The best bars for hire in London

No matter whether you’re looking to organise a work party, or surprise your friend for that milestone birthday, the options are limitless when hiring a bar in London. Head to East London for rooftop drinks overlooking the city, or go to the West End to double up your drinks party with a few rounds of crazy golf - whatever it is you want, you’re bound to find it in our list below.

Updated on 27 July 2023

London’s bar scene is as eclectic and exciting as it has ever been. The capital has it all, from hotel lounges steeped in history to hidden speakeasies, as well as some of the world’s most awarded cocktail bars that can be found here. So if you love a slice of luxury, a good martini, or the buzz and atmosphere of a high-end bar, take a look through our list of the best bars for hire in London, and start organising your next event.

Popping into your local haunt is a good way to sample some delicious drinks, but for those planning something a little bigger, you may want to look into hiring a bar for exclusive use. The rules vary between venues, with a few only offering exclusive hire, and others letting you choose a specific area at the bar for smaller groups. For example, some hotels listed will allow you to hire the whole hotel bar, whilst a selection of restaurants in the list will have a hidden area that you can book for an evening (allowing for something a little more intimate). Each option comes with its benefits, such as booking in a restaurant guaranteeing some decent grub alongside the extensive list of drinks available.

As for live music and entertainment, plenty of venues have this covered too. Lots of bars for hire have live music playing most evenings, whilst others are famous for their colourful, no-holds-barred fun and entertainment. Alternatively, there is also often the option to book your own entertainment, allowing you to plan the perfect bespoke event whether it be to celebrate an anniversary or hold a networking event.

At these bars you can be involved with organising as little or as much as you’d like, the only thing you need to do is pick one. So take a look through our favourites for bar hire in London, and get the ball rolling.

The Marylebone

The Marylebone

47 Welbeck Street , Marylebone, London, W1G 8DN

This luxurious cocktail bar located within the Marylebone Hotel boasts art deco interiors and an experienced team of mixologists to bring you whatever tipple you fancy that day. Expect unique concoctions like the Red Velvet containing vodka, raspberry and liquorice, citrus, egg white and blossom.

Max Meeting 84
Max Standing 150
Max Banquet 88

Brown's Hotel

33 Albemarle Street , Mayfair, London, W1S 4BP

If you’re looking for somewhere a little fancier to spend your evening, then you’ll be hard pushed to find anywhere that does luxury quite like Donovan Bar at Brown’s Hotel. This sophisticated bar comes with plenty of velvet, gold accents, and patterned glass tables, creating a sleek finish, and perfect backdrop for anything from a peppermint tea to dry martinis.

Max Meeting 32
Max Theatre 70
Max Standing 120
Max Banquet 70
Park Chinois

Park Chinois

17 Berkeley Street, Mayfair, London, W1J 8EA

Park Chinois is the notoriously opulent Chinese hotspot with fine dining, cocktails and an atmosphere like no other. Perfect for any occasion, the space can be hired for business or private celebrations with space for up to as many as 450 guests.

Max Meeting 180
Max Standing 250
Max Banquet 130
The Leopard Bar at The Rubens at the Palace

The Leopard Bar at The Rubens at the Palace

39 Buckingham Palace Road, Victoria, London, SW1W 0PS

Sitting just a stone’s throw from Buckingham Palace, this is one bar where you can enjoy the sophisticated private bar and get treated like royalty. Enjoy delicious canapes, finger food, and plenty of carefully curated cocktails.

Max Meeting 36
Max Theatre 80
Max Standing 40
Max Banquet 110
Arcade Food Hall

Arcade Food Hall

103-105 New Oxford Street, Soho, London, WC1A 1DB

You’ll struggle to find anywhere that offers as much food choice as Arcade Food Hall, with everything from smash burgers to Thai dishes, there’s something for everyone here. The main bar area sits in the heart of the site, and is bookable for up to 100 people.

Max Standing 60
Max Banquet 100
Mama Shelter

Mama Shelter

437 Hackney Road, Hackney, London, E2 8PP

Mama Shelter is here to make sure you’re having a good time, whether that’s through serving an array of hearty dishes, or providing you and your guests with a state of the art karaoke room.

The Cinnamon Club Bar

The Cinnamon Club Bar

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

Connected to the much loved Cinnamon Club in Westminster, The Cinnamon Club Bar is the sleek and stylish space to hide away from the crowds and get together with friends or colleagues. With a capacity of up to 70 standing, it works for a whole range of events.

Max Standing 45
100 Wardour St

100 Wardour St

100 Wardour Street, Soho, London, W1F 0TN

Head to the ground floor at 100 Wardour St and relax in the stylish bar and lounge, whilst escaping from the fast pace of Soho’s streets just outside. If you’re into cocktails, you’ll love the extensive menu full of contemporary concoctions.

Max Standing 900
Max Banquet 250
Swingers West End

Swingers West End

15 John Prince's Street, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AB

Swingers City and West End comes with five cocktail bars, a stunning rooftop terrace and three bespoke crazy golf courses, available to book for groups between 12 and 800 people. Plus, you can choose between a selection of street food vendors or in-house caterers to soak up all of those cocktails.

Max Theatre 100
Max Standing 270
Hawksmoor - The Lowback

Hawksmoor - The Lowback

Hawksmoor Bar, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5GX

If you’re after somewhere that takes the cocktails as seriously as it does the steaks, then The Lowback could well be the place for you. Sitting downstairs at water level, it offers a glamorous spot with the classic Hawksmoor feel. Think dark green marble flooring, polished timber ceiling and velvet booths, all centred around the nine metre long bar.

The Bloomsbury

The Bloomsbury

16-22 Great Russell Street , Bloomsbury, London, WC1B 3NN

The Bloomsbury Hotel is no stranger to an aesthetically pleasing set up, so it comes as no surprise that The Coral Room is equally as stunning as the rest of the venue. Inspired by the 1920s, you can expect vivid coral coloured walls, bespoke Murano glass chandeliers and an impressive marble bar.

Max Meeting 60
Max Theatre 200
Max Standing 250
Max Banquet 180
Hyatt Place London City East

Hyatt Place London City East

9th Floor, Hyatt Place London City East, Aldgate, London, E1 1DU

After somewhere with an outdoor terrace and unbeatable views of the city? Head to Hyatt City East where you can sip on cocktails whilst taking in the sun setting over London with your nearest and dearest.

Max Standing 100
Max Banquet 80
YOPO at the Mandrake

YOPO at the Mandrake

20–21 Newman Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T1PG

The Mandrake is a one of a kind hotel in the heart of Fitzrovia, with YOPO taking centre stage as the hotel’s main restaurant and bar. Aiming to transport guests from London to the Amazon rainforest, you can expect plenty of jungle themed decor, and South American inspired drinks.

Max Meeting 20
Max Standing 130
Max Banquet 60

Want to organise an event but looking for something a little more out of the ordinary? Thankfully London is full of weird and wonderful places to host your next big party - perfect for a whole range of budgets, styles, and needs. So regardless of if you’re after an intimate low-lit space away from the crowds, or somewhere bright and airy with unbeatable views of the city, you’ll be able to find whatever you are looking for here.

We’ve scoured the capital for what we think are the most unconventional spots, that offer some slap up food and an equally impressive drinks list, where you can work alongside some first class teams to turn your dream into a reality.

So check out our list of the best quirky and unusual venues for hire in London, and get one step closer to wowing your guests at the next big event.

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