West London Open Mic Nights — The Top 10

There are so many fantastic music venues hosting well-loved open mic and jam nights in West London that it’s hard to narrow it down to just ten. Plenty of top musicians have started out in West London; Phil Collins hails from Chiswick, Estelle and Lily Allen were born in Hammersmith and Freddie Mercury studied graphic art and design at Ealing Art College (he later designed the heraldic arms for Queen).

In this article, we include: 

  • Brent
  • Ealing
  • Harrow 
  • Hammersmith and Fulham
  • Hillingdon
  • Hounslow 

Best West London Weekly Open Mic Nights

So, if you’re looking for places that support live music, there are plenty of fantastic West London open mics and jam nights to choose from. Here are our favourites, in no particular order.

#1 The George IV: London Unplugged Open Mic

Best West London Weekly Open Mic Nights

Photography: Tom Lukas

The George IV takes the crown as one of Chiswick’s best pubs, with a brilliant courtyard garden and plenty of live music on offer.

Full-time musician and former sound engineer Tom Lukas, of London Unplugged, provides the whole package for their weekly open mic night.

They use a professional standard full PA, speakers, a subwoofer and a stage monitor, plus lights and additional mood lighting also.  It’s no surprise that the sound is excellent, as Tom says, “It was actually one of the problems I really wanted to address with my nights, having done a lot of open misc a few years ago as an original artist myself.”

The night is an acoustic one, so performers are acoustic solos/duos (sometimes trios with Cajon). They provide a house guitar and keyboard on request via their booking form. The stage area is in the centre point of the main bar, visible from outside from walkers-by.

These events are run to the highest standard, a bridge between a traditional open mic and a showcase night, each act getting a proper 4 song set on a well set up stage area.

Venue location:    The George IV – 185 High Road, Chiswick, Hounslow, West London, W4 2DR
Phone number:  020 8994 4624
Open Mic Night:  Wednesdays from 8pm
Want to perform?  You can book a slot on the London Unplugged website

The Distillers: London Unplugged Acoustic Open Mic

Hammersmith’s home of craft beer, The Distillers is the perfect spot for post-work drinks and some great live music.

The same as the George IV above, the night is run by Tom Lukas of London Unplugged in the same manner and with the same package.

The Distillers tends to attract a younger crowd and can be more of a lively atmosphere.

Venue location:    The Distillers – 64 Fulham Palace Road, West London, W6 9PH
Phone number:  020 8748 2834
Open Mic Night:  Thursdays from 8pm
Want to perform?  You can book a slot on the London Unplugged website

#2 The Duke of Cornwall: Acoustify Wednesday  

The Duke of Cornwall Fulham: Acoustify Wednesday  

A hidden gem in Hammersmith, The Duke of Cornwall is a spacious and friendly pub which is a bustling hub for the local community. 

Hosted by Mike Gill (he’s been hosting for 8 years), Acoustify Wednesday is held in the main bar, in the front window.  They supply a Martin Guitar, excellent Yamaha piano, a Cajon and, of course, a high-quality PA.  

It’s a fun night with a supportive audience, which gets very busy around some shows at The Apollo nearby.  

They usually finish the night with a jam session with the remaining musicians around midnight.  

Venue location:    The Duke of Cornwall – Fulham Palace Road, Hammersmith and FulhamWest London, W6 9PH 
Phone number:  020 8748 3948 
Open Mic Night:  Every Wednesday from 7.30pm 
Want to perform?  Sign up in person on the night or check their Facebook page for details

#3 The Red Lion: The Midweek Jam Session 

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The Red Lion is a time-capsule, lovely old character Victorian pub on a residential street.

‘The Midweek Session’ is hosted by Paul Eaton, a published singer-songwriter who’s been running it for almost three years. It started as an acoustic jam, open mic and drinking session, which quickly grew to a set-up of full backline.

Drums, bass amp, guitar amp, acoustic amp, real piano, guitars, bass, mics and PA are all available for use.

There’s a strong mainstay of key players at the session, from an ex-session guitarist, resident bass player/singer (Paul), pianist, and “the friendliest house drummer on earth”.

All are happy to accompany or just watch and support any new talent that walks through the door.

Performers range from late teens just starting out, to 70-something ex-pros and everything in between. All are equals on the night.

Definitely one to get involved in if you’d like to support a great venue and local talent. The night finishes at 11pm ISH!… with quite a unique ending – but you have to head down to be privy to that yourself.

