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The List: London’s Best Open Mic Nights

Now you know where they all are, what's your excuse?

By / June 12, 2018

East

Jawdance - Best Open Mic Nights London
   Jawdance

Jawdance

Monthly on Wednesdays

Rich Mix

Hosted by two key promoters in the spoken word scene, this venture has ten slots up for grab every month, which are given out at random. Yomi Sode is Jawdance's lovely and funny host.

Free
Spirit and Soul Open Mic

Spirit and Soul Open Mic

Every Tuesday

Troy Bar

This quiet little bar on a Shoreditch back street hosts one of the most notable, if slightly under the radar, open mics in East London. Surprise performers have included Macy Gray and Jessie J.

Free
Extra Second - Best Open Mic Nights London
   Extra Second

Extra Second London

Monthly

Gallery Café

The perfect open mic for those interested in nights with a political focus. At Extra Second, you’ll find poetry, open mic, and debate framed around different monthly themes.

Free
BoxedIn at Boxpark - Best Open Mic Nights London
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BoxedIn

Monthly

Boxpark Shoreditch

East London is now fertile ground for spoken word events. But Boxedin has been there since the early days, cultivating a rich monthly programme of performers who are among the best in town.

£2.50 min
Word on the Street - Best Open Mic Nights London

WORD on the STREET

Monthly

Below Boondocks

Widening the spectrum of spoken word nights in London, Word on the Street is heavily influenced by the New York hip-hop scene. The show is about the power of the voice, and power of the word.

£10

North

Comedy/Cabaret at The Kings Head - Best Open Mic Nights London

Comedy/Cabaret Open Mic at The Kings Head

Every Thursday

Downstairs at The Kings Head

This Crouch End comedy club is one of the best known in Britain. Founded in 1981, for forty years the Kings Head has served as a breeding ground for many household names.

Free
Spiritual Bar - Best Open Mic Nights London

Open Mic at Spiritual Bar

Every Tuesday

Spiritual Bar

Spiritual Bar is a bohemian bolthole that also runs its own record label. On Tuesdays, their open mic invites audiences to bring their instruments, and join the diverse range of music promoted here.

Free
The Fiddler's Elbow - Best Open Mic Nights London

Open Mic and Jam at The Fiddler’s Elbow

First Tuesday of Every Month

The Fiddler's Elbow

Open every night of the week with live music, The Fiddler's Elbow is a firmly established venue on the Camden music scene. Their monthly open mics always draw a good crowd in this historic pub.

Free
North London Tavern - Best Open Mic Nights London

Dailia Open Mic

Every Thursday

North London Tavern

Every week, you’ll find Dailia and her crew hosting this contemporary open mic night. Set in this lovely old-style Kilburn pub, Dailia keeps a regular community of people coming back to this local.

Free
Babel Open Mic

Babel Open Mic

Monthly

Babel Art House

This artist co-op in Stoke Newington hosts an eclectic range of events, with open mic performers asked to contribute thoughts on a monthly changing theme.

Free

West

Groove Kitchen - Best Open Mic Nights London

Groove Kitchen – Open Mic/Live Music Jam

Monthly (Venues change)

Mau Mau Bar

Groove Kitchen’s regular monthly music jams have become popular among West Londoners. Their
open mic at the Mau Mau Bar features a house band, with singers and vocalists invited to come on stage.

£3.83
Open Mic Castle Inn

Castle Inn Open Mic

Every Thursday

Castle Inn

This classic little pub has become a regular spot for anyone gigging on the open mic scene. The Castle Inn is always full of a crowd of regulars interested in hearing something new.

Free
The Stags Head - Best Open Mic Nights London

Open Mic at The Stags Head

Mondays

The Stags Head

This pub in the lovely suburban area of Barnes has always run a regular jam session for locals. For anyone with an interest in jazz, it’s a good place to relax on a Monday evening.

Free
Sing for your supper - Best Open Mic Nights London

Sing for Your Supper

Every Tuesday

The Magic Garden

This quirky little night is for anyone who wants to bag a free supper. Get up and sing, and a drink and dinner is on the house. Now in its 9th year, the night has a strong community feel.

Free
Open Mic at The Green - Best Open Mic Nights London
   The Green

Open Mic Night at The Green

Every Monday

The Green

This Monday meet up at The Green in is one of the last of its kind in West London, with many open mic nights being discontinued. The evening intersperses open mic with music from the pub’s house band.

Free

South

Ghost Notes Spaces in Between
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The Spaces Inbetween

Alternate Tuesdays, Spring and Summer

Ghost Notes

This celebration of music and improvisation takes place on alternate Tuesdays through spring and summer. Attendees are invited to contribute alongside the house band of celebrated local musicians.

Free
Spread the Jam - Best Open Mic Nights London
   Off the Cuff

Spread the Cuff

One Sunday per Month

Off the Cuff

Turning the stereotype of an open mic night on its head, this is an evening where spontaneity thrives. Expect performers from a range of disciplines in a mix of jazz jams, spoken word, and more.

Free
Beat Meet - Best Open Mic Nights London

Beat Meet (L.A.B Collective)

Monthly

Upstairs at the Ritzy

Expect a room full of interesting songwriters, producers, and beat-makers at this monthly jam at Brixton's favourite cinema.

£5
Well Versed Boxpark - Best Open Mic Nights London
   Well Versed

Well Versed

Monthly

Boxpark Croydon

Well Versed was started in 2015, with the aim of emboldening communities through poetry. Their monthly open mic night welcomes three headline poets, plus anyone else who wants to sign up to perform.

Free
Open Mic at New Cross Inn

Open Mic at New Cross Inn

Every Tuesday Evening

New Cross Inn

This South London pub hosts one of the most long-standing open mic nights in London. Every Tuesday, you will find bands, comedians and poets among the hopefuls

Free

Central

King Gong - Best Open Mic Nights London
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King Gong

Last Monday of the Month

Comedy Store

A death match of comedians: survive three minutes on the stage and you’re through to the final. Mere attendees can watch the whole thing unfold from the comfort of their chair.

£7-£10
Kings Arms - Best Open Mic Nights London
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No Pressure Open Mic

Last Saturday of the Month

Kings Arms

Bang in the centre of Soho, this monthly event attracts a regular crew of open mic-ers. Regular performers often return to play for new audiences. You’ll fall on something surprisingly brilliant here.

Free
Poetry and Shaah - Best Open Mic Nights London

Poetry and Shaah

Every Few Months

Poetry Café

Poetry and Shaah aims to build bridges between different communities, by providing space for conversation and positive energy. The intimate Poetry Cafe is the perfect setting.

Free
The West End's Musical Theatre - Best Open Mic Nights London

The West End’s Musical Theatre Open Mic Night

Every Thursday

Phoenix Artist Club

This popular open mic takes place in one of London’s secret theatre bars. Underneath The Phoenix Theatre, you can snuggle into one of the deep red booths, and be part of a New York style piano bar.

Up to £20

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