From jazz to pop to metal, the capital offers free music to cater for all tastes. Check out our guide below and find great free gigs and music in London.
The best free music in London
Witness the incredible talents of some top street performers – music, magic, visual arts, comedy, physical theatre and circus – as they do their thing in Trafalgar Square for this two-day festival supported by the Mayor’s office. Hopefully there won’t be a floating Yoda in sight.Read more
If you can’t get enough of the Big L, this Lionel Richie photography exhibition is a must. Alan Silfen’s previously unseen photographs of Richie will be on display in the bar at the 45 Park Lane hotel, to tie in with the star’s big gigs at The O2. Silfen has been snapping the soul smoothie since the Commodores days (he describes himself as a ‘friendly voyeur’), so you’ll see Richie hanging with Princess Di and Frank Sinatra, singing along to a huge crowd at Glastonbury and grabbing some much-needed downtime – because nothing says ‘easy like Sunday morning’ like Lionel Richie in a dressing gown.Read more
Do you like free jazz? No, not that kind of free jazz – we mean the opportunity to catch some of the best and most envelope-pushing jazz acts from London and beyond, gratis. Canary Wharf Jazz Festival offers that opportunity, bringing top performers including Red Snapper, Julia Biel and Nérija (Saturday) and Beats & Pieces, J-Sonics and Binker & Moses (Sunday) to Canada Square Park. Should bring a bit of life for once to all those shiny towers full of money.Read more