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London for Musicians
London has one of the most vibrant scenes for musicians in the country.
Surely, it's the most enviable profession in the world (that and chief taster at Ginsters)... who wouldn't love to be able to cite "musician" as your occupation when filling out a form?
Unfortunately, most of us are destined to be no more than a "bedroom bassist", "garage guitarist" or "pain in the arse drummer from next door" - but that doesn't mean there's not a heck of a lot of fun to be had in just playing an instrument as a hobby.
London has one of the most vibrant scenes for musicians in the country - with the best music shops and live music and concert venues.
So whether you're a pro, following your dreams to become a pro or simply playing for fun - take a look at our resources for musicians in London.
Events you might enjoy
Chickenshed Theatre, 290 Chase Side, Cockfosters, London
Places to buy things
Something to read, put the kettle on...
Tin Pan Alley
Read our guide to the indie-rock guitar-buying Mecca that is London's Denmark Street - aka, Tin Pan Alley.
Duke Vin and London’s first sound systems
Read about the rise of sound systems in London
London’s dead venues
Times change, venues close down and new ones reappear, it’s all part of the life cycle of a city...
Rock ‘n’ Roll Hotels
If you want to live it up like an A-lister in London... this is where you should be staying.
Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll
A brief run-through of London’s most debauched moments...
London's Best Live Music Venues
Fancy going to a gig? From full-on stadium rock concerts to a DJ set in an East London basement, this guide will help you decide where to go.
The Indie Scene in East London
People are increasingly turning to the Capital's East as an alternative to the arguably overrated West...
The Soho Blues Scene
How the Blues has played an important role in the London music scene over the years, a few key places to play and hear it being played
Jazz In London
Whether you're a jazz expert or interested in knowling more... find out how to get the best out of London's thriving jazz scene.
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Smooth: London's favourite jazz clubs
Sit back, open up your ears and enjoy...
London's best Karaoke bars
Many people's idea of hell on earth, many people's idea of the most awesome night imaginable (and that includes a Wham! comeback gig).
Best venues for rocking out!
The boss has been on your back all week about your TPS report and you know it's not possible for Q3 let alone Q2, you need to unwind, you need to mosh
Venues to catch London's best live indie music
Androgynous haircuts, skinny jeans, subversive T-shirts and poorly played instruments, this isn't just music, this is live Indie music.
Things to try
Jazz in a pub
This local old-school pub on the main Barnes strip has been hosting jazz nights in its Music Room for over 50 years.