Music Venues in London

by Melanie Waldman  

London’s been a vibrant center of the pop music industry since the 1960s, when the British Invasion spread across the Atlantic and beyond. However, as one of the largest and most culturally rich cities in Europe, it’s also a magnet for masters of classical, folk, jazz, reggae and more.

Here are some of the most popular places in London to hear a little (or a lot of) music:

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O2 Academy Brixton
Big name pop, R & B, and alternative acts
Address: 211 Stockwell Road, London SW9 9SL – Map
Tel: 0905 020 3999

The Borderline
Small, independent rock acts and DJ club nights
Address: Orange Yard, off Manette Street, London, W1D 4JB – Map
Tel: 020 7434 9592

Cargo
Emerging indie bands and DJ club nights
Address: 83 Rivington St, Kingsland Viaduct, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3AY – Map
Tel: 020 7739 3440

Dingwalls
Small, independent rock acts and DJ club nights, as well as the occasional surprise big-name appearance
Address: Middle Yard, Camden Lock, London NW1 8AB – Map
Tel: 0871 971 5759

Electric Ballroom
Emerging rock bands, cross-genre performers and DJ club nights
Address: 184 Camden High Street, Camden Town, London NW1 8QP - Map
Tel: 0207 4859006
Email: admin@electricballroom.co.uk

HMV Forum
Famous (but not often enormously so) hip-hop, R&B, pop and alternative acts
Address: 9-17 Highgate Road, Kentish Town, London NW5 1JY – Map
Tel: 020 7284 1001
Email: info@kentishtownforum.com

HMV Hammersmith Apollo
Musical acts both huge and small, as well as big-name comedy acts
Address: Queen Caroline Street, London, W6 9QH – Map
Tel: 0870 606 3400

Heaven
Small indie bands and DJ club nights
Address: Under the Arches, Villiers Street, London, WC2N 6 NG – Map
Tel: 0844 847 2351

Koko
Small and emerging indie bands
Address: 1A Camden High Street, London, NW1 7JE – Map
Tel: 0870 1451115

Jazz Café
Jazz, soul, funk, world, dance and hip hop acts, medium, small and emerging
Address: 5 Parkway, Camden Town, London NW1 7PG – Map
Tel: 020 7916 6060

100 Club
Bands and acts spanning just about every popular music genre, save pop itself
Address: 100 Oxford Street, London W1D 1LL – Map
Tel: 020 7636 0933

Relentless Garage
Showcases emerging indie and rock bands, as well as DJ club nights
Address: 2022 Highbury Corner, London N5 1RD – Map
Tel: 020 7619 6720

Ronnie Scott’s
London’s premier jazz venue
Address: 47 Frith Street, Soho, London, W1D 4HT – Map
Tel: 44 (0)20 7439 0747

Royal Albert Hall
London’s premiere classical music venue, also features spectacle acts and big-name popular music acts
Address: Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP – Map
Tel: 020 7589 8212

O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
Small to medium bands/singers from a variety of genres, as well as DJ club nights
Address: Shepherds Bush Green, London W12 8TT – Map
Tel: 0905 020 3999

The Underworld
London’s premier metal and hardcore venue
Address: 174 Camden High Street, Camden, London NW1 0NE – Map
Tel: 020 7482 1932

Wembley Arena
The most famous musical acts on Earth and spectacle acts like Cirque de Soleil
Address: Empire Way, Wembley, Middlesex HA9 – Map
Tel: 0870 739 0739

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