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, and 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 four nights a week, live music five nights a week and club nights every Friday and Saturday.
We've hosted the legendary Banana Cabaret comedy club for 25 years every Friday and Saturday, as well as a New Acts comedy night, and one of the best Quiz nights in South London every Wednesday.
The Bedford There aren't many better places to watch a live game of football or rugby than the Bedford. Our huge Globe Theatre creates an incredible atmosphere, which has seen considerable celebrations, nervous moments and not a few tears in the last ten years.
We offer a handpicked tariff of first class ales and international lagers, to complement a daily menu of uncomplicated, freshly prepared British pub grub. The place has been 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.
This year we developed our garden as a barbeque and heated smoking area, and have also opened our two sister pubs, The Distillers in Hammersmith, and The Distillers in Smithfield, providing cracking live music venues, first class food and drink and a terrific atmosphere.
We're delighted to welcome you to The Bedford.
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Selected reviews for this venue:
All the staff were friendly & no long waits at the bar. The sound was good, All the music was amazing, Loved the round tables & the candles, A relaxed atmosphere, & really fun vibe. :-).
Childline Rocks special acoustic show starring The Feeling (14/11/13) - Fab night 4 A Great cause
What an brilliant night, The Feeling as always were amazing, & We loved all of the music played tonight. Great atmosphere lovely people, Fantastic host, really had fun. :-).
Address: The Bedford
77 Bedford Hill,
Balham is on the Northern Line with frequent trains to central London via the Bank and Charring Cross branches. Typical travel time to Waterloo is 15/20 minutes.
Monday to Friday 06:14, 06:20 then every two to four minutes until 00:52
Saturday - 06:14, 06:20 then every three to four minutes until 00:52
Sunday - 07:49, 07:54 then every three to four minutes until 00:08.
South West Trains is responsible for Balham station with a frequent service to Victoria (Central London), Clapham Junction, Gatwick and Croydon.
Balham is well served by both day and night buses, including:
ROUTE 155: London General
Elephant & Castle Station London Road, Kennington Station, Kennington Park Road, Oval Station, Clapham Road, Stockwell Station, Clapham Road, Clapham North Station, Clapham High Street, Clapham Common Station, Lambeth College, Clapham Common South Side, Clapham South Station, Balham Hill, Balham Station, Balham High Road, Tooting Bec Station, Upper Tooting Road, Tooting Broadway Station, (Fountain Road (towards St George's Hospital)), St George's Hospital.
ROUTE 249: Arriva London
Clapham Common Old Town (towards Clapham Common), Clapham Common Station, Lambeth College, Clapham Common South Side, Clapham South Station, Balham Hill, Balham Station, Balham High Road, Tooting Bec Station, Tooting Bec Road, Streatham St Leonard's Church, Streatham Station, Streatham Common North, Crown Lane, Upper Norwood Crown Point, St Joseph's College, Beulah Hill, Church Road, Crystal Palace Anerley Hill, Anerley Hill, Anerley Station.
ROUTE 315: London General
Balham Station, (Balham High Road (towards West Norwood)), Bedford Hill, Garrad's Road, Streatham St Leonard's Church, Gleneldon Road, Valley Road, Leigham Court Road, Canterbury Grove, Lansdowne Hill, West Norwood Library, West Norwood Station, West Norwood Bus Garage.
ROUTE 355: London General
Brixton Station, Brixton Lambeth Town Hall, Acre Lane, Kings Avenue, Clapham Park Atkins Road, Poynders Road, Cavensish Road, Clapham South Station, Balham Hill, Balham Station, Balham High Road, Tooting Bec Station, Upper Tooting Road, Tooting Broadway Station, Mitcham Road, Tooting Station, London Road, Mitcham Fair Green, Mitcham Cricketers.
NIGHT BUS N155: London General
Aldwych, Strand, Charing Cross Station, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall, Parliament Square, Westminster Bridge, Waterloo County Hall, Lambeth North Station, Morley College, (St George's Circus (towards Dulwich)/St George's Road (towards Aldwych)), Elephant & Castle Station, Kennington Station, Kennington Park Road, Oval Station, Clapham Road, Stockwell Station, Clapham Road, Clapham North Station, Clapham High Street, Clapham Common Station, Lambeth College, Clapham Common South Side, Clapham South Station, Balham Hill, Balham Station, Balham High Road, Tooting Bec Station, Upper Tooting Road, Tooting Broadway Station, Tooting High Street, South Thames College, Colliers Wood Station, Merton Sainsbury's, Merton High Street, South Wimbledon Station, Morden Road, Morden Road Tramlink Station, Morden Road, Morden Station.
Please note that Fernlea road is one way, offering no access from Bedford Hill. Instead, turn into Rossiter Road and then the first right, bringing you into Fernlea Road.
Monday - Thursday: 3pm - 12am
Friday: 2pm - 2am
Saturday: 11am - 2am
Sunday: 12pm - 12am