The Dogstar has been a part of the Brixton nightlife scene for as long as I can remember. It used to be a grungy pub with a pretty dodgy reputation, however it has now cleaned up its act and provides live music and DJs every week in the main bar. Upstairs, there's a massive ballroom where cabaret nights, comedy clubs and parties often happen.
389 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton SW9 8LQ
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Rough Trade East is an independent record store situated just off Brick Lane in east London. They frequently host in-store gigs for artists predominantly from the indie scene and those still emerging.
I like these gigs because they are small and I can always manage to get to right to the front, just a few centimetres from my favourite band, while being able to see them properly - something I rarely experience at other gigs. After their performance we can meet the artist and get a signed album/single.
Each an every gig is like a once in a life time opportunity and you never forget them!
There's nowhere quite like the Jazz Cafe when it comes to music gigs. I love the intimacy of the venue and how close you feel to the performers.
This is an amazing quiet grand 18th Century square hidden away in the centre of London. By day it's a great place for a drink and a play in the fountains. By night in the summer you can hear great bands such as Beady Eye, Blondie, Hurts, Eels and Ellie Goulding.
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