London is a great place to discover new music and enjoy the night life, below are Artefact’s top 5 live music bars in London.

Troy Bar


Lives bands play experimental jazz at Troy Bar on Shoreditch’s Hoxton Street [Elena McDonough]

Tucked away in the Shoreditch area is ‘London’s Best Kept Secret’, Troy Bar. It’s known for its lively Tuesday open mic nights, where aspiring acts can perform with a live band. Serving Caribbean cuisine and with a 2-for-1 drink deal, you can’t go wrong. The atmosphere is cosy and warm and throughout the week Troy Bar is known for its vintage Soul, Jazz, Reggae, Funk and acoustic events.

10 Hoxton Street, London N1 6NG



Photography by Raya Barghouti

Ed Sheeran, Jessie J, Tinie Tempah, Emeli Sande and more have graced the stages of ILUVLIVE. Launching in 2004, ILUVLIVE has built a reputation for showcasing acts before they go mainstream. With venues across the country, every event has a 60 second open mic, where the crowd decides which act performs a full set at the next event. It is also a great place for networking.

The Archer Street Live


Soho music venue Archer Street gives blankets to guests in the winter months so they can stay cozy whilst having a cigarette [Elena McDonough]

Hosted by singer Portia Emare, The Archer Street Live is another hidden gem in London. Situated in the Soho area, Archer Street Live is a weekly musical jam happening every Tuesday where musicians show off their talents with a live band. On the last Tuesday of every month, Sony Music showcases their newly signed acts, but best thing about this event is it’s absolutely free. Its low key vibe is perfect for genuine music lovers and those looking for creative cocktail mixes.

3-4 Archer Street, South Soho, London

The Stillery

The Stillery. Camden.Camden is a hot place for the London music underground scene and the Stillery is one of many bars continuing tradition. Fairly new to the scene, the bar is situated in the centre of Camden next to the Underground station. Open seven days a week, check the website to find a suitable event to attend or head down to the bar on Wednesday through Sunday to enjoy mouth-watering fried chicken from Mother Clucker.

The Stillery, 18 Kentish Town Rd, London NW1 9NX



Whilst at Birthdays you can pop upstairs to enjoy a hearty plate of much loved poutine [Elena McDonough]

Across two floors with a huge sound system, stage, lights and a bar in the basement and delicious Canadian food on the ground floor, Birthdays is a five minute walk from Dalston Junction Overground station.  Hosting parties for Vice, Angel Haze and others, Birthdays’ small stage gives the club an intimate atmosphere. Highly praised for its poutine dish, Birthdays is fully packed during the weekends and continues to showcase popular events like the hip hop and R’n’B ‘The Doctor’s Orders’ and underground musical performances.

33-35 Stoke Newington Road, London, N16 8B


Featured image by Elena McDonough