London's best historic venues for hire

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.

Updated on 02 October 2023

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 for hire 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 hotel, or channel your inner duke or duchess by hosting a soiree in the grounds of a Royal Palace. For a more quirky alternative, think outside of your usual “venue” and look for listed buildings that are just filled with impressive architecture and a host of historic stories. Whatever type of event, meeting or conference you’re organising, there are dozens of hidden gems in this collection just waiting to be discovered and enjoyed.

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. 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.

Asia House

Asia House

63 New Cavendish Street , Marylebone, London, W1G 7LP

Max Meeting 84
Max Theatre 140
Max Standing 170
Max Banquet 120
Mansion House

Mansion House

Walbrook, City of london, London, EC4N 8BH

Max Meeting 400
Max Theatre 400
Max Standing 500
Max Banquet 360
No.11 Cavendish Square

No.11 Cavendish Square

11–13 Cavendish Square, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AN

Max Meeting 136
Max Theatre 280
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 200
Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace

East Molesey, Hampton, London, KT8 9AU

Max Meeting 180
Max Standing 1200
Max Banquet 600
Armourers

Armourers' Hall

81 Coleman Street , City of London, London, EC2R 5BJ

Max Meeting 100
Max Standing 125
Max Banquet 100
The British Academy

The British Academy

10-11 Carlton House Terrace, St James's, London, SW1Y 5AH

Max Meeting 35
Max Theatre 125
Max Standing 200
Max Banquet 100
Brown

Brown's Hotel

33 Albemarle Street , Mayfair, London, W1S 4BP

Max Meeting 32
Max Theatre 70
Max Standing 120
Max Banquet 70
The View at The Royal College of Surgeons

The View at The Royal College of Surgeons

38-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields, Holborn, London, WC2A 3PE

Max Meeting 63
Max Theatre 300
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 180
Houses of Parliament

Houses of Parliament

Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London, SW1A 0AA

Max Meeting 160
Max Theatre 150
Max Standing 200
Max Banquet 170
Barbican Conference Centre

Barbican Conference Centre

Silk Street, Barbican, London, EC2Y 8DS

Max Meeting 170
Max Theatre 1950
Max Standing 2000
Max Banquet 350
The Bloomsbury

The Bloomsbury

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

Max Meeting 60
Max Theatre 200
Max Standing 250
Max Banquet 180
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
The London Library

The London Library

14 St James's Square, St. James's, London, SW1Y 4LG

Max Meeting 100
Max Theatre 120
Max Standing 200
Max Banquet 100
Goodenough College Events & Venue Hire

Goodenough College Events & Venue Hire

Goodenough College, Bloomsbury, London, WC1N 2AB

Max Meeting 120
Max Theatre 250
Max Standing 250
Max Banquet 220

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 impress your guests.

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