London venues with outside event space

Venues in London with gardens, courtyards, balconies and terraces available for barbecues, alfresco drinking and outdoor events.

Discover a wealth of fantastic London venues with outside event space with SquareMeal’s carefully selected list of the best. The capital is home to some pretty special venues, each offering their very own unique outdoor space for the perfect al fresco event. From rooftop gardens to pretty patios and courtyards and riverside terraces to sprawling greens, London’s incredible array of venues with outside event spaces offers something for everyone. 

Updated on 19 November 2018

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Oval Space

Oval Space

29-32 The Oval, Hackney, London, E2 9DT

Not to be confused with the home of Surrey County Cricket Club, this hip east London venue welcomes a spectrum of events, from conferences to raves – and brands love it as a spot to launch products. Located in buzzing Bethnal Green, the hangar-style space affords bookers 6,000sq ft to play with, so you’ll comfortably have room for up to 1,000 people for a standing event or 500 seated. Those with a specific decorative theme in mind will particularly enjoy its blank-canvas aesthetic. There’s also the smaller Shutter Space – with room for 80 seated guests – and a terrace, which will hold up to 150 guests for an outdoor cocktail reception.

Christmas at Oval Space

Max Meeting 0
Max Standing 500
Max Banquet 300
Madison

Madison

1 New Change, Rooftop Terrace, City of London, London, EC4M 9AF

It’s the views that make this venue special: there isn’t a roof terrace in London with a better vista of St Paul’s – a panorama that also includes the Oxo Tower and London Eye. Inside, the contemporary monochrome decor feels right for business lunches. From the kitchen, guests can enjoy American-style hot dogs and crab cakes, while the bar turns out classic cocktails till late. If the weather changes, heaters and parasols help keep the three outdoor terraces pleasant.

Max Standing 900
Max Banquet 120
Old Bengal Warehouse

Old Bengal Warehouse

16 New Street, Liverpool Street, London, EC2M 4TR

This multi-faceted venue occupies a Grade II-listed East India Company warehouse, housing four distinct bars and restaurants. The New Street Grill is split into two main areas and its plush interiors extend to the private dining room. The Fish Market is less formal: a seaside-inspired space with a terrace. Events can also be held in the venue’s handsome New Street Wine and its Old Bengal Bar, which has a walled courtyard and big focus on cocktails.

Latest news

As part of D&D London’s #BlossomCity initiative this summer, Old Bengal Bar is launching a Jungle Book Terrace. Expect themed cocktails and jungle decor.

 

Max Standing 250
Max Banquet 80
South Place Hotel

South Place Hotel

3 South Place, Liverpool Street, London, 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.

Max Meeting 100
Max Standing 200
Max Banquet 100
Blueprint Café

Blueprint Café

Blueprint Café, First Floor, Bermondsey, London, SE1 2YD

With retractable floor-to-ceiling windows along its outside wall, this riverside restaurant makes a bright, scenic setting for events. Selling points include panoramic views from Tower Bridge to Canary Wharf and an outdoor terrace for fair-weather drinks. British-leaning menus feature the likes of potted duck, piccalilli and toasted sourdough, followed by roasted cod, creamed king cabbage, bacon and new potatoes. Desserts might include eton mess and lemon posset.

Max Standing 170
Max Banquet 120
The Fable

The Fable

52 Holborn Viaduct, Holborn, London, EC1A 2FD

Canape Cup 2018 - Critics Choice

One of Drake & Morgan’s earliest sites, three-floor Holborn bar The Fable is inspired by the world of fairy tales and Aesop’s fables – decorative touches such as vintage typewriters and old books set the scene. Aesop’s Table can host smaller groups for board meetings and private dinners: menus focus on locally sourced British dishes. Cocktails can be recreated by corporate groups at one of the bar’s mixology masterclasses. Exclusive use is an option.

 

Max Meeting 150
Max Standing 400
Max Banquet 200
Berkeley Castle

Berkeley Castle

Berkeley, Gloucestershire, GL13 9BQ

Built in the 14th century to keep the Welsh out of England, Berkeley Castle now opens its doors to all. Still lived in by its eponymous family, it was recently used by the BBC as a location for Wolf Hall, and makes a monumental setting for weddings and other private events. Chandeliers and illustrated stained-glass windows give the Great Hall the majesty its name demands. The Long and Small Drawing Rooms have statement mirrors and gilt furniture. The building itself is surrounded by eight acres of land, including bloom-filled Elizabethan terraces that are quite the spot for summertime drinks receptions.

