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The Forge - Camden

To most people, Camden means ripped jeans and London’s alt-rock history – before all the cool kids went and moved out east, that is. This music and arts hub, though, a mere stone’s throw from the Tube, has Afro-Latin-jazz-funk-soul-Brazil music every week at Friday club night Forgery. Wicked worldly sounds, and it is totally free. 

Free, Fridays, 10.30pm-1am The Forge,
3-7 Delancey Street, NW1 7NL 
Tube | Camden Town


Chak 89 - Mitcham

There are weekly Masti Nights held at this south London restaurant, with a traditional Indian band performing every Thursday. Spicy. 

Free, Thursdays, 8pm-12am 
105 Bond Road, CR4 3HG 
Station | Mitcham Eastfields

Barcelona Tapas Bar - Dulwich

It’s a former pharmacy-turned-restaurant that serves up some tasty flamenco vibes on the last Friday of the month courtesy of Juan Ramirez, with some top music and dancing to accompany your paella. Book in advance.

Free, Last Friday of the month, 7.30pm-10pm  
481 Lordship Lane, SE22 8JY
Station |  Forest Hill

Oi-va-voi - Hackney

This London-based band fuse singer-songwriter influences and EDM vibes with their Jewish cultural heritage and rhythms drawn from eastern Europe. Proper eclectic!

£15+, July 18, 7pm E5 0PU  
Tube | Hackney Central


Ronnie Scott’s - Soho

The legendary Ronnie Scott’s has been bringing the finest jazz sounds to London for more than 50 years. Its Latin night, Viva La Revolucion!, has been running for four, and is the best place to catch the top artists – along with the houseband and special guests – from the UK scene.

£5+, Fridays, 8pm-3am 
147 Frith Street, W1D 4HT 
Tube | Tottenham Court Road



Harrow Arts Centre - Harrow

This multi-artform venue prides itself on spanning the length and breadth of the artistic spectrum and frequently sees world music stars step through its doors. Next upis an evening of live music celebrating 100 years of Bollywood (July 28), and soul and jazz singer Ola Onabule (Sept 27), whose soulful music references his African roots. 

£10+, Dates and times vary 
171 Uxbridge Road, Hatch End, HA5 4EA 
Tube | Hatch End



Green Note Cafe - Camden

This independent music venue and veggie restaurant is the sort of thing hipster-skewering Portlandia finds so funny. It is also quite ace, too, though. The Green Note’s morals are commendable, the musical line-up takes in everything from folk and blues to roots, world and jazz.

Don’t miss Mosi Conde from Guinea’s leading ‘Griot family’, who will be playing a contemporary set first then a traditional set with his band, Kaira Kora Africa, on July 19 – and you can munch on a falafel burger and wash it down with organic tea while you dance.

£10, Daily from 7pm 
106 Parkway, NW1 7AN 
Tube | Camden Town


Photos: Getty; Bas van Est


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