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Laughter is good for the soul. And the irony and sarcasm of British humour – delivered with a straight face, of course – is a sure way to crack a smile. When in London, find your mid-week pick-me-up at some of the city’s funniest nights. A face like the Cheshire Cat is guaranteed.
Milroy’s has been around since 1964 in Soho, but late last year its current owner, Martyn ‘Simo’ Simpson, expanded to a second site in Spitalfields. Stretching across three floors, there’s a 1,000-bottle-strong whisky bar, a cocktail bar, a tasting room and an exclusive private members club (the Dram House) – complete with a cigar terrace. Members’ rights aside, its comedy nights are open to all on the first Wednesday of every month, boasting talent from the likes of Channel 4’s 8 Out of 10 Cats, BBC’s The Mash Report and ITV’s Stand Up Sketch Shop. A ticket to catch a glimpse of said talent will set you back a worthwhile £35, and you can expect your comedy to be served alongside drams and highballs from some of Milroy’s most-loved distilleries.
Camden Comedy Club helped London earn its reputation for being a city that never sleeps: every night of the week, you can hedge your bets that something will be going on at this venue above the Camden Head. Whether it’s stand-up, improv or sketch comedy with world-class talent like Alan Carr, Russell Howard and Harry Hill, bringing the good vibes is this venue’s modus operandi.