Max Meeting 150
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 150
St. James

St. James's Hotel & Club

7-8 Park Place , St. James's, London, SW1A 1LS

Those looking for a venue with an air of well-heeled Britishness might look to this hotel and members club in SW1. Behind its handsome Victorian façade lie a handful of well-appointed spaces, all with modern decorative touches. Intimate private dinners in its penthouse suite are popular, particularly as guests can make use of its sizeable terrace both before and after dining. The headline Mayfair Suite is the spot for small conferences or standing receptions.

 

Max Meeting 22
Max Standing 60
Max Banquet 35
Old Royal Naval College

Old Royal Naval College

King William Walk, London, SE10 9NN

Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Madness of King George and The Avengers all used the beautiful Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich as a backdrop. On the site of the birthplace of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, the college contains many remarkable areas for entertaining, including the Painted Hall with its stunning baroque ceiling, the atmospheric Undercroft and the Upper Hall, which is a great platform for presentations and speeches. The former Quarters of the Admiral President is an elegant, stand-alone Georgian building with views over the river. Other facilities include a skittles alley, a private pier and spacious grounds that can accommodate large marquees.

 

Venue review of Weddings at Old Royal Naval College

Venue review of Admiral's House

Venue review of Weddings at Admiral's House

Max Meeting 398
Max Standing 398
Max Banquet 398
Saddlers

Saddlers' Hall

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

Home to one of London’s oldest livery companies, Saddlers’ Hall is constructed in the classical style, with period details and furniture. Events from conferences to AGMs, large drinks receptions and banquets can be held in its rooms. The highlight is the Great Hall, with exquisite stained-glass windows and a musicians’ gallery. Multiple breakout spaces provide extra conferencing facilties, while the secluded courtyard can be used for alfresco summer entertaining.

 

Information on Party Ingredients

 

Max Meeting 170
Max Standing 250
Max Banquet 152
Salters

Salters' Hall

4 London Wall Place, London, London, EC2Y 5DE

Refurbished and extended, this Grade II-listed post-war livery hall mixes historic architecture with state-of-the-art facilities. It’s an impressive venue for conferences, receptions and award ceremonies. The Main Hall is a beautifully panelled space; the overlooking Dining Room can be used separately or in conjunction with the hall; and the Court Room is a stylish reception and meeting option. The stylish garden also provides an alfresco entertaining area.

 

Max Meeting 130
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 130
No.11 Cavendish Square

No.11 Cavendish Square

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

No.11 Cavendish Square occupies an elegant Grade II-listed Georgian townhouse with four floors of event space. The ground-floor Green House offers a verdant spot with a central champagne bar and AV kit for meetings. The venue’s standout space, though, is the light and modern Orangery, which is flanked by a tranquil courtyard garden. The hi-tech Burdett Theatre is the spot for important presentations.

Venue review of Summer parties at No.11 Cavendish Square

Venue review of The Green House at No.11 Cavendish Square

Venue review of The Orangery & Courtyard at No.11 Cavendish Square

 

Max Meeting 136
Max Theatre 280
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 200
Serpentine Galleries

Serpentine Galleries

Kensington Gardens, Kensington, 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.

Max Standing 250
170 Queen’s Gate

170 Queen’s Gate

170 Queen's Gate , London, SW7 5HF

Home to the Rector of Imperial College London, this Grade II-listed Victorian townhouse in Kensington’s museum quarter serves up elegant backdrops for a range of events, from conferences, photo shoots and receptions to dinners. Flexible facilities can hold up to 90 guests but small groups won’t rattle around either. The Council Room, with its sparkling chandelier, restored period furnishings and historic paintings, provides a grand setting for conferences but is also popular for weddings. Smaller meetings can be held in the Drawing Room, while the cosy Solar Room has views of the courtyard garden, itself a lovely spot for summer parties

Venue review of Imperial College London

Information on Christmas at Imperial College London

Max Meeting 150
Max Standing 75
Max Banquet 75
The Anthologist

The Anthologist

58 Gresham Street, City of London, London, EC2V 7BB

Canape Cup 2018 - Critics Choice

In the centre of the City, the newly refurbed Anthologist bar is a natural choice for post-work drinks and dinners. But it also doubles as a popular spot for breakfast meetings, conferences and teambuilding activities such as cocktail masterclasses. The 1950s-inspired private dining room has its own kitchen that can be transformed into a bar, while the mezzanine is a great spot for drinks receptions. Menus span mezze boards to steaks and Asian-style salads.

