Going out for dinner is great but the experience is even more fun if you add some live music into the mix. From refined accompaniments to riotous party atmospheres, London has plenty of great restaurants that let you listen to some top tunes whilst you eat. Whether you enjoy music from around the world, opera, jazz, or something else, there's a restaurant in the capital that can give you a fabulous musical experience. Take a look at our guide to restaurants with live music in London.
Restaurants with live music in London
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Live music restaurants in London
- Sicily – Creative Italian setting
- Quaglino's – Iconic dinner venue
- The Piano Works – Put your request in
- The Blues Kitchen – Comfort food and live music
- Le Café du Marché – Rustic French restaurant
- Sunday in Brooklyn – Laid-back Friday nights
- Big Easy – Food, cocktails, and tunes
- Megan's – Serenaded as you dine
- Meson Don Felipe – A genuine Spanish experience
- Plaquemine Lock – Louisiana influences
- Lío London – Glamorous cabaret
- Ochre – Seasonal British menus
- Toulouse Lautrec – Lively Parisian brasserie
- Mu – On-trend spot with nightly performances
- Troubadour – Music and comfort food
- The Strings – Listen to classical guitar
- The Tent (At the End of the Universe) – Bohemian Middle Eastern meals
- Boisdale – Jazz with Scottish style
- Amazónico – Escape to the tropics
- SW16 Bar & Kitchen – Bustling multipurpose space
- Hovarda – Well-heeled Greek eatery
- 28°-50° by Night – Intimate music spot
- The Courtesan – Dim sum with entertainment
- The Windmill Soho – Glamorous theatrical shows
- 606 Club – Dinner in a jazz club
- Salvador & Amanda – Fiesta time
- Scarlett Green – West End tunes
- Bohemia House – Traditional Czech and Slovak dining
- Sarastro – Theatrical Mediterranean meals
- Ninety One Living Room – Hip musical spot
- SingEasy – Hidden musical party
- Brasserie Zédel – Grand Parisian style
- Tia Maria – Brazil in Vauxhall
- Café Boheme – Lively Soho spot
- Hiddo Restaurant – East African flavours and sounds
- Voodoo Ray's – Pizza and jazz
- The Sitara – Traditional Punjabi cooking
- Bateaux London – Elegant dining cruises
- Troy Bar – Intimate local spot
- Primo Bar – Trendy riverside venue
- Made in Brasil – Vibrant Camden venue
- Brilliant Corners – On-trend bar and restaurant
- Park Row – Immersive themed dining
- 100 Wardour Street – Iconic venue in Soho
- Capote y Toros – Spanish flamenco shows
- Stereo – Underground tunes
- Darby's – Music every Sunday
Live music restaurants in London
Creative Italian setting
Visit Sicily Restaurant for contemporary Italian dining in a vibrant and spacious setting. There's a relaxed Mediterranean atmosphere and classic Italian dishes are served all day. Visit on a Friday night to enjoy live jazz alongside dishes like pasta and grilled meats. You can also check out changing pieces from the owner's art collection.
Iconic dinner venue
Iconic restaurant Quaglino's opened in 1929. It's a grand and glamorous space that's attracted some celebrity and royal clientele. Live music is a huge part of the Quaglino's experience and adds to the electric atmosphere as you dine. Expect live jazz, blues, and soul along with a sophisticated menu.
Put your request in
A meal is always a party at The Piano Works. This lively place is full of riotous atmosphere, and centres around the house band who are there to play your requests. There's singing and dancing all night long plus tempting brunch and dinner dishes like burgers or tuna steak.
Comfort food and live music
Sultry venue The Blues Kitchen takes inspiration from the Southern US states. Expect homey cooking from the menu of Cajun barbecue dishes plus live music every night. Fans of soul, blues, and rock 'n' roll are in for a treat. This venue also does brunch and serves a wide variety of drinks.
Rustic French restaurant
Well-established French brasserie Le Café du Marché is an upscale place serving provincial French recipes. The interior has a comfortable rustic look and there's live jazz music here every night whilst you dine. The menu is seasonal and includes options like grilled mackerel, charcuterie platters, and rabbit cacciatore.
