Exclusive hire venues

Posted on 05 November 2018

Exclusive hire venues

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Balthazar — Private Room

Balthazar — Private Room

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.More restaurants from Caprice Holdings

Balthazar — Private Room

100 Wardour St

100 Wardour St

100 Wardour St once hosted the Rolling Stones’ first London gig. Today, the venue has the feel of a ‘refined living room’: a plush spot for daytime business and making merry by night. Beyond the light-filled atrium lies a cavernous main space dominated by an island bar. At the far end, a well-equipped private room has a smart pool table that can be flipped flat for meals. Downstairs, there’s a stage for live performances, and assorted private and semi-private spaces.Restaurant review of 100 Wardour St

100 Wardour St

Pedley Street Station

Pedley Street Station

London’s newest ‘train station’ is a first-class opportunity to bring groups together for some immersive dining and a participatory theatre show. Close to Brick Lane, Pedley Street Station is inside a real railway arch, from where guests board a vintage dining car in which they are dined and entertained at tables of 6-8. Production values are high, with the carriage brought over from Europe specially, and the recently refurbed venue also housing a platform bar and full working kitchen.

Pedley Street Station

Spuntino

Spuntino

Described by the people in charge as a ‘scruffy small plates joint’, we translate that as a cool spot for informal events. What’s slightly different about this Polpo branch is that to complement the regular Venetian small plates, it serves high-quality American comfort food. For full concept immersion there’s also a ‘scratchy’ blues coming out of the speakers and a popcorn machine. An absence of a private dining room means exclusive hire is the way to go for cocktail receptions and fun dinners.Venue review of Polpetto Venue review of Polpo Brighton Venue review of Polpo Chelsea Venue review of Polpo Covent Garden Venue review of Polpo Notting Hill Venue review of Polpo Soho Venue review of Polpo Smithfield

Spuntino

Fishmongers' Hall

Fishmongers' Hall

The Fishmongers’ Company was granted its first royal charter by Edward I in 1272. Its splendid Greek Revival-style livery hall is rather more recent, built in the 19th century. State-of-the-art AV in the headline space, Banqueting Hall, makes conferences seamless, while the nearby Court Dining Room is a fine spot for private dinners, offering Thames views. Summer events are best held in the Court Room, which has access to a large terrace.

Fishmongers' Hall

Barcelona Tapas Bar y Restaurante Middlesex Street

Barcelona Tapas Bar y Restaurante Middlesex Street

The largest of the family-run mini-chain’s three London sites, Barcelona Tapas Middlesex Street encompasses an open-plan bar and restaurant on the ground floor, with additional seating on a mezzanine-level balcony. The decor is boldly Spanish, showcasing the group’s signature mosaic lizard alongside traditional matador and flamenco costumes. Available for exclusive hire, this is an atmospheric venue for informal social gatherings. Menus run the gamut from reliable crowd-pleasers such as bacalao and paella mixta to subtler pleasures like steamed black Galician mussels with sofrito, chorizo and white wine. An extensive, all-Spanish wine list might encourage organisers to bookend events with cava and sherry.Venue review of Barcelona Tapas Bar y Restaurante Lordship Lane Venue review of Barcelona Tapas Bar y Restaurante Lime Street

Barcelona Tapas Bar y Restaurante Middlesex Street

Puttshack

Puttshack

Located at Westfield London, this gigantic venue is brought to us by the people behind ping-pong hangouts Bounce. Puttshack is set to focus on another group sport, though: mini golf. This time they’ve added a new element to the crazy golf experience by making it digital: all balls will use Trackaball technology to keep tabs on each player’s putts, while a computer will keep track of the scores. Exclusive use is an option.

Puttshack

The Fountain Room

The Fountain Room

Next door to sister venue Bloomsbury Big Top in Coram’s Fields, The Fountain Room is an elegant marquee well suited to dinner-dance events. For party nights, the interior of the venue is draped in white, while a glass wall forms the entrance around an uplit fountain. Purpose-built for the full spectrum of corporate events, the structure is available through the autumn/winter party season, with catering from Fusion Hospitality.Venue review of Bloomsbury Big Top Venue review of Christmas at Bloomsbury Big Top Denis McCourt - Event Organiser Profile of Awesome Events

The Fountain Room

Northbank

Northbank

Just across from Tate Modern, next to the Millennium Bridge, glass-fronted Northbank boasts fine river views from all corners. Its modern British menu has a West Country slant, with the likes of Cornish crab tian and slow-cooked oxtail matched to wines from an eclectic list. The restaurant, with its cool chandeliers and quirky wallpaper, can be hired exclusively or partitioned off for smaller events. In summer, the terrace is a sought-after space.

Northbank

Banking Hall

Banking Hall

Winner of the Best New Venue accolade at 2015’s London Venue Awards, Banking Hall features a mezzanine level that overlooks the Bank of England. It’s well suited to receptions, dinners and conferences, all of which can be held in the Main Hall – a Grade II-listed art-deco space, complete with a grand staircase – and the Counting Room. High-end glamour is the order of the day, and there’s an in-house production and AV team to ensure events go smoothly.Venue review of Tanner Warehouse Venue review of Six Storeys on Soho Venue review of Victorian Bath House

Banking Hall

The Orrery

The Orrery

It’s named after the mechanical model of the solar system, so it figures that Orrery on Marylebone High Street should take inspiration for its interior from an observatory. An armillary sphere flanks the entrance, and sunlight floods through large windows into the minimalist dining room, where wooden screens divide the banquette seating. An elegant PDR serves the same French-inspired fare as the restaurant, while things are less formal on the covered terrace.

The Orrery

Tramshed

Tramshed

An old electricity generator for trams in Shoreditch is now an electrifying events space. Presiding over the restaurant’s vast main room is Damien Hirst’s Cock ’n’ Bull artwork, resplendent in formaldehyde. It’s cow and chicken on the menus too – carved at the table, designed to share. As well as the exclusive-use option, there’s a chef’s table in Mark’s Kitchen Library, a semi-private Mezzanine and, down below, industrial-chic Hix Art, with changing exhibitions.Venue review of Hixter Venue review of Weddings at Hix Oyster & Fish House Catering information on Hix Outside

Tramshed

The Pearson Room

The Pearson Room

'Fifties Hitchcock’ is how the team at The Pearson Room describe its style – all dark wood furnishings, low-hanging lights and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Canada Square. The menu tours cuisines, and there’s a variety of semi-private event spaces to choose from. The largest is The Vault – good for drinks receptions. The Balcony has panoramic views over the square, while the dining room works well for meetings and business lunches.Venue review of Weddings at The Pearson Room

The Pearson Room

Butlers Wharf Chop House

Butlers Wharf Chop House

This bastion of British produce is popular with City folk who pop over the river for superior steaks and rotisserie-style cooking. Interiors are smart but cosy, and guests can enjoy views over Tower Bridge. Four semi-private dining areas allow groups to take in the atmosphere of the main space. Exclusive events can be held in the bar and grill. In summer, receptions can also spill out onto the riverside terrace. A dedicated events coordinator ensures smooth running.

