Arty & designer

These are the sorts of venue that can help you make a statement without doing much to them. You’ll notice that a fair few of the selections below are stylish restaurants. That’s because so many of the best around London are being designed by top-name design houses. Book into one of their private dining rooms or hire them out exclusively and you can sure to add instant cachet to the event you’re organising. Elsewhere there are private members clubs and hotels that share that designer feel in both the architecture and decor which gives them a fashionable, on-trend feel. Don’t forget to check out the older venues in this list too: these vintage spaces do ‘timeless’ to a turn.

Updated on 19 November 2018

Arty & designer

London has always been a hub for designers and arty types working in the creative industries. As a result, there is no shortage of eclectic and funky venues to choose from to make your event fun and fashionable. Squaremeal.co.uk has a list of the top arty and designer venues for all manner of events, from a wedding in one of London's best-known museums to a cool party or reception in a boutique bar or restaurant. You'll find arty and designer venues in all areas of the capital too, from party bars in the City, to nightclubs in the West End.

In the list above there are also spaces to suit those looking to organise a conference. You can keep even the most corporate of events in vogue, with an art-inspired, contemporary venue. If you're confident you know what is hip and stylish and you fancy yourself as the designer of your own party, why not look at our blank canvas venues, allowing you to make the most of your unusual theme ideas and trends.


The Goldsmiths

The Goldsmiths' Centre

The Goldsmiths' Centre
Max Meeting 126
Max Standing 130
Max Banquet 80

42 Britton Street, London, EC1M 5AD

An award-winning venue in Clerkenwell, The Goldsmiths’ Centre is a charity-run creative hub with six well-appointed event spaces. Fusing old and new, it sees a purpose-built modern structure surround a Grade II-listed Victorian school, with an atrium linking the two. Our pick of the spaces is the fourth-floor Agas Harding Suite, which opens out onto a roof terrace and biodiversity garden, and comprises a conferencing suite and a boardroom.

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Coin Street Conference Centre

Coin Street Conference Centre

Coin Street Conference Centre
Max Meeting 170
Max Standing 250
Max Banquet 104

108 Stamford Street, South Bank, London, SE1 9NH

Situated on the South Bank, the Coin Street Conference Centre is operated by social enterprise and development trust Coin Street Community Builders. Its purpose-built conference and event spaces have a contemporary feel, featuring concrete rafters dotted with utilitarian lamps. Most rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows and there’s a strong focus on environmentally sustainable features throughout. The flexible spaces suit a wide range of activities, from seminars and training to meetings and launches. Full AV facilities are available and the venue’s roof terrace (great for receptions) offers views of the London Eye and the BT Tower.

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Kings Place

Kings Place

Kings Place
Max Meeting 500
Max Standing 150
Max Banquet 300

90 York Way , London, N1 9AG

Modern music-arts-restaurant hub Kings Place has been a prime mover in the regeneration of King’s Cross. Kings Place Events offers its hi-spec function rooms for private hire, including the Hall One auditorium, with its outstanding acoustics, and the Battlebridge Room, which looks out across Regent’s Canal. Available for exclusive use, the venue also houses the Rotunda restaurant, which has a large terrace for summer entertaining.

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The Yard Shoreditch

The Yard Shoreditch

The Yard Shoreditch
Max Meeting 320
Max Standing 400
Max Banquet 150

89 1/2 Worship Street, London, EC2A 2BF

Stripped down to its post-industrial essentials, this converted warehouse’s cool looks befit its hip east London location. The blank-canvas space comes with advanced lighting, surround-sound systems and trusting. The space can handle music videos, branded consumer events, conferences and big corporate bashes with equal aplomb. For such events, the site layout makes logistics easy, as does the team’s black book of top-notch suppliers.

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Min Jiang

Min Jiang

Min Jiang
Max Standing 20
Max Banquet 20

2-24 Kensington High Street, London, W8 4PT

Min Jiang continues to win plaudits for its authentic cooking and all-round appeal: the Chinese restaurant’s lofty position on the 10th floor of the Royal Garden Hotel affords sweeping views over Hyde Park. Groups should check out the Chong Qing room as a space for private dinners and drinks. The room is shielded from the main space by a glass wall and shelves decked with elegant Ming vases. Don’t miss the kitchen’s speciality: wood-fired Beijing duck.

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Aures London

Aures London

Aures London
Max Meeting 100
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 100

18 Leake Street, London, SE1 7NN

Trailblazing AV is the USP at new Waterloo venue Aures London. In an exposed-brick arch, its ambition is to offer total-immersion events that hit all five senses. Fifty speakers already deliver full surround sound, while an intelligent lighting system permits projection mapping and holograms. There’s even a scent-delivery system. Accessed via Banksy’s graffiti tunnel beneath Waterloo station, load-ins are straightforward. Alongside the main space, there’s an Urban Garden for smaller events and the Link Tunnel works on its own for stand-up receptions.

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Southbank Centre

Southbank Centre

Southbank Centre
Max Meeting 295
Max Theatre 2500
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 950

Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

This landmark cultural centre comprises the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Hayward Gallery. While the latter two are being refurbished (they are set to reopen early this year), the Festival Hall is open for business and makes an impressive space for big conferences and product launches. St Paul’s Roof Pavilion on the sixth floor is good for smaller groups, while the Weston Roof Pavilion suits relaxed business gatherings with striking views.

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Il Convivio

Il Convivio

Il Convivio
Max Standing 30
Max Banquet 65

143 Ebury Street, SW1W 9QN

Set inside a converted Georgian townhouse in Belgravia, Il Convivio (the banquet) takes its name from a poem by Dante, and pays homage with quotes written on the walls. As well as the restaurant, there is a private dining room and lounge: groups can take advantage of the latter before or after lunches, dinners or drinks receptions in the dining room. Menus feature Italian classics from macaroni with venison and red wine ragu to hazelnut parfait.

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The Cinnamon Club Bar

The Cinnamon Club Bar

The Cinnamon Club Bar
Max Standing 80

The Old Westminster Library, 30-32 Great Smith Street , London, SW1P 3BU

The Cinnamon Club’s award-winning bar is a clean-cut, contemporary space, with a full-length glass wall and projectors playing scenes from Bollywood films. Standing birthday and anniversary parties are popular here, as are product launches and canapé receptions. An imaginative cocktail list is the basis of refreshments, with house signatures such as Long Island Spiced Tea. Moreish party platters feature king prawn skewers and stir-fried swordfish.

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Barbican Conference Centre

Barbican Conference Centre

Barbican Conference Centre
Max Meeting 1950
Max Standing 2000
Max Banquet 350

Silk Street , London, EC2Y 8DS

Europe’s largest arts and conference venue boasts world-class facilities. The tiered Barbican Hall and Barbican Theatre have good sight lines, fine acoustics and adjoining foyers. Three auditoria are also on offer, with adjacent conference suites. Elsewhere, a trio of banqueting rooms can be used together – a popular combination being the Conservatory and Garden Room (a plant-filled oasis). The Exhibition Hall has a versatile 1,800sq m of space.

