Light, Bright & Modern Venues in London

A venue with lots of windows and plenty of natural light is often near the top of an organiser’s must-have list. Like-wise a light, airy and fresh meeting room is popular, particularly for an important conference or meeting where your delegates need to be

Updated on 19 November 2018

Light, Bright & Modern Venues in London

For organisers keen to put their own unique stylistic stamp on a party event, there are plenty of clubs and other party spaces that have a blank-canvas design. For a conference or product launch it’s worth looking at the some of the best light, bright and uncluttered conference centres and galleries available for hire. For venues with lofty, clean look and feel it’s worth checking out our recently refurbished section too. They offer a contemporary atmosphere to work in, many with the hi-tech AV equipment and tiered seating. Even venues noted for their heritage have spaces that cater to more modern tastes so don’t be put off.


The Goldsmiths

The Goldsmiths' Centre

The Goldsmiths' Centre
Max Meeting 126
Max Standing 130
Max Banquet 80

42 Britton Street, London, EC1M 5AD

An award-winning venue in Clerkenwell, The Goldsmiths’ Centre is a charity-run creative hub with six well-appointed event spaces. Fusing old and new, it sees a purpose-built modern structure surround a Grade II-listed Victorian school, with an atrium linking the two. Our pick of the spaces is the fourth-floor Agas Harding Suite, which opens out onto a roof terrace and biodiversity garden, and comprises a conferencing suite and a boardroom.

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Kings Place

Kings Place

Kings Place
Max Meeting 500
Max Standing 150
Max Banquet 300

90 York Way , London, N1 9AG

Modern music-arts-restaurant hub Kings Place has been a prime mover in the regeneration of King’s Cross. Kings Place Events offers its hi-spec function rooms for private hire, including the Hall One auditorium, with its outstanding acoustics, and the Battlebridge Room, which looks out across Regent’s Canal. Available for exclusive use, the venue also houses the Rotunda restaurant, which has a large terrace for summer entertaining.

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Devonshire Club

Devonshire Club

Devonshire Club
Max Meeting 50
Max Theatre 40
Max Standing 180
Max Banquet 110

5 Devonshire Square, London, EC2M 4YD

The Devonshire Club is a Mayfair-style members club in EC2. Spread across a Georgian townhouse and 18th-century warehouse, it comprises a boutique hotel, a modern British restaurant and a Garden Room that opens onto a rare outdoor space in the City. For entertaining, there’s also a glamorous Cocktail Bar and the weekend-only Library Bar, which focuses in on cognac and whisky. For the serious stuff, there’s a trio of smart boardrooms.

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QEII Centre

QEII Centre

QEII Centre
Max Meeting 2500
Max Standing 1200
Max Banquet 930

Broad Sanctuary, London, SW1P 3EE

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.

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Southbank Centre

Southbank Centre

Southbank Centre
Max Meeting 295
Max Theatre 2500
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 950

Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

This landmark cultural centre comprises the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Hayward Gallery. While the latter two are being refurbished (they are set to reopen early this year), the Festival Hall is open for business and makes an impressive space for big conferences and product launches. St Paul’s Roof Pavilion on the sixth floor is good for smaller groups, while the Weston Roof Pavilion suits relaxed business gatherings with striking views.

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1 Lombard Street

1 Lombard Street

1 Lombard Street
Max Meeting 22
Max Standing 450
Max Banquet 200

1 Lombard Street , London, EC3V 9AA

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.

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Barbican Conference Centre

Barbican Conference Centre

Barbican Conference Centre
Max Meeting 1950
Max Standing 2000
Max Banquet 350

Silk Street , London, EC2Y 8DS

Europe’s largest arts and conference venue boasts world-class facilities. The tiered Barbican Hall and Barbican Theatre have good sight lines, fine acoustics and adjoining foyers. Three auditoria are also on offer, with adjacent conference suites. Elsewhere, a trio of banqueting rooms can be used together – a popular combination is the Conservatory and Garden Room (a plant-filled oasis). The Exhibition Hall has a versatile 1,800sq m of space.

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Invision Suites at the Congress Centre

Invision Suites at the Congress Centre

Invision Suites at the Congress Centre
Max Meeting 130
Max Standing 120

28 Great Russell Street , London, WC1B 3LS

The Invision Suites are a self-contained collection of hi-tech meeting rooms within the Congress Centre. All benefit from natural light, and the main conference room features a built-in projection and touch-panel control system to operate the AV, lighting and blackout blinds. Two of the rooms (Invision 1 & 2) combine to form a larger space, while a dedicated reception area and breakout rooms mean multistage events are painless.

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Claridge

Claridge's

Claridge's
Max Meeting 260
Max Standing 500
Max Banquet 240

Brook Street , London, W1K 4HR

Claridge’s is a byword for timeless glamour – whether you’re dining in Michelin-star Fera or sipping champagne in the bar. Things are no different in the five-star hotel’s event spaces, some of which have been recently refurbished. The listed Ballroom’s chandeliers and silver palate add elegance to dinners and conferences, while its reception makes pre- or post-event drinks easy. Our favourite room is the French Salon – quite the spot for long-table business meetings.

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Gaucho Tower Bridge

Gaucho Tower Bridge

Gaucho Tower Bridge
Max Meeting 0
Max Standing 100
Max Banquet 70

2 More London Riverside, London, SE1 2AP

Thanks to an artfully angled glass front, Gaucho Tower Bridge has some special views of the city’s iconic river crossing. The slick steakhouse’s top level – which might just have the best prospect of all – can be hired exclusively from Sunday to Wednesday. Through the week, its Wine Room and Private Dining Room suit smaller functions, which should begin or end with cocktails in the lounge bar. The mainly Argentinian wine list repays investigation.

