Bring your best mate and some tight pelvis muscles – it’s about to get funny on these London comedy clubs:
The Secret Comedy Club has regular big name drop ins who like to use the space to work on new material. The club has the highest rating of any comedy club in the U.K. on Trip Advisor. Oh, and they have Pringles and nuts too!
Where 170 Drury Lane
Nearest tube Holborn
How much Often free, but usually not more than £10
The historical one: The Harold Pinter Theatre (formerly The Comedy Theatre)
This is a place for comedy theatre. The Harold Pinter Theatre opened on 15 October 1881. The theatre was designed by Thomas Verity and built in just six months in painted stucco stone and brick.
In 1883, the successful operetta Falka had its London première at The Harold Pinter Theatre, and in 1885, Erminie did the same. The Harold Pinter’s reputation grew through World War I when Charles Blake Cochran and André Charlot presented their famous revue shows. The Harold Pinter Theatre was Grade II listed by English Heritage in June 1972.
Where Panton Street
Nearest tube Piccadilly Circus
How much £15 and up, depending on seats and show
Best for alternative comedy: 99 Club
Voted best comedy club in the Chortle Awards in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, the 99 Club is a place to visit. Alternative comedy began in London in 1979 – a uniquely British art form and one of which the nation is rightly proud of, and something that the 99 Club prides itself of too. The club opened in 2004 with a self-proclaimed aim to focus less on commercial imperatives and more on creating the perfect environment to let this art form flourish and to give audiences a terrific night out.
Where 99 Club Leicester Square
Nearest tube Leicester Squar
How much Around £10-£20 (£26 if you want a prosecco and a meal)
Number one on TimeOut’s list: Soho Theatre
Soho Theatre’s main focus is fringe, well, theatre (you might’ve guessed that from the title.) But across its three performances spaces, this is undoubtedly the best venue for interesting, innovative and downright funny comedy in London. The theatre has hour-long solo shows from some of the finest comedy acts in the world. This is where you will see Eddie Izzard and Russell Brand testing new ideas.
Where 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE.
Nearest tube Tottenham Court Rd.
How much Various prices. Roughly £10-£20, depending on the show.
And many, many more places on TimeOut here.