The Bedford Public House
77 Bedford Hill, Balham, London, London, SW12 9HD
- Tel: 020 8682 8940
The Bedford is a well-known live music and comedy venue with something happening every night of the week.
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- Air Conditioning
- Parking available
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what no ale
25/02/2010 by TimothyJohn
I love the Bedford, great pub, great music/comedy venue (do try their open mic music nights, the acts are really good). I havent eaten there yet. It would get five star but it lacks good beer, fine if you're a lager man but not if you love ale. Shame as it has a great ale atmosphere with the big fire and comfy chairs.Report this
15/09/2008 by ben_e_h
This is a very popular place in Balham. There is a bar area downstairs and then typically a place upstairs with a few small bars and club/music area. It is often very busy and can be quite difficult to get a drink. The kind of people in their can be a bit unfriendly but generally OK. It is a good place to go if you want to stay in one place all night, from bar drinking to a bit of dancing late doors. I dont think this place is that special really but it is popular and has a busy atmosphere.Report this
Great but packed.
04/09/2008 by loyd
As previous reviews have said, this is one of the best pubs in London. There is always something going on and the choice and variety of acts astounds me. There does, however, always seem to be a 15 minute wait for drinks. If you are willing to wait though you will be treated to the most amazing maze of corridors and rooms, including a globe theatre... Staff are usually great, although you do sometimes get a few snooty customers in who are set on making a scene. Perhaps they are drawn in by the Thespian vibes... All in all, one of the best pubs in London and definitely worth a visit if you live anywhere near by, even if it doesn't become your favourite regular watering hole.Report this
A theme park
20/08/2008 by chrisp
As the previous reviewer pointed out, it's not perfect. It's always busy, it can get quite rowdy in the main bar and yes the drinks selection is pretty mediocre. But for the sheer variety of activities and entertainments that go on in this labyrinth of a place, it's unsurpassed in London. Comedy, live music, acoustic nights, salsa dancing, you name it there's something on every night of the week at the Bedford, and most of it - especially the live music which is always worth a look-in - is totally free. The food isn't bad either, if you can work out the weird ordering system. And you can just have fun wandering around and discovering all the nooks and crannies. I found a bar the other night on the first floor near the globe theatre that I didn't even know existed, and I've been coming here for years. A wonderful, fascinating place.Report this
I just don't get it.....
24/01/2008 by AlexWoods
And I sincerely apologise for it! The Bedford has achieved cult status and I am genuinely impressed by the sheer variety of activities that go on there. But as a place to go for a drink? The Bedford is invariably packed. You wait for hours to get to the bar and to get served (which is understandable. It's a big bar and there are loads of people. Were it not for the army of shoddy, surly bar staff) only to find there is no beer on (or worse, it's foul). On one terrible, terrible night I got to the bar to discover they had nothing but fosters on. I wept salt tears. And went elsewhere. It also boasts, in my experience, a heavy gender imbalance and every one is invariably absolutely rat-arsed. There is a bar round the back which I've ventured into on occasion. Much more of a proper drinkers bar. You don't go in there to be frivolous, you go to sit and drink. Seriously. And maybe play darts. And I like that. But again, the absence of anything half decent to drink and, more especially round this side, anyone to serve you said drink makes it a wasted exercise. I really want to like The Bedford. Independent, great variety of activities, great proper pub feel to it in terms of décor, no brewery or chain has managed to get their insipid branding mitts on it yet, has the facilities to serve 4 ales, the menu looks good, it just should be a brilliant, brilliant place to go but it isn't. I keep giving it a chance and I keep getting disappointed. I'm sorry, but I really just don't get it.Report this
27/11/2007 by lenalouise
Where else have you been on a random Tuesday night where they have 2 different live music bands, a comedy night and a salsa dancing lesson?!! How great is this place?! From the outside, it looks really good, I love the changing lights. As you walk through, you can see the chef doing his thing in the very "open" open kitchen! I'm not sure I would be brave enough to do that lol. I felt immediately at home within the first 30 seconds, it has a really relaxed feel with a good mix of customers. We wandered through into the round music room which I can tell would be a very romantic date place. It's really intimate and fairly dark. We stayed for a bit and saw one act who was pretty good so I'll definately go for the music one night. We ended up upstairs at the comedy night (£3). The compere was brilliant as were the majority of the acts. It was a new acts night and there were 8 different acts. The room is pretty small but I sort of prefer it that way. Myself and 2 friends probably made up a quarter of the audience! Overall, it was one of the best nights I've had in a while and I've been raving about this place to everyone I know so try it! :DReport this
My kind of pub
21/11/2007 by QueenB
What I love about the Bedford is the way they have kept the old man pub element and blended all the other features in without being overly modern and pretentious looking. the simplicity of it all make it very welcoming and not daunting like some venues in London can seem, giving you a variety of people. If you like your music and like a relaxed, cool scene then you'll love the bedford.Report this
A whole world and a globe
15/03/2007 by Frankie
Traditional Victorian pub on a corner. The magic thing is that you get to explore the whole building! Every floor has something different and every night varies too. Ground floor at the front: a big bar with long wooden tables, sofas and a log fire (well it could be gas but it's nice). Piano, often a musician playing. Tasty food at great prices which you can see the chefs cooking behind the bar. Things like chunky chips with home made hummous and olives. Nicely worn in, not a chain pub. At the back is another, totally different room. It's circular in shape like Shakespeare's Globe. Thursday is a great free night where you can see 5 upcoming bands play 2 songs each. Fridays and Saturdays you can see top comedians. 1st floor they have dance classes on different nights like Lindy Hopping, Salsa, jive and pole dancing (honest it's a new craze!) Top floor is the red room. It's very atmospheric with a little bar and small tables. Wednesday night is Acoustics night which goes out to the world on a webcast. Like Thursdays in the globe but not a band, more like a singer and guitarist playing together. Sometimes the evening ends with an impromptu jam session by an established musician playing... Compere is really enthusiastic. have fun :)Report this
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