The Bedford

Comedy Balham
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© Ben Rowe

Don’t be put off by the unremarkable drinks selection, or the clashing patterned carpets, gaudy booths and floral wallpaper. The real joy of drinking in the Bedford lies in stumbling across the improbably big and bonkers mock-Tudor ‘Shakesperean Globe Theatre’ at the rear of the pub, featuring black-painted wooden pillars so old they look like they could have been installed at the behest of Cardinal Wolsey and a cavernous domed ceiling so strewn with wooden heraldic shields and canvas hangings you feel like you’re in a ‘Game of Thrones’ battle tent.

There’s free live music (of varying quality, which is all part of the fun) Monday to Thursday, and on Friday and Saturday nights, the Bedford plays host to brilliantly intimate comedy night Banana Cabaret. It also knows how to cater to Balham’s yummy-mummy crowd: babyccinos for 50p and monthly ‘family fun’ raves for parents and kids.

Venue name: The Bedford
Address: 77 Bedford Hill
SW12 9HD
Transport: Rail/Tube: Balham
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  • Classical and opera Saturday May 7 2016
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  • Contemporary theatre Monday May 9 2016 - Thursday May 26 2016
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  • Comedy Wednesday May 11 2016 - Wednesday May 18 2016
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  • Contemporary theatre Wednesday May 11 2016 - Thursday May 19 2016
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  • Folk, country and blues Saturday May 14 2016 - Saturday June 4 2016
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  • Stand-up Saturday May 14 2016
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  • Acoustic Monday May 23 2016
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  • Folk, country and blues Tuesday May 24 2016
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  • Pop Thursday May 26 2016
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  • Rock and indie Monday May 30 2016
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