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 21st October 2021

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. 

The Old Joinery

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The Old Joinery sees itself as a blank canvas for creative projects in south east London, with live music at the forefront of proceedings. Head on over to the ever-popular Greenwich spot for events focused on soul, blues and beyond. 

One of the quirkiest places to watch live music in London, Pergola Paddington's festive pop-up is filling you with yuletide joy thanks to its regular Gospel Choir Sundays and Christmas singalong events. Check out Deck the Halls to let out your inner elf with Alpine bites, pretty surroundings and fun events. 

  The Candlelight Club

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@ The Candlelight Club on Various dates from Friday 29th October 2021

One of the most unique places for live music in London, The Candlelight Club is the place to head if you're looking for delicious dinners soundtracked by sublime jazz. The themed restaurant fronts a speakeasy aesthetic, and is inviting you to dress the part.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Let your hair down to reggae and afrobeat tunes while scoffing on tasty grub at one of Shabba Part's wild brunch events. The carnival-themed pros will be joined by impressive DJs and well-known names, with former performers including Ms Dynamite, WSTRN and Stylo.


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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.

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 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. 

Join Antillean on a weekend and you'll find a hub of cocktail sipping, Caribbean dining and live music. With punchy concoctions and dishes such as jackfruit curry and rum-marinated ribeye on the menu, this is one lively restaurant that's not to be slept on.

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.

All Star Lanes Events

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All Star Lanes are hosting a brilliant roster of events. These include their Sunday Soul Session Brunch that sees soul singers serenading you while you eat, Live Music Thursdays which showcases a brilliant acoustic duo in their Speakeasy bar and more.

@ The View From The Shard on Saturday 23rd October 2021 and 2 other Saturdays

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This is any normal live music event in London. Joined by DJ Max Tyler, The Shard are bringing you non-stop tunes with a view at their rooftop party. What's more, tickets to the weekend bashes will also include a free glass of Champagne and a G&T.

Q Shoreditch

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When in doubt, Q Shoreditch has always got your back for fun live music events in East London. The sleek venue hosts a wealth of DJs, ranging from resident favourites known for spinning the best in funk, soul and disco, to big-name MCs that are taking to the decks for one night only.

The Bermondsey Bierkeller

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Over at The Bermondsey Bierkeller, you can catch all kinds of live music. Their Oktoberfest celebrations showcase tunes from The London Oompah Band and The Bierkeller Boys, while at the sing-a-long ABBA lunch you'll get to sway to bangers from tribute band ABALICIOUS.

between the bridges

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This summer, South Bank's Between the Bridges will be bringing you a jam-packed season of activities, events, world-renowned DJs and fabulous drag brunches. Expect big shows from a roster of iconic acts including Noble & Heath, Norman Jay MBE, Guilty Pleasures and much more.

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.

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.