Top 5 Music Venues in London

Quite some time ago I’ve written a post about the legendary night club Fabric, that’s for night owls! Today I want to focus on live entertainment, more of an evening ‘night out’ for you. Lots of fun without cringing sensations the morning after depending on how you listen in of course. Think twice about holding your phone at the stage, you might get tired arms instead of happy dancing feet! I hope you’ll enjoy my recommendations !

Scala on Pentonville Road is located just off Kings Cross station and host to a variety of large acts. The concert Hall used to be a Picture House and till this day attracts big crowds for evening and night entertainment on three floors. Polish nationals based in London will be found a plenty for the upcoming concert of niemaGOtu praising the lord in a folk inspired instrumental six piece ensemble on the 3nd of february in their native language.

The Barbican is a multi-arts centre located in Farringdon and known for its distinctively utopian, in this case brutalist, architecture. Contemporary music featured at their in-house venue The Pit is known for its groundbreaking take on programming. On the 16th of February assembled musical efforts that are consciously circumventing western traditions will be exposed under the guidance of Peter Wiegold. Described as transcending genres The Third Orchestra will debut its findings after a week-long intensive workshop with international musicians.

The o2 Arena is located near the station North Greenwich, in a bend of the river Thames and below the former Millennium Dome. It’s extravagantly designed and somewhat of an architectural sensation known to be home to mega gigs such as the reunion concert of Led Zeppelin. To give a very distinct and contemporary British twist I’d like to recommend to watch England’s beloved Strictly Come Dancing in there, to experience the glitz and glamour from TV live on stage! The cast of celebrities will provide a real treat for star struck tourists and locals alike.

metalica live at the o2 london
Metallica Performing @ the O2

The Royal Albert Hall is based right across Hyde Park with the closest station being Kensington Highstreet. The golden vault is not only impressive visually and said to remind people of being at the Vatican, but is foremost famous for its impeccable acoustics. In their current Unstoppable Voices series Late Night Jazz is set to delight your ears. On the 7th of February the bassist Ilaria Capalbo and pianist Stefano Falcone present their take on Scandinavian jazz by fusing it with their Italian heritage. Beware of the queues for this venue by making sure to be two hours early !

The Roundhouse is a repurposed engine house in Chalk Farm, north London. The beloved local venue of international acclaim is featuring dance performances and concerts as well as social projects and talks. Witness the american poet and rocker Patti Smith in her 40 year spanning career visiting and sharing with London on the 25th of January! Read her memoire Just Kids before you go – to get an idea of this Idol’s background and philosophical backbone !

The Roundhouse-London



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