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Best bars & pubs for live music in London.
25 Heddon Street, London W1B 4BH
Opened in 1997, Mourad Mazouz’s all-inclusive Heddon Street bolthole introduced couscous, tagines and the exotic thrills of Middle Eastern/North African... more »
Parker Street, London WC2B 5PW
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 in a... more »
20 Kingly Street, London W1B 5PZ
Arrive before 7.30pm, or be prepared to queue outside. This pecan-toned juke joint – a reasonably authentic tribute to Basin Street – has built up a... more »
70 Hoxton Street, London N1 6LP
Strike a Primal Scream retro pose as you hit the scene at this much-adored live music pub and well-respected springboard for supernova success. Playing... more »
35 Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8AJ
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, its... more »
6 Moor Street, London W1D 5NA
The ‘backstage bar’ at The Spice of Life is a music cellar that boasts an impressive past: Paul Simon, Cat Stevens & Dylan played it, & the Sex Pistols... more »
96-98 Pentonville Road, London N1 9JB
Despite its recent facelift – scarlet floral flock wallpaper, crystal chandeliers, steer skulls – the Deep South-themed Lexington still resembles a seedy... more »
2 Empire Mews, London SW16 2ED
It’s great news for Streatham that Hideaway has found its feet so fast. There are precious few venues that successfully combine good food & drink with... more »
90 Lots Road, London SW10 0QD
This 30-year-old institution continues to showcase live jazz seven nights a week from its discreet basement premises behind an unmarked door on Lots... more »
11 Gillett Square, London N16 8AZ
A cool cat & an old hand among the young Dalston pups that surround it, the Vortex has been keeping the jazz vibe alive for more than 20 years – for... 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.