Butlers Wharf Chop House

Bluebird

Bluebird

The visible red-steel frame of the striking 1920s building is softened by greenery, while low lighting adds atmosphere at night. By day, the ground-floor café, which overlooks a cobbled courtyard, is a good spot for group lunches. Inside, the upstairs restaurant and bar can be hired exclusively, but for intimate dinners book the Mezzanine Room. Further spaces include the art deco Gallery Room and the Beaufort Room with its own bar.

Bluebird

The Royal Observatory

The Royal Observatory

Home of Greenwich Mean Time, the Royal Observatory’s credentials speak for themselves. Designed by Sir Christopher Wren, the venue has a variety of spaces with river views: The Octagon Room in Flamsteed House can be hired for a reception or dinner, the modern Planetarium is available for private hire, while The Foyer works well for larger dining events. The Observatory’s team of astronomers and horologists can even be on hand to add a little context.Venue review of Cutty Sark Venue review of National Maritime Museum Venue review of The Queen's House

The Royal Observatory

Heddon Street Kitchen

Heddon Street Kitchen

With its contemporary interiors, open-plan kitchen and modern European menu, Gordon Ramsay Group’s two-floor brasserie is a stylish place to play host. The flexible first floor is well set up for events: a private dining room takes care of small seated affairs (either meetings or eating), while the whole floor can be booked for sizeable drinks receptions. Day delegate packages are an option, as are specially designed set menus.Venue review of Christmas at Hidden Heddon Venue review of Maze Venue review of Bread Street Kitchen Venue review of Savoy Grill  Venue review of Union Street Cafe Venue review of York and Albany Venue review of The Narrow

Heddon Street Kitchen

The Narrow, Limehouse

The Narrow, Limehouse

With its fine views of the river, The Narrow serves simple but elegant food sourced from artisanal producers. Looking out across the Thames, its conservatory benefits from floor-to-ceiling windows, while the semi-private Boat House offers similar views, seating guests beneath a longboat suspended from the eaves. The Bar & Lounge, complete with a fireplace, makes a cosy spot in winter, while the upstairs River Room suits lunch meetings around its long table.Venue review of Maze Venue review of Bread Street Kitchen Venue review of Heddon Street Kitchen Venue review of Savoy Grill  Venue review of Union Street Cafe Venue review of York and Albany

The Narrow, Limehouse

Sartoria

Sartoria

A suitably stylish neighbour to the tailors of Savile Row, Sartoria brings a little Italian flair to this most English of streets, with chef-patron Francesco Mazzei conjuring up modern dishes with a southern-Italian influence. As well as a bar and cicchetti counter, there’s also a pair of private dining rooms and a wine cellar, where sommelier Michael Simms hosts dinners and tastings. The private rooms have wi-fi and projectors for more business-focused events.Latest news The Savile Row restaurant has reopened its doors after an extensive refurbishment. Ex L’Anima chef Francesco Mazzei has created all-new menus, while a wine cellar is now available for bookings of up to eight diners.  

Sartoria

MASH London

MASH London

Descend a spiral staircase, and a vast art deco dining room opens out before you. A circular bar precedes red-leather booths and the frosted glass that partitions them. The private dining room lies at the rear of the main space, behind a glass-walled wine cellar. Alternatively, a semi-private option also catches the venue’s atmosphere. The menu is an ode to the best of Yankee steak tradition, pairing USDA Prime beef (among others) with weighty wines.

MASH London

Science Gallery London

Science Gallery London

King’s College London will open this updated Georgian venue next to London Bridge station in September 2018, with event bookings beginning 1 October. Its centrepiece is an original courtyard that will be available for large-scale summer receptions and dinners. Around and about, the first-floor Studio has a balcony with views of The Shard, while the purpose-built Theatre has an adjoining breakout space. Access to exhibitions can be added onto any event, with the handsome gallery spaces also able to host more immersive happenings.

Science Gallery London

The Emin Room at 34

The Emin Room at 34

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-panelled walls, vermilion leather chairs and a rust- and ebony-coloured marble bar. The private dining menus serve up the same kind of modern British food as the main restaurant. More restaurants from Caprice Holdings

The Emin Room at 34

Union Street Café

Union Street Café

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.Venue review of Maze Venue review of Bread Street Kitchen Venue review of Savoy Grill  Venue review of York and Albany Venue review of The Narrow

Union Street Café

Quaglino's

Quaglino's

A celebrated society restaurant since the 1920s, Quaglino’s has seen some famous feet descend its statement staircase. It was revived by Terence Conran in the power-dining 90s, and is now part of the D&D London stable. It’s well suited to large dinners or receptions, while smaller groups can choose between two striking private rooms that overlook the main space. Not unlike the clientele, the food is international with a luxury twist.

Quaglino's

Bao Fitzrovia

Bao Fitzrovia

Steamed-bun sensation Bao’s second restaurant is larger than the famous Soho original. This minimalist Fitzrovia restaurant can also be booked for private events. Upstairs, guests can sit around the wooden central bar and watch mixologists at work; downstairs, groups can enjoy the full theatre of the kitchen. On the menu, the likes of beef cheek and tendon nuggets, cumin lamb ribs and bone marrow rice sit beside five different takes on the signature bun.Venue review of Gymkhana Venue review of Trishna Venue review of Bubbledogs and Kitchen Table Venue review of Lyle's Information on Bubbledogs Johnny the van

Bao Fitzrovia

All Star Lanes White City

All Star Lanes White City

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.Venue review of All Star Lanes Brick Lane Venue review of All Star Lanes Holborn

All Star Lanes White City

The RSA House

The RSA House

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.

