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.
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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 12 events at this location

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Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the information displayed here is accurate, always check with the venue before attending (especially during the Covid-19 pandemic).

Wed 3 Nov

£0–£9 / 020 7739 7033

Fp Presents: Tony Njoku, Gal Go Grey & Cil

With so much excitement and admiration, FP welcomes our brother Tony Njoku to bless us with his strikingly evocative mix of raw, vulnerable vocals and electronic mastery on the Old Blue Last Stage. Featuring Gal Go Grey & CIL for support. This is an 18+ event.

Sat 23 Oct

£7 / 020 7739 7033

The Guru Guru

Rock band from Belgium.

Thu 11 Nov

£10 / 020 7739 7033

Jeremy Tuplin / Siv Disa / Gillie

A brilliant and prolific artist, we're delighted to announce Jeremy Tuplin for this headline show at the Old Blue Last. With Siv Disa, whose wonderful new album we'll be celebrating too, and the magnificent Gillie, in support, we're on for a magical night. This is an 18+ event.

Fri 10 Dec

£7 / 020 7739 7033

October And The Eyes

A night at the Old Blue Last on the 22nd of October London-based artist October and the Eyes will perform a dreamy headline set with support from Emerson Snowe and Lip. This is an 18+ event (Photo ID Required).

Fri 22 Oct

£7 / 020 7739 7033

Shambolics - London

“The best club in the UK for future rock & roll stars” Noel Gallagher

Fri 5 Nov

£11.30 / 020 7739 7033


This free ticket does not guarantee entry - please arrive in good time. This is a 18+ show (Photo I.D. required).

Thu 28 Oct

Free / 020 7739 7033

This Feeling

London's rock'n'roll/indie/mod night tours the country.

Wed 20 Oct

£7.91 / 020 7739 7033

Wed 10 Nov

£7.91 / 020 7739 7033

Trunky Juno

Lo-fi pop DIY project.

Wed 17 Nov

£9 / 020 7739 7033

Sat 27 Nov

Sold out / 020 7739 7033

Wyldest / Terra Twin / Baggio

Super Deluxe Club is back for another night of excess live at The Old Blue Last. November 6th, Wlydest brings their dream laden, unique blend of soundscapes and Indie gems to The Old Blue Last, supported by Terra Twin & Baggio - both making big waves in the London scene already. This is an 18+ event (Photo ID Required).

Sat 6 Nov

£7 / 020 7739 7033

Thu 4 Nov

£8.80 / 020 7739 7033