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North London may be home to the indie bands and South London to an incredible grime scene, but West London must not be underestimated in musical heritage. As well as its famous café culture, West London is where some of the best UK artists started out, including the likes of Lily Allen and Jessie Ware. With that in mind, here are the best spots to enjoy live music in West London.
You may have heard of The Distillers for their well-known comedy club but the popular venue also hosts exceptional live music. The cosy pub has armchairs and fireplaces, a great setting to relax and enjoy an after-work drink, and an upstairs where all the live music takes place. The venue even offers a grand piano for artists and bands to make use of during live shows.
Different acoustic artists perform every Friday night at George IV in Chiswick and every third Thursday of the month is ‘LIVE ON THE ROAD PRESENTS…’ – the pub’s popular music night. Over the years, George IV has booked in big names including the likes of Jamie T, Mystery Jets and Laura Marling to please West London crowds. The venue attracts both younger and older punters and even A-listers have paid George IV a visit, to enjoy the outstanding acoustic performances the pub has to offer.
Putney’s charming gastro-pub The Half Moon has an eclectic line up of live music acts every single week. The popular music venue is located on lower Richmond Road and offers both lunchtime sessions and evening performances for eager punters looking to enjoy some live music. If you fancy watching some great live performances while munching on some delicious pub grub, check out The Half Moon.
Notting Hill Arts Club is claimed to be musical legend Mark Ronson’s favourite hangout. The scruffy yet chic basement club is perfectly charming and has all the right vibes for a chilled night of live music. The club offers regular live performances from bands and solo artists and is a popular stomping ground with West London’s indie crowd. There are lots of great things to do in Notting Hill and if you’re looking for some brilliant live music, this is the spot to visit.
Southwest London’s Le QuecumBar is an intimate bar offering live music six out of seven nights of the week without fail, from 8am-11pm. The vibrant venue is dedicated to gypsy swing and woos punters with its Parisian soul music, right in the heart of Battersea. The unique bar offers something slightly different to regular acoustic sets and boasts free music on Tuesdays and before 8pm on other live music nights.
Every other Wednesday the Hammersmith Ram hosts ‘Showcase At The Ram’, a night dedicated to rising musicians. The cosy Hammersmith venue books mainly acoustic and folk gigs, with live music starting at 9pm and lasting until around midnight. The night is also completely free; simply sit back and enjoy a beverage while listening to some of the newest musical talent around, without worrying about your bank balance.