City Party Bars

The City of London may be a haven of hard work during the daytime, but once the offices have firmly closed their doors for the day, the area becomes an oasis for partying to shake off the stresses of the business day. To cater for such demand, the City of London is home to countless party bars and many are available for corporate hire, making them ideal venues for organised celebrations within the Square Mile. There are all kinds of party bars for hire in the City of London and SquareMeal has put together a list of the very best on offer. Choose from chic wine bars and cool cocktail joints to sophisticated restaurant bars and popular chain venues for your next event.

Updated on 13 August 2018

City Party Bars

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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, Liverpool Street, London, 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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Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London

Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London

Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London
Max Meeting 120
Max Standing 140
Max Banquet 100

31 St Thomas Street, London, London, SE1 9QU

Occupying levels 34 to 52 of the soaring Shard, this hotel’s USP is self-evident. Apart from some of the best views in London, this five-star establishment offers event space notable for its top-spec AV kit, natural daylight and dynamic design. Ren, the headline space, is suited to conferences, meetings or banquets; for private dining, check out Yi or Li. If complete privacy is needed, groups can take over the hotel’s 34th floor exclusively.

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Pitch Stratford

Pitch Stratford

Pitch Stratford
Max Standing 360
Max Banquet 360

Pitch Street, Stratford, London, E15 4PA

This pop-up party space in Stratford offers street food stalls, an open-air bar and a giant outdoor cinema screen. Launched in 2017 the trendy seasonal space is open April to September and is available for private hire. Teambuilding activities can be arranged at its sister venue, ZAPspace Trampoline Park, which is conveniently next door. The nearby Curious Fox bar is also part of the same company and benefits from a late license.

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Coq d'Argent

Coq d'Argent
Max Meeting 70
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 150

1 Poultry, City of London, London, EC2R 8EJ

Perched on the roof of No 1 Poultry, Coq d’Argent boasts impressive views towards St Paul’s and the Bank of England. Guests step out of the lift into the venue’s standout space: a rooftop garden designed by Arabella Lennox-Boyd. This is a splendid spot for a champagne picnic when the sun is shining. A bar and terrace can be hired for drinks, dinner and canapé parties, while the inside space can be booked exclusively for breakfast meetings and other business events.

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Barcelona Tapas Bars & Restaurants

Barcelona Tapas Bars & Restaurants

Barcelona Tapas Bars & Restaurants
Max Standing 200
Max Banquet 150

24 Lime Street, City of London, London, EC3M 7HS

The Barcelona Tapas Bar y Restaurante chain brings the authentic taste of Spain to London. Each of the group’s locations (in St Botolph Street, Lime Street and Dulwich’s Lordship Lane) is available for private hire, providing an upbeat atmosphere with Spanish music, good-quality tapas, Catalan specialities, sangria, beer and an intriguing Spanish wine list. The traditional sharing approach to eating lends itself well to group events and Barcelona regularly hosts departmental parties and private celebrations. There is capacity for receptions of up to 200, but each location also has plenty of smaller areas, including a mezzanine floor for 75 at St Botolph Street.

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SAMA Bankside

SAMA Bankside

SAMA Bankside
Max Meeting 40
Max Standing 250
Max Banquet 110

3 Robinson Road, Southwark, London, SE1 8BU

Set within two Victorian railway arches beneath Blackfriars bridge, Sama Bankside is a vibrant new restaurant, bar and events space. Spanning 550sq m and set over two floors, the industrial-looking venue (with plenty of exposed brick and a polished concrete floor) bills itself as ‘a members club without the membership’, but can also host meetings, dinners, product launches and workshops. Our pick of the spaces is the colourful glass-fronted private room.

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Barrio Shoreditch

Barrio Shoreditch

Barrio Shoreditch
Max Meeting 150
Max Standing 360
Max Banquet 100

141- 143 Shoreditch High Street , London, E1 6JE

This colourful cantina in hip Shoreditch, offers four hireable areas, including an outdoor terrace. The late-night bar is easily adapted to daytime events: there are three screening areas, and all the kit in place for live music, projections and speeches. Teambuilding activities take a more unusual turn, with tile painting, and rum and chocolate pairing. Exclusive hire is an option and the venue stays open till 2am from Thursday to Saturday.

Grace Hall

Grace Hall

Grace Hall
Max Meeting 200
Max Standing 350
Max Banquet 170

147 Leadenhall Street, City of London, 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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The Listing

The Listing

The Listing
Max Meeting 50
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 150

Cannon Green, 27 Bush Lane, City of London, London, EC4R 0AA

Just two minutes from Cannon Street station, The Listing is housed in a striking glazed, double-height building. Cocktails are a speciality and mixology masterclasses can be arranged. Menus comprise sharing boards and global dishes (from crab bruschetta to crispy duck flatbread), which can be served up for private dinners and canapé receptions. Exclusive use is an option and, come summer, a large terrace hits the mark for outdoor dining.

