Half Moon Putney

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Half Moon Putney

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

O. Gordon
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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.

Gemma H

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.

Michael C

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!

George P

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.

Bill F

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

Nick F

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!!!

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.