 

Max Standing 750
Max Banquet 65
Bingham

Bingham

61-63 Petersham Road Richmond-Upon-Thames , London, TW10 6UT

The event spaces at the boutique Bingham make the most of the hotel’s delightful location on the banks of the Thames. From the trio of interconnecting Garden Rooms, a glazed corridor leads through to a terrace with landscaped gardens and the river just beyond. Accessed via a private entrance, the spaces can be joined or separated by soundproof doors, accommodating board meetings just as readily as conferences and weddings (the Bingham has a civil licence). The rooms are bright and elegant with a private bar, large windows and French doors that lead onto the terrace, which is covered and heated in winter. Top-of-the-range technology includes plasma screens and intelligent lighting systems. Food is another highlight – the restaurant has a whole host of awards to its name – including energy-boosting lunches to keep delegates focused. A collection of 15 stylish bedrooms caters for overnighters.

 

Christmas at Bingham

Weddings at Bingham

Max Meeting 60
Max Standing 150
Max Banquet 90
Le Pont de la Tour

Le Pont de la Tour

The Butlers Wharf Building, 36d Shad Thames, Bermondsey, London, SE1 2YE

For more than 20 years, Le Pont de la Tour has been serving up its classic French cuisine and front-row Thames views. The interior is inspired by a ship’s dining room, while a covered terrace is perfect for alfresco entertaining. Seafood is a strong point – the fruits de mer platter is a highlight. A wine cellar is used for group tastings hosted by the head sommelier. A glass wall separates it and Salon Privé, an atmospheric private dining space with over 300 bottles on show.

Latest news

The Butler’s Wharf restaurant has partnered with Thames Limo to offer groups the chance to add a trip down the Thames to their dinner plans. Up to eight people can be accommodated, with prices starting at £700 per hour.

 

Max Meeting 110
Max Standing 400
Max Banquet 110
Skinners

Skinners' Hall

8 1/2 Dowgate Hill , City of London, London, EC4R 2SP

Dating from 1670, Skinners’ Hall is home to one of the City’s ‘Great 12’ livery companies, combining stately halls, elegant chambers and homely rooms. Guests enter across a paved courtyard before heading, perhaps, to the Great Hall for a banquet, the Old Court Room for a private dinner or the handsome Court Room for a board meeting. The Roof Garden, with its elegant fountain, suits summer entertaining, while the Outer Hall’s roaring fire makes it a fine choice in winter.

 

Information on Party Ingredients

 

Max Meeting 170
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 170
Richmond Athletic Association

Richmond Athletic Association

Richmond Athletic Ground, Twickenham Road, Surrey, Richmond, London, TW9 2SF

Up the road from the very home of rugby in Twickenham, there is an old ground waiting to be transformed into a venue for parties, conferences, seminars or teambuilding days. On the outskirts of London, but buffered by 25 acres of more rural land, Richmond Athletic Ground boasts a cantilevered grandstand and a Grade II-listed pavilion, while the old-school changing rooms and rugby-club bars are testimonies to its history. The latter include the Members Bar, which can accommodate 750 if joined by a marquee, and the Sports Bar, which can take 225. The Old Pavilion Board Room is the place for a more intimate meal, seating up to 20.

 

Christmas at Richmond Athletic Association

Hospitality at Richmond Athletic Association

Max Meeting 0
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 800
Kings Place

Kings Place

90 York Way , King's Cross, 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.

 

Venue review of Rotunda Restaurant

Max Meeting 100
Max Theatre 420
Max Standing 400
Max Banquet 120
Middle Temple Hall

Middle Temple Hall

Middle Temple Lane , London, EC4Y 9AT

One of the ancient Inns of Court, Middle Temple stands apart for its unspoilt main Hall, featuring 16th-century heraldic panels, stained-glass windows and a splendid hammer-beam roof. The cosier Prince’s Room comes with an original fireplace and oak-clad walls, while the Queen’s Room has generous garden views (its lawns make a fine spot for summer drinks). Board-level meetings work well within the stained-glass confines of the Parliament Chamber.

