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02 BRIXTON ACADEMY, Brixton SW9 A grand, art deco nightclub in the heart of Brixton, the Academy is an award winning concert hall presenting the best in rock, alternative, comedy and live music. With a 5000 people capacity, it is one of the larger ‘non arena’ concert venues in London. 5 minutes Brixton tube

100 CLUB, Fitzrovia W1 Historic club noted for hosting bands and club nights since the 1940s. The 100 Club has seen everything from jazz, to 1960s mod music, punk rock and the 90s indie scene. A basement club hidden beneath the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street. Famous for holding secret, intimate shows for giant acts such as The Rolling Stones and Spiritualized. 4 minutes Tottenham Court Road tube

THE BOOGALOO, Highgate N6 A cool and unpretentious rock ‘n’ roll music pub with a timeless, retro feel. The bar is complete with weekend club nights, live music, comedy an outdoor garden and don’t forget the jukebox! Pub quiz on Wednesday nights. 4 minutes Highgate tube

BORDERLINE, Soho W1 Alternative venue hidden down a Soho side street. Borderline hosts live music and club nights mostly in the vein of indie, alternative metal, and rock genres. Centrally located with late night bar and drinks specials. 2 minutes Tottenham Court Road tube

BUSH HALL, Shepherd’s Bush W12 Beautiful Edwardian dancehall now an independent live music, comedy and events venue held in a grand and ornate setting. Popular for hosting Americana, jazz, folk and indie acts. 5 minutes Shepherd’s Bush Market tube

CAFÉ OTO, Dalston E8 The go-to-place for avant-garde, experimental and eclectic live music.  Unique and creative programming nightly, Café Oto is a not-for-profit, independent music venue. Persian themed café open during the day. 2 minutes Dalston Kingsland tube

DINGWALLS, Camden NW1 A live music venue since 1973, Dingwalls is housed in Camden Market near the canal-side. An intimate mid-sized space with highly reputable headlining acts including The Strokes and Noel Gallagher playing secret shows. 5 minutes Camden Town and Chalk Farm tubes

DUBLIN CASTLE, Camden NW1 A legendary live music institution, the front room is a traditional music pub with band posters, bar and jukebox while the back room hosts rock and indie gigs with four bands playing nightly. Madness, Coldplay, The Arctic Monkeys and Blur all played their early gigs here. Weekend DJs and drink specials before 6pm. 4 minutes Camden Town tube

FIDDLER’S ELBOW, Camden NW5 A friendly music pub well reputed for its nightly live rock, punk and indie nights. The pub has a retro feel, great sound system and community atmosphere. A hop, skip and jump away from the famous Camden Market.  6 minutes Chalk Farm tube

THE FORUM, Kentish Town NW5 The Forum hosts some of the most successful live music acts of today. Originally an art deco cinema, this mid-sized venue is a great place to see rock and pop music. Standing room downstairs, there is a large balcony-style seated area above with an excellent view of the stage. 3 minutes Kentish Town tube

THE GARAGE, Islington N5 Famed rock and indie music venue presenting live music and club nights. Recently refurbished, The Garage is back with a vengeance and is a must for stalwarts of the indie and rock music scenes. 1 minute Highbury and Islington tube

HOPE AND ANCHOR, Islington N1Traditional music pub famed for or its connection to 70s punk and pub rock music history. The Damned recorded their music video for ‘New Rose’ here. The small basement venue and bar has since been renovated with a great sound system and varied rock and indie live shows. 6 minutes Highbury and Islington tube

KOKO, Camden NW1 A beautiful multi-floored theatre venue famous for its rock and indie concerts and club nights. Visit on Friday night for their NME hosted events showcasing the hottest new indie bands and DJs.

THE LEXINGTON, Islington N1 Classic looking gastro-pub hosting indie and rock shows, club nights and DJs playing an eclectic variety of live music nightly. The Lexington has terrific sound, friendly staff, and fantastic roasts on Sundays. 8 minutes Angel tube

MOTH CLUB, Hackney E9 Working men’s club turned eclectic, indie rock ‘ n’ roll venue, the Moth Club boasts a gold glitter vaulted ceiling and great live music, cabaret, film and club nights including Krautrock Karaoke and The Cave Club. 5 minutes Hackney Central tube

THE ROUNDHOUSE, Camden NW1 Camden’s visionary concert venue and performing arts centre, The Roundhouse was originally built as a Victorian engine house. Icons of the rock, glam and punk movement have all played its stage and it continues to offer the finest in rock, hip hop and indie concerts boasting a rich musical history.  2 minutes Chalk Farm tube

UNION CHAPEL, Islington N1Gorgeous Grade I gothic church and independent, not-for-profit performance space offering live music, film screenings and nighttime entertainment. Free child-friendly Daylight Music gigs serving tea and cake on Saturdays from 12 until 2pm. 4 minutes Highbury and Islington tube