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Bird of Smithfield

Bird of Smithfield

Bird of Smithfield
Max Meeting 30
Max Standing 60
Max Banquet 30

26 Smithfield Street , London, EC1A 9LB

In 2012, Alan Bird quit The Ivy after two decades to set up on his own, and landed in this stylish Farringdon townhouse. The five-storey Bird of Smithfield promises something for just about everyone: a restaurant, a private dining room, a couple of bars and a roof terrace. The idea is that you start at the top – with Prosecco and canapés, perhaps, on the roof terrace – and then descend to the first-floor restaurant or the 30-seat PDR just above for some modern British dinner, and finally go subterranean for late-night cocktails. That basement bar, known as The Birdcage (see separate review), can host parties for up to 60 guests with space for a DJ or live band.

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Humble Grape Battersea

Humble Grape Battersea

Humble Grape Battersea
Max Meeting 40
Max Standing 60
Max Banquet 42

2 Battersea Rise, London, SW11 1ED

As the name suggests, wine is central to this Battersea venue’s offering, where the team imports the good stuff from small, sustainable vineyards. Removing the middle man provides customers with quality bottles at hard-to-beat prices – with relaxed tasting evenings a regular fixture. Groups can book exclusive sessions, for all-level teambuilding events – alternatively, the experts can travel to you. We like the sound of a blind-tasting competition before a seated dinner, while the ‘Tour de France’ and ‘History of Wine in London’ both sound like fun too. Packages range from entry level to high end and the restaurant serves modern European dishes.

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Aqua Regent Street

Aqua Regent Street

Aqua Regent Street
Max Standing 800
Max Banquet 250

30 Argyll Street, London, W1F 7EB

Aqua has two destination restaurants on Regent Street taking up 1,600sq m, five floors above Oxford Circus. It offers the choice of stylish Japanese at Aqua Kyoto or modern Spanish at Aqua Nueva, along with cocktails in the adjacent Aqua Spirit. Aqua Kyoto has a glass-walled PDR, while Nueva’s La Casita and El Salon make a striking pair of private dining spaces next door. The venue’s three terraces, overlooking the rooftops of Regent Street, are a highlight.

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The Marylebone Hotel

The Marylebone Hotel

The Marylebone Hotel
Max Meeting 84
Max Standing 150
Max Banquet 88

47 Welbeck Street , London, W1G 8DN

You’ll find this contemporary Doyle Collection property in the middle of quaint ‘Marylebone village’. Recent additions are the Number Six spaces (two meeting rooms and a private bar), while 2017 saw the completion of The Marylebone Rooms – a set of event spaces designed to have the look and feel of a members club. Expect modern art and colourful furnishings alongside hi-spec AV and a fetching outdoor space. The Marylebone Suite – with its 40sq m terrace – works well for summer entertaining.

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Aster

Aster

Aster
Max Meeting 16
Max Standing 500
Max Banquet 250

150 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 5LB

On two floors in Victoria’s Nova Complex, D&D London’s Aster is headed by exec chef Helena Puolakka, whose menus blend Nordic cuisine with French technique. The First Floor has fine views and can be hired exclusively. The Buckingham is the spot for semi-private dinners and receptions. For smaller groups, we like the Westminster, where tastings can be held, as well as the enclosed private dining room with its glazed wine display.

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The Scotch of St. James

The Scotch of St. James

The Scotch of St. James
Max Meeting 0
Max Standing 200
Max Banquet 200

13 Masons Yard, London, SW1Y 6BU

In swinging 60s London, The Scotch of St James was the Mayfair hideaway of choice for the musical elite. Today, it retains the old cachet. Up top, a copper bar dominates a lavishly attired main room, and there’s a flexible breakout space next door. Downstairs is the nightclub where Clapton and Hendrix once performed – its dancefloor now supported by the latest AV. A late license means events today can still go all the way through to 5am.

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Leighton House Museum

Leighton House Museum

Leighton House Museum
Max Meeting 100
Max Standing 150
Max Banquet 60

Leighton House Museum, 12 Holland Park Road, London, W14 8LZ

The old home of Frederic, Lord Leighton – Victorian painter and former president of the RA – this museum is one of London’s hidden gems. Tucked away behind a rambling red-brick exterior, statement backdrops abound here. Among them, the domed interior of Leighton’s Studio is a striking spot for dinner parties, while cocktail receptions can be held in the opulent Arab Hall – the museum’s centrepiece, designed to house the artist’s priceless collection of 16th- and 17th-century Islamic tiles and the house’s central fountain. Private events must take place in the evening as Leighton House is open to the public during the day.

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The Folly

The Folly

The Folly
Max Meeting 250
Max Standing 600
Max Banquet 250

41 Gracechurch Street, London, EC3V 0BT

Botanical features bring a touch of the outdoors to this Drake & Morgan outpost amid the high towers of the City, from its garden-inspired lounge to the relaxing private dining room. The first-floor bar and dining area works for large group dinners on wooden bench tables, while smaller gatherings are best served in the basement private dining room, or two even smaller vaults. Cocktail masterclasses are included in the venue’s teambuilding offering.

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Sake No Hana

Sake No Hana

Sake No Hana
Max Standing 200
Max Banquet 120

23 St. James’s Street, London, SW1A 1HA

Step inside a listed modernist building in St James’s and a black escalator shoots you upwards into a quite different world of bamboo cladding and futuristic green chandeliers. This is fine Japanese restaurant Sake No Hana’s main space, which can be hired exclusively for dinners, tastings and receptions. The bar, specialising in sake and rare Japanese whiskies, can transform into a private dining room for smaller groups, and sushi masterclasses can be arranged.

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Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)

Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)

Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)
Max Meeting 185
Max Standing 350
Max Banquet 150

The Mall, London, SW1Y 5AH

Described by Damien Hirst as the ‘cultural heartbeat of London’, the Institute of Contemporary Arts is a modern creative hub close to Trafalgar Square. The Regency-style Nash and Brandon Rooms are elegant spaces for product launches, receptions and dinners, giving prime views of Big Ben and The Mall. Elsewhere, conference needs are met in either of its two top-spec cinemas. For a blank-canvas space, check out the venue’s theatre.

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The Groucho Club

The Groucho Club

The Groucho Club
Max Meeting 60
Max Standing 150
Max Banquet 100

45 Dean Street, London, W1D 4QB

Good news: the fabulously unstuffy Soho hangout of the arts and media set now offers seven spaces for non-members to book for events. Among our favourites are the Gennaro Room, an elegant showcase for the club’s modern-art collection, and the Snooker Room, which is good for discreet dinners. The latter has a staircase that leads to the Mary Lou Room, with its bar and open fireplace. The easy-going Club Room is the spot for intimate cocktail receptions.

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South Place Hotel

South Place Hotel

South Place Hotel
Max Meeting 100
Max Standing 200
Max Banquet 100

3 South Place, EC2M 2AF

Art-laden walls and Conran interiors have helped D&D London’s South Place Hotel establish itself as a hip City hang-out. With five dedicated function rooms on its first floor, it’s also caught the eye of event organisers. Hire the five of them together and you’ll have space to invite up to 400 guests for multistage parties. The food is top drawer: Michelin-starred Angler, up on the roof, and the ground-floor South Place Chop House can both be hired exclusively.

