Live Music Bars in London

From the Rolling Stones to Oasis, many famous bands performed in London pubs and bars before they hit the big time.

Aspiring musicians continue to flock to London, and you can often see them play for just a few pounds (or even for free) at these live music bars.

  • 100 Club

    Gig Venue

    100 Oxford Street, Soho, W1D 1LL [map]

    The 100 Club has legendary status in modern British music, having played host to live bands since 1942.

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  • The Barfly

    Gig Venue

    49 Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8AN [map]

    After helping to launch the careers of Coldplay, Blur, Oasis, Franz Ferdinand and The Darkness, Barfly became renowned as a venue for rock, alternative and indie music. Barfly's policy of nurturing new music continues to this day, so it's a good place to spot the stars of tomorrow.

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  • Dover Street Restaurant & Bar

    Gold Partner

    French Restaurant

    8-10 Dover Street, W1S 4LQ [map]

    Dover Street Restaurant & Jazz Bar, Mayfair. Restaurant, Bar, Live Music and Dancing until 3am.

  • The Blues Kitchen


    111 - 113 Camden High Street, Camden, NW1 7JN [map]

    The Blues Kitchen is London's very own home of blues and rock'n roll music.

  • The Blues Kitchen


    134 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, EC2A 3AR [map]

    This Texan eatery and bar offers live music and one of the largest selections of bourbon in London.

  • The Brooklyn Bowl London


    The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX [map]

    Attempt a strike on one of the 12 bowling lanes or listen to a live gig at this 800-capacity concert venue within The O2.

  • Floridita

    Modern European Restaurant

    100 Wardour Street, W1F 0TN [map]

    Floridita encompasses the best in Cuban music, cocktails, cigars, food, design and hospitality.

  • The Half Moon Putney

    Gig Venue

    93 Lower Richmond Road, Putney, SW15 1EU [map]

    A vintage London pub, The Half Moon serves traditional British dishes to a backdrop of trendy, live music.

  • Jazz After Dark

    Gig Venue

    9 Greek Street, Soho, W1D 4DQ [map]

    Jazz After Dark is a restaurant, cocktail bar and late-night jazz club set in the very heart of Soho.

  • The Lexington


    96-98 Pentonville Road, St Pancras, N1 9JB [map]

    This music venue and lounge bar in Islington plays host to a mix of riotous rock 'n' roll upstairs, while offering some downbeat decadence and bluesy class downstairs. Expect music from the usual and not-so-usual suspects in a unique and quirky setting.

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  • Proud Camden

    Gig Venue

    The Horse Hospital, Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8AH [map]

    Proud Camden is a live music venue hosting the best eclectic music in North London. The venue is a 200-year-old Grade II Listed Horse Hospital in the Stables Market, Camden. Join the rock royalty at celebrity hang-out Proud Camden and enjoy amazing live gigs.

  • Ronnie Scott's


    47 Frith Street, Soho, W1D 4HT [map]

    Since 1959 Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club has been a symbol of London and the home of British Jazz. It is one of the most respected Jazz Clubs in the world and some of the greatest names in music have performed on the historic stage – from Stan Getz, Buddy Rich and Donald Byrd to Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis and Art Blakey.

  • 12 Bar Club

    Gig Venue

    26 Denmark Street, Charing Cross, WC2H 8NN [map]

    The 12 Bar Club is renowned as being one of the most famous live music venues in London. They specialise in blues and country music as well as folk, pop, rock and acoustic sets.

  • The Dublin Castle

    Gig Venue

    94 Parkway, Camden, NW1 7AN [map]

    Camden's The Dublin Castle was a second home to Madness in the 70s. Since then the pub has helped launch Britpop and become a haven for London's indie kids. If you like your gigs, you will love The Dublin Castle, where you can see up-and-coming bands play seven nights a week.

  • Hope and Anchor

    Gig Venue

    207 Upper Street, Islington, N1 1RL [map]

    The Hope & Anchor in Islington was a leading venue in the punk movement of the 70s. The Stranglers recorded an album, Live at the Hope & Anchor, here. Two decades later, British band Keane made their debut. Recently re-launched, The Hope & Anchor continues to showcase exciting new bands.

  • Big Red


    385 Holloway Road, Holloway, N7 0RY [map]

    Head to Big Red for live rock music.

  • Buffalo Bar


    259 Upper Street, Islington, N1 1RU [map]

    Buffalo Bars has a dark, moody and romantic atmosphere with plenty of sofas for your comfort. They serve a wide variety of wines, beers and spirits with live music or DJs playing weekly.

  • The Enterprise

    Gig Venue

    2 Haverstock Hill, Belsize Park, NW3 2BL [map]

    The Enterprise, situated across from the Chalk Farm tube station, is one of the best loved pubs in Camden. By day, it's a relaxed pub serving quality beers and delicious pub food. By night, it's a popular gig venue and bar with a vibrant atmosphere.

  • The Good Mixer


    30 Inverness Street, Primrose Hill, NW1 7HJ [map]

    The Good Mixer serves traditional pub food, snacks and real ales.

  • The Hawley Arms


    2 Castlehaven Road, Primrose Hill, NW1 8QU [map]

    The Hawley Arms is a pub that serves a variety of beers, wines and spirits as well as selection of traditional pub dishes and snacks.