interesting voices to perform and be heard. 

The Blues Kitchen Brixton

42 user reviews 4

If there's one South London spot that always knows how to have a good time, it's Blues Kitchen Brixton. Join them any night of the week for live music from local blues bands, swing singers and DJs, guaranteed to keep you dancing the night away.

The Dog and Fox

591 user reviews 4

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.

  London Tap Jam

5 user reviews 5

@ Gigi’s Bar (previously known as Zigfrid von Underbelly) on Sunday 26th May 2019 and 3 other Sundays

The London Tap Jam comes to Zigfrid Von Underbelly for a series of quirky tap dancing nights. Taking place of July, September and November, this unique show combines roaring music with impressive dancing skills for an unforgettable East London night.

@ The Tattershall Castle on Sunday 16th June and Sunday 14th July 2019

From smooth classics to uplifting beats, this stunning spot invites you to experience the sweet sounds of live music on the deck of a classic restored paddle steamer. Not your usual location, you can expect tasty food, Sunday lunch specials and the soundtrack to match.

Poetry Brothel London

4 user reviews 5

Poetry Brothel is an immersive pop-up event taking over unique space in London and bringing them breathtaking performance from some of the city's finest poets. From live music to intimate readings, their roster of 'whores' is sure to impress. 

Head up to Camden as Fest brings a roaring night of live music, clubs nights and fun. Join them for Frankie's Guys, an incredible show that features plenty of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and dinner options.

Camden Assembly

7 user reviews 4

With an exposed-brick interior, cool Camden crowd and a great range of bands and singers, Camden Assembly is a perfect place for live music in London. Sundays are the night to listen to some of North London's newest talent as well as regulars on the scene. Lucky Chip are in residencies, snack on one of their delicious burgers as you bop along.

@ Cellar Door on Every Monday

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.

The Piano Works Farringdon

931 user reviews 4

Champagne & Cocktail Hour: 5pm to 7pm and 8 other offers

The Piano Works, located in the heart of Farringdon, is an all singing all dancing house of song and London's only non-stop live music venue. This 400 capacity Victorian listed basement will have you singing your favourite tunes from the top of your lungs, as all the songs played by the musicians are requested by you, the audience. Eat, drink, sing and dance the night away in a place like no other.

Benoit Viellefon Hot Club take to the Ronnie Scotts stage for one of the most anticipated live music events in London. The band will be playing a selection of their most recent album released in August.

Oriole

1461 user reviews 5

Free Live Music from 9pm & Reduced Price Cocktails and 1 other offer

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.

The Four Thieves

40 user reviews 4

Buy One Get One Free Burgers and 2 other offers

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.

@ Powder Keg Diplomacy on Every Sunday

The team at Powder Keg Diplomacy are pulling out all the stops, hosting live jazz and soul music every Sunday night for Londoners to enjoy. Guests will be able to relax and watch some of the capital's best live music performers show off their many musical talents, all the while drinking a stunning, hand-crafted cocktail. 

Live music meets drinks tasting at this unique event in Kings Cross. Join the guys from the Rhythm and Booze Project for a night you won't forget, complete with great tunes and an open bar.

If you like your rock'n'roll with a side of serious style, then the Karma Sanctum Hotel in Soho is just the ticket. With regular gigs and fabulous bar, it's one of the best live music venues in London. 

Omeara

28 user reviews 4

Omeara is a unique and exciting gig space for everyone from labelled acts to up-and-coming stars. Their main Omeara room is a 320 capacity live space in Flat Iron Square, with some of the top talent flooding there. But that's not all – there's a Mexican Cantina inside to get your pre-gig drink on and a terrace to get some air giving amazing views of Southwark Cathedral and the Shard.

The Old Queen's Head

26 user reviews 4

All cocktails are £5 every Wednesday!

Angel's playground for raucous nights out and live music in London, The Old Queen's Head is something of an institution with the 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. 

@ Ray's Bar on Every Wednesday

Ray's Bar in East London celebrates its love of jazz every Wednesday with a night of stunning live music, courtesy of famous saxophonist Rachael Cohen. Having played in some of London's biggest venues and performed alongside the best jazz players in town, Miss Cohen will be performing two sets every Wednesday and will unquestionably leave you smiling thanks to it's carefree, laid-back vibes.