Great venue with lots of top comedians. Usually you can get a good deal on last minute or Yplan, particularly for the really late shows.
Inside the venue is reasonably big, but no-where near as big as the Comedy Store in Manchester which is massive. There is a bar, cloakroom and you can order food too. The prices are reasonable and the chicken burger I had was very tasty, being what seemed like almost a whole chicken breast in a bun.
The location is fantastic, but hidden slightly off Leicester Square on the corner of a side street. Once you know where it is though you can't miss it with the giant laughing mouth logo located above the door.
If I was reviewing the night I went to see it would easily get 5 stars. I was lucky enough to watch a fantastic line up for a charity benefit night however this is more about the venue.
Poor drinks selection, especially for beers and very expensive for a not very nice drink. I believe there is £1 off a pint if you arrive before half 7 however I didn't manage that. Food is also expensive, £4 for what looked like a bowl of deep fried McCain potato wedges and the rest of the menu seemed to be equally good value.
It does seem to have the bigger names appearing however you do pay for the pleasure and in my opinion you would be better off trying your luck at one of the smaller venues
I can't remember last time I laughed so much! Went on Friday night and the place was packed. Fantastic set of comedians and even greater compere..The place is quite big but not huge. They have a bar and they serve food too. we tried the fish goujons and they were lovely, not too expensive. It was just the 2 of us but probably very good place to go as a group. Would definitely go back. If you get there late you end up at the front....be warned!
If you are going to see comedy, go and see it here!
I will be the first one to admit I am a whole hearted, complete and utter comedy nerd. I have seen stand up in pubs, clubs, bars and even on a canal boat, but nowhere comes near to The Comedy Store.
This place is what Wembley is to football fans, what The Albert Hall is to music lovers, what Cliff Richard is to people who love plastic surgery - it is 'the' place for comedy.
You have your regulars from TV and Radio, but also pro's who have been making people laugh for decades. You are guaranteed a good night and to be left awash with endorphins and mirth. It might not be the cheapest night, but you get what you pay for.
Micheal McIntrye, Lee Evans and Jason Manford ASK to do this venue. Plus, not a lot of people know, Wales' funny man Rhod Gilbert is actually represented by them alone. So, if you pop along you might see a familiar face.
Particular shows you should look out for:
Best In Stand Up
Any Charity Event
Do yourself and your funny bone a favour, try it out and you won't regret it
Being a real wanna be comedian myself, I do get inspired watching other really experienced comedians perform and this is definitely the place where comedian dreams are made of.
I've been to a number of comedy clubs around London but I finally made it to the legendary Comedy Store. I went on a Tuesday night for the Cutting Edge where they have 6 experienced acts performing materials based on a series of topics provided by the audience - so it was any news event in the past year. I really liked the short pieces of material and the variety of topics that was covered. They play a series of games to see which comedian wins each round. I thought it was absolutely brilliant and laughed my face off most of the night.
I really enjoyed it and will definitely try and see the more experienced acts on the weekends. It's definitely worth the premium you pay compared to other clubs in the area.
Oh my god this place is the best.
The Comedy Store is iconic. It's been around for ever and some of the biggest comedians in the world have worked there magic on the Comedy Store stage to the sounds of raucous laughter and clinking beer swirls.
Its just great, hasn't changed at all over the years even though its as famous as it is.
World class comedians still frequent the Comedy Store, often you will have a celebrity comedians from "Mock the Week" and other TV shows doing a gig. I
They have a basic menu which runs late so you can eat and laugh and the food is very cheap but tasty and worth trying, They have a full bar with everything you need.
A little tradition of mine is to buy a jug of beer to share with friends while you watch the show. I thing they offer discounts on Jugs. Worth asking.
If your ever in London in the Soho area at night, I recommend climbing down the stairs and enter the pit of laughter which is the Comedy Store!
The Comedy Store is a great underground comedy club in Soho. And you are going to laugh.
