Originally a hotel developed in the 1830's, The Bedford has been the central community hub of Balham for it's 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.
The Bedford is committed to throwing the spotlight on hundreds of new and upcoming performers, fifty weeks of the year.
For artists such as James Morrison, Paolo Nutini, KT Tunstall and many more, The Bedford has played a pivotal role in their careers. The Finn Brothers, Pete Townshend, Willy Mason and a host of other well known acts have played secret or impromptu shows here.
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 over 21 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.
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, nerves and not a few tears in the last ten years.