When it comes to the best comedy club in London you really need to think Outside The Box.
No, I’m not going all management speak and talking clap trap, this is serious. Well as serious as comedy can be.
As a frequent traveller to certain areas around the world I get to know a few spots quite well. I find things I like and don’t like and see what the locals do too.
I know that I like a good laugh so if I can find a good comedy club it is a real gem for me. I’ve been to comedy clubs in England, Scotland, Australia, Canada and the US to name but a few places. I do have a favourite though and it is hands down the best place I’ve been to.
In fact, when I work in London I go there whenever I can.
Okay, so where is it?
Well, London obviously. Well it is actually west London. No need to go to over priced comedy clubs in the heart of London, like around Leicester Square. They are not as good as this place, honest.
No worries though, you can get a train direct from Waterloo Station. You need to head to Kingston Upon Thames.
Don’t tell me you’ve never heard of Kingston Upon Thames, also known just as Kingston. It is west of London city, near Hampton Court, Twickenham and quite close to Heathrow.
It is a famous part of Greater London. Historically it has a very famous bridge, cleverly called Kingston Bridge.
Kingston upon Thames is also a pretty good place to go shopping. Many people will recognise the Bentalls Shopping Centre.
In more recent times it has adopted a rather arty new landmark. Do you remember the famous British red phone box? You really struggle to find them in the UK now. It might be because they are all hiding in Kingston, look!
Okay enough of the tourist lesson. You are probably wondering where is the best comedy club in London?
Well it is easy to find. Just head into the town centre of Kingston and you’ll find Old London Road.
It is this street here.
What? You can’t really tell where that is since the picture is in the dark? Well you can’t miss it. There is a domino effect of telephone boxes (yes they are back again) at the end of the street.
Keep heading up Old London Road, there is even a Travelodge hotel so you can stay in town for the night at a reasonable price.
You’ll soon reach a pub rather oddly called The Fighting Cocks. At night time it looks a little something like this.
Punk rock students
So what is it like inside? Well it is kind of goth punk rocky style. The TVs inside were showing episodes of The Munsters. A punk worked behind the bar; heavy metal and rock music was playing. Okay, nothing against this but it just isn’t my scene really.
Not to worry though. I felt very comfortable and everyone is very friendly. A lot of students hang out there. Okay I felt old compared to them but I wasn’t the oldest there.
At the back of the pub is the entrance to a small club/performance stage. It is really small actually and can maybe hold around 40-50 people max.
My advice if you want to go to the comedy is to book in advance to make sure you can get in.
The stage is pretty small.
This isn’t so bad though, it makes a nice intimate atmosphere. Try not to sit at the front though as you may well be picked on by the comedians.
It is in fact a bit of a live music rock club. There is even a skull above the stage!
When is it on?
It is on every Monday (during University time). Doors open around 7:45pm for an 8 o’clock start.
I’d recommend that you check out the website.
There you’ll be able to confirm it is on the day you are there and maybe which acts are on.
In November 2012 it was £7 in or £5 concessions.
Why is it the best comedy club in London?
Why is it the best comedy club in London? I hear you say. Well the acts they have there are always fantastic. You get 4 acts a night so it is a bargain for the price.
Since it is on a Monday most comedians are free so some big acts have appeared there. On one of my more recent visits Andy Parsons (from BBC comedy quiz shows) was there. Other big name acts who have appeared include Jimmy Carr, Lee Mack, Bill Bailey and so on. Just look at the website to see who you recognise.
All this for £7, wow!
I’ve no connection with Outside the Box comedy club other than I go there sometimes. Well in fact I go there every time I’m in Kingston, which isn’t too often.
I love getting my fix of comedy and I like to think Outside the Box. So for the best comedy in London you know where to go.