While the entire United Kingdom is home to one of the richest and most lively music scenes in the world, its capital city exceeds any expectations. London is without any doubt one of the most spectacular European destinations for anyone who wants to attend the hottest live music shows of the top bands and singers of today. This city has an impressive number of music venues, where one can witness truly spectacular performances. Amongst so many high-end establishments, it’s pretty hard to make a choice. This is where we come to your help. We’ve made a list of the 7 best music venues in London. In our opinion, no true music lover should miss out on what these amazing spots have to offer. So, stay tuned for more London events as they are scheduled in the best of the best capital’s venues!
I accidentally walked past it a week ago and had to go in as the atmosphere looked so inviting! You go through an unsuspecting bar, walk up the stairs, open a huge unmarked door and BAM! You’re in the midst of a heaving dance floor. There are vogue dancers, the vibe is insane and the sound system is unexpectedly good. The newly revamped bar is cosy and the lighting on stage is pretty cool as well as the sound system. Located on Chalk Farm Road, the Barfly is one of the most popular locations for live music in the London district of Camden Town. Barfly is a venue bringing new live music and up-and-coming talent into its four walls. It’s a perfect place for those who want to listen to indie, rock, hip-hop as well as pop music. Throughout its history of two decades, the visitors of Barfly Camden have been able to enjoy the top-notch performances of musicians and bands like Adele, Oasis, Coldplay, Muse, The Killers, Blur, Yeah Yeah Yeahs or The Strokes. This year, following a full renovation, the name of the venue was changed to the Camden Assembly. So if you are looking for a place to watch some of the best live bands, singers, and entertainers the country has to offer, you have come to the right place.
Address: 49 Chalk Farm Rd, London NW1 8AN
Telephone: 020 7424 0800
Have you ever dreamt to appear in a never-stopping party? Then, your place of destination is located in Central London. You will be amazed by the selection of gigs to choose from at the Borderline: from indie and rock concerts to folk and blues live shows. Every night comes with a new party or show ranging from indie rock performances to blues and country events. This is a nightclub, which has a truly remarkable history, especially because of its role in the promotion of the Britpop movement. This venue is a place where you can enjoy the live music performances of both popular and emerging artists and bands. If you’re in for a cheap place with nice people to view great gigs, this is the place for you. Great live venue, small and intimate! Make sure to tip the amazing bar staff.
Address: Orange Yard, Manette St, London W1D 4JB
Telephone: 020 7734 5547
One of the biggest performance venues in London, Eventim Apollo has long reached a cult status as it has been home to many iconic performances. I have always wanted to visit it and at last, I have! A beautiful Art Deco venue, great atmosphere, packed to the hilt with happy, enthusiastic fans and a super evening. Conveniently located in the Hammersmith district of West London, it is easy to get in and out, the tube is opposite which makes the travel very easy. The Eventim Apollo is one of the most legendary live music venues in the capital. It was the witness of the performances of such artists as Queen, The Beatles, Bob Marley, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Oasis, Robbie Williams, REM, Kings of Leon, Kylie Minogue, Elton John, Stereophonics, Billy Joel, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds or Pixies. Overall, you will get a fantastic night in this great venue. I was quite far back, but still had a great view. It seems like you’d be able to see from wherever you were sat. It is definitely worth visiting!
Address: 45 Queen Caroline St, London W6 9QH
Telephone: 020 8563 3800
I’ve been going to the Jazz café for years and its always been a great venue for live music, especially soul, funk and a little bit of jazz, however the décor has always been a little run down. But recently, the place has been refurbished and is now top class although it still retains some important street credibility and an excellent vibe. The venue seems to be bigger with more space but very intimate at the same time. The acoustics is fabulous. With a history of over 25 years, The Jazz Café is one of the hottest music venues in the world for those who love jazz. However, jazz is not the only genre that you can enjoy here. You can also catch some great soul, funk, R&B or electronic music shows. In the course of time, The Jazz Café has welcomed many worldwide famous guests, such as Amy Winehouse, Adele, D’Angelo, Bobby Womack or Roy Ayers.
Address: 5 Parkway, London NW1 7PG
Telephone: 020 7485 6834
One more awesome gig venue is Electric Ballroom. Not too hot, but with a great sound and a plenty of bars. The Electric Ballroom is a location that really managed to leave a mark on the London music scene. In its over seven decades of activity, this venue has hosted the live gigs of an astonishing number of world-class bands and artists including Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Cash, Grateful Dead, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, The Clash, U2, Sir Paul McCartney, Joy Division, Oasis, Led Zeppelin, The Smiths, Madness, Prince, Nick Cave or Echo & The Bunnymen. Also loads of emerging bands pass through here. Obviously, this is the place to be if that’s your bag.
Address: 184 Camden High St, London NW1 8QP
Telephone: 020 7485 9006
O2 Academy Brixton
As a venue for live music, O2 Academy Brixton is fantastic, intimate enough to be close to the artist no matter where you stand/sit but big enough to create a buzzing atmosphere. Probably, this is my favourite place to see live music. Brixton Academy is an iconic venue which has it’s style, culture and uniqueness which makes it special. This charming Art Deco building is a globally acclaimed live music venue which has hosted a massive variety of spectacular concerts. Iconic bands and artists that have held live music gigs here include Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Coldplay, Deep Purple, Eric Clapton, Florence and the Machine, Blur, The Strokes, The Clash, The Police, Kings of Leon and Amy Winehouse. There’s not too much to say about this incredible venue! The place talks about itself and is incredibly full of atmosphere and good vibes!
Address: 211 Stockwell Rd, London SW9 9SL
Telephone: 020 7771 3000
The last venue in our list but not the least worth attention is Roundhouse. I love this place, a very intimate good sound wherever you are, great feel inside. The Roundhouse is by far one of the most popular live music venues not just in London, but in the entire world. Its guests have witnessed remarkable live music performances from first-class bands and artists like Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Jefferson Airplane or The Clash. I have seen six gigs here and it never fails to impress. The acoustics have nearly always been spot-on and the venue generates a great atmosphere, both from the floor and balcony.
Address: Chalk Farm Rd, London NW1 8EH
Telephone: 0300 6789 222
This being said, I hope you enjoyed our presentation of the 7 most interesting music venues in London. Whether you’re a local or a tourist in the capital city of the United Kingdom, these locations are bound to offer you a lot of excitement and entertainment whenever you’re in the mood for a night out. When visiting these venues, you may have the unique opportunity of witnessing live gigs that will make history, as top musicians and bands from all over the world can be heard singing here any time of the year. Simply take a look at scheduled events to take place inside these venues and take your pick!