London has some of the best comedy clubs in the world. This is very much a centre of the comedy scene. The hardest part is choosing where to go!
Set in the heart of the West End and just a short tube ride from Presidential Marylebone Mayfair is the Soho Theatre, one of the most vibrant and lively venues as it is a centre for new writing development. This is where you can find the hottest new comedians trying out their sketches and word play.
The Comedy Store is without doubt the London’s busiest comedy venue. Over 3,500 people visit this club every week, drawn by the sheer range of performers. With a different show every night there is always something new to see including improvisations, topical news based comedy and stand up comedy from around the world. Fancy your own talents as a comedian? Then try your luck at the open mic talent search on the last Monday of every month. If you are staying at Serviced Apartments Central London then you are in luck as this would ease your travel heck.
Laugh Out Comedy Club offers brilliant alternative comedy at venues in Camden, Brixton and Islington. This is where many of the Edinburgh Fringe comedians can be found with shows focusing on issues such as irresponsible journalism, what it means to be a barbarian and much more. Entry prices are low and it has a reputation for being a really good night out.
Angel Comedy in Islington offers free entry – but you need to turn up early as spaces are very limited. It quickly reaches full capacity. Every night there is something different on offer including a resident troop who have a reputation for excellent improvisation, experienced comedians trying out new routines, as well as specialist nights focusing on a small selection of well known names such as Nick Dixon and Ant Dewson.
Live at the Chapel has been offering superb comedy since June 2007. This is one of the most dramatic, and largest comedy clubs in the country. Visitors can expect the unexpected from comedians in this incredible building which is also a working church.
Leicester Square Theatre is an awesome venue which attracts some of the most well known names such as Ricky Gervais and Guests. The comedy options change fast, and you need to book well in advance in some cases. From skits on Shakespeare to stand up comics, interviews with comedians and heats of the New Comedian of the Year – the variety on offer is incredible.
Head out to Westminster embankment and board the Tattersall Castle for The Boat Show Comedy Club. This is where many big names practise their routines prior to heading out for tours or television shows. The quality is high and the atmosphere electric.
You need to travel out to Greenwich for to enjoy an evening at Up the Creek, but there can be little doubt that the effort is worthwhile. Time Out has dubbed it ‘one of the best places to see live comedy’. Shows are mainly at weekends and feature many up and coming artistes such as Jazz Mafia, Phil Nichol and Carl Donnelly.
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