Half Moon Putney

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5 Love It

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.

Venue name: Half Moon Putney
Address: 93 Lower Richmond Rd
SW15 1EU
Transport: Rail: Putney; Tube: Putney Bridge

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O. Gordon

The Half Moon is a great spot for music. Although it is mostly frequented by smaller more niche bands and artists, the musicianship is usually high. That's not to say the odd big name doesn't play here and when they do, thanks to the intimacy of the venue, it's always a real treat. Tickets are very reasonable and free live jazz is regularly on offer on Sunday afternoons. 

The beer garden is pretty, functional and well designed but it needs to be as seating inside for non-restauranteurs is limited. Food is better than your average pub and the selection of beverages is fitting. Staff are always friendly and the atmosphere is always inclusive. 

Staff Writer

Have visited the Half Moon a couple of times to see Absolute Bowie, which is a fantastic show for Bowie fans, old and new.

The pub itself is pretty standard in its offering – a bit of a disappointing selection of beers and ales on tap but a few decent bottles in the fridge.

By the time you slither your sweaty body out of the gig bit and into the main pub, it’s buzzing with mid-twenty-somethings drinking lagers and white wines, with something reminiscent of a school disco mobile DJ pumping out deafening anthems with seizure-inducing lighting to complement the classic tunes.

But everyone seems to be having a good time and when you get chucked out at closing time, you can enjoy a peaceful stagger along the nearby Thames to clear your head and enjoy the blurry view.

Andy M

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.