London is home to a wealth of artistic talent. From theatre to music, you can always be sure that you’ll find something to float your boat and that goes for comedy as well. With the Hotel Reward Programmes available at many hotels, you’ll be sure to save enough money to see some of the best London has to offer. With so much free comedy and a wealth of venues, it can be difficult to work out where to start due to the fact that almost every pub in the city plays host to the best in comedy. Below you can find some of the best venues which the city has to offer.
The Comedy Store
Named after its American counterpart across the Atlantic, the Comedy Store was opened in 1979 and is based in London’s Leicester Square area. With a reputation for cultivating the best in alternative Comedy, the club has helped launch and sustain the careers of comedians such as Paul Merton, French &Saunders and Rik Mayall. Still showing the best that comedy has to offer, the Comedy Store now has its own improve group, the Comedy Store Players, featuring some of the world’s best comedians. Nowadays this consists of performers such as Paul Merton, Neil Mullarkey, Josie Lawrence and Jim Sweeney.
Angel Comedy Club
Based in the Camden Head in Islington, the Angel Comedy Club runs every night above the prolific North London Pub. Created by Barry Ferns in 2010, the motivation was to give new and emerging acts the space to perform and try out new material in front of an audience. The events have in the past included comedians such as Russell Brand, Daniel Simonsen, Holly Walsh and Dara O’Briain and has of 2015, launched its own Comedy zine and podcast, featuring interviews with comedians affiliated with the club. One of the best things about the Angle Comedy Club is not only it’s hands on approach to comedy and it’s complete embracing of the art form, but the fact that the club nights are free and therefore open to all walks of life, means that emerging comedians get even better audiences who are willing to listen.
The Soho Theatre is named after the area in which it dwells, London’s glitzy Soho in the West End. Not only does the Soho Theatre give both world famous and lesser known comedians a platform on one of its three stages, but also other forms of performance including theatre and dance. As one of the best all round arts venues in the country, the Soho Theatre promises guests at the Shaftesbury Hyde Park International a great night out for all.
With three venues set across central London, the 99 Club finds itself spread across Piccadilly Circus, Covent Garden and Leicester Square. With its annual Chortle Awards celebrating the best in young comedians, the 99 Club has showcased the likes of Jack Dee, alongside its ongoing Comedy Bursary awards. With affiliated events at the Edinburgh fringe and venues right in the heart of London’s culture and arts hub, you’d be made to miss a night.