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5 Venues in London to check out

19th April 2017

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Distilling the vast number of amazing live music venues in London down to five is basically an impossible task, but I’m nothing if not a trier – so here goes….

Bush Hall

Throughout its history, Bush Hall has had millions of pairs of feet dancing across its floors. In the 1920’s it was a dance hall, before being used variously as everything from a soup kitchen to a bingo hall. But in 2001 it was restored to its original glory and has hosted some amazing performers including Adele & Ed Sheeran. It has also been home to BIMM London End of Term gigs and, of course our incredible masterclass with Nile Rodgers & Chic.


The Roundhouse in Camden is a cultural hub, and offers so much more than live music. Cabaret, theatre, comedy and community arts development, there’s a lot that happens at this venue. But for music it excels because it is big enough to attract the best artists, but small enough to still see the stage!

O2 Brixton Academy

The Brixton Academy is iconic! The stage has seen some monumental moments in British music history – and the story of how it became what it is today is one to check out. The vintage theatre feel creates an atmosphere most venues around the world can only dream of.

The Old Blue Last

It has been names the coolest pub in the world by NME, and the Times have declared their jukebox the best in Britain. Bands and DJs play every night and, despite the lack of a backstage area, it has a history of hosting surprise gigs by famous faces including Arctic Monkeys & Charli XCX.

Union Chapel

Part performance space, part church, part homeless shelter – the Union Chapel is most definitely a multi-purpose venue. The acoustics in this gothic Victorian chapel are fantastic and the atmospheric décor of the building adds something truly special to every show.