The RSA House

Rotunda Bar & Restaurant

Rotunda Bar & Restaurant

You’ll find this slick dining destination at the back of culture hub Kings Place, hugging the waterfront of the Battlebridge canal basin. At the far end of its elegant curved dining room, double doors lead guests to a private dining space with floor-to-ceiling windows. In warm weather, events can spill out on to a 150-capacity terrace. When the restaurant, bar and private dining room are hired exclusively, summer events for up to 300 guests can be catered for. Venue review of Kings Place

Rotunda Bar & Restaurant

15Hatfields

15Hatfields

15 Hatfields is one of London’s most sustainable venues. Its spaces are best suited to conferences and meetings, though canapé receptions and product launches are also popular. The largest rooms can host theatre-style meetings for groups when opened out into a single space. HD video conferencing, AV and super-fast wi-fi mean that live streaming, gaming and tech events are well catered for. Environmentally friendly touches include organic, locally sourced catering. Venue Vendor - Warren Campbell Venue Focus 15Hatfields Event review - Reader event at 15Hatfields    

15Hatfields

Putt in the Park Acton

Putt in the Park Acton

The third of Putt in the Park’s three London venues, this mini-golf course in Acton Park closely follows the group’s successful template. Next to 18 carefully designed holes, there’s a standalone clubhouse serving pizzas from a wood-fired oven and well-turned drinks from a long bar. Hardwood floors make for easy dancing and there’s a heated outdoor area to rest up in. Exclusive-hire packages mean groups get the run of the whole place.Venue review of Putt in the Park Battersea

Putt in the Park Acton

Ping Pong St Katharine Docks

Ping Pong St Katharine Docks

The 19th-century St Katharine Docks are now a buzzy, 21st-century marina. The Ping Pong within offers fine watery views and is well set up for group bookings and private hire. Just like its siblings around town, the restaurant pairs traditional Chinese ‘yum cha’ – tea and dumplings – with funky cocktails. The décor follows a similar template, customising fundamentally contemporary interiors with touches of old China. Groups can gather at individual large tables, enjoy exclusive use of the bar area, or take over the whole place.

Ping Pong St Katharine Docks

QEII Centre

QEII Centre

This purpose-built Westminster venue is no stranger to high-profile clients. Its 32 event spaces hold up to 2,500 delegates, and conferences and exhibitions work well here. A major refurb, including a renovated façade, new breakout spaces and improved lighting, was recently completed. We’re big fans of the Churchill, whose slightly raked seating means everyone gets a good view. The larger rooms work well for banquets and drinks receptions.

QEII Centre

South Place Hotel

South Place Hotel

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.

South Place Hotel

The Folly

The Folly

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.

The Folly

Plum + Spilt Milk

Plum + Spilt Milk

Helmed by Michelin star-winning chef Mark Sargeant, Plum + Spilt Milk’s offering is British and modern. The dining room is available for hire, and can host breakfast, lunch and dinner events, as well as drinks and canapé receptions. Menus change regularly, but expect the likes of pan-fried cod with creamed celeriac and curried mushrooms. Natural light streams through triple-aspect windows, and the hand-blown glass lightbulbs add warmth.Venue review of the Great Northern Hotel

Plum + Spilt Milk

Barrio Shoreditch

Barrio Shoreditch

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.Venue review of Barrio Angel Venue review of Barrio Soho Venue review of Barrio Brixton

Barrio Shoreditch

Aqua Regent Street

Aqua Regent Street

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.Venue review of Aqua Shard Venue review of Hutong

Aqua Regent Street

Tropicana Beach Club

Tropicana Beach Club

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.

Tropicana Beach Club

Gillray's Steakhouse & Bar

Gillray's Steakhouse & Bar

Gillray’s at the London Marriott County Hall is a British steakhouse through and through – from the chesterfield sofas and oak-panelled walls to the grass-fed English beef on the menu. The main restaurant and bar enjoy stirring views across the Thames to Big Ben. For smaller events, a smart private dining room beckons. Alongside the beef, expect to see the likes of locally sourced fish dishes and the best of Britain’s natural larder. Venue review of London Marriott Hotel County Hall

Gillray's Steakhouse & Bar

Holborn Venues

Holborn Venues

Built by Sir Christopher Wren after the Great Fire of London, St Andrew Holborn is now a popular location for events, with a series of spaces to hire in the church, courthouse and crypt. The church itself is an atmospheric backdrop for dinners and concerts, while the crypt is a dramatic subterranean space for receptions. There’s also plenty of straight-up meeting space, while catering can be provided by the in-house team or from preferred suppliers.

Holborn Venues

Bloomsbury Big Top

Bloomsbury Big Top

The Bloomsbury Big Top in Coram’s Fields brings 2,500sq m of event space to this leafy part of London each Christmas. Best suited to large-scale dinners and conferences, the venue has also catered for fashion shows, weddings and concerts. It’s a temporary structure, but the Big Top’s team deliver an experience you’d expect from a quality permanent venue. It comes with a thermostat-controlled heating system, carpets, posh loos and on-site catering.Venue review of The Fountain Room Venue review of Christmas at The Fountain Room

Bloomsbury Big Top

Barcelona Tapas Bar y Restaurante Lordship Lane

Barcelona Tapas Bar y Restaurante Lordship Lane

Going strong for almost two decades on the southern stretch of Dulwich’s Lordship Lane, this branch of the family-run mini-chain showcases some original artefacts from the site’s former life as a pharmacy. Around the antique cabinets, the decor channels Gaudi – think mosaic lizards and brightly coloured walls – and the food is similarly focused on Catalonia. Organisers chasing a genuine taste of Spain should think about fideua – a Catalan dish made with short noodles – as an unusual alternative to paella. Available for exclusive hire, the maximum capacity of its main conservatory dining room rises to 100 in good weather as groups spill onto the outdoor terrace.Venue review of Barcelona Tapas Bar y Restaurante Middlesex Street Venue review of Barcelona Tapas Bar y Restaurante Lime Street

Barcelona Tapas Bar y Restaurante Lordship Lane

Camino Monument

Camino Monument

A buzzy wine bar and superior tapas restaurant, Camino Monument is made for celebrations. First, work up an appetite over Spanish-style G&Ts (large glasses, big measures, lots of ice). Then you’ll want the whole suckling pig, slow roasted with white wine, onions, garlic and herbs. It’ll feed at least eight – just give the kitchen 48 hours’ notice. The venue is available for exclusive hire at weekends, and there are bookable areas for various group sizes in the week.Venue review of Camino Bankside Venue review of Camino Shoreditch Venue review of Camino Bar Pepito