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The Ivy Café Richmond

The Ivy Café Richmond

The Ivy Café Richmond
Max Meeting 24
Max Standing 50
Max Banquet 24

9-11 Hill Street, Richmond, TW9 1SX

The Ivy Collection has made it to TW9. While locals revel in the plush interiors and polished service of the main space, groups should head upstairs. Looking out to Richmond Hill, the first-floor Isabella Room has a natural brightness that’s complemented by a lively colour scheme. The comfort cuisine (including the famous shepherd’s pie) is similarly uplifting and the tables are always decorated with seasonal flowers and tea lights.

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Pause Bar

Pause Bar

Pause Bar
Max Meeting 100
Max Standing 220
Max Banquet 120

80-84 Leadenhall Street, London, EC3A 3DH

A modern restaurant, cocktail bar and private event space just across the road from the Lloyd’s building, Pause makes the most of the City’s excellent transport links to offer itself as a convenient venue for sleek corporate events. In daylight hours, its clean lines and dynamic service make it a sanctuary for streamlined business meetings in a relatively informal setting – all fuelled by seasonal menus. As night falls, the same space transforms into a cool spot for hosting an evening crowd. A late license means it can not only handle product launches and conferences but take on their after-parties too.

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Aqua Shard

Aqua Shard

Aqua Shard
Max Meeting 22
Max Standing 360
Max Banquet 180

Level 31, The Shard, London, SE1 9RY

London – all of it – is the backdrop to any event at Aqua Shard, on level 31 of western Europe’s tallest building. Even the toilets come with a view. A distinctly British theme runs through the venue, from the Liberty-print banquettes to a menu big on home-grown ingredients. There’s a spacious private dining room if your event is a little more exclusive, or the semi-private Gin Wing for larger affairs. Its little sister, Tea Wing, is another glass-clad event space.

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Momo

Momo

Momo
Max Meeting 200
Max Standing 400
Max Banquet 210

25 Heddon Street, London, W1B 4BH

Brought to you by the team that subsequently dreamt up Sketch, nearby Momo is a little bastion of North African cool tucked off Regent Street. Moroccan dishes are served in seductive candle-lit interiors inspired by Marrakech’s souks and riads. The venue is split into three atmospheric event spaces – restaurant, bar and café – all of which suit relaxed entertaining. The restaurant holds up to 120 for a sit-down dinner, but also has a private dining area for smaller parties. Then there’s the sultry café, decked with North African trinkets, for informal meetings or drinks parties. Both rooms are connected to a heated terrace, with an inviting jumble of colourful poufs and shisha pipes.

The Emin Room at 34

The Emin Room at 34

The Emin Room at 34
Max Meeting 36
Max Standing 80
Max Banquet 60

34 Grosvenor Square, London, W1K 2HD

Located above Mayfair restaurant 34, this private dining space showcases a collection of exclusive Tracey Emin artworks, specially commissioned sculptures and paintings. The space accommodates mid-sized groups and suits a variety of private and corporate events against a stylish backdrop of oak-paneled walls, vermilion leather chairs and a rust- and ebony-colored marble bar. The private dining menus serve up the same kind of modern British food as the main restaurant.

The Ivy Tower Bridge

The Ivy Tower Bridge

The Ivy Tower Bridge
Max Meeting 52
Max Standing 150
Max Banquet 52

One Tower Bridge, Tower Bridge Road, London, SE1 2AA

This Ivy Collection outpost’s relaxed riverside setting makes a big impression with its location. On the first floor, the Tower View private room delivers on the promise of its name, offering a panoramic look at the Thames, the bridge and the tower itself. Guests can either dine at a single long table or array themselves across two. As ever, the interiors are in brightly coloured good taste and group menus showcase the kitchen’s refined take on homely cuisine.

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The Worx

The Worx

The Worx
Max Meeting 220
Max Standing 1000
Max Banquet 220

10 Heathman's Road, London, SW6 4TJ

With nearly 3,000sq m of space to play with on a campus of nearly an acre, this industrial-feel venue has nine large, contemporary rooms leading off from a central courtyard and restaurant. All spaces have high ceilings and provide a blank canvas for a range of events, from themed parties to teambuilding. Conferencing clients include Rolls-Royce, Google and Yves Saint Laurent. The space is used for shoots, so lighting, stage and AV are easily arranged.

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The Ballroom, South Bank

The Ballroom, South Bank

The Ballroom, South Bank
Max Meeting 1500
Max Standing 1800
Max Banquet 1100

Upper Ground, London, SE1 9PU

Pitched behind the National Theatre, this 1,765sq m venue offers bookers a blank canvas in an accessible location, complete with a star-lit ceiling and fitted stage. By day, it works as a conference facility, while at night the venue transforms into a space for glamorous banquets and drinks receptions. Food and drink is prepared by Fusion Hospitality in an on-site kitchen. The temperature-controlled space permits events across November and December.

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Brasserie of Light

Brasserie of Light

Brasserie of Light
Max Meeting 16
Max Standing 30
Max Banquet 24

Selfridges & Co (Duke Street Entrance), 400 Oxford Street, London, W1A 1AB

Having a restaurant in what has been voted the world’s best department store (Selfridges) is no small feat. The Pegasus Room, the venue’s private dining room, continues its sense of prestige by featuring beveled antique mirror panels to impress. Named after the 24ft, Damien Hirst-designed sculpture of Pegasus that adorns the main dining area, the room comes with bespoke art-deco chairs and a polished parquet floor (courtesy of Martin Brudnizki). Food is seasonally British and bespoke menu cards are available.

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The London Art House

The London Art House

The London Art House
Max Meeting 280
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 0

2-18 Britannia Row Islington , London, N1 8PA

Variety is the main draw at Islington’s London Art House, where 14 inspirational event spaces have been individually decorated to evoke the mood and style of key artists, periods or places. For example, the Tadema Terrace and Rococo Room hold 180 guests among marbled pillars and Mediterranean artwork, while the breakout Monet With Flamingos Room features a large mural based on his famous Water Lilies painting. The 50-capacity Egyptian Room is a decadent spot for a drinks reception. All in all, the various function rooms are able to accommodate meetings for 12-300 delegates, and there’s a friendly in-house team on hand to offer guidance in the run-up to events.

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Bingham

Bingham

Bingham
Max Meeting 60
Max Standing 150
Max Banquet 90

61-63 Petersham Road Richmond-Upon-Thames , London, TW10 6UT

The event spaces at the boutique Bingham make the most of the hotel’s delightful location on the banks of the Thames. From the trio of interconnecting Garden Rooms, a glazed corridor leads through to a terrace with landscaped gardens and the river just beyond. Accessed via a private entrance, the spaces can be joined or separated by soundproof doors, accommodating board meetings just as readily as conferences and weddings (the Bingham has a civil licence). The rooms are bright and elegant with a private bar, large windows and French doors that lead onto the terrace, which is covered and heated in winter. Top-of-the-range technology includes plasma screens and intelligent lighting systems. Food is another highlight – the restaurant has a whole host of awards to its name – including energy-boosting lunches to keep delegates focused. A collection of 15 stylish bedrooms caters for overnighters.

