The Bedford Pub

  • Tel: 020 8682 8940

77 Bedford Hill, Balham, London, SW12 9HD

Now closed
Open today
11:00 - 23:00

Ratings and Reviews

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Opening hours

Monday 11:00 - 23:00
Tuesday 11:00 - 23:00
Wednesday 11:00 - 23:00
Thursday 11:00 - 23:00
Friday 11:00 - 23:00
Saturday 11:00 - 23:00
Sunday 12:00 - 22:30

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Business Overview

The Bedford is a well-known live music and comedy venue with something happening every night of the week.

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Services and Products

  • Live Music
  • Comedy Night
  • TV for Sporting Events
  • Food
  • Outside Seating
  • Vegetarian Dishes
  • Real Ale

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Reviews

4
Great little boozer
At first glance, the Bedford is an unremarkable little pub -- standard selection of beer. But on closer inspection, the Bedford is much more than a pub -- it is a theater and comedy club too. I've spent many a Saturday night watching some great stand-up acts here -- the sort of acts you normally have to visit Central London for. But this is in the heart of l'il Balham.
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4
what no ale
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.
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3
fun times
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.
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4
Great but packed.
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.
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4
A theme park
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.
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