Camino Monument

Barrio Angel

Barrio Angel

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.Venue review of Barrio Soho Venue review of Barrio Shoreditch Venue review of Barrio Brixton

Barrio Angel

Barrio Soho

Barrio Soho

Tapas and tequila are on the menu at this two-floor Soho cantina, which brings a riot of Latin colour to Poland Street. Downstairs, the Basement is the best spot to host private parties. If you’re after a space big enough for your immediate colleagues, check out the single-table Love Shack. A DJ booth and stage can be taken over for live entertainment, and cocktail masterclasses add a fun teambuilding element to events.Venue review of Barrio Shoreditch Venue review of Barrio Angel Venue review of Barrio Brixton

Barrio Soho

Madison

Madison

It’s the views that make this venue special: there isn’t a roof terrace in London with a better vista of St Paul’s – a panorama that also includes the Oxo Tower and London Eye. Inside, the contemporary monochrome decor feels right for business lunches. From the kitchen, guests can enjoy American-style hot dogs and crab cakes, while the bar turns out classic cocktails till late. If the weather changes, heaters and parasols help keep the three outdoor terraces pleasant.

Madison

Maze

Maze

Modern European cuisine meets Asian at Gordon Ramsay’s Mayfair stalwart, where group options abound. There’s the semi-exclusive Circle in the middle of the restaurant, or the Wine Hub with its round tables, while The Bridge offers elevated views from a single long table. The Kitchen Table and the Maze View both look onto the kitchen, and there are three further fully private spaces from which to choose in the adjoining hotel.Venue review of Bread Street Kitchen Venue review of Savoy Grill  Venue review of Union Street Cafe Venue review of York and Albany Venue review of The Narrow

Maze

Le Pont de la Tour

Le Pont de la Tour

For more than 20 years, Le Pont de la Tour has been serving up its classic French cuisine and front-row Thames views. The interior is inspired by a ship’s dining room, while a covered terrace is perfect for alfresco entertaining. Seafood is a strong point – the fruits de mer platter is a highlight. A wine cellar is used for group tastings hosted by the head sommelier. A glass wall separates it and Salon Privé, an atmospheric private dining space with over 300 bottles on show.Latest news The Butler’s Wharf restaurant has partnered with Thames Limo to offer groups the chance to add a trip down the Thames to their dinner plans. Up to eight people can be accommodated, with prices starting at £700 per hour.  

Le Pont de la Tour

The Yacht London

The Yacht London

Permanently moored at Temple Pier, The Yacht London is a characterful 1927 steam vessel available for hospitality bookings. A 3am licence means parties can last way into the night, while its central location gives views of some of the capital’s iconic landmarks, including Big Ben and the London Eye. The alfresco Top Deck is the place to book in summer, and there’s the option to hire spaces in conjunction with one another.

The Yacht London

Apothecaries' Hall

Apothecaries' Hall

Dating from 1672, this City venue has all the historic character of a traditional livery hall. The oak-panelled Great Hall, with its beautiful 18th-century candelabrum, suits receptions and dinners. The more intimate Court Room suits smaller parties and has a stately home feel, with portrait-lined walls and stained-glass windows. Next door, the bright Parlour is great for smaller meetings or as a breakout space. An elegant courtyard makes summer entertaining possible, too. Information on Party Ingredients

Apothecaries' Hall

Greenwich Yacht Club

Greenwich Yacht Club

Greenwich Yacht Club claims to be the ‘only venue built in the Thames’. Cross the footbridge (or arrive by boat) to the stilted Clubhouse, and you’ll find a glass-clad event space with big windows framing a view of Greenwich Peninsula. Alternatively, there’s the River Rooms: a standalone venue split into three. Start things off in the bar, proceed to the Banqueting Hall for the main event, and then, if it’s warm enough, finish outside on the decked terrace.

Greenwich Yacht Club

Lockhouse

Lockhouse

This Paddington all-day bar and restaurant has a hint of the hipster about it: post-industrial decor, quality burgers and craft beers are the three pillars of its offering. It won’t come as a surprise that it makes a good place for lively semi-private or exclusive hire events. For the former, there is the mezzanine, where guests can enjoy set, buffet or tailored menus. This is also the place to host a teambuilding cocktail masterclass. For larger events you can take over the restaurant area or the venue wholesale.

Lockhouse

Sake No Hana

Sake No Hana

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.

Sake No Hana

1 Lombard Street

1 Lombard Street

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.Restaurant review of The Dome at 1 Lombard Street Restaurant review of 1776 at 1 Lombard Street Latest news The City restaurant’s newly refurbished Botanical Room can be hired for screenings of both major sporting events. Prices start from £35pp, which includes sharing platters.

1 Lombard Street

One Aldwych

One Aldwych

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.Venue review of Eneko - Basque Kitchen & Bar

One Aldwych

One Aldwych

One Aldwych

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.Venue review of Eneko - Basque Kitchen & Bar

One Aldwych

Searcys Knightsbridge | 30 Pavilion Road

Searcys Knightsbridge | 30 Pavilion Road

Tucked behind Harrods, Searcys’s 30 Pavilion Road is a Georgian townhouse that first opened for events more than 50 years ago. Today, offered by Searcys for exclusive use, it makes the most of its gilded history. The ground-floor Stone Hall, with its 18th-century fireplace, offers a warm welcome. The homely, oak-panelled Library suits smaller events, while the high-ceilinged Ballroom is a grand stage for larger gatherings. Up top, there’s a Roof Terrace for secluded garden parties.Venue review of Searcy's at The Gherkin Venue review of 30 Euston Square

Searcys Knightsbridge | 30 Pavilion Road

Ping Pong Covent Garden

Ping Pong Covent Garden

One of eight Ping Pongs around London, the Covent Garden branch upholds the group’s founding ethos of traditional Chinese dim sum, served all day with state-of-the-art cocktails in cool surrounds. Here, the slick, eastern-accented interiors extend into a mezzanine-level private dining room and a colourful exclusive space in the basement. Designed with cocktail and dim sum masterclasses in mind, both lend themselves easily to straight-up receptions and parties.

Ping Pong Covent Garden

The City Summer House

The City Summer House

Every June and July, the Boiler House on Brick Lane is converted into a fun venue for private parties, receptions and casual dining. You can expect to find an even split of indoor and outdoor space, along with a tiki bar, food stalls and dancefloor. Flexible packages cover venue hire, a hog roast, a Pimm’s reception, a DJ and garden games. Extras can include hot tubs and photo booth, while there’s a VIP Garden, available with the high-end Access All Areas package.