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The London City Beach

The London City Beach

The London City Beach
Max Standing 1500

Upper Ground, South Bank, London, SE1 9PU

New for 2018, this pop-up ‘urban beach’ will be brought to Brick Lane by Awesome Events for June and July, hosting festival-feel summer parties. Barefoot guests will feel the sand between their toes while tucking into superior street food and craft beers from a variety of themed stands. The silent disco and beach games should keep everyone entertained, while VIP beach huts will please the big wigs. Its top Surf’s Up package also includes fun fair stalls and fire performers.

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The Allegory

The Allegory

The Allegory
Max Meeting 60
Max Standing 200
Max Banquet 109

1a Principal Place, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 2FA

In the new Principal Place development in Shoreditch, The Allegory has a modern, industrial look (exposed pipes, lots of concrete) and a buzzy vibe. Part of the Drake & Morgan group, the venue comprises 600sq m of space to play with. Our pick is the outdoor terrace. Breakfast meetings, corporate lunches, drinks receptions and networking events can all be hosted – group set menus can be arranged, as can mixology masterclasses.

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Rascals

Rascals

Rascals
Max Meeting 60
Max Standing 200
Max Banquet 90

97 Curtain Rd, London, London, EC2A 3BS

This is the casual, brightly hued sister restaurant to Ballie Ballerson, the adult ball-pit bar next door. Close to Liverpool Street, Rascals is very much Shoreditch by nature. The kitchen draws global inspiration for its small plates, while bar staff turn out funky cocktails. As well as the colourful private dining room, the main space (with its own stage) can be hired for presentations, product launches and straight-up socials.

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The Fable

The Fable

The Fable
Max Meeting 150
Max Standing 400
Max Banquet 200

52 Holborn Viaduct, Holborn, London, EC1A 2FD

One of Drake & Morgan’s earliest sites, three-floor Holborn bar The Fable is inspired by the world of fairy tales and Aesop’s fables – decorative touches such as vintage typewriters and old books set the scene. Aesop’s Table can host smaller groups for board meetings and private dinners: menus focus on locally sourced British dishes. Cocktails can be recreated by corporate groups at one of the bar’s mixology masterclasses. Exclusive use is an option.

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Three Cranes

Three Cranes

Three Cranes
Max Standing 40
Max Banquet 28

28 Garlick Hill, City of London, London, EC4V 2BA

Occupying a Georgian townhouse opposite Mansion House tube, the Three Cranes references the tavern of the same name once frequented by Ben Jonson and Samuel Pepys. As well as an oak-panelled ground-floor pub, there’s first-floor restaurant Grill Room, overseen by chef-restaurateur Henry Harris, plus a smart private dining room within. Two well-appointed serviced apartments, decked out with mid-century furniture, complete the offering.

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Bounce Farringdon

Bounce Farringdon

Bounce Farringdon
Max Meeting 200
Max Standing 450
Max Banquet 30

121 Holborn, London, London, EC1N 2TD

Like its Bounce siblings, this temple of table tennis offers a cool bar, a restaurant and an entertainment activity under one roof. Gwyneth Paltrow and Elle Macpherson have both been down for a game at the Holborn flagship, which occupies the spot where ping-pong was created and patented in 1901. As well as 17 tables on offer in the main space, groups can book into the private Jaques Room, with three tables of its own, a cocktail bar and karaoke.

The Folly

The Folly

The Folly
Max Meeting 250
Max Standing 600
Max Banquet 250

41 Gracechurch Street, City of London, 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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Old Bengal Warehouse

Old Bengal Warehouse

Old Bengal Warehouse
Max Standing 250
Max Banquet 80

16 New Street, Liverpool 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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The Sipping Room

The Sipping Room

The Sipping Room
Max Meeting 60
Max Standing 500
Max Banquet 216

Unit C, 16 Hertsmere Road, Canary Wharf, London, E14 4AX

In West India Quay, this sleek bar from the Drake & Morgan group offers a selection of spaces for breakfast meetings (backed by AV equipment), drinks receptions and private dinners. While exclusive use is an option, groups can also hire the lower-ground floor or sections across the venue. A stylish and capacious outdoor terrace is available to hire year-round – come winter, it’s filled with six eight-seat private igloos that will keep guests fed and warm.

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The Yorkshire Grey

The Yorkshire Grey

The Yorkshire Grey
Max Meeting 80
Max Standing 200
Max Banquet 100

2 Theobalds Road, London, London, WC1X 8PN

On a corner with Gray’s Inn Road, The Yorkshire Grey occupies a handsome 17th-century site that includes an upstairs function room. Using local suppliers, the kitchen turns out modern small plates and some classic pub mains. For conferences and presentations, there are specific, brain-fuelling menus, which can also provide an edge at the corporate pub quizzes held here. When it’s pens down, there are more than 100 whiskies behind the large main bar.

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All Star Lanes Brick Lane

All Star Lanes Brick Lane

All Star Lanes Brick Lane
Max Meeting 100
Max Standing 370
Max Banquet 140

95 Brick Lane , Shoreditch, London, E1 6QL

This all-American temple of bowling has half a dozen lanes in its main hall that can each host games for up to seven people. Bigger groups should head straight for the Penthouse, however. A party pad that channels the roof terraces of Manhattan, it offers three further lanes and a fully stocked cocktail bar (with mixologist). Prize tournaments can be arranged, and there’s a choice of canapés and sliders.

