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Top Choice Classical Music in The West End

Wigmore Hall

This is one of the best and most active (more than 400 concerts a year) classical-music venues in town, not only because of its fantastic acoustics, beautiful art nouveau hall and great variety of concerts and recit…
Top Choice Jazz in The West End

Pizza Express Jazz Club

Pizza Express has been one of the best jazz venues in London since opening in 1969. It may be a strange arrangement, in a basement beneath a branch of the chain restaurant, but it's highly popular. Lots of big names…
Top Choice Live Music in Kensington & Hyde Park

Pheasantry

Currently run by Pizza Express, the Pheasantry on King's Rd ranges over three floors, with a lovely garden at the front for alfresco dining, but the crowd-puller is the live cabaret and jazz in the basement. A Grade…
Top Choice Live Music in Leeds

Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen

Belgrave is the city's best live-music venue, with a diverse roll call of acts from burlesque to comedy and folk to hip-hop. Its three floors also encompass a huge bar bristling with craft-beer taps, two kitchens, l…
Top Choice Live Music in North London

Jazz Cafe

The name would have you think jazz is the main staple, but it's only a small slice of what's on offer. The intimate clublike space also serves up funk, hip-hop, R&B, soul and rare groove, with big-name acts regu…
Top Choice Live Music in Greenwich & South London

O2 Academy Brixton

It’s hard to have a bad night at the Brixton Academy, even if you leave with your soles sticky with beer, as this cavernous former-5000-capacity art-deco theatre always thrums with bonhomie. There’s a properly raked…
Top Choice Live Music in North London

KOKO

Once the legendary Camden Palace, where Charlie Chaplin, the Goons and the Sex Pistols performed, and where Prince played surprise gigs, KOKO is maintaining its reputation as one of London’s better gig venues. The t…
Top Choice Traditional Music in North London

Cecil Sharp House

If you've ever fancied clog stamping, hanky waving or bell jingling, this is the place for you. Home to the English Folk Dance and Song Society, this institute keeps all manner of wacky folk traditions alive, with p…
Top Choice Live Music in North London

Scala

Opened in 1920 as a salubrious golden-age cinema, Scala slipped into porn-movie hell in the 1970s, only to be reborn as a club and live-music venue in the noughties. It's one of the best places in London to catch an…
Live Music in Greenwich & South London

O2 Arena

One of the city’s major concert venues, hosting all the biggies – the Rolling Stones, Paul Simon and Sting, One Direction, Ed Sheeran and many others – inside the 20,000-capacity arena. It's also a popular venue for…