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The Water Rats, London

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The Water Rats is a live music venue at 328 Grays Inn Road, Kings Cross, London, England. Until 1992, it was known as The Pindar of Wakefield and was famous for its regular old time music hall entertainment.

Bob Dylan played his first UK gig here in December 1962. The Pogues (then known as the Pogue Mahones) had their first performance here on October 4, 1982. Oasis's debut London performance took place here on 27 January 1994. The Beta Band played their debut show here on Wednesday 23 July 1997. Acts such as Katy Perry, Sisteray, The Courteeners and Ra Ra Riot also appeared here prior to international acclaim. On October 1, 2004 the venue hosted The Decemberists, who were playing their first show outside North America. In 2014, The Water Rats began hosting a weekly quiz night. The venue reopened in October 2015 with a new management.
Originally built in 1517, when the landlord was George Green, one-time Pindar of Wakefield, who was supposed to have had connections with Robin Hood. The present house, built in 1878, was once patronised by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. Until the 1980s, it housed a regular 'Old Time Music Hall'. In 1986, the premises were bought by the Grand Order of Water Rats and the name of the venue was changed to the Water Rats.
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  • Had a quick cider here after a fair few beers somewhere else. Found it to be a nice little pub with s chill atmosphere. Press next top point a hotel. So good to go there for a drink before going to...  more »
  • I was going to a concert that I have been waiting for for about 2 years now. I was approached rudely on my entry asking for my age, 16, and she was bitter in her response. Later I heard her...  more »
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  • Excellent place. I went there twice for breakfast and the food was excellent. Having the possibility to order a vegetarian full English was pleasant. The service was delightful and one of the waiters, who recognized us the second time, even offered a discount. Very nice and business-minded move.
  • You do realise that there is a hospital next door? Where sleep studies are carried out? Maybe a licensing visit would be beneficial? I’d like to know if you got there first or the hospital.. and how you got a licence to play such loud bass music!! I’m avoiding the whole area thanks to your place. With thanks.

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