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The best intimate live music venues in London

London has always had a fantastic music scene but for all the big name performers and grand venues on offer, sometimes it’s the smaller, more intimate experiences that leave the greatest lasting impression, allowing for a much more personal, special evening.

The Forge

The Forge

Found right in the very heart of Camden, The Forge is a flexible event space that is specifically tailored towards hosting smaller scale events for up to a maximum of 300 people. There is even on on-site kitchen and bar should you wish to organise any catering options for your guests. Its great location means it is also very well connected for those who need to travel, including Camden Town and Mornington Crescent which are both around 5 minutes away, as well as Camden Town overground and Camden Road train station which are also close by.

Stage 3

Stage 3

On the corner of Hackney Town Hall Square is Stage 3, a modern split-level venue. It is already fully-equipped to hold live music events, as they have their very own carnival size PA system which will be at your disposal should you need it. Meanwhile, there are bespoke catering options available as well as cocktail specialists who are sure to keep your guests refreshed. The capacity allows for around 220 attendees, all of whom can make use of the plethora of nearby transport links, which include Hackney Central and London Fields stations.

The Umbrella Factory

The Umbrella Factory

The Umbrella Factory is found in East London, close to Shoreditch. As its name would suggest, it originally functioned as an umbrella factory but has since become a multi-purpose, blank canvas event space for up to 250 people at a time. The good ceiling height, south facing windows, white walls and skylight in the main gallery combine to make a bright, airy and spacious venue that is full of natural light. Bethnal Green tube and rail stations are both reachable in about 5 minutes, with Whitechapel also within a comfortable walking distance.

Bermondsey Social Club

Bermondsey Social Club

Bermondsey Social Club takes its name from the area in which it sits, on a quiet London street away from the bustle of the city centre, near Southwark Park. It does however remain well connected to the rest of London, with Surrey Quays, Bermondsey and South Bermondsey stations all reachable within just 10 minutes or so on foot. Open 7 days a week with indoor and outdoor space available and a late license valid until 1 am, this charming 120 capacity venue tucked away beneath a railway arch is ideal for a small music event with a laidback vibe.

14 Greek Street

14 Greek Street

14 Greek Street is a ground-level Victorian building right in the heart of the popular and vibrant area of Soho, surrounded by restaurants, galleries and private members clubs. The interior is deliberately neutral, allowing you to put your own stamp on things, tailor-making your event to suit your own style. As you would expect based on its location, it has plenty of transport links at its disposal, including Tottenham Court Road and Piccadilly Circus. It is a very exclusive venue that isn’t hired out very often, meaning any event approved here immediately has a sense of importance and often garners media attention.

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