The BedfordThe Bedford Pub, 77 Bedford Hill, Balham SW12 9HD
Phone: 020 8682 8940

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The Bedford Pub is a landmark in SW12. For nearly 200 years it has provided an anchor to the local community, whether as the courtroom for the 19th century Charlie Bravo inquest or as the site of early gigs for a host of bands including The Clash, U2 and Ed Sheeran.

Live music, theatre and comedy under the banner of Banana Cabaret are mainstays of the entertainment programme, which also includes regular sporting fixtures on the big screens and dance classes.

Dulwich Books Ltd has provided a series of literary events since January 2016.

There are five venues spread across three floors and a range of bars. It is right in the centre of Balham which has a range of bars, restaurants, pubs and cafes to suit every taste and budget.


Public transport access is excellent. Balham underground is on the Northern Line; the overground station has direct services from London Victoria, London Bridge and Shepherd’s Bush as well as East Croydon and surrounding South London stations.

Buses 155, 249, 255, 315 and 355 all serve Balham, as does the N155 night bus.

Try not to drive – there is not much parking on the surrounding streets except on Sundays.




Balham Literary Festival events will take place in the upstairs function rooms of The Bedford. Unfortunately, because the pub is a listed building, there is no lift, and therefore no access for mobility scooters and wheelchairs.

We take disabled access very seriously and are working to resolve this issue for future years. If there is anything that we can do to help in the meantime, please get in touch with Harry on