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Villandry St James

Villandry St James's

Villandry St James's
Max Meeting 100
Max Standing 350
Max Banquet 170

12 Waterloo Place, London, SW1Y 4AU

London’s second Villandry is a fine match for the listed, neo-baroque building it occupies on Waterloo Place – that handsome square where the crowds thin and the Edwardian elegance comes on strong just south of Piccadilly. A grand café in the European tradition, Villandry St James’s is defined by large windows (with Big Ben in their sights), high ceilings and a handsome marble staircase that takes groups up to its two private rooms. Drinks receptions in either are well served by a mezzanine-level private bar. Bigger parties can choose between the formal main restaurant space and more laid-back café – or just plump for exclusive use. The setting also works well for elegant Christmas parties, and has festive menus that start from £45pp, with turkey as the headline act.

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The Ivy Chelsea Garden

The Ivy Chelsea Garden

The Ivy Chelsea Garden
Max Meeting 30
Max Standing 50
Max Banquet 30

195 -197 King's Road, London, SW3 5EQ

The Ivy Chelsea Garden replicates the effortless charm of the West Street original in a somewhat larger, airier space on the King’s Road. There’s also a lush garden terrace at the back. Amid marble-tiled flooring, botanical prints and vivid floral fabrics, the private room can take groups at a single long table or three rounds. Here, larger groups can enjoy the famous shepherd’s pie and other comfort-food classics from the all-day restaurant.

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Paramount

Paramount

Paramount
Max Meeting 500
Max Standing 150
Max Banquet 150

Centre Point 101-103 New Oxford Street , London, WC1A 1DD

Perched on top of the Centre Point tower at the east end of Oxford Street, you’ll find Paramount. At 385ft, the venue is one of the loftiest in central London and British designer Tom Dixon’s interiors make a stylish match for the setting. The entire 31st floor is dedicated to events, with blank-canvas space surrounding a centrepiece zinc-topped bar. Private events have access to the viewing gallery (and its bar) at the very top of the building and the 32nd-floor restaurant and bar, which used to be reserved for members. We love the Red Room PDR, which seats 30 and has west-facing views (great for sunset receptions). The menu majors in modern European dishes with global accents.

Barge East

Barge East

Barge East
Max Standing 60
Max Banquet 55

River Lee, White Post Lane, London, E9 5EN

In Hackney Wick, a 114-year-old cargo boat has become a one-of-a-kind bar, restaurant and venue. Barge East itself was sailed over from the Netherlands, but everything onboard is locally sourced, from the seasonal small plates to the craft beer and espresso martinis. Small groups can enjoy all of these in the Captain’s Cabin. For bigger groups, exclusive use means you can spread across the cosy lower deck and covered top deck, and even out into an amphitheater on the bank.

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Ace Hotel London Shoreditch

Ace Hotel London Shoreditch

Ace Hotel London Shoreditch
Max Meeting 30
Max Theatre 100
Max Standing 236
Max Banquet 48

100 Shoreditch High Street , London, E1 6JQ

Walk into this slick hotel’s lobby and you’ll find groups of creatives working on Macbooks. But The Rooftop, with its variety of different light-filled spaces, is where to look for private events. The largest of the bunch is the AV-ready 100 Room, which has proven as popular for banquets as it has techy product launches. Summer brings the rooftop bar and terrace into focus, where guests can enjoy views out across Shoreditch.

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Harry

Harry's Dolce Vita – The Canaletto Room

Harry's Dolce Vita – The Canaletto Room
Max Meeting 14
Max Banquet 14

27-31 Basil Street, London, SW3 1BB

As the name suggests, there’s a definitively a 50s/60s vibe in Caprice Holdings’ latest Knightsbridge Italian. A cinematic feel is achieved indoors with the use of throw-back wood-panelled walls, parquet flooring, and antique mirrored ceilings. The focus for groups should be the new Canaletto room, which continues the vintage theme with brass-framed Venetian mirrors and Murano glass lights. A single table accommodates 14 guests, serving seasonal Italian food, which can be delivered either as a set menu or family-style sharing menu.

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28 West

28 West

28 West
Max Meeting 70
Max Standing 350
Max Banquet 80

28 Westferry Circus, London, E14 8RR

Down on Canary Wharf waterfront, 28 West takes the edge off busy days in the financial district. Alongside continental beers and classic cocktails, menus cover the casual bistro bases (think burgers and steaks). Its two spaces can be hired privately: the Bar for buzzy standing receptions with bowl food and canapés; the Lounge for sharing platters on sofas. VIP events are handled with aplomb; for more ad hoc occasions, there’s table football in the bar.

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The Hospital Club

The Hospital Club

The Hospital Club
Max Meeting 200
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 120

24 Endell Street, London, WC2H 9HQ

This Covent Garden venue is a private members club and media facility for the creative industries. Spread across seven floors, its range of event spaces includes a bar and lounge, games room, cinema and gallery space – the latter is a flexible blank canvas. For smaller events, we like the boardroom/private-dining Chalk Room with its adjoining terrace and purple pool table, while laid-back performance space The Oak Room is the place for showcases.

Asia House

Asia House

Asia House
Max Meeting 40
Max Standing 250
Max Banquet 120

63 New Cavendish Street , London, W1G 7LP

This Grade II-listed Georgian townhouse in Marylebone features interiors designed by neoclassical architects Robert and James Adam, with pretty signature touches such as filigree plasterwork and inset classical paintings. The three Fine Rooms, Hutchison Room and Library make elegant, Regency-style settings for dinners, conferences and receptions. Elsewhere, the more modern Gallery has been designed as an exhibition space and can be hired separately.

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Tropicana Beach Club

Tropicana Beach Club

Tropicana Beach Club
Max Meeting 160
Max Standing 600
Max Banquet 180

New London Theatre, Parker Street, London, WC2B 5PW

Tropicana Beach Club’s theme and decor are hard to miss. New to the market in 2017, this ‘rum-soaked tropical oasis’, with 30ft palm trees and a beach party-style atmosphere, is ready-made for a memorable event. Exclusive use is the obvious choice, but smaller groups can book one of 12 VIP beach cabanas. Parties can then head to the ‘lagoon pool’ dancefloor or take part in beach games like surfboard limbo. Semi-private hire is also welcome in one of two areas, each with its own bar.

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National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery
Max Meeting 150
Max Standing 400
Max Banquet 300

St Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HE

The NPG offers a very special kind of face time. From the vibrant ground-floor Lerner Galleries to the intimate Tudor Galleries two levels above, its hireable public spaces showcase the finest portrait paintings of their respective eras. Elsewhere, hi-spec AV and superior tiered seating make the Ondaatje Wing Theatre a sophisticated backdrop for presentations and launches. The Portrait Restaurant frames exceptional views out past Nelson’s Column to Whitehall.

