Venue Guide: The Borderline

Here's everything you need to know about the legendary London venue...

The Borderline is an iconic live music venue. The list of acts who have played here is staggering for such an intimate space. The Borderline is a piece of live music history in London and after a 2017 refurb, the concert space is ready to make more memories for music fans for years to come. 


The Borderline
Orange Yard
Off Manette Street
London, W1D 4JB

Telephone Number

0844 847 1678

Brief History

Live music has been performed at The Borderline (formally Break For The Border) since the 1970’s. It was clear that the venue was here to stay as it gathered attention as a special place to see a show in the 80’s.

When the alternative Brit-Pop boom begun in the 90’s this is arguably the decade in which The Borderline truly cemented itself as the most exciting underground music venue in London. Blur, R.E.M, The Verve, PJ Harvey, Stereophonics, Muse and so many more huge acts played The Borderline in the 90’s.

The success of the venue continued into the 00’s as the Indie/Alternative scene began to take centre stage. Bloc Party, Amy Winehouse, Ryan Adams among loads of other legends packed the venue out in the noughties. The Borderline continues to move with the times to this day.

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Who has played there?

Aside from the aforementioned legendary artists from back in the day, great acts like Mumford & Sons, The 1975, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Tash Sultana and much more have played The Borderline more recently.  

Have there been any “I was there” moments? 

If you are lucky enough to have been at the Oasis, R.E.M or Rage Against The Machine shows at this intimate venue, you know how special they were. Everyone else … well, you’ll just have to go to a concert at The Borderline to make your own memories. 

How do I get there?

The Borderline is in the heart of London city. It’s incredibly well serviced by public transport links. It’s walking distance from Tottenham Court Road tube station and Oxford Circus. The building itself is tucked away in Orange Yard.

Where should I eat?

You’re in the centre of London the food options are endless. If you’ve got time to kill before the gig, Dishoom is an incredibly tasty Indian restaurant close by. Give yourself loads of time though as it’s always busy.


Jackpot… or a pot of jack(fruit).

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Where can I stay?

There’s plenty of hotels and hostels in the area and if you’re willing to do a little bit of travel hit up airbnb.

Ticketweb Tip:

Make sure you get yourself a pint of Borderline lager or one of the venue’s signature frozen margaritas, and also take a visit to the bathroom at some stage, even just to admire the space-station style corridor.

Where can you carry on the party?

The Borderline opens late Thursday through Sunday; alternatively…

The city is your oyster but if you want to stay central, try Cahoots for late night classy cocktails or Crobar for a not-so-classy late night Rock’n’Roll inspired night out.

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