The Best Small Live Music Venues in the City of London

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From rock and pop to folk and soul, London is a hotbed for live musical talent.

Major stars and well-known bands regularly play at sell-out gigs at the O2, but London also has an excellent scene for up and coming musicians and acts thanks to the vast array of small live music venues that are dotted around the city.

Whatever your chosen musical genre or preference, there’s sure to be a live performance that you’re just itching to see. Here are a few of our favourite live music venues that are well worth a visit the next time you come to town.

The Flyover

If you enjoy large gatherings of people who love music, then The Flyover is just a short taxi ride from the Devonshire Hotel London.

An eclectic mix of roots, soul, funk and indie music, the venue has been recently refurbished to include a bright and airy bar suitable for large groups.

During the day, The Flyover doubles up as an exhibition space for up and coming artists and has a trendy café area where you’ll see art lovers gathering to discuss the latest exciting exhibitions in the area.

The Camden Assembly Pub

You might be forgiven for missing The Camden Assembly Pub on the live music circuit, but hidden upstairs in this lively and characterful pub is a small room which is just perfect for intimate gigs.

Focusing on emerging indie talent, start your night off in the bar downstairs for some great gastro-pub food and craft beers before heading upstairs to listen to the latest new bands to arrive in the capital.

The best way to reach the venue from the Devonshire Hotel London is to take the train from Paddington Station direct to Camden town. Trains run every eight minutes but be sure to get there early to get a table at the bar.

Dirty Bones

If you’re travelling on a budget and love old skool cool, then you’ve just got to visit Dirty Bones in Kensington.

This quirky bar and restaurant plays host to a free live music night each Thursday, and its only policy is that if you play soul, funk, old-skool hip-hop or jazz then you’re in!

You never know what live music to expect when you enter Dirty Bones on a Thursday evening, but that’s part of the appeal of this small and quirky live music spot.

Check out what London hotel offers are available in our Kensington and Paddington hotels so you’ll have a little extra in your pocket for a few beers at the bar.

No visit to London would be complete without a night at a small live music venue, so whatever music you’re into or if you just feel like trying something new, these independent venues really do have something for everyone.

And you never know, you could get up close to one of the world’s biggest music stars before they hit the big time!

The Best Gallery Exhibitions this Month in London

Gallery Exhibitions

London has always had an excellent reputation for classic and contemporary art. Turn down any street or square and you’re sure to find a gallery showcasing the weird and wonderful artwork created by master artists or up and coming painters and sculptors who wish to share their newest creations with the world.

A great way to while away a wet afternoon in our nation’s capital city, or merely just an opportunity to take a look at some of the best gallery exhibitions that are shaking up the art world, here’re some of our top picks for the best art exhibitions in London this month.


Poster Girls: A Century of Art and Design at the London Transport Museum

Not your usual foray into contemporary art, but the Poster Girls exhibition at the London Transport Museum gives a great insight into the work of female graphic artists whose designs adorned London’s public transport during the 20th and 21st century.

You don’t have to be an art critic to enjoy this exhibition, so it’s an ideal activity for families and groups of varying ages.

Marvel at the change in styles and techniques as you journey from the earliest examples up to present day posters to see how our ground-breaking early female designers influenced later artists.

The Devonshire London Paddington is just a few moments’ walk from Paddington Station, making it the perfect base for a visit to the London Transport Museum.

250th Summer Exhibition at Royal Academy of Arts

Showcasing the best of the best from the 2018 London art scene, a team of art world gurus have carefully handpicked 1,300 of the most talked about contemporary pieces to display at the Royal Academy of Arts.

Rather than trudging all over London in search of these infamous pieces of contemporary artwork, here you can browse the best of the bunch from 2018 without having to travel from place to place.

Exhibiting until 19th August 2018, you’ll have to be quick to catch this one, so take a look at our latest London hotel offers and reserve your room before the exhibition comes to an end.

Frieze Sculpture 2018 in Regent’s Park

Here’s an art exhibition even the kids will enjoy. Regent’s Park has been transformed into an outdoor gallery this summer with a stunning open air exhibition featuring works by some of the world’s most famous sculptors.

Regent’s Park

A leisurely stroll from the Devonshire London Paddington takes a little over 20 minutes to reach the park entrance and there are several art galleries located on the route should you see something of interest on your way.

Highlights of this year’s exhibition include the optical effects of Dan Graham’s glass pavilion, Tracey Emin’s five-piece bird sculpture series and the four intricate majolica sculptures Octavio, Mezzetino, Corinne, Chinoisie by Rachel Feinstein.

There’s even a free audio tour app narrated by the Frieze Festival curator Clare Lilley to complement the festival and to help visitors find out more about the inspiration behind each piece.