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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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Aures London

Aures London

Aures London
Max Meeting 100
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 100

18 Leake Street, Waterloo, 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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Ballie Ballerson

Ballie Ballerson

Ballie Ballerson
Max Standing 500

113 Curtain Road, London, London, EC2A 3BS

London’s only permanent ball-pit bar is a chance to give your group a kidult education. Hire it exclusively and you’ll be free to frolic in one million brightly coloured, spherical bits of plastic. Move between the Glowing Ball Pit, the VIP Golden Pit and the Private Pit (designed for smaller groups) before repairing to the large feature bar for pizza and cocktails. Canapés, bowl food and finger food are also options. For anything more substantial, sister restaurant Rascals is just next door.

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City Zebrano

City Zebrano

City Zebrano
Max Meeting 10
Max Standing 350
Max Banquet 50

18-22 Houndsditch, London, EC3A 7DB

Beneath the chrome stalactite lighting at Zebrano’s City branch you’ll find European cuisine with Asian influences (think crispy duck salad and antipasti boards) and bartenders who pride themselves on their cocktail knowledge. Our favourite is the Almond Old Fashioned. The lounge bar makes a good spot for large networking events or drinks receptions, and there’s a nice private dining room that provides a more intimate atmosphere.

LatenightLondon

LatenightLondon

LatenightLondon
Max Meeting 300
Max Standing 450
Max Banquet 300

Novus Leisure, Clareville House, 26-27 Oxendon Street, , London, London, W1D 7ER

A name for the event organiser’s little black book, LatenightLondon’s knowledgeable team operates a free party-planning service for 34 venues in the West End and City. All of its bars and restaurants are open late and provide attractive backdrops for a spectrum of private events, from small office parties to product launches, corporate dinners or drinks receptions for up to 1,720 guests. The venues all have different styles and atmospheres, ranging from the sleek Jewel Bars in the West End to the unashamedly kitsch Kanaloa in the City. Private dining facilities are available at Grace and Amber, while all of the group’s sites are available for exclusive private hire.

Barrio Angel

Barrio Angel

Barrio Angel
Max Meeting 75
Max Standing 175

45 Essex Road , London, London, N1 2SF

Ferdie Ahmed’s quartet of cocktail bars are inspired by the food and culture of Hispanic ghettos and this, his original venue, can be hired exclusively. Reclaimed materials create a street-culture vibe, while food and drink is decidedly Latin. Samba dancers and capoeira performers can be booked, and photo booths are available to capture the fun. The 20-seat La Caravana booth is a fun spot for tequila tastings, while DJs and/or live music are an optional extra.

All Star Lanes Holborn

All Star Lanes Holborn

All Star Lanes Holborn
Max Meeting 90
Max Standing 170
Max Banquet 90

Victoria House, Bloomsbury Place, Holborn, London, WC1B 4DA

A filming location for both Made in Chelsea and TOWIE, All Star Lanes Holborn exudes mass appeal. Its main hall offers timed games, cocktails and US comfort food in a suitably American setting. For prize tournaments, unlimited games and their own bar (with mixologist), groups should take over the recently refurbed Lodge. Vintage bowling memorabilia vies for attention with a karaoke booth, a Nintendo Wii and, of course, a couple of private lanes.

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Gaucho City

Gaucho City

Gaucho City
Max Meeting 24
Max Standing 100
Max Banquet 70

1 Bell Inn Yard , London, EC3 V OBL

Housed in the historic gold vaults of the Bank of England, Gaucho’s City branch specialises in serving superior Argentinian steaks and big New World wines to business-minded guests. The restaurant’s monochrome palate and cow-hide furnishings lend a cosmopolitan feel to its pair of private rooms, where group-dining menus are proffered, spanning canapés and bowl food to the ‘Carnivore’s Feast’. Don’t miss the pool table for post-dinner fun..

Camino Shoreditch

Camino Shoreditch

Camino Shoreditch
Max Standing 150
Max Banquet 70

2 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3BL

As of late 2017, this Shoreditch site was the Camino group’s latest. As with other branches, this is a buzzing, youthful take on all things Spanish, where food, drink and fun are all part of the mix; DJs and late hours make it a great spot for private parties. Tapas and fino are on hand for drinks receptions, while exclusive takeovers are available for banquets. The Pergola, a heated and covered terrace, can be used year-round for dinners and receptions.

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1 Lombard Street

1 Lombard Street

1 Lombard Street
Max Meeting 22
Max Standing 450
Max Banquet 200

1 Lombard Street , City of London, London, EC3V 9AA

Opposite the Bank of England, 1 Lombard Street is a City institution, serving elegant European dishes backed by an extensive drinks list. Its main space has a soaring glass-dome ceiling and houses the Bar and Brasserie, which can be combined for dinners or standing receptions. For a quiet working lunch, try the adjacent 1776 restaurant, while the Botanical Room, resplendent in floral prints and vintage details, is the spot for private dining.

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