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John Bishop | © The Comedy Store
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The Best Comedy Clubs in Central London

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London Travel Writer
Updated: 4 January 2018

London is home to a selection of uproarious comedy clubs that are guaranteed to leave guests wanting more. Some say laughter is the best medicine, so perhaps this guide should be considered a prescription. Bring an inhaler because these clubs leave audiences gasping for air. Maybe even consider wearing flip-flops and donning a corset; it’s a strange look but precautions should be taken – otherwise socks will be laughed off and sides may split.

Top Secret Comedy Club

Step into the Covent Garden lair of laughs that is the Top Secret Comedy Club, where anyone who is not relentlessly comfortable laughing at themselves should probably think twice about sitting in the front row. The place has hosted famous faces including Jack Whitehall, Trevor Noah and Katherine Ryan, as well as plenty of up-and-coming acts and they can all be as scathingly brutal as they are downright hilarious – but that’s all fine as long as someone else is taking the hit, right?

Jack Whitehall | © Top Secret Comedy Club

Piccadilly Comedy Club

Only open for laughs on Fridays and Saturdays, the Piccadilly Comedy Club can be found inside The Comedy Pub on Oxendon Street. Sara Pascoe, Josh Widdicombe and Stephen Merchant are among the TV comedians to have all graced the stage of this intimate upstairs venue. Group bookings can be made online but can be paid for on the night, and reserved seating for all tickets means friends booking together are guaranteed to be sitting together, too.

The Comedy Store

Opened back in 1979, The Comedy Store is an established Soho institution that welcomes 3,500 people through its doors every week. Different days mean different things here, with a range of topical, improv and stand-up comedy nights depending on the day, as well as an open mic night on the last Friday of every month. John Bishop, Nina Conti and Frankie Boyle have all had crowds howling with laughter at this top comedy club, which also has a Manchester branch.

Nina Conti | © The Comedy Store

Comedy Carnival

Entertaining Londoners who love to laugh in two West End venues, Comedy Carnival takes over at Seven Dials Club and Bar Rumba, so attendees can stick around for a club night when the comedy comes to an end. Sarah Millican, Michael McIntyre and Flight of the Conchords have all taken to the Comedy Carnival stage, where established comedians are a regular feature.

The Boat Show Comedy Club

If a good joke really floats your boat, then you’re in for a treat. The Boat Show Comedy Club can be found dwelling within either the Tattershall Castle or the R.S. Hispaniola, two boat bars on the River Thames between Embankment and Westminster tube stations, which provide stunning views of some of London’s most iconic landmarks, including the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament.

The Covent Garden Comedy Club

Residing within Heaven, one of London’s most famous gay nightclubs, The Covent Garden Comedy Club can seat up to 200 people, making it one of the biggest comedy clubs the capital has to offer. Having hosted the likes of Noel Fielding, Rhod Gilbert and Rob Beckett, there is no shortage of famous friends of the club who are willing to give the place a ringing endorsement.