Even some of London’s most unsuspecting venues can be used to host live music. The list above contains a motley crew of hotels, conference centres, halls and historic buildings that can all be hired as live music venues.
While several of the clubs and music venues in London that are listed here were built specifically to host concerts, some of the more surprising locations have proven a big hit with organisers of live music events thanks to their acoustics and ability to cater for large numbers.
These venues are also used to host private functions and business events. Some are able to cater for over 1,000 sit-down guests, which has made them popular with people looking for large business events and weddings.
These live music venues and clubs in London have played host to some of the biggest artists in the world and if they can accommodate fussy rock stars they will have no problems taking care of your business event or private function.
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The Beatles, Oasis, Amy Winehouse – eras have been defined by the music recorded at Abbey Road Studios. Today, the world’s first purpose-built recording facility is available to hire for atmospheric dinners, receptions and awards ceremonies. The venue also offers a Record a Song Experience that gives corporate groups their own shot at immortality in the studio spaces. Everyone leaves with a CD of the final mix, and most likely some indelible memories.
Abbey Road Studios
Chelsea FC’s multimillion-pound live music venue is well suited to events. While primarily designed for gigs, it makes a great spot for parties, gala dinners and awards ceremonies. Decorated with black-and-white photos of British music icons, the industrial-feel space has a number of comfy booths and the option of a roped-off VIP area. The AV kit is cutting edge and its green room will satisfy even the most demanding of entertainers.
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Under the Bridge
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.
Founded in 1799 by eminent scientists, the Royal Institution is still dedicated to the diffusion of scientific knowledge. Exclusive hire of its Grade I-listed Georgian home gives you some rare branding opportunities and access to some remarkable event spaces. The tiered Faraday Theatre will be familiar to anyone who’s watched the RI’s annual Christmas Lectures. The book-lined Library can be joined with the Georgian Room and Writing Room for large-scale receptions.
The Royal Institution
Renowned for its social work, music and architecture, this iconic church can also be hired for events. Its seven spaces range from meeting rooms to an underground crypt whose vaulted ceiling creates a special atmosphere for receptions, dinners and launches. St Martin’s Hall, with its double-height ceiling and oak-panelled walls, is a standout space for formal functions and conferences. The venue also has an in-house catering team and a 2am licence.
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Ministry of Sound has nearly 20 years of experience in hosting corporate events. Its spaces range from the multilevel 103 – great for a drinks reception – through to The Box, where a world-class sound system takes production-heavy events to the next level (awards ceremonies, conferences and dinner dances are a no-brainer). The covered and heated Courtyard is the ideal spot for welcome drinks or for use as a breakout zone.
Ministry of Sound
Mayfair’s most theatrical, most lavishly appointed Chinese restaurant invites groups to step back into 1930s Shanghai. From there, you can go one of two ways: to the glittering Salon de Chine, where live entertainment accompanies the fine dining; or down to Club Chinois, with its cocktail bar and cabaret acts. They can host product launches and fashion shows, as well as straight-up celebrations (for which there’s also the Wave Bar). For smaller groups, there’s an array of private dining rooms.
Built by Sir Christopher Wren after the Great Fire of London, St Andrew Holborn is now a popular location for events, with a series of spaces to hire in the church, courthouse and crypt. The church itself is an atmospheric backdrop for dinners and concerts, while the crypt is a dramatic subterranean space for receptions. There’s also plenty of straight-up meeting space, while catering can be provided by the in-house team or from preferred suppliers.
Expect luxurious spaces and Moulin Rouge-esque interiors at this Grade II-listed, West End institution. A first-class sound system makes it suitable for awards ceremonies, parties and live music events – though it’s also popular for dinners and receptions. The main Ballroom impresses with its grand chandelier and sweeping staircases, while three additional private rooms can be used as breakout areas or for more intimate occasions. Cabaret nights are a speciality.Feature Venue Focus: Café de Paris
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