Bars, pubs, and clubs for music enthusiasts around London.
1. Ain’t Nothing But Blues Bar
This snug bar tucked just off Oxford Street is a favorite haunt for musicians and lovers of the blues, and the perfect place to let your hair down and play a bit… or just enjoy the impromptu shows by anonymous and well known musicians alike, you never know when you might spot the Next Big Thing.
2. The 100 Club, Oxford Street, London
This historic venue on Oxford Street has rung with frenetic ’40s swing music to guitar wails of punk. The décor has not changed since the ’70s; they pride themselves on substance over style. Their roll-call down the years has included Joe Strummer, Louis Armstrong and Mick Jagger.
3. London’s top jazz clubs
London is riddled with cozy clubs where you can sit back, relax, and enjoy a drink alongside some languid and moody live jazz. You could hit up the speakeasy-style Nightjar, or visit Ronnie Scott’s for one of the world’s oldest jazz bars. Whatever you do, keep it cool and enjoy the easy listening.
4. Spice of Life
This Soho pub has seen performances from Bob Dylan, Cat Stevens and Jamie Cullum, and hosts regular open mics every Monday night, so you never know who you might get the pleasure to see on on stage.
5. London’s Karaoke Bars in Soho
If this evokes images of lonely Japanese men singing out of tune, think again. Head down to Soho for a night of reveling and carousing. Record your favorite cover song and make your own video. Sound proof booths are available with wigs, costumes and props for your own little party.