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.
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.
If you like your live music full of swing and fun and your music venues intimate, then the Lucky Pig is the spot for you. Located in Fitzrovia, this sexy spots hosts regular music nights; grab a cocktail and some bar snacks and settle in for a raucous evening.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Taking you all the way back to the 1920s. The Waterway is serving up old school cocktails with a side of live entertainment. Dapper ladies and smooth gents should get down to the Maida Vale bar for bespoke drinks and a soundtrack of jazz.
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.
Live music meets drinks tasting at this unique event in Kings Cross. Join the guys from the Rhythm and Booze Project for a night you won't forget, complete with great tunes and an open bar.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 and banging food and drinks to accompany.
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.
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.
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.
Bringing you the very best in Southern hospitality, this fun night dedicated to all things Americana is putting on the works with live music, line dancing, bull riding and plenty of delicious BBQ and bourbon to keep you replenished.
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.
Head over to 100 Wardour Street where former X Factor winner Louisa Johnson will be taking to the venue's to showcase her vocal talents across a series of covers and original. The perfect way to jazz up a weary Wednesday, grab a cocktail and settle in for the show.
Ruby's 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, she's extended her charm to bring you a full packed entertainment roster all week long.
The perfect chance to see the stars of tomorrow before their big break, Club Live events take place in some of London's most epic venues. From intimate bars to hallowed dance halls, £5 tickets to these gigs get you some serious bang for your buck.
Not your usual London restaurant, Daffodil Mulligan is an all-day destination that features an oyster bar, private booths and a basement bar where live music takes you into the evening. Get down to City Road for a taste.
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.
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.
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.
If you're looking for live music in Shoreditch, Ninety One Living Room should be on your radar. Bringing you everything from live jazz paired with mouthwatering food to late night house parties come the weekend, there's something for everyone.
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.
If you're a fan of classical music, then these concerts are sure to leave you smiling. All events take place in various beautiful churches and feature a number of impressive musicians, including Latin UK Awards 2019 winner Lusardi Monteverdi and the renowned Fitzwilliam String Quartet.
The Basement Shoreditch is a East London bar that showcases jazz performances and expertly-crafted cocktails. Armed with an impressive arsenal of fruit, liqueurs and fiery spirits, the bartenders promise to cater for every mood or taste you might have.
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.
Get your salsa on tiki-style, as this hidden Mayfair haunt brings you a night of two for one Bacardi cocktails, salsa dancing, Latin bands and live DJs. Located in Park Lane's swanky Hilton, this is one feisty cocktail bar.
This wacky club night is combining live brass-fuelled performances with micro-lectures on the cosmos, for one unforgettable event. During the evening you'll be treated to a number of live acts, including a 17-piece band, as well as a number of guests scientists and thinkers.
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.
The Miller is a hub of activity, nestled among the backstreets of Borough and London Bridge. Regularly playing host to improvised comedy troupes and live music acts from across the city, this London pub is one of the best venues for live music in London.
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.
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.
Down For The Count Big Band will be taking to the stage at The Tabernacle in Notting Hill for a night of jazz, swing and revelry. Party-goers are welcome to foot-tap, sway, or dance the night away at this 1930s-themed event.
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.
Swanky South Kensington Scoff & Banter are hosting a series of live jazz nights featuring the hugely talented vocalist Luna Cohen. Having previously performed at Camden's Jazz Cafe and the famed Ronnie Scotts, Cohen now brings her dulcet tones to West London, where guests can enjoy a three-course dinner, glass of wine and full evening of entertainment for only £40.
Hosted by Daniel Koek, West End Sessions is combining London's finest musical talent with mouthwatering cuisine courtesy of Daisy Green. Expect a menu of healthy Aussie-inspired dishes and intimate performances from the likes of Jessica Condon and Emma Lindars.
Mercato Metropolitano are serving up a combo meal deal of live music, tasty street food and impressive circus acts at their Elephant & Castle venue. Spend your evening snacking and sipping on tasty food from the impressive food traders before being wowed by a number of eclectic acts, performing every night until February.
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.
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.
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.
This retro club night will have you dancing to an eclectic mix of live music, with everything from rock'n'roll, indie garage, honky-tonk piano and 60s pop to keep you going throughout the evening. There'll also be a number of burlesque acts, Go-Go dancers and DJs.
Batch has teamed up with the talented folk at Scotty Rockstar Music to present a series of unforgettable acoustic nights. This entirely free event offers the chance to see the likes of The Breretons and Almada up close and personal, with a fully stocked bar ready and waiting during the interval.
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 at Under The Bridge alright.