Laid-back Friday nights
Swap London for New York with Sunday in Brooklyn. It's laid-back with terracotta tiles and potted plants. Brunch is especially popular here with options like egg sandwiches and brioche toast. The dinner menu includes cannelloni and steak and every Friday night there's live music as you eat. Cocktails are a big deal here too.
Food, cocktails, and tunes
Indulge in wood-smoked meats, lobster, and cocktails at Big Easy. Every night there's live music here from the house band as well as special guest artists. Expect a bustling modern setting, laid-back atmosphere, and indulgent dishes like pork ribs, surf and turf, and deep-fried shrimp, paired with signature cocktails and boozy slushies.
Serenaded as you dine
Megan's Old Town in Clapham invites guests to enjoy dinner, dancing, and drinks with their new Night Cap offer every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Make the most of their drinks and feast on their zingy Mediterranean-inspired menu, featuring dishes like garlicky bavette steak, crispy sea bass fillet with warm harissa hummus, a charcuterie tray with a mini fondue, and a tempting basque cheesecake with pistachios and sweet tahini for dessert (although they do change their menu regularly). Grab friends or a date and head to Megan's in Clapham Old Town for an evening of acoustic covers of favourite classics paired with top-notch food and drink.
A genuine Spanish experience
Listen to live Spanish guitar music whilst munching on authentic tapas at Meson Don Felipe. This well-established family-run restaurant has been serving Londoners since 1987. The interior is vibrant and full of character whilst the menu includes over 40 different tapas. Spanish wine and sherry are there to complete the experience.
You might think Plaquemine Lock is just your usual pub but once inside you'll discover vibrant murals and a distinctive menu of Cajun and Creole favourites. Expect shrimp po'boys, gumbo, and shrimp boil. There's also a feasting menu for large groups. Live jazz by some of London's top performers is on almost every day.
Hot new venue Lío London brings all the glamour of cabaret to the London dining scene. At the former site of Café de Paris, diners get an elegant fine dining experience enhanced by live performers. Pair the meal with something from the well-curated wine list. After dinner the venue transforms into a late-night club.
Seasonal British menus
Based at the National Gallery, Ochre is a stylish dining destination where classic and modern style meet. The seasonal and sustainable menus are a celebration of British produce. There's a monthly music evening with cocktails inspired by the gallery's collection, dinner, and live performances from different bands every month.
Lively Parisian brasserie
Transport yourself to 1920s Paris at Toulouse Lautrec. This French brasserie is full of atmosphere and has a piano bar as well as a jazz club on-site. Brunch is served here and the main menu focuses on contemporary French cooking. A wide variety of performers play here plus there are other events like life drawing.
On-trend spot with nightly performances
Head to Mu for music and Japanese cuisine. This cool East London spot has two different live music performances on every night from resident and guest performers. This atmospheric venue is low-lit and modern, and the food and drink offering focuses on fireside cooking and cocktail classics.
Music and comfort food
Troubadour is London's last remaining music venue from the 1950s and puts on live shows every night. The place is packed with heritage and you can also visit for a drink or a meal. Most performances are ticketed but there are free weekly jazz nights. This rustic venue serves seasonal food menus with dishes like shepherd's pie.
Listen to classical guitar
For tapas, Italian dishes, and classical guitar music, visit The Strings. This is a modern family-run eatery close to the Thames. There's live music each evening to enjoy whilst you sample the menu. Expect Spanish tapas, pizza, and mains like steak and sea bass. The drinks list includes beer, wine, and cocktails.
Bohemian Middle Eastern meals
For a distinctive dining experience with festival vibes you can't miss The Tent (At the End of the Universe). Feast on contemporary Middle Eastern cooking like saganaki cheese or tomatoes with whipped feta in a Bedouin tent with a faux-night sky. Regular live music events are on where you can enjoy a meal with top entertainment.
Jazz with Scottish style
Boisdale has a proudly Scottish identity, from the tartan decorating touches to the menu of quality produce sourced from Scotland. This vibrant space also has live jazz music every night to make your meal even more memorable, plus a weekly jazz Sunday lunch. There are also DJ sets spanning a range of genres and a menu of hearty recipes.
Escape to the tropics
Escape to a tropical paradise at Amazónico, where the lush decor feels like being in the rainforest. It's glam and exotic, with vibrant fresh seafood, sushi, and grilled meat on the menu. There's tons of entertainment as well, including a house band performing swing, bossa nova, and jazz tunes.
