Top Venues for Music Lovers in London


London is a city teeming with culture. From art to film and theatre, the city is a hub for creatives the world over.

This is especially the case with London’s music scene.

With countless recording studios and potential stars busking on street corners, you can’t go half a mile without coming across some of the best musicians in the world.

The vibrancy and passion of the British music industry stretch beyond the capital of course, and with streaming services offering worldwide access to even the least known of artists, someone in Australia could fall in love with a singer recording from their bedroom in Croydon. What better reason is there for music lovers to visit the city that spawned Queen, Amy Winehouse and David Bowie?

Guests at the Shaftesbury Hotels London will be ideally located in the centre of the city, giving them ample opportunity to enjoy some of the best live music in not only the country but the world.

With countless star-struck stories of London locals meeting their musical heroes on the streets of the city, there’s never a bad time to dive right into the London music scene. With many hotels with family rooms in London, you and your music-mad loved ones can use these venues as starting points for their sonic city odyssey.

Eventim Apollo

The Eventim Apollo is based in Hammersmith and has a 3500 capacity. Hosting not only world-class musicians but the Apollo also acts as s stand up and performance venue, making it one of the largest multi-use venues in West London.

The Eventim Apollo focuses on internationally renowned acts, making it perfect for family visits especially due to it being a short tube journey from the Shaftesbury Hotel Paddington.

Camden Roundhouse

The Camden Roundhouse is one of the most prestigious venues in London, and hosts internationally renowned and alternative acts. Having recently hosted bands such as the Jesus and Mary Chain and Franz Ferdinand, the Roundhouse offers up workshops and multimedia performances alongside its musical programme.

HMV Forum

Another North London gem, the HMV Forum is known for its contemporary pop acts, bringing the likes of Mac DeMarco and the War on Drugs to their hip London stage. This is definitely a venue for the youngsters, hosting up to 2300 audience members in its Kentish Town-based former Irish Dance Hall and Cinema.

Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club 

This Soho Jazz Club has been running since 1959 and has come to represent the style and glitz of Soho in general.

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With its vast array of past performers including the likes of famous jazz saxophonists Johnny Griffin and Lee Konitz. Though the iconic MC Ronnie Scott passed away in the ’90s, his venue still plays host to amazing jazz bands of all styles whilst serving up stylish cocktails.

Vortex Jazz Club

Another Jazz icon, but this time a little further out in East London, the Vortex Jazz Club has hosted some of the best in not only jazz but also blues and electronic music. With the trendy Dalston area just around the corner from the buzzing square where Vortex is based, you’ll find acts playing late into the night at the Vortex Jazz Club.

Southbank Centre

The Southbank Centre is already a cultural hub of London aside from its music programme. With August seeing Meltdown Festival stage a selection of handpicked artists from none other than Nile Rodgers, this week-long extravaganza of funk, soul and blues is just one of the many dazzling shows being performed in the belly of the Festival Hall’s several performance spaces.

Barbican Centre

This time East of the river, the Barbican Centre is another cultural hub offering art, theatre, performance, and of course, music. From contemporary pop icons to neoclassical experiments, the Barbican Centre plays host to a range of venues, the crowning jewel of which is the 1943 capacity Barbican Hall.

O2 Arena

The O2 Arena is housed in what was once known as the Millenium Dome. Overlooking the River Thames, this internationally renowned music venue is one of the largest in London with a capacity of 20,000 people.

With the likes of Rihanna and Leonard Cohen having played at this Greenwich based arena, you can expect a vastly eclectic bill each year.

Shacklewell Arms

From stadium arenas to the backrooms of pubs, the Shacklewell Arms is one of the best venues in the city for emerging artists from across the globe.

For those who like things a little more intimate, the Dalston based Shacklewell Arms offers cut-throat priced gig tickets, often hosting free music festivals on the weekends. For rock fanatics staying at our Hotel in Hyde Park, take a trip off the beaten track to this amazing venue in the buzzing Dalston area.

Brixton Windmill

Another hidden gem of a new music venue, the Brixton Windmill is a buzzing underground (not literally) venue located in South East London. With a wide range of famous punk acts having graced the stages, you can always expect a buzzing crowd at the Windmill.


XOYO in Shoreditch is an East London music venue focused on electronic and club music. With weekly residencies from some of the best DJ’s in the world, this high profile club is perfect for those who want to dance the night away in one of the best areas for nightlife in London.

Village Underground

Underground in both senses of the word, the Village Underground is well known for its Bakerloo Line tube carriage astride its glass studded ceiling. In its renovated warehouse space you can find club nights and avant-garde artists playing cutting edge music from all over the world, all just a short walk from Shoreditch High Street Station.

Royal Albert Hall 

Royal Albert Hall

One of the best-known music venues in London, the Royal Albert Hall was built in memory of Queen Victoria’s husband in 1871 and was a classical promenade hall for more than a century.

Over the past few decades, however, this 5500 capacity venue has seen the likes of Jose Gonzalez, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin play in its hallowed hall.

With so many music venues dotted around London, you’re sure to be located just a stone’s throw away from one whether you’re staying at our hotel in Hyde Park or Shaftesbury Hotel Paddington.

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