Best Live Music Bars in London
Delicious food, crafty cocktails and a dose of live music is often all you need for an enjoyable evening out in the city. Whether you’re looking for an intimate jazz lounge, a party-ready rooftop, or a bit of country to carry you through the week, there’s an ideal bar playing live music in London for you.
Best Bars to Watch Live Music in London
One of the world’s most respected jazz bars, Ronnie Scott’s has well earned its place as a staple in the British jazz scene. Located in the bustling Soho, it’s hosted some of the biggest names in the industry, from Ella Fitzgerald to Donald Byrd. It’s open every day, but tickets sell out fast, so we’d recommend booking ahead.
47 Frith St, London W1D 4HT; ronniescotts.co.uk
The Standard, the cult brand for London’s top creatives, offers a variety of live performances. Start the weekend strong with party jams at their ‘Love-In Fridays’, or end it with a DJ backed brunch on Sundays. ‘Live-in-Ten’ is probably what The Standard is best known for, where jazz and soul bands play live at their Mexican restaurant, Decimo.
10 Argyle St, London WC1H 8EG; standardhotels.com
Long Bar at The Sanderson
Not only is the Sanderson Hotel’s Long Bar aesthetically alluring with its ‘eye-catching’ bar seats, glorious greenery and botanical surroundings, the bar also entertains with live music every evening from Wednesday through to Saturday. From house DJs and saxophonists, to after-dark dancing at the weekends, this stylish hotel hotspot hosts a music style to accompany every cocktail in the book.
50 Berners St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 3NG; morganshotelgroup.com
For a Hoxton hang-out that’s truly got soul, Troy Bar is certainly worth a visit. Branded as the city’s ‘best kept secret’, the quirky Old Street bar hosts regular live performances, from Tuesday open mic sessions to Jazz funk jam sessions on Friday nights. Throw in some hearty Caribbean dishes such as jerk chicken and curry goat, and you’ve got yourself a lively night out which promises not to break the bank.
10 Hoxton St, Hackney, London N1 6NG; troybar.co.uk
Baptist Bar & Grill at L’Oscar London
Head to the Baptist Bar on Friday and Saturday nights for decadent settings (designed by renowned French architect Jacques Garcia), delicious ‘Old and New Testament’ cocktails and fantastic live music. Located beneath the former headquarters of a Baptist church, the one-of-a-kind bar offers an opulent and indulgent drinking experience, with an array of live musicians and leading London DJs setting the tone.
2-6, Southampton Row, Holborn, London WC1B 4AA; baptistgrill.com
The Piano Works
This late-night live music venue certainly knows how to put on a show. Located in both the West End and Farringdon – the latter of which is a Victorian listed warehouse – The Piano Works offers evenings filled with fantastic food (brunch, lunch and dinner), artist-inspired cocktails (try the Gin It Jackson and the Elton Gin), and spectacular live music from a six-piece band which play songs at the audience’s request. Branded as ‘part party – part bar – part restaurant – part concert’, this very special venue has a little something to satisfy everyone.
113-117 Farringdon Rd, Farringdon, London EC1R 3BX | 47 Whitcomb St, London WC2H 7DH; pianoworks.bar
The Wellesley Jazz Lounge
The Wellesley’s decadent Jazz Lounge offers 1920s-style wining and dining, accompanied by the smooth sound of jazz and exquisite Italian cuisine. Featuring a glorious grand piano, pearly pink décor and a glitzy Chanel flapper gown-inspired crystal screen, the Knightsbridge-based lounge hosts an array of established and emerging artists, the ideal venue for an elegant evening of fine dining and sensational music. Live music takes place every Friday and Saturday evening.
11 Knightsbridge, Belgravia, London SW1X 7LY; marriott.co.uk
The Blues Kitchen
With locations in Brixton, Camden and Shoreditch, you’re never too far from The Blues Kitchen. The Blues-inspired bar-come-restaurant is all about the music, hosting late-night live funk and soul every weekend, Blues, Country and Motown acts throughout the weeks, and an array of euphonious events, from ‘Basement Blues’ (inclusive of £5 cocktails!) to ‘Soul Sacrifice’ every Thursday.
134-146 Curtain Rd, Shoreditch | 111-113 Camden High St | 40 Acre Ln, Brixton; theblueskitchen.com
For cocktails and live music with a view, head to Savage Garden. Situated on the 12th Floor of the DoubleTree by Hilton, the rooftop bar offers panoramic views of the city skyline, a fiery cocktail menu – the ‘kiss-ass martini’ and ‘wild poison’ come to mind – and an array of ‘feasting savagery’, from coconut beef short ribs to honey miso aubergine sliders. The bar hosts unmissable monthly ‘Savage Sessions’ (every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month), where guests can enjoy an unforgettable evening of live music, dancing and drinking, sky high.
Floor 12, 7 Pepys St, London EC3N 4AF; savagegarden.co.uk
Jazz and cocktail lovers will enjoy a trip to Trafalgar Square’s latest botanical-themed bar. The cocktail and all-day dining haven – think ceviche tacos, tuna tartare and bespoke herbal concoctions – hosts ‘All That Jazz’ evenings every Thursday from 8pm. Head there for a night of soulful music and sweet cocktail sipping.
2 Spring Gardens, St. James’s, London SW1A 2TS; trafalgarstjames.com
Eastcheap Records is the latest live music and cocktail bar to hit Billingsgate. Head there for tasty 2-4-1 cocktails (5 – 8pm everyday), ideal-for-sharing dishes, and of course, plenty of good tunes. Browse the bar’s 5,000 vinyl record collection (and take one home if you wish), and be sure the keep an eye out for their unmissable live music events, from acoustic sessions to the ‘heavyweight house party’.
20 Eastcheap, London EC3M 1EB; eastcheaprecords.com
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