Want to know where the best gigs happen in London? Or are you a promoter looking to put on a show? Try these venues!
DIY Space For London
DIY Space For London is a fantastic venue, right at the heart of London’s DIY culture. Off the beaten track but a great member run hub.
The Victoria, Dalston
Part of the trendy Jaguar Shoes Collective. A pub serving cask ales and a well selected choice of beers. Capacity 150.
This venue has everything – a spacious pub, a beer garden and a separate gig venue. Capacity approx 200.
South London’s coolest basement sweatbox venue is also a record shop and cafe. They squeeze in about 60 people.
Twin Peaks curtains and a nice bar area in Islington’s best small venue. Despite its size it can be LOUD. Capacity 80.
The hippest, most glittery spot in Hackney Central. Fairly big former working mens club. Capacity is approx 300.
New River Studios
Out in the sticks between Stamford Hill and Manor House, but a great collective music hub and they make amazing pizzas!
World famous for avant garde, noise, free jazz and more. There’s always something interesting to see. People go just because it’s OTO.
A staple on the cult indie scene, in Islington. The downstairs bar has about a million whiskeys and hosts a legendary pub quiz on Mondays!
Home of the mythical “South London scene”. Famed for the dog on the roof and being a million miles from the station.
Venue MOT Unit 18
One of the weirdest locations for a venue in London, but it works! In a mechanics unit near Millwall stadium. Capacity approx 80.
Lovely little venue, at the back of a very cosy bar (with a cat) on Hackney Road. Great for quiet/folk shows… obviously.
There are regular free gigs showcasing breaking artists and bands. A legendary spot in Central London.
The Gunners Pub
An Arsenal football pub by day. They’ve also host occasional great gigs too.
A lovely pub and venue. Pretty much anything goes here, from folk to hiphop to hardcore. Capacity 150.
Situated above a vintage dress shop (clue is in the name!) there are regular shows here. Capacity 110
Stag’s Head, Hoxton
Nice pub with great pizzas and a curtained off venue area. Close to the canal. They host some great shows.
The Macbeth, Hoxton
Was once the hipster venue of choice but these days is a little off the radar. Still, it’s a fairly cheap and rough and ready venue to hire.
Servant Jazz Quarters
A small, cosy bar with downstairs venue. Gets very squashy when it’s busy but there are some good shows here.
Old Blue Last
Despite the downstairs bar often being a bit too “city boy” these days there are still some good (often free) gigs in the venue upstairs.