Venue Guide: The Good Ship, Kilburn

Address: 289 Kilburn High Rd, London, NW6 7JR

Telephone Number: 07949 008253


Brief History: 

Born on 2nd September 2005, The Good Ship is a grassroots music venue, bar, nightclub and comedy venue all rolled into one. The Good Ship is actively committed to bringing the best bands to Kilburn and also using the space as a place for the arts and entertainment.

How many people does it hold? 200

 Who has played there?

Adele, Fuck Buttons, Charli XCX, Kate Nash, The xx, London Grammar, Years and Years, Eliza Doolittle, Micachu, Nimmo and loads more. 

Have there been any “I was there” moments?

Adele was signed on the day she opened at the venue and The xx played their first ever gig there.  Fuck Buttons got signed on the strength of their performance at The Good Ship but there were no more than 20 people watching them. 

How do I get there?

Trains: Brondesbury – North London Silverlink (1 minute) Kilburn – Jubilee Line (3 mins) Kilburn High Road – British Rail (9 mins) Kilburn Park – Bakerloo Line (11 mins)

Buses: 16, 31, 32, 98, 189, 206, 316, 328, 332 plus night buses N16, N28, N31, N98. All these stops are within an 8-minute walk of the venue, most of them right outside.


Where to park

The Good Ship is located on Kilburn High Road which has many side roads with parking. If you decide to cycle, there are bike rings outside The Tricycle a few doors down. If you are very nice and it’s quietish if there’s room the venue have a room where they will lock your bike out the back of The Good Ship.

Where to eat 

If you like pizza (never trust a person who doesn’t like pizza), down the road from The Good Ship is Franco Manca and the utterly delicious Quartieri. Fancy something with more of a kick? Spicy Basil has been keeping the locals well fed with their no-nonsense Thai dishes for years. The Colin Campbell pub’s Irish home cooking influenced menu is also highly rated.

Where can I stay? 

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Where can you carry on the party?

The Good Ship has a late licence so you can stay put! If you fancy exploring, there are loads of bars along Kilburn High Road. A personal fave is Kilburn Ironworks, which serves craft beer, delicious cocktails and is open late most of the week.  

Our beer is back on tap! Come on down and enjoy a pint or two this weekend! #nw6 #kilburn #westhampstead #beer

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TicketWeb Tip: 

The Ship is a pretty unusual stage setup in that there are 3 distinct places to watch the gig from. If there is enough room to move then I would absolutely recommend all 3, move around!  The floor (very intimate), the raised gallery (bird’s eye view) and the balcony (overhead projection).

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