 

Venue review of Middle Temple Garden

Max Meeting 400
Max Standing 750
Max Banquet 400
Greenwich Yacht Club

Greenwich Yacht Club

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.

Max Meeting 120
Max Standing 250
Max Banquet 100
Barber-Surgeons

Barber-Surgeons' Hall

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

Tucked away in a garden square off London Wall, the red-brick Barber-Surgeons’ Hall occupies one of the City’s prettiest locations. Its centrepiece is the wood-panelled Great Hall, a bright space with elaborate ceilings and huge windows. The Reception Room, Court Room and Charter Rooms are just as well turned out and show off artefacts from the livery company’s long history. A terrace overlooks peaceful grounds and a medicinal garden.

 

Information on Party Ingredients

 

Max Meeting 140
Max Standing 250
Max Banquet 120
Roof Terrace & Riverside Room @ IET London: Savoy Place

Roof Terrace & Riverside Room @ IET London: Savoy Place

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

The Johnson Roof Terrace at the refurbished IET London: Savoy Place offers up a memorable Thames backdrop for barbecues and summer parties. It makes a fine extension for events taking place in the adjoining third-floor Riverside Room – the place for large-scale networking events, receptions and dinners. Stages and dancefloors are easily set up and, for smaller groups, the room can be split into five spaces. It has its own private balcony too.

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Venue review of IET London Savoy Place

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Max Meeting 330
Max Standing 330
Max Banquet 330
Butlers Wharf Chop House

Butlers Wharf Chop House

The Butlers Wharf Building, 36e Shad Thames, Bermondsey, London, SE1 2YE

This bastion of British produce is popular with City folk who pop over the river for superior steaks and rotisserie-style cooking. Interiors are smart but cosy, and guests can enjoy views over Tower Bridge. Four semi-private dining areas allow groups to take in the atmosphere of the main space. Exclusive events can be held in the bar and grill. In summer, receptions can also spill out onto the riverside terrace. A dedicated events coordinator ensures smooth running.

Max Meeting 50
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 140
The Apartment

The Apartment

81 Great Eastern Street , London, EC2A 3HU

Designed by Soho House Group, The Apartment at The Hoxton hotel is an event space with the look and feel of a flat – complete with Pantry Kitchen, Library, Living Room, Study, Dining Room and Play Room. By day, its multi-use rooms can all host meetings, supported by free wi-fi, huge Samsung screens and break-out space in the kitchen area, where delegates are invited to ‘raid the larder’. At night, organisers can either book individual spaces or take the whole place exclusively and, while the homely interiors create a relaxed backdrop for all sorts of events (private dining with food from next-door Hoxton Grill is a strong suit) the most obvious theme here is the good old-fashioned house party. Summer events can spill out into the 80-capacity garden.

 

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Max Meeting 0
Max Standing 250
Max Banquet 50
28 Portland Place

28 Portland Place

28 Portland Place, Marylebone, London, W1B 1LY

The home of the Royal Society for Public Health was built in 1775 to neoclassical townhouse designs by the celebrated Adam brothers. Today, its rooms are still true to the original blueprint. The ground-floor Sainsbury and Adam rooms comprise the Adam Suite, which looks onto the secluded Courtyard. A level above, the Harben and Heggie rooms are connected by a gold doorway. Take them together as the Harben Suite and you have a grand space for receptions or meetings.

 

Max Meeting 100
Max Standing 100
Max Banquet 104
The Orangery & Courtyard at No.11

The Orangery & Courtyard at No.11

11–13 Cavendish Square, Marylebone, 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.