Like it's famous brother back in California, the Comedy Store does comedy. Come down the stairs and find a bar and coat check when you walk in followed by rows and rows of seats and a small stage. That's about it, they let the comedians speak for themselves.
Unlike comedy clubs back in the states there was no food/drink minimum on top of my ticket (this is my first here so I don't know how it's done, but that was nice. I always disliked that policy.)
Sound was good and you could hear it all the way in the back to the bar. The only real issue I had here was the seating, which were all individual chairs pushed as closed together as humanely possible. You will indeed be crammed up next to whoever is next to you, so I hope you like them. For god sakes, you must like them!
Beyond that though, I had an awesome night. Good drinks, good laughs, good times.
Attended an Improv show at The Comedy Store and it turned out to be a night to remember. There were tons of laughs as the audience participated quite a lot and the professional comedians made sure that everyone had a great time.
The only reason I'm sparing the 5th star is the fact that I strongly disliked the food. I am aware that it is a comedy club not a restaurant but still the quality of the meals should be improved.
Ahh I have officially found my happy place! LOVE THIS PLACE
Try to get tickets before hand if you want to go on a weekend night! I stood out in the cold for 45 minutes in January to make sure I could get tickets for my boyfriends birthday. I had tried to get tickets 4 days before but they had reserved 70 tickets to sell on the night which was annoying for me!
But even having stood out in the cold the comedians lightened my spirits and I laughed whole heartedly, maybe not at every act but the majority were amazingly witty, hilarious, and amusing.
I have been here twice now and every time I leave feel addicted and want to go back the following night.
Good value or money and a great night out
Perfect for a group of friends or coworkers to get together, enjoy a drink or two and have a few laughs.
Having gone on Improv Wednesday, we enjoyed some great comedy from a whose line is it anyways style group of comedians. Each one was on form and flowed well with both each other and the audience.
Great for those groups who just cannot decide on what to do or for the rainy London days.
Went for dinner...and it was packed!!! Good thing there was one table for me and my two flatmates...we squished in! Musta been dinner time rush. Only one steak and ale pie left...so they obviously gave it to me because i haven't tried before---i mean how can you be in london and NOT try this?! Outrageous!! It was delicious and I was veryyyy full.
I also came here at night time once...and the downstairs had free karaoke..but it was kinda "meh" . Make sure you BRING the party!!!
After reading some of the top comedian's autobiographies this summer and learning more and more about how the comedy store pushes new talent to the fore front of British Tv's.
I thought it had to be done, I had to get down to a night.
we booked our tickets in advance, got decent seats and loved every minute of it.
You can tell the difference instantly by the compeer (Spelling)
He was spot on.
One of the best nights out in london
GET YOUR SELF ALONG!!
Without question the best comedy club in London. Try and see the "comedy store players" - usually on once a week. It's a "whose line is it anyway" type show. Bloody hilarious.
Great value and a brilliant night out.
A great value night out, Wednesdays improv night had my partner and I almost crying with laughter on many occasions. For a London attraction the food and drink prices were also very reasonable.
A seemingly odd location in a basement area was actually very fitting, but recommend you do not sit near the front if you are a quieter soul who doesnt want to be spoken to throughout the show.
The level of audience interation means that shows are always fresh and new with no 'stand up' apparently possible.
Very enjoyable night, and comedians clearly carefully picked, as all of them performed a great set.
Well priced drinks, and comfortable seating arrangement, so not a seat with a bad view.
Nice and personal, just how a comedy club should be.
Brilliant comedy club.
Late night shows at 11pm are hysterical and the jugs of cider go down very easily. Always made to sit at the front whenever I attend and my boyfriend has been picked on a few times which is really amusing - except when I get dragged into it. Really good comedians come to this club and I have seen Reginald D Hunter here before as well as the really amusing Iranian lady, whose name has completed dropped from my head. A must visit place when you are in town with an evening spare.
