Venue Spotlight: The Well, Clerkenwell, London

Where: The Well, Clerkenwell, London.

What: Restaurant & reception venue

Capacity: Up to 50 for the wedding breakfast, and up to 150 in the evening. 

Contact: PWD page
              The Well website

What we love: 

This venue is ideal for couples who want an urban chic reception in the capital.  Although the venue can’t hold wedding ceremonies, it’s perfectly placed for the nearby town halls of Islington, Camden and Finsbury.

The Well has been hosting wedding receptions since 2000, and they’re more than happy, too, to help recommend and organise additional elements for the occasion – including stilt walkers, comedians and magicians from recommended vendors and service providers, and who wouldn’t want to arrive on a London Routemaster bus? 

(Or have fire performers to entertain guests?)

We’d highly recommend visiting The Well’s website and contacting the venue to arrange a viewing because we think you’ll be super impressed both by the venue and the staff. 

In Their Own Words:

"The Well has been hosting wedding receptions since 2000 and we are very proud to say that each and every event has been a tremendous success for the happy couple and their guests. In part, this is due to careful planning and attention to detail which is paramount to us at all times. We are determined to ensure that your important day will be a resounding success too.


For a seated, three-course ‘wedding breakfast’, we can seat 50 people in the main dining area on the ground floor. Alternatively, we can accommodate up to 150 people across both floors for a standing reception with canapĂ©s and a buffet. Often we will host a seated ‘wedding breakfast’ in the dining area during the afternoon for about 50 people which will then be followed by a party in the whole venue when up to another 100 guests will arrive for the evening celebrations.


We can arrange for a seated wedding or buffet reception along with standing canapé and bowl food. If you do decide to have your wedding reception at The Well, we will arrange a menu and wine tasting with you, long in advance of the day.


In terms of music, we have vinyl and CD decks in-house and we can help arrange a DJ of your choice. There is a small charge of £75 (+ VAT) for the use of the vinyl decks and £150 (+ VAT) for the CD decks. Alternatively, you are welcome to bring your own IPOD or CDs and we can play these through our system. We will be happy to discuss other forms of live entertainment such as magicians, comedians, jugglers, fire performers, stilt walkers, live percussionists, harpists, string quartets…


We will also be delighted to assist you with any of the above if you wish. We have many contacts and suppliers who we have worked with over the years who we can recommend.


For the exclusive hire of The Well on the weekend, until 1 am, we have a minimum spend on food and beverage of £5,000 (including VAT and service charge @ 12.5%).


We do not have a licence to hold marriage ceremonies at The Well. However, there are many places very near to us that do, such as Islington Town Hall, Camden Town Hall and Finsbury Town Hall as well as many churches around."

What do you think of The Well as a wedding reception venue? Have you held your party there or are you tempted to?
Get in touch and let us know. 

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