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Five Top Places to See Live Music in London

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by Francesca Baker (subscribe)
A freelance writer, event organiser and marketer with too many ideas and an urge to make them happen. See about me and my myriad projects at
Published March 31st 2013
Photo: Caroline Schmitt

A little bit of a fan of live music, i have done my best over the last few to years to scour the city for the new sounds, old favourites, and great places to see gigs in. Here are some of the best:

Old Blue Last
Owner by the guys at Vice and voted the UK's best venue by the NME this Shoreditch institution isn't short of fans, and conbined with top quality sound and new bands on every night, it is one of the stalwarts of the scene.

Tamesis Dock
A boat on the Thames with views of the Houses of Parliament is always going to get good marks. What really sets the 1930s barge apart though is its friendly vibe.

Sebright Arms
It is small, dark, grimy and tough to find. Why else would it be the indie band's venue of choice?

Paper Dress Vintage
Part shop, part venue, this is one of the growing breed of places that unite many interests in one body...a bit like the people that visit.

The Last Refuge
By the law of averages it was only a matter of time before Peckham started to dabble its toes in hipster waters. Music, performance and art, this is not a venue but a creative space, that new breed of venue that has artistic clout and is brimful of opportunities.
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Why? For a great live music show
When: Check venues for shows
Where: Around London
Cost: Varies
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