Cool party venues

We all have different ideas about what makes something ‘cool’ but when it comes to this list of cool party venues in London, we’re confident you’ll agree that they all deserve their place. We know that trend conscious event organisers are always searching for venues that will stand out and leave a lasting impression on guests, which is why we’ve included a mix of the most unusual, arty, fun and impressive venues the capital has to offer. Expect the unexpected and prepare yourself for eccentric designs and experiences that promise a party to remember.

Updated on 25 October 2019

With so many cool party venues in the capital to choose from, it can be hard to know where to begin. You might be tempted to shout out to your friends and followers on social media to see where they recommend, but thanks to our expert list of the very coolest party venues in London below, there’s no need!

We’ve put our heads together and combined our years of experience and venue know-how to devise the following list of the best venues for parties in London that we consider to be cool. Some are historic, while others boast fabulous views and the kind of wow-factor that’s sure to impress your guests. So, if you’re looking for somewhere to host a party or event, but aren’t sure where to start, check out our selection below to see if any inspire you. More information can be found about each venue by clicking through.

Leighton House Museum

Leighton House Museum

12 Holland Park Road, Kensington, London, W14 8LZ

The former home of Victorian painter Lord Leighton is a truly stunning venue in which to hold an event. All sorts of filming has taken place here over the years, from Poirot to the Stranglers’ single ‘Golden Brown’, but it’s the house’s lavish interiors that make it a covetable spot for an event more than these claims to fame. The opulent Arab Hall – the museum’s centrepiece, designed to house the artist’s priceless collection of 16th- and 17th-century Islamic tiles is striking.

Max Meeting 100
Max Standing 150
Max Banquet 60
The Worx

The Worx

10 Heathman's Road, Fulham, London, SW6 4TJ

With over 30,000sq’ of space on a campus of nearly an acre, The Worx provides endless event opportunities. Nine neutral, lofty and open-plan spaces leading off from a large central courtyard and restaurant area are available for hire, so whether you’re planning a private party or corporate event, it’s sure to be memorable.

Max Meeting 220
Max Standing 1000
Max Banquet 220
Café de Paris

Café de Paris

3 Coventry Street , Covent Garden, London, W1D 6BL

Step back into the twenties at Café de Paris – a dazzling Grade II-listed building boasting grand sweeping staircases, beautiful chandeliers and other eye-catching original features. This venue has thrown some of the most extravagant events and parties the capital has ever seen, making it one of the coolest party venues in London.

Max Meeting 280
Max Standing 715
Max Banquet 286
Southbank Centre

Southbank Centre

Belvedere Road, Southbank, London, SE1 8XX

Everyone’s heard of it and most have visited, but imagine having one of the Southbank Centre’s many spaces all to yourself for a super-cool party. Home to the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room, plus a couple of very cool rooftop pavilions, this venue is one of London’s most iconic and definitely one to remember.

Max Meeting 295
Max Theatre 2500
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 950
The Bloomsbury Ballroom

The Bloomsbury Ballroom

Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, Bloomsbury, London, WC1B 4DA

This opulent Art Deco venue located on Bloomsbury Square is well set up for large-scale private parties and events. The ballroom’s high ceilings, lavish windows and marble entrance never fail to impress guests, so if it’s the wow-factor you’re after, you’ll get it here. State-of-the-art tech – at odds with the twenties aesthetic – ensures your party can be as banging as it is beautiful.

Max Meeting 500
Max Standing 570
Max Banquet 300
The Folly

The Folly

41 Gracechurch Street, City of London, London, EC3V 0BT

Words like ‘escape’ and ‘haven’ are often used when describing this Drake & Morgan venue near Cannon Street and Bank stations, thanks to its resemblance to a botanical retreat. It’s surprisingly easy to lose track of time among the foliage while sipping quirky cocktails, which we reckon makes it a pretty cool place for a party.

Max Meeting 250
Max Standing 600
Max Banquet 250
Pedley Street Station

Pedley Street Station

Arch 63, Pedley Street, Bethnal Green, London, E1 5BW

This immersive experience is the height of cool and a unique setting for parties of up to 48 guests. Situated within a real railway arch near Brick Lane, guests board a vintage dining car in which they are fed, watered and entertained. Exclusive hire includes a full show and four-course dinner that promises to be thoroughly memorable.

Max Meeting 52
Max Standing 52
Max Banquet 52
Serpentine Galleries

Serpentine Galleries

Kensington Gardens, Kensington, London, W2 3XA

Situated within Kensington Gardens, the Serpentine Gallery and Serpentine Sackler Gallery (and The Magazine restaurant) combines the sense of occasion that comes with being in historic Grade II and Grade II- listed buildings with the coolness of a contemporary art space. These are two unique venues for beautiful events.