Venue location:    The Red Lion – 92-94 Linkfield Rd, Isleworth, Hounslow, West London, TW7 6QJ 
Phone number:  020 8560 1457 
Open Mic Night:  Every Wednesday from 8.30pm
Want to perform?  All abilities are welcome, check their Facebook page for details

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#4 The Old Pack Horse: The Thursday Open Mic Night

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A historic Chiswick pub, the story of The Old Pack Horse dates back as far as 1747. The establishment at that time featured an assembly room that played host to evening balls and other entertainment.  

Probably one of the longest running, especially in West London, the nights been going for over 4-5 years.

Hosted by musician Duncan Hogg, there’s excellent sound through two 1000w QSC speakers and an 8 channel Yamaha mixing desk. There’s also a house guitar and Cajon drum available.

They normally have up to 15 players or more a night, at 3 songs per person generally. They get a diverse range of acts, from rappers to spoken word poetry.

Duncan often accompanies the performers on Cajon, guitar or vocals, so if you’re looking to show off your voice, this is the perfect night for you.

Venue location:    The Old Pack Horse – 434 Chiswick High RdHounslowWest London, W4 5TF 
Phone number:  020 8994 2872 
Open Mic Night:  Every Thursday from 7.30pm 
Want to perform?  Just let them know on the night book a slot on their Facebook group

#5 The Castle Inn: Open Mic Night

The Castle Inn: Open Mic Night

Ealing’s friendliest pub, with plenty of regular events and music nights, The Castle Inn is a fantastic venue that supports live music. Their famous open mic nights and live music nights showcase some of the best musical talent from all over London and beyond.

Hosted by the wonderful Laurence Jepson, they have a fabulous house band, plus all the usual great musicians and performers.

Their open mics are always a cracking night, with a friendly, relaxed vibe and great performers on display. If you want to take part just come down and talk to Laurence or one of the bar staff.

Open to all who want to take part, or head down just to relax and enjoy some amazing live music.

Venue location:    The Castle Inn – 36 St. Mary’s Road, Ealing, West London, W5 5EU
Phone number:  020 8567 3285
Open Mic Night:  Thursday from 8.30pm
Want to perform?  All performers, singers, musicians and music lovers welcome

#6 The Green: Monday Open Mic/Jam Night

The Green is a charming, shabby-chic pub offering delicious food, great drinks and unforgettable experiences. They welcome everyone and the vibe is very friendly.

Held upstairs in the venue, their weekly open mic has been run by Giorgio Papini of New Music London for over a year now, There’s a backline, guitar and Cajon provided.

They get every kind of performer; singer-songwriters, guitarists, flautist and drummers, and it’s a popular night, with great music and a friendly atmosphere.

Venue location:    The Green – 172-174 Uxbridge Road, Hammersmith and Fulham, West London, W12 7JP
Phone number:  020 8749 5709
Open Mic Night:  Every Monday from 8pm
Want to perform?  Let them know on the night

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#7 The Durell Arms: Open Mic

The Durell Arms is a great little pub in Fulham, with wooden floors, vintage booths and sky-lit ‘great hall’ for quizzes and live music.

Their weekly open mic is hosted by musician Yusuf Yilmaz and has been running for over four years now. He’s a talented musician himself and will help calm any pre-performance nerves and provide a professional introduction.

The night is held in the main bar, with a keyboard, guitar and drums all provided.

Open to everyone, they usually get a mix of pop, rock and blues music.

Venue location:    The Durell Arms – 704 Fulham Road, West London, SW65
Phone number:  020 7736 3014
Open Mic Night:  Every Thursday from 8.30pm
Want to perform?  Just sign up on the night

#8 The Kings Head: UK Open Mic

The Kings Head is a traditional British pub and restaurant in Bayswater, with a cosy atmosphere and friendly staff. On Fridays they have a lively open mic night hosted by UK Open Mic.

They run a selection of nights around London, which they’ve been running for over 6 years. The equipment is more or less the same; mixing desks (4 XLR/line inputs and a further 4 line inputs), 2 mics/mic stands, 2 instruments, 2 PA speakers, and an aux lead for backing tracks, along with a house guitar, cajon and percussion.

Mostly it’s Behringer gear. Probably 85-90% performers are music (usually singer-songwriter, acoustic guitar and vocal) with about 5-8% comedians and the rest poets and others.

The nights are both chilled and busy. If it’s someone’s first time or their fiftieth, they get treated the same, with a friendly, encouraging and accommodating.