The City Summer House

Paris Grill

Paris Grill

Paris Grill has been entertaining the City since 1978, but a recent major refit has given the restaurant a more modern feel. The vibe here is definitely relaxed enough for casual breakfast and lunch meetings – but business isn’t barred as projectors and screens can be set up. Drinks receptions and private dinners are also an option: expect the likes of onglet and bearnaise followed by chocolate mousse. Upstairs, a new gin bar with live music is just the ticket for post-dinner drinks.

Paris Grill

The May Fair Theatre

The May Fair Theatre

The five-star May Fair Hotel has some eye-catching options for event organisers. Best of all is its May Fair Theatre, a luxe screening room where the Italian-leather seats are loaded with audience-response technology to keep speakers on their toes. Guests can warm up and wind down in the nearby Private Dining Room, Crystal Room or Danziger Suite. There’s even the option to follow proceedings via live video and audio feeds in one of the hotel’s private suites. Venue review of The May Fair Hotel

The May Fair Theatre

The Anthologist

The Anthologist

In the centre of the City, the newly refurbed Anthologist bar is a natural choice for post-work drinks and dinners. But it also doubles as a popular spot for breakfast meetings, conferences and teambuilding activities such as cocktail masterclasses. The 1950s-inspired private dining room has its own kitchen that can be transformed into a bar, while the mezzanine is a great spot for drinks receptions. Menus span mezze boards to steaks and Asian-style salads.

The Anthologist

IET London: Savoy Place

IET London: Savoy Place

The refurbished Savoy Place offers increased capacity and cutting-edge tech. We like the idea of the Kelvin Lecture Theatre – with its original mahogany panelling – for presentations and product launches. Check out the Turing Lecture Theatre upstairs for a more contemporary feel. Our favourite spaces are the Riverside Room and Maxwell Library, which have fine views over the Thames. The Johnson Roof Terrace is made for summer parties.Venue review of Maxwell Library @ IET London Savoy Place Venue review of Roof Terrace & Riverside Room @ IET London Savoy Place 

IET London: Savoy Place

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge’s entertaining spaces may come as something of a surprise. A refurb has added a glass floor to the high-level Walkways linking its towers, giving fine views 42m above the river. A great spot for a private party, then. The Victorian Engine Rooms provide an atmospheric setting for drinks and dinner, while the North Tower Lounge works well for intimate lunches or evening events; with full AV, it’s also suited to daytime meetings.Latest news The iconic venue has spent £1m and installed a glass floor along the Walkways. The dramatic addition to the 250-capacity event space provides views from 42m above the Thames. Definitely a talking point.  

Tower Bridge

Bowling Lanes at Namco Funscape

Bowling Lanes at Namco Funscape

- It might be best known for its 150-plus arcade games, but Namco Funscape also offers its bowling lanes for private hire. The venue, ideally located on the South Bank within County Hall, is a great spot for Christmas parties, launches and teambuilding events alike. For private parties of up to 500 the Subscape area offers six bowling lanes, a DJ and dancefloor, private bar, access to the American-style pool hall, the Namoke karaoke and unlimited use of the video games. The alley area itself, bathed in ultra-violet light, has non-slip floors, so there’s no need to don a pair of unattractive bowling shoes. There is also the option to purchase tokens for Europe’s fastest bumper cars.

Bowling Lanes at Namco Funscape

Barcelona Tapas Bar y Restaurante Lime Street

Barcelona Tapas Bar y Restaurante Lime Street

The latest addition to a family-run group of three London restaurants, Barcelona Tapas Lime Street is a colourful basement bar and restaurant close to Leadenhall Market. Like its bigger siblings, this one is available for exclusive hire and suits informal social gatherings. Organisers can play it safe with croquetas and tortilla from the tapas menu or vast pans of paella, or they can branch out into less familiar, more authentic territory (look out for the empedrat salad). Smaller groups can take over the 40-capacity, mosaic-tiled bar area and work their way through at least some of the carefully chosen all-Spanish wine list. Venue review of Barcelona Tapas Bar y Restaurante Middlesex Street Venue review of Barcelona Tapas Bar y Restaurante Lordship Lane

Barcelona Tapas Bar y Restaurante Lime Street

Aures London

Aures London

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.

Aures London

Bateaux Windsor

Bateaux Windsor

Bateaux Windsor’s Melody is moored on the Thames just a short walk from Windsor & Eton Riverside station. Step aboard and groups can expect an upscale experience. Three-hour private evening cruises start with a prosecco reception, before guests sit down for a four-course dinner prepared on board, then tea, coffee and petit-fours. Melody can also be hired to make the most of big social occasions such as Henley Regatta and racing at Ascot.

Bateaux Windsor

Stationers' Hall

Stationers' Hall

You might have spotted this award-winning Grade-I listed building in the 'Britain’s Got Talent' 2018 promo. The venue is also a high-profile, yet versatile option for hosting events. Its pretty garden makes it a popular summer party choice, but the Livery Hall is the bookers’ favourite. The beautiful architectural details alongside its flexible layout options make it ideal for conferences, meetings and dinners. The Court Room and Stock Room can be used for catering, receptions or as break out areas.

Stationers' Hall

All Star Lanes Holborn

All Star Lanes Holborn

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.Venue review All Star Lanes Brick Lane Venue review of All Star Lanes White City

All Star Lanes Holborn

Kensington Conference & Events Centre

Kensington Conference & Events Centre

Versatile interiors and a handy location off Kensington High Street attract a loyal client base to Kensington Conference & Events Centre. Its mainstay is international conferences, as well as fairs and exhibitions, but dinner dances are also popular. The Great Hall can be hired along with two foyers and four breakout rooms. For more intimate board meetings, the Council Chamber has leather-topped desks, with individual microphones. 

Kensington Conference & Events Centre

Barrio Brixton

Barrio Brixton

The Barrio group ventured to on-trend Brixton for its fourth Latin-themed bar. True to form, the venue delivers well-turned cocktails in a lively and colourful environment, backed by a South American street-food menu. There’s no private dining room, but groups can take over the ground floor and outdoor space. You can hire the venue seven days a week, while live music and other entertainment can be included in event packages.

