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Best Bars to Watch Live Music in London

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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…

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Best Bars to Watch Live Music in London

Long Bar at The Sanderson

Long Bar at 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;

The Goring Cocktail Bar

The Goring Hotel cocktail bar

Westminster’s The Goring hotel is launching The Roaring Goring, a spectacular evening of live music set to take place in the glamorous Goring Cocktail Bar every Sunday from 8th March. Delight in 1920s-style cocktails, from the ‘Hanky Panky’ to ‘The Scofflaw’, indulge in sumptuous bar snacks including crab scones and charcuterie with pickles, whilst listening to live music dedicated to the era, from jazz to ‘roaring 20s’ classics. Every Sunday from 8 March, 6 – 10pm.

Troy Bar

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;

Baptist Bar & Grill at L’Oscar London

Baptist Bar & Grill at L'Oscar

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;

Nobu Berkeley Street 

Nobu Berkely Street

Aside from its exquisite array of Japanese-Peruvian-inspired dishes, VIP clientele and sophisticated sake menu, Nobu Berkeley Street is a live music locale, welcoming the likes of award-winning Spanish-Latin duo De Fuego and London’s Big Gospel Choir. Chow down on black cod miso, soft shell crab and umami chicken wings while delighting in a range of musical talents and styles, from Jazz to Brass Band, Mariachi and more. 15 Berkeley St, Mayfair, London W1J 8DY;

The Piano Works

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;

The Wellesley Jazz Lounge

The Wellesley Knightsbridge

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;

The Blues Kitchen

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 RdShoreditch | 111-113 Camden High St | 40 Acre Ln, Brixton;

Savage Garden

Savage Garden

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;



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;

Eastcheap Records

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’.

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