Four Thieves

Bars and pubs , Breweries Clapham Junction
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The downside to this trendy Balham boozer? It’s impossible to describe to your mates without it sounding like some kind of wanky hipster hangout. They’ve got their own micro-brewery. They distill their own gin. They keep an escape game in the basement. There’s even a retro gaming room upstairs that lets you project ‘Street Fighter 2’ across an entire wall. ‘Jesus Christ!’ your pals will probably exclaim: ‘What’s it called? “The Artisanal Sourdough?”’

It is, however, a brilliantly down-to-earth place to spend a night. It’s a beautifully refurbed Victorian palace that’s full of wall-mounted taxidermy, scuffed wooden floors and pretty vintage tiling. Aside from their own-distilled gin, the 45 gins they offer – alongside a range of more exotic tonics than a Chinese medicine shop – means there’s plenty for spirit hounds to explore.

And the games room? We defy you to find a more fun night out in Balham. It’s packed with ping-pong, table football, old arcade games and a totally nutso racing game. Booze and racing? Jeremy Clarkson would approve. Don’t let that put you off, though.

Venue name: Four Thieves
Address: 51 Lavender Gardens
SW11 1DJ
Transport: Tube: Clapham Junction
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Average User Rating

4.9 / 5

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Stephanie C

This place totally rocks. Yes just an ordinary pub on ground floor but you soon find your way up to the first floor where you instantaneously turn 7 again and find yourself squealing and cheering your car around the track. The upstairs is what every child dreams their house will be like when they grow up. Street fighter on the projector, air hockey and free table tennis! Its perfect for a first date, no time for awkward silences, you need to beat the future partner in crime at fuseball. 


For the most part, a pub is essentially just a pub... but not this one. This is true differentiation and a completely unique venue. The outside area gives you a real sense of summer in London and inside is spacious and set up in a very social way. The food is great, very reasonable and yummy. The best part just has to be the games room upstairs. Release your inner child and race mini cars or shoot the bad guys on a screen... all whilst enjoying your favourite tipple.. lovely!


Excellent atmosphere and some really fun and exciting things to do every day of the week. My favourites are Tuesday quiz night and the Boogaloo Saturday Brunch, a great deal on Bloody Mary's with added entertainment through music and silly bingo :)

Sundays are great too, with live jazz and one of the best roasts in London. 

The drinks variety is great, with craft beer and craft gin you can be adventurous even on dull days .

Jonny McWilliams

Great atmosphere, friendly staff, drinks are reasonably priced and there is a different theme each night - we're very lucky to call it our local.

Katie L

Love having this as our local, gin garden in summer is great plus late night opening at the weekend for a bit of a boogie always a fun night!

Luke D

Every day is different here. Every day is happy here. London's finest gin selection, superb food and more fun than you can shake a ping-pong bat at.

David B

Great food, beers, inside outside garden area, cool decor, whacky events, regular surprise oddities (the Gin Butler?), large capacity, friendly staff and a huge retro gaming room! BEST PUB EVER! Random Dave

Nick M

Lovely pub, amazing garden, awesome games room upstairs - and they make their own beer!

Dan P

Cracking venue, more things to keep you entertained than christmas day for a 7 year old!!