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London's Must-Visit Music Venues

There must be something in that British air because some of the most legendary moments in music history have gone down in London and the city's music scene is still popping off these days.

October 12, 2017
There's an almost overwhelming amount of places to enjoy music in London so here's a little guide to get you acquainted with the city's must-visit venues.


1. The Troubadour
The iconic Troubadour is one of the best—if not the best—places to soak up London's rich musical history while simultaneously enjoying contemporary music.

Who's played there: Bob Dylan, Sammy Davis Jr., Led Zeppelin, Ed Sheeran

 

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2. The Roundhouse
Since the 1960s, this legendary venue has been graced by some of the biggest acts in music and it's remained a go-to performance space for major artists and bands.

Who's played there: The Ramones, Jimi Hendrix, Pinky Floyd, Patti Smith, David Bowie, The Doors, Radiohead, Linkin Park, Mac Demarco

 

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3. 100 Club
The 100 Club is one of London's grimiest institutions. The club's basement has truly seen it all. It's served as a World War II bomb shelter, a jazz venue, a punk hangout, and a Britpop scene.

Who's played there: During the height of the punk music craze bands like The Clash and The Sex Pistols could be seen here. It's also been known for hosting secret gigs by huge acts like Metallica and The Rolling Stones.

 

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4. Visions Video Bar
At this video bar turned basement nightclub, you can dance to London's underground grime, dubstep and garage music until six in the morning.

Who's played there: Skepta, Camzino, Flirta D


5. Oslo Hackney
Oslo is one of the newest, most Scandinavian indie band destinations in London.

Who's played there: Temples, Beach Fossils, Dr. Dog, Spoon, Sky Ferreira, Klaxons

 

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6. Tooting Tram & Social
Tooting Tram & Social's *unique* name makes a bit more sense when you walk in and discover that the space was literally a tram shed once upon a time. This is the place to head when you're itching to hear something totally new and different from up-and-coming band. With "rockaoke" happening one night and an open mic the next, you could hit up the Tooting Tram every single night of the week and not get bored.

Who's played there: PILLARS, Belle Mt, FLIIIS


7. The Dublin Castle
You can always count on The Dublin Castle if you're looking for a night of authentic, live music fun. The indie rock venue was notoriously beloved by Amy Winehouse and for good reason. The family-run pub has multiple live bands/artists on its lineup every single night.

Who's played there: Amy Winehouse, The Killers and Pete Doherty, Blur, The Arctic Monkeys

8. The Lexington
This Victorian building makes for a perfect setting to watch performances from indie bands, especially ones from the U.S.

Who's played there: Michelle Branch, Temper Trap, Cass McCombs


9. Camden Assembly
Originally called The Barfly, Camden Assembly is the place to go if you want to check out lesser known bands and artists. The lineup here tends to consist of everything from grunge-rock to beatboxing to unique combinations of soul, pop, rock and folk.

Who has played there: Jess Glynne, Coldplay, Blinders, Blur


10. Half Moon
A visit to the Half Moon will transport you back to bygone eras. This is the spot to catch cover bands playing tributes to some of rock's hugest groups like The Rolling Stones, AD/DC and Oasis.

Who's played there: The Rolling Stones, U2 and Kate Bush all played some of their earliest gigs at the Half Moon.

 

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11. The Social
The Social is a small grassroots music venue that was started by a recording company. This is a place to catch a rare, intimate performance from some big bands and artists.

Who's played there: Adele, Hot Chip, Beck, Vampire Weekend, MGMT


12. The Pickle Factory
The Pickle Factory is a small venue that opened in 2015. The bands and DJs who play there tend to be just as esoteric as the venue's name suggests.

Who has played there: Zola Blood, Skott, Giles Smith, Rival Consoles


13. The Ministry of Sound
The Ministry of Sound is London's mega club for EDM lovers. It has four dance floors to pick from and all the fixings for an epic night. 

Who's played there: Adam Beyer, DJ Harvey, Marshmello, Green Velvet aka Cajmere