London is often associated as being the birthplace of the eclectic music scene. From hosting sold out festivals in Hyde Park to a classic pub gig, there’s a broad range of genres and venues for music-lovers alike. Also home to world famous Abbey Road Studios, London is the heart of live music and welcomes a vibrant music culture. Outlined below is a collection of what Londoner’s think are the best venues in the city.
52 Eden St, Kingston upon Thames, London KT1 1EE
Independent Kingston-based venue Banquet Records is a record label, record shop and music venue in one. As well as keeping the traditional record shop business alive, the store hosts club nights, and puts on around 200 events a year in and around Kingston. These range from intimate in-store gigs, to global touring bands playing at the local theatre.
596 Holloway Rd, London N7 6LB
Labelled as ‘one of the best live music venues in North London’, Nambucca hosts the newest talent in the London indie scene. Since reopening in 2014, Nambucca is now modern and contemporary but still has its old feel to it. Nambucca is most famous for being the place where The Holloways formed, gigged and lived in the flat above.
Old St. Records
350-354 Old St, London EC1V 9NQ
Old St. Records is known as being the ‘party bar’, this Shoreditch-based cocktail bar/music venue is a space for good food and exciting new acts. The arty two-floor venue hosts live music and DJs to keep the place bustling and people happy.
Angel Central, 16 Parkfield St, Islington, London N1 0PS
It’s not an independent venue but still acts as a big contender in being one of the most underrated music venues in London. In the heart London, O2 Academy Islington often hosts up and coming artists, as well as holding weekly club nights.
The Underworld Camden
174 Camden High St, London NW1 0NE
The Underworld Camden is a club and live music venue below the World's End pub in Camden. The venue host rock, metal and alternative music, including bands such as You Me At Six and Fall Out Boy. There are also weekly club nights on Fridays and Saturdays.
The Shacklewell Arms
71 Shacklewell Ln, London E8 2EB
For both pub-lovers and music-lovers, The Shacklewell Arms is a traditional pub with a snug performance area, allowing you to see promising bands in an intimate setting.
Queen of Hoxton
1 Curtain Rd, London EC2A 3JX
Queen of Hoxton is another Shoreditch-based bar and club, holding weekly DJs and live music. The live music tends to take place on the lower level, in a small and atmospheric space.
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, London N1 2UN
Union Chapel is a church, music venue and charity drop-in centre for the homeless in Islington. Union Chapel is an iconic live entertainment venue, known as London’s Greatest Live Music Venue. It’s a fantastic venue with a great atmosphere and even better acoustics.
1A Amhurst Rd, London E8 1LL
Directly outside of Hackney Central Station, Oslo is not only a hub for live music, but it is also a bar that offers an evening European food menu. Oslo Hackney has a newly renovated industrial aesthetic placed in an old railway station.
184 Camden High Street, London NW1 8QP
Located on Camden High Street is Electric Ballroom, an iconic venue for hosting live bands in Camden’s famous rock and indie scene.
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen
Hoxton Square, London N1 6NU
A creative space with arty décor. Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen is the home of the latest alternative music, and is also a restaurant and bar, with a selection of smoky barbeque food to choose from. Overall, the food is great and as a music venue the intimate setting makes the gig a whole lot better.