(please click Happy Mondays banner for a link to their website, and the Time Out, article, above, to read it.)
This Victorian era watering hole has adopted a trendily ramshackle yet comfortable character.
Adorned by a collage of posters and exhibited art, bedecked with vintage lampshades, leather armchairs and a well-worn piano, visitors are made to feel as if enjoying a night out in their own living room. Set in the heart of south east London, across the road from New Cross station, and a stone’s throw from Goldsmiths Uni. …Part student hang out, part long-standing local favourite, it is a well known venue that effortlessly blends old-school pints, with uber cool music and comdey nights most recently : Alt-J, Bombay Bicycle Club, The Vaccines, Carl Barat, Bloc Party, Dave Rowntree (Blur/Xfm), Primal Scream, Mystery Jets, Maximo Park, Gary Powell, The Cribs,Kasabian, The Coral, and Terry Hall (The Specials) have all been down to the ‘sham to spin their favourite tunes !!
This is also home to Happy Mondays the long established fortnightly event; as recommended by The Guardian and deemed “an excellent comedy club” by Time Out, and “South London’s Best Comedy Night” by Secret London. This is where the well known hone their material including Reginal D. Hunter, Stewart Lee, Cardinal Burns, Russell Howard, Shappi Khorsandi, Andy Parsons, Andi Osho, Arthur Smith, Sarah Millican, Greg Davies, Milton Jones, Dane J Baptiste, Robin Ince, Sean Walsh, Al Murray, and Happy Mondays MC, Holly Walsh.
The Amersham Arms is a venue which hosts a wide selection of events including film and poetry evenings. It offers space for exhibitions in it’s Take Courage art gallery and theatre upstairs. Highly recommended freshly cooked dining and a Boutique Beers Bar.
“It’s always a smashing night.” (comedian, Susan Calman, on Happy Mondays club)
“The Amersham Arms may be rough and ready, but it’s also atmospheric, a local landmark (with its very visible neon “Take Courage” sign), and puts on some amazing gigs and pre-Edinburgh comedy events.” (BuzzFeed)
“Our local boozer – there’s nothing more welcoming than the glowing red TAKE COURAGE sign welcoming you as you pull in to New Cross station – To Do List rarely resists a quick booze on the walk between the station and To Do List HQ. Good grub (the chunky chips are immense!), good atmosphere. We heart.” (To Do List)
“Lovely gig at @TheAmershamArms … They’ve really got their act together down there… Highly recommended little venue.” - Mark Morriss. Singer, song writer, voice of The Bluetones.
”Amersham Arms play host to an array of upcoming acts” - Artrocker
“The area’s first destination club.” - New York Times
“The nexus of south-east London’s live music scene, the Amersham Arms brings together the character (and prices) of a trad pub with a souped-up sound system and 3am licence, a 300-capacity performance area, an upstairs arts space and a walled garden for smokers.
The roster is dominated by London’s hippest promoters, bands and beat-makers plus the best-value Sunday roasts in town. Forget the east, head south”. – Time Out
“A delightful pub and event space “ - Who’s Jack
“Amershamazing” - MTM.tv
Blowing the cobwebs away from the 1st week back in London tonight @TheAmershamArms djing some tunes come down Shamblers
“The venue itself is a favourite arts n biz hangout fizzing with buzz from shows by Toy, Goldheart Assembly, Too Many Ts, etc, mixing on their calendar with low-key seets, TV comedians and massive dance parties” (With Guitars)
“The bar at the forefront of the New Cross Renaissance” (Spoonfed)
“A great local pub.”(People’s Assembly, S. E. London)
“SE London’s live music HQ” (GoGo London)
“The most interesting live music venue in south-east London” – Time Out Editors