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The city of London has an unbelievably rich, cultural history when it comes to music. Of course, the music world wouldn’t be the same if it weren’t for London bands like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, and Led Zeppelin. Whether you are in the mood for a rock n’ roll trip down memory lane, or if you’re looking for a night of fantastic music and culture while in London, there are several music venues that each offer a unique and often historical experience for any traveler to London.
Shepherd's Bush Empire
Shepherd’s Bush Empire is a gorgeous music venue that has been open since 1903. This venue features both live music and theatre. For a long time, this music venue was run by BBC television. However, in the years surrounding when the BBC did a lot of filming here, it has become a favourite stopping point on bands’ tours, especially those who take pride in playing in an intimate setting. Because there only 2,000 seats in the theatre, up-and-coming bands often find a home on this stage.
If you are looking for convenient public transportation to and from Shepherd’s Bus Empire, the venue is easily accessible by the tube. The closest tube stations are the Shepherd’s Bush Hammersmith and City Line and the Shepherd’s Bush Central Line.
Royal Albert Hall in London
Royal Albert Hall in London is a world famous hall, music venue, and overall center where the arts and sciences and thrive. This hall first opened in 1871 and since then, has not only need a venue for the most popular most of its time, but it has also housed talks by many famous world figures, leaders, and speakers such as Winston Churchill, the Queen of England, the Dalai Lama, and Nelson Mandela, among countless other.
As far as the Hall’s place in music, all of the greats have stepped foot on this stage, such as Rachmaninov, Elton John, Eric Clapton, The Killers, and so many more.
Whether you have tickets to a spectacular show, of you are just strolling through South Kensington near Hyde Park, Royal Albert Hall in London is a must-see when traveling through London.
Brixton Academy, a very popular music venue in the Brixton neighbourhood of South London, has an incredible reputation in the music industry among musicians and music fans alike. This 5,000 seat venue is one of the largest music venues in London next to the enormous arenas, and it is also much more sought after. Many big name artists can sell out several nights in a row at Brixton Academy. This music venue has featured famous musical acts such as Madonna, The Sex Pistols, The Clash, and Bob Dylan, just to name a few.
For many bands and musicians, playing at Brixton Academy means you’ve made it. For fans of any musical genre, visiting the venue or attending a show here means you stepped foot into a very important home to London’s music scene.
Royal Festival Hall
The Royal Festival Hall is different from some of the older, and more historical music venues in London. This Hall was built in 1951, originally as a part of the city’s Festival of Britain. The building that houses the music hall has many components: several restaurants and pubs, a shopping centre, a ballroom, poetry library, and, of course, the auditorium.
If you’ve had enough of London’s rock n’ roll history, the Royal Festival Hall is a great destination spot for classical music. The famous London Philharmonic Orchestra plays most of its concerts in London on this stage.
Located on the south side of the River Thames, this hall is accessible by bus, river, bike, and the tube.
Known as London’s second largest indoor concert area, Wembley Area, which is next to the famous Wembley Stadium, originally opened under the name Empire Pool and Sports Arena, but has since been refurbished and reinvented. As a big name itself in large music venues, this arena features acts that meet its reputation. David Bowie, Dolly Parton, Stevie Wonder, and Prince are only some of the world famous musicians to have graced the Wembley Stage.
Wembley arena is located in the true center of the exciting and mast moving entertainment industry of London, and is only a twenty-minute ride from the Bond St. Station on the tube.