Music concert venues in London

Here’s our guide to the best music venues and concerts in London. You can search for concerts today, tomorrow, next weekend or by month: September and October. We also have a calendar of classical concerts including classical music today, tomorrow, next weekend and classical music in September and October.

Recommendations Craig recommends… The best concert venue is The O2. The Royal Festival Hall, Royal Opera House and Royal Albert Hall are good for classical.

Barbican Centre

This huge arts and entertainment complex has its own cinema, theatre, art gallery and music hall.

Bush Hall

This used to be an old dance and snooker hall, and despite its small size they still manage to attract some top-notch bands and top-class comics.

Cadogan Hall

Cadogan Hall is an intimate little venue in Chelsea that’s famous for its classical music recitals. They also put on a few pop concerts and musicals.

Eventim Apollo

The Eventim Apollo (better known as the Hammersmith Apollo) is one of the London’s best venues for concerts and comedy shows.

Indigo

The Indigo is a club-like venue inside the O2 Arena. They put on a lot of tribute bands, club nights, comedy acts and a few sporting events.

Jazz Cafe

Some of the biggest names in jazz, soul and reggae music play at the Camden Jazz Cafe. They also put on a lot of DJ and club nights.

London Coliseum

The Coliseum is home to the English National Opera and puts on a lot of operas and ballets in one of the largest and most beautiful theatres in London.

London Palladium

It’s primarily used as a theatre, but the London Palladium also puts on a lot of concerts at the weekend. It’s famous for the Royal Variety Performance.

O2 Academy Brixton

The O2 Academy (aka the Brixton Academy) is another popular venue for music concerts. Lots of big music and comedy acts perform here.

O2 Academy Islington

The O2 Academy Islington puts on a lot of up-and-coming bands and tribute acts, as well as a few famous names from the past and present.

O2 Arena

London’s biggest and busiest entertainment venue has got everything from pubs, clubs and restaurants to a cinema, bowling alley and exhibition space.

O2 Empire Shepherd’s Bush

The O2 Empire has around 2,000 seats and is used by big bands for small, intimate gigs. It also hosts a lot of dance nights.

O2 Forum Kentish Town

The London Forum has a seating capacity of around 2,100 and hosts up-and-coming bands, a few big names, and lots of club nights.

Purcell Room

The Purcell Room is part of the Southbank Centre complex, and plays a lot of classical music, world music, plus some occasional celebrity talks.

Queen Elizabeth Hall

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 Jazz Club

Ronnie Scott’s is one of the world’s finest jazz venues. Their basement club attracts the world’s greatest jazz and blues stars.

Roundhouse

Camden Roundhouse is one of the most unique concert spaces in London and hosts a lot of festivals, big name bands and up-and-coming acts.

Royal Albert Hall

One of London’s most prestigious music venues is best known for classical music, but it also hosts lost of music concerts, comedy and sports events.

Royal Festival Hall

The Royal Festival Hall has a capacity of 2,500 seats and hosts everything from classical concerts and dance shows, to literary events and celebrity talks.

Royal Opera House

The Royal Opera House is home to the Royal Opera and Royal Ballet Company and is a presitigious venue for opera, ballet and dance.

SSE Arena

The SSE Arena (better known as Wembley Arena) is a popular venue for music concerts, comedy gigs, sports events and family shows.

Wigmore Hall

Wigmore Hall is an intimate little venue and music conductors consider the acoustics to be some of the finest in Europe for classical music.
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