Essential Live Music Venues in Camden

Jan 4, 2018

If there’s one thing Camden does well, it’s live music. This corner of London’s association with rockers and rollers is the stuff of legend.

Some of the most iconic names in the business have strutted their stuff here, from Hendrix to Winehouse. The traditions continue to this day, so head to one of these venues for some of the freshest live music around:

The Fiddler’s Elbow

An intimate little venue that gets you up close and personal with the action. The Fiddler’s Elbow is a 150 capacity Rock ‘n’ Roll pub that covers about every mainstream pop genre going.

The likes of James Bay have performed here in recent years, and ‘The Elbow’s’ ability to get famous names onto the gig list belies it’s midsize.

1 Malden Road, Belsize Park, London, NW5 3HS (thefiddlerselbow)

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Electric Ballroom

A stalwart of Camden Town’s eclectic music scene. The Electric Ballroom has seen it all over its 40-year history.

One of the Rock’s most illustrious venues, The Clash, Sid Vicious, The Killers and Paul McCartney are just a few of the names that have graced the stages at the Ballroom over the years.
184 Camden High Street, London, NW1 8QP (electricballroom)

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Roundhouse

The Roundhouse is one of the biggest and best live venues in London, never mind Camden.

You won’t just find music here either, with this former railway building holding performances for all manner of live acts, from the circus to seminars.

Bob Dylan, Stereophonics and Pink Floyd are just a few of the folk who’ve stepped foot onto the stage over the years.

Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8EH (roundhouse)

Jazz Cafe

Located in an old Barclays bank building, Jazz Café is one of the premier jazz spots in the city.

Spread over two floors, bedecked in swanky speakeasy finery, this midsize venue has attracted the likes of Adele and Amy Winehouse.

5 Parkway, Camden Town, London, NW1 7PG (thejazzcafelondon)

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Dublin Castle

The proving ground of upcoming indie bands from across the globe. Dublin Castle (no, not that one), may not look like much but it has been graced by some of the best in the business.

Still kitted out with the posters of yore, head to the ‘Castle’ to catch the next big thing in the indie business. 

94 Parkway, London, NW1 7AN (thedublincastle)

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Dingwalls

Another place to go if you want to see the stars of tomorrow. The 483 capacity Dingwalls has been bringing indie events to Camden since 1973.

This Locks bar is as classic as they come, band and booze style. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

Middle Yard, London, NW1 8AB (dingwalls)

Underworld

If you’d class yourself as a Metalhead then Underworld is probably the place for you.

Aptly situated in the basement of The World’s End pub, this dark and dingy event space is a hotbed of all things punk, metal and emo.

174 Camden High Street, London, NW1 0NE (theunderworldcamden)

The Camden Assembly Pub

Formerly the legendary Barfly, this music bar is the stuff of London folklore.

Spread over three floors, including a games area and a burger shack, Camden Assembly has been graced by some of the biggest acts in music over the years.

Coldplay and Franz Ferdinand are amongst those that have found early success at this trendy London spot.
49 Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8AN (camdenassembly)

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Koko

Koko is a timeless venue that has been a bastion of Camden’s arts scene for over 100 years. First opened in 1890, under a different guise, this popular spot held host to the likes of Charlie Chaplin and the BBC before becoming an established music venue.

As Camden Palace in the mid-80’s it enjoyed its most successful years, and even with the recent rebrand, Koko is still a cornerstone of Camden’s nightlife.

1A Camden High Street, Kings Cross, London, NW1 7JE (koko.uk)

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Jazz Cafe

Located in an old Barclays bank building, Jazz Café is one of the premier jazz spots in the city.

Spread over two floors, bedecked in swanky speakeasy finery, this midsize venue has attracted the likes of Adele and Amy Winehouse.

5 Parkway, Camden Town, London, NW1 7PG (thejazzcafelondon)

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Dublin Castle

The proving ground of upcoming indie bands from across the globe. Dublin Castle (no, not that one), may not look like much but it has been graced by some of the best in the business.

Still kitted out with the posters of yore, head to the ‘Castle’ to catch the next big thing in the indie business. 

94 Parkway, London, NW1 7AN (thedublincastle)

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Dingwalls

Another place to go if you want to see the stars of tomorrow. The 483 capacity Dingwalls has been bringing indie events to Camden since 1973.

This Locks bar is as classic as they come, band and booze style. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

Middle Yard, London, NW1 8AB (dingwalls)

Underworld

If you’d class yourself as a Metalhead then Underworld is probably the place for you.

Aptly situated in the basement of The World’s End pub, this dark and dingy event space is a hotbed of all things punk, metal and emo.

174 Camden High Street, London, NW1 0NE (theunderworldcamden)

The Camden Assembly Pub

Formerly the legendary Barfly, this music bar is the stuff of London folklore.

Spread over three floors, including a games area and a burger shack, Camden Assembly has been graced by some of the biggest acts in music over the years.

Coldplay and Franz Ferdinand are amongst those that have found early success at this trendy London spot.
49 Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8AN (camdenassembly)

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Koko

Koko is a timeless venue that has been a bastion of Camden’s arts scene for over 100 years. First opened in 1890, under a different guise, this popular spot held host to the likes of Charlie Chaplin and the BBC before becoming an established music venue.

As Camden Palace in the mid-80’s it enjoyed its most successful years, and even with the recent rebrand, Koko is still a cornerstone of Camden’s nightlife.

1A Camden High Street, Kings Cross, London, NW1 7JE (koko.uk)

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