They make sure everything very fair, informal, relaxed and fun.

Venue location:    The Kings Head – 33 Moscow Road, Bayswater, Westminster, West London, W2 4AH
Phone number:  020 7229 4233
Open Mic Night:  Fridays from 7pm
Want to perform?  All styles are welcome and you can book your space here

#9 The Milford Arms: Open Mic

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The Milford Arms in Isleworth is a lovely little gem of a venue, with Live music on Friday evenings, Jazz on Monday and a fantastic new open mic on a Thursday.

The open mic started in April, after a carefully selected year of music, and is hosted by local musician Sal of The Friscos.

They have e a full backline with full-size conga and percussion instruments, full drum kit, various quality amplifiers, quality American Martin acoustic guitar, fender telecaster electric guitar, Yamaha piano, bass and latest technology in digital wireless pa systems.

All their equipment is top-of-the-range as is used by Sal and his band. They welcome all performers, from big names of the local blues scene and few celebrities to anyone wanting to take on stage. Violins, double bass, saxophones, flutes, to name few.

Sign in from 8.00 pm. Sal also records the open mic and provides a video copy upon request for those partaking. 

This is a wonderful outlet for aspiring talent in the area to showcase their abilities, and it’s ideal for all abilities.

Venue location:    The Milford Arms –  574 London Road, Isleworth, Hounslow, West London, TW7 4EY
Phone number:  020 8560 1546
Open Mic Night:  Thursdays from 8pm
Want to perform?  All genres and styles welcome, check their Facebook page for details

#10 Belushi’s Shepherd’s Bush: W12 Open Mic

A great sports and live music venue overlooking Shepherd’s Bush Green, Belushi’s has 2-4-1 cocktails every evening and a whole host of entertainment on offer.

On Mondays, they have a relatively new open mic hosted by musician Anthony O’Rjoger. Guitar and Cajon are provided, but no backing tracks.

They get singers and musicians performing all different styles of music. Sometimes they are wildly busy, other nights can be quiet and Anthony can give the acts more time.

They have a small stage, suitable for solo acts (though they have hosted duos), in the back corner of the pub.

To get your chance to perform, you just need to sign up on the night.

Every performer get a free drink as well.

Venue location:    Belushi’s – 13-15 Shepherd’s Bush Green, Hammersmith and Fulham, West London, W12 8PH
Phone number:  020 8735 0270
Open Mic Night:  Mondays from 8.30pm
Want to perform?  Everyone is welcome

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Trinity Bar: Parlour Party Open Mic

9. Trinity Bar: Parlour Party Open Mic

Trinity is a late licensed music venue/pub/club in Harrow, bringing a bit of Camden into the suburbs for the past 25 years. Set on two floors, with unique Gothic decor, they aim to promote great live music in an unpretentious yet safe and friendly atmosphere.

The Open Mic night is hosted by Whirl-y-Gig’s Mary & Richard Sutcliffe and recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. They have a piano, guitars, fiddles & bongo’s or people can bring their own.

They get everyone and anyone performing, from solo artists to bands and poets to storytellers. The vibe is distinctly hippy.

Richard and Mary dress the room in Saris and fairy lights and the bar gets candlelit. The night often includes two featured artists who play extended sets, as well as the normal sign up system.

There’s also a late bar after for anyone who wants to stay and network with some fellow musicians.

Venue location:    Trinity Bar – 378-380 Station Road, Harrow, West London, HA1 2DE
Phone number:  020 8424 9888
Open Mic Night:  First Friday of the month from 7-11.30pm
Want to perform?  Check their Facebook group for more details

Grove Bar & Restaurant: Acoustic Open Mic

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A relaxed and friendly gastro restaurant in Hammersmith, Happzy selected The Grove as one of the best in London.

Their popular acoustic open mic has been running for over a year and is run hosted by John ‘Bonzo’ Butler and Jon Dunn. They’ve built up a regular crowd of able players, with a moderately well-known face every now and then.

It’s held in a lovely room upstairs that’s decorated with fairy lights. There’s a house band that starts the proceedings, a PA and house piano is provided and anything goes on an acoustic instrument.

They get all sorts of performances; Americana, folk, classical, old-time, even an Indonesian string quintet

There’s a very appreciative audience of people who have come either to play or to hear the music.

