Catch the brightest and best stand-up comedians every weekend at one of London’s longest running, premiere stand up comedy clubs; a favourite with comedians and audiences alike and always one of the best lineups in town. All your favourite household-name comics have performed in The Bedford’s iconic round room, now known as The Club Room – many of them still do!
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"The Banana Cabaret at The Bedford is one of the finest and most respected comedy clubs in the country. Not only is the room perfect for comedy but they curate one of the best line-ups of live stand-up comedy on the circuit. I’ve played the club dozens of times and have always had an absolute blast!"
"The Balham Banana is in every comedian's favourite 'top 5' clubs to play. Its in my top 2. The Balham Banana has been a hapless midwife at the birth of many a comedy monster. Well known comics often think of certain comedy clubs with a shudder. The Balham Banana induces more of a warm glow."
“The Banana Cabaret is a colossus of London Comedy.”
“Banana Cabaret is the heartbeat of London’s comedy scene. A magnificent club with long history of booking the very best acts.”
“The Banana Cabaret at the Bedford in Balham is a fantastic comedy venue. If you've never been there you need to go. It's one of my favourite places to play and the atmosphere is always brilliant. (By the way my shoes are made of bananas. They're slip-ons.)”
“Banana Cabaret at The Bedford was the first place I ever got a paid stand-up gig, in September 1989, on a bill with David Baddiel and Alastair McGowan. Despite the gentrification of Balham, and the economic cleansing of Alternative Comedy's original audience of latter-day beatniks and threadbare intellectuals, the club has survived to continue as a vital part of the London live comedy scene, globally recognised as the best stand-up proving ground in the world.”
"The Banana Cabaret at The Bedford is a cracking night out! "Every comedian I know loves the Banana and loves The Bedford. You only have to look at who’s played there to know you're always going to get a stellar line up of comedians. The Banana is up there with The Comedy Store - best Comedy Clubs in London."
“One of the few truly great comedy clubs in the UK”
“This unusual venue is one of the finest in London.The club is held in high regard by the comics too,which means it almost invariably offers one of the strongest bills in town”
Now 37 years resident in The Bedford’s beautiful and iconic round Club Room, Banana Cabaret continues to justify its status as one of the finest comedy clubs in the world and the place to catch the cream of comedy.
Lee Evans, Michael McIntyre, Jo Brand, Eddie Izzard, Catherine Tate, Jack Dee, Rob Brydon and Sarah Millican all cut their standup teeth here, delighting audiences on the Banana Cabaret stage.
The club is committed to being a springboard for new and emerging talent and remains a favourite with established artists, popping in for weekend gigs and performing at our annual Balham Comedy Festival.
Appearances include Lee Mack, Joe Lycett, Rich Hall, Jason Manford, Sara Pascoe, Tim Vine, Tom Allen and Russell Kane… to name but a few!
First built in 1931, this iconic venue is well known for being a cornerstone of London’s thriving live music, comedy and entertainment scenes. It’s played host the best in the business from U2 to The Clash, Sam Smith to Ellie Goulding. Ed Sheeran was a regular performer and even recorded his first album there.
Following a multi-million pound refurbishment it is now an unrivalled pub, club, restaurant, live music and comedy venue with 15 stunning hotel rooms. We highly recommend coming for dinner before the show and then partying until 2am for an incredible evening. Find out more here.