02 Forum

9 - 17 Highgate Road, NW5 1JY
02 Forum image

Address
9 - 17 Highgate Road, NW5 1JY

Telephone
020 7428 4099

Category
Venues

Nearest Station
Kentish Town (0.15 miles)

Website
http://o2forumkentishtown.co.uk/

02 Forum is one of London’s major live entertainment venues. It is located in Kentish Town, North London and is one of the UK’s best-preserved original theatres.

The Forum was originally built as an art deco cinema in 1934 by Herbert Yapp, a cinema magnate who also owned the Forum cinemas in Ealing and Fulham. The architect was J. Stanley Beard and the interior design was by his partner W.R. Bennett.

The Forum was launched with a grand opening ceremony of music and films, on 17th December 1934. After going through other owners and names over the following decades, the venue was bought in 1993 by The Mean Fiddler Music Group (now called Festival Republic) and was returned to its original name the London Forum. It also became a Grade II Listed building.

In 2007, The Forum was purchased by the MAMA Group, a UK based entertainment company, who spent £1.5 million refurbishing it. It still has standing downstairs but now boasts a fully seated option as well as a new pa and light system. The refurbishment also created a new bar and increased the capacity to 2350.

In 2009 MAMA Group entered into a joint venture with HMV to jointly run 11 live music venues across the UK, including the Kentish Town Forum, the Hammersmith Apollo and the Jazz Cafe. Hence, the venue became known as the HMV Forum.

More recently, 02 has taken over the joint venture, explaining the name change. Despite the changes made to the name and the venue, it has remained one of most well-known places to play in London and continues to host some of the most popular acts in music.

02 Forum Picture Gallery

02 Forum Picture

User Reviews

There are no user reviews
Have your say

Add a review or useful tip for this place

Add a review Add a useful tip

The Nearest Alternatives

The Roundhouse Camden

Farm Road, Camden, Kentish Town, NW1 8EH

0.74 miles from here

English Folk Dance and Song Society

Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent's Park Road, Camden, NW1 7AY

1.01 miles from here

Lauderdale House

Waterlow Park, Highgate Hill, Highgate, N6 5HG

1.19 miles from here

Sign up for the latest
Sign up to our newsletter for the latest and greatest from London!
By entering your email address you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy and consent to receive email updates and newsletters from All In London. You can unsubscribe at any time.