Barrio Brixton

Greenwich Tavern

Greenwich Tavern

On the fringes of Greenwich Royal Park, this traditional three-storey pub stands tall as a destination in its own right. As well as keeping both tourists and locals happy with its crowd-pleasing British menu, it offers a couple of function spaces for private events. The first-floor King William Room has its own bar and expansive park views. Go up a level and you’ll find the vistas are just as splendid from the Treehouse, which is a cosy space for less formal gatherings.

Greenwich Tavern

Laura Ashley Hotel The Belsfield

Laura Ashley Hotel The Belsfield

Laura Ashley’s second hotel sits on Windermere in a property built by Victorian steel magnate Henry Schneider. The Belsfield has spacious state-of-the-art meeting spaces, complemented by Laura Ashley-designed bedrooms. Conference packages are travel inclusive, making the journey from London painless. Work done, delegates can opt for a drink in the Drawing Room and Library, or dinner in the venue’s fine dining restaurant.Venue review of Laura Ashley The Manor

Laura Ashley Hotel The Belsfield

Asia House

Asia House

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.

Asia House

Chelsea Old Town Hall

Chelsea Old Town Hall

This King’s Road venue’s illustrious past is apparent the moment you walk through its marbled foyer. The Main Hall is a classic late-Victorian design: its ornate arched ceiling and marble columns form a dramatic backdrop for drinks receptions and dinner dances. The same space affords sizeable conferences and lectures added gravitas, while the Small Hall’s minstrels’ gallery and collection of oil paintings make it a characterful spot for a gala dinner.

Chelsea Old Town Hall

Putt in the Park Battersea

Putt in the Park Battersea

This mini-golf specialist has courses in three London parks. Next door to Go Ape, its Battersea branch is well set up for exclusive-use events. Food comes from a wood-fired pizza oven, drinks from a well-stocked long bar, and there are hardwood floors for dancing. A large outdoor area is heated and the 18-hole, all-weather course itself raises some eye-catching challenges for all levels of player. Watch out, in particular, for some turbulent water hazards.Venue review of Putt in the Park Acton

Putt in the Park Battersea

Camino Bankside

Camino Bankside

In the Blue Fin building behind Tate Modern, Camino Bankside is the smartest addition to the Iberian mini-chain. The menu runs the length of Spain, from Basque steaks to Mallorcan cheese fritters with tomato jam – all smoothly served from the open kitchen. A large, south-facing outdoor terrace comes into its own in summer. Year round, there’s an upstairs Mezzanine for group hire – just the spot for a cava reception.Venue review of Camino Monument Venue review of Camino Shoreditch Venue review of Camino Bar Pepito

Camino Bankside

Avenue

Avenue

The Manhattan loft-style decor at this chic St James’s restaurant and bar is complemented by a recently revamped fusion menu – its new robata grill turns out elegant Asian dishes with a meaty South American twist. A marble-topped tasting table caters for small groups, while the venue’s private dining room seats guests round an antique wooden table. This space can also be used for meetings, with a 46in LCD screen for presentations.Venue review of Weddings at Avenue Venue review of Christmas at Avenue Information on D&D London

Avenue

Bread Street Kitchen

Bread Street Kitchen

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.Venue review of Maze Venue review of Heddon Street Kitchen Venue review of Savoy Grill  Venue review of Union Street Cafe Venue review of York and Albany Venue review of The Narrow  

Bread Street Kitchen

Hixter Bankside

Hixter Bankside

With a spattering of pendant lights and contemporary art (plus a Tracey Emin neon), this old metal box factory is now a cool urban restaurant by Mark Hix. Among the brickwork and girders are some versatile private rooms. Mark’s Bar has cinema-style seating and a billiards table; a pop-art mural defines the bright CNB dining room; the plush Bull Room has large windows behind velvet curtains. Contemporary menus showcase British chicken, steak and fish. Venue review of Tramshed Venue review of Weddings at Hix Oyster & Fish House

Hixter Bankside

Hakkasan Hanway Place

Hakkasan Hanway Place

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.

Hakkasan Hanway Place

Leighton House Museum

Leighton House Museum

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.Latest news Groups can now dine at the painter’s own dining table – only used once since 1896. Up to 16 diners can be accommodated, with the evening including pre-dinner drinks in the Arab Hall, followed by a tour of the house.   

Leighton House Museum

Artigiano

Artigiano

Artigiano is popular with Belsize Village’s locals, but it also has a reputation for feeding celebrities on a regular basis – photos of Madonna and Kate Moss hang on the walls. The contemporary main restaurant can be hired for private dinners, and menus feature both classic and contemporary Italian food. Thanks to a glass roof, daytime sees the space basked in sunlight, while the front can be opened in warmer months.Information on Etrusca Restaurants & Events

Artigiano

Ping Pong Southbank

Ping Pong Southbank

Now eight strong, the Ping Pong chain is still funky enough for Pharrell Williams to stop by when he’s in town. Its Southbank branch sits snug next to the Royal Festival Hall, near both the river and Waterloo station. Staying close to the group blueprint, it serves up traditional ‘yum cha’ – tea and dumplings – alongside inventive new-wave cocktails. Groups can gather round large tables in the smart main space, congregate in the private lounge or take over the whole place.

Ping Pong Southbank

York & Albany

York & Albany

A restaurant and bar with nine bedrooms, York & Albany embraces both the spirit of Camden and the elegance of Regent’s Park. It serves modern British cuisine and groups can watch the chefs in action from the On the Pass dining area. The Bar and its comfy seating areas can be hired exclusively. In the adjacent stable block, the Wine Bar can host groups for drinks and canapés, while the versatile Gloucester Gate is suited to meetings, lunches or receptions.Venue review of Maze Venue review of Bread Street Kitchen Venue review of Savoy Grill  Venue review of Union Street Cafe Venue review of The Narrow

York & Albany

The View from The Shard

The View from The Shard

Found at the top of The Shard, 244m above the capital, The View is an event space that justifies superlatives: the Renzo Piano-designed building gives guests 40-mile views in all directions. The View has two viewing platforms: Level 69 and Sky Deck on Level 72, which together can hold up its maximum in summer months, or 100 less for the rest of the year. Breakfast events are popular, as are evening networking and cocktail parties as the sun sets.

The View from The Shard

Temper City

Temper City

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.

