Large venues in London

The city is bursting with large venues for events, if you know where to look – and we do. Whether you’re searching for a large space for a standing event, a seated lunch or dinner, or a conference venue, you’re sure to find one to suit your needs in our handy round-up below. Grand, functional, quirky, fun – whatever your criteria, we’re sure you’ll find the perfect venue for your large-scale event below.

Updated on 04 December 2019

London might seem fairly compact, but the sheer variety of large venues for exclusive hire is astounding – as is the demand for them. That’s why we've compiled a selection of what we consider to be the best large venues in London that can accommodate 1,000+ guests or delegates. Whether you’re looking for somewhere to host an exhibition, product launch, conference, charity event or large-scale party, our selection below contains plenty of options.

A natural choice in the capital may be a sports stadium, museum or concert hall, all of which are excellent spaces to hold events in, but you’ll find plenty more than that in this list. Perhaps you're after something a little out of the ordinary to ensure your event is memorable, or maybe you’re looking to mix your conference or AGM with a teambuilding activity or a unique away day. Luckily, we have plenty of options for both in our round-up below.

There are also a number of purpose-built venues for events, which might work well if you're interested in a blank-canvas space where you can add your own branding and/or theme. These venues are particularly good for seasonal events – Christmas parties being the obvious one. If something more casual tickles your fancy, check out the restaurants for hire we have listed. Remember this is just a tiny cross-section of the venues for events we have listed on SquareMeal – for the full directory, check out our event and parties hub page.

Troxy

Troxy

490 Commercial Road , Limehouse, London, E1 0HX

Once a 1930s cinema – the biggest in the UK – Troxy is now a gorgeous events space that can be hired for anything from awards ceremony, to product launches, film screenings and live concerts. The space can hold up to 1,500 people and all bookings come with a dedicated events manager who specialises in your kind of gig. You’ll also get a full breakdown of the cost beforehand so you needn’t worry about hidden extras cropping up once your event has taken place.

Max Meeting 1100
Max Standing 1500
Max Banquet 720
Barbican Conference Centre

Barbican Conference Centre

Silk Street, Barbican, London, EC2Y 8DS

Not only is the Barbican Conference Centre one of the most striking buildings in London, it also happens to be the largest arts and conference venue in the whole of Europe. The tiered Barbican Hall can accommodate up to 1,950 people, while the Exhibition Hall can hold up to 2,000 standing guests. Three auditoria are also on offer, with adjacent conference suites should you need additional space or prefer a different layout. The sky really is the limit at this iconic venue.

Max Meeting 1950
Max Standing 2000
Max Banquet 350
Kensington Conference & Events Centre

Kensington Conference & Events Centre

Kensington Town Hall, Hornton Street, Kensington, London, W8 7NX

This highly adaptable, purpose-built venue has been hosting events since the seventies, so the staff know how to ensure everything goes off without a hitch. Situated in the heart of Kensington just a two-minute walk from High Street Kensington Underground Station, the venue boasts a number of spaces, including the enormous Great Hall, which can accommodate up to 800 standing guests for all manner of events and functions.

Max Meeting 732
Max Standing 800
Max Banquet 500
Church House Westminster

Church House Westminster

Dean's Yard , Westminster, London, SW1P 3NZ

This gorgeous Grade II-listed building was once a stand-in base for the House of Lords during WWII, but these days it’s used for all manner of events. The building’s wide range of event spaces – 19, to be precise – blends original features seamlessly with advanced technology, making them both beautiful and functional. The staff, made up of dedicated event coordinators have received multiple awards for customer service and the venue also holds a green tourism award.

Max Meeting 600
Max Standing 550
Max Banquet 372
The Folly

The Folly

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

Located close to both Cannon Street and Bank stations, this large Drake & Morgan restaurant provides an ideal setting for everything from breakfast meetings to office parties and cocktail receptions. There are all sorts of spaces for hire at The Folly, but if it’s exclusive rental for a large event you’re looking for, the venue can cater for up to 1,000 guests with ease.

Max Meeting 250
Max Standing 600
Max Banquet 250
Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace

East Molesey, Hampton, London, KT8 9AU

Once home to royalty, this majestic palace has acted as a space for unforgettable events for centuries, and still does today. Hampton Court Palace has been used for everything from large-scale banquets to gala dinners, charity events and weddings, so whatever you have in mind, it can most probably be made to happen. We’re particularly enamoured with the Great Hall, which was originally a dining room for members of Henry VIII’s court.