Bustling multipurpose space
You'll find a lot happening at SW16 Bar & Kitchen. This lively spot is a bar, restaurant, store, and co-working space, with plenty of events to keep you entertained. The menus of local and seasonal food change frequently, and local live bands perform here on a regular basis.
Well-heeled Greek eatery
Music is a big thing at Greek restaurant Hovarda – the restaurant centres around the DJ booth and stage. DJs perform here frequently, and if you're a live music lover there are some hybrid sets that feature live instruments too. Food at this fashionable spot is all about Greek specialities like lamb shanks and octopus stew.
Intimate music spot
Basement eatery 28°-50° by Night is all about great music, wine, and simple European dishes. The venue is intimate and elegant with low lighting and a cosy atmosphere. There's live music every night spanning genres like jazz, blues, and swing. The kitchen is open til late - try dishes like gnocchi or rib-eye steak paired with fine wines.
Dim sum with entertainment
In Brixton there's stylish dim sum parlour and cocktail bar The Courtesan. You can visit this exotic and evocative venue for drinks or food, and there's regular entertainment with cabaret nights, burlesque shows, and top West End performers. The imaginative dim sum menu includes global takes and unexpected fillings, plus there are intriguing signature cocktails.
Glamorous theatrical shows
Evoking the feel of the Moulin Rouge, The Windmill Soho is a glamorous destination for dining and cabaret. Theatrical dining shows are the order of the day here, with cabaret and burlesque performers and lively circus acts. The set menus feature high-end dishes like beef carpaccio and lobster. Later the venue becomes a bubbling club.
Dinner in a jazz club
One of the busiest jazz clubs in Europe, 606 Club hosts up-and-coming stars every night. It's an intimate basement bar with a speakeasy vibe. Alcoholic drinks are only served with a meal so it's the ideal spot for dinner and a show. The menu features the likes of grilled chorizo, lamb rump, and grilled salmon.
Experience a Spanish fiesta at Salvador & Amanda. This well-established tapas restaurant is cosy and casual with wood panelling, exposed brickwork, candlelight, and leather banquettes. Every Wednesday there's an energetic live flamenco show with musicians and dancers; it's the ideal accompaniment to tapas and sangria.
West End tunes
Aussie-inspired eatery Scarlett Green is a leading brunch spot. It's a leafy venue that does food all day, with the option for bottomless brunches and dinners. The place has weekly West End music nights where you can hear top performers belt out the classics whilst you eat.
Traditional Czech and Slovak dining
Understated restaurant Bohemia House is the only Czech and Slovak restaurant in London. The space is simple and full of light, with tables in the garden too. The menu centres around typical dishes like potato dumplings, goulash, and schnitzel, plus plenty of beer. There are regular performances from Czech and Slovak musicians.
Theatrical Mediterranean meals
Enjoy a flamboyant meal at Sarastro. This restaurant serves Mediterranean cuisine in an elaborate space with gold details, Art Deco lamps, and loads of extravagant touches. Food options range from hummus with spiced lamb to pasta or kofte. There's regular live music with diverse genres like opera and Motown.
Hip musical spot
Bar and eatery Ninety One Living Room is a hip Brick Lane venue for food, drinks, and live music. This trendy space has a homey feel and outdoor spaces too. Both up-and-coming acts and established names perform here. Enjoy the music with a simple menu of small plates and burgers, plus beer, wine, and cocktails.
Hidden musical party
Tucked away beneath The Piano Works West End there's SingEasy. This is an immersive musical party space serving dinner and bottomless brunch. You'll be entertained the whole time by your lively party host, a singing pianist, and West End performers as servers who are always primed to burst into song. Menus include burrata and steak.
Grand Parisian style
Brasserie Zédel gives London a grand Parisian brasserie, full of classic style and Art Deco touches. The venue includes a restaurant and bar, a laid-back café, and a theatre with regular cabaret performances. Every night in the brasserie you can enjoy jazz and swing from the house bands whilst you savour classic French cooking.
Brazil in Vauxhall
Lively Brazilian restaurant Tia Maria is colourful and energetic. There's loads of space for dancing at this informal exposed brick venue. You can eat authentic Brazilian dishes like feijoada and stroganoff, plus traditional live music is on every week so you can dance all night with a cocktail in hand.