Temper City

The Cinnamon Club

The Cinnamon Club

The stately backdrop of Old Westminster Library gives this upmarket Indian a sophisticated, private-club feel. Quality cooking ranges from canapés to exceptional tandoori meats. This can be served on the elegant Gallery above the dining room, where privacy is assured without losing the buzz of the restaurant. Elsewhere, the Reading Room works well for private dinners, while the modern downstairs bar is a cosy spot for evening drinks receptions.Venue review of Anise Venue review of Cinnamon Kitchen Venue review of Cinnamon Kitchen Battersea Venue review of Cinnamon Kitchen Oxford Venue review of Cinnamon Bazaar Information on Cocktail Masterclasses at Cinnamon Club Information on Cookery Masterclasses at Cinnamon Kitchen

The Cinnamon Club

Saddlers' Hall

Saddlers' Hall

Home to one of London’s oldest livery companies, Saddlers’ Hall is constructed in the classical style, with period details and furniture. Events from conferences to AGMs, large drinks receptions and banquets can be held in its rooms. The highlight is the Great Hall, with exquisite stained-glass windows and a musicians’ gallery. Multiple breakout spaces provide extra conferencing facilties, while the secluded courtyard can be used for alfresco summer entertaining. Information on Party Ingredients

Saddlers' Hall

Banqueting House

Banqueting House

Commissioned by James I in 1622 as an entertaining space for court masques, Banqueting House dazzled London’s high society when it opened. You can almost feel the spirit of courtiers who partied beneath the magnificent Rubens-painted ceiling of the Main Hall. This space is an awe-inspiring sight when set for a candle-lit dinner, but the room is also perfect for receptions of 500 and awards dinners for 380 guests. Once enjoyed as a drinking den by James I, the vaulted Undercroft below is an atmospheric space for a cocktail reception or after-dinner party. A list of approved suppliers provides everything from flowers to furniture.Venue review of Hampton Court Palace Venue review of Kensington Palace Venue review of Kew Palace Venue review of The Tower of London

Banqueting House

Ping Pong Bow Bell's House

Ping Pong Bow Bell's House

The Ping Pong group has put a premium on sharing for well over a decade. Long before communal plates went mainstream, it was serving its signature dim sum in eminently swappable, bite-sized portions. Spread across a single floor of Bow Bells House, the group’s St Paul’s outpost fills with natural light through the day. Later on, as the bar’s funky cocktails start to percolate, the Chinese-styled main room comes alive. Groups can gather at round tables, in the bar area for drinks receptions, or take over the whole place.

Ping Pong Bow Bell's House

Ping Pong St Christopher's Place

Ping Pong St Christopher's Place

The original link in a mini chain that’s now eight strong, Ping Pong St Christopher’s Place embodies the group’s founding spirit. In a smart main room with some evocative eastern touches, traditional Chinese ‘yum cha’ – tea and dumplings – is served all day alongside inventive new-wave cocktails. Down below, an exclusive space upholds the same principles, handling meetings, dinners, masterclasses and receptions with equal aplomb.

Ping Pong St Christopher's Place

Ping Pong Soho

Ping Pong Soho

One of the larger restaurants within an eight-strong group, Ping Pong Soho spreads across two floors. It stays close to the group’s successful formula throughout: in sleek interiors with some delicate Chinese touches, it serves traditional ‘yum cha’ – tea and dumplings – alongside a striking cocktail list. Groups can take drinks in a balcony area, sit down at large tables within the main room, enjoy the exclusive downstairs space or go all out with a full takeover.

Ping Pong Soho

Camino Bar Pepito

Camino Bar Pepito

A (very) little sister to the Camino restaurant in Varnishers Yard, Bar Pepito concentrates on doing the Spanish essentials well. Since opening in 2010 it has showcased top-class sherry – and, in an authentically Andalusian setting, everything on its tapas menu comes with a pairing recommendation (we like crab on toast alongside an Apostoles palo cortado sherry). The whole place can be hired for tastings or just straight-up fino-fuelled fun. Venue review of Camino Bankside Venue review of Camino Monument Venue review of Camino Shoreditch

Camino Bar Pepito

The Lincoln Centre

The Lincoln Centre

The Lincoln Centre sits at the crossroads of the City and the West End. Equipped with state-of-the art technology, it’s a popular choice for financial presentations, AGMs, seminars and product launches. All nine event spaces can be branded, from the clean-lined Presentation Room 1 and 2 to the more homely Blake room, which comes with views of Lincoln’s Inn Fields. The brightest spaces, Hamano and Turner, feature floor-to-ceiling windows.

The Lincoln Centre

Dalloway Terrace at The Bloomsbury

Dalloway Terrace at The Bloomsbury

This charming venue takes its name from the eponymous lead character in Virginia Woolf’s novel Mrs Dalloway – no doubt in homage to the writer’s associations with Bloomsbury. Covered by a monochrome canopy and with a glass exterior wall, the heated outdoor space is suited to drinks parties, and showcases fine wines and British artisan cuisine. We love the design, with its hanging lanterns and rattan chairs – not to mention the abundant foliage.Venue review of The Bloomsbury Hotel Venue review of The Marylebone Hotel Venue review of 108 Brasserie Venue review of The Kensington Hotel Venue review of the Town House at The Kensington Hotel

Dalloway Terrace at The Bloomsbury

Hutong

Hutong

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.Venue review of Aqua Shard Venue review of Aqua Regent Street

Hutong

The Brewery

The Brewery

The Brewery is a collection of distinctive spaces that play host to anything from exhibitions and conferences to glitzy award ceremonies, Christmas parties and fashion shows. The standout space is the versatile Porter Tun, one of the largest unobstructed rooms in London. The two-storey Sugar Rooms overlooks an attractive courtyard via arched windows and connects with the King George III room. Quality in-house catering is another bonus.Venue review of The Grubstreet Author Latest news For the months of June to August, the City venue’s courtyard will be transformed into a secret summer garden for events. This year, the space will be double the size of previous years, able to hold up to 800 guests for parties.

The Brewery

Grace Hall

Grace Hall

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. Venue review of Banking Hall Venue review of Six Storeys on Soho Venue review of Tanner Warehouse Venue review of Victorian Bath House

Grace Hall

Plateau

Plateau

From its prime fourth-floor position, Plateau enjoys views across Docklands’ Canada Square. Its glass frontage and partially glazed ceiling flood the main dining room with light by day, and show off London’s skyline at night. A covered, heated terrace accommodates alfresco events year-round, while indoor event spaces include a private dining room with its own wine wall. The restaurant also offers wine-matching lessons, cocktail masterclasses and whisky tastings.

