What better way to spend a weekend eve than with a good old laugh? There are tons of comedy clubs across the capital (not just in Leicester Square) that host professional stand-up shows every Friday and/or Saturday night. So whether you're looking for a local comedy club or a central London laugh, we've put together this map of every weekend comedy venue in the capital.
Central London comedy clubs
Hils Jago runs a tight ship at her multi-award winning Greek Street club. The bills here, every Saturday night, are reliably strong, featuring a mix of circuit stalwarts and exciting new talents. Plus, if you’re lucky, the likes of Noel Fielding or Simon Amstell may well drop by to try out new material.
There’s no doubt about it, the Comedy Store is the daddy of all comedy clubs, and what most other gigs strive to be. Seemingly as old as London itself, the club has been instrumental in the growth of alternative comedy, and still to this day hosts stunning shows most nights of the week. At weekends they host conservative stand-up shows, with circuit stalwarts performing their tried-and-tested sets.
Now in its tenth year, this long-established club isn't actually in Covent Garden, but under the arches of Charing Cross. You can circuit stalwarts and rising comedy stars here, every Saturday night.
North London comedy clubs
Comedy from the best of the open mic circuit plus an experienced headliner, every Saturday night and some Fridays too. This room gets absolutely rammed, so do get there early if you'd like a seat.
One of the oldest clubs in the country (it's been running for more than 30 years), Peter Grahame's basement gig in Crouch End is still one of the best comedy venues in the capital. Saturdays feature top notch circuit talent, and the staff are tremendously friendly.
Veteran comedian and promoter Ivor Dembina hosts this cosy, Saturday night comedy club a few minutes from Chalk Farm tube. Dembina puts the quality of the show over everything else, booking a mixture of well-established circuit comics, hotly tipped newbies and the occasional TV favourite.
East London comedy clubs
Situated in Shoreditch, the Comedy Café is another purpose-built club set up by a comedian. The comedy used to be in the big downstairs room, but owner Noel Faulkner recently rebranded the venue, adding 'Theatre' to the title to add a touch of class, and has moved the stand-up to the more intimate upstairs space. Now, as well as good, solid weekend multi-bill nights, the venue hosts some top notch solo shows, including exclusive performances from big-name US talent.
South London comedy clubs
There are always strong line-ups at this long running club, which is soon approaching its 30th year. Seated almost in the round, Banana Cabaret's room is perfect for comedy: cosy and unpretentious.
Fun and frolics at this legendary old club, which was originally set up by the legendary Malcolm Hardee. It's less of a bear pit than it used to be, but UTC can still be racous and rowdy (in a fun way).
West London comedy clubs
This legendary Twickenham club is one of the oldest comedy venues in town, and has played host to practically every household name stand-up over the years. The club still hosts top-quality circuit stand-ups every Saturday night, with the occasional secret guest dropping by.
This long-established club (West London's only purpose-built comedy venue) regularly provides a fine night of stand-up. Two decades ago, £250,000 was spent converting an old warehouse behind the George IV pub into a 200-seat comedy club, and it was money ruddy well spent.