5 live music pubs and bars in London

There are plenty of fantastic live music venues, bars and pubs around London. In this round up we select 5 greats we know well. We’ll no doubt revisit this blog with a future selection of great pubs with live music venues.

Betsey Trotwood, Clerkenwell

The famous and atmospheric cellar at the Betsey Trotwood is a lively gig venue in the heart of Clerkenwell. This characterful Victorian pub is a vast space, where, on two separate floors where live music can be found. The aforementioned cellar is typically where the livelier gigs take place, loud and contained in the cellar. The first floor has a quieter venue where acoustic sets usually take place. Expect not only a warm and friendly welcome, find great homemade food and an unbeatable drinks menu. Check out the pubs events page to find what’s on over the next few months.

The Green Note, Camden

Founded in 2005 by music loving friends, Immy and Risa, The Green Note is an intimate award winning bar, cafe and music venue. Just 5 mins from Camden Town tube, it’s a great spot to find a gig on most nights of the week. With a particular focus on folk and roots music, The Green Note also hosts nights ranging from jazz and blues to world, country and bluegrass, and is a venue to come and find rising talents. It serves a great range of beer, wine and cocktails, plus the cafe has a delicious menu of light veggie meals and snacks. Come for a light dinner and stay for an evening of live music.

The Social, Little Portland Street, Fitzrovia

Somewhere you can easily walk past and not even notice, The Social has been the destination in central London for late night live music since 1999, being a couple mins walk from Oxford Circus tube. Somewhat hidden, it’s a unique venue with the feel of a cooler than cool speakeasy, without the sometimes trying-too-hard atmosphere you might find at similar venues elsewhere in London. The Social has an impressive list of names that have played here down the years, and has an active events calendar that surely has big names of the future featuring.

Amersham Arms, New Cross

Some might accuse the Amersham Arms of being scruffy, but this is a proper pub with a dedication to live music and gigs. Don’t be fooled by the initially small looking bar, there’s a huge events space through to the back of the pub where they regularly put on gigs from well known artists and bands, as well as up and coming musicians. It’s a great venue with a bohemian feel with a mix of regulars, and students thanks to its proximity to Goldsmiths Uni. Find the latest bands and musicians planned to play at the Amersham Arms on their site. You can spend a top evening here, thanks to its great food and drink.

The Admiral Hardy, Greenwich

Great for a Saturday night, The Admiral Hardy in East Greenwich is a relaxed pub to come spend the evening for dinner, drinks and live music. More a pub venue that has live music on, rather than some of the other featured pubs, where the events calendar is central to other pubs vibes. The venue attracts all sorts of musicians and genres, and is laidback, so worth a visit if you’re up for a night out without involving too much effort.