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Lumiere London

Lumiere London

Lumiere London
Max Meeting 80
Max Standing 100
Max Banquet 70

3rd Floor, 1-2 Silex Street, London, SE1 0DW

Founded a decade ago, Lumiere London has become much more than simply a studio for professional photographers. The newest space is the Tropical Library, where exotic prints and plants add character to events. Next door, the Gallery feels like a New York-style loft and comes with its own kitchen. The sharply contemporary White Loft has hosted conferences and product launches, while the Victorian Loft’s cosier aesthetic suits more intimate events.

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London Fields Brewery - The Arches

London Fields Brewery - The Arches

London Fields Brewery - The Arches
Max Meeting 120
Max Standing 250
Max Banquet 130

369 & 370 Helmsley Place, London, E8 3SB

Organisers looking to imbue their event with some east London cool will find what they’re looking for at this sizeable venue in London Fields. Comprised of two large railway arches, a heated conservatory and an open-air courtyard, the venue is well versed at hosting high-profile corporate clients for events spanning product launches to conferences. Parties and dinners too are made superior by a top-spec sound system, lively event staff and a customisable menu.

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The Manor House, an Exclusive Hotel & Golf Club

The Manor House, an Exclusive Hotel & Golf Club

The Manor House, an Exclusive Hotel & Golf Club
Max Meeting 100
Max Standing 100
Max Banquet 120

Castle Combe, Nr Bath, SN14 7HR

The Manor House is a five-star country house hotel and golf club, set in 365 acres of Cotswolds countryside. Of its spaces, we like the vaulted Dunstanville Suite which leads to a couple of sun terraces with fine valley views. The interconnecting boardrooms, Gorges and Saxam, look out across the property’s lawns and beyond, suiting private dinners as much as meetings. Ask too about the Potting Shed, a new treatment room.

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Skylon

Skylon

Skylon
Max Standing 500
Max Banquet 300

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

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 hired exclusively for large dinners. Expect modern British menus.

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Sake No Hana

Sake No Hana

Sake No Hana
Max Standing 200
Max Banquet 120

23 St. James’s Street, London, SW1A 1HA

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.

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Bao Fitzrovia

Bao Fitzrovia

Bao Fitzrovia
Max Meeting 48
Max Banquet 48

31 Windmill Street, London, W1T 2JN

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.

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Science Museum

Science Museum

Science Museum
Max Meeting 400
Max Standing 750
Max Banquet 400

Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2DD

The events appeal of the Science Museum is obvious. Where else can you dine next to the Apollo 10 command module or mingle under the first plane to cross the Atlantic? Daytime conferences are well catered for in the Imax Theatre. For evening events, we like the Exploring Space gallery with its rockets, satellites and landers. Recent additions include Mathematics: The Winton Gallery and Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery – both bookable for events and private views.

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South Place Hotel

South Place Hotel

South Place Hotel
Max Meeting 100
Max Standing 200
Max Banquet 100

3 South Place, EC2M 2AF

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.

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CentrEd at ExCeL

CentrEd at ExCeL

CentrEd at ExCeL
Max Meeting 184
Max Standing 400
Max Banquet 230

1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock , London, E16 1XL

Within Excel London, Centred is a state-of-the-art events facility for conferences, networking, training and meetings. Its spaces are easily configured to suit individual group sizes, incorporating up-to-date tech such as ceiling-mounted data projectors, internet stations and built-in AV services. Work done, delegates can take part in Europe’s largest escape game, Locked in a Room. Post-conference barbecues with views over the Royal Docks are another option.

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etc venues — 155 Bishopsgate

etc venues — 155 Bishopsgate

etc venues — 155 Bishopsgate
Max Theatre 600
Max Standing 800

155 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 3YD

This is the second of the group’s sites to pop up close to Liverpool Street station. It’s a big space: there are around 1,900sq m to play with, giving the venue an airy layout that suits product launches, exhibitions and conferences. Its headline Broadgate Suite is a state-of-the-art room, with the latest IT systems, while the Galleria can house more than 35 exhibition stands. There are rooms for smaller meetings and AV kit is in place throughout, along with super-fast wi-fi.

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Trinity House

Trinity House

Trinity House
Max Meeting 130
Max Theatre 45
Max Standing 180
Max Banquet 130

Tower Hill , London, EC3N 4DH

This grand Georgian venue has five function rooms and fine views towards the Tower of London. There’s a distinctly nautical feel to the decor, which features maritime paintings, ship models and the brass bell from the royal yacht Britannia. Our choice space is the Court Room, with a ceiling fresco by Pre-Raphaelite artist William Holman Hunt. Pick the Library for banquets and take the adjoining Pepys Room as an entertainment space.

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Plum + Spilt Milk

Plum + Spilt Milk

Plum + Spilt Milk
Max Meeting 91
Max Standing 180
Max Banquet 91

First Floor, Great Northern Hotel, King's Cross St Pancras Station, Pancras Road, London, N1C 4TB

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.

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Aqua Shard

Aqua Shard

Aqua Shard
Max Meeting 22
Max Standing 360
Max Banquet 180

Level 31, The Shard, London, SE1 9RY

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.

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The Emin Room at 34

The Emin Room at 34

The Emin Room at 34
Max Meeting 36
Max Standing 80
Max Banquet 60

34 Grosvenor Square, London, W1K 2HD

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-paneled walls, vermilion leather chairs, and rust- and ebony-colored marble bar. The private dining menus serve up the same kind of modern British food as the main restaurant.

IMAX at the Science Museum

IMAX at the Science Museum

IMAX at the Science Museum
Max Meeting 400

Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2DD

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.

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The Conservatory & Garden Room

The Conservatory & Garden Room

The Conservatory & Garden Room
Max Meeting 150
Max Standing 650
Max Banquet 280

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

The Barbican’s best-kept secret is without question its rooftop Conservatory, a delightfully incongruous space that houses exotic fish and over 2,000 species of tropical plants under its glass roof. Its treetops are overlooked by the large Conservatory Terrace, while the Garden Room on level three (a more contemporary space with views across the City of London) works well for drinks receptions, dinners and small awards ceremonies.

