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London's best venues for folk music

Your guide to the best folk and roots music venues in London

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Cecil Sharp House

Music Music venues Primrose Hill

Open since 1930, this stately red-brick building was purpose built as the home of the English Folkdance and Song Society (and is named after its founder). It plays host to a musical selection inspired by their mission to preserve and promote English folk dances in their traditional forms. As a result, the roster is packed with barn dances, ceilidhs, traditional folk luminaries and the occasional ukulele shenanigan. 

The Ivy House, Nunhead
Scott Wishart

The Ivy House

3 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Nunhead

This Nunhead pub, Londons first community-owned boozer, is home to regular folk nights organised by the long-running folk newsletter The Goose Is Out! Check their website for whats coming up in the next few weeks. 

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Green Note

Music Music venues Camden Town

An international line-up of acts at this relaxed Greenwich Village-style hangout for beatniks has included the Coal Porters, the ‘world’s first alt-bluegrass band’. Paintings of folk icons Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan line the walls, and the all-vegetarian food menu adds to the bohemian ambience.

Slaughtered Lamb

3 out of 5 stars
Music Music venues Clerkenwell

This comfortable Clerkenwell pub hosts loads of folk, Americana and roots gigs – check their website to find out whats coming up soon. 

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London Irish Centre

Things to do Literary events Camden Town

This capacious Camden venue is a great space for weddings, parties and conferences. Theres a bar onsite serving Guinness (naturally) and a large selection of Irish whiskeys, and as youd imagine, folky goings on are a reasonably common occurence.

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Paper Dress Vintage

Shopping Vintage shops Hackney

This retro clothes store in Hackney has its own events space for comedy gigs, club nights and live music. Check the website to find out when things are next getting folky here. 

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Spice Of Life

Music Jazz Soho

As well as being a listed building, this popular Soho drinking spot plays host to a great regular jazz club and a few roots, Americana and folk gigs, as well as an open mike night. Check the website to see whats on.

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