Venue review of No.11 Cavendish Square

Venue review of Summer parties at No.11 Cavendish Square

Venue review of The Green House at No.11 Cavendish Square

 

 

Max Meeting 136
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 120
Cinnamon Kitchen

Cinnamon Kitchen

9 Devonshire Square , Liverpool Street, London, EC2M 4YL

Canape Cup 
 2018 - 3rd place Found in a former warehouse in Devonshire Square, Cinnamon Kitchen is a landmark for Indian food in London. It offers plenty of space for events, including a covered outside terrace. Its PDR has a window that opens onto the main kitchen, along with AV facilities for meetings. In its bar, Anise, groups can enjoy small-plate dishes and cocktails in open booths. The restaurant team, under Vivek Singh, has won the SquareMeal Canapé Cup many times.

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Information on Cocktail masterclasses at Cinnamon Club

Information on Cookery Masterclasses at Cinnamon Kitchen

 

 

Max Meeting 80
Max Standing 250
Max Banquet 130
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

The studios that brought Harry Potter to the big screen can be booked for events. Among the spaces are the Great Hall, a range of interior sets including the Gryffindor Boys Dormitory (housed inside a sprawling studio), and the Platform 9¾ experience. The green screen area enables guests to recreate scenes from the films – such as flying on a broomstick – while experts who worked on the films can be brought in to speak and reveal behind-the-scenes secrets.

 

Teambuilding at Warner Bros Studio Tour London The Making of Harry Potter

Max Meeting 30
Max Standing 1200
Max Banquet 480
The Wells

The Wells

30 Well Walk, Hampstead, London, NW3 1BX

Well patronised by the denizens of Hampstead Heath, this award-winning local deserves its reputation for great food and a warm welcome. Now The Wells has decided to make the most of another of its virtues with the launch of an event planning service for its function space. Across a trio of upstairs rooms in the classic Georgian building, the venue can accommodate a maximum of 24 for dinner, serviced by the much-lauded kitchen. As well as being able to select upmarket comfort food such as confit duck leg and chateaubriand from the pub’s menu, sandwiches and pastries can be ordered from nearby Gail’s Bakery. AV equipment, flipcharts and Wi-Fi can be arranged.

 

The Wells' Restaurant Review

Max Meeting 24
Max Standing 0
Max Banquet 24
The City Summer House

The City Summer House

152 Brick Ln, Spitalfields, London, E1 6QL

Every June and July, the Boiler House on Brick Lane is converted into a fun venue for private parties, receptions and casual dining. You can expect to find an even split of indoor and outdoor space, along with a tiki bar, food stalls and dancefloor. Flexible packages cover venue hire, a hog roast, a Pimm’s reception, a DJ and garden games. Extras can include hot tubs and photo booth, while there’s a VIP Garden, available with the high-end Access All Areas package.

 

Max Standing 500
The Queen

The Queen's House

Romney Road, Greenwich, London, SE10 9NF

The 400-year-old Queen’s House sits pretty in the middle of Greenwich’s National Maritime Museum’s grounds. We love the Great Hall (whose dimensions form a perfect 40ft cube) with its gold-leaf ceiling artwork by Turner Prize-winning Richard Wright. For more intimate events, consider the striking Orangery & South Parlours. After-dinner entertainment might be hosted in the Undercroft, while guests can spill out onto the lawns in good weather.

 

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Max Meeting 50
Max Standing 150
Max Banquet 120
Bluebird

Bluebird

350 King's Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 5UU

The visible red-steel frame of the striking 1920s building is softened by greenery, while low lighting adds atmosphere at night. By day, the ground-floor café, which overlooks a cobbled courtyard, is a good spot for group lunches. Inside, the upstairs restaurant and bar can be hired exclusively, but for intimate dinners book the Mezzanine Room. Further spaces include the art deco Gallery Room and the Beaufort Room with its own bar.

Max Standing 500
Max Banquet 250
Jetlag Bar & Restaurant

Jetlag Bar & Restaurant

125 Cleveland Street Fitzrovia , London,

With a Fitzrovia location near the BT Tower, Jetlag Bar combines the relaxed feel of a beach bar with a generous dose of urban glamour, creating an unusual backrop for anything from presentations to parties. Professing to combine ‘the best of American service, Japanese quality & Kiwi attitude’, the venue can accommodate 60 people on the ground floor & 100 in the basement. Quirky design touches include original business class airline seats, walls filled with water bubbles & a bespoke glass bar that changes colour according to mood. Other features include a cinema screen with HD projector, an Artcoustic sound system, a bespoke lighting rig & Nintendo Wii. There’s Wi-Fi throughout.

