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The Understudy at the National Theatre

Forthcoming Events

Check back regularly for our latest tap takeovers with the very best independent brewers from the UK, as well as special guest appearances from further afield.

All events are free, so save the date and we'll see you then!

For directions and current opening times, please refer to the main Understudy page.

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Understudy Tap Takeovers

9 May - Thornbridge tap takeover

26 May - Bombo Tropics tap takeover

6 June - Siren Brewery tap takeover

4 July - Tiny Rebel Brewing tap takeover

29 August - Fourpure tap takeover

2 November - Weird Beard tap takeover - Mexican Day of the Dead


Zilla Nights at the Understudy

Zilla Nights, the brain and musical child of DJ Blondezilla takes over the Understudy once a month, bringing the sunshine of the tropics to the Southbank, no matter what your weather app is telling you. Spinning a set of pan-African vinyl treats from every corner of the continent, you can expect anything from classic West African funk and Afrobeat, to 1970s Kenyan-Congolese fusion, Somalian pop, Senegalese Sabar music and beats from beyond the shores. Each month she'll be inviting a new and unique guest DJ to join her, playing music from old or new school Africa, the diaspora across the Caribbean and Latin America, and the melting pot of our very own London.

Free entry

Runs: 7pm - 1am

Music & DJs: DJ Blondzilla and D'Vo playing an assortment of music from the African diaspora

Saturday 12 May

Saturday 26 May - Sippin' T & Blondezilla

Saturday 9 June

Saturday 16 June

Saturday 23 June

Saturday 30 June


The Otherstudy Tap Takeovers

Over the summer our very own outdoor pop-up bar, The Otherstudy, will be serving craft beer from across the UK with weekly tap takeovers from some of our favourite breweries. Find us on the South Bank outside the National Theatre.


9 May - Thornbridge tap takoever

16 May - Northern Monk tap takeover

23 May - Mad Hatter tap takeover

30 May - Lost & Grounded tap takeover

6 June - Siren tap takeover

13 June - Twisted Barrel tap takeover

20 June - Cloudwater Brewing Co. tap takeover

27 June - Fallen tap takeover

4 July - Tiny Rebel tap takeover

11 July - Salopian Brewery tap takeover

18 July - Boundary tap takoever

25 July - Fierce Beer tap takoever

29 July - Fourpure tap takeover

1 August - Magic Rock tap takeover

8 August - Loka Polly Brewery tap takeover

15 August - Burning Sky Brewery tap takeover

22 August - Almasty Brewing Co. tap takeover