Rib-Tickling Nights Out: 5 London Comedy Clubs
London's comedy scene is packed with great nights out, with hilarious comedy clubs taking place all over the city.We've teamed up with some of the biggest and coolest names on the circuit to offer tickets to comedy nights around the city (and beyond) in our brand new Comedy section.Here's a guide to some of our favourites:
Best for comedy critics:
The 99 Club has made a name for its carefully curated comic line-ups, with plenty of big names playing at its nights over the years.Don’t just take our word for it, however - it’s been named Best London Comedy Club at the rather respectable Chortle Awards for the past six years running.The 99 Club currently has nights taking place in two venues. Over the weekend, the club brings its line-ups to Covent Garden, while you'll find laughs every night of the week at their flagship Leicester Square venue.
Getting there:99 Club Leicester Square, 28A Leicester Square, London WC2H 7LE
Opening times Varies
Best for comedy historians:
Just around the corner from Leicester Square, you’ll find The Comedy Store. A landmark of the British comedy scene since it opened in 1979.It’s been responsible for launching the careers of some of the nation’s most beloved comic talent, including Rik Mayall, Adrian Edmondson, Nigel Planer, Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders.You can still catch some of the country’s (and the world’s) best stand-up talent there today, as well as brave/foolhardy amateurs at their monthly King Gong open mic night.
Getting there:1a Oxendon St, London, SW1Y 4EE
Opening timesMon-Thur: 8pm, Fri-Sat: 7.30pm and 11pm, Sun: 7.30pm
Best for location:
Promising sets from both emerging talent and big names, and an incredible location. The Boat Show Comedy Club has been welcoming audiences on board the Tattershall Castle - an historic paddle steamer moored by the London Eye - for the past 16 years. And they've now got a second venue, with additional Saturday shows taking place on the nearby R.S. Hispaniola. If you're on the lookout for comedy stars, head down on a Tuesday, as the venue hosts the Guinea Pig Club, where big names are known to drop in to try out new material.And if that wasn’t reason enough to go, you can also throw some serious shapes at the free nightclub afterwards.
Getting there:PS Tattershall Castle, Victoria Embankment, London, SW1A 2HR and RS Hispaniola, Embankment, WC2N 5DJ
Opening timesTues, Fri & Sat: 8pm to 10.30pm (nightclub 10.30pm to 2am)
Best for atmosphere:
No, it’s not technically in Covent Garden anymore, instead taking place at the legendary nightclub Heaven by Charing Cross station (so it's handy for catching a train home afterwards... or hitting the dance floor and turning it into an all-nighter).Despite the change in location, however, the Covent Garden Comedy Club has lost none of its famous atmosphere.Now in its 16th year, the club prides itself as being the friendliest comedy night in the city.
Getting there:Heaven, The Arches, Off Villiers Street, Charing Cross, London, WC2N 6NGOpening timesSaturday: 8 to 10pm
Best for mid-week laughs:
Putting on top quality comedy every night of the week (with two shows on Saturdays), the Top Secret Comedy Club’s a great place to go if you need a mid-working-week pick-me-up (and don’t we all?).Whatever night of the week you go, you’ll be guaranteed some top quality laughs - it's the best rated comedy club in the country on TripAdvisor and Google.And well-known stars do have a habit of popping in to try out their new material.All that, and the drinks prices are hard to beat too.
Getting there:170a Drury Ln, London, WC2B 5PD
Opening timesMon-Fri & Sun: 8pm, Sat: 7pm & 9pm
Find more things to do in London
You'll find tickets to all these comedy nights, and plenty more besides, on our new Comedy page. And we'd love to hear about your favourite comedy clubs in the comments section.Looking for more fun things to do in London? Our Attractions section is packed with memorable days out, and you'll find plenty of inspiration in our guide to Things to do in London.And if you’re planning on spending more than a day in the city, then we have plenty of London hotels.