Lively Soho spot
Soho's Café Boheme is a stylish spot for all-day dining in the heart of the capital. There's a relaxed atmosphere and classic French dishes are served from morning until late. Every afternoon there's live jazz and swing from an eclectic array of performers, giving a special accompaniment to a late lunch.
East African flavours and sounds
Experience traditional East African sounds and cooking at Hiddo. This Somali restaurant is based in Wembley and has a lively atmosphere. Try out the authentic food like soup, samosas, and lamb shoulder. The service here is friendly and welcoming, and sometimes you'll catch live music and entertainment. Private events are welcome too.
Pizza and jazz
Get a supersized slice of pizza from Voodoo Ray's, where each pie measures 22 inches. This is a casual spot with a buzzy feel and plenty of neon lights. At the Peckham location there's a live jazz quartet every Sunday evening, creating the ideal backdrop for eating NYC pizza slices with seasonal toppings.
Traditional Punjabi cooking
In Holloway there's The Sitara, a traditional Punjabi restaurant that enhances the experience with live jazz performances. This smart venue has colourful red walls adorned with photos of famous jazz musicians. Expect classic dishes like pakora, biryani, and chicken tikka here, paired with a fun musical atmosphere.
Elegant dining cruises
With Bateaux London you can enjoy a sophisticated meal as you glide along the Thames. A variety of afternoon tea, dinner, and Sunday lunch cruises are available aboard these elegant boats, with every trip enhanced by live music, dedicated service, and stunning sights along the river. Special seasonal cruises take place too.
Intimate local spot
For affordable Caribbean cooking with a side of music, don't miss out on Troy Bar. This well-kept secret is intimate with a simple and understated look. On top of the food, this place has a buzzing music programme with live jazz, reggae, and blues. Jams and open mic nights take place as well.
Trendy riverside venue
In a prime location by the river, Primo Bar serves up accessible dishes and tempting cocktails along with live music from a wide range of performers. This smart venue is spacious and easygoing, with tables offering a great view of the stage. Expect burgers, pizza, cocktails, and global wines as you enjoy a show.
Vibrant Camden venue
Lively and colourful Brazilian spot Made in Brasil is a restaurant, bar, and music venue in Camden. This place is full of colour and has a party atmosphere. There's a big choice of cocktails and classic Brazilian street eats, plus there are DJs and live bands playing bossa nova, samba, and Latino house.
On-trend bar and restaurant
Bar and restaurant Brilliant Corners combines a Japanese cooking influence with great music. Here you can sample Asian-inspired cocktails and food to a soundtrack of DJs and live jazz performers. There are different sets every day covering a varied range of genres. This dimly-lit spot serves dishes like salads, fried chicken, and sushi.
Immersive themed dining
Immerse yourself in the DC Comics world of Gotham at The Iceberg Lounge at Park Row. This luxe dining experience, styled as the Penguin's nightclub, includes themed spaces, costumed characters, and live jazz and soul music to add to the decadent vibe. Expect fine Japanese dining, champagne, and other upscale indulgences. A separate theatrical dining experience can also be booked at this restaurant.
Iconic venue in Soho
Soho restaurant and bar 100 Wardour Street is an institution. The venue is colourful and bold with neon lights and elaborate floral displays. Food is served all day in this bustling venue and live music performances and DJs enhance the atmosphere. Music is on five nights a week.
Spanish flamenco shows
Try Capote y Toros for tapas and sherry, paired with lively flamenco shows. This is an Andalusian restaurant with elaborate decor, offering guests the longest sherry list in Europe. Indulge in regional tapas and something from the drinks list whilst listening to live flamenco music every night.
Part restaurant, part cocktail bar and part live music club, Stereo brings chic entertainment vibes to a space beneath Covent Garden Market. The American-inspired food menu is prepared in cooperation with Andrew Clarke of Acme Fire Cult fame, and local breweries and distilleries provide the bar with house-brand spirits and brews. Live music is on every night, from a house band and resident DJs to one-of guest shows.
Music every Sunday
NYC-style restaurant Darby's has a lively atmosphere, enhanced with live music performances every Sunday afternoon. Music here combines with a buzzy ambience and an internationally-inspired menu. Dishes include Cornish crab salad, gorgonzola agnolotti, and beef and bone marrow pie.