Originally a hotel developed in the 1830's, The Bedford has been the central community hub of Balham for its entire existence. In the late sixties and seventies it was a spit and sawdust live music venue serving as a springboard for early gigs by acts including The Clash and U2.
It was also famously used as the courtroom for the unsolved murder case of Charles Bravo, upstairs, in what was then the billiard hall, which is now the Ballroom.
Our aim is to provide a first class night out for everybody making full use of our three floors, five bars and five function rooms. We offer dance classes throughout the week, live music four nights a week and club nights every Friday and Saturday. We've hosted the legendary Banana Cabaret comedy club for over 25 years every Friday and Saturday, as well as more recently a New Acts comedy night.
There aren't many better places to watch a live game of football or rugby than here. Our huge Globe Theatre creates an incredible atmosphere which has seen considerable celebrations, nervous moments and perhaps a few tears in the last few years.
We offer a handpicked tariff of top ales and international lagers to compliment a daily menu of uncomplicated, freshly prepared British pub grub. The place was sensitively tidied up (but not wrecked) in the late 90's, staying true to the original building as it was built, rather than emasculating the place in an attempt to catch up with gastro ventures.
We've won several awards over the years including the Evening Standard's Pub of the Year and The Publican's Music Pub of the Year in 2002. We're proud of our local community ties and our record of constantly evolving to give our customers what they want.
We have two sister venues, The Distillers in Hammersmith and The Distillers in Smithfield acting as live music venues as well as first class food/drink places with a terrific atmosphere.
Welcome to The Bedford.