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Address: 8, Canterbury Crescent, London, SW9 7QD [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 6077) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest tube stations Brixton (0.1 miles), Stockwell (0.8 miles), Clapham North (0.8 miles)

Nearest train stations Brixton (0.1 miles), Loughborough Jn (0.5 miles), Herne Hill (0.9 miles)

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leon99 - 10 Sep 2015 16:51
Avoid this pub unless you're a regular. Was in there recently and was given a mouthful by a local because I dared to stand near him whilst trying to get served. And the barstaff need to lighten up.

Plus, there is only one ladies loo.

Ps. I used to love going to this pub in the 90's when I lived in London and frequented Brixton academy regularly. I rather give my money to Wetherspoons.
chipstick - 5 Jan 2011 17:33
Not a bad pub at's an old boozer with the cheapest pints you'll have in any given month. I've been coming here for pre-gig pints over the past few years and have quite an affection for it now. It can get very busy on big Academy nights, but the service is normally pretty good. I'll be back!
beammeup - 11 Dec 2010 15:11
Known affectionately among locals as the ‘Copperbury’ or the ‘Porkerbury’, the Canterbury is an Irish run pub in a fine, majestic building across the road from Brixton Police Station.

Hence, it is a favourite watering hole for weary plod as they stagger across from the nick once they have clocked off after another day of back-breaking toil keeping us all safe from crime and defending democracy. It is probably because of this reason that drinkers are usually 90% white, despite the pub being located in one of the most mixed and multicultural areas of the United Kingdom.

The landlord is a strident, forthright man who suffers no seditious nonsense in his establishment and seems to enjoy the loyalty of his established customers. He is always generous enough to explain patiently and forcefully to visitors why the sports team from their local favoured area are considerably inferior to the sports team from his favourite area. Few can be in any doubt for example of the magnificence of Manchester United or Liverpool football clubs following one of his informative and friendly lectures.

Indeed, sports seems to play an important role in the Porkerbury’s cultural chemistry, the pub boasts two large satellite screens for grateful fans to watch football and rugby as they down their pints. Sagacious, thoughtful and drink-fuelled commentary is often to be heard accompanying important league and national games.

The Copperbury can also get be fairly busy at dinner times as office workers from nearby Unity House and people shopping in the market sometimes make use of the place in their lunch breaks. The pub can become very busy when there are concerts at the local Academy, especially for those who lack the stamina required of the nearby anarchic Beehive and are overly concerned about being safe in ‘dodgy and scary Brixton’.

In fact overall, revellers in this pub generally tend to be on their best behaviour and mind their Ps and Qs accordingly - conscious as one always is there of the proximity of the boys in blue and the fact that the cells are a mere kicking and tazering away. Not the sort of place to go and see a bloke about a witness statement. If you know what I mean. Cheers.

UncertainTrumpet - 9 Dec 2010 14:57
Well worth a visit before going the Academy - had an awesome night in there before and after The Specials on Monday night this week. Great bar staff and reasonably priced. Well recommended
anitas - 13 May 2009 11:56

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