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 15th August 2018




13 events @ XOYO with 13 upcoming dates from 25 Aug 2018 until 23 Oct 2018

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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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.

5 events @ St Martin-in-the-Fields with 5 upcoming dates from 23 Aug 2018 until 16 Mar 2019

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.

49 events @ Boisdale of Canary Wharf with 175 upcoming dates starting on 15 Aug 2018

Offering one of the best spots for live music in London, this gorgeous Canary Wharf venue is a one-stop-shop for jazz, soul and blues. Hosting a stunning range of events, from soul nights to tribute acts, it's one for the musos. 

Venn St. Records

52 user reviews 4

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.

19 events @ 13 venues with 61 upcoming dates starting on 17 Aug 2018

This March and April, fans of 90s hip hop and RnB are in for a real treat, thanks to the team behind the legendary Supa Dupa Fly events. Taking over some of London's biggest clubs, the venue's DJs will be spinning all your favourite tracks long into the early hours. Having drawn in artists like Disclosure and Professor Green, the upcoming events will see live music performances from DJ Pied Piper, CJ Beatz and Emily Rawson.

The Victoria

21 user reviews 4

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.

26 events @ Kansas Smitty's with 26 upcoming dates from 15 Aug 2018 until 25 Nov 2018

The Hackney hideout named after its very own house band, Kansas Smitty's will take you back to the hazy jazz age of America's Deep South.It's an intimate place to see live music in London where killer juleps are the verse of the bar and the soundtrack is of the live jazz and blues persuasion. 

Old Street Records

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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

11 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. 

4 events @ Karma Sanctum Soho Hotel with 102 upcoming dates starting on 15 Jun 2018

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. 

The Four Thieves

30 user reviews 4

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.

2 events @ Ronnie Scott's with 2 upcoming dates starting on 02 Sep 2018

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.

7 events @ Blues Kitchen Shoreditch with 56 upcoming dates starting on 16 Aug 2018

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. 

Omeara

18 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 Dog and Fox

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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.

@ 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.

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 Candlemaker

18 user reviews 4

With regular lively appearances from the likes of The Wastemen, Keith Harkin and Nigel Thomas, The Candlemaker proves to be a wonderful and wacky rock and soul music venue in London. Priding itself on its community atmosphere, expect friendly and energetic evenings in a psychedelic setting. Inspired by a nearby candle factory, this place has some serious style. 

Blues Kitchen Brixton

4 user reviews 5

The Blues Kitchen brings mouth-watering Texan BBQ, bourbon cocktails and brass band tunes to Brixton's thriving late-night scene. A dark cavern of old fashioned interiors and deep south style, this London blues music venue goes off at the weekends when live bands and DJs have the crowd dancing to vintage funk & soul, tooting horns and trumpets until 2am.

Camden Assembly

5 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.

XOYO

28 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. 

25 events @ Blues Kitchen Brixton with 25 upcoming dates from 17 Aug 2018 until 27 Oct 2018

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.

3 events @ Boisdale of Canary Wharf with 6 upcoming dates from 15 Aug 2018 until 23 Aug 2018

Paying homage to everyone from The Beatles to Freddie Mercury, this stunning series of concerts at Boisdale of Canary Wharf are some of the best live music events in London this summer.

@ 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.

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.

Apples and Pears

236 user reviews 5

Apples & Pears have carved out a stellar reputation for their acoustic sessions in London. This charming neighbourhood cocktail bar on Brick Lane welcomes a cracking array of local talent to the stage at their open mic nights, where guests head over to top up on wood fired pizzas, signature cocktails and a handful of intimate live tunes.

The Tale Bar

8 user reviews 5

Take a seat in the luxurious Salvatore's Bar in Mayfair and enjoy an afternoon tea alongside a background of London's best live music. Choose from a wonderful selection of home made, unique savouries, sandwiches and pastries accompanied by your choice of Te'Freddo Teapot Cocktails whilst bunnies hop to it with table service and ambient music is played on the piano.

NT's

66 user reviews 4

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.

2 events @ Quaglino's with 2 upcoming dates starting on 25 Aug 2018

Quaglino's are celebrating music through the decades, from the 20s all the way to the 10s, with live performances from spectacular artists at everything from amazing night time parties to wonderful brunches.

  The Candlelight Club

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@ The Candlelight Club on Various dates from Saturday 15th September 2018

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. 

Nightjar

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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.

31 events @ FEST Camden with 41 upcoming dates from 15 Aug 2018 until 30 Nov 2018

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.

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.

@ 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. 

8 events @ The Prince of Wales Brixton with 8 upcoming dates from 19 Aug 2018 until 30 Sep 2018

The Prince of Wales are welcoming you in for an autumn series of live music, from up-and-coming acts to internet celebrities – all at affordable prices.

The Piano Works

618 user reviews 4

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.

Oriole

1108 user reviews 5

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.

14 events @ Toulouse Lautrec Jazz Club with 66 upcoming dates starting on 06 Sep 2018

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.

SINK - Paul Street

61 user reviews 4

Sink on Paul Street is a lively party venue that prides itself on treating every moment as if it's a Friday night. With a fully stocked bar, ping pong tables, games of beer pong and even great live music from some of London's best up-and-coming artist, the venue has easily established itself as a fun-loving spot to watch live music in London.

@ 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. 

7 events @ 4 venues with 7 upcoming dates from 26 Aug 2018 until 12 Jan 2019

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.

7 events @ Blues Kitchen Camden with 7 upcoming dates from 17 Aug 2018 until 31 Aug 2018

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.

@ 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.

The Star of Kings

180 user reviews 5

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 Basement Shoreditch

11 user reviews 4

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.

NOLA

105 user reviews 4

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. 

Under The Bridge

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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. 

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.

  Sunday Soul

93 user reviews 5

@ Jazz Cafe on Sunday 2nd September and Sunday 7th October 2018

The legendary Jazz Cafe is putting on a soul-fest to see your weekends out. Head to the Camden venue as Atlantic Soul Orchestra put on a show-stopping concert complete with all the big hits. Throw in a side of cocktails and Southern-style food and you've got a delicious night.

Blues Kitchen Shoreditch

39 user reviews 4

Blues Kitchen boasts a live music programme that makes it the envy of Shoreditch. Talented live Rock & Roll bands and DJs take to the stage most evenings to showcase their skills long into the night (3am at weekends). The atmosphere is fantastic, the BBQ'd treats are delightful and the drinks flow all night so head here for a stomping night out with live music in London.

Proud Cabaret City

81 user reviews 3

Head to 1920s speakeasy-style supperclub Proud Cabaret City to witness one of the best London burlesque shows set to a backdrop of stunning live jazz music and a vintage-inspired three course meal. DJs then take over centre stage as the night heats up and the party lingers on into the early hours.

@ The Rivoli Ballroom on Saturday 15th September 2018 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. 

The Old Queen's Head

25 user reviews 4

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.