When this seen-’em-all pub and music venue successfully campaigned against proposals to transform it into a gastropub at the end of 2009, its PR war relied heavily on its heritage.
Having hosted live music since 1963, the Half Moon named but three groups in its plea (the Rolling Stones, U2 and Kasabian), thus covering five decades in a perfectly concise way. You won’t see anyone as famous as that lot here today, but there are still notable shows from old-timers to be found in schedules rich in acoustic music and singer-songwriters.
Nudging your way to the bar, you’ll find Young’s ales, served by staff adept at pouring promptly before and after gig time. Food’s a bit of a moot point but there are basic pub meals, weekend breakfasts and Sunday roasts.
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93 Lower Richmond Rd
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The British-Zimbabwean singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, who has toured the US and played at Glastonbury, performs a distinctive blend of acoustic pop, soul and rock.Reggae and dancehall Tuesday October 25 2016Read more
Seven Decades – The Story Of Iconic Guitars
Music to tell the story of four iconic guitars, featuring the band comprising of guitarist and vocalist, Michael John Ross, keyboardist, Michael Bramwell, bassist, Mike Pratt and drummer, Tony Holmes.Rock and indie Wednesday October 26 2016 - Wednesday November 23 2016Read more
Never The Bride
Rock sisters who formed in 1991. And, fact fans, if you remember 'Faking It' in great detail, one of them was the scary vocal teacher from the 'rock chick' episode.Rock and indie Thursday October 27 2016 - Thursday December 29 2016Read more
Veteran Brummy rock singer plays a rare show.Pop and rock Saturday October 29 2016Read more
Superb Algerian-born acoustic guitarist Bensusan's music takes in jazz, classical and traditional forms from across Europe, north Africa, South America and India. However, his roots are in blues and bluegrass — and it shows in every guitar lick.Folk, country and blues Sunday October 30 2016 - Monday October 31 2016Read more
The outfit performs loud and fast alt rock.Rock and indie Wednesday November 2 2016Read more
Legendary late '60s, blue-eyed Brit soul singer, perhaps best known for his samba influenced blues-rock masterpiece 'The River'. He's still going strong, complete with chill inducing voice and the stage presence of a man half his age.Rock and indie Thursday November 3 2016Read more
An energetic blues rock performance from the acclaimed Australian musician with over forty years experience in the blues scene. With support from Hell's Gazelles.Folk, country and blues Monday November 7 2016Read more
An Evening With Tinlin
Acoustic folk, rock and pop from the duo's latest album Strangely Blue.Acoustic Tuesday November 8 2016Read more
Gavin Povey And The Fabulous Oke She Moke She Pops
The pianist leads his band in their mixture of blues, swing, boogie-woogie and rock'n'roll original material with a New Orleans flavour.Folk, country and blues Wednesday November 9 2016Read more
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One of the few remaining small live venues where you can hear great music, both old and new. This is how it used to be! Long may it survive!
This is one of the best venues in town, I always have a great night. Just the right size for rapport with the performers, friendly, clean (with enough rock and roll to keep it authentic) and comfortable. Great beers and great food. I recommend this venue to all who appreciate good music and good watering holes.
Great music venue with good atmosphere. The pub food and drink offer good variety, the staff are efficient and pleasant. Easily my favourite music pub
The Half Moon is the best live music venue in London. A great room, great sound, great staff, great history.... it deserves to win every award under the sun!!!
There was in fact never a campaign to stop the Half Moon becoming a gastro pub, but why let the truth get in the way of a good story. There was a campaign to stop thye pub being sold to Grand Union who had intended to discontinue the live music for which the pub is so famous. Following that reprive, the pub was taken over by Geronimo Inns, a gastro pub company, who also own a couple of live performance venues. They invested heavily in the pub, especially in revamping the main bar, adding a dining area, and spent thousands on the music venue. And yes, the pub would now be considered in the gastro pub bracket, and it continues to be the best little live music venue in London. Since Geronimo's take over the pub has sold more gig tickets than ever and also sold more food than ever. Long live the gastro pub.
Also, the picture above is not of the Half Moon. They would never serve anything but Guinness in a Guinness glass.