Love this place. Cracking nite out. If you can, sit at the front for the real experience.
Loads of comedians who perform here tend to make it big soon after.
So remember their names as you'll probably be buying their dvd next Christmas.
Excellent entertainment, it's a bit awkward moving about with food/drinks before the show starts, but once it starts it's not really an issue. Would prefer a bit more variety on the food menu, but I understand it's not a restaurant. Really good night.
3 of us went there for my husband's birthday. We went to the 11pm show on a friday night and we all had a great time. All the acts were great and the host was super funny and kept the crowd pumped. I would def go back again but maybe to an earlier show, we're getting old.
Loved loved loved it!
A great venue that seats quite a few people without losing the cozy atmosphere of a small comedy club.
The comedians were wonderful, and most of all they presented a variety of them. They each had a very unique style and were hysterical in their own way. We were laughing the entire night.
There's also a bar with food. The burger and frieds was pretty good, and there are also options such as salad, falafel etc.
It definitely appeals to a young professional crowd, but there were adults of all ages who definitely enjoyed the show.
Very very funny! Go to the Wednesday or Sunday evenings to enjoy improv. I haven't laughed this much in a long time. They ask the audience to make suggestions on the mood, character, scene, etc and then play it. Nothing better than an interview with a professor who is an expert on dog weight lifting :) Enjoy!
Remember 'Who's Line is it Anyway?' - well this is where it all began in 1986. You'll usually find at least any three of the seven founder members still playing every sunday and wednesday, and quite frankly it's even funnier than 'WLIIA?'. These nights are dedicated to some incredibly inventive improvisations from comedians who have been practising their dark arts for over 20 years now. On the other nights, shows tend to be closer to stand up, and usually draw from a wider pool of tv comedians, but there's still some good games with a little audience participation. I've been a few times now, and always had a good night (they do happy hour pints at £2.30 too!). Heckle at your peril!
Situated just off Leicester Square in central London, the Comedy Store is a proper comedy club - it's a smallish underground venue, one room with the bar at the back, and three blocks of seats surrounding the slightly raised stage area at the front, the front rows are barely inches away from the performers.
The Comedy Store is most famous for the Comedy Store Players, a troupe of improvisational comedy performers who've been appearing there every Sunday and Wednesday for more than 20 years. Their number include Paul Merton, Josie Lawrence, Richard Vranch and a whole host of other performers you've probably seen on Whose Line Is It Anyway? and other comedy programmes. They are quite simply the funniest thing I have ever seen - every time I go there I'm in tears laughing, you have to go and see them!
The club also hosts well known comedy acts from around the world on other nights as well as showcasing new acts.
I try and get down there every time I go to London. Extremely highly recommended!
Who doesn't love a good laugh? The Comedy club provides a central venue for this although it looks a bit run down. We saw the improv night when we went which was pretty good, however friends who have been to the stand up night say this is even better.
I've been here many times and never been disappointed! I think the best time to go is on a wednesday or sunday night, to see the Comedy Store Players, an improvised show based on audience suggestions. I have introduced many friends to this and all have loved it - it's different every time, sort of like Have I Got News For You - but better! Plus, as a student or a nurse, you get discount for these shows! The venue itself is great, sort of an informal theatre with a bar that does very reasonably priced house wine and also serves food - the burgers are great!
Comedy always makes for a cracking night out and London has an endless list of nights happening in every borough. Arguably one of the most famous, The Comedy Store in Leicester Square, continues to bring top quality comedy to the masses. OK, it may not have the rock and roll exclusiveness of being a small alternative above-a-pub venue, or feeling of being a hidden gem among comedy nights, most nights in fact the audience are mainly tourists, but you know that the comedians here will be at the top of their game, you won't get a dud comic, and the laughs will be plentiful.
My favourite night has got to be the long standing comedy store players, on Sundays, an improv comedy night that features the talents of notables such as Paul Merton and Josie Lawrence, it will have you in endless fits of laughter for the whole duration.
