The best spots in London to see stand-up comedy

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Looking for a fun evening’s entertainment during your stay in London? There’s lots of places in the city which indulge the thriving comedy scene, and so you’re spoilt for choice! Here’s our top picks of the best places in London to see the best and brightest in the world of comedy…

The Comedy Store

In the heart of London’s West End, you’ll find the Comedy Store, one of London’s best known comedy clubs. Easily reached from the Park Grand London Paddington, the venue is also London’s busiest comedy club – with over 3500 visitors passing through each and every week. The variety on offer is astonishing, including the very best in comedy improv from both new and emerging acts. First starting life in 1979 as a venue above a strip club, it’s been a long journey since then but one filled with laughs. In addition to plenty of events, the Comedy Store also prides itself on providing some suitably tasty food and drink to visitors, with pizza, kebabs and hamburgers all on the menu.

The Top Secret Comedy Club

Consistently ranked as the top stand up comedy club in London by reviewers on TripAdvisor, the Top Secret Comedy Club is a small and intimate affair which routinely welcomes some of the biggest names in comedy both locally and from further afield. What began life as an even more secretive venue some seven years ago has since developed into a no-frills authentic comedy club experience, complete with a snug basement feel. There’s two rooms, with capacity for 140 and 220 guests each. For larger shows the two rooms combine to provide the same act with a slightly different vantage point. Comedians enjoy using the venue to hone their latest material, and figures such as Amy Shumer, Eddie Izzard and Dara O Brian have all performed here to a vibrant crowd which truly loves comedy.

Soho Theatre

While not entirely dedicated to comedy, the Soho Theatre does host some of the top stand-up comics in the world, so by the time they’re here they’ve more or less reached the zenith of their respective comedy careers. The quirky space is well suited to comedy, and should provide guests staying at a London Hyde Park Hotel with plenty to laugh about. Take a look at the official Soho Theatre website to read up on upcoming performances during your stay.

Angel Comedy Club

Every single night brings a new comedy performance in this petite space above the Camden Head pub. With a mixture of new and established comedy talent, the performances themselves can be hit and miss purely because the club is so focused on giving the latest performers a shot to showcase their skills – but if you’re lucky, you’ll be there to see a future comedy great before they make it big! The club gets packed at the weekend, so be sure to arrive early and grab yourself a prime position.