About Bala Baya

Bala Baya is an excellent venue space, ideal for a variety of event functions, making it the idea place to host your next intimate dinner party or drinks reception. This Bauhaus inspired restaurant is superbly located in the Union Street Arches on the Bankside for easy access (thanks to the nearby underground, taxis, and mainline station links) to the rest of London and beyond.

The restaurant is modern and sleek with flourishes of Israeli design blending seamlessly into its Bankside bricks and mortar. Designed by multi-award winning designer Afroditi Krassa, the restaurant combines chic, urban city vibes with mesmerising elements of Desert Bauhaus. The venue is set over two stunning floors featuring a vibrant assortment of event spaces, fit for a multitude of bespoke purposes.

Venue hire at Bala Baya offers three potential options to suit your occasion needs, which can all be private. Meetings, conferences, and dinners can be held in each of the event spaces, with larger capacities for standing receptions. The mezzanine has a capacity of 60 for seated affairs and a maximum of 100 standing. The ground floor restaurant and bar can comfortably fit 20 to 40 guests. Alternatively, clients can exclusively hire the entire venue with room for 80 seated guests and a total capacity of 160 standing. There is wheelchair access and the venue is dog friendly.

The food at Bala Baya focuses on contemporary Israeli dishes concocted by the wonderful Chef Eran Tibi, to give your event a dose of warming Levantine hospitality. The venue is quite special, being Chef Tibi’s first stand-alone project which pays homage to his roots. Food arrangements can be made for all events, from brunch through to late night dinners, with contemporary Israeli dishes, that feature the likes of coriander and honey marinated lamb shish with smoky aubergine.

Venue Facilities
Children welcome
Outside area
Wifi available

Good to know

Up to 160
Venue Hire Cost
Venue Type
Venue Style
Cool, Light and Bright, Modern
Event Atmosphere
Fun, Intimate, Lively

Bala Baya Rooms


60 Meeting
100 Standing
70 Banquet

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Ground floor Restaurant & bar

20 Meeting
40 Standing
30 Banquet

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Full Venue

80 Meeting
160 Standing
100 Banquet

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Arch 25, Old Union Yard Arches, 229 Union Street, Waterloo, London, SE1 0LR

020 8001 7015


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