A reasonably priced bar keeps the evening flowing and bar snacks are available, The seating is in rows rather than in tables, and get there early to get a good seat. Also, I would always pre-book tickets for this place as most nights are sell outs, and for the remaining tickets on the door the queues are long.
Great crowd and the events worth going too!
The best-value night out in London. Co-founder Neil Mullarkey hosts improv nights on Wednesdays and Sundays, which are just superb. Josie Lawrence and Paul Merton appear from time to time too. The rest of the week is stand-up comedy, with new acts and established artists. Beer is great value, but don't wander off to the bar mid-act - you 'll be sorry. In fact just sit quietly. Although you won't be able to for laughing. Just enjoy.
I've been here twice, once on an improv night and once to see stand-up acts. Both nights were cracking.
If you can avoid the queues by pre-booking then do as the queues can be quite long, particularly for the improv nights.
The drinks were quite expensive, but I guess you need to take into account that this is central London.
The biggest fan of this place! Will definitely cheer you up! Found out about it not long ago but I have already been there several times now. A first class comedy club with very cheering staff and comedians. The only problem huge queues every time I go. But it's worth the waiting.
Very good comedy show and the crowd is awesome!
Comedy is a great night out in London and cheaper than the theatre and this would be one of the best i have been too, always funny comedians and to complete the night the food is pretty good too.
I went to the Comedy Store in Piccadilly Circus last week with some work colleagues. The ticket was quite expensive at £16 each for about 2 hours of entertainment. The comedians were very funny, particularly the last comedian, Junior Simpson. There was lots of interaction between the comedians and the audience, particularly the compere who picked on a group of Americans who had unwisely chosen to sit in the front row. The drinks were fairly expensive, but that was to be expected, but the queue was not too bad at the interval. They often have a lot of famous names perform here, so they might be worth looking out for.
I just love it. Good laughs all the way. Sunday night had excellent crew. The food and drinks are well priced. A fun way to spend a night out with good value for the money. Highly recommend. Will definitely be there often.
The classic comedy club in the heart of the west end. Bit pricey but the acts are always really good.
The home of comedy in the UK and still going very strong indeed.
Following the rules of comedy that the whole audience should face the stage without the hindrance of tables keeps the Comedy Store ahead of all comers and with the finest acts being booked it seems as though they will remain number one for some time to come.
As well as the 'normal' nights you'd expect at the weekend there are also other nights such as Players and many benefit nights.
Just before summer you can catch Edinburgh Festival previews (often at discounted prices).
Food & drink is a tad expensive but not unusual considering it's Central London.
Absolutely would recommend a visit.
I've always been a massive comedy geek and The Comedy Store is one of the finest clubs in town. It's the most famous of course and it's got a really fun atmosphere, it's in a basement essentially, they serve food and drinks, the stage is small and the seating intimate. There's lots of little bits of comedy history to gaze at on the walls and in the bathrooms and you can even check in your coat if you want to feel a little less laden down. The important thing for The Comedy Store is to check the comedians that will be on that night. I do not recommend going to a King Gong Show as it's all new acts desperately trying to get enough laughs in before they are booed/gonged offstage. The audience is often drunk and quite unecessarily mean. The other thing I'd keep in mind is to try to go to the 8pm rather than the midnight shows. I love the later shows but you really have to be a little tipsy to enjoy them I feel as much of the audience have gone the same way by then, it's often a little smaller a crowd but much, much louder and more annoying! Those cautions in place - go laugh!
Came away with stomach ache from laughing so much.
Brilliant comedians, a great night out.
Price of drinks is average, food is horrible so I'd eat before and just have a few drinks at the venue. Seating is not allocated so arrive in good time if you want to be near the front.
Go on have a laugh!
A lot of fun! If you a bit bored and tired from life, it will help you smile and encourage you!
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