Sometimes the only thing you want from a night out is to find somewhere with cracking live music that you can actually listen to. We’ve been on the hunt for somewhere you can hear the feedback from a guitar and the actual hit of a drum rather than an overbearing crowd speaking over the ambient music.
Thankfully for you, we’ve put together a guide of the best live music bars in London that guarantee a solid night out filled with good drinks and music.
Hammersmith’s Kindred is not only a members club but boasts an electrifying entertainment space with a bar. Every week they host different events from poetry nights to quiz nights, with regular nights a week focusing on soul and jazz. Every night there are new, skilled artists featured on the stage.
If you are on the hunt for a new up and coming artist to obsess over, Kindred might be the place you find them.
BRADMORE HOUSE, QUEEN CAROLINE STREET, LONDON W6 9BW
It’s easy to walk past this gem in Soho, but next time you are there, keep your ear open and their tunes may draw you in. If you’re craving a more intimate setting, Louche is the perfect place. With its dimly lit interior and red accents, it features a smaller, more casual stage where artists of all genres play. From vintage rock and roll to disco classics, you can expect it all played live at Louche. There’s even a dancefloor near the front of the area if you fancy boogeying away or pitch yourself up on one of the seats around and enjoy the music into the early hours.
5 GREEK STREET, LONDON, W1D 4DD
Over in Farringdon lies Piano Works, a unique bar unlike any other. In the middle of the venue, lies a stage with two pianos and often accompanied by a guitar, bass, and drums. The most interesting part of this live performance is that it happens every night, but there is never a set list. The band doesn’t know what they are playing until they look at the request sheets the audience has sent up.
Depending on the night you go and the people you are with, this request-based performance can be unexpected and spontaneous in the best ways.
113-117 FARRINGDON ROAD, LONDON, EC1R 3BX
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By The Handbook