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Half Moon Putney

Music, Music venues Putney
4 out of 5 stars
(13user reviews)
Half Moon Putney
Venue says Where all the big names of rock 'n' roll started out! Gigs every night, delicious pub grub and a great selection of craft ales and beer.

Time Out says

A rock and roll bar with nightly music events.

Half Moon Putney says
Since the early ‘ 60s The Half Moon has been regarded as one of London’s most respected live music venues, hosting incredible acts every night of the week, including U2’s first sellout UK show, kd lang’s first UK appearance and Kate Bush’s first public show.

Throughout the years The Half Moon has also been synonymous with a certain local band, The Rolling Stones, whose most recent visit was a private event held in 2000. Individual members have also appeared here in various side-projects, and have used the venue for rehearsal space. Other legendary acts include The Who, Van Morrison, John Martyn, Steve Marriott, Elvis Costello, Bo Diddley, along with comedians Billy Connolly, Harry Hill and Stewart Lee. More recently we have hosted artists such as London Grammar, Nick Cave, Kasabian, Ed Sheeran, and comedians James Acaster, Reginald D Hunter, Aisling Bee and Seann Walsh.

This year we celebrate 55 years as a live music venue by raising money for Teenage Cancer Trust through our #55Live legends series; with events from Albert Lee, The Animals, Ian MacNabb, Jah Wobble, The Pretty Things, Peggy Seeger, Geno Washington, Ralph McTell and Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets – a residency with Pink Floyd’s famous drummer.

We continue to host concerts or comedy every night, plus matinees at the weekends, that’s 20,000 shows since 1963!



Address: 93 Lower Richmond Rd
SW15 1EU
Transport: Rail: Putney; Tube: Putney Bridge
Opening hours: Open Mon-Thurs 11am-11pm; Fri-Sat 11am-1am; Sun 12pm-11pm
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Users say (13)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.5 / 5

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One of the best small and intimate music venues anywhere in London.

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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. 

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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.


A relaxed Pub in Putney, the Half Moon serves good Pimms and tasty burgers (the pulled pork one is a must). The pub also has a decent terrace for summer evenings. Good for a relaxed Sunday afternoons or a low key summer celebration, the half moon is worth a visit if you happen to be in the area.


Part of the Geronimo group, we visited this Putney institution recently one Friday night - the Christmas decorations, were looking fine, a nice selection of ales and beers were to be had on tap and the pub was packed to the rafters (no seats or tables were available as it was so full). I haven't been here for a gig yet but this apparently home to some of the best live music in London.


Great local live venue for music and comedy. The Half Moon in Putney is always welcoming and friendly. 

The comedy nights are a steal, with a handful of tickets going for just £5. Because of the venue size, I've also seen surprise appearances from well known names popping by to try out new material.

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.