London is well known for its great and varied nightlife options, which includes plenty of top venues for hearing live music. Whatever style of music you’re into, the following five locations should get you closer to the sounds you love during your stay in the capital.
One of London’s most well-regarded arts spaces, live music forms a major part of the work carried out at the Barbican. During your stay at any of our London boutique hotels, be sure to head here and see talented artists perform for live audiences, including the prestigious London Symphony Orchestra, who call the Barbican home. Each year also brings an array of fantastic artists from the worlds of electronica, rock and jazz.
This popular Camden venue is within easy reach of the Montcalm, and visitors can enjoy a wide range of different entertainment options, including (but certainly not limited to) live music performances. The Roundhouse exists to help support the latest and greatest creative talent from across a broad spectrum of disciplines, and even runs a scheme intended to help 11-25-year-olds discover their own artistic potential. This spring, there’ll be plenty of great new music acts performing – head to the official website to find out more.
An iconic venue established by jazz legend Ronnie Scott in 1959, Ronnie Scott’s has been delighting audiences for decades, and makes the perfect evening out when you’re not relaxing in the Montcalm Club lounge. As one of the hippest jazz clubs in London, there’s nowhere quite like it – and the centralised Soho location also provides a great place to browse nearby clubs and pubs. There’s a fantastic drinks menu, and some major artists have performed here over the years.
Another of the city’s most impressive music venues, the Forum is intimate enough to get audiences closer to the artists they love, yet has a large enough capacity to attract some of the biggest music artists in the world to perform. Around 2000 people can fit into the Forum, and some of the musicians who have played live here include iconic figures such as Rihanna and Justin Timberlake. In addition to providing live music nights with some of the top artists globally, there are also regular club nights – perfect for visitors who want to see top DJs in their element.
When it comes to clubbing, it really doesn’t get much better than XOYO – arguably London’s most popular and well-respected club night venue. The club attracts major global talent, has a flock of resident DJs, and invites international artists of all kinds to come and join in the fun. Popular with everyone from students to professionals looking to let off steam after a week of work, there are regular parties on Saturday nights, which help propel this basement club to its rightful place as a major destination for music lovers staying in the city.