A guide to The Comedy Store, London

Read our in-depth guide to the legendary comedy club and its major shows

There’s no doubt about it: The Comedy Store (1a Oxendon St, SW1Y 4EE) is the daddy of all comedy clubs. What started out as a room above a strip club in the late ’70s has grown to become the most famous and respected brand in live comedy.

Back in the 1980s, the club was fundamental in the growth of the alternative scene, providing an antidote to the now ‘old school’ mainstream stand-ups of the day and helping nurture the careers of fresher-faced future stars Alexei Sayle, Rik Mayall, Adrian Edmonson, Ben Elton and French and Saunders.

To this day, the club still offers the best in alternative stand-up, topical and improvised comedy almost every day of the year. In a city that’s packed with top comedy clubs, the Store still remains the finest in London. 

The Comedy Store opening hours

The Comedy Store is open Tuesday to Sunday, with occasional shows on Mondays too.

Tuesday
Doors open 6.30pm, show starts 8pm, show ends 10.15pm (approx)

Wednesday
Doors 6.30pm, show starts 8pm, show ends 10pm (approx)

Thursday
Doors open 6.30pm, show starts 8pm, show ends 10.30pm (approx)

Friday
Early show: Doors open 6pm, show starts 7.30pm, show ends 9.30pm (approx). Late show: Doors open 10pm, show starts 11pm, show ends 1.30am (approx)

Saturday
Early show: Doors open 6pm, show starts 7.30pm, show ends 9.30pm (approx). Late show: Doors open 10pm, show starts 11pm, show ends 1.30am (approx)

Sunday
Doors open 6pm, show starts 7.30pm, show ends 9.30pm (approx)

How to get to The Comedy Store

To get to The Comedy Store take the Bakerloo line or the Piccadilly line to Piccadilly Circus tube station. Walk east out of the station onto Coventry Street. Take a right onto Oxendon Street and you'll see The Comedy Store located on the right hand side. The Comedy Store's full address is: 1a Oxendon St, SW1Y 4EE.

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A tour of The Comedy Store

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The Comedy Store in pictures

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Regular shows at The Comedy Store

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An interview with Don Ward

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miriam
miriam

A thoroughly informative and engaging review of The Comedy Store. The venue is one of the best comedy clubs in London and this really pays hommage to its rich history and influence in British Comedy.