3 Top Comedy nights in London for budget travelers
by Lauren – Astor Museum
Are you looking to find a place in London with good stand up comedy shows that doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg? As big fans of stand up comedy and budget travelers ourselves… we get you. To ease the hassle, we have put together our pick of – tried and tested- 3 top Comedy Nights in London that will show you a great time!
Angel Comedy Club has been hosting free comedy from 2010 – yes, we said it, entry is free! – They have come a long way from a once-a-week gig into a seven-nights-a-week Comedy Institution. They have 1000’s of people through their doors every week, supporting new talent and also hosting big name acts. The most amazing thing about it is they’ve started all this in a single room above a pub! They now have 2 venues; The Bill Murray is a pub serving food and drinks 7 days a week that also hosts some comedy shows, workshops and improv numbers throughout the week.
Their other venue, the infamous Camden Head, is where most of the magic happens. They have a jam-packed program of free comedy shows that run every night from 8 pm. It’s one of London’s most popular comedy spots so make sure you arrive early to ensure you get a seat! Check out their website to see a full list of events across both venues. As we said before, it is totally free, but they will ask for a donation at the door when you leave.
The Top Secret Comedy Club has some of the best comedians not only from the U.K. but also from around the world. If you are lucky enough to attend a show here, you might be able to catch big names trying out new material in an intimate setting in Central London. The main shows on Sunday-Thursday start at 8:00 pm and finish around 10.30pm; Monday’s and Wednesdays are new material’s night with around 6 professional comedians trying out their new ideas and numbers – which are super fun to go and check out. Fridays and Saturdays both have 2 sessions: an early session at 7.00pm then followed by the late session starting at 8.45 pm
Entrance fees starting as low as £1 on some nights and go up to £15; pretty sweet deal, huh? On top of that, the Bar offers pints from £3.50 (in Central London, yes!), wine from £3.30 and spirits + mixer from £3.00 – bargain! Located on Drury Lane in Covent Garden it is the perfect location to start your night off, or to finish off a beautiful day out in the city!
Soho Theatre has a reputation as one of London’s most lively venues for new theatre, comedy and cabaret. Located in the heart of Central London – and within walking distance from Astor Museum- Soho Theatre is a major writing theatre and a writers’ development organisation. Their extensive and attractive programme has everything you could want to see. Tickets to their various shows start from around £10 which is pretty decent considering the reputation of the venue.
They put on 6 shows a night across their 3 stages and have a bustling bar on the ground floor. Definitely, the ideal spot where you can have drinks both before and after the show and where you can mingle if you’re up for meeting new people. Their bar prices are standard for a Central London bar, but it’s an amazing and totally recommended experience with big names in an unbeatable location!