The Old Blue Last

The Old Blue Last
38 Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3ES
  • Telephone 020 7739 7033
  • Opening times Mon–Wed: 9am–midnight; Thu 9am–1am; Fri 9am–2am; Sat & Sun noon–2am.
  • Email
  • Website www.theoldbluelast.com
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The Old Blue Last

The Old Blue Last has a raffish history and is proud of it. It was built in 1700 on the site of the first purpose-built theatre in Britain since the Roman era: James Burbage's The Theatre, subsequently dismantled and rebuilt across the river as the Globe, in the world's most spectacular attempt to avoid paying rent. The Last was named after a cobbler's tool, subsequently renamed The Old Blue Last and enduring through the Victorian era as a working-class pub, only to branch in the 20th century into being a brothel and one of the most notorious bars in Shoreditch. It was bought by Vice magazine in 2004 and they still own it, promising that 'literally no one has shot anyone here since we took over'.

The shenanigans are now limited to live music, of which they have a legendarily good booking record: Arctic Monkeys, Amy Winehouse, Florence + the Machine, The La's and many others have played here. It's not about great food, beer connoisseurship or child-friendliness (it's very much 18+): it's about atmosphere, which it has to spare, and dedication to live music.

The nearest Tube stations are Shoreditch High Street (Overground), Old Street (Northern) and Liverpool Street (Hammersmith & City/Central/Circle/Metropolitan).

  • Provides: Free wi-fi
  • Open since: 1876

Events at this venue

There are 23 events at this location

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As Lions

Five-piece rock and metal outfit from London.

Sat 30 Sep

Times to be confirmed / Phone for prices / 020 7739 7033

Baby Strange

Glasgow-based trio specialising in energetic lo-fi garage rock.

Fri 22 Sep

Free / 020 7739 7033

  • 20:00

Charmpit

Pop punk and indie from the London trio of bassist Anne Marie, guitarist Rhianydd and drummer Alex. With support from Pom Poko.

Thu 21 Sep

Free / 020 7739 7033

  • 20:00

City Calm Down

Indie-pop quintet hailing from Melbourne.

Mon 27 Nov

Times to be confirmed / Free / 020 7739 7033

False Advertising

The Manchester-based threesome brings its indie-pop originals to the stage.

Thu 28 Sep

Free / 020 7739 7033

  • 20:00

First Fifty

Live music from First Fifty.

Tue 21 Nov

£6.25 / 020 7739 7033

Wed 22 Nov

£6.25 / 020 7739 7033

Thu 23 Nov

£6.25 / 020 7739 7033

Fling

Wonky pop five-piece from Bradford.

Wed 11 Oct

Free / 020 7739 7033

  • 20:00

French For Rabbits

Dream-folk duo from Wellington, New Zealand.

Mon 16 Oct

£8.50 / 020 7739 7033

French For Rabbits

Dream-pop duo hailing from New Zealand.

Mon 16 Oct

Times to be confirmed / Phone for prices / 020 7739 7033

Henri Herbert And The Fury

The French ex-Jim Jones Revue keyboard player, now resident in London, brings his boogie-woogie and rock material to the stage with his band.

Wed 8 Nov

£11 / 020 7739 7033

John

The Crystal Palace-based two-piece performs its punk rock numbers. With support from Ghost Printer, Unqualified Nurse Band, We Wild Blood and Lost & Bound.

Wed 18 Oct

Free / 020 7739 7033

  • 20:00

Little Grim

The four-piece combo from London, featuring Chris Alger, Roger Muntzer, Joe Murphy and Jeremy Barclay play alt rock. With support from Corella and Indigo Club.

Wed 4 Oct

Free / 020 7739 7033

  • 20:00

Low Commotion

Residents and guests supply funk, soul and disco from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.

Sat 23 Sep

Free / 020 7739 7033

  • 21:00 – 02:00

The Orielles

The indie trio plays pop with lilting harmonies, jangling guitars and pounding wave-like bass sounds.

Tue 21 Nov

£6.25 / 020 7739 7033

Plaza

The four-piece outfit comprising of Bradley, William, Matt and Matt play indie numbers. With support from Echo Arcadia, The Youth And Young and Mad Tango.

Tue 24 Oct

Free / 020 7739 7033

Rews

Pop-punk duo of Shauna Tohill and Collette Williams.

Wed 29 Nov

£8.80 / 020 7739 7033

Roadstars: Broken Witt Rebel and Bad Touch

A double headliner tour from Broken Witt Rebels and Bad Touch.

Thu 12 Oct

£9.90 / 020 7739 7033

Rough Hands

Hardcore metal combo from Brighton and London. Support is Torchbearer plus special guests.

Wed 27 Sep

Free / 020 7739 7033

  • 20:00

The Seamonsters

The six-piece outfit from Sheffield play self-penned indie numbers. Support is Goodbye Brighton, Temples Of Youth, Violets and Kiera Court.

Thu 5 Oct

Free / 020 7739 7033

  • 20:00 – 01:00

Slime Ball 2017

For the fourth year running, we're throwing our annual Slime Ball weekender in the UK, this time running over three nights in Manchester, London & Birmingham.

Fri 29 Sep

Free / 020 7739 7033

  • 18:00 – 20:00

Wed 1 Nov

Free / 020 7739 7033

White Reaper

The five-piece outfit from Louisville, Kentucky play rock in support of its latest album, The World's Best American Band.

Wed 25 Oct

Free / 020 7739 7033

  • 20:00

The Winter Passing

Emo quintet from Ireland.

Thu 9 Nov

£9 / 020 7739 7033

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