The Red Hedgehog takes its name and inspiration from a famous 19th century coffee
house in Vienna, Zum Roten Igel, the regular haunt of many composers of the period.
Celebrated carousers included Schubert, Schumann, Mendelssohn and especially Brahms
(who stubbornly refused to eat or drink anywhere else.) The Red Hedgehog (Vienna)
evokes food, drink, conviviality and lively conversation between musicians, artists
The Red Hedgehog (Highgate) adds a fine grand piano and the thrill of top-class live
chamber music-making in a setting which provides an especially close rapport between
performers and audience.
The Red Hedgehog is an independently-run small concert and theatre space situated
diagonally opposite Highgate Tube Station at the Jacksons Lane junction with Archway
Road. The venue receives no public funding.
Since opening, on 7 October, 2006, the venue has presented mainly classical concerts
and fringe theatre.