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Five London music venues that could get you to Nashville

From indie bands on a boat to one of the best soundsystems in the city, Time Out has teamed up with the British Airways American Express® Premium Plus Card to uncover London music hotspots that can really take you places

Time Out in association with American Express and British Airways

There’s nothing like the thrill of watching your favourite band play live, or being one of the first to discover a hot new artist. London has some incredible gig spots where you can do just that. That’s why we’ve handpicked some of the City’s more unusual venues, while also revealing how your everyday spending – including that concert ticket – can help you collect Avios to put towards experiencing live music further afield. Perhaps somewhere like Nashville, a city that prides itself on being a place where music is written, recorded and performed every single day.

Quirky London gig venues

Tamesis Dock

Get ultra-quirky and go to a gig on a converted, brightly painted, 1930s Dutch barge moored between Lambeth and Vauxhall Bridges. Catch indie and rock acts in the cosy space then take part in KaraUke (that’s karaoke with a ukulele band backing you).


Based loosely on a Japanese ‘listening bar’, this slick space hosts DJ sets that are pumped through a seriously high-spec soundsystem. Glass-fronted studios hold live sessions – and even the loo cubicles have big speakers.

Photo: Ed Reeve

Ghost Notes

This effortlessly cool venue sits in a former multistorey car park and shares its space with a vegetarian and vegan restaurant. The music programming is spot on, with live jazz, soul, funk and R&B.

Sebright Arms

Make your way through the masses at this East End pub to an unassuming door beyond the bar. Downstairs you’ll find a tiny basement where bands belt out art rock, psychedelic pop and other alt genres.


Speakeasies may be ten a penny now, but Nightjar nailed that vibe years ago. Hidden behind an unmarked door, it’s a den of world-class cocktails and seductive live music, covering swing jazz, blues and fiery New Orleans sounds.

Buy and fly with American Express

If being able to enjoy live music at some of London’s incredible gig spots has got you thinking about other destinations to visit with a rich musical heritage, then your everyday spend could help you get away sooner. Whether you’re paying for a new LP or drinks at a Friday night gig, you can collect Avios on your everyday spend and use them on reward flights to hundreds of destinations. What’s more, the 2-for‑1 Companion Voucher can get you and a friend there for the same number of Avios as one flight.² You simply pay the taxes, fees and carrier charges. Did you know:

You collect Avios every time you spend.
• Collect 1.5 Avios for every £1 you spend with the British Airways American Express Premium Plus Card, or 3 Avios for every £1 you spend direct with BA.¹

You can share the experience with your favourite travel buddy.
• When you spend £10,000 or more each year, you’ll receive a 2-for-1 Companion Voucher.²

You get a 25,000 Avios Welcome Bonus.
• When you spend £3,000 or more in the first three months.³

For more information and to apply for the card, click here


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Applicants must be 18 years or older. Approval subject to status. Terms and exclusions apply to earning and redeeming Avios (1), Companion Voucher (2) and welcome bonus (3). Flights subject to availability. Taxes, fees and carrier charges apply. Visit to find out more.

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