While listening to music through headphones is great for on the go entertainment and investing in speakers for your home is a fantastic way to get you in the mood for relaxing, romancing or socialising, there is no better way to spend an evening than watching your favourite band or artist perform their hits. There are many music venues in London packed with local and global talent, with something to suit fans of all styles and genres. Whether rock is your thing or you prefer to listen to jazz, here are some of the hottest must-visit music venues in the capital to check out during your stay with us.
Indie, Rock and Pop: Koko, Camden
Nearest tube: Mornington Crescent
Camden Town has a long standing indie musical history, synonymous with the genre’s king, Pete Doherty, the talented Amie Winehouse and other bohemian figures. It is only fitting then that Koko, the Grade II listed building located in the area, would be one of the best venues to see the best in guitar music. If you head down to this historic venue there are gigs hosted most days during the week, with regular club nights such as ‘Buttoned Down Disco’ hosted at the weekend too.
Jazz: The Jazz Café, Camden
Nearest tube: Camden Town
Open till 3am, The Jazz Café is perfect for those that like to listen to unorthodox beats late in to the night. More than simply a café, it boasts an exciting nightclub atmosphere, as well as renowned mezzanine restaurant to dine alongside the live music on offer.
Blues: The Blues Kitchen, Shoreditch
Nearest tube: Old Street
The Blues Kitchen understands how to create an authentic Louisiana atmosphere. To complements its fantastic schedule of live acts and bands, with regular jam sessions also on offer, it provides some of the best soul food in London. While you’re licking your fingers clean from the slow smoked ribs or chicken wings it serves up, you can nod your head and tap your toes to the never-ending sea of acts including names such as ‘Soul Exchange’, ‘Old Dirty Brasstards’ and more.
Indie, Alternative, Dance and Disco: Dalston Superstore, Dalston
Nearest tube: Dalston Junction
Dalston, like Camden, is known for attracting the creative kind and as a result, is a hotspot for live music venues such as Dalston Superstore. It curates a playful mix of indie bands alongside electro pop acts and disco inspired club nights. Grab your glitter for this one!
Urban, Pop, Rock: O2 Academy, Islington
Nearest tube: Angel
Located in the picturesque area of Angel, this contemporary music venue has hosted the likes of Eminem, The Cure, KISS, Biffy Clyro and Muse. It’s known for bringing established acts to an intimate live music environment. Almost every day there is a band playing at the venue and if not, it has a club night ready to entertain you ‘till the early hours.
Rock: Brixton Academy, Brixton
Nearest tube: Brixton Station (Overground)
Heading south from North London in Angel, Brixton also has an O2 Academy of its own that has built up a strong reputation amongst gig-goers over the years. Built in a 1920s cinema, this historic venue has seen the likes of The Smiths grace its stage, alongside The Sex Pistols and electronic legends, Leftfield.
London has so many live music venues to choose from, there really is something to suit all musical tastes! Wherever and whenever you decide to dust off your dancing shoes, why not complement a hectic gig-filled visit to London with a stay in a luxury hotel to re-enact the rock superstar lifestyle led by the acts you watch on stage?