 

Max Meeting 0
Max Standing 100
Max Banquet 100
Westminster Boating Base

Westminster Boating Base

136 Grosvenor Road, Westminster, London, SW1V 3JY

Fans of Love Actually may recognise this riverside venue from the 2013 rom-com, but when it isn’t appearing in blockbuster films, Westminster Boating Base acts as a memorable events venue. Set in Pimlico Gardens, the riverside space comes with unobstructed views of the Thames through its floor-to-ceiling windows. Standout rooms include the Pavilion, which extends over the river, and the Edgson Room which comes with a full-length covered balcony. Organisers also have free rein when it comes to theming.

 

Max Meeting 130
Max Standing 350
Max Banquet 150
IET London: Savoy Place

IET London: Savoy Place

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

The refurbished Savoy Place offers increased capacity and cutting-edge tech. We like the idea of the Kelvin Lecture Theatre – with its original mahogany panelling – for presentations and product launches. Check out the Turing Lecture Theatre upstairs for a more contemporary feel. Our favourite spaces are the Riverside Room and Maxwell Library, which have fine views over the Thames. The Johnson Roof Terrace is made for summer parties.

Venue review of Maxwell Library @ IET London Savoy Place

Venue review of Roof Terrace & Riverside Room @ IET London Savoy Place 

Max Meeting 34
Max Theatre 451
Max Standing 330
Max Banquet 330
Banqueting House

Banqueting House

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

Commissioned by James I in 1622 as an entertaining space for court masques, Banqueting House dazzled London’s high society when it opened. You can almost feel the spirit of courtiers who partied beneath the magnificent Rubens-painted ceiling of the Main Hall. This space is an awe-inspiring sight when set for a candle-lit dinner, but the room is also perfect for receptions of 500 and awards dinners for 380 guests. Once enjoyed as a drinking den by James I, the vaulted Undercroft below is an atmospheric space for a cocktail reception or after-dinner party. A list of approved suppliers provides everything from flowers to furniture.

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Max Meeting 400
Max Standing 500
Max Banquet 380
Coq d

Coq d'Argent

1 Poultry, City of London, London, EC2R 8EJ

Perched on the roof of No 1 Poultry, Coq d’Argent boasts impressive views towards St Paul’s and the Bank of England. Guests step out of the lift into the venue’s standout space: a rooftop garden designed by Arabella Lennox-Boyd. This is a splendid spot for a champagne picnic when the sun is shining. A bar and terrace can be hired for drinks, dinner and canapé parties, while the inside space can be booked exclusively for breakfast meetings and other business events.

Max Meeting 70
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 150
Hendon Hall Hotel

Hendon Hall Hotel

Ashley Lane, London, NW4 1HF

Hand Picked Hotels’ Hendon Hall is one of north London’s best-kept secrets. Four function rooms range from state rooms in the original house to a self-contained building with its own reception area, bar, recessed stage, cloakroom and kitchen facilities. The elegant Pembroke Suite, which splits into three, can accommodate up to 350 guests. Extensive car parking and good transport links – the M1 is a mile down the road – make the hotel a great base from which to explore the capital. The West End is a tube ride away and Wembley Stadium is nearby. Indeed, the 1966 England team was based at the hotel during their successful World Cup campaign.

Max Meeting 350
Max Standing 350
Max Banquet 240
Apothecaries

Apothecaries' Hall

Black Friars Lane, Blackfriars, London, EC4V 6EJ

Dating from 1672, this City venue has all the historic character of a traditional livery hall. The oak-panelled Great Hall, with its beautiful 18th-century candelabrum, suits receptions and dinners. The more intimate Court Room suits smaller parties and has a stately home feel, with portrait-lined walls and stained-glass windows. Next door, the bright Parlour is great for smaller meetings or as a breakout space. An elegant courtyard makes summer entertaining possible, too.

 

Information on Party Ingredients

 

Max Meeting 150
Max Standing 200
Max Banquet 135
45 Millbank

45 Millbank

45 Millbank Westminster , London, SW1P 4JU

We are sorry to say that this venue is no longer available for events. For any enquiries, contact the venue.

