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Top Choice Live Music in Camden & 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 …
Top Choice Traditional Music in Camden & 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 Camden & North London

KOKO

Once the legendary Camden Palace, where Charlie Chaplin, the Goons and the Sex Pistols performed, KOKO is maintaining its reputation as one of London’s better gig venues. The theatre has a dance floor and decadent b…
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 Jazz in East London

Vortex Jazz Club

With a fantastically varied menu of jazz, the Vortex hosts an outstanding line-up of musicians, singers and songwriters from the UK, US, Europe, Africa and beyond. It’s a small venue so make sure you book if there's…
Top Choice Blues in Kensington & Hyde Park

606 Club

Named after its old address on King's Rd, which cast a spell over jazz lovers London-wide back in the '80s, this fantastic, tucked-away basement jazz club and restaurant gives centre stage to contemporary British-ba…
Top Choice Theatre in The South Bank

Shakespeare’s Globe

If you love Shakespeare and the theatre, the Globe will knock your theatrical socks off. This authentic Shakespearean theatre is a wooden 'O' without a roof over the central stage area, and although there are covere…
Top Choice Live Music in Camden & 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 the menu. The intimate club-like space also serves up funk, hip hop, R&B, soul and rare groove, with big-name acts …
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 the main chain restaurant, but it's highly popular. Lots of big names perfor…
Top Choice Theatre in East London

Wilton’s

A gloriously atmospheric example of one of London’s Victorian public-house music halls, Wilton’s hosts a variety of shows, from comedy and classical music to theatre and opera. One-hour guided tours offer an insight…