Modern London music is alive and kicking. This explains the wide array of live music venues in the city from back rooms to arena venues. Most major musicians make their stop in the capital when they on tour. Here are 5 of the best music venues that makes London trully world-class:


Roundhouse used to be a steam engine repair shed, a north London landmark. It was a major music venue throughout the 1960s and 1970s, playing host to such music icons as The Doors and Jimi Hendrix. It reopened in 2006 following major renovations and has seen performances from the Beastie Boys, Paul McCartney, The Who, Chemical Brothers, James Brown, and Morrissey. The fully accessible and adaptable performance space can accommodate around 1,800 seated and around 3,000 standing.

O2 Academy Brixton

Formerly the Brixton Academy, the award-winning O2 Academy Brixton was originally a variety theater built in 1929. The Art Deco interior of this south London music venue is still a beholding sight and the staircases and entrance hall add to its grandeur. It played host to numerous big name acts such as Rolling Stones, Sex Pistols, Coldplay, Foo Fighters, REM and Madonna.

The O2

The O2 is also a great venue if you want to hear music in London. The O2 Arena can hold about 20,000, while the indigO2 has a smaller capacity of 2,350. The O2 Arena has played host to really the performances of such big names as Elton John, The Rolling Stones, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, and many more.

The Forum

The Forum bought Mean Fiddler in 2007 and since has had further renovations, expanding its capacity to 2,350. It is another old building that has been converted, with wonderful decor but still feels intimate. Past famous acts include Radiohead, Van Morrison, James Brown, and Prodigy.

Royal Albert Hall

The Royal Albert Hall is home to London music. It is famous for hosting the Proms concerts every summer. This fabulous London music venue was opened in 1871 by Queen Victoria in 1871. It is host to diverse musical performances, from classical concerts to opera, ballet, pop, and rock. Led Zeppelin played here in 1970 and ABBA in 1977. It is also a favorite venue of Cirque du Soleil, returning regularly.