THE RED HEDGEHOG, close by Highgate Tube, first opened its doors on Wednesday 7 December 2006.

The venue name was inspired by the 19th century Viennese coffee house, Zum Roten Igel, frequented by Brahms (who obsessively refused to eat or drink anywhere else) .  A famous lithograph shows him striding out in his top hat with a tiny red hedgehog at his heels.   The coffee house was also a regular watering hole for Schubert, Schumann, Mendelssohn and others (Beethoven rehearsed at the top of the building) and the place is referred to in musical correspondence throughout the years in relation to many a musical figure of the period.   
The Red Hedgehog
is grateful to concert pianist James Lisney for suggesting the name, which has inevitably featured in pub quizzes.

Since opening The Red Hedgehog has presented top-flight classical concerts by international artists, recitals and chamber music by emerging artists and a wide variety of other musical genres, including world music, folk and roots, singer-songwriter and open mic nights and plenty of jazz by performers on the London circuit.


We look forward to welcoming as many of you as possible back to the venue when we re-open, all being well, on October 7.

We will be presenting a new season of concerts and gigs with health and safety very much in mind.

We are currently planning our next season titled 20 for 20 - two performances each night, usually at 7.30pm / 9pm, for an audience of 20 in each, carefully socially-distanced.

There will be a one-way system in and out of the venue, staff will escort patrons separately to their seats, spare masks and hand santiser will be available and drinks will be pre-ordered.  For more details about our health and safety plans, please keep an eye on this website, currently being updated, or get in touch with us by email and we will be pleased to explain our new policies.

In the meantime, we miss being open, we miss our audiences and hope you’re all safe and well.

In these difficult times, we would be heartily grateful to anyone who could offer any financial assistance to help keep us afloat.  In particular, once we have our programme online, if you can ‘pay your tickets forward’ - that would really help us.   Do watch this space.   

In the meantime, grateful thanks to all for the many kind enquiries after our well-being and messages of support.