05 Apr 2022

Best Live Music Venues in London: The Ultimate Guide

London is the place to be when it comes to attending live music events. The capital is often referred to as the ‘heart and soul’ of UK music and it’s where you can expect to find a plethora of the best live music venues where iconic musicians have graced the stage.

Heading to a gig is a fantastic experience and can be a great evening out! We’ve compiled a guide to the best live music venues in London from stadiums to small and intimate venues; there’s somewhere for everyone to enjoy!

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Large Scale Music Venues

The O2 Arena

An evening setting with blue colours lighting up the photo. The O2 arena is by the river, with it's round white tent-like roof.

Elton John, Liam Galagher, The Rolling Stones and Beyonce are just some of the names who have performed here. The O2 Arena is truly iconic and a visit to this venue feels incredibly special. The arena calls North Greenwich home and boasts a capacity of 20,000 people!

Furthermore, The O2 Arena even houses a smaller sister concert venue under its roof called, Indigo at The O2. The Indigo has a capacity of just 2,800, hosting gigs in a more intimate setting and also providing space for comedy nights and some of the biggest club nights in London.

In addition, you can climb this famous music venue. Check out our Up at The O2 climb tickets for more info!

Fun Fact: The Rolling Stones sold the arena out in just 7 minutes in 2012! 

Wembley Stadium

Photo of Adele belting out lyrics in a central circular structure on stage in the heart of Wembley Stadium as crowds fans watch the stage.

A gig at Wembley Stadium is no intimate affair, as it boasts a capacity of 90,000 people, winning the title of the biggest stadium in England! When a big-name artist comes to London expect them to be playing at Wembley.

Many famous musicians have taken to the stage at Wembley including, Adele, Queen, Muse and even Michael Jackson!

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SSE Wembley Arena

Orange confetti falls form the ceiling, awaiting eager hands of fans. An illuminated golden rectangle is above the stage.

Now, SSE Wembley Arena neighbours Wembley Stadium, with a smaller capacity of 12,500. It’s a great place to experience a gig and it hosts many amazing bands and artists. 2022 will see names such as Sam Fender, 50 Cent and The Libertines take to the stage!

Alexandra Palace

Huge glass domes cover the floor with a blue sky shining through. A colourful pink blue, white and green pattern line the floor area.

Alexandra Palace, nicknamed Ally Pally, is an astounding concert venue. It has been through many ordeals since opening in 1863, for example, surviving 2 fires! 

The palace doesn’t just offer fantastic events though. It boasts stunning views over London, a new (and delicious) street food market, a capacity of 10,400, and the location of the world’s first EVER full television service in 1936! 

Artists such as Franz Ferdinand, Enter Shikari, and Bloc Party will be playing shows at Ally Pally in the next coming months. It’s definitely worth a visit!

The Royal Albert Hall

A round red-brick building with many arched windows, and a tall glass-door entrance.

The Royal Albert Hall is one of London’s most famous and treasured music venues. Originally, performances of classical music and choir sets were the most popular at this music venue, however, in recent years indie bands (such as The Arctic Monkeys) and even grime-music sets are performed here. The decor in this venue is truly unique compared to other venues in London and is regarded as one of the most beautiful of the classics.

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O2 Academy Brixton

A blue sky shines over a white brick music venue with blue signs reading 'o2 acamdemy'. The dome at the entrance stands under the blue name.

You’re likely to be familiar with the famous entrance to Brixton Academy that excites all those entering and shoots anticipation to the passers-by. Brixton Academy is a brilliant concert venue, located in David Bowie’s hometown of Brixton, it is truly iconic.

Amy Winehouse, The Strokes, and Blur are just some of the incredibly iconic musicians that have blessed Brixton Academy with their performances.

Smaller music venues

Roundhouse

A round brown brick building with red and white big posters on the front. A sign reads, 'We miss you, we'll be back soon' The sky is light pink as the sun sets

Roundhouse’s structure is in the name. It is not just a music venue but also a charity that strives to change the lives of young people, giving them resources to fulfil their creativity and transform.

Holding 3,300 people, Roundhouse is a fantastic music venue and has hosted names such as Pink Floyd!

O2 Sheperd’s Bush Empire

A band on stage with guitars performing. Photo taken from a balcony looking down on the audience in the standing area facing the stage.

O2 Shepherd’s Bush is a converted theatre and television studio and has a beautiful backdrop on the stage with cobbled walls liking to its theatre predecessor.

The capacity here is 2,000 but from standing in the pit it feels like a very intimate venue. Stars that have graced the stage here at Shepherd’s Bush Empire include Oasis and Prince (who performed here in the venue’s first five years of being opened)!

The Dome

A photo of a Johnny Foreigner in the crowd at the dome, with guests crowding round him.

The Dome is an independent live music venue dating back to 1884. It’s situated in a beautiful mature Victorian building in Tufnell Park, London and provides a very cool gig experience with a capacity of just 500!

This venue took part in Annie Mac presents back in 2019 and hosted an intimate gig for Two Door Cinema Club. Other iconic performances include The 1975 and Florence and The Machine!

OMEARA

Plested performs on his guitar with bright blue lights behind him and a microphone in front of him.

Lastly, OMEARA is a true hidden gem and is disguised under a railway bridge in London Bridge. It holds 320 people and is a truly fantastic intimate gig experience. It’s a relatively new venue but is doing very well and has had names such as Jorja Smith and Freya Ridings perform music videos there. 

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