Where are the best places to hear live music in London?

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The Dorchester is very classic hotel; it’s beautiful. In the lounge, there’s a piano, and usually there is a violin and the bass or guitar or some other group there to join the pianist. It’s a very nice experience. Also there is The Nightjar, a jazz club, as well as the Bassoon Bar in the Corinthia Hotel.

Jo Caird
  • Jo Caird

  • Correspondent

  • London, England, UK

London has a top class venue specialising in practically every genre of music you can think of. Major gigs tend to book up in advance, particularly at the smaller venues, but if you're in the mood for live music, there are always plenty of last minute options.

Jazz fans will love historic Soho establishment Ronnie Scott's, nearby Pizza Express Jazz Club and avant-garde Dalston venue The Vortex. The Wigmore Hall and King's Place are both worth a visit for their chamber concerts, while the Barbican, Southbank Centre and Royal Albert Hall all boast excellent auditoria for large-scale classical and pop gigs. When it comes to small to mid range pop and rock concerts, iconic venues The Garage in Highbury, The 100 Club on Oxford Street and the Jazz Café in Camden all welcome important British and international groups. Koko, the O2 Brixton Academy and the O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire are great examples of traditional proscenium arch venues presenting the best of rock and pop. And for folk music, Cecil Sharp House, the headquarters of the English Folk Dance and Song Society, is the place to be.

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