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The Worx

The Worx

The Worx
Max Meeting 220
Max Standing 1000
Max Banquet 220

10 Heathman's Road, London, SW6 4TJ

With nearly 3,000sq m of space to play with on a campus of nearly an acre, this industrial-feel venue has nine large, contemporary rooms leading off from a central courtyard and restaurant. All spaces have high ceilings and provide a blank canvas for a range of events, from themed parties to teambuilding. Conferencing clients include Rolls-Royce, Google and Yves Saint Laurent. The space is used for shoots, so lighting, stage and AV are easily arranged.

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Church House Westminster

Church House Westminster

Church House Westminster
Max Meeting 600
Max Standing 550
Max Banquet 372

Dean's Yard , London, SW1P 3NZ

In tranquil Dean’s Yard, next to Westminster Abbey, this Grade II-listed building was a stand-in base for the House of Lords during WWII. Today, it offers a wide range of event spaces, blending original character (oak panelling, raw stone, feature windows) with advanced technology – its upgraded Assembly Hall features a 4K projection system. That sense of occasion required for awards ceremonies and gala dinners is found here in abundance.

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East Wintergarden

East Wintergarden

East Wintergarden
Max Meeting 600
Max Standing 1000
Max Banquet 500

43 Bank Street, Canary Wharf , London, E14 5AB

This arched glass atrium in Canary Wharf soars above 682sq m of marble floor with vast windows looking out towards the waterfront. As well as hosting parties, the venue is suited to exhibitions, product launches and automotive showcases. The 4m x 3m LED screen and sound-absorbing acoustics will please conference bookers. The Gallery suspended above the main floor can be hired on its own, and the multimedia Promenade Room will suit smaller groups.

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15Hatfields

15Hatfields

15Hatfields
Max Meeting 330
Max Theatre 60
Max Standing 550
Max Banquet 230

15 Hatfields, London, SE1 8DJ

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.

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Brasserie of Light

Brasserie of Light

Brasserie of Light
Max Meeting 16
Max Standing 30
Max Banquet 24

Selfridges & Co (Duke Street Entrance), 400 Oxford Street, London, W1A 1AB

Having a restaurant in what has been voted the world’s best department store (Selfridges) is no small feat. The Pegasus Room, the venue’s private dining room, continues its sense of prestige by featuring beveled antique mirror panels to impress. Named after the 24ft, Damien Hirst-designed sculpture of Pegasus that adorns the main dining area, the room comes with bespoke art-deco chairs and a polished parquet floor (courtesy of Martin Brudnizki). Food is seasonally British and bespoke menu cards are available.

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Sadler

Sadler's Wells

Sadler's Wells
Max Meeting 1500
Max Standing 350
Max Banquet 120

Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1 R4TN

This international dance venue has partnered with video agency Streaming Tank to provide live streaming, webcasting and encoding packages. The main auditorium comes with state-of-the-art sound and lighting, while retractable seating makes the Lilian Baylis Studio a versatile alternative. Movable acoustic walls do the same for the Mezzanine Level. Groups can enjoy private pre-show and interval drinks receptions in the modern Pina Bausch Room.

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Haberdashers

Haberdashers' Hall

Haberdashers' Hall
Max Meeting 240
Max Standing 450
Max Banquet 180

18 West Smithfield , London, EC1A 9HQ

Opened by the Queen in 2002, Haberdashers’ Hall is a contemporary home for a richly historical institution. Oak paneling and a vaulted ceiling make the main Livery Hall a standout space for showpiece presentations and gala dinners. A marble fireplace helps the Luncheon Room add ceremony to smaller gatherings, while the Courtyard & Orangery combine for serene summer receptions. Look out too for the unusual, semi-circular Court Room. For business-first events, webcasts and video conferencing can be enabled throughout.

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Great Fosters

Great Fosters

Great Fosters
Max Meeting 140
Max Standing 200
Max Banquet 180

Stroude Road , London, TW20 9UR

Located within half an hour’s drive of central London & Heathrow airport in what was once the heart of Royal Windsor Forest, the Grade I-listed Great Fosters is a genuinely distinctive property. Dating back to 1550, it boasts immaculately preserved Elizabethan architecture, a 15th-century Tithe Barn, internationally renowned gardens & a choice of event spaces. 2008 saw the opening of the self-contained Coach House, which has three bespoke meeting rooms, a conference lounge & 22 bedrooms. The beautiful Orangery, with its tall arched windows & adjoining conservatory, is another secluded space, surrounded by 50 acres of gardens. Main house reception rooms are characterised by Jacobean chimneypieces, antique furnishings & fine art, while 44 bedrooms range in style from the traditional to the contemporary. Both the intimate restaurant & Tithe Barn provide stunning backdrops for dining.

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Gaucho at The O2

Gaucho at The O2

Gaucho at The O2
Max Meeting 800
Max Standing 25
Max Banquet 300

Peninsula Square North Greenwich , London, SE10 0DX

This three-level restaurant at The O2 is most popular with well-heeled hospitality guests, who enjoy its high-grade Argentine steaks and wines before attending a show in the main arena. On the second floor, groups can take over the slick bar area for an exclusive drinks reception, and there’s a private dining room catering for seated affairs, including business meetings. Food and drinks masterclasses make for a fun teambuilding add-on.

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Greenwich Yacht Club

Greenwich Yacht Club

Greenwich Yacht Club
Max Meeting 120
Max Standing 250
Max Banquet 100

1 Peartree Way, Greenwich Peninsula, London, SE10 0BW

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.

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Maze

Maze

Maze
Max Meeting 40
Max Standing 100
Max Banquet 40

10-13 Grosvenor Square, London, W1K 6JP

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.

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Barge East

Barge East

Barge East
Max Standing 60
Max Banquet 55

River Lee, White Post Lane, London, E9 5EN

In Hackney Wick, a 114-year-old cargo boat has become a one-of-a-kind bar, restaurant and venue. Barge East itself was sailed over from the Netherlands, but everything onboard is locally sourced, from the seasonal small plates to the craft beer and espresso martinis. Small groups can enjoy all of these in the Captain’s Cabin. For bigger groups, exclusive use means you can spread across the cosy lower deck and covered top deck, and even out into an amphitheater on the bank.

