Set in the heart of Highgate Village, the Highgate Literary & Scientific Institution (HLSI) can be hired when not open to our members and is a wedding venue which offers civil marriages and partnerships in three of our rooms.

Established in 1839, the Institution offers beautiful surroundings, good transport links and considerate help from the staff at the HLSI in planning your wedding. We keep our pricing structure simple and offer good value for money. There is an additional fee for civil ceremonies of £175.

Returnable deposit £250. Paid to confirm booking once the date is decided (you are welcome to provisionally book a date with no obligation for a period of up to one month, then the date must be confirmed or cancelled). The deposit is not used to off-set the final invoice, but repaid about one week after your event subject to any serious damage – a rare occurrence.

We do not charge extra for clearing-up or corkage and you are welcome to use our tables and chairs, crockery and cutlery, vases and lighting. You may use any caterer you wish, although we can recommend two caterers who know the HLSI well. We do not allow our audio visual equipment or our wine glasses to be used. A caretaker will be on duty throughout your hire.  Our caretakers are there primarily to look after the HLSI, but are very helpful.  All the staff will work with you so that you can have the ceremony (and reception) you really want.

For further information please call Luca on 020 8340 3343 or email: luca.morelli@hlsi.net

Ally and Jon

From the first phone call to the repaying of our deposit, our experience of working with Sarah and the HLSI team was delightful, efficient and fun – and our wedding was wonderful, just perfect.

Steve and Stephen

We had a beautiful day in a beautiful venue with our family and friends celebrating our marriage – made easy for us by the staff at the HLSI, Monica’s Caterers and the Camden registrars – thank you.

Polly and James

We had a wonderful wedding and reception at the HLSI – it felt like a village wedding in the heart of the city.

Couples are advised to contact Camden Registrars 020 7974 4444 (option 6 then when prompted say ‘registrars’) or 020 7974 1900. Please note registrars charge to officiate at all venues registered in Camden. Ceremonies may be booked with or without a reception afterwards.