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 23rd December 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. 

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.

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.

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.

Sashay away to Latin beats for Salsa Brunch at Proud Cabaret City. With live music from a three-piece band, an expert-led dance class and a good slosh of sangria, the interactive experience is perfect for birthday bashes and other special occasions. 

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.

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.

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.


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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.

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. 

A night of

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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.

Amazing Grace

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For an epic night of live music and food, you'll want to check out Amazing Grace. Along with delicious Asian cuisine and booze, the spot in London Bridge features killer bands and DJs so you can dance the night away.


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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 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. 

Plant Based Events Co

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Over at Plant Based Events Co you can catch a fantastic set from Rebel Clash of Chase & Status, as well as tunes from a crew of top-notch DJs over at Colour Factory. While you boogie? Grab some grub from one of the plant-based vendors and potter about the sustainable shop.

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.

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.

Fancy enjoying live music in London while chowing down on a Michelin star brunch? Head down to Mayfair's Cafe Biltmore for tasty plates from acclaimed chef Jason Atherton, alongside plenty of entertainment and bottomless booze.

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.

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.

The Bedford

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Considering Ed Sheeran once played here, years before he reached international fame, The Bedford is without a doubt a fantastic place to catch exciting up-and-coming artists. The Balham institution hosts live sets in their club room most nights of the week from 8pm.