London is home to a huge range of small yet famous music venues. This combined with its rich history of live music makes the UK’s capital city a popular choice for music loving tourists.
However, nights out in London can be expensive. On top of the cost of travel, food and accommodation, paying for several gigs or concerts can increase the cost of a trip to London significantly.
That’s why we’ve compiled a list of some of the cheaper live music venues in London. From free concerts to affordable gigs, this live music venue guide includes everything the music loving tourist needs in order to enjoy an inexpensive, yet melodic trip to London.
Cheap live music in London
London’s live music scene is very diverse with hundreds of venues offering both home grown and touring talent on a nightly basis. In fact, the abundance of nights, shows and bands means that accessing cheap live music in London is easy if you know where to go. Finding a good cheap gig in London is a great way to spend an evening as it gives you a chance to discover something unique to where you are without costing too much. The following venues are perfect for just that!
The Moth Club
The Moth Club is based near Hackney Central and puts on concerts pretty much every night. Most events cost somewhere in the range of £10 – £15 depending on the band you’re seeing. With a lively atmosphere and a wide selection of music genres, the Moth club is a great place to discover new artists without breaking the bank. You can check out the Moth Club's latest events.
The 100 Club
This is a special venue for any serious music lover. The 100 club has been putting on live music since 1942 and proudly boasts the title of 'the oldest independent venue worldwide.'
To this day, the venue pioneers fresh, live music and tends to attract well known artists due to its colourful history in the live music scene. Despite this, it remains affordable, often meaning gig-goers can catch bigger acts for less cash.
Tickets for gigs tend to range between £10 - £20. For music lovers it’s worth every penny to see high quality live music in one of the most iconic venues in the world. Find out what’s on at The 100 Club.
The Old Blue Last
The Old Blue Last in Shoreditch is one of the most renowned live music venues in London - and for good reason!
With live music and DJs seven nights a week, visitors can enjoy a number of up and coming bands as well as some of the bigger names in music. And the best thing about this music venue? More often than not, the events are completely free.
Head to the Old Blue Last’s listings and find out who’s playing while you’re in London.
The University of London’s Student Union boasts two much loved west London venues: The Venue is a 828 capacity venue adjoined to The Library, a 250 capacity standing bar that serves a selection of beers, wines and mixers at great prices. Both are located at UoL’s Student Central campus on Malet street, Bloomsbury. Throughout the year The Venue offers gig nights every day of the week showcasing bands across a wide variety of genres from classic rock through to soul, indie and big band.
KOKO is a key venue in the world of London’s live music, and a must visit for any live music lover. Located in Camden, this venue has hosted various well-known acts and artists of all musical genres.
However, be sure to visit after Spring 2020, as it’s currently closed for renovation. It’s worth keeping on your list of small music venues in London. You can find out about KOKO.
The Spice of Life
The Spice of Life has been a thriving member of London’s music scene for years. It really came to life in the late 90s after the owners started a successful jazz club, and since then, many top acts have taken its stage.
Located in London’s bustling West End, it’s well worth a visit. It’s affordable too, with concerts costing anywhere between £5-20. Head to the Spice of Life’s events page.