Venue location:    Grove Bar – 83 Hammersmith Grove, Hammersmith and Fulham, West London, W6 0NQ
Phone number:  020 8748 2966
Open Mic Night:  First Wednesday of the month from 7.30-11pm
Want to perform?  Sign up at 7pm

The Brewery Tap: Open Mic Bash

The Brewery Tap: Open Mic Bash

A traditional back street boozer, the Brewery Tap has decades of experience as a music venue and community pub. In one form or another, they’ve been hosting open mic nights for about twenty years now.

The hosts vary, and currently three separate nights have open mic components. The hosts include Sebastian, Harmonica Lewinsky and Harry Deagan.

The venue provides a piano, mics, speakers and a great PA. Sometimes people prefer to bring their own instruments.

The nights tend to attract a lot of Jazz players, but they also get plenty of blues, folk and classic rock & roll.

Always free entry, everyone is welcome, and it’s a very receptive atmosphere!

Venue location:    The Brewery Tap – 47 Catherine Wheel Road, Brentford, Hounslow, West London, TW8 8BD
Phone number:   020 8568 6006
Open Mic Night:  Various monthly nights, check their event page for details
Want to perform?  Everyone is welcome to get involved

The Rocket Acton: WE Jam

The Rocket is a friendly  pub and diner, with live music on offer every Friday and Saturday and a monthly fantastic jam night.

WE Jam is an established monthly event for musicians and music lovers, and every month Marco Christaudo and the house band (Emma Louise Benwell, Fischer and Marco) bring their talents and put on a great night of funk, soul and pretty much everything else.

The entire venue is theirs for the night and they provide full PA, drums, amps, etc. People bring their own guitars, bass, flutes, sax, etc. and join in.

There are plenty of musos in the areas so it’s growing and always fun. They tend to get lots of singers as well, which is great.

Bring your instruments and voices and get ready to jump on the stage!

Venue location:    The Rocket – 11-13 Churchfield Road, Acton, West London, W36
Phone number:  020 8993 6123
Open Mic Night:  Every first Tuesday of the month from 8pm
Want to perform?  Everyone is welcome to get involved

The Three Wishes: Open Mic/Jam Night

The Three Wishes: Open Mic/Jam Night

The Three Wishes are a live music venue with bands every Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. They love music and there’s always a tuned guitar on the wall for any impromptu musos who wish to give a rendition.

This open mic has been running for the last 10 years and is hosted by Marco and Carmel (alias Acoustic Edge). A full back line is set up, with the use of bass, electric, electro-acoustic guitar and piano all available.

They get musicians, singers, poets and all sorts! The audience is really respectful and just want to sit and listen, with newcomers always made feel welcome.

Venue location:    The Three Wishes – 20 Broadwalk, Harrow, West London, HA2 6ED
Phone number:  020 8424 8336
Open Mic Night:  Last Thursday of the month from 8pm
Want to perform?  Check their events page on Facebook

The General Eliott: Open Mic

The General Eliott is a very friendly, family-run pub located by the grand union canal.

Home to the best live entertainment in Uxbridge, they host karaoke and a great weekly open mic, also run Acoustic Edge. It’s been running for almost 3 years and they provide the PA, electric and acoustic guitars, bass, keyboard, drum machine and Cajon.

It’s a very relaxed, friendly open mic where people can do their own thing. You can also jam with other musicians if they want to and there’s also encouragement for spoken word.

It is very popular and can get very busy, but it does vary week to week.

Venue location:    The General Eliott – St Johns Rd, Uxbridge. Hillingdon UB8 2UR
Phone number:  01895 237385
Open Mic Night:  Wednesdays from 8pm
Want to perform?  Check their Facebook group for details

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The Cross Lances: Open Mic

The Cross Lances is a welcoming, community pub, popular with locals and visitors alike and renowned for excellent ales and plenty of sporting and musical entertainment. This is a friendly, music-loving pub, with regular gigs at weekends

A fun, professional open mic night hosted by singer-songwriter and musician Elaine Samuels.

The pub has a great atmosphere and the night is always fun with plenty of jamming, featuring guitar, harmonica, violin and lots of voices (including songs and poetry) and percussion!

Venue location:    The Cross Lances – 236 Hanworth Road, Hounslow, West London, TW3 3TU
Phone number:  020 8577 2854
Open Mic Night:  First Sunday of the month from 7-10.30pm
Want to perform?  Just let them know on the night or check the Facebook page

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Have you guys been to Open Mic night at The White Horse in Richmond. It’s been running for more than 10years and has some incredible talent every week!

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