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The Rex Whistler Restaurant, Tate Britain

The Rex Whistler Restaurant, Tate Britain

The Rex Whistler Restaurant, Tate Britain
Max Meeting 0
Max Standing 120
Max Banquet 80

Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG

The Rex Whistler is an artful space for private dinners, drinks receptions and wine tastings. Opened in 1927, Tate Britain’s restaurant is available for exclusive hire seven nights a week. It’s named after the fine British artist whose wraparound mural still graces its main space today. A widely praised wine list from the in-house wine cellar also demands exploration. For summer months, there’s a lovely garden terrace to be enjoyed too.

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The Connaught

The Connaught

The Connaught
Max Meeting 120
Max Standing 200
Max Banquet 120

Carlos Place, London, W1K 2AL

This five-star property deserves a place in a list of London’s finest event-ready hotels. The headline Mayfair Room adds glamour to gala dinners and awards ceremonies with its sleek art deco interior. The light-filled Carlos Room can be used alone or in conjunction with the Regency Room for cocktail receptions, intimate weddings and dinners. Don’t miss the Sommelier’s Table, private dining room stocked with thousands of bottles of vintage wine.

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Granary Square Brasserie

Granary Square Brasserie

Granary Square Brasserie
Max Meeting 0
Max Standing 0
Max Banquet 12

1-3 Stable Street, London, N1C 4AB

You’ll find all the Caprice Holdings hallmarks at this new opening in King’s Cross’s Granary Square. In a lustrous, art deco main space, simple, well-executed dishes are paired to smart service. A semi-private dining area offers exclusivity to groups who want the buzz of the restaurant and, if it’s a dinner reservation, the soundtrack from the nightly DJs. The private space seats groups of up to a dozen for breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout the week.

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Nobu Hotel Shoreditch

Nobu Hotel Shoreditch

Nobu Hotel Shoreditch
Max Meeting 100
Max Standing 200
Max Banquet 240

10-50 Willow Street, London, EC2A 4BH

Nobu Matsuhisa broke new ground in the 90s bringing Japanese-Peruvian Nikkei cuisine to the jet-setting classes. His illustrious miso black cod still makes waves at this east London hotel restaurant, which also offers some very 21st-century group options. As well as sake-tasting and sushi-making masterclasses in Asian-style surrounds, groups can go 'Omakase' – taking a limo around town to source the ingredients they want in their evening meal. Inside, the Kaijo events space divides into six for smaller gatherings; outside, a three-tiered courtyard can be privatised with a separate entrance.

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Tom

Tom's Kitchen Canary Wharf

Tom's Kitchen Canary Wharf
Max Meeting 25
Max Standing 150
Max Banquet 75

11 Westferry Road, London, E14 4HD

Modern brasserie Tom’s Kitchen Canary Wharf is located  right in the middle of one of London’s busiest financial districts. True to Tom Aikens’ ethos, the restaurant uses the very best seasonal and locally sourced ingredients to serve up decidedly British comfort food in a relaxed environment. Private dining is well catered for with a dedicated space for up to 14 seated guests (or 25 standing). In the main dining area, there’s a semi-private area with space for 48 diners. In the summer, the alfresco terrace is a good spot for drinks receptions or, if it’s raining, you can head to the indoor bar. An exclusive hire is also an option in the bar and deli.

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Bread Street Kitchen

Bread Street Kitchen

Bread Street Kitchen
Max Meeting 0
Max Standing 500
Max Banquet 220

One New Change, 10 Bread Street, EC4M 9AJ

In the shadow of St Paul’s, Gordon Ramsay Group’s mammoth urban brasserie is well set up for private events. The warehouse-style space – complete with high ceilings and bare-metal fixtures – offers a hipster feel, while yellow banquettes and red curtains add splashes of colour. From breakfast meetings to post-work drinks, a suitable space and atmosphere can be created. Natural light floods the space, even the downstairs bar, which suits receptions.

Café de Paris

Café de Paris

Café de Paris
Max Meeting 280
Max Standing 715
Max Banquet 286

3 Coventry Street , London, W1D 6BL

Expect luxurious spaces and Moulin Rouge-esque interiors at this Grade II-listed, West End institution. A first-class sound system makes it suitable for awards ceremonies, parties and live music events – though it’s also popular for dinners and receptions. The main Ballroom impresses with its grand chandelier and sweeping staircases, while three additional private rooms can be used as breakout areas or for more intimate occasions. Cabaret nights are a speciality.

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The Ivy Market Grill — Private Room

The Ivy Market Grill — Private Room

The Ivy Market Grill — Private Room
Max Meeting 26
Max Standing 50
Max Banquet 40

1 Henrietta Street, London, WC2E 8PS

Next to Covent Garden’s famous piazza is The Ivy Market Grill. Beneath the buzzing main restaurant you’ll find two private dining rooms, both decked out with green leather banquettes and gold finishings, their walls adorned with antique mirrors and photos of stage and screen stars. A complimentary easel, screen and projector can be provided, along with an iPod dock, enabling product launches, networking events and client entertaining.

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Old Bengal Warehouse

Old Bengal Warehouse

Old Bengal Warehouse
Max Standing 250
Max Banquet 80

16 New Street, London, EC2M 4TR

This multi-faceted venue occupies a Grade II-listed East India Company warehouse, housing four distinct bars and restaurants. The New Street Grill is split into two main areas and its plush interiors extend to the private dining room. The Fish Market is less formal: a seaside-inspired space with a terrace. Events can also be held in the venue’s handsome New Street Wine and its Old Bengal Bar, which has a walled courtyard and big focus on cocktails.

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Grace Hall

Grace Hall

Grace Hall
Max Meeting 200
Max Standing 350
Max Banquet 170

147 Leadenhall Street, London, EC3V 4QT

The latest addition to the Camm & Hooper stable, this thoroughbred Leadenhall venue was built in the 1920s for a New York bank. From the uplit columns and marble of the Main Hall to the ornate feature window of the Director’s Observatory, the neoclassical grandeur is still there. Find your way to the secluded Archives for meetings around an original fireplace, or head down to the speakeasy-style Grace Below for atmospheric drinks receptions.

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Home House

Home House

Home House
Max Meeting 80
Max Standing 250
Max Banquet 80

20 Portman Square , London, W1H 6LW

Created as a ‘palace of entertainment’ in 1776, members club Home House has rather opulent event spaces. The Front Parlour & Eating Room is a natural choice for multistage events; the two rooms can also be separated for smaller events during the day. The Asylum Room is our pick for intimate private dinners, while in the spacious courtyard garden you’ll find the characterful Winter Marquee, with chandeliers and a hardwood floor.

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Barbecoa

Barbecoa

Barbecoa
Max Meeting 40
Max Standing 400
Max Banquet 250

20 New Change Passage, London, EC4M 9AG

Applying international cooking methods to British meats is the name of the game at Jamie Oliver’s sprawling steakhouse behind St Paul’s. It can host big events around an open kitchen that showcases an eclectic collection of barbecue hardware (robatas, Argentinian grills, Texas pit smokers). As well as offering set menus to show what all of this kit can do, the venue claims to house London’s largest whisky collection. Smaller parties should look at the 40-capacity PDR.

The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection
Max Meeting 20
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 160

Hertford House, Manchester Square , W1U 3BN

The Wallace Collection stands tall as both a national museum and one of London’s most prestigious townhouse venues. With its world-class collection of old masters, the Great Gallery makes an indelible impression for dinners and receptions, while the leafy, glazed Courtyard is a lovely setting for drinks, seated dinners or awards ceremonies. For more intimate gatherings, there is a suite of elegant drawing rooms and a selection of smaller dining spaces.

