London’s finest music venues

If you are a music aficionado London is the city to spend your next holiday in. The capital of Great Britain could be described as the cultural hub and soul of music and the arts in the country, with an exceptionally wide variety of cultural attractions including music venues located all through the city. They cater to all genres of music from blues to funk, reggae to techno etc. From the West End to North London, you will find plenty of music venues with a number of them featuring live gigs on a regular basis.

Stay at any city hotel London and you will never be too far from a famous music venue.  Whatever you taste in music you will find plenty of venues that host live gigs all through the year.

The Royal Albert Hall: A little less than a 30 minute ride away from The Montcalm at the Brewery London City hotel is the Grade I listed building, the Royal Albert Hall that has played host to some of the finest musical productions made in the country. It also hosts the very popular Brit Awards and the BBC Proms among other well known events. From formerly serving as a venue for the best in live English classical music the Royal Albert Hall has become a venue associated with an eclectic variety of musical genres in recent times.

O2 Academy: When the O2 Academy opened in Brixton in 1983, it was termed the Brixton Academy. The O2 is out of the most iconic music venues in London and has won a number of prestigious accolades over the years. Some of the biggest artists and bands have performed here and a gig held here is not to one to miss.

100 Club: One of the most popular clubs in the West End it has evolved over the years and unlike many of its contemporaries has managed to maintain its status. Initially, known as the Feldman Swing Club it has had some of the biggest artists perform gigs here. These include The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and Mark Ronson to name just a few. Apart from musical gigs the club has also earned a reputation as a venue that hosts some of the finest stand-up comedians.

The Marquee Club: One of the most influential jazz and blues venues in London it opened in 1958 on Oxford Street. Later it shifted to its present location on Wardour Street. Over its illustrious existence it has played host to some of the most iconic figures of the musical world. It also cemented its position as one of the most prominent venues of rock and pop music, while offering a platform for some of the biggest names to take off. These include David Bowie, Jethro Tull, Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd among numerous other stars. Some of the other big names to have performed here include the Rolling Stones, Iron Maiden, Rod Stewart and AC/DC.

Wembley Stadium: In 2003, the original venue war torn down with a new venue opening on-site in 2007. While it is a predominantly a football venue it has also hosted numerous live music shows with some of the best musicians in the world having given sold out performances here. This included the famous Live Aid Charity concerts and Michael Jackson’s famous “Bad” tour.

Somerset House: Formerly a Tudor palace it survived the devastation of the Second World War and is out of the oldest and most iconic of cultural venues in London having opened in 1796. It has earned fame as a popular movie location with musical events also forming part of its cultural fare. Somerset House hosts a number of music events including the popular Summer Series in its outdoor space.

Union Chapel: A number of the city’s churches serve as venues for musical performances. Constructed in 1877, Union Chapel in Islington serves as a popular location for a variety of musical concerts. Renowned for its magnificent architecture and octagonal chapel the quality of its acoustics is spectacular. From 2006, it has been the location for the Little Noise Music event and has had performances by the likes of Coldplay and Amy Winehouse.

George Tavern: Another one of the most iconic of music locations in London, its current location’ origins go back to the 17th century. It has received a mention in literary writings of Geoffrey Chaucer, Charles Dickens and Samuel Pepys. Over the years it has retained its legacy as a cultural pinnacle of the city. In the 1970s it served as a night club and began as a live music venue in 2002. Some of the famous names that have made music videos here include Sir Roger Penrose and Justin Timberlake among other famous artists.

The Roundhouse: Located in what used to be a rail engine shed in 2010, The Roundhouse was declared a National Heritage Site. Located in North London, The Roundhouse has earned acclaim for promoting new music and artists in the city. It also was the venue where Amy Winehouse gave her last public performance before her tragic death.

Ronnie Scott’s: Built in the post war years, it was one of the few venues in London to hear live jazz shows. It helped to revolutionise the jazz scene in the city. It has hosted some of the biggest names in the jazz industry including the likes of Miles Davis and Kenny Garrett who have performed at Ronnie Scott’s.  Its location in Soho is a must visit for jazz lovers on a trip to London.

Koko: Located in Camden it dates back to 1900 and is regarded as the venue where Britpop began. Initially known as “The Music Machine”, it later was rechristened ‘Camden Place’. Koko has had its share of well known artists from the music industry including Madonna and Coldplay. It has also helped to launch the careers of many new and upcoming musicians.

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