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
|Transport:||Rail: Putney; Tube: Putney Bridge|
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Gemma Nelson Quartet
Jazz, funk and soul singer from Doncaster performs a selection of songs.Funk, soul and disco Sunday July 31 2016Read more
Driving boogie-woogie piano stylings from the vocalist for Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings.Sunday July 31 2016 - Sunday September 25 2016Read more
Adam Goldsmith Band
The guitarist from London performs contemporary jazz with his accompanying musicians.Jazz Sunday July 31 2016Read more
A night of fresh rock and pop from emerging artists U.R.I, Ben Hemming, The Roobies and Cat Delphi.Rock and indie Monday August 1 2016Read more
Ethereal independent rock from the five-piece.Rock and indie Tuesday August 2 2016Read more
Fullhouse Play Frankie Miller
To mark the 40th anniversary of Frankie Miller forming Fullhouse, original guitarist Ray Minnhinnet performs their rock'n'roll hits.Covers bands Thursday August 4 2016Read more
Reggae, world music, roots and African songs from the internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, actor and political activist.Reggae and dancehall Monday August 8 2016Read more
Troy Redfern Band
The three-piece band perform an exciting set of original blues and rock sounds.Folk, country and blues Wednesday August 10 2016Read more
All Night Workers
The reformed collective brings a retro-vibe to their rock'n'roll performances.Rock and indie Thursday August 11 2016Read more
Sean Tyla's 70th Birthday Bash
Celebrate the rock guitarist's 70th birthday with rock'n'roll performances from live bands and artists.Rock and indie Sunday August 14 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.