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Summary: London wedding reception music venue

Location: London, England, UK

Available for: Wedding reception

Approximate costs: £4000 (low) – £17,000 (high) for 100-150 guests, including catering

Capacity: (max # of guests): 40-200 guests

Location: 3-7 Delancey Street Camden London NW1 7NL

Available for: Wedding Reception

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Venue Type

  • Arts Venue
  • Family-owned
  • Music Venue

Venue Feel

  • Contemporary
  • Friendly
  • Intimate
  • Relaxed
  • Spacious

Available for

  • Wedding Reception

Our Story

Tucked away on a side street off the busy Camden High Street is a place that used to be home to a blacksmith’s workshop and Tatiana Von Saxe’s pioneering restaurant of 21 years, Café Delancey. Today, it’s our home – The Forge Music and Arts Venue.

The Forge Music and Arts Venue, which opened in 2009, embodies the vibrancy, charm, and eclecticism of Camden Town, a shabby-chic North West London district that’s home to the full spectrum of Londoners, from music and film stars, to city workers, students, poets, and Goths.

Our unique approach to music – bringing together live classical, jazz, folk, and world music performances under one roof alongside an ever-expanding offering including DJ & dance nights, comedy, children’s events, art exhibitions, workshops and fairs – makes The Forge a favourite amongst musicians and music-lovers.

The Forge is housed in an architectural masterpiece, commissioned in 2005, which has won awards from RIBA and the Civic Trust for its stunning, sustainable design of which we’re very proud. As a music and arts venue with an onsite restaurant serving British and Modern European food, we can cater for all your wedding reception needs. Lovely, high ceilings and a glass roof on the ground floor concert space make the space feel light, airy, and open. The piano, which lives in the acoustically-designed concert space is an ever-present reminder of our musical roots. Adjoining the concert space – which you can use for your wedding reception dinner – is a partition wall, which can be folded back to reveal a glazed courtyard with a vertical, floor-to-ceiling planted living wall – a lovely backdrop for photos. Adjoining the courtyard is the downstairs bar and DJ booth, the perfect setting for your drinks reception and after-dinner dancing. Upstairs is home to the restaurant and a private bar, where you can take in views of the street, or the courtyard while you enjoy your wedding reception dinner. Or, if you’re having your wedding reception or engagement dinner and dancing downstairs, you can relax upstairs away from the centre of the action.

We think what’s great about the Forge is that because the space is so flexible, you can use it in a variety of ways to suit your needs, whether you’re planning a large engagement party or wedding reception, or an intimate gathering.


    About the owners

    We are Charlotte and Adam, the husband and wife team behind the Forge. We started out as professional musicians – Adam as a composer / pianist, and Charlotte a freelance saxophonist who met at music college.Somehow, we found ourselves building and running our own music venue, bar and restaurant! The Forge Music and Arts venue is the realisation of our dream to provide small-scale recital space for emerging artists. The Forge is truly a family affair. Katherine Blackburn, sister to Charlotte and sister-in-law to Adam and an up-and-coming florist, designed the living wall and provides flower and plant arrangements for weddings and other events held at the Forge. ‘Baby Forge’ is the newest member of the team. She’s most commonly seen taking a ride on any available stack of chairs or helping to eat the delicious croissants fresh out of the oven!
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    • Cuisine: British and Modern European
    • Alcohol/drinks add-ons available? No
    • Alcohol/drinks provided? No
    • Candles allowed? No
    • Cash Bar available? No
    • Disabled Access? No
    • DJ booth available? No
    • DJ included? No
    • Dry hire available? No
    • Flowers provided? No
    • Garden? No
    • iPod lead available? No
    • Menu substitutions allowed? No
    • On site parking? No
    • Onsite catering provided? No
    • Open Bar available? No
    • Outside alcohol/drinks / BYOB allowed? No
    • Outside catering - Approved or recommended only? No
    • Outside catering - Choose your own? No
    • Outside catering allowed? No
    • Outside space? No
    • Overnight accommodation available? No
    • Piano for hire? No
    • Rice, birdseed, confetti etc allowed? No
    • Specialist lighting allowed? No
    • Tables/chairs/linens provided? No
    • Wedding cake provided? No

    More Information

    Capacity (max # of guests):

    • Upstairs at The Forge: up to 40 (seated – cabaret); or 80 (standing)
    • The Forge (downstairs) + courtyard: up to 70 (seated – cabaret); or 120-150 (standing)
    • Exclusive use: up to 100 (seated – cabaret); or 200 (standing)



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    Can I bring my own wedding cake? Is there a surcharge?

    We do not provide cakes so, yes, you can bring your own cake. There is no charge. You’ll need to supply your own cake stand too

    Is it possible to rent the venue only, without the catering service?

    No, we’re sorry, but catering must be provided by our onsite restaurant.

    Do you celebrate more than one event at a time?

    We will only host one wedding reception or engagement at a time. However, please note that as we are a music and arts venue, we do programme music and arts events in the evenings, which generally start at 9pm. Exceptions are in the summer. We do offer exclusive hire packages. If you purchase one of these, there will be no other events happening at the same time as your wedding reception or engagement party.

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    3-7 Delancey Street Camden London NW1 7NL