PAUSE Selects: The Best Music Venues In London

By July 21, 2017Fashion News

No Excuse To Be Bored Again.

In London, there’s always something going on, whether it be a gig, a DJ set, art gallery to check out or somewhere to shop. We’ve put together a guide of some of the best music venues (for all music tastes) along with their upcoming events, check it out below.


Describing itself as “a bar, venue and creative space in Shoreditch” created by the team from Old Blue Last and Birthdays, Kamio hosts DJ sets, club nights, hip hop shows, fashion events and more.

Upcoming listings:

Sian Anderson/Urban Life – 10th July

Upfront Hip-Hop, R&B & UK Urban Night – 11th August

Old Blue Last

Known for hosting rock shows upstairs above the bar, this intimate and strangely laid out venue hosts some of the best bands and shows in Shoreditch on the touring scene. A lot of the shows held here are completely free entry too, what better to help you discover a whole host of new music?

Upcoming listings:

Red Faces and In Sulk – 24th July

Beachtape – 28th July


One of London’s most well-respected clubs is definitely worth a visit, especially with their residencies and diverse listings.

Upcoming listings:

Erol Aklan Residency – every Friday

Madlib and more – 12th August


Bush Hall

Carpet flooring and chandeliers hanging from the ceiling might seem a bit out of place for a music venue but this 350 capacity room is perfect for intimate shows, whether calm or crazy. If the bar downstairs is a little crowded, head upstairs to the second bar where you’ll also find a viewing platform and the smoking area.

Upcoming listings:

Nadia Reid – 24th August

Citizen – 5th October



This 1,400 capacity venue on the outskirts of Camden has an excentric feel with its theater themed decor, levels, and the option of standing or seating.

Upcoming listings:

Alvvays – 8th September

Chip – 28th September


Fabric may have been shut down last year over attendee drug usage, but its re-opening pleased so many music and clubbing fans. If you love dance music, it’s something you need to experience at least once in your life, as it’s regarded as one of the best clubs.

Upcoming listings:

Toddla T, P Money and more – 8th August

Nadia Rose and more – 25th August

Jazz Cafe

The Jazz Cafe in Camden hosts a variety of Jazz, Soul, Reggae and more with previous performers including Tom Misch and Loyle Carner.

Upcoming listings:

Foreign Beggars & Monster Florence – 23rd July

Mndsgn – 8th September


Printworks features a plethora of different event spaces from converted delivery spaces to prison looking rooms, arranged over multiple different levels with a maze of corridors and offices.

Upcoming listings:

Afropunk Weekender featuring JME, Little Simz and more – 22nd July

Tom Misch – 20th October


Upstairs at this venue in Dalston, you will find some of the best burgers London has to offer, whilst downstairs you’ll find a small room with low ceilings and a stage level to the floor, providing the perfect atmosphere for DJ sets or bands to perform.

Upcoming listings:

Hare Squed – 26th July

Sneakbo – 22nd September


If you want an easy way to find out about the best gigs happening in London at your fingertips, DICE is what you need. The app is loaded with all the best events happening daily, with so many of them being free to attend. You’ll never have an excuse to not have evening plans.

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