If you would really like to hear some live music while in London but think the price will be prohibitive then let me share with you the secret places where we can regularly enjoy free music across the capital.
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Southbank Centre has an incredible amount of free music and entertainment. I saw David McAlmont singing one Saturday evening in the Clore Ballroom and it was magical. The Clore Ballroom is a great venue as it's viewable from the bar and shop so you can watch a bit, grab a drink, come back and watch some more. It's all very relaxed here.
Update: There is no foyer music here until 2014 during the renovations. The info below has been kept for reference but is currently not valid.
Just a bit further along the South Bank is the National Theatre where you can here free foyer music at lunchtimes and pre-performances. Head down on Mondays to Fridays at 5.45pm and Saturdays at 1pm and 5.45pm. The musical choice is varied from cool jazz to upbeat ethnic it's always worth stopping to listen.
4. King's Place
Kings Place opened in October 2008. The ground floor has an art gallery - dedicated to sculpture, next to the main entrance; cafes and restaurants, plus a waterside terrace. It's not a view you expect in King's Cross - canal barges moored in Battlebridge Basin. And there are regular free events.
5. St. Olave'sSt Olave's Church in the City of London is a small medieval church, where Samuel Pepys, London's 17th century diarist, and his wife Elizabeth lie buried. It was badly damaged during the Second World War and fully restored during the 1950s. St. Olave's is a peaceful place to listen to music, with a lively lunchtime recital series. Lunchtime recitals are held on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 1pm.
7. Royal Free Offerings
The Royal Opera House offers free lunchtime recitals on Mondays at 1pm. You can book online from 9 days before the event.
10. Trafalgar Square
11. Covent Garden Market
You'll regularly hear free live music in Covent Garden Market. Go into the middle of the market and look down onto the lower level to see who's on. I've heard beautiful classicial music and an opera singer who came and sang to my daughter. Magical.