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9 great recording studios in London

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Written by Esther C

Published Oct 26, 2023

Would you love to book a recording session but not sure where to start looking? Or maybe you're overwhelmed by the choice in London and don't know which studio is the right fit for you? We've put together a list of 9 of the many great recording studios available throughout London to help you find the studio that aligns with your needs. These recording studios come with engineers and technical experts to help you get the most out of your recording sessions, as well as providing mixing and mastering services for world-class song production.

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  1. Abbey Road Studios
  2. Hot Money Studios
  3. Lightship 95 Studios
  4. The Premises Studios
  5. Metropolis Studios
  6. RAK Studios
  7. Urchin Studios 
  8. Mavro Worldwide Studios
  9. Fiction Studios

1. Abbey Road Studios

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Let’s start with arguably the most famous recording studio in the world.  Abbey Road Studios is known for its iconic history, legendary artists, and state-of-the-art equipment. The Beatles' eleventh studio album with its iconic album cover was named after this studio they had spent so much time recording in. Due to its high demand, booking sessions at Abbey Road may require advance planning and booking. 

Services: Abbey Road offers first class recording studios, mastering and even film sound post-production services. There are 6 different studios available to hire, including recent additions The Gatehouse and Front Room, making the magic of Abbey Road more accessible to emerging talent.

Recent recording artists include: Blur, Travis, Massive Attack, Oasis, Radiohead, Nick Cave, Kanye West, The Spice Girls, Take That and Lady Gaga.

Address: 3 Abbey Rd, London NW8 9AY

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2. Hot Money Studios

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The team at Hot Money primarily work across UK rap, drill, afrobeat and RnB genres but feel free to reach out and see if they’re a suitable match for your project. 

Services: Hot Money offers package pricing which helps artists budget for their time in the studio. Prices start with a 2 hour recording and mixing session at £125 including sound engineer. 

Recent recording artists include: J Hus, Krept & Konan, Stefflon Don, Ard Adz and Jay Sean.

Address: Studio A06 - Mainyard Studios, 92-94 Wallis Rd, London E9 5LN

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3. Lightship 95 Studios

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Known as 'the ship that rocks' Lightship 95 is a recording studio with a difference. The facility is onboard a converted lightship moored at Trinity Buoy Warf, East London. It is part of the Miloco Studios network which began as a single east London studio in 1984 and has now grown into more than 170 high-end recording studios across the world.

Services: You'll find the studio in the hull of the boat, which used to house a huge diesel engine and includes a large isolation booth. The purpose built control room is based around a Calrec S2 console, Protools 12 and a selection of outboard. The control room has direct line of sight to the live room which can easily accommodate a whole band for live tracking. You have access to a large collection of microphones, Fender amps, drums from Slingerland and Rogers, as well as a beautiful red Wurlitzer and a Hammond organ with Leslie.

Recent recording artists include: Royal Blood, Dub Lipa, Metronomy, Young Fathers and Mystery Jets. 

Address: Trinity Buoy Wharf, Orchard Place, London E14 0JW

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4. The Premises Studios

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Located in Hackney, The Premises Studios is known for its excellent facilities and has been used by both emerging and established artists. They have set themselves apart from other recording studios by becoming the first of its kind in Europe to be entirely solar-powered.

Services:  The Premises Studios has state-of-the-art recording studios designed for various music genres, equipped with high-quality recording and mixing equipment. They also offer rehearsal and rooms for bands and musicians looking for a soundproofed space to practice and refine their sound.  

Recent recording artists include: First Aid Kit, George Ezra, Christine and the Queens, Jamie Cullum, FKA Twigs and Years and Years. 

Address: 205-209 Hackney Rd, London E2 8JL

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5. Metropolis Studios

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Set over four floors in a stunning Grade II Listed building at The Power House in West London, Metropolis Studios is one of Europe's largest recording complexes, providing world-class recording, mixing, and mastering services.

Services: The Premises has four studios with their own distinct analogue consoles and writing and production rooms available for short and longterm lease. They can cater to all artists from a large string recording to a vocal tracking session. They also provide access to an amazing team of engineers, assistants as well as microphones and equipment to help you achieve your vision.

Recent recording artists include: Calvin Harris, Rudimental, Clean Bandit, Harry Styles, Jungle, Ellie Goulding, The Script, David Guetta, Paloma Faith and Rag’n’Bone Man.

Address: 70 Chiswick High Rd, Chiswick, London W4 1SY

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6. RAK Studios

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RAK Studios is located in St. John’s Wood in North London and is a popular choice for both music and post-production work. It offers a range of recording spaces and has hosted many renowned musicians.

Services: There are four studios at RAK, all comfortable and spacious and boasting state-of-the-art recording equipment. Unusually for a recording studio, they offer in-house accommodation for up to six people, plus catering facilities and off-street parking for up to 10 vehicles.

Recent recording artists include: Disclosure, Sam Smith, Ed Sheehan, Tinie Tempah, Ella Henderson and Birdy. 

Address: 42-52 Charlbert St., London NW8 7BU

7. Urchin Studios

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Located in Hackney Wick, Urchin Studios is a relaxed environment and is designed to support all artists from self-funded independent musicians to major label recording artists. 

Services: As well as three separate, uniquely designed commercial studios, there are eight purpose built production rooms. This makes Urchin Studios the permanent home to a number of the UK’s top production and engineering talent offering their engineering, mixing and production services.

Recent recording artists include: Maisie Peters, Flume, NAO, Arlo Parks, Kawala, and Bon Iver.

Address: Unit 1, Stonemason's House, Hepscott Rd, London E9 5HB

8. Mavro Worldwide Studios

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Mavro Worldwide is a multi-purpose media production company in south London with not only a recording studio but also film and podcast studios and social media management services.

Services: The recording studio is open 24/7 and offers hire by the hour, half day and full day. Hire fees also include the use of a studio engineer. 

Recent recording artists include: DNCE, Anderson Paak, Kendrick Lamar and DJ Khaled.

Address: Cannon Wharf Business Centre, Pell St, London SE8 5EN

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9. Fiction Studios

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Fiction Studios is a boutique studio in central London which was set up by brothers Dominic and Nathan Cooper in 2016 and comprises of a comfortable, fully sound-proofed and air conditioned space.

Services: Combining Dominic’s experience in the acting field and Nathan’s background in music production, the studio caters for bands, musicians and voiceover artists. The recording studio offers top of the range digital and analogue recording gear. There is also a dedicated drum area which can be used to mic up an acoustic kit. The library area provides a relaxing writing space, which can also be used as a rehearsal/live area with a 2K Active PA system and monitoring wedges.

Recent recording artists include: Bloc Party, Bombay Bicycle Club, Laura Marling, Foals and Arctic Monkeys. 

Address: 22-24 Ely Pl, London EC1N 6TE

Final thoughts

So there you have it, 9 top recording studios in London. We hope this has inspired you to take action on your music goals today. If you haven't found exactly what you're after or would like to explore more locations around London, Tutti has even more recording studios available for hire. Simply view the listings and click 'message host' if you have any questions or queries about booking a session. Tutti allows you to filter your searches by venue location, type and amenities, making it simple to book a recording session in just a few clicks.

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