Max Standing 250
Aures London

Aures London

18 Leake Street, Waterloo, London, SE1 7NN

Situated in a beautifully restored exposed-brick arch, Aures is a heady mix of urban graffiti culture and futuristic immersive technology. Based under Waterloo Station and just a few minutes' walk from Southbank, Aures is perfect for total-immersion events that hit all five senses. Party venues don’t come much cooler than this in London.

Max Meeting 100
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 100
Tramshed

Tramshed

32 Rivington Street, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3LX

If a party in a former East End tram-generator building, complete with a Hereford cow and a cockerel preserved in a steel and glass tank of formaldehyde sounds cool to you, then you ought to book Tramshed ASAP. As well as an exclusive hire option, there’s also a chef ’s table in Mark’s Kitchen Library, and a semi-private Mezzanine.

Max Meeting 30
Max Standing 200
Max Banquet 150
Under the Bridge

Under the Bridge

Stamford Bridge, Fulham, London, SW6 1HS

Stylish and versatile, Chelsea FC’s multimillion-pound live music venue provides the perfect spot for blowout parties and celebrations. With all lighting and production equipment ready to use, two large bars, a dance floor, relaxing booths and VIP areas, it has everything you could want for a party to remember.  

Max Meeting 300
Max Standing 550
Max Banquet 200
Holborn Venues

Holborn Venues

5 St Andrew Street, Farringdon, London, EC4A 3AF

Built by Sir Christopher Wren after the Great Fire of London, this historic building is now a popular location for events, with a series of spaces to hire in the church, courthouse and crypt. Each space is stunning in its own right, but our favourite is the hidden underground crypt, which dates back to Roman times.

Max Meeting 150
Max Standing 400
Max Banquet 180
South Place Hotel

South Place Hotel

3 South Place, Liverpool Street, London, EC2M 2AF

This hip City hangout has a number of spaces for partying, but our favourite has to be the Secret Garden. Hailed as ‘Miami off Moorgate’, South Place Hotel’s tropical garden is an outside bar equipped with heaters, blankets and a retractable roof to help maintain paradise climates whatever the weather. The Angler Terrace on the seventh floor is pretty cool too.

Max Meeting 100
Max Standing 200
Max Banquet 100
The Tower of London

The Tower of London

Tower Hill , City of London, London, EC3N 4AB

If the thought of dining within ancient stone walls that have witnessed almost 1,000 years of siege, ceremony, triumphs, and bloodshed is exciting to you, then you need to find any excuse to hire the historic Tower of London. This World Heritage Site offers a magnificent backdrop for large or unusual events and includes the option to add on extras such as a Yeoman Warder tour or a private view of the Crown Jewels.

Max Meeting 150
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 240
Hixter Bankside

Hixter Bankside

16 Great Guildford Street, Southwark, London, SE1 0HS

Formerly a metal box factory, Hixter pays homage to its origins with a spattering of pendant lights, contemporary art and exposed brick and metalwork throughout. It boasts a number of unique and versatile spaces for hire, along with menus that showcase British chicken, steak and fish. If you’re after a cool party venue south of the river, Hixter Bankside is a good choice.

Max Meeting 40
Max Standing 200
Max Banquet 120
The Groucho Club

The Groucho Club

45 Dean Street, Soho, London, W1D 4QB

A bastion and refuge for arts, literature and media folk in the bohemian heart of Soho, The Groucho Club is a very cool place for a party. Though it’s a private members’ club, you don’t actually have to be a Groucho member to hire one of its famous private event spaces, which can be used for anything from an intimate private dinner to a roaring party for three hundred guests.

Max Meeting 60
Max Standing 150
Max Banquet 100
Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)

Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)

The Mall, St. James's, London, SW1Y 5AH

Locations don’t come much more iconic than this legendary venue’s. With views over The Mall, Big Ben, the London Eye and St. James’s Park, the ICA is an extremely cool spot for an event, whether it’s an intimate birthday party in The Nash and Brandon Rooms or a presentation in The Studio. There are two classic cinema spaces available to hire here too.

Max Meeting 185
Max Standing 350
Max Banquet 150
London Transport Museum

London Transport Museum

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

Striking and full of character, the London Transport Museum offers an impressive backdrop for evening receptions, dinners and glitzy parties. Blending old and new interiors with displays of iconic transport posters and original artwork, the space is a feast for the eyes and a gift to your guests’ Instagram accounts. It also partners with a number of great caterers so you can be sure of good food while you party.

