London's best venues for rock music
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Our selection of the capital's best places for guitar based gigging
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Metal-head, emo enthusiast, alt.rocker, punk fan or indie popster? Here's our pick of London's most reliable rock venues, invaluable whatever your tribe.
8-10 Brewer St, London, W1F 0SE (www.madamejojos.com)
Madame JoJo's specialises in – but by no means limits itself to – showcases from emerging maj...
Under The Arches, off Villiers St, WC2N 6NG (www.heaven-live.co.uk)
When it opened its doors in 1979, Heaven was revolutionary. London's first gay superclub, it was ...
49 Chalk Farm Rd, London, NW1 8AN (www.barflyclub.com)
It's no exaggeration to describe this corner venue as an institution, since it's welcomed across ...
259 Upper St, London, N1 1RU (www.buffalobar.co.uk)
Located literally next door to Highbury & Islington tube station, underneath the Famous Cock Tave...
Middle Yard, Camden Lock, London, NW1 8AB (www.dingwalls.com)
The doors of this north London institution first opened in 1973 and countless illustrious bands h...
184 Camden High St, London, NW1 8QP (www.electricballroom.co.uk)
Located right next door to Camden Town tube station, the Ballroom is still dining out on its (adm...
2 Haverstock Hill, London, NW3 2BL (www.camdenenterprise.com)
Billing itself as 'the one and only true pub left in Camden', this warm (there's a fire in winter...
20-22 Highbury Corner, London, N5 1RD (www.thegarage.co.uk)
The capacity of this north London venue's main room is around 600, while its sibling venue, Upsta...
1a Camden High St, London, NW1 7JE (www.koko.uk.com)
With its colossal mirror ball as the ceiling centrepiece, its painted gargoyles and steep tiered ...
96-98 Pentonville Rd, London, N1 9JB (www.thelexington.co.uk)
If you're after a mixture of underground sounds and a lounge space where you can actually hear wh...
Chalk Farm Rd, London, NW1 8EH (www.roundhouse.org.uk)
A one-time railway turntable shed, the Roundhouse was used for experimental theatre and hippie ha...
174 Camden High St, NW1 0NE (www.theunderworld.camden.co.uk)
Housed in the basement of the World's End pub, the aptly named Underworld has seen a serious amo...
150 Brick Lane, London, E1 6RU (www.93feeteast.co.uk)
The booking policy of this venue – which took its name from an old surveying plaque on the peri...
70-74 City Rd , London, EC1Y 2BJ (www.thecamplondon.com)
This venue occupying a former Chinese restaurant stands for the City Arts and Music Project, boas...
83 Rivington St, London, EC2A 3AY (www.cargo-london.com)
One of east London's few purpose-built venues, Cargo launched with very much a clubbing profile, ...
2-4 Hoxton Square, London, N1 6NU (www.hoxtonsquarebar.com)
One of the Hoxton originals, Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen has seen plenty of action in its time. S...
70 Hoxton St, London, N1 6LP (www.themacbethuk.co.uk)
Tumbledown old boozer with a roof 'garden' (read: smoking/breathing space) dedicated to giving yo...
36-44 Stoke Newington Rd, London, N16 7XJ (www.ilovethenest.com)
Opened in October 2010, The Nest now boasts an industrial chic look and (mercifully) more salubri...
38 Great Eastern St, London, EC2A 3ES (www.theoldbluelast.com)
Owned and operated by über-cool magazine Vice this corner venue was in the not too distant past ...
Dray Walk, off Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL (www.roughtrade.com)
Like its sister store in W11, the newest addition to the RT stable welcomes live performers of pr...
32-37 Cowper St, London, EC2A 4AP (www.xoyo.co.uk)
The main performance area (capacity around 800) is downstairs and features a high ceiling, three ...
22 Blenheim Gardens, London, SW2 5BZ (www.windmillbrixton.co.uk)
'We didn't set out to be a venue as such, but live music at the Windmill just kinda evolved,' cla...
261 Brixton Rd, London, SW9 6LH (www.brixtonjamm.org)
Spread over two rooms and with around 600 capacity, this air-conditioned venue was a welcome addi...