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Royal Horticultural Halls

Royal Horticultural Halls

Royal Horticultural Halls
Max Meeting 1000
Max Standing 1500
Max Banquet 900

80 Vincent Square , London, SW1P 2PE

On a leafy square in Victoria, a pair of Grade II-listed buildings make up the Royal Horticultural Halls. Built in 1904, The Lindley Hall has recently hosted luxury car shows and major product launches. Gala dinners, conferences and exhibitions are also popular options. As for the mod cons, electronic blinds make near blackout possible. The art deco Lawrence Hall suits exhibitions, conferences and dinner-dances, and is available for private hire.

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Tanner Warehouse

Tanner Warehouse

Tanner Warehouse
Max Meeting 150
Max Standing 450
Max Banquet 150

50 Bermondsey Street, London, SE1 3UD

Originally used as a tannery, this characterful converted Bermondsey warehouse holds all kinds of corporate and social events. Comprising a courtyard, main space and restaurant, it hosts receptions, dinners and meetings. Teambuilding days are also an option, with The Social Experiences Club organising the likes of ping-pong tournaments and culinary masterclasses. Menus come from award-winning caterer Lucas Gardiner.

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Ace Hotel London Shoreditch

Ace Hotel London Shoreditch

Ace Hotel London Shoreditch
Max Meeting 30
Max Theatre 100
Max Standing 236
Max Banquet 48

100 Shoreditch High Street , London, E1 6JQ

Walk into this slick hotel’s lobby and you’ll find groups of creatives working on Macbooks. But The Rooftop, with its variety of different light-filled spaces, is where to look for private events. The largest of the bunch is the AV-ready 100 Room, which has proven as popular for banquets as it has techy product launches. Summer brings the rooftop bar and terrace into focus, where guests can enjoy views out across Shoreditch.

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Wellcome Collection

Wellcome Collection

Wellcome Collection
Max Meeting 154
Max Standing 200
Max Banquet 60

183 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE

The purpose-built Wellcome Collection Conference Centre combines light, modern spaces with a prime location. The venue’s state-of-the art event space features a helical staircase that connects delegates to the fascinating Medicine Now gallery and Reading Room – excellent for drinks receptions – and the Library. Elsewhere, the Henry Wellcome Auditorium is best suited to presentations, and there are a number of smaller meeting rooms and breakout areas.

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Heddon Street Kitchen

Heddon Street Kitchen

Heddon Street Kitchen
Max Meeting 50
Max Standing 350
Max Banquet 200

3-9 Heddon Street, London, W1B 4BN

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.

Artigiano

Artigiano

Artigiano
Max Meeting 0
Max Standing 0
Max Banquet 70

12a Belsize Terrace, London, NW3 4AX

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.

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The Rex Whistler Restaurant, Tate Britain

The Rex Whistler Restaurant, Tate Britain

The Rex Whistler Restaurant, Tate Britain
Max Meeting 0
Max Standing 120
Max Banquet 80

Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG

The Rex Whistler is an artful space for private dinners, drinks receptions and wine tastings. Opened in 1927, Tate Britain’s restaurant is available for exclusive hire seven nights a week. It’s named after the fine British artist whose wraparound mural still graces its main space today. A widely praised wine list from the in-house wine cellar also demands exploration. For summer months, there’s a lovely garden terrace to be enjoyed too.

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The Connaught

The Connaught

The Connaught
Max Meeting 120
Max Standing 200
Max Banquet 120

Carlos Place, London, W1K 2AL

This five-star property deserves a place in a list of London’s finest event-ready hotels. The headline Mayfair Room adds glamour to gala dinners and awards ceremonies with its sleek art deco interior. The light-filled Carlos Room can be used alone or in conjunction with the Regency Room for cocktail receptions, intimate weddings and dinners. Don’t miss the Sommelier’s Table,  private dining room stocked with thousands of bottles of vintage wine.

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Swan, Shakespeare

Swan, Shakespeare's Globe

Swan, Shakespeare's Globe
Max Meeting 50
Max Standing 450
Max Banquet 350

21 New Globe Walk, SE1 9DT

The views at Swan, Shakespeare’s Globe are appropriately dramatic. The bright, top-floor Balcony Room has a a private balcony that looks out to the river and St Paul’s Cathedral, while a level below, the River Room showcases the Thames through double-aspect windows. The Underglobe is exactly where you’d expect to find it. Here, guests can take welcome drinks on a mezzanine level before descending a showpiece staircase to the main space.

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The Kia Oval

The Kia Oval

The Kia Oval
Max Meeting 650
Max Standing 1000
Max Banquet 800

The Kia Oval, London, SE11 5SS

Home to Surrey County Cricket Club and a host to international cricket matches, The Kia Oval is justifiably popular for its excellent event facilities, which include a conference centre and roof terrace. It can take large groups for banqueting and offers plenty of smaller meeting rooms – most offer natural light and have views of the pitch. Hospitality packages on match days are another big draw. We like the roof terrace for a pre-game glass of fizz.

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Making the Modern World at the Science Museum

Making the Modern World at the Science Museum

Making the Modern World at the Science Museum
Max Standing 750
Max Banquet 400

Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2DD

The Science Museum’s biggest draw is arguably its Making the Modern World gallery. The vast space is replete with iconic inventions and is available for events. From the Apollo 10 command module to the first Apple computer, this is where you’ll see some of the machines that helped shape modern society over the last 250 years. The artefacts should be a real conversation starter at a reception or networking event. Dinners are very well catered for too.

