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This sardine-can of a bar is as close as it gets to the 1950s, the decade when a nascent rock & roll industry was centred on Tin Pan Alley –… more »
Named after the famous bay in Rio de Janeiro, this Brazilian bar/diner/nightclub brings the carnival spirit to Covent Garden. It may be housed… more »
Ranald Macdonald is a man with a passion for the finer things and has been sharing his brand of bonhomie with the good folk of London since… more »
Since swinging into Mayfair in 1979, this evergreen hybrid has been knocking out dinner, dancing and all that jazz for the good-time party… more »
Grungey, gloomy & with a great sound system, this big old tumbledown hostelry sees just as much drama as the bard ever imagined for his tragic… more »
All Dixie decadence, the cavernous lounge bar of this Angel outlier drips with heavy velvet drapes & silken, fringed lampshades. The walls sport… more »
Its original black-sheep clientele may have moved on to pastures edgier, but this long-running Shoreditch bar/nightclub still packs a crowd –… more »
No-frills drinking den The Old Blue Last doesn’t exactly follow the Shoreditch template – not in terms of looks, anyway. With its sparse decor… more »
Opera buffs & novices alike are charmed by this concept restaurant, which sees staff belting out popular arias as the evening progresses.… more »
A souk somewhere in the Middle East must have been stripped bare to fill this self-styled ‘Arabic den’ with rugs, lattice screens, exotic lanterns… more »
Arrive before 7.30pm, or be prepared to queue outside. This pecan-toned juke joint – a reasonably authentic tribute to Basin Street – has built… more »
For decades, this Putney pub’s bijou stage has hosted everyone from The Stones & The Who to KD Lang & U2 – & thanks to its new backers, Geronimo… more »
If you ever need to describe Camden to a puzzled visitor, The Lock Tavern would probably be a useful starting point. In any other neighbourhood… more »
The hip team behind Proud don’t like to stick to convention, so when they relocated Camden’s coolest bar a few years back they found a former… more »
There’s no need to feel blue at Camden’s spirited soul shack, where food from America’s deep south, nightly live music & a bumper crop… more »
Check out some the London’s best live music gigs with Square Meal’s guide to the best bars & pubs in London for live music. The live music scene in London is and has always been big business and many of the capital’s bars and pubs serve as the backdrop for some great gigs. Bars and pubs are the backbone of the live music industry, the place where many now hugely famous singers and groups first made their name. From blues to jazz and rock to pop, London’s bars and pubs offer a wide range of live music for all tastes and ages.
Find your ideal London bar or pub offering live music with this handy Square Meal list of London’s finest live music bars and pubs. Whatever your musical taste, you are certain to find what you are looking for here. If you’re heading to the West End for a gig you might also want to take a look at bars and pubs in Covent Garden; Soho and Bloomsbury & Fitzrovia.
Every one of the top bars & pubs for live music in London featured in Square Meal’s list of London’s best live music bars & pubs have been tried and tested by critics and our own customers so check out the reviews with Square Meal today. Each Square Meal listing features an independent review, as well as reviews from those who have visited, together with unique special offers such as free drinks and discounts.