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 September 2019


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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

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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. 

Candlelight Concerts

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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

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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 and pizza deals on the regular.

Old Street Records

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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 exciting live acts or make for the basement, for intimate jazz evenings and low-key DJ sessions.

@ The Colonel Fawcett on Fri, 8th Nov 2019 @ 19:00 - 23:00

The Colonel in Camden will be coming alive this November with the sounds of Simply Red. To celebrate the band's newest release, Red Mick, Simply Red's leading tribute act will be covering all the hits from just £6 a ticket. 

The Piano Works Farringdon

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Champagne & Cocktail Hour and 6 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.

The Star of Kings

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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, this pub has an epic set up for bands to rock out on. 

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.

@ Sky Garden Bars on Various dates from Saturday 21st September 2019

Located 35 floors above the city, Sky Garden wins our vote for the best music venue in the city. Head to the venue's Sky Pod Bar for a season of live music from bands and DJs alongside a stunning cityscape background and cocktail - all for £10.

The Four Thieves

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If you've found yourself with a particularly potent hangover to shake off, head here. Catch some vintage jazz come Sunday lunchtime at The Four Thieves, and enjoy traditional roasts with all the trimmings supported by a live band playing those easy, chilled out tunes. Bliss.

The Old Queen's Head

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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. 

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.

A night of

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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.

@ 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.

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.

  London Tap Jam

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@ Gigi’s Bar (previously known as Zigfrid von Underbelly) on Sunday 29th September and Sunday 24th November 2019

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 Candlelight Club

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@ The Candlelight Club on Various dates from Saturday 5th October 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 wild.  


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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. 

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. 

Having made a reputation for itself by delivering amazing American-themed dishes and stunning whisky-based cocktails, expect an epic night of live music at the Blue's Kitchen. Whether you're in Brixton, Camden or Shoreditch, there's plenty of entertainment to explore. 


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Bombay Sapphire Special Cocktail - Silk Route

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 SoulTown Supper

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@ FEST Camden on Thursday 10th October 2019

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.

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.

@ Harlem Soul on Sunday 6th October and Sunday 3rd November 2019

Enjoy all your favourite soul and gospel classics at this unique brunch going down at Harlem Soul this September. Chow down on a stunning brunch or burgers, waffles, pancakes and plenty of vegan options while a live gospel choir serenades you.

@ 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. Expect a fun jive lesson, before the reins are handed over to one of the great swing bands performing on the night.