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 12th November 2019


42 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! 

The Phoenix Arts Club

72 user reviews 5

A lavish den in the heart of Soho, The Phoenix Artist Club had decadence and debauchery running through its veins. Evenings here consist of grand theatrical performances, stunning live music and star-spangled cabaret, making it one of the city's most thrilling venues. 

Venn St. Records

105 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 and pizza deals on the regular.

Old Street Records

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

The Old Queen's Head

27 user reviews 4

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. 

Toulouse Lautrec Jazz Club

349 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. Grab a drink, enjoy some delicious food and watch as the stage comes to life at this live music venue.

  London Tap Jam

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@ Gigi’s Bar (previously known as Zigfrid von Underbelly) on Sunday 24th November 2019 and 6 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.

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.

60min Concerts

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For an evening of beautiful live classical music within a stunning setting, check out 60min Concerts. The brand is putting on three evenings of piano quartets, classical tunes and a guitar and Arabic oud performance, all performed within churches.

Candlelight Concerts

14 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.

  The Candlelight Club

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@ The Candlelight Club on Various dates from Friday 22nd November 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.  

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. 

@ The Rivoli Ballroom on Saturday 16th November 2019 and 12 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. 

Zebrano London Soho

76 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.

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.

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.

Club Live London

19 user reviews 4

For a night of great music from some of the country's hottest up-and-comers head over to Shoreditch's Cargo where you'll be treated to an evening of live performances within the hipster railway arch hideout, all for only a couple of quid.

The Piano Works Farringdon

1124 user reviews 4

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.

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 Fighting Cocks on Fri, 6th Dec 2019 @ 20:00 - 0:00

Get a little grungey this holiday season as Lunar Jam taking over The Fighting Cocks in Kingston for a pre-Christmas knees up complete with some seriously cracking music. Join the alt-rock three piece for a stellar line up of acts, including Mungrul and ¡Gracias Habibi!

@ Sky Garden Bars on Various dates from Wednesday 13th November 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.

Bird of Smithfield

12 user reviews 4

Beefeater Gin Masterclass - 24th September 2019

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 a top spot for live music and entertainment.

The Star of Kings

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

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.