Address: The Undercroft, Museum of Comedy, St George’s Church, Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2SR
Anyone planning a visit to the English capital with the aim of finding out more about the rich history of UK comedic talent and to enjoy some rib-tickling fun along the way should make a beeline for the Museum of Comedy.
Jam-packed with a vast array of comedy memorabilia and props, it is an attraction that aims to highlight the breadth of British comedy down the years.
Founded by Leicester Square Theatre director Martin Witts, his collection of comedic artefacts makes up the mainstay of the museum’s exhibits, while the venue also regularly hosts some of the biggest names in comedy.
Some of the standout pieces that are sure to have visitors enthralled are Tommy Cooper’s handmade magic props, through to the Spitting Image heads and Steptoe and Son’s famous stuffed bear.
An attraction that all the family can enjoy, it is a perfect place to visit for all those with a sense of fun and who want to experience the best that British comedians have had to offer.
Containing more than 6,000 individual exhibits, there truly is something to tickle the funny bone of even the most stoic of visitors at the Museum of Comedy. It’s a perfect place to head to when the stresses of exploring one of the busiest cities on the planet gets all too much.
Not just focused on the history of comedy though, the museum also runs regular workshops for aspiring writers and performers that help to teach the art of comedy to all those who attend. There also rehearsal spaces available for anyone planning to put on a performance.
The Museum of Comedy is open daily from 5 pm to 9 pm admissions, with tickets available for adults and children.
Travel options for visitors to the Museum of Comedy
The London Underground is one of the best options for anyone planning to travel to the centre of the English capital, with regular Tube services offering connectivity to many areas of the city. Stations that can be found in close proximity to the Museum of Comedy include:
- Tottenham Court Road (Central and Northern lines)
- Covent Garden (Piccadilly line)
- Goodge Street (Northern line)
- Chancery Lane (Central line)
- Russell Square (Piccadilly line)
Visitors can also make use of overground rail services from the nearby station of London Euston, while bus services operate around the clock. Full details of all public transport options for visitors to the area can be found by heading to the official website of Transport for London.
Meanwhile, individuals planning to drive during their time in the English capital can also make use of several excellent parking facilities in the area, including:
- Bloomsbury Square Car Park (0.2 miles, three minutes’ travel time on foot)
- NCP Shaftesbury (360 ft, one minute)
- NCP Car Park Berners Street (0.6 miles, 13 minutes)
- Brewer Street NCP (0.7 miles, 14 minutes)
- London Euston Station Car Park (one mile, 21 minutes)
Motorists are reminded that traffic volumes can be high throughout the day and into the night in central London. It is therefore advisable for visitors to avoid planning journeys at the busiest times of day, most notably during the morning and evening rush hours, when many routes can come to a standstill.
Other great attractions to check out in the area
Moreover, it is not just the Museum of Comedy that attracts millions of visitors to this popular and vibrant area of the city every year, as travellers have a wealth of local options open to them in terms of great sights to see and experiences to enjoy nearby.
Some of the area’s best attractions include:
- The British Museum (0.1 miles, three minutes’ travel time on foot/via public transport)
- Ripley’s Believe It or Not! (0.7 miles, 11 minutes)
- Trafalgar Square (0.8 miles, 13 minutes)
- The London Dungeon (1.3 miles, 20 minutes)
- London Eye (1.3 miles, 19 minutes)
- Madame Tussauds London (1.6 miles, 19 minutes)
- Sea Life London Aquarium (1.3 miles, 17 minutes)
- Churchill War Rooms (1.3 miles, 21 minutes)
- Palace of Westminster (1.3 miles, 20 minutes)
- Big Ben (1.3 miles, 19 minutes)
- Westminster Abbey (1.4 miles, 22 minutes)
- Hyde Park (1.6 miles, 17 minutes)
- Cambridge Theatre (0.3 miles, seven minutes)
- Tate Modern (1.5 miles, 25 minutes)
- clueQuest (1.7 miles, 23 minutes)
- Hungerford Bridge and Golden Jubilee Bridge (one mile, 15 minutes)
- Shakespeare’s Globe (1.7 miles, 25 minutes)