Some of London's best quality theatre shows and cutting-edge comedy nights can be found upstairs (and occasionally downstairs) in the capital's pubs.
Plus, if you're looking for cheap entertainment in London, pub theatres are a great source of a good value night out. Enjoy a pint and a play or some stand-up here, and in many cases you'll find you still have plenty of change left over.
2. Gate Theatre
Hen & Chickens Theatre, opposite Highbury and Islington Tube station, is an intimate 54-seat theatre, upstairs in the Hen & Chickens Theatre Bar. The crowd is regularly treated to excellent new writing by the resident production company, Unrestricted View.Read More
If you want to see a musical in an intimate setting, head to the Landor Theatre in south London. The Landor holds around 60 people and offers new and classic musical theatre productions. Make sure you have time to grab a drink before the show.Read More
Hang out in the Old Red Lion Pub, and you'll hear a bell ring when a production is starting. Take a seat in the 60-person theatre, and you'll be treated to comedy, one-person shows and standard plays in one of London's long-standing pub theatres.Read More
The multi-award-winning Finborough Theatre in Earl's Court presents both plays and musical theatre; including new writing and neglected work from the 19th and 20th centuries. The theatre, which was founded in 1980, seats 50.Read More
Theatre 503, with its flexible auditorium, sits above the Latchmere Pub in Battersea. It's run by a team who focus on original writing, new directors and up-and-coming comedians, who push the boundaries of theatre and nurture unusual and uncommon work.Read More