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The Northall

The Northall

The Northall
Max Meeting 0
Max Standing 40
Max Banquet 30

10 Northumberland Avenue, London, WC2N 5AE

Housed in Corinthia Hotel London, The Northall focuses on sustainable, seasonal and local produce. Modern design details contrast with original Victorian columns and floor-to-ceiling windows. Semi-private dining is available on a mezzanine level, where guests can dine in a secluded area yet enjoy the ambiance of the restaurant below. We like the discreet private dining room, which features mirrored walls and is located a few steps behind the Northall Bar.

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Battersea Arts Centre

Battersea Arts Centre

Battersea Arts Centre
Max Meeting 300
Max Standing 600
Max Banquet 300

Lavender Hill, London, SW11 5TN

In a Grade II*-listed former town hall, Battersea Arts Centre stands tall as a south London cultural hub. Currently undergoing a refurb, its Grand Hall – originally a Victorian ballroom – is accepting hires from February 2019. In the meantime, there are 12 more rooms on site for meetings and networking. For social events, there’s the living room-style Waiting Room, or the light, airy Members’ Library, which has its own anteroom.

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The Arch London

The Arch London

The Arch London
Max Meeting 18
Max Standing 60
Max Banquet 48

50 Great Cumberland Place, W1H 7FD

Georgian architecture and elegant modern touches combine to create a five-star townhouse hotel well worth considering for meetings and private dining events. Whitehall 944 is the best spot for formal seated affairs and offers the up-to-date tech you’ll need for a smooth-running board-level meeting. More relaxed spaces include the Martini Library and Study, which work well for brainstorming and break-out sessions as well as leisurely cocktail receptions.

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Bernardi

Bernardi's

Bernardi's
Max Standing 170
Max Banquet 100

62 Seymour Street, London, W1H 5BN

A modern, neighbourhood Italian on buzzy Seymour Place, Bernardi’s should impress groups of colleagues as well as important clients. The ground floor centres around an open kitchen and is good for informal gatherings over small, shareable pizzette and fresh pasta dishes. For more formal occasions, long tables can be set up in front of the dining room’s main bar, or groups can descend to The Dog House cocktail bar, which can be taken over for private dinners.

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London Transport Museum

London Transport Museum

London Transport Museum
Max Meeting 200
Max Standing 500
Max Banquet 150

Covent Garden Piazza (south east corner), London, WC2E 7BB

A striking and characterful venue, the London Transport Museum is in a prime location on famous Covent Garden Piazza. Its galleries make an impressive backdrop for evening receptions and dinners, mixing old and new interiors with displays of iconic transport posters and original artwork. The purpose-built Cubic Theatre is well suited to conferences and presentations, with state-of-the-art AV and a breakout area for registration and catering.

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Electric Cinema

Electric Cinema

Electric Cinema
Max Meeting 83
Max Standing 150
Max Banquet 0

191 Portobello Road , London, W11 2ED

Following a refurbishment at the end of 2012, Soho House Group’s historic Electric Cinema on Portobello Road is back to its handsome best and open for exclusive hire on weekdays. Interiors at the landmark 102-year-old picture palace feature chandeliers, red leather armchairs, studded footstools and cashmere blankets, as well as a private bar. Food service is available before and after screenings (check out the cool retro sweet shop). Sound and projection facilities are now bang up to date, with HD and 3D capability for screenings, and computerised lighting and wireless mics for conferences, product launches and presentations. The DDR is reasonable too: £60 per head for groups of 40+.

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Anise

Anise

Anise
Max Meeting 50
Max Standing 150
Max Banquet 80

9 Devonshire Square , London, EC2M 4YL

Part of Cinnamon Kitchen, Anise is a cool City cocktail lounge with solid foodie credentials. Just around the corner from Liverpool Street station, the bar has its own entrance and direct access to a covered terrace outside. Expect quality cocktails and sharing plates based on the signature spice blends that have won the Cinnamon group of restaurants a loyal following. Groups can learn to mix drinks as part of daytime or evening mixology masterclasses.

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Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf

Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf

Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf
Max Meeting 100
Max Standing 400
Max Banquet 100

Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street , London, SE1 9PH

Owned and operated by Coin Street Community Builders, a social enterprise and development trust responsible for managing 13 acres of South Bank real estate, Bargehouse is a blank-canvas venue with tremendous scope. The three-story warehouse building, now an established venue for exhibitions, has a total of 15,000sq ft of event space that can be used in its entirety or broken into smaller spaces. It works particularly well as a gallery or performance space, and can also offer an atmospheric backdrop for other events, ranging from corporate parties to fashion shows, product launches and film shoots. The handy South Bank location is another big plus.

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Egg London

Egg London

Egg London
Max Meeting 130
Max Standing 1500
Max Banquet 80

200 York Way, London, N7 9AX

A warehouse club that hosts all-night dance parties, Egg London handles less frenetic corporate affairs with aplomb. It’s a versatile venue for launches, networking events and themed parties. Cell 200 is suitably self-contained, while The Terrace dancefloor room has a new sound system, dedicated conference facilities and access to an outdoor space. A basement dancefloor room suits fashion shows, and look out too for the Main Room, set to open in May.

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Serpentine Galleries

Serpentine Galleries

Serpentine Galleries
Max Standing 250

Kensington Gardens, London, W2 3XA

Kensington Gardens is home to two of our favourite modern art galleries: the Serpentine Gallery and the more recent Serpentine Sackler Gallery. Together, the spaces combine the sense of occasion of a listed building with the coolness of a contemporary art space. The former will host private dinners, while both make formidable spaces for drinks receptions. Come summer, the temporary pavilion is a striking one-off space for standing soirées.

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Mark

Mark's Bar at Hix Soho

Mark's Bar at Hix Soho
Max Standing 80
Max Banquet 44

66-70 Brewer Street, London, W1F 9UP

Libations that champion British produce are the speciality at this subterranean bar. Found beneath Mark Hix’s eponymous Soho restaurant, its features make for a characterful events space (think chesterfields and distressed mirrors). Parties can range from cocktails and canapés to long-table feasts, with British seasonal menus featuring dishes designed to share. DJs and live music can also be organised and, as per the rest of the portfolio, British artwork commissioned by Mark make a statement.

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Camden House

Camden House

Camden House
Max Meeting 550
Max Standing 900
Max Banquet 450

London Camden Triangle, Camden Lock Market, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8AB

This 2018 new opening captures all of the most enduring modern event trends under one rectangular roof. Divided into zones, rather than rooms, Camden House is an airy, daylight-flooded, easy-access blank canvas. Even the venue’s central bar subdivides, giving its largest sub-space a private bar to go with its private entrance. That said, Zone 3’s biggest feature is probably its retractable roof. In all three zones, bi-folding walls and doors soundproof smaller events. For celebrations, the 2:30am licence is worth noting.

