Live Music

The power of live music to make folks feel good is on full display at a host of London night clubs. If listening to bands and vocalists show off their skills is how you like to spend an evening, you'll find that London does things right. Multiple options let you tap into the venues that 10Best readers favor, like Cargo, or you can get a taste of the city's offerings by visiting places like Roundhouse, which is known for its Piano music. While many venues on the local music scene are clustered in the Soho area, know that terrific places to hear live music can be found throughout London.

Camden Town


Known as one of the north side's best nightspots, Jazz Café books both established performers and promising up-and-comers each week. Young professionals and more "experienced" aficionados make up the crowd, although seating can be a little snug...  Read More



One of the hippest joints along Brick Lane, 93 Feet is a laid-back club space and watering hole where fashionable 20- and 30-somethings gather post-work to mingle, cocktails in tow. The eclectic decor differs from room to room: shades of pink...  Read More



If you're in Soho, it's late, AND you have an uncontrollable urge to hear great live jazz, blues or soul, chances are this groovy cocktail lounge is right up your alley. Popular with 20-somethings who appreciate the sweet sounds of...  Read More



Cargo is most definitely a new Millennium club. It was founded in 2000 and has been going from strength to strength since then. It has bars, restaurants, roof terraces and a big club area. Built into existing railway arches it caters for...  Read More



This busy bar serves a healthy repertoire of traditional Scottish fare and nightly doses of live jazz. Dressed in the garb of a country pub – hardwood floors, oak paneling, tartan-inspired reds and greens, oil paintings – Boisdale pulls in...  Read More



Sure, Oxford Street's 100 Club has a few gray hairs. But, after hosting performances by Muddy Waters, the Stones, the Sex Pistols, Metallica, The Clash, and Oasis – all in their prime – what club wouldn't start to show a little mileage? Make...  Read More

o2 Academy Brixton


Now in the rock'n'roll phase of its long and colorful life (it opened in 1929 and has been a cinema and a burlesque hall), this is probably the city's most prestigious rock venue. Wow them at the Academy, and a band has arrived on a national...  Read More

Camden Town


Despite having been extensively renovated since the days in the 1960s when it was London's swinging centre of psychedelia, the Roundhouse positively reverberates with history. it's still one of the capital's key venues and no band worth its salt...  Read More



The Shepherd's Bush Empire has been a live music venue for over 100 years. Originally designed as a music hall and theatre, the plush red velvet and gold gilt bring a strange theatricality to all shows here. The capacity is 2000, but...  Read More



The Wigmore Hall was built in 1901 by the German piano manufacturer Bechstein who had their showroom next door. The hall was designed in a renaissance style; grand enough to impress and small enough to hold intimate recitals. It has become...  Read More