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The Best 11 Music Venues in London

Are you new to London, a music lover and craving to enjoy music on weekends? London is home to numerous renowned musicians and rock bands. Being the cradle for classic rock music, it has some of the world’s best music venues.


This blog talks about some of the best music venues you can visit in London. They cater to every kind of audience with varied music tastes. So let us check out some of the best music venues in London.

Here are the 11 Best Music Venues In London

The O2

The O2
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O2 is one of London’s iconic music venues with a capacity of 20,000. It supports diverse music styles. Ariana Grande, Liam Gallagher, The Chemical Brothers, Dua Lipa, Stormzy, and Elton John are some renowned musicians who have enthralled music lovers here. If you love adventure, you may also book a ticket to climb the Dome and look at the city from its top, which is a marvellous experience.

It is accessible to deaf and disabled people. With 112 areas assessed, it has won the gold standard award for maintaining accessibility to disabled people. It supports the hidden disabilities of people through the Sunflower Lanyard Scheme.

Book your tickets: Visit theo2.co.uk to book your tickets. There are several private vendors online for booking your tickets, like livenation.co.uk and others.

Address: Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0DX

Ph: 20 8463 2000

The Royal Albert Hall

The Royal Albert Hall
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It is one of the renowned London concert venues. Queen Victoria inaugurated it in 1871. With around 5000 people, you can find your favourite icons up close. The Who and Pink Floyd are famous artists who have graced the venue.

It works with Attitude is Everything. It has free tickets for people who need companions, has wheelchair facilities, cares for assistance dogs, and has hearing facilities. You can call 020 7070 4410 to avail of them. It also has accessible toilets, medical personnel, wheelchair-accessible bars, and parking space for blue badge holders.

Book your tickets: Tickets booked through their Box Office, Twickets and authorized agents are only valid.

Address: Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP

Ph: 20 7589 8212

SSE Wembley Arena

SSE Wembley Arena
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With a seating capacity of 12,500, it hosts icons like Jonas Brothers, Christina Aguilera, Lewis Capaldi, Libertines, Anne- Marie and many others. Legends like Madonna, David Bowie, Prince, and The Who have also performed on this stage.

It works with Attitude is Everything and ensures that people with accessibility requirements have the best time in their arena. On arrival at the stadium, the staff present, help them avoid the queue and arrange for them to stay in the foyer. Accessible toilets, adult change rooms, wheelchair spaces, entry for assistance dogs, sign language interpreters, presence of a dedicated medical team are some of the facilities for people with accessibility requirements. 

Book your tickets: You can book your tickets on ovoarena.co.uk, and axs.com is their official ticketing partner.

Address: Arena Square, Engineers Way, Wembley, London HA9 0AA

Ph: 20 8782 5566

Eventim Apollo

Eventim Apollo

It is one of the legendary London music venues. It is a stage where legends like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones have performed. Some scintillating performances on this stage were by REM, Elton John, The Vaccines and many others.

It works closely with Attitude is Everything and Nimbus Disability to continuously improve its service to disabled people. People with access requirements should contact the venue directly to book their tickets and must send their requirements in the mail. A special phone line, 020 8563 3800, is available to cater to their needs. It has an access ramp, provides limited tickets for accessible platforms, free tickets for personal assistants, accepts access cards, has accessible toilets, a hearing loop facility, and BSL interpreters’ availability to make the venue accessible to all people. 

Book your tickets: You can book your tickets on Eventimapollo.com

Address: 45 Queen Caroline Street, London W6 9QH

Ph: 20 8563 3800

O2 Brixton Academy

O2 Brixton Academy
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It is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning music venue in London. World-famous and British bands, international DJs, stars like Slash, Grizzly Bear, Villagers and many more have pumped up the craze for music with their electrifying performances.

It works with Attitude is Everything and Nimbus Disability to make the venue accessible for disabled people. They accept access cards and your requirements are stored in their database to help with future bookings. One caretaker or personal assistant gets a free-of-charge ticket to help you. Wheelchair spaces are available, and so are areas for your assistance dogs.

Book your tickets: You can book your tickets with Priority Tickets by visiting priority.o2.co.uk.

