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Birds Nest

Bars and pubs, Pubs Deptford
4 out of 5 stars
(31user reviews)

Time Out says

There's plenty of pedigree to this south London boozer – once upon a time it was called the Oxford Arms, and it played host to the likes of Dire Straits and Squeeze. These days, live music still plays an important part. 

That means gigs from Thursday to Sunday every week, plus there are open mic nights every Wednesday. There's variety, too – expect anything from blues, ska and folk to hardcore punk and alt-rock. Probably best to keep an eye on listings, then.

Outside of the music there are monthly art exhibitions at their own 'Undercurrents Gallery', alongside a keenly priced daily food menu featuring dishes such as Thai pumpkin soup, Greek salad, chilli con carne, chickpea and spinach curry and a range of burgers. And if you miss the train home? There's a hostel upstairs.



Address: 32
Deptford Church St
Transport: Deptford Bridge DLR
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4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.5 / 5

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Excellent food and beverages on offer, a great crowd, and although small, a very intimate music venue, that's hosted more amazing acts than I can count. From rock to hip hop, house to poetry, and comedy. Never a dull moment in the nest!


Great place if you like a good metal gig! The music was quite loud so I felt a bit deaf walking home (I would recommend not staying too close to the speakers) but definitely had a great night. The place is quirky and awesome with lots of very interesting stickers and posters on the walls. There is a pool table with arts hanging on the wall which is a must see as some pieces are really interesting. 
I'd say some people were slightly dodgy and I'm not sure I'd visit the place on my own... 

The bar staff was absolutely adorable.

Snobbish, unwelcoming place. The bar staff are cliquey and hostile. On the surface it doesn't look fake or pretentious, but it's the people that make a place. With such an arrogant attitude it might as well be a shallow west end night club with a strict dress code. 

Bigoted barman on a power trip. Hateful homophobic vibe. Not a good experience. 


An absolute legend of the local area, The Bird's Nest is an absolute dive (but absolutely in good way). 

In my opinion, the best night to go is on a Wednesday when they host their open mic night. You get to check out some wicked new talent whilst also chilling out in the local. Don't get me wrong, this unlikely to be many people's cup of tea. The pub can be dodgy, full of shady characters, the tables are always sticky and the staff aren't particularly friendly. 

But I still love because to me it's exactly what I love about London; full of interesting people to talk to and drink with and cool but not pretentious £6-a-pint cool. I've never been to The Birds Nest and not had a good time. Long may it continue.

This great pub is let down by a incredibly offensive manager/bartender. I've never had a worse experience at a pub. His rudeness and prejudice was completely unnecessary.

Great pub, loud music, live music, awesome food and most importantly an incredible atmosphere. Can't recreate it anywhere else.

Beating all the hipster business models bars in Deptford and keeping it a real! rock n roll pub for the youth and the masses with the best music selection , top banana indeed

We'll managed venue with quirky yet pleasant atmosphere. Bands performing here get treated with respect and the name lives on within and outside its own community.

Best music,very friendly amazing staff,lovely street food .and amazing atmosphere

Quality pub, quality people, best burgers around, and the best pool team ine the bottom 3 of the league. Go all Blacks!!!!

The Birds Nest Is A Top Pub Nice Viiibes Top People Top Place Lovely Food & Top Atmosphere

One of the Best live music venues in London, outstanding atmosphere. Authentic decor. Crackin Bands and Great Boose!!!

A real pub with real music , real staff and all the atmosphere that brings, indoor , outdoor and lush food too !

Just the best. Can't compare the amazing energy, interesting, open and loving people and the willingness to be the place where having the best time is still allowed

Great music, great food, & amazing people on both sides of the bar :)

I Nominate The Birds Nest Pub Top Viiibes Top People Top Atmosphere Top Food

Like a pirate ship, or a an old tourbus full of punks and Whitesnake roadies. Good, cheap beer, the best people and live music all the time. Great inside and outside, plus the food is nice. What you get: fun, an interesting conversation with a stranger or two and the sensation of being in a better pub than the ones everyone else is in.

A church isn't the building, it's the people! Loads a live music, great grub and plenty of character help make this a fantastic boozer - big up Bird's Nest crew. Don't go changin'.

Lovely pub - good beers at good prices.. great staff, and above all - free entrance live music every week - that's rare in london..

The Birds Nest Pub, is a local hub of creativity in South East London. It's one of the best pub's in London and my favourite pub. The Landlord is a star, a great guy always looking after the community, staff are friendly and fun. There is a wonderful drinks selection of Real Ales, IPA's and Beer. They have the best burgers and quality food, prepared by The Birds Nest's Michelin Star Chef, at affordable prices, but no scrimping. There is live music almost every night of the week, from Punk Rock to Dub Step. There is a Art Gallery that supports local and international artists and creatives offering Gallery space on a monthly basis, with a monthly Undercurrents Gallery Launch with Free Buffet (for everyone) - curated by The Minesweeper Collective a local art group. The best part is that its full of great people, amazing individuals from all walks of life. Everyone is welcome at The Birds Nest... No matter who you are you can always find a good conversation. If you need a place to stay The Birds Nest has a Hostel Upstairs... What a pub, definitely the best pub in London...

Went here after seeing they won a Love London award. Cracking local pub and the music on our visit was actually pretty good - not something you can often say about live bands in a boozer.

The best pub in London. Super friendly punters and staff, relaxed a grungy vibe, excellent kitchen and an eclectic range of freel live music every night. Oh! And a double-decker bus next door selling pizza!

Here's a pub which always has a true medley of people in it, and they are usually up for random conversations. A great all round pub: food, drinks, atmosphere, people.

Great burgers, live music and happy hour @ £2.50/drink. What's not to like?

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