Max Meeting 200
Max Theatre 121
Max Standing 500
Max Banquet 150
The Postal Museum

The Postal Museum

Freeling House, Phoenix Place, Clerkenwell, London, WC1X 0DA

For more than a century the secret mail railway located beneath The Postal Museum was hidden from view, but now you have the chance to experience the secret space for yourself. The blank-canvas venue boasts vaulted arches and a clandestine feel, making it ideal for dinners and parties. Trips on miniature trains around the original network and platforms make for memorable and unique add-ons to events.

Max Meeting 150
Max Standing 275
Max Banquet 150
Bowling Lanes at Namco Funscape

Bowling Lanes at Namco Funscape

County Hall, Riverside Building, Westminster Bridge Road, Waterloo, London, SE1 7PB

As well as its 150-plus arcade games, Namco Funscape also has bowling lanes available for private hire. For parties of up to 500 the Subscape area offers six lanes, a DJ and dancefloor, private bar, access to the American-style pool hall, an escape room and use of the video games. And the best part? The bowling alley has a special floor so you don’t need to ruin your outfit with a pair of gross bowling shoes.

Max Meeting 90
Max Standing 500
Max Banquet 500
The Ivory Vaults

The Ivory Vaults

Ivory House, St Katharine Docks, Tower Hill, London, E1W 1BP

These historic vaulted cellars beneath the Grade II-listed Ivory House at St Katharine Docks exude charm and individuality, providing the perfect place for a party to remember. Nestled between the Tower of London and Tower Bridge, the 10,000 sq ft venue is devised of nine intimate vaulted private dining areas interlinked by a vast open passageway that can be hired for a themed event or as a dry hire option.

Max Standing 450
Max Banquet 450
ODEON BFI IMAX

ODEON BFI IMAX

1 Charlie Chaplin Walk , Waterloo, London, SE1 8XR

If a private screening on the UK’s largest cinema screen (20m x 26m to be precise) isn’t cool then we don’t know what is. Digital surround sound and plush seating make the BFI auditorium a very cool place to hire, but it’s not the only space available. Both the ground- and first-floor foyer are vast, versatile spaces available for hire too, for anything from launches to cocktail receptions and banquets.

Max Meeting 200
Max Theatre 500
Max Standing 400
Max Banquet 200
Tropicana Beach Club

Tropicana Beach Club

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

Can’t quite afford to fly everyone to Ibiza for your party? Don’t worry – Tropicana Beach Club has brought a tropical paradise to London for you. This rum-soaked tropical oasis boasts a ‘lagoon pool’ style dance floor surrounded by VIP beach cabanas, party booths and vibrant decorations including over 500 tropical birds and a jungle of exotic flowers, enabling guests to feel as though they’re not even London any more. It’s serious fun here.

Max Meeting 160
Max Standing 600
Max Banquet 180
100 Wardour St

100 Wardour St

100 Wardour Street, Soho, London, W1F 0TN

As the venue in which the Rolling Stones performed their first London gig, we’d say 100 Wardour St is pretty darn cool. Beyond the light-filled atrium lies a cavernous main space dominated by an island bar and two private dining rooms – one a cosy space featuring a bespoke billiards table that converts into a dining table, the other located in the glamorous Restaurant and Club.

Max Standing 900
Max Banquet 250
Somerset House

Somerset House

Strand, Covent Garden, London, WC2R 1LA

Once a royal residence and now a hub for contemporary arts and culture, Somerset House is a unique venue that promises to add the wow-factor to your party. Set on the south side of the Strand, Somerset House is vast, beautiful and iconic – three things that we think add up to make one very cool party venue.

Max Meeting 100
Max Theatre 60
Max Standing 1500
Max Banquet 600
The Brewery

The Brewery

Chiswell Street, Islington, London, EC1Y 4SD

If you’re on the hunt for a massive stand-out space in central London, The Brewery is a truly inspirational find. The Grade II-listed venue occupies the buildings of Whitbread’s 18th Century beer-making empire in Barbican and boasts a number of fantastic spaces for cool parties and events. The Porter Tun is one of the largest unobstructed rooms in London and can be hired for events of all kinds, from awards dinners to charity functions, parties and even weddings.

Max Meeting 950
Max Standing 1200
Max Banquet 800
Museum of the Order of St John

Museum of the Order of St John

St John’s Gate, Clerkenwell, London, EC1M 4DA

This striking building is a hidden jewel in the City of London that anyone interested in history will think is a very cool place for an event. The museum contains a number of stunning rooms dating from the twelfth and sixteenth centuries, along with some sleek modern spaces which come together to create an extraordinarily special event space.

Max Meeting 200
Max Standing 250
Max Banquet 200

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