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Roka Aldwych

Roka Aldwych

Roka Aldwych
Max Meeting 0
Max Standing 35
Max Banquet 30

71 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4HN

As ever, German chef Rainer Becker and Italian designer Claudio Silvestrin made Japan their muse for this fourth link in the Roka group. In its two smart spaces, texture is all important: look out for porphyry stone, tanned leathers and stained-grey timber. Set between Covent Garden and Somerset House, the restaurant makes a big play of its robata grill, which dominates the open kitchen in the middle of the main dining room. The inviting bar serves cocktails in handmade clay vessels and is a good spot for a working lunch. Its display walls showcase the group’s range of shochu tonics. Both spaces invite groups for sit-down dinners.

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Nobu Hotel Shoreditch

Nobu Hotel Shoreditch

Nobu Hotel Shoreditch
Max Meeting 100
Max Standing 200
Max Banquet 240

10-50 Willow Street, London, EC2A 4BH

Nobu Matsuhisa broke new ground in the 90s bringing Japanese-Peruvian Nikkei cuisine to the jet-setting classes. His illustrious miso black cod still makes waves at this east London hotel restaurant, which also offers some very 21st-century group options. As well as sake-tasting and sushi-making masterclasses in Asian-style surrounds, groups can go 'Omakase' – taking a limo around town to source the ingredients they want in their evening meal. Inside, the Kaijo events space divides into six for smaller gatherings; outside, a three-tiered courtyard can be privatised with a separate entrance.

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D&D London

D&D London

D&D London
Max Meeting 150
Max Standing 800
Max Banquet 278

16 Kirby Street , EC1N 8TS

D&D London has over 30 restaurants dotted across the capital, as well as venues in Paris, New York, Tokyo and Copenhagen. Design is at the forefront of D&D London’s ever-increasing portfolio and each of the company’s restaurants has a distinct personality of its own, as well as stylish private dining rooms and meeting facilities. All restaurants can also accommodate events on a much larger scale and can be hired exclusively. Some of the better-known restaurants include Bluebird, Coq d’Argent, Skylon, Quaglino’s and the Royal Exchange Grand Café & Bar, with a pair of glossy City venues, The Old Bengal Warehouse and the South Place Hotel, added to the stable in 2012.

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Royal Garden Hotel

Royal Garden Hotel

Royal Garden Hotel
Max Meeting 550
Max Standing 800
Max Banquet 430

2-24 Kensington High Street , London, W8 4PT

The five-star Royal Garden Hotel towers above Kensington Gardens, with spectacular views from its 10th-floor restaurant and many of the bedrooms. Event spaces range from meeting rooms equipped with up-to-date AV to large banqueting suites. The Balmoral and Highgrove rooms are popular for board-level meetings, while the Palace Suite suits grand affairs. It has its own entrance and bar with the potential to be split in two for multi-stage events.

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German Gymnasium

German Gymnasium

German Gymnasium
Max Standing 600
Max Banquet 250

1 King's Boulevard, London, N1C 4BU

This listed Victorian building (London’s first purpose-built gymnasium) is D&D London’s best-looking venue. The ground-floor Grand Café is a softly lit art-deco affair, with light marble floors. At either side of the space, staircases lead to a more formal mezzanine restaurant with its own entrance which can be hired exclusively. Smaller groups can hire the semi-private space on the same level. The middle-European influenced food wins plenty of plaudits.

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Roka Mayfair

Roka Mayfair

Roka Mayfair
Max Banquet 80

30 North Audley Street, W1K 6ZF

When it opened close to Selfridges in 2014, Roka Mayfair was the third restaurant in a group that’s now four strong. Natural wood is a major feature of the interiors, and is offset by raw steel, cast concrete and oxidised copper. This creates a chic spot to enjoy the meaty fruits of a robata grill. Surrounded by a seated counter, the open kitchen offers a menu including chargrilled meat, fish and vegetable dishes. Groups searching for more exclusivity can take over the Adzuki private dining room, or hardier parties can grace the outdoor terrace for some alfresco dining. The venue also regularly hosts sake pairing events.

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Bread Street Kitchen

Bread Street Kitchen

Bread Street Kitchen
Max Meeting 0
Max Standing 500
Max Banquet 220

One New Change, 10 Bread Street, EC4M 9AJ

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.

The Orangery & Courtyard at No.11

The Orangery & Courtyard at No.11

The Orangery & Courtyard at No.11
Max Meeting 136
Max Standing 250
Max Banquet 120

11–13 Cavendish Square, London, W1G 0AN

With smart interiors of light wood, exposed brick and glass, the Orangery is the most striking event space at multipurpose venue No.11 Cavendish Square. Full of light by day – thanks to its glass roof – and beautifully lit at night, the space hosts events ranging from lunches and dinners to receptions and networking. Summer events can spill out into the tranquil courtyard garden, which has a living wall and an attractive water feature.

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The Terrace at The Last Drop

The Terrace at The Last Drop

The Terrace at The Last Drop
Max Meeting 120
Max Standing 200
Max Banquet 104

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, 5 Thornton Street, London, E20 2AD

This riverside café in the middle of London’s Olympic Park is a fantastic place to take in the city’s landmarks, while hosting anything from meetings and exhibitions to private parties and product launches. With floor-to-ceiling windows around the room ensuring great views, the Terrace has state-of-the-art kit and a 2am license. Weather-permitting, you can take your event outside to the patio. Catering and decoration are taken care of in-house.

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The View from The Shard

The View from The Shard

The View from The Shard
Max Meeting 120
Max Standing 400
Max Banquet 50

Joiner Street, SE1 9EX

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.

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30 Euston Square

30 Euston Square

30 Euston Square
Max Meeting 300
Max Theatre 80
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 160

30 Euston Square , London, NW1 2FB

This Grade II*-listed building features a formidable portfolio of event spaces. Its 24 meeting rooms all benefit from natural light and range in style from traditional to contemporary. The auditorium benefits from the latest 3D projection technology, while the two State Rooms on the fifth floor give access to the Rooftop Terrace, with views across London. With Searcys leading the catering, you can expect high-quality food and service.

