London is home to some of the greatest comedy venues in the world. The biggest names in stand-up comedy come from all over the world to regularly entertain the masses in places more commonly associated with big bands. However, if it’s a more intimate experience you’re after, we’ve hand-picked a few London shows that will leave you in tears.
The Invisible Dot
Situated a few hundred yards from the transport hubs at Kings Cross, The Invisible Dot is London’s newest custom-built comedy venue in over 20 years. Frequently referred to as the “trendiest comedy venue in town,” this 75-capacity auditorium also boasts a very small bar, adding to the feeling of exclusivity at every stand-up comedy show. Established acts can regularly be found trying out their new material for the knowledgeable and appreciative crowd. Add your name to the email list and cross your fingers!
Canal Café Theatre
A truly beautiful part of London, the cosy Canal Café Theatre is perched on the banks of the canal in Little Venice, not far from Warwick Avenue station, on the Bakerloo line. Above the Bridge House Pub, this 60-seat venue is home to the “world’s longest running comedy show,” NewsRevue, every Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. Established in 1979, the topical news and current affairs sketch show has developed and harnessed the comedic talents of numerous household names. In order to maintain freshness and to keep up with the ever-changing landscape of world events, the six-strong team of NewsRevue writers changes every six weeks.
For a stand-up comedy club run by comedians, look no further than the Angel Comedy at the Camden Head. This is a location made for London shows, hosting free comedy nights every day of the week. Stand-up comedy is taken very seriously here, or not so seriously, if you know what we mean. The emphasis is on supporting the acts, whether it’s a new improv troupe, an aspiring stand-up, or an established act trying out new material for a stint in Edinburgh. This refreshing ideology results in a room bursting with energy and new ideas—and a great audience! There are two Camden Heads so make sure you visit the correct venue, overlooking Islington Green, just up from Angel tube station on the Northern line.