An old School (Victorian!) Boozer with Nu Skool Free Wi Fi which is home to the capital’s best comedy club (see well known TV comedians and rising stars, for a fiver at Happy Mondays) and so many of the best buzz live music promoters. Down to earth and up to good times; 388 New Cross Road SE14 is a destination. A social and sociable hub for the colourful, creative locals/student community, plus friends old and new from around the UK: All ages, genres, back grounds and persuasions. Encompassing Music, Art, Theatre, Comedy, Meetings, Street Food, Real Ales, Boutique Beers, Poetry, Rehearsals, Parties, Photo Sessions, Secret Gigs, Launches, Gallery, Exhibitions, Family Afternoon Raves, LGBT events, Music Industry Signings, Festival warm ups, Film Screenings (and lots of connecting, laughing and dancing). Alongside featuring in the TryLife transmedia drama (now with 4 million followers, and rising), as well as a multitude of music videos, Amersham Arms is, most recently, a location in ‘Whiplash Dreams’, history’s first cinematically-released album by Bavanandan. “The area’s first destination club” (New York Times) Amersham Arms is probably best known as a stage that has played host to some of the most exciting live music and DJ sets from emerging talent and high profile names. It is a credible scouting post and there are usually members of the entertainment industry in the house. Hopefully see you soon, cold beers and a warm welcome await.
Clash Music interview with Laurie Vincent of Slaves, March 2016, about his Art Exhibition here. Katy B is a fan, Radio 1 DJ Phil Taggart played a set, Slaves were also on the decks and Professor Green was one of many mover shakers in the house for the weekend.
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. Feedback:
The Amersham Arms has a history of letting exciting new talents onto their well renowned stage” (We Plug Good Music, March 2016) “Your favourite band has probably played at the Amersham Arms. South East London’s live music heart” (Jack Daniels) #JackRocks “The pub that makes us laugh. A lot.” (Time Out) “a friendly New Cross bar with a creative edge, hosting everything from secret gigs to cabaret, comedy, film, theatre and up-and-coming guest DJs.” (DesignMyNight.com) “It’s always a smashing night.” (comedian, Susan Calman, on Happy Mondays club, November 2015) “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, 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
“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 sets, 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 “Like a punk Hogwarts” (TheZineUK)
“New Year’s Eve (2016) will be fun and terrifying” (The Enemy) Loaded Magazine preview http://loaded.co.uk/the-enemy-guide-to-life/
“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)