• Gabrielle Bossy

The Boston Music Room: London, England

Updated: Mar 14, 2018

The Boston Music Room stands proudly sandwiched between a rowdy pub and a larger sister venue. Between the two, you might not even notice as you walk down a main road of Tufnell Park, a trendy but quieter neighbourhood in London, England. Off the beaten path of London's downtown, this tiny venue is more than meets the eye at first glance.

Photo by: Ryan Mueller

It's so much more. The Boston Music Room was originally built in 1884. It's been everything from an old swimming pool and a wrestling hot spot to a dance hall. Add that to the fact that it stood the test of time through two world wars and it's clear to see that the Boston Music Room is more than just a place for bands to play.

Enter the 80s and 90s when The Boston Music Room was established as a venue and punk bands began to play there. Establishing itself on London's extensive punk scene was a feat in itself; after all the country birthed so many of punk's greats. The venue's success with punk allowed them to reach out into indie and rock bands too of which they had several bands (often before the blew up) come to play. White Stripes anyone?

Unfortunately, the venue closed for almost a decade in the early 2000s but in 2013 re-opened with more vigour than ever! We're talking Alabama Shakes and Florence + The Machine. Today, The Boston Music Room sits quietly sandwiched in the same location, bringing in a spectacular array of musicians, renowned but not too well known. Next time you do a hop, jump and a skip over to jolly ol' London see if you can catch a show here!

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