Having trouble finding what to do on a night out with your friends, family or a date? Live music is the answer. London has some of the best live music venues in the world with a vibrant atmosphere, incredible talent and amazing food.
Here are the TOP FIVE LIVE MUSIC VENUES:
I. THE PIANO WORKS
Located in the heart of Farringdon, it is a non-stop live music venue. One of the best things about it is that the repertoire is decided by the audience and played by two greatly talented pianists and accompanying musicians.
Every Tuesday there is an open mic night that aims to discover talent and celebrate diversity. Additionally, selected drinks are only £4 and a full rack of ribs and sides just £10. Wednesdays, any bottle of wine is just £19. Great opportunity to try a vast variety of worldwide wines at an affordable price while enjoying your favourite song live. Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Happy Hour offers are available from 5PM to 7PM with £5 cocktails and £10 house wines bottles. Best place to enjoy amazing food, drinks and live music.
Mon / Sun: 7PM-1 AM
Address: Entrance on Ray St. 113-117 Farringdon Road, Farringdon, London, EC1R 3BX
II. THE SPICE OF LIFE
The Spice of Life offers a diverse range of music events. The venue has plenty of room and an outdoor drinking space. It is perfect for after work drinks, chats and nights out, while enjoying the acts of new up and coming artists.
Every Monday night there is an Open Mic Night, while Wednesdays on lunchtime there are sessions featuring a wide range of jazz styles with the best of traditional, swing and mainstream bands and musicians. Coming nightfall, Wednesday and Thursday nights feature some of the finest national and international jazz acts. They aim to provide the new talent with a platform to develop. Thus, they are showcasing bands of many genres. On every first Sunday of the month, the atmosphere changes with the best unsigned country soul artists in London.
Mon / Sat: 11 AM – 11 PM
Sunday: 12 PM – 10.30PM
Address: 6 Moor St, Soho, London W1D 5NA
III. APPLE AND PEARS BAR
Apple and Pears is one of the best live music venues in east London, with a lounge bar and a late-night basement bar. It is a neighbourhood cocktail bar, perfect for enjoying time with your friends, meeting new people and tasting some carefully crafted drinks. Additionally, you can sneak into the cutest garden area without worrying about catching a cold as it is heated. They offer a programme of live music events and acoustic sessions during the week and DJ nights at the weekends.
Tue / Wed / Thu: 5 PM – 12 AM
Friday: 5 PM – 1 AM
Saturday: 6 PM – 1 AM
Address: 26 Osborn Street, London E1 6TD
IV. THE HALF MOON
The Half Moon is one of London’s longest running live music venues, with live events seven days a week, both during lunchtime and evening. It is a traditional lively pub with great bands and performances, freshly prepared food and an impressive range of beer featuring locally brewed favourites, English ales and continental classics. Many artists have performed and recorded here, such as Rolling Stones, U2 and many others. It’s definitely worth checking it out.
Mon / Tue / Wed / Thu: 11 AM – 11 PM
Fri / Sat: 11 AM – 1 AM
Sunday: 12 PM – 11 PM
Address: 93 Lower Richmond Rd, Putney, London SW15 1EU
V. The Vortex Jazz Club
The Vortex Jazz Club is a pleasantly small and unpretentious venue, with a diverse range of jazz from traditional to contemporary and commercial. The food is delicious, the drinks reasonably priced and the staff very pleasant.
Mon / Sun: 8 PM – 12 AM
The Vortex Downstairs, is the Vortex’s second performance space. However it is open only from Wednesday to Sunday. On Sundays, sessions are featuring the best jazz musicians, on Saturdays there is soulful jazz, reggae and rocksteady, while on Fridays are late night gigs.
Wed / Thu: 6 PM – 11 PM
Fri / Sat: 6 PM – 2 AM
Sunday: 6 PM – 11 PM
Address: 11 Gillett Square, London, N16 8AZ
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