45 Millbank is a Grade II-listed former officer’s mess in Westminster, where up to 200 guests can enjoy the splendour of three restored Edwardian interiors. With views across the Thames, the Banqueting Hall is an elegant high-ceilinged space that is suited to formal entertaining and can be used with the adjoining Red Room, which shares the same period style. More contemporary is the intimate Green Room. The venue also offers three outdoor areas: the Ornamental Garden, the Henry Moore Courtyard and the 1,000-capacity Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground (see separate review), which is surrounded on three sides by acclaimed neo-Baroque architecture.

 

Venue review of Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground

Weddings at 45 Millbank

Christmas at 45 Millbank

Max Meeting 150
Max Standing 200
Max Banquet 160
SAMA Bankside

SAMA Bankside

3 Robinson Road, Southwark, London, SE1 8BU

Set within two Victorian railway arches beneath Blackfriars bridge, Sama Bankside is a vibrant new restaurant, bar and events space. Spanning 550sq m and set over two floors, the industrial-looking venue (with plenty of exposed brick and a polished concrete floor) bills itself as ‘a members club without the membership’, but can also host meetings, dinners, product launches and workshops. Our pick of the spaces is the colourful glass-fronted private room.

 

Max Meeting 40
Max Standing 250
Max Banquet 110
Barts

Barts

87 Sloane Avenue , London, SW3 3DW

Tucked away through the back of a large 1930s apartment building on Sloane Avenue, Barts is a one-room speakeasy bar with Prohibition era music on the sound system, eclectic cocktails on the menu and a fancy dress box. Open for exclusive hire, with capacity for 80 guests, tables and sections can be booked in early evening and late-night slots within its regular opening hours. In the summer, the venue’s Cuban garden is a popular spill-out space. Caterer Sushi des Artistes offers light bites and appetisers, and a more substantial spread is easily arranged. Make sure your guests know where they’re headed as, in true speakeasy style, its location is a well-kept secret.

 

Max Meeting 40
Max Standing 80
Max Banquet 0
Sea Containers Events

Sea Containers Events

18 Upper Ground, South Bank, London, SE1 9RQ

One of the big openings of 2017, this South Bank venue at the top of the Sea Containers building turned heads with its 2,300sq m of event space and killer river views. The Cucumber restaurant is the standout space, but the private dining room – with its balcony and sight line to St Paul’s Cathedral – is particularly popular. Those cityscape views get even better on the roof terrace. Catering is by Green & Fortune: expect seasonal and locally sourced food.

Max Meeting 215
Max Standing 600
Max Banquet 150
Plateau

Plateau

4th Floor Canada Place, Canada Square, Canary Wharf , 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.

Max Meeting 30
Max Standing 500
Max Banquet 200
Ace Hotel London Shoreditch

Ace Hotel London Shoreditch

100 Shoreditch High Street , Shoreditch, 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.

Max Meeting 30
Max Theatre 100
Max Standing 236
Max Banquet 48
Museum of London Docklands

Museum of London Docklands

No. 1 Warehouse, West India Quay, Hertsmere Road , Canary Wharf, London, E14 4AL

Telling the story of London’s river and port, the Museum of London Docklands spreads over five floors of a splendid Grade I-listed Georgian warehouse. Its pine columns and floors sit alongside contemporary fittings, producing a spacious and atmospheric feel. Facilities include a boardroom, along with three other spaces that work well for daytime events. By night, guests can also enjoy receptions and dinners in one or more of the museum’s 11 galleries.

Latest news

Book a daytime event on a DDR, and the afternoon tea and coffee service will be upgraded to include Easter cupcakes. Valid from 15 March to 13 April 2018.

 

Venue review of Museum of London

Max Meeting 273
Max Standing 400
Max Banquet 240
Roux at Parliament Square

Roux at Parliament Square

11-12 Great George Street, Westminster, London, SW1P 3AD

Based in the historic Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors building, Roux at Parliament Square is fronted by Michelin-starred Michel Roux Jr. Top-class dishes can be designed for any event held here – be it in the grand Council Chamber and Lecture Hall, which can be transformed into banqueting halls for large events, or in The Library Room for more intimate dining. All 10 function rooms benefit from high ceilings and plenty of natural light.

