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 22nd July 2019




RE:IMAGINE

39 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

Drink For Free On Your Birthday!

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

92 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.

@ FEST Camden on Saturday 12th and Saturday 19th October 2019

Looking for live music in London? Not only does this wild festival promise Oktoberfest tunes and comedy, but there's also a mouthwatering menu of meat-free food from Rudy's Dirty Vegan Diner alongside cracking drinks.

The Victoria

35 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

397 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.

The Star of Kings

243 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. 

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.

Omeara

34 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.

Zebrano London Soho

62 user reviews 5

Not only shaking up cracking cocktails and hosting epic drag-themed brunch parties, Zebrano has also gone that one step further to bring you live music with a variety of special events. Expect chart toppers and soulful performers in the heart of the West End.

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 Dog and Fox

605 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.

The Piano Works Farringdon

993 user reviews 4

Champagne & Cocktail Hour: 5pm to 7pm and 7 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.

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.

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.

Toulouse Lautrec Jazz Club

296 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.

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. 

A night of

91 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.

@ The Rivoli Ballroom on Saturday 21st September 2019 and 3 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. 

@ 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.

  London Tap Jam

7 user reviews 5

@ Gigi’s Bar (previously known as Zigfrid von Underbelly) on Sunday 28th July 2019 and 2 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.

LIBRARY

11 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. 

When you're not trying your hand at pasta making or sipping on wines at a tasting, head outside where this Covent Garden spot is bringing you live opera alfresco and even a theatre and dining experience complete with cocktails and canapes.

  The Candlelight Club

256 user reviews 4

@ The Candlelight Club on Various dates from Saturday 14th September 2019

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. 

The Jazz Cafe

123 user reviews 5

End your week in style as the iconic Jazz Cafe brings you live music and mouthwatering menus for their special Sunday Soul sessions. Not only can you bag tickets from as little as a fiver, but you can also expect to hear a timeless soundtrack from all your favourites.

Solomons' Yard

4 user reviews 4

After three years of hard graft, Solomons' Yard is back and better than ever. Head on over to the iconic Camden location for immersive evenings and live music sessions, combined with cocktails, craft brews and delicious street food all season. 

@ 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.

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. 

Tuesday Quiz Night! and 2 other offers

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.

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.

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. 

@ 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.

Nightjar

2102 user reviews 4

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 SoulTown Supper

55 user reviews 4

@ FEST Camden on Thursday 25th July 2019 and 5 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.