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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Kast Off Kinks
Ex-Kinks members Mick Avory, John Dalton and Ian Gibbons, plus Dave Clarke on lead guitar and vocals perform all their hits.Rock and indie Saturday December 3 2016Read more
Gits & Shiggles Comedy
James Gill is the host for an evening of alternative stand-up, sketch, musical, character and improv comedy from Nick Helm, Andy Zaltzman and Fin Taylor.Stand-up Tuesday December 6 2016Read more
Ralph McTell’s 72nd Birthday Benefit Concert For Crisis At Christmas
The Ivor Novello Award-winning singer/songwriter performs his unique virtuoso guitar style.Folk, country and blues Wednesday December 7 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 Friday December 9 2016 - Thursday December 29 2016Read more
City Funk Orchestra
The funk and soul outfit perform with an emphasis heavily on dance floor classics, soul and R&B anthems.Rap, hip hop and R&B Saturday December 10 2016Read more
Hank Wangford And The Lost Cowboys
The veteran country 'n' western troubadour walks a sure-footed line between heartfelt and dude-ish, tear-stained and wryly humorous.Folk, country and blues Sunday December 11 2016Read more
Mike Fullerton & The VSGees
The musician performs alongside his band ahead of his album launch Roll On incorporating rock, blues, jazz, country and ballads.Rock and indie Monday December 12 2016Read more
Police Dog Hogan
Seven-piece urban bluegrass band, who once had the strange privilege of having Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall join them on tambourine, and these days have their misadventures (and teatowel sales) sporadically chronicled in bassist Tim Dowling's Guardian...Jazz Wednesday December 14 2016 - Thursday December 15 2016 FreeRead more
Bob Kerr's Whoopee Band
Unique comedy jazz band fronted by founder member of The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band.Jazz Sunday December 18 2016Read more
An intimate performance from critically-acclaimed solo artist, Ian McNabb.Acoustic Tuesday December 20 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.