Max Meeting 180
Max Standing 1200
Max Banquet 600
QEII Centre

QEII Centre

Broad Sanctuary, Westminster, London, SW1P 3EE

If you’ve ever booked a venue in London before, you’re sure to have heard of this large conference and exhibition space near Westminster Abbey. Purpose-built, this enormous venue boasts 32 event spaces and can hold up to 2,500 guests for events of all kinds. High quality technology, in-house catering and experienced staff all add up to make the QEII Centre one of London’s best large venues.

Max Meeting 2500
Max Standing 1200
Max Banquet 930
Congress Centre

Congress Centre

28 Great Russell Street , Bloomsbury, London, WC1B 3LS

Modern and fully flexible, this large-scale, purpose-built venue in the heart of the West End lends itself to all sorts of large events. The largest space –Congress Hall – benefits from plenty of natural light, thanks to its 1950s space-frame ceiling, along with high-spec AV equipment, air conditioning, and a large contemporary stage.

Max Meeting 500
Max Theatre 500
Max Standing 850
Max Banquet 320
100 Wardour St

100 Wardour St

100 Wardour Street, Soho, London, W1F 0TN

D&D London knows a thing or two about hosting events, so you’ll be in safe hands with its expert team at 100 Wardour St. Slap bang in the heart of Soho, this stylish venue has hosted everything from film premieres to album release parties, product launches, corporate parties and birthday bashes, so whatever you’ve got in mind, the team is on hand to help. Spread across two floors, there’s space for 460 standing guests on one level and 410 standing guests on the other.

Max Standing 900
Max Banquet 250
Namco Funscape

Namco Funscape

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

Not only is this venue massive, it’s also in a superb location on the South Bank and contains a bunch of games and activities for your guests to enjoy. Exclusive venue hire of this three-floor joint allows for events for up to 1,200 people and includes access to over 150 arcade games, Europe’s fastest bumper cars, bowling, ping pong, air hockey and more. There’s also a fully licensed bar and the option to choose in-house or outside catering.

Max Meeting 90
Max Standing 1200
Max Banquet 1200
IET London: Savoy Place

IET London: Savoy Place

2 Savoy Place , Covent Garden, London, WC2R 0BL

Conveniently located between Charing Cross and Temple stations, IET London: Savoy Place offers a wide range of unique and flexible spaces for large events. The Kelvin Lecture Theatre is the largest space in the centre, but there are plenty of other spaces which can be hired individually or in combination with one another for all sorts of purposes, from meetings, conferences and training sessions to corporate receptions, awards dinners, exhibitions, AGMs and just about any other event you can think of.

Max Meeting 34
Max Theatre 451
Max Standing 330
Max Banquet 330
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter

Studio Tour Drive, Leavesden, Hertfordshire, WD25 7LR

Whether you’re a Harry Potter fan or not, we guarantee you’ll be impressed with this incredible studio space. The Great Hall is the largest space (obviously – it’s where the whole of Hogwarts ate their meals), but there are plenty of other spaces for hire here too. Exclusive packages are available for private morning and evening tours so that guests can experience the film sets from all eight Harry Potter films. A truly unique venue that your guests will never forget is guaranteed.

Max Meeting 30
Max Standing 1200
Max Banquet 480
Sadler

Sadler's Wells

Rosebery Avenue, Clerkenwell, London, EC1 R4TN

It’s known as a top dance studio, but Sadler's Wells is also a fantastic venue for large-scale events. The auditorium can accommodate up to 1,500 people in a theatre-style set up and boasts high-tech lighting and sound equipment. The experienced Events team provides dedicated event management and the in-house caterers provide a wide range of fresh, seasonal menus to choose from.

Max Meeting 1500
Max Theatre 1500
Max Standing 350
Max Banquet 120
Museum of London

Museum of London

150 London Wall , City of London, London, EC2Y 5HN

Located between Barbican and St Paul’s in the heart of the City of London, the Museum of London is a fantastic venue for a large event. The striking Entrance Hall with its futuristic bar can be combined with the Galleries and London Ellipse Hall for receptions for up to 1,000 guests, and there are many other spaces and configurations as well. Whatever the season, the Museum of London remains a top option for large events in London.

Max Meeting 230
Max Theatre 230
Max Standing 1000
Max Banquet 350

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