The best historic venues for hire in London

Hosting an event where you need to impress? London’s best historic venues have got you covered. Our round-up has been compiled with a range of occasions in mind, so whether you’re organising a wedding, birthday party, fundraiser or corporate event, there’ll be something on the list to meet your needs. From elegant hotels in the heart of the city to imposing historic halls with a serious sense of grandeur, the capital’s most spectacular locations all have a story to tell – and the jaw dropping décor and impeccable service will wow your guests from the moment they step through the door.

Updated on 06 July 2021

Nothing creates a sense of occasion quite like a venue with a fascinating past – and the vast number of historic venues in London mean that you’re totally spoilt for choice for your next big bash. From cool party venues that can cater for the largest of crowds to intimate halls and houses that will elevate your event from the realms of the ordinary to ultimate luxury, our edit of the best historic venues will make the process of planning your event easier than ever.

Whatever your dream setting, London can make it a reality – set up shop in the dining room of an esteemed establishment like Claridge’s in Mayfair, channel your inner duke or duchess by hosting a soiree in the grounds of Kensington Palace, or hire a quirky alternative like the Grade II listed Victorian Bath House in Bishopsgate Churchyard. Whatever you’re organising, there are dozens of hidden gems in this collection just waiting to be discovered and enjoyed.

Scroll down the page for all of the historic venue inspiration you could ever need – and if you like what you see? Simply click through on the individual listings to find a full breakdown of the vital info you need to make your booking.

Barber-Surgeons

Barber-Surgeons' Hall

1a Monkwell Square, Wood Street , City of London, London, EC2Y 5BL

Max Meeting 140
Max Standing 250
Max Banquet 120
The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn

The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn

Lincoln's Inn, Clerkenwell, London, WC2A 3TL

Max Meeting 300
Max Standing 450
Max Banquet 250
Saddlers

Saddlers' Hall

40 Gutter Lane, City of London, London, EC2V 6BR

Max Meeting 170
Max Standing 250
Max Banquet 152
Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace

East Molesey, Hampton, London, KT8 9AU

Max Meeting 180
Max Standing 1200
Max Banquet 600
Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace

Kensington Gardens , Kensington, London, W8 4PX

Max Standing 800
Max Banquet 300
Kew Palace

Kew Palace

Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Kew, London, TW9 3AE

Max Meeting 10
Max Standing 60
Max Banquet 24
Victorian Bath House

Victorian Bath House

7-8 Bishopsgate Churchyard, Liverpool Street, London, EC2M 3TJ

Max Meeting 60
Max Standing 150
Max Banquet 90
The Tower of London

The Tower of London

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

Max Meeting 150
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 240
Banqueting House

Banqueting House

Whitehall, St. James's, London, SW1A 2ER

Max Meeting 400
Max Standing 500
Max Banquet 380

The best thing about historic venues in London is that they all come with a story, the perfect thing to base an evening of entertainment around. Perhaps you’ll plump for one of the royal residences and ask guests to come in their Sunday best or maybe you’d prefer hosting a grand event at one of the many headquarter halls across the capital.

Got a very special occasion to celebrate in style? Check out these spectacular venues with a view that are guarenteed to wow guests.