The Intimate Space at St Mary's Tower, Hornsey, N8.

London's Smallest & Coolest Performance Space

Great Get Together Community Picnic this Sunday

Great Get Together Hornsey 2018 Leaflet v2This Sunday sees loads of Jo Cox inspired Community Picnics across the UK. Some small gatherings, some big like the one at Hornsey in St Mary’s Tower Gardens. N8 7NT

Hornsey is the oldest recorded village in London, 1202, and the Tower dates back 500 years to period when the surrounding area was forest and hunting grounds for the aristocracy.

The gardens are a lovely oasis in our city, and perfect for a picnic.

So Sunday is a celebration, not just of unity but heritage, to be part of a community that goes back almost a thousand years. And there is no better symbol of the centre of a community than the old church tower.

This Sunday the action starts at 12:30 (but feel free to get there earlier). Bring a picnic. Bring the family. The neighbours and friends.

We have a FREE bouncy castle for kids.

FREE art workshops, run by local arts and crafts club, Creative Kids Art Club, make amazing animal masks and other wonders. Plus a free-for-all art table for parents to entertain their kids.

Live music – at 12:45 we have Pan Fever, a soloist pan player – he was a big hit at the Crouch End Festival.

1:30 we have Kids on the Mountain, an amazing band that was a hit at last year’s summer concerts, with their unique Irish folk music.

Other events to be announced – we hoping to run the Tomb Trail.

Food – we hope to have some free snacks but do bring your own picnic. Or food to put on our sharing table.

Wine is available (not free alas) and Coffee is available from Island Cafe next door. They also do other drinks and food. If you want beer – pop over to the Great Northern Railway Tavern (GNRT).

FootballEngland vs Panama, we can’t deny the fact it’s happening at 1pm. Good news, you can sneak off across the road to the Great Norther Railway Tavern who will showing it live!

Toilets – island Cafe + GNRT.

Parking – Free on street on Sunday.

Nearest stations – Hornsey (3 mins walk) or Turnpike Lane (10 mins walk)

Live locally? Want to help? Have an activity you’d like to run? Call Chris Arnold on 07778 056686.


The Intimate Space – London’s smallest and coolest venue – is the name of the space within the Tower, it measures 5m x 5m x 5m and seats 25 people. It’s available to rent for meetings, performances, film nights, workshops, private events, rehearsals, etc Usually evening hire is very cheap. Also available for filming and special events. (Alas not available on Thursday or Friday nights).

Call Chris Arnold on 07778 056686.

Work on the tower has finished.

A small team of unpaid local volunteers have been working hard on renovating the inside of the tower. We finally have finished and the space is now available for use.

The ceiling proved a big challenge and took a month longer than planned. The walls had to all be scrapped off by hand – which is  a very slow job. We had to sand down all the wood, treat woodworm, stain and varnish.

There’s still one small project left – we want to replace the panelling under the window and install a small bench but we will need sponsorship.

We’ve put some new standing lamps in as well. Plus a vacuum cleaner.

And now there’s also a PA system and a T-Bar LED lighting system.

The cost of works was paid by Creative Orchestra.

Thanks to HSS for the equipment, especially the tower, and the discount. And to Chris Stevens paint shop on Holloway road for discounts. And to the Islands cafe for giving us great coffee.


Welcome to London’s Smallest & Coolest Performance Space.


The Intimate Space at St Mary’s Tower, Hornsey Village is an atmospheric 5m x 5m x 5m performance space in  the historic London village of Hornsey, N8.

It is available to hire and is available to all, regardless or means.


Hornsey Village is the oldest recorded village in London, first listed in Place Names of Middlesex in 1202.

The Tower is very old and a unique building, the only surviving part of the original St Mary’s church. It is still owned by the church so we have a few restrictions on use. It is supported by the Friends of Hornsey Church Tower – website:


It seats about 20-25 people, which makes it ideal for smaller performances or ‘Tapas Theatre’. Very intimate!  (Chairs provided.)