Plateau

The Deck

The Deck

Sitting on the roof of the National Theatre, The Deck has been recently refurbished in time for 2018 summer events. The new space is wrapped in glazed panels, which means panoramic views of London can be enjoyed both inside and out on the terrace. State-of-the-art AV from the theatre’s Sound and Lighting departments means that conferences, away days and product launches will go without a hitch, while an in-house catering team looks after dinners and receptions.Venue review of the National Theatre Information on Hospitality at the National Theatre

The Deck

IMAX at the Science Museum

IMAX at the Science Museum

With a screen that’s taller than four double-decker buses, the Science Museum’s in-house Imax Theatre is a high-impact venue for conferences, screenings and awards ceremonies. Tiered seating gives each guest an unobstructed view of the screen, while the state-of-the-art surround sound and lighting system will ensure your message is delivered loud and clear. Guests can also combine a screening with a reception or dinner in one of the museum’s galleries.Venue review of the Science Museum Venue review of Illuminate at the Science Museum Venue review of Making the Modern World at the Science Museum Venue review of Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery at the Science Museum

IMAX at the Science Museum

Savoy Grill

Savoy Grill

The Savoy Grill is a place to soak up the Strand hotel’s celebrated history of opulence and indulgence. Exclusive hire is available in the main dining space, an unquestionably glamorous spot. Small groups should try the interactive Kitchen Table, where optional extras include champagne and wine pairings. The restaurant’s 1920s features are proudly displayed in the D’Oyly Carte Room, an impressive spot for meetings and lunches.Venue review of Maze Venue review of Bread Street Kitchen Venue review of Heddon Street Kitchen Venue review of Union Street Cafe Venue review of York and Albany Venue review of The Narrow

Savoy Grill

The Ivory Vaults

The Ivory Vaults

In the vaulted cellars beneath Ivory House in St Katharine Docks, The Ivory Vaults offers 1,000sq m of space to play with. Exclusive use gets you all nine of its private dining areas, which are available individually to groups. Three-hour banquets (including medieval, masquerade and Viking themes) are a speciality, but bespoke evenings can be arranged. The in-house production team can provide entertainment, and dry hire is an option.

The Ivory Vaults

Aqua Shard

Aqua Shard

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.Venue review of Hutong Venue review of Aqua Regent Street Feature: Lunch Club at Aqua Shard spring 2014

Aqua Shard

Paternoster Chop House

Paternoster Chop House

In the shadow of St Paul’s, Paternoster Chop House champions hearty British food. While it acts as the location for TV favourite First Dates, its fashionable interiors also appeal to a business crowd. Groups can sit at large tables in the main restaurant or, for something extra-special, in the nearby Temple Bar – a private space atop a Christopher Wren-designed gateway. The restaurant hosts breakfast meetings for up to 35 guests with no minimum spend.

Paternoster Chop House

Skylon

Skylon

In the Royal Festival Hall on the South Bank, Skylon makes the most of its position with floor-to-ceiling windows looking out over the Thames. The spacious venue’s mid-century look echoes the building’s 1950s architecture. It’s divided into three sections, with a raised bar separating the relaxed brasserie from the fine-dining area – both are popular for semi-private dining. The space can also be be hired exclusively for large dinners. Expect modern British menus.

Skylon

Victorian Bath House

Victorian Bath House

Back in the 1800s, this Grade II-listed venue was a Turkish bath – and many of the original features are still present. With fun details such as an inbuilt bath to fill with champagne, and extravagant wallpaper and furniture, the striking space is best suited to receptions and dinners. The main room can accommodate groups for a sit-down dinner, while the Drinking Den is best for stand-up receptions. Curfew is 1am, but Spitalfields is nearby to continue the party.Venue review of Banking Hall Venue review of Six Storeys on Soho Venue review of Tanner Warehouse

Victorian Bath House

Kensington Place Restaurant

Kensington Place Restaurant

Bright and breezy Kensington Place has been a hub for W8’s movers and shakers for decades. Dinners and drinks receptions can be held in the main restaurant, whose seasonal British menu has a strong focus on seafood. A high-vaulted private dining space can also accommodate meetings. Day delegate packages include light working lunches, buffets or three-course meals. The on-site events team can source and set up AV equipment for meetings.

Kensington Place Restaurant

ICEBAR London

ICEBAR London

Many venues claim to offer something unique; few actually do. This really is the UK’s only permanent icebar, where groups of up to 60 people are invited to enjoy a 40-minute drinks reception at -5°C (capes and gloves provided!). The venue’s three other – more temperate – spaces can be used in conjunction or independently for events spanning Christmas parties to product launches. Ice-sculpting classes make for a fun teambuilding add-on.   Take a virtual tour of ICEBAR London

ICEBAR London

Corrigan's Mayfair

Corrigan's Mayfair

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.Venue review of Bentley's Restaurant Venue review of Swallow Street Rooms at Bentley's Venue review of Virginia Park Lodge

Corrigan's Mayfair

All Star Lanes Brick Lane

All Star Lanes Brick Lane

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.Venue review of All Star Lanes Holborn Venue review of All Star Lanes White City

All Star Lanes Brick Lane

Blueprint Café

Blueprint Café

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.

Blueprint Café

Under the Bridge

Under the Bridge

Chelsea FC’s multimillion-pound live music venue is well suited to events. While primarily designed for gigs, it makes a great spot for parties, gala dinners and awards ceremonies. Decorated with black-and-white photos of British music icons, the industrial-feel space has a number of comfy booths and the option of a roped-off VIP area. The AV kit is cutting edge and its green room will satisfy even the most demanding of entertainers. Venue review of Chelsea Football Club 'Challenge Annica Let us entertain you' - feature on Under the Bridge, spring 2014

Under the Bridge

Bolton's Restaurant

Bolton's Restaurant

Deep in the City, Bolton’s is a long-standing bastion of Italian hospitality next to the Lloyd’s building. Its upmarket, classic menu – showcasing home-style cookery using the freshest ingredients – is a favourite with local workers. The spacious dining room makes an inviting backdrop for a drinks reception or a small corporate function. The staff are happy to help with special arrangements, whether it be for a private party or business lunch.

Bolton's Restaurant

Launceston Place

Launceston Place

One of the capital’s swisher neighbourhood restaurants, Kensington’s newly relaunched Launceston Place has two contemporary dining rooms complete with big fireplaces and work by emerging artists. The bold, modern menu offers occasion dining alongside hearty dishes, complemented by an attractive wine list. For groups, we like the Chef’s Office experience, which has guests being served by the chefs themselves in the 12-seat private dining room.

Launceston Place