Having a gig or concert in our calendar can make all the difference to our wellbeing.
Listen to big bands with a cocktail in-hand at Eastcheap Records, unearth up-and-coming talent with the crowd at Village Underground, or tap your feet to smooth jazz in the prohibition-inspired bar The Bootlegger.
Here are some of our favourite live music venues in the City of London.
Straddling in between the City and Shoreditch, Village Underground has earned its name as one of London’s top music venues. The former Edwardian warehouse now houses everything from live concerts, theatre productions, exhibitions and is also available for private hire. A notorious place for new artists to breakout, the venue’s line-up hosts an eclectic variety of genres. Head to the venue to see Lily Moore on February 15 and listen to her honest, dulcet tones reminiscent of Amy Winehouse. Or, venture into a new genre with Wu-Lu on June 14 and check out his unique take on the underground punk/alternative hip-hop scene.
Sister bar to the well-established venues in Old Street, Clapham Common and Battersea, the cool venue is found next to Monument station on the corner of Lovatt Lane. Decorated with more than 8,000 vinyl records across the wall and neon lights, the venue hosts live music every single night throughout the week. From hip hop to big bands, Eastcheap records caters for all tastes. If you’re looking to get out this month, book tickets to see Out Out! on January 27. Experience the smooth vocals of Joel Bailey as he covers all the best RnB classics before his band, The Soul Radicals, join him on stage to end the night on a high.
The Steel Yard
A must-visit venue in the City, The Steel Yard is a super cool nightclub in Victorian railway arches underneath Cannon Bridge Station. Providing live music from talent around the world, the former medieval steelyard has been decked out with amazing optics and state-of-the-art sound systems. Plus, the exposed brick arches are waiting to be snapped for Instagram. The nightclub and venue will play host to Meduza on March 4, where they will be unleashing addictive dance music and taking over the venue once more.
Don’t let this small venue deceive you, it certainly packs an almighty punch when it comes to headline acts. The 320-capacity space hosts record label showcases as well as special performances from world-class acts. Omeara also plays host to a series of regular club nights till the early hours, from house and techno as well as hip-hop and soul. If you have time in the day, head to the roof as you’ll find The Terrace. An oasis in the heart of the city, the roof bar is a great place to sip on a drink while taking in views of Southwark Cathedral and The Shard. Surprise performances are known to be happy while the sun sets. Check out Israeli breakthrough artist Noga Erez and her cool electronic tracks on March 5.
A prohibition era-inspired drinking den, The Bootlegger is found in the capital’s financial hub. As secretive as any other speakeasy, The Bootlegger has no signs and is hidden between a Nando’s and dry cleaners. Set under dim lighting and offering a wide selection of cocktails, The Bootlegger is certainly a night out in itself. Dress up and take a pew while you listen to live music and DJ sets throughout the week and weekend. Ruby and Duke are set to take to the stage soon at the establishment and ask you to dress in your finest flapper girl garments.
Jazz Funk Supper Club at Balfour at St Barts
Boasting a tasty three-course meal of live music, Jazz Funk Supper Club is ideal for foodies looking to enjoy their dinner while top jazz musicians playing on stage. You’ll enjoy highly-acclaimed music curated by Andrew Levy of The Brand New Heavies with a delicious menu and cocktails. Your ticket price includes a welcome drink, three courses and great live music, including sets from JazzFM DJs. Enjoy the mesmerising vocals of Roberta Gentile as she performs her new album at the venue on February 26.