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 18th May 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. 

Avenue

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One of the best restaurants for live music in London, Mayfair's Avenue is proving its more than just a spot for seasonal plates and sublime cocktails. Head over on Thursday evenings for jazz tunes and drinks, or settle in for a Sunday roast accompanied by a blues band.

If you're a fan of awesome live music, Coupette is really upping London's music game. Make your way to Bethnal Green for their epic range of music from talented artists, with flowing hand-crafted cocktails. Need we say more?

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sashay away to Latin beats for Salsa Brunch at Proud Cabaret City. With live music from a three-piece band, an expert-led dance class and a good slosh of sangria, the interactive experience is perfect for birthday bashes and other special occasions. 

Sky Garden

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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.

Kindred

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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.

Fancy watching some fabulous live music? Then make your way to Powerplant Camden for their awesome range of entertainment. Think jazz dinners, art showcases and movie nights, alongside their top-notch selection of plant-based bites and wine.

Focusing on making connections, Marianna's Events offer up live music, mingling and more at swish venues and members clubs across London. Whether you're looking to meet a special someone or just get sociable, there's something for you here.

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.

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 Rocksteady

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If you're after live music in east London, make your way to Dalston Junction where this chilled out spot is serving up elevated gastro grub and classic cocktails set to the soundtrack of disco tunes, open mic nights and comedy events.

Socialite Connections

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Meet new people and make friends at Socialite Connections' brilliant events, where networking and having fun are combined. And while you do so? Enjoy all kinds of entertainment, from live music performances and cracking DJs to free pizzas and 80s disco nights.

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.

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.

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.

Benoit Viellefon Hot Club is heading to Ronnie Scotts in Soho for a few nights of live, retro jazz. You'll feel transported to the stylish setting of 1930s Paris as you sit back and listen to gorgeous tunes, made famous by Django Reinhardt and more.

Events & Masterclasses

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If live jazz is your idea of the perfect night out, then look no further than The Perseverance in Marylebone. Boasting a range of great events with some of West End's most talented performers in their fabulous cocktail bar, this is an event you won't want to miss.

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.

The Half Moon

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Live music in London means plenty of booming gig venues, hardy concerts and big name acts, but what if you fancy some casual sounds on a night out in the city? Boasting their own music roster, The Half Moon in Putney is prime for indie acts and humble sounds all week long. 

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.

Hidden Jazz Club

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For live jazz in London, look no further than Hidden Jazz Club, whose pop-ups are renowned worldwide for championing local talent and authenticity. Head down to one of their events to groove to some of the best in the biz.