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Searcys at The Gherkin

Searcys at The Gherkin

Searcys at The Gherkin
Max Meeting 140
Max Standing 260
Max Banquet 140

30 St Mary Axe, London, EC3A 8EP

Sitting under its glass apex, 180m up in the air, this impressive venue’s Bar & Restaurant enjoys 360° views of the capital – sunset is a particularly good time to visit. The result is a memorable space for important banquets, drinks receptions and conferences. The names of the venue’s PDRs are inspired by its sky-high location; Alto, Cirrus, Stratus, Cumulus and Nimbus are different types of clouds. Ideal for dining and celebratory gatherings, they offer great vistas from the 38th floor. Designed with flexibility in mind, small or large parties are welcome. All events are lavishly catered for with bespoke menus created by Searcys at The Gherkin’s head chef, Daniel Loftin.

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Dorney Court

Dorney Court

Dorney Court
Max Meeting 200
Max Standing 500
Max Banquet 140

Dorney , Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 6QP

Forty-five minutes west of central London, on an island between the Thames and Jubilee rivers, is Grade I-listed Tudor manor house Dorney Court. Available to hire for dinners and meetings, the 500-capacity Coach House comes with a private courtyard in which large marquees can be erected, taking the total up to 1,000 guests. The numbers can be much greater if you have a marquee set up elsewhere in the grounds. The Great Hall has been hosting banquets since the 15th century, while the well-tended gardens are set up for teambuilding activities and moments of respite from a day’s conferencing. Dorney Court works with caterer Absolute Taste for events.

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Hamilton House

Hamilton House

Hamilton House
Max Meeting 200
Max Standing 0
Max Banquet 0

Mabledon Place, London, WC1H 9BD

Home to the National Education Union, Hamilton House is a light and spacious venue with a dozen rooms purpose-built for seminars, meetings and breakout sessions. The largest space, Mander Hall, is notable for its double-height ceilings and a colourful mural running the length of the room. All spaces are fitted with LCD projectors and hi-spec conferencing equipment. Catering covers breakfast, lunch and afternoon breaks.

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The Deck

The Deck

The Deck
Max Meeting 120
Max Standing 170
Max Banquet 100

National Theatre, South Bank, SE1 9PX

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.

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The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection
Max Meeting 20
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 160

Hertford House, Manchester Square , W1U 3BN

The Wallace Collection stands tall as both a national museum and one of London’s most prestigious townhouse venues. With its world-class collection of old masters, the Great Gallery makes an indelible impression for dinners and receptions, while the leafy, glazed Courtyard is a lovely setting for drinks, seated dinners or awards ceremonies. For more intimate gatherings, there is a suite of elegant drawing rooms and a selection of smaller dining spaces.

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Cinnamon Bazaar

Cinnamon Bazaar

Cinnamon Bazaar
Max Meeting 12
Max Standing 85
Max Banquet 65

28 Maiden Lane, London, WC2E 7JS

Inspired by a traditional Indian bazaar, this restaurant is all about vibrancy – in colour, flavour and location. The menu is filled with playful spins on classics, such as rogan josh shepherd’s pie and Indo-Chinese chicken wings. The Khari Boali private room is the best spot for sit down or standing parties – it’s a bright, flexible space with tropical plants and a private bar. Award-winning cocktails, canapés and bowl food add to the offering.

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The Northall

The Northall

The Northall
Max Meeting 0
Max Standing 40
Max Banquet 30

10 Northumberland Avenue, London, WC2N 5AE

Housed in Corinthia Hotel London, The Northall focuses on sustainable, seasonal and local produce. Modern design details contrast with original Victorian columns and floor-to-ceiling windows. Semi-private dining is available on a mezzanine level, where guests can dine in a secluded area yet enjoy the ambiance of the restaurant below. We like the discreet private dining room, which features mirrored walls and is located a few steps behind the Northall Bar.

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City Zebrano

City Zebrano

City Zebrano
Max Meeting 10
Max Standing 350
Max Banquet 50

18-22 Houndsditch, London, EC3A 7DB

Beneath the chrome stalactite lighting at Zebrano’s City branch you’ll find European cuisine with Asian influences (think crispy duck salad and antipasti boards) and bartenders who pride themselves on their cocktail knowledge. Our favourite is the Almond Old Fashioned. The lounge bar makes a good spot for large networking events or drinks receptions, and there’s a nice private dining room that provides a more intimate atmosphere.

The Pearson Room

The Pearson Room

The Pearson Room
Max Meeting 20
Max Standing 390
Max Banquet 200

16-19 Canada Square, London, E14 5ER

'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.

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Anise

Anise

Anise
Max Meeting 50
Max Standing 150
Max Banquet 80

9 Devonshire Square , London, EC2M 4YL

Part of Cinnamon Kitchen, Anise is a cool City cocktail lounge with solid foodie credentials. Just around the corner from Liverpool Street station, the bar has its own entrance and direct access to a covered terrace outside. Expect quality cocktails and sharing plates based on the signature spice blends that have won the Cinnamon group of restaurants a loyal following. Groups can learn to mix drinks as part of daytime or evening mixology masterclasses.

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Plateau

Plateau

Plateau
Max Meeting 30
Max Standing 500
Max Banquet 200

4th Floor Canada Place, Canada Square, Canary Wharf , London, E14 4QS

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.

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The Yacht London

The Yacht London

The Yacht London
Max Meeting 35
Max Standing 250
Max Banquet 100

Temple Pier, Victoria Embankment, London, WC2R 2PN

Permanently moored at Temple Pier, The Yacht London is a characterful 1927 steam vessel available for hospitality bookings. A 3am license 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.

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Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery at the Science Museum

Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery at the Science Museum

Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery at the Science Museum
Max Meeting 0
Max Standing 400
Max Banquet 250

Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2DD

Inspired by the ‘power of wondering’, this area of South Ken’s famous Science Museum is home to 50 cutting-edge exhibits and immersive experiences. Plenty to talk about at a drinks reception, then. An event could start around the revolving solar system and cloud machine, then – after a few proseccos – guests could ‘play with forces’ on the big slides. For more serious affairs there’s a raked-seat theatre space where guests can focus on keynote speakers below. See the evening off with a bang by organising for your group to take part in explosive science demonstrations and shows, led by the venue’s team of ‘explainers’.