Max Meeting 200
Max Standing 250
Max Banquet 150
Paternoster Chop House

Paternoster Chop House

Unit 1 Warwick Court, City of London, London, EC4M 7DX

In the shadow of St Paul’s, Paternoster Chop House champions hearty British food. While it acts as the location for TV favourite First Dates, its fashionable interiors also appeal to a business crowd. Groups can sit at large tables in the main restaurant or, for something extra-special, in the nearby Temple Bar – a private space atop a Christopher Wren-designed gateway. The restaurant hosts breakfast meetings for up to 35 guests with no minimum spend.

Max Meeting 100
Max Standing 150
Max Banquet 130
Northbank

Northbank

1 Paul's Walk, City of London, London, EC4V 3QH

Just across from Tate Modern, next to the Millennium Bridge, glass-fronted Northbank boasts fine river views from all corners. Its modern British menu has a West Country slant, with the likes of Cornish crab tian and slow-cooked oxtail matched to wines from an eclectic list. The restaurant, with its cool chandeliers and quirky wallpaper, can be hired exclusively or partitioned off for smaller events. In summer, the terrace is a sought-after space.

Max Meeting 50
Max Standing 175
Max Banquet 110
The Orrery

The Orrery

55 Marylebone High Street, Marylebone, 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.

 

Max Standing 130
Max Banquet 110
British Academy

British Academy

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

The former residence of prime minister William Gladstone is now home to the British Academy, which under its venue moniker, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, offers 11 rather grand event spaces for hire. Period features contrast with abstract art and up-to-date tech, providing rooms ready for modern business needs. In 2016, the venue added the book-lined Lee Library to its lineup of spaces, which lends its regency character to evening dinners.

 

Venue review on 10-11 Carlton House Terrace

Max Meeting 125
Max Standing 200
Max Banquet 100
De Morgan House

De Morgan House

57-58 Russell Square , Bloomsbury, London, WC1B 4HS

Bloomsbury’s Grade II-listed De Morgan House is home to the London Mathematical Society. This year saw the addition of the Cartwright Boardroom and the Rayleigh Room. The former overlooks Russell Square, while both benefit from period features and state-of-the-art AV. Other rooms work well for away days, press conferences, and receptions. The latest AV kit and wi-fi can be found throughout, and food is by green-leaning Eden Caterers. Not-for-profit organisations can get a 20% discount on room hire.

 

Max Meeting 80
Max Standing 70
Max Banquet 32
The London City Beach

The London City Beach

Upper Ground, South Bank, London, SE1 9PU

New for 2018, this pop-up ‘urban beach’ will be brought to Brick Lane by Awesome Events for June and July, hosting festival-feel summer parties. Barefoot guests will feel the sand between their toes while tucking into superior street food and craft beers from a variety of themed stands. The silent disco and beach games should keep everyone entertained, while VIP beach huts will please the big wigs. Its top Surf’s Up package also includes fun fair stalls and fire performers.

 

Max Standing 1200
Museum of London

Museum of London

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

This famous City-based museum can handle anything from Christmas dinners to AGMs. Presentations and screenings are best held in the tiered Weston Room, but if you’re planning a soirée, look first to the Entrance Hall. A drinks reception should work nicely around its futuristic bar before guests move through to the large Sackler Hall, with its 360° digital screen. For summer parties, the Terrace Rooms have direct access to the Rotunda Gardens.

Latest news

Organise a spring event in the Entrance Hall and Sackler Hall, and guests will also get the chance to enjoy free access to the temporary display dedicated to the 100th Anniversary of Votes for Women. Minimum numbers apply. 

 

Venue review of Museum of London Docklands

 

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

Raven's Ait

Ravens Ait Island, Portsmouth Road , Surrey, Surrey, KT6 4HN

In the middle of the Thames, between Surbiton, Kingston and Hampton Court, the island of Raven’s Ait offers the convenience of a London location with the tranquillity of the countryside. Weddings, Christmas parties and other special occasions can all be catered for, and there’s a launch to bring you and your party to this private island. There are meeting spaces for groups ranging from 20 to 400. With the Thames at the end of the garden, you can break out into activities like boat racing at any stage. When it’s time to eat, bookers can take advantage of the 320-capacity Marquee, or the three smaller spaces for groups of 12 to 150.

Max Meeting 280
Max Theatre 280
Max Standing 400
Max Banquet 320