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One Aldwych

One Aldwych

One Aldwych
Max Meeting 35
Max Standing 150
Max Banquet 110

1 Aldwych , London, WC2B 4BZ

This Grade II-listed property was once home to The Morning Post. Today, it’s a five-star hotel, with modern event spaces decorated with contemporary art. The bright Adelphi & Novello Rooms can be used together as one large space for meetings and à la carte dining, while the glamorous Screening Room is popular for presentations and private film screenings. The hotel’s modern Basque restaurant, Eneko, can be booked exclusively for larger events.

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Kettner

Kettner's

Kettner's
Max Meeting 80
Max Standing 330
Max Banquet 80

29 Romilly Street, Soho London, London, W1D 5HP

A known favourite of Oscar Wilde and Agatha Christie, Soho’s Kettner’s has long been a hang-out for London luminaries. Originally opened in 1867, the venue hangs on to many of its Georgian traits, although more recent refurbishments have brought the event space up to 21st-century standards. The Salle de Fête is a dedicated party floor for receptions of 120, while the more meeting-focused Studio, with high ceilings and huge Georgian windows, can host 40 for a conference. The clubby Apartment is a favourite for photo shoots, with a discreet entrance off Greek Street. Private dining, from the brasserie’s French-leaning menu, is a strong suit here.

The RSA House

The RSA House

The RSA House
Max Meeting 200
Max Standing 220
Max Banquet 140

8 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6EZ

Just off the Strand, the stylish Georgian home of the Royal Society of Arts is a highly versatile venue. Its Great Room – think domed-glass ceiling and period paintings – has movable seating that enables it to host events ranging from conferences to gala dinners. The striking and spacious Vaults can also be used for drinks receptions, meetings and dinners. In total, the venue has 11 spaces to choose from, and all come with the latest AV kit. It's also worth noting that the venue has a new coffee shop, Rawthmells that's ideal for casual business meetings.

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The Berkeley

The Berkeley

The Berkeley
Max Meeting 250
Max Theatre 250
Max Standing 600
Max Banquet 250

Wilton Place , London, SW1X 7RL

Just round the corner from Hyde Park, this Maybourne Hotel Group property matches a colourful history with thoroughly modern interiors. This is particularly visible in the Ballroom, where black-tie dinners and conferences benefit from a high-end, contemporary backdrop. Elsewhere, the smaller Motcomb Room, with its Harris Tweed-clad walls, has the feel of a members club – just the place if you need a characterful spot to host a board meeting.

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The Curtain

The Curtain

The Curtain
Max Meeting 140
Max Standing 350
Max Banquet 130

45 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3PT

One of the biggest openings in Shoreditch for a while, The Curtain comes with a private members club, four restaurants and a rooftop pool. True to its hipster environs, the post-industrial space features exposed brick walls, wooden floors and factory windows. We’re particularly impressed with the diversity of its spaces, which include a ballroom, screening room and live performance room. There’s also knockout Southern soul food from ground-floor restaurant Red Rooster.

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The Ivy Soho Brasserie

The Ivy Soho Brasserie

The Ivy Soho Brasserie
Max Meeting 24
Max Standing 70
Max Banquet 40

26-28 Broadwick Street, London, W1F 8JB

Ivy Brasseries have rolled out across town, but this 2017 opening brings the chain closer to its West Street beginnings. As ever, Martin Brudnizki Design Studio has been on decorating duties, conjuring that Ivy look and feel from smart art-deco fixtures. Groups keen to keep things confidential should, of course, make for the elegant private dining room at the back, where stained-glass panels and antique mirrors conjure a suitably exclusive ambiance.

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Temper City

Temper City

Temper City
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 200

2 Angel Court, 30 Throgmorton Street, London, EC2R 7HJ

Barbecue baron Neil Rankin’s branch in the Square Mile follows the principles of its Soho parent, offering best quality meat and fish, along with an extensive list of big wines, gins, mezcals and tequilas. Groups who love a little theatre at dinner will enjoy the fire pit and butchery area on the mezzanine. On the same level is the restaurants event space, which looks onto the open kitchen below. Butchery demonstrations make a fun addition to functions spanning canapé receptions to banquets.

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Soho House

Soho House

Soho House
Max Meeting 50
Max Standing 80
Max Banquet 50

21 Old Compton Street , London, W1D 4EB

Private members’ club Soho House offers a handful of event spaces for non-members to hire. Spread across three floors of the Greek Street townhouse and accessed via a private entrance in Old Compton Street (next to Café Boheme), these are all done out in the group’s trademark style. Dining Room 19/21 can seat up to 42 guests for lunch and dinner – expect large, family-style meals served in the middle of the table – or accommodate 50 for a drinks reception. The comfortable 30-seater cinema makes a great location for private film screenings or presentations, while the loungey House Basement, which comes with its own bar, works well for private parties of up to 80 guests.

Hutong

Hutong

Hutong
Max Meeting 24
Max Standing 340
Max Banquet 100

Level 33, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, London, SE1 9RY

A couple of floors above Aqua Shard, its Chinese sister Hutong has amazing views from the Shard’s 33rd floor. Based on the hip Hong Kong establishment of the same name, the place is inspired by the imperial cuisine of old Peking. The traditional interior nods to the Anglo-Chinese tea trade, and its two red-lanterned private dining rooms continue the theme. Exclusive hire is an option, and you can add Aqua Shard to take the overall standing capacity to 700.

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Union Street Café

Union Street Café

Union Street Café
Max Meeting 40
Max Standing 250
Max Banquet 130

47-51 Great Suffolk Street, London, SE1 0BS

The kitchen is the star at this Gordon Ramsay restaurant, where the chefs work in an open setting, serving seasonal food, sourced from specialist Italian producers. Hire the whole place and you can invite 250 guests for dinners or product launches. The semi-private mezzanine has views into the kitchen, while the bright private dining room is kitted out with up-to-date tech. The industrial-style downstairs bar can host private events until late in the evening.

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Strada Southbank

Strada Southbank

Strada Southbank
Max Meeting 200
Max Standing 250
Max Banquet 160

337-338 Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

Italian restaurant group Strada made its name serving fresh pasta and authentically thin and crispy pizzas at a time when they were rarely seen on the British high street. Today, its menus are familiar, but their comforting impact is the same. At the recently refreshed South Bank branch, groups can choose between the main dining room, an outdoor terrace and Foyles, a private area named for the famous bookshop next door.

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Hakkasan Hanway Place

Hakkasan Hanway Place

Hakkasan Hanway Place
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 220

8 Hanway Place, London, W1T 1HD

This is the original Hakkasan, which reset London’s expectations around Cantonese cuisine. It’s held a Michelin star since 2003 and some ritzy group-dining opportunities lie within. In the main Ling Ling dining room, black-and-gold panels are punctuated by latticed oak screens for an old-school oriental feel. The space, which makes a feature of the restaurant’s open kitchen, can be hired exclusively and includes a further semi-private area.

