London music venues
Here’s our guide to the best music venues and concerts in London. You can search for concerts today, tomorrow, this weekend or by month: January and February. We also have a calendar of classical concerts including classical music today, tomorrow, this weekend and classical music in January and February.
The Barbican Centre is a huge arts and entertainment complex with its own cinema, theatre, art gallery and music hall for classical and contemporary concerts.
Bush Hall is an old dance hall and snooker hall, and given its tiny size they manage to attract some decent bands. They also have a lot of big-name comedians.
Cadogan Hall is an intimate little venue in Chelsea that’s mainly used for classical music. They also put on a few theatre-style musicals and contemporary concerts.
The Eventim Apollo (aka. Hammersmith Apollo) is one of the London’s best concert venues for the biggest names in pop and rock. They also put on some comedy shows.
The Indigo is a club-like venue inside the O2 Arena (underneath the rim). They put on a lot of tribute bands, club nights, comedy acts and a few sporting events.
The biggest names in jazz, soul and reggae play at the Camden Jazz Cafe, alongside some occasional rock bands. They also have a lot of DJ and club nights.
The Coliseum is one of the largest and most beautiful theatres in London, and puts on a lot of operas and ballets. It’s also home to the ENO (English National Opera).
Whilst it’s primarily used as a theatre, the London Palladium also puts on a lot of concerts at the weekend. It’s famous for hosting the Royal Variety Performance.
The O2 Academy (aka. the old Brixton Academy) is another popular venue for music concerts. Lots of big names play here. They also have comedians and club nights.
The O2 Academy Islington has a lot of up-and-coming bands and tribute acts, as well as a few famous names from the past and present.
The world’s busiest and London’s biggest live entertainment venue has got everything from pubs, clubs and restaurants to a cinema, bowling alley and exhibition space.
The O2 Empire has around 2,000 seats and is often used by big bands for small, intimate gigs. It also hosts a lot of raves and dance events.
The London Forum has a seating capacity of around 2,100 and hosts up-and-coming bands, a few big names, and lots of DJ and club nights.
The 370-seat Purcell Room is part of the Southbank Centre complex, and plays a lot of classical music and world music, plus some celebrity talks and debates.
Queen Elizabeth Hall has a seating capacity of just over 900 and offers a lot of classical orchestras, quartets, choirs and dance performances.
Ronnie Scott’s is one of the world’s finest jazz venues. Their basement club attracts the world’s greatest jazz and blues stars.
Camden Roundhouse is one of the most unique concert spaces in London and hosts a lot of big name bands, music festivals, up-and-coming acts and theatre shows.
One of London’s most prestigious music venues, the Royal Albert Hall is best known for its classical Proms, but it also hosts music concerts, comedy and sports events.
The Royal Festival Hall has a capacity of 2,500 seats and hosts everything from classical concerts, dance shows and literary events to celebrity talks.
The Royal Opera House is London’s most presitigious venue for opera, ballet and dance. It is home to both the Royal Opera and Royal Ballet Company.
Several arts venues can be found at the Southbank Centre including the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery.
The SSE Arena (aka. Wembley Arena) is a popular venue for music concerts, comedy gigs, sports events and family shows. It is situated next-door to Wembley Stadium.
Wigmore Hall is an intimate little venue that plays a lot of chamber music. Classical music conductors consider the room’s acoustics to be the finest in Europe.