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Eneko - Basque Kitchen & Bar

Eneko - Basque Kitchen & Bar

Eneko - Basque Kitchen & Bar
Max Meeting 0
Max Standing 150
Max Banquet 110

1 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4BZ

Three-Michelin-starred Basque chef Eneko Atxa has made quite a splash with his stylish London restaurant. Through a private entrance, a statement copper staircase descends into a modern dining room. With a double-height ceiling, this is an appealingly airy subterranean space. Offered for exclusive use, its dedicated event menus are nicely relaxed, running from its classic croquetas to the innovative tomato talo, backed by an interesting all-Spanish wine list.

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Egg London

Egg London

Egg London
Max Meeting 130
Max Standing 1500
Max Banquet 80

200 York Way, London, N7 9AX

A warehouse club that hosts all-night dance parties, Egg London handles less frenetic corporate affairs with aplomb. It’s a versatile venue for launches, networking events and themed parties. Cell 200 is suitably self-contained, while The Terrace dancefloor room has a new sound system, dedicated conference facilities and access to an outdoor space. A basement dancefloor room suits fashion shows, and look out too for the Main Room, set to open in May.

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Serpentine Galleries

Serpentine Galleries

Serpentine Galleries
Max Standing 250

Kensington Gardens, London, W2 3XA

Kensington Gardens is home to two of our favourite modern art galleries: the Serpentine Gallery and the more recent Serpentine Sackler Gallery. Together, the spaces combine the sense of occasion of a listed building with the coolness of a contemporary art space. The former will host private dinners, while both make formidable spaces for drinks receptions. Come summer, the temporary pavilion is a striking one-off space for standing soirées.

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Ravensbourne

Ravensbourne

Ravensbourne
Max Meeting 350
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 0

6 Penrose Way, Greenwich Peninsula , London, SE10 0EW

This centre for creative education on the Greenwich Peninsula is well set up for events thanks to a wide range of spaces. The largest is the Walker Space, best for conferences, receptions and banquets. The flexible Big Space suits more exclusive occasions, while Level 6 can be used exclusively, or split into seven smaller spaces. Other rooms set up with hi-spec AV can handle board meetings. In-house catering is available and mobile bar facilities can also be arranged.

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Camden House

Camden House

Camden House
Max Meeting 550
Max Standing 900
Max Banquet 450

London Camden Triangle, Camden Lock Market, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8AB

This 2018 new opening captures all of the most enduring modern event trends under one rectangular roof. Divided into zones, rather than rooms, Camden House is an airy, daylight-flooded, easy-access blank canvas. Even the venue’s central bar subdivides, giving its largest sub-space a private bar to go with its private entrance. That said, Zone 3’s biggest feature is probably its retractable roof. In all three zones, bi-folding walls and doors soundproof smaller events. For celebrations, the 2:30am licence is worth noting.

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One Aldwych

One Aldwych

One Aldwych
Max Meeting 35
Max Standing 150
Max Banquet 110

1 Aldwych , London, WC2B 4BZ

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.

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Roka Canary Wharf

Roka Canary Wharf

Roka Canary Wharf
Max Meeting 50
Max Standing 100
Max Banquet 60

4 Park Pavilion, 40 Canada Square, London, E14 5FW

A robata grill is at the heating heart of Roka Canary Wharf. The towering skyline of E14 is the backdrop to an open kitchen serving contemporary Japanese cuisine, including sushi and sashimi, to a fashionable business crowd. The decor is comprised of textures and shades of natural wood. Right next to the signature grill, a chef’s table can seat up to 14. Shielded by weatherproof blinds, and with its own bar, the second-floor terrace looks onto Canada Square and is well set up for events. The venue regularly hosts sushi and whisky masterclasses, and full teambuilding days are easily arranged.

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KidZania London

KidZania London

KidZania London
Max Meeting 300
Max Standing 1000
Max Banquet 300

Westfield London, Ariel Way, London, W12 7GA

Within White City’s landmark Westfield shopping centre, Kidzania London is a children’s mini-city that invites adults to play too. Groups can take on over 60 role-play activities such as fighting crime with the police. These can be added onto events in the city’s diverse range of spaces, which are also offered for dry hire. The Main Square works as well for a conference as it does a street-food party, while the Theatre has stalls, circle seating and a full stage.

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Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London

Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London

Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London
Max Meeting 120
Max Standing 140
Max Banquet 100

31 St Thomas Street, London, SE1 9QU

Occupying levels 34 to 52 of the soaring Shard, this hotel’s USP is self-evident. Apart from some of the best views in London, this five-star establishment offers event space notable for its top-spec AV kit, natural daylight and dynamic design. Ren, the headline space, is suited to conferences, meetings or banquets; for private dining, check out Yi or Li. If complete privacy is needed, groups can take over the hotel’s 34th floor exclusively.

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The Orrery

The Orrery

The Orrery
Max Standing 130
Max Banquet 110

55 Marylebone High Street, London, W1U 5RB

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.

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The Lincoln Centre

The Lincoln Centre

The Lincoln Centre
Max Meeting 140
Max Standing 140
Max Banquet 40

18 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3ED

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.

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CitizenM Tower of London

CitizenM Tower of London

CitizenM Tower of London
Max Meeting 60
Max Standing 300

40 Trinity Square, London, EC3N 4DJ

By stripping away the fripperies and narrowing in on what guests really need, Dutch hotel chain CitizenM quickly established itself in a crowded market. It applies the same design-led philosophy to the events offering at its London property above Tower Hill station. Through the day, tech-savvy staff stay close to its eighth-floor meeting rooms, where the kit is all 'plug and play' and Vitra furniture keeps everyone comfortably alert. Evening receptions can be arranged in the double-height CloudM bar, which offers some fine city views.

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Hutong

Hutong

Hutong
Max Meeting 24
Max Standing 340
Max Banquet 100

Level 33, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, London, SE1 9RY

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.

