The Best Music Venues in Camden, London

Jazz Cafe Stage
Jazz Cafe Stage | Courtesy of Jazz Cafe
Nicholas Atkins

Camden has been the centre of the music scene in London since the punks took over in the late 70s. Now fully established as the place to see live music, you are spoilt for choice for places to rock out. We give you, the best music venues in Camden.


Roundhouse, London

One of the most striking and impressive music venues in the city, the vast, round auditorium is both grand and intimate. Originally built in 1847 as a railway turntable, the Roundhouse opened as a performing arts centre in 1964. The natural round shape of the building makes it perfect for live music, with great acoustic and good views from any spot in the place.

Electric Ballroom

Electric Ballroom has been at the heart of Camden’s music scene since the 1930s

The Electric Ballroom is the essence of Camden. Hedonistic and a bit shabby, it has been at the heart of the Camden music scene for decades. Hosting legends from The Clash to Sid Vicious, it certainly has the credentials to go down in history as one of the key musical hot spots in the country.

Camden Assembly (Barfly)

The Assembly House has welcomed all the greats, including Coldplay, Franz Ferdinand and Muse

Formerly known as the Barfly, over the years this place has welcomed all the greats. It’s a Camden institution that peaked in popularity during the 90s. With three floors to it, it’s a cool hangout even if you’re not seeing a gig. A full bar and food by delicious merchants Lucky Chip mean you can settle in for an extended session. Music and food lovers assemble!


KOKO is a popular music venue in Camden Town, London

Formerly known as the Palace Theatre, KOKO retains the grandeur from its theatrical glory days and now hosts music comedy and cabaret in style. Set over multiple levels with several bars and a huge dancefloor, it is steeped in musical history, from Prince’s afterparties to Madonna’s first UK performance, it’s right old local legend.

Jazz Café

Jazz Cafe interior

As the name suggests, this award winning live venue focuses on the jazzier side of things. However, it’s also a great place to catch wall-shaking hip hop gigs and see the coolest American musicians making their first steps onto the UK scene, for instance the unstoppable Francis and The Lights. If you don’t know who that is, find out now.

Dublin Castle

If you’re an up-and-coming band wanting to make it in the Big Smoke, Dublin Castle has got to be one of the stops on your journey to the top. It’s been that way for years. Nothing fancy, in fact, cynics would say it’s downright dilapidated, but the posters covering the walls are a good indication of some of the musical royalty who have played here, including Oasis and Madness.

02 Forum KT

This beautiful Art Deco building is the place to see bigger acts from around the world. It’s a huge space that can hold around 2,500 bodies. The beer isn’t cheap, but it’s the price to pay if you want to see music’s heavy hitters.


Camden Underworld is a music venue in the basement of The World’s End pub

In the basement of the World’s End, this dark and dingy dungeon plays host to the more leather-clad aspects of the wonderfully diverse musical landscape. Expect a heavy programme of metal, punk, screamo and anything that brings darkness, doom and destruction. Sound like some sort of subterranean hell? Guess again: there’s air conditioning. Jolly good.


A Camden Lock stalwart, Dingwalls brings artist-band intimacy to a whole knew level. Simple stuff here. Big room, bar at the back. Stage at the front. You never quite know who you’re going to get, but why not take a gamble and get up close and personal with what could be the next big thing?

Blues Kitchen

The Camden branch of this all-American bar is almost identical to its Shoreditch and Brixton sisters. Think lashings of Jack Daniels, blues, country, rock and Americana music, and piles and piles of greasy Texas barbecue. This may be over simplifying things a bit. There are actually over 50 varieties of bourbon to sip through and it’s not all stodgy junk food dripping in BBQ sauce, there’s a salad too. Bop off your meal to a great live music act.

Proud Camden

Located in Camden market, Proud used to be a sanctuary for sick and injured horses in need of a bit of TLC. Nowadays, despite the cobbled floors and stables (now booths) remaining, it’s a very respectable bar and live music venue. Hay, why not try it out.

Did you know – Culture Trip now does bookable, small-group trips? Pick from authentic, immersive Epic Trips, compact and action-packed Mini Trips and sparkling, expansive Sailing Trips.

culture trip left arrow
 culture trip brand logo

Volcanic Iceland Epic Trip

meet our Local Insider


women sitting on iceberg


2 years.


It's the personal contact, the personal experiences. I love meeting people from all over the world... I really like getting to know everyone and feeling like I'm traveling with a group of friends.


I have so many places on my list, but I would really lobe to go to Africa. I consider myself an “adventure girl” and Africa feels like the ULTIMATE adventure!

culture trip logo letter c
group posing for picture on iceberg
group posing for picture on iceberg

Every CULTURE TRIP Small-group adventure is led by a Local Insider just like Hanna.

map of volcanic iceland trip destination points
culture trip brand logo
culture trip right arrow
landscape with balloons floating in the air


Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world

Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.

Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.

Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.

Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.

We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.