Address: 211 Stockwell Road, London SW9 9SL

Ph: 20 7771 3000

Roundhouse, Camden

Roundhouse, Camden
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It is an incredible stage for young and budding talent aspiring to make it in music and arts. Thousands of young talents are nurtured annually by giving them the needed space to perform and showcase their talent to the world. An interesting aspect is that it was earlier a railway engine repair shed which is now successfully converted into one of the best London music venues.

It is accessible to wheelchair users. It has won the Gold Standard Award from Attitude is Everything. It does its best to give a great experience to deaf and disabled people.

Book your tickets: wallet.roundhouse.org.uk is the site you should visit to get digital tickets to the shows. No physical tickets are issued.

 Address: Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8EH

 Ph: 20 3985 1315

Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre

Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre
Image Source: Southbank Center

Located on the Thames, it was built as a part of the Festival of Britain in 1951. It is a grade 1 concert hall with a 2700-seat capacity. Legendary bands and musicians like The Rolling Stone, Peter, Paul, and Mary- the legendary folk song group, Cowboy Junkies, Norwegian Saxophonist Jan Garbarek have performed in this venue.

It has an accessibility scheme offering discounts, wheelchair spaces, free companion tickets, and dedicated seats. Blue badge holders have special parking places nearer to their destination.

Book your tickets: Book your e-tickets on southbankcentre.co.uk

Address: Unit 2, South Bank Centre, South Bank, Southwark SE1 8XX

 Ph: 20 7960 4200

Shepherd’s Bush Empire

Shepherd's Bush Empire
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With a 2000 people capacity, Shepherd’s Bush Empire is an award-winning music venue in London that was earlier a TV studio. Prince, Sex Pistols, Oasis, Elvis Costello, and Pearl Jam are some renowned artists who have performed here.

It works with Attitude is Everything and Nimbus Disability to ensure their venue is accessible for everybody. It accepts access cards, provides one free companion ticket, wheelchair areas, braille or large print material on prior request, guide dogs are welcome here, has accessible toilets, medical personnel, and a BSL interpreter with 48 days’ initial proposal.

Book your tickets: Book your tickets on ticketmaster.co.uk

Address: Shepherd’s Bush Green, London W12 8TT

 Ph: 20 8354 3300

Electric Ballroom

Electric Ballroom
Image Source: The Electric Ball Room

Another of the iconic venues in London for a concert is the Electric Ballroom. Situated in the heart of Camden, people throng the avenue all through the year to witness the music mania created by bands and musicians like The Boomtown Rats, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Richard Ashcroft, The Smiths, Circle Jerks, Garbage, Sir Paul McCartney, Prince and many others.

As it is an all-stand venue, it has limited space for accessible customers. The tickets are available only on the Electric Ballroom website. There are 4-wheel chair spaces, an accessible toilet and a low counter bar.

Book your tickets: Book your tickets on their official website electricballroom.co.uk. You may also book them through seetickets.com or other sites.

 Address: 184 Camden High Street, Camden Town, London, NW1 

 Ph: 20 7485 9007

KOKO

KOKO
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KOKO is one of the prestigious London music venues with a capacity of just above 1400 seats. It has mesmerized music lovers with performances from legends like Prince, The Rolling Stones, Lady Gaga, and Grace Jones. Interestingly, KOKO is where Madonna performed her first gig in the UK.

There is ramp access to the venue, toilets next to the access viewing area have step-free access. The staff has completed training with Attitude is Everything to cater to the needs of disabled people.

Book your tickets: You can book them from their official website www.koko.co.uk.

Address: 1A Camden High Street, London NW1 7JE England

Ph: 20 7388 3222

Cecil Sharp House

Cecil Sharp House
Image Source: EFDS

If you love English folk dance and songs, you must not miss visiting Cecil Sharp House, the English folk dance and song society (EFDSS). Named after Cecil Sharp, who toiled to collect and preserve country music, it is a center dedicated to folk arts. It works to preserve, promote and develop English folk songs, dances and tunes. It recognizes people contributing to English cultural life and bestows them with its highest award, the Golden Badge Award.

It has the bronze status for disabled accessibility.

Book your tickets: You can book your tickets on ents24.com

Address: 2 Regents Park Road, London NW1 7AY

 Ph: 20 7485 2206

With these music venues in London, you know how and where to spend your weekend nights. Some platforms have performances every night for you to plan a celebration or spend time with family and friends on any occasion. 

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