Also known as the City that never sleeps, London's nightlife has so much to offer, that is one thing we are absolutely sure about. The second thing we are sure about is that London has always been HUGE in the music industry and has marked history. London has been a musical leader for a very long time now and so naturally the music scene is big! Check out our list below to experience one of London's main asset. Additionally click here and select live music bars to see the complete list of bars we have reviewed and click here and select live music bars to see our top live music bars in London.
This bar has been named after Gerald Scarfe, a British artist that has marked and continues to mark history. You might remember his art work for the Pink Floyd’s album or recognise his animation for the film. Well, all of his original pieces can be found in Scarfes Bar. He focused his career and art on the British culture: the royal family, politicians, artists and even David Beckham are featured in this room. Mr Scarfe describes this place as his ‘personal art gallery’, he’s been painting on the walls and canvases all around. Click here to see our review of Scarfes Bar.
Nightjar is one special bar! Not quite a speakeasy but we would still say it is a secret bar. If you don’t know, you’ll walk past it without taking notice. However there is a small queue and a bouncer outside which reveals its location. But once in The Nightjar has vibe making you feel extra special and everyone goes there for one reason: to see and experience the cocktails they have heard so much about! still don’t believe us? go check out their instagram!” Click here to see our review of The Nightjar.
Just like Nightjar and Dandelyan, the Oriole Bar has a small stage to host some live bands every night. They are all from the same family so obviously share some strong genes: the art that goes into their cocktails! And some differences: their identity. Similar to Nightjar, Oriole has this ‘speakeasy’ feel: just showing up is not really an option and you will find the bar thanks to a small queue that builds up in front. Click here to see our review of Oriole.
Purl Cocktail Bar
First of all, we like the fact that this was one of the firsts! One that would have been part of the speakeasy movement in London. Credits to them for being part of that! Then, the décor is great: it feels like what the old days in London would have been like: brick walls, dimmed lights, leather chesterfields, low tables and low ceilings. This venue was just made to host some delightful live jazz music to help set this vintage vibe going on. A romantic date or a catch up with some friends, you will find a bit of both in this secret little gem. Click here to see our review of Purl.
Dimmed lights, a mix of hip-hop, funk and soul in the background, signature cocktails and meat on the bone is what you get. Dirty Bones seems to be a winner! Click here to see our review of Dirty Bones.
Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club
Jimi Hendrix’s last public performance took place at Ronnie Scott’s in 1970! If that’s not enough to get you there, we don’t know what will! And that says a lot on this special jazz bar. Very romantic and sexy ambiance, this place is ideal for a (very) nice date. Live jazz and fancy drinks, how could you ever have a bad experience? Click here to see our review of Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club.
With 4 bars in this Mayfair establishment, this venue is equipped for whatever the occasion. From michelin star dining to different themed bars, you will enjoy the live muisc and DJs whichever night you decide to go!.The Parlour bar offers 90s decadence, The Glade bar has an enchanted forest theme; The East bar is ultra modern and stylish and The Gallery Bar being the one of decadence and opulance, all different types of atmosphere to indluge the night away… Click here to see our review of Sketch.
The Gibson cocktail was first created in the 1900s. This bar, as its name indicates is like this martini’s time-machine travelling through the years. The Gibson is a very small and intimate bar that has based its theme on the journey of this special drink throughout time. They have worked on a 1920s interior design which is enhanced by some live music which includes a piano. Click here to see our review of The Gibson.