London has been a leading centre for music since the 1960´s and has a plethora of venues with live gigs of all imaginable genres. Mainstream concerts at the 02 may steal the headlines, and you can´t turn you head in the city centre without seeing a billboard advertising a West End musical. There are hundreds of musical options in London all within easy reaching distance of great accommodation.
Live band scene
Lovers of rock and indie music will not be disappointed as there are recognized bands playing at a London venue almost every night of the week. Pick up a Time Out to get the gig list for the week you are there or check out www.londongigs.net. The bigger bands generally play the Roundhouse in Camden or the 02 Brixton Academy, but there are loads of cool smaller venues like Alexandra Palace and Koko that are worth a visit too!
If you are into live music you should not pass up an opportunity to check out the London underground scene because it is as good as anywhere in the world. Again you will find loads of venues playing live music. Some of my favorites are Hoxton Bar and Grill, The Lexington and The Forum.
Dine and Jazz
One of the pleasures for me in life is watching live jazz over a bottle of wine and a cheese board ensemble. Fortunately London has a surprisingly abundant number of venues that offer both. Pizza Express Jazz Club in Soho is considered one of the best Jazz venues in modern London and the 606 Club boasts the best of British jazz to enjoy with a menu inspired by recipes from Europe and the Middle East. The Archduke and Primo bar in Waterloo are also highly-rated venues for jazz, food and drink.
Classical music buffs are in for a treat too as there is always somebody fiddling somewhere in London – and it´s not always the bankers and lawyers. The church of St. Martins-in-the-Field overlooking Trafalgar Square stage several classical music events during the course of the week and tickets to the Royal Festival Hall to listen to the London Philharmonic is very reasonably priced and a wonderful experience. Other venues to check out are the Barbican Centre and the Southbank Centre together with Royal Opera House if you are into high-end culture.
London has an eclectic line-up of music festivals each year ranging from classical music to ska. On 1 March 2014, there is the flamenco dancing festival at Sadler´s Wells Theatre and in the summer there are two excellent events in the form of the Spitalfields Music Festival and the infamous Camden Crawl which returns this year after being shelved in 2013 due to oversaturation. Alternatively there is the Wireless Festival which takes place every year in Hyde Park and features some of the World´s most recognized pop artists – if you like that sort of thing. Confirmed for 2014 are Kayne West, Bruno Mars and Pharrell Williams.
Whatever your music tastes you are guaranteed to find your beat in London so if you have any great tips and experiences you want to share with us feel free. And if you are looking for a home from home between gigs, we recommend apartments in London Aldgate for comfort and convenience.