London has produced some of the biggest musical acts throughout history, so it is no surprise that there is a vibrant music scene in the UK’s capital. From arena’s to clubs, to intimate bar settings hosting local acts, there is something for everyone.
For music loves visiting the city you are spoiled for choice, and it can be quite overwhelming. That’s why we have assembled a list of the best music venues in London.
So, whether you’re in London for Laser Eye Surgery and want to check out the music scene while you’re here, or you’re just interested in London’s musical heritage, this guide will tell you everything you need to know about music venues in London.
Beginning its life as the Millennium Dome the O2 was renamed in 2005 with redevelopment works taking place culminating with a re-opening concert in 2007 headlined by Bon Jovi. During opening year Prince played a series of 21 consecutive shows throughout August, selling out each one.
One of the world’s premiere music and entertainment venues, the O2 can host up to 20,000 patrons at once and is consistently in demand from the biggest acts in the world.
The O2 is easily accessible, with plenty of transport links nearby for anyone attending a concert or sporting event.
Address: Peninsula Square, London, SR10 0DX
Notable artists that have played the O2:
- Guns N’ Roses
- The Rolling Stones
- Fleetwood Mac
Webley Arena is the only other venue in London that can compete with The O2 in terms of not only capacity but star pulling power. While the capacity is just over half that of The O2 at 12,500, Wembley easily matches their more Southernly competitor for the stars that have graced their stages.
Wembley also plays host to a number of lesser-known global acts, so it is not uncommon for expats to Britain to enjoy some of their favourite artists from home. Next door, Wembley Arena is famous for its football but is also known to hold some of the biggest gigs in the UK.
Address: Arena Square, Engineers Way, London, HA9 0AA
Notable artists that have played Wembley Arena/Stadium:
- Michael Jackson
- Take that
Starting life as a disused train shed, the Roundhouse was transformed during the ’60s into one of the most well-known music venues in the UK. Opening its doors in October 1966, with a headlining performance from a relatively unknown band at the time; Pink Floyd.
Facing some tumultuous times in the ’80s the Roundhouse shut its doors until it was purchased in 1996. Since then the venue has gone from strength to strength.
Roundhouse is well known for its grandiose settings, featuring a domed roof supported by a single row of impressive-looking pillars, although these can hamper the vision of some patrons.
Address: Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8EH
Notable artists that have played the Roundhouse:
- Pink Floyd
- Jimi Hendrix
- The Doors
- David Bowie
- The Ramones
Royal Albert Hall
Queen Victoria opened the Royal Albert Hall in 1871, and ever since it has been a culturally significant landmark for lovers of the arts. One of the best venues in the UK to watch and enjoy live music, the stage has been graced by the likes of Adele, Shirley Bassey, and Eric Clapton, who has personally played over 200 shows at the hall.
The Royal Albert Hall also hosts a variety of live performance shows and film screenings throughout the year and is notable for being home to the annual BBC Proms.
Address: Kensington Gore, Kensington, SW7 2AP
Notable artists that have played the Royal Albert Hall:
- Eric Clapton
- Joe Bonamassa
- Mariah Carey
- The Killers
The Jazz Café
Despite the name, The Jazz Café is neither a café nor jazz exclusive. Grime, Hip Hop, Soul, and Rock acts are all staples on the Jazz Café stage.
Nearly every booking is set to get the crowd bouncing, and the atmosphere is one of the best to be found in London. Every Saturday The Jazz Café becomes Soul City, playing the very best in Soul, Disco and House.
Diversity is the order of the day at the Jazz Café, hosting many international acts throughout the year, in an intimate setting that almost blends crowd and band.
Address: 5 Parkway, London, NW1 7PG
O2 Academy Brixton
Found inside a Grade II listed building, the O2 Academy Brixton is an award-winning venue. Opening in 1929 as the Astoria, it reopened in 1972 as the Sundown with Deep Purple christening the stage before closing a few months later.
Opening once more as the Brixton Academy in 1983, it has remained a staple of the London music scene ever since. Many famous national and international acts have made a name for themselves playing the O2 Academy.
Getting to the O2 Academy is easy, with local tube, bus and train links nearby.
Address: 211 Stockwell Road, London, SW9 9SL
Notable artists that have played the O2 Academy Brixton:
- Deep Purple
- The Clash
- Lady Gaga
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