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Science Gallery London

Science Gallery London

Science Gallery London
Max Meeting 140
Max Standing 500
Max Banquet 120

Great Maze Pond, London, SE1 9GU

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.

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Union Street Café

Union Street Café

Union Street Café
Max Meeting 40
Max Standing 250
Max Banquet 130

47-51 Great Suffolk Street, London, SE1 0BS

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.

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Strada Southbank

Strada Southbank

Strada Southbank
Max Meeting 200
Max Standing 250
Max Banquet 160

337-338 Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

Italian restaurant group Strada made its name serving fresh pasta and authentically thin and crispy pizzas at a time when they were rarely seen on the British high street. Today, its menus are familiar, but their comforting impact is the same. At the recently refreshed South Bank branch, groups can choose between the main dining room, an outdoor terrace and Foyles, a private area named for the famous bookshop next door.

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Hakkasan Hanway Place

Hakkasan Hanway Place

Hakkasan Hanway Place
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 220

8 Hanway Place, London, W1T 1HD

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.

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The Crystal

The Crystal

The Crystal
Max Meeting 270
Max Standing 720
Max Banquet 190

1 Siemens Brothers Way, London, E16 1GB

This Royal Victoria Docks venue was built to showcase green technologies (it generates its own energy), but it’s also a state-of-the-art events venue. Besides the main Auditorium, a range of light and bright meeting rooms work well for events from workshops to product launches. For receptions, try the open-plan Street, and if you need more space, hire the interactive Exhibition with it. Tours can be built into event programmes.

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Level39

Level39

Level39
Max Meeting 200
Max Standing 250
Max Banquet 140

One Canada Square, London, E14 5AB

Way up the One Canada Square tower, Level39 is a buzzing tech-community hub that gives start-ups access to expert advice and hi-tech facilities. When it’s not hosting its own events, you can hire the main two-part Sandbox space, which features 90in flat screens, a modular stage (with removable lectern) and outstanding views across Docklands and beyond. Check out Space39 too – a separate, more informal space suited to drinks receptions.

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Roast

Roast

Roast
Max Meeting 100
Max Standing 200
Max Banquet 110

The Floral Hall, Borough Market, Stoney Street, London, SE1 1TL

Roast has an enviable location in the glass portico above Borough Market with fine views of The Shard, St Paul’s Cathedral and the market itself. The restaurant is set over two floors, with views of its busy kitchen. Roast is a staunch advocate of British food and drink, with menus focused on sustainability. Available on an exclusive or semi-private basis, the venue is a good spot for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The bar can be hired for canapé receptions.

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ArcelorMittal Orbit

ArcelorMittal Orbit

ArcelorMittal Orbit
Max Meeting 140
Max Standing 270
Max Banquet 140

3 Thornton Street, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, E20 2AD

The UK’s tallest sculpture is home to the world’s longest tunnel slide. Book one of the ArcelorMittal Orbit’s two sky-high event spaces, or its canopy-protected outdoor space, and you can add on the ride of a lifetime for each and every guest. With panoramic city views and a late licence, this is a special venue for business breakfasts through to evening drinks receptions and gala dinners – whatever your group’s mode of departure.

RIBA Venues (Royal Institute of British Architects)

RIBA Venues (Royal Institute of British Architects)

RIBA Venues (Royal Institute of British Architects)
Max Meeting 400
Max Standing 400
Max Banquet 250

66 Portland Place , London, W1B 1AD

An architectural showcase of etched glass and Portland stone carvings, the Grade II-listed home of the Royal Institute of British Architects is a striking setting for events. The key to its success is its fusion of old and new: a tiered auditorium and grand art deco features are complemented by the facilities of a modern venue. Standout spaces include the light-filled Florence Hall, with its terrace garden and the top-floor Wren Room, which has panoramic balcony views.

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King

King's Venues Bush House

King's Venues Bush House
Max Meeting 395
Max Standing 400
Max Banquet 120

30 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4BG

Once home to the BBC World Service, this Grade II-listed King’s College London property in Aldwych has been refurbished to offer a versatile selection of event facilities. The Auditorium is where large-scale presentations and product launches are best delivered, while its Arcade handles the pre and post drinks. For private dinners, we like the eighth-floor hospitality suite, which has north- and south-facing terraces with views out over the London skyline.

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Max Meeting 800
Max Standing 2000
Max Banquet 500

748 High Road, London, N17 0AP

The Club’s new stadium is so much more than a sports venue, with some of the most impressive stadia hospitality and event space in London. The trio of stand-out spots are the East Quarter (the largest, purpose-built of its kind with flexibility to alter internal layout), The H Club (luxurious and spacious, styled as an exclusive members’ club) and the Beavertown Tottenham Tap Room. Suitable for a variety of events, from pre-match hospitality, conferences and meetings to dinners, award ceremonies and galas here.

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etc.venues St. Paul

etc.venues St. Paul's

etc.venues St. Paul's
Max Meeting 400
Max Standing 400
Max Banquet 250

200 Aldersgate, London, EC1A 4HD

Housed in the gleaming 200 Aldersgate building, this Etc Venues hub is a modern space in a convenient location. Spread over two floors that cover 1,860sq m, it comprises 22 flexible event spaces. Its main conference suite can be used for exhibitions and large meetings, while the adjoining Galleria works well as a separate exhibition or breakout space. The venue also lends itself to smaller meetings – fast wi-fi and cutting-edge AV kit come as standard.

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London Stadium

London Stadium

London Stadium
Max Meeting 300
Max Standing 1000
Max Banquet 300

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, E20 2ST

The home of West Ham United and UK Athletics, this impressive 66,000-capacity stadium has a host of modern event spaces to offer, covering business gatherings through to parties and away days. We like the ‘premium’ Arnold Hills room: it’s a good spot for informal meetings or smart receptions with its own bar and a balcony looking out over the pitch. If you need more space, the Great Briton can host flexible, multi-function events.

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