Sample the city's cutting edge music scene with a trip to one of our live music bars in London. We've selected the venues famous for showcasing new talent as well as providing the odd secret gig for an established artist. For intimate bars with character rather than overwhelming concert venues, check out our recommended list of live music bars in London.
More Live Music Bars in London
The New Cross pub hosts live music and DJs throughout the week, bringing the best talent to south east London.
388 New Cross Road, New Cross, London, SE14 6TY
(020) 8469 1499
26 Osborn Street, Brick Lane, London, E1 6TD
(020) 7247 7717
Apples and Pears is a cool bar at the Aldgate-end of Brick Lane. They serve a variety of drinks including contemporary and innovative cocktails. Expect varied musical styles, credible underground sounds and no restrictions on genres.
Barrio Central hosts live music Tuesday to Thursday with DJ sets on the weekends.
6 Poland Street, Sohho, London, W1F 8PS
(020) 7749 3940
A young crowd is attracted by the live music and other events in the basement room.
56 Farringdon Road, Clerkenwell, London, EC1R 3BL
(020) 7253 4285
Birds Nest is a popular live music venue with a friendly atmosphere and good service.
32 Deptford Church Street, Deptford, London, SE8 4RZ
(020) 8692 1928
Do you like the idea of mulling over a 12-year-old Kentucky bourbon whilst tapping your toes to soulful rhythm ‘n’ blues? Blues Kitchen offers a unique night out in the heart of London’s alternative scene.
111 Camden High Street, Camden, London, NW1 7JN
(020) 7387 5277
Live jazz nights are on offer, thanks to a pretty impressive line up hand-picked by the Boisdale's Patron of Music, Jools Holland.
Cabot Place West, Canary Wharf, London, E14 4QT
(020) 7715 5818
The Bread and Roses is a vibrant pub on Clapham Manor Street that serves a variety of drinks including ethical micro-brewery beers. Owned by The Battersea and Wandsworth Trade Union Council (BWTUC) and run by the Workers Beer Company, Bread and Roses prides itself as a pub with a social consciousness.
68 Clapham Manor Street, Clapham, London, SW4 6DZ
The Bread and Roses offer a diverse programme of live events throughout the week including theatre productions, comedy nights and live music. The venue also serves street food by Chop and Chip.
(020) 7498 1779
The Chelsea Pensioner is a stylish pub offering a variety of craft beers, real ales and ciders alongside a food selection of freshly made pizzas. The Chelsea Pensioner also has a beer garden making it ideal choice for alfresco drinking and dining.
358 Fulham Road, Chelsea, London, SW10 9UU
(020) 7351 0422
The Enterprise plays a mixed bag of indie and rock classics. If you are in the mood for a dance, the rear of the pub doubles up as a dance floor in the evenings.
2 Haverstock Hill, Camden, London, NW3 2BL
(020) 7485 2659
The Fiddlers Elbow is a friendly, live music venue and pub with stage, PA system and engineer. Steeped in musical history, this venue continues to fly the flag for keeping music live with gigs virtually 7 days a week.
1 Malden Road, Kentish Town, London, NW5 3HS
(020) 7485 3269
Fu Manchu is a social experiment from the team behind Jam Tree. Expect an extensive choice of dim sum and cocktails. Come nightfall, Fu Manchu hosts a wide selection of live music events and transforms into Clapham's most compelling nightclub.
15-16 Lendal Terrace, Clapham, London, SW4 7UX
(020) 3397 8844
The Good Ship is a mix between a bar, a pub, a club and a music venue. At The Good Ship live bands play every night of the week and DJs on Friday and Saturdays until 4am, a mixed bag of dance and indie music. The venue is also available to hire, usually free.
289 Kilburn High Road, London, NW6 7JR
The exterior says tired and traditional pub, but step inside Putney’s Half Moon and you’ll discover a live music haven rich in heritage and character.
93 Lower Richmond Road, Putney, London, SW15 1EU
(020) 8780 9383
The Lexington is bringing something unique to Islington in the form of an American lounge and whiskey bar. Don’t let the run of the mill exterior fool you as inside its full of plush red curtains, comfortable furniture and a huge dose of quirkiness. A funky music policy is also always guaranteed at the Lex, including regular live music events.
96-98 Pentonville Road, Islington, London, N1 9JB
(020) 7837 5371
Rubens at The Palace Hotel, 39 Buckingham Palace Road, Victoria, London, SW1W 0PS
(020) 7834 6600
The New York Bar, located in the Rubens at the Palace Hotel in Victoria, provides a welcoming atmosphere in which to relax or socialise with friends, family and colleagues.
Renowned for its striking red décor, original artwork and friendly ambience, The New York Bar blends traditional hospitality with innovative cocktails, gin tasting experiences and live music.
There is a delicious bar menu and Express Lunch menu available. Resident singer Sourya provides the perfect live soundtrack Monday to Saturday from 7.30pm – 11.30pm.
The Nightjar is a speakeasy found in Old Street, they serve an extensive choice of signature cocktails and host regular music throughout the week.
129 City Road, Old Street, London, EC1V 1JB
(020) 7253 4101
Oslo Hackney is a bar, restaurant and music venue by the team behind Nottingham's Rock City and Bristol's Thekla.
1a Amhurst Road, Hackney, London, E8 1LL
Open within a redeveloped railway station, Oslo Hackney offers a great choice of craft beers, ales and spirits from local suppliers while the food menu has an emphasis on locally sourced, seasonal produce.
(020) 3553 4831
The Piano Works is found in the basement of a listed building on Farringdon Road. This 400 capacity venue is a bar and restaurant hosting regular live music throughout the week. You will find a varied drinks at the Piano Works as well as a short food menu.
113-117 Farringdon Road, Farringdon, London, EC1R 3BX
(020) 7278 1966
The Porterhouse sells a huge range of different ales, stouts and lagers. The food menu offers a range of classic pub grub and Irish influenced dishes. This large venue is a good place to catch up with friends over a quiet pint or to sit and relax with a paper. Guests can expect live music on selected nights at Porterhouse in Covent Garden.
21-22 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 7NA
(020) 7379 7917
574 Kingsland Road, Dalston, London, E8 4AH
(020) 7923 9518
The Rocksteady is a popular, independent venue situated in Dalston. The Rocksteady is a multi-faceted venue, during the day offering breakfasts, sandwiches and light bites before turning into an exciting cocktail bar with live music and a late-night DJ bar below.
Ronnie's Bar is located upstairs at the legendary Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club but it has its own entrance and roster of jazz, folk and world music events.
Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, 47 Frith Street, Soho, London, W1D 4HT
(020) 7439 0747
Rumpus Room is a relaxed bar and lounge within the Mondrian London at Sea Containers hotel. With impressive views of London, you can expect expertly created cocktails, Champagnes and decadent grazers, small plates and boards. Rumpus Room also plays host to 'Skyline Sessions', a live music series every Wednesday night.
Mondrian London at Sea Containers, 20 Upper Ground, South Bank, London, SE1 9PD
(020) 3747 1063
The Silver Bullet is located opposite Finsbury Park Tube station. They host regular club nights and live music events from a wide range of genres including acoustic, folk, electro, indie and rock.
5 Station Place, Finsbury Park, London, N4 2DH
(020) 7619 3639
Windmill Brixton is one of a few London bars that has stuck to its roots and maintained a reputation over the years for hosting the best live underground music. Expect heavy metal, folk and local bands most nights of the week.
22 Blenheim Gardens, Brixton, London, SW2 5BZ
(020) 8671 0700