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 28th July 2021

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.

Giving you a hefty dose of live music over a series of epic summer parties in London, Day and Night Group are a no-brainer for those of you looking to let loose. Pick one of their events around the city and prepare for the ultimate bash, complete with 14 hours of DJ sets and numerous rooms to dance.

The Hackney Social

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This unique, creative community hub is a must for live music in East London. Head on over to The Hackney Social for a regular roster of DJs, up-and-coming musicians alongside pop-up screenings, comedy showcases and plenty more to fill your nights out with. 


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Kindred are showcasing a whole range of talented local artists at their open mic nights, 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.

Golden Tours

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Offering a new twist on your classic London bus experience, Golden Tours are adding fizz and in-house entertainment to the mix. Clamber aboard and you'll find yourself treated to a whole host of memorable tunes from a lineup of genuine West End talent.

Jerk & Jokes Brunch

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If you're looking for a London event with live DJs then why not check out one of Jerk & Jokes Brunch's experiences. The party experts will be taking over secret locations around the capital for a day of dancing, eating and drinking.

Celebrating the return of live music in London? It doesn't get much better than this. The Return of The Soiree Bottomless Brunch will be taking over Central London, armed with bottomless drinks and delicious food as well as some of the city's very best performers. 

One of the best places for live entertainment in London, Underbelly Festival is bringing together quirky theatre, cabaret and more, alongside outside bars and loads of delicious street food for your alfresco drinking and dining needs.

London Wonderground is bringing you a summer of live music, impressive dance moves and incredible harmonies as it welcomes THE CHOIR OF MAN to its Earls Court pop-up. Head over to the show and see why its gained such international acclaim.


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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 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. 

The Good Mixer

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For those looking to have a fun time, reasonably priced drinks, and maybe enjoy a live gig, The Good Mixer in Camden embraces the vibe of the area in the traditional pub. Enjoy live music and have yourself a dance in a pub known to be visited by rock-n-roll royalty. 

The Moth Club

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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.

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Hands down London's best place to listen to live music, The Shard is serving up chilled tunes and stunning scenes from its rooftop - which also happens to be the highest in the capital. Head over for an unforgettable Saturday spent sipping on delicious cocktails and bubbles while taking in the views and listening to a cool DJ set.

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.

Love Pub + Grub

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Listen to banging tunes from various DJ sets at Love Pub + Grub. A fun summer pop-up based in East London, this food, drink and gaming den will be joined every weekend by a lineup of music maestros who'll be spinning the hits from midday.

Vintage Arts Asylum

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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. 

The Den at 100 Wardour St

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One of Soho's favourite secret watering holes, The Den is 100 Wardour Street's unique hidden cocktail bar. Boasting a selection of literary-inspired libations, their drinks are best enjoyed alongside a few tunes from their excellent live pianist.

Ricco Lounge Events

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Head below the streets of Kensington and you'll find Ricco Lounge, one of the top places for live music in West London. What can you expect? Everything form jazz and soul musicians to impressive tribute acts and some singing cabaret artists.

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.

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.

Looking for some of the best live music events in London this summer? This fun river cruise is bringing the music and mood of Michael Jackon, George Michael and Take That to life via a range of talented tribute acts and musicians.

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.

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.