Event Venue

The Pirate Castle

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The Pirate Castle is a unique, characterful and fully accessible community centre on the banks of the Regent’s Canal in the heart of Camden Town.

Only 200 metres from Camden Lock and less than five minutes’ walk from Camden Town tube station, the Pirate Castle is the perfect central London location for community events and activities of all kinds.

Extended and re-modelled in 2008 with Lottery and local government funding and newly-refurbished for 2017, this fully-accessible and characterful venue boasts stunning views of the Regent’s Canal, a spacious, light-filled Main Hall on the ground floor and a smaller, cosier Club Room on canal level.

Facilities include a lift, induction loop, Wi-Fi access throughout and modern, accessible toilets.



The Nuts & Bolts

Why Venue is Cherry Picked?

Built in 1977 and designed by Seiferts architects, The Pirate Castle is renowned as being the first defensive castle built in Britain since the sixteenth century. It is also a proud symbol of community dedication and ambition. If you’re looking for an interesting, flexible space in central London with modern facilities and unrivalled views of the waterway, The Pirate Castle is the perfect choice. You’ll also get a warm glow from knowing that all of the money raised through hall hire helps fund our charitable activities, which provide adventurous recreation and training opportunities on The Regent's Canal for children, young people and disability groups of all ages.

Venue Facilities

Main Hall
• Total area = approx. 120 square metres (12m x 10m)
• Panoramic window overlooking the bankside and picturesque Regent’s Canal
• Bathed in natural light from the large window and two massive sky lights
• Ceiling mounted, sound-activated disco lights - perfect for parties, dances and celebrations!
• Tables and chairs included in price
• Kitchen area/servery included in price
• Large, roll-down projector screen and overhead projector available at additional cost

Club Room
• Total area = approx. 60 square metres (10m x 6m)
• Windows overlooking the towpath and picturesque Regent’s Canal
• Tables and chairs included in price
• Small kitchenette with fridge, sink and microwave included in price
• Pool table/ table tennis/ baby football available upon request (when not in use for Pirate Castle activities)

What are the hire charges?

Main Hall
Standard hire rates: Monday to Friday 09:00 - 18:00 = £40.00 per hour; evenings and weekends = £60.00 per hour

Club Room
Standard hire rates: Monday to Friday 09:00 - 18:00 = £20.00 per hour; evenings and weekends = £40.00 per hour

Packages available for longer bookings/parties (4 hours+) and recurrent hire periods.

Discounts available for charities and voluntary groups running activities that directly benefit the local community (upon application)

Evening/weekend rates include provision of Duty Manager on-site (required for H&S/insurance purposes)

What are the opening hours?

Weekdays: 09:00 – 18:00 (earlier availability upon request)

Evenings: 18:00 – 00:00 (upon request/pending bookings)

Weekends: 09:00 – 00:00 (upon request/pending bookings)


Main Hall: seating capacity = 80 people; party capacity = up to 120 people. Club Room: capacity = up to 30 people (seated/standing)

In-house Catering?

The Main hall includes access to a full kitchen with fridge freezer, oven, hob, sink and serving area.

The Club Room includes a small kitchenette area with microwave, fridge and sink.

Although we do not offer a catering service, kettles, tea, instant coffee, sugar and disposable cups are available at no extra cost– bring your own milk and biscuits!

External catering permitted?

Yes – at no extra cost


No bar. We are not licensed for the sale of alcohol at a profit. Hirers may provide alcohol to guests free of charge or sell at/less than cost (i.e. not for profit) until 23:00. Temporary liquor licences can usually be arranged at an additional cost for events where alcohol will be sold at a profit. Advance notice required - details available upon request

Photo opportunities?

Access to the bankside (Regent’s Canal) and/or roof terrace (overlooking the canal) may be available, pending Pirate Castle activities and H&S considerations. Please ask for further details

Parking provisions?

Pay and display, local on-street parking only

Toilet facilities?

Ground floor – male, female and unisex accessible toilets/washroom, just off the Main Hall. Lower Ground – unisex/accessible toilet and wash/shower room, just off the Club Room

Disabled access?

Full disabled access throughout, including a lift between street/ground level and lower ground areas. Induction loop throughout

Family facilities?

Baby changing facilities in the ground floor toilet area

More than one function?

As The Pirate Castle is a multi-use facility, there may be occasions when more than one function/activity takes place on the same day. However, hirers are guaranteed exclusive use of their specified hire space for the duration of their booking. Fully exclusive use of the venue may be arranged at an additional cost, availability permitting

Civil Ceremony Approved Premise?

Not currently

Accommodation available?


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