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The Ivy City Garden

The Ivy City Garden

The Ivy City Garden
Max Meeting 32
Max Standing 50
Max Banquet 32

Dashwood House, 69 Old Broad Street, London, EC2M 1NA

Set in serene Bishopsgate Gardens, The Ivy City Garden offers groups another chance to indulge in the Ivy Collection’s highly polished, retro-modern routine. It includes an upstairs private dining room that overlooks a capacious garden – a space for year-round alfresco dining. Menus showcase the group’s British signatures (fillet steak and, of course, shepherd’s pie) alongside intriguing cuisine-hopping dishes that add pleasing variety.

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Balthazar — Private Room

Balthazar — Private Room

Balthazar — Private Room
Max Meeting 30
Max Standing 80
Max Banquet 60

4-6 Russell Street, London, WC2B 5HZ

Balthazar in Covent Garden follows in the footsteps of its celebrated New York namesake. It offers all-day brasserie dining with a French-inspired menu that includes fruits de mer and a wide range of classic dishes. The venue’s stylish private dining room – above the main restaurant – is accessible either through the main entrance or via a private door. With its own bar and lounge, it can accommodate guests for drinks receptions or anytime dining.

Margot

Margot

Margot
Max Meeting 32
Max Banquet 32

45 Great Queen Street, WC2B 5AA

Just off Drury Lane, the upscale Italian was launched by two seasoned industry pros who met while working at Scott’s, and their experience has paid off.  Well suited to business lunches, team dinners or private parties, the slick basement Club Room comes with its own cocktail bar. For events, there’s a rotating menu of delicious traditional Italian dishes – think silky homemade pasta followed by meaty mains that focus on seasonal ingredients. There’s also more than 350 wines to choose from, ensuring the perfect match to complement your meal. The decor is classic, too – with deep greens, polished brass and a bespoke light fixture in the domed ceiling that gives the place an atmospheric glow.

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JuJu Chelsea

JuJu Chelsea

JuJu Chelsea
Max Meeting 300
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 150

316-318 King's Road , London, SW3 5UH

A firm fixture on the King’s Road social scene, JuJu has proved a hit with locals since its launch in 2008. The venue is best known for its weekend club nights – star-spotting isn’t uncommon here – but the clean-lined decor and high-end AV kit lends itself just as readily to weekday events. Product launches and presentations are popular, with a six-foot projector screen, iPod dock and satellite link-up equipment available. A labyrinth of private areas plays host to VIP parties and dinners, with international tapas plates on the menu. Cocktails are a big draw, and the bar’s award-winning mixologists host regular masterclasses for groups of four or more.

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ArcelorMittal Orbit

ArcelorMittal Orbit

ArcelorMittal Orbit
Max Meeting 140
Max Standing 270
Max Banquet 140

3 Thornton Street, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, E20 2AD

The UK’s tallest sculpture is home to the world’s longest tunnel slide. Book one of the ArcelorMittal Orbit’s two sky-high event spaces, or its canopy-protected outdoor space, and you can add on the ride of a lifetime for each and every guest. With panoramic city views and a late license, this is a special venue for business breakfasts through to evening drinks receptions and gala dinners – whatever your group’s mode of departure.

Scott

Scott's — Private Room

Scott's — Private Room
Max Meeting 28
Max Standing 50
Max Banquet 40

20 Mount Street, London, W1K 2HE

Scoring a table at this seafood temple on Mount Street can be difficult – which, of course, makes its private dining room all the more appealing. Decked out in the same rich wood and leather as the main restaurant, with artwork from local Mayfair galleries, the Private Room at Scott’s can host cocktail and canapé receptions as well as dinners, and comes with AV kit and wi-fi for meetings. Fresh flowers, place cards and candles are included as standard.

The Ivy Café Wimbledon

The Ivy Café Wimbledon

The Ivy Café Wimbledon
Max Meeting 20
Max Standing 40
Max Banquet 20

75 High Street, London, SW19 5EQ

This Ivy offshoot mixes glamorous art deco design with unusual modern references: daylight floods the room and the walls are covered with artwork of local places. Burnt-orange leather and brass-studded dark-wood chairs add a splash of colour to the restaurant’s private dining room – a good space for dinners, corporate breakfasts and boardroom meetings. Event menus are seasonal and include British classics such as shepherd’s pie and prawn cocktail.

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Icetank Studio

Icetank Studio

Icetank Studio
Max Meeting 50
Max Standing 130
Max Banquet 50

5-7 Grape Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 8DW

Located in a quiet street in Covent Garden, Icetank Studio is a 233sq m space across two floors, with contemporary designer furniture and fittings. The white interior is a blank canvas for receptions and product launches, with two plasma screens and HD projector offered as part of the package. There’s also a purpose-built kitchen and working fireplace. The ground floor is the main space, with floor-to-ceiling windows flooding the space with daylight, while blackout blinds can be pulled down for photography and filming. The whole venue holds 130 people for a drinks reception or 50 guests for a sit-down dinner.

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Blueprint Café

Blueprint Café

Blueprint Café
Max Standing 170
Max Banquet 120

Blueprint Café, First Floor, Design Museum, 28 Shad Thames , London, SE1 2YD

With retractable floor-to-ceiling windows along its outside wall, this riverside restaurant makes a bright, scenic setting for events. Selling points include panoramic views from Tower Bridge to Canary Wharf and an outdoor terrace for fair-weather drinks. British-leaning menus feature the likes of potted duck, piccalilli and toasted sourdough, followed by roasted cod, creamed king cabbage, bacon and new potatoes. Desserts might include eton mess and lemon posset.

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Corrigan

Corrigan's Mayfair

Corrigan's Mayfair
Max Meeting 30
Max Standing 150
Max Banquet 85

28 Upper Grosvenor Street, London, W1K 7EH

Richard Corrigan’s glitzy Mayfair restaurant can be hired exclusively – and there’s also the option of its private dining rooms. The Lindsay Room has a 42in LCD screen, letting diners watch all the kitchen action, or, for a more private affair, Poet’s Corner offers a VIP feel. At the Chef’s Table, guests meet the kitchen brigade before taking their seats behind a glass wall to watch them at work. Lastly, in the Kitchen Library tasting menus are introduced and served by the chefs.

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All Star Lanes White City

All Star Lanes White City

All Star Lanes White City
Max Meeting 80
Max Standing 350
Max Banquet 100

Ariel Way, White City, London, W12 7FU

Opened in April 2018, All Star Lanes White City has already starred in A Question of Sport. Designed with art-deco Miami in mind, the venue’s Babylon 305 private room is a lavish setting for events. As well as a couple of lanes and a cocktail bar (with mixologist), it’s got two karaoke booths, a Nintendo Wii and an up-to-the-minute projector and big screen. Canapés can be delivered and, if all of that’s a bit overwhelming, personal party planners are available.

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The Ivy – Private Room

The Ivy – Private Room

The Ivy – Private Room
Max Meeting 32
Max Standing 100
Max Banquet 60

1-5 West Street , London, WC2H 9NQ

The Ivy is almost as famous as its A-list patrons. Its Private Room has all the prestige of the main dining room, but is rather easier to get into. This space is decked out in the same distinctive style as downstairs: harlequin stained-glass windows, oak paneling, statement lighting and a stylish bar area. The kitchen can create seasonal menus for each event – spinach and quail’s egg tart, say, followed by the signature shepherd’s pie and malted milk pannacotta.