One of London’s most historic sites, the 100 Club has been a live music basement venue in the capital since 1942. Many big artists have performed there, including Alice Cooper, Paul McCartney, Plan B and Queens of the Stone Age. Playing such a prominent part of London’s music scene, 100 Club is a legendary venue that brings a variety of events to clubbers and gig-goers today.
100 Club began life as a restaurant, which held jazz and swing music weekly. It quickly became a jazz club, with big names in music making an appearance - such as Louis Armstrong. Over the years, the venue evolved with the times, witnessing big names of punk and rock in the 1970 and 1980s. 100 Club hosted legendary events such as the 1976 punk festival, the setting for the Sex Pistol’s live album, and The Rolling Stones warm up gig. The 100 Club also has the longest-running Northern Soul raves in the world. Its history and unique events mean that tickets to 100 Club in London are gold.
Today, the programme at 100 Club is varied and comprises a range of gigs, dance classes and club nights. It tributes its roots with swing dance classes and its golden era 1970s interior decor. It generally still hosts gigs from big bands warming up for their tour performing secret shows, or up-and-coming artists wanting to showcase their material.
In the heart of London, 100 Club is close to the illustrious theatre district, the West End as well as the University of London, Piccadilly Circus and Oxford Circus. The full address of 100 Club is Century House, 100 Oxford St, Fitzrovia, London W1D 1LL.
For seated events, 100 club holds up to 200, and stretches up to 350 for standing events. The atmosphere is fairly intimate, which lends to the grimy but uber cool setting. There is a bar on either side, serving up a range of draught beers and drinks. The stage is fairly low, with stools and seating often plotted at either side. Unfortunately, the basement venue only has stair access meaning it is difficult for patrons with mobility issues.
Parking isn’t generally easy for 100 Club due to its central location, however there are many options via public transport. The nearest tube stations are Tottenham Court Road and Oxford Circus, or there are buses that travel north-south and stop at both of these. Alternatively buses travelling from east to west are likely to pass through Oxford Street close to the venue.