Inside you have a gothic arch, a fantastic glass window or a fireplace as  a backdrop. Walls are painted white. At night it can be very atmospheric.

During the summer the gardens are also available and can take several hundred people. The steps act as a natural stage.

As a small space it’ll be available to use for all sorts of performances – drama, music, comedy, poetry readings, recitals, interview sessions, workshops, solo performances, film clubs, etc.

Ideal for experimentation, first time shows, fringe, pre-runs, immersive theatre and multiple performances.

It is however, less suited to a large cast, bands or dance.

We have partnered withe Great Northern Railway Tavern, (67 High St, London N8 7QB) and the Islands cafe (105 High Street, N8) where you can get drinks, food and use the toilets. An ideal place to meet during the day or in the evening before the show.


Additionally, the space (and gardens) is also available to hire for videos, films and events.


Diary dates:

The Tower and gardens are used annually by local events:

Crouch End Festival (Uk’s biggest community arts festival)  June 10th-19th

The Tower open day will be during this period for one day (date tbc)

Hornsey Music Festival   July 1-3rd.


Filming by Fizz & Ginger taking place in the Tower.




HIRE: To enquire about hiring the space please contact Chris Arnold, Creative Director on 07778 05 66 86  (

Or contact Father Bruce Batstone at Hornsey Rectory, 140 Cranley Gardens, London N10 3AH

FEES: These are very reasonable and we discuss fees based on requirements.

POWER: We have 4x 13amp supply.

WATER: Alas no water.

TOILETS: We use the toilets in the GNRT pub or VILLAGES cafe – both less than a minute away.

SOUND: We provide a basic 150w PA, but the natural acoustics means you rarely need a mic.

LIGHTING: We provide a T-bar with 4 LED light units. Multi-coloured or white. There are also 3 ambient lights for mood lighting.

KEYS: These will be loaned to you.

ACCESS TO THE TOWER:  We currently can only make the ground floor area available but hope in late 2016 to open a similar area on the first floor. Alas we can not allow open access to the top of the tower without a guide due to health & safety.

PARKING: Lots of places near by and you can drive up to the tower to drop off equipment.

PLI: The church has a Public Liability Insurance policy but all performers/organisers are advised to have their own.

PERFORMANCE LICENSES: Some kinds of performances may require a T.E.N. (emporary Event Notices) which are issued by Haringey Council. Please check:

FINDING THE TOWER: High St, Hornsey Village, London N8 7BF’s+Tower/@51.587265,-0.1157973,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x48761be842758c9f:0x7b75ce4c27bb7376


GREAT NORTHERN RAILWAY TAVERN.  67 High Street,  Hornsey, N8 7QB.,-0.1168849,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x48761be81027a71b:0x35a358c4ca0b78c5

THE ISLANDS CAFE. 140 High Street, N8

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TRANSPORT: Hornsey Station is an overground station on the Oyster network. It’s 2 stops from Finsbury Park, 3 mins walk from tower. 41 bus runs from Turnpike Lane (Piccadilly Line). Other buses run past the site too.

RESTRICTIONS: Anything that may be perceived as highly offensive to religious or ethnic groups. Other restrictions may also apply.


Friends of Hornsey Church Tower:

Creative Orchestra has funded the renovation.


©2016 The Intimate Space.



The INTIMATE SPACE at St Mary’s Tower Hornsey Village is  a unique performance space and probably the smallest and coolest in London. It only seats 20-25 people.

We want to encourage creativity. To engage community. To give access to all.

To become a leading performance space in both Haringey and London.

To be THE place where actors, musicians, poets, comedians, writers, artists, creatives of all sort, from the amateur to the professional, can go to to perform original, classic, fringe or experimental works.

We have to charge a small fee to cover costs, but nothing unreasonable.

HIRE: To enquire about hiring the space please contact Chris Arnold, Creative Director on 07778 05 66 86  (

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