Over 1,000 seated

Venues for over 1,000 sit-down guests in London

Updated on 11 October 2017

If you're booking an event and you need to accommodate for up to or over 1,000 guests in a venue and you don't necessarily need to them to be seated theatre-style, this is the squaremeal.co.uk selection for you. In and around London there are huge variety of venues that will hold 1,000 seated guests.

London's top sports venues are a natural choice, be it a football or rugby stadium, a cricket ground or one of the country's well-known racecourses, there's the space you need to make a large-scale event go off without any problems.

There are also a number of hotels in central London's West End and the City, that have enough space for 1,000 sit-down guests. Hotels, in particular, are very well equipped for conferences, product launches or gala dinners, with well-trained, dedicated events teams.

Don't forget to have a look at our selection of arts venues available for hire too, be it a music, theatre or one of the cinema chains' venues dotted across the capital. Many of them can do 1,000 theatre-style, 1,000 stand-up, or 1,000 tiered seats.

Southbank Centre

Southbank Centre

Belvedere Road, Southbank, 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.

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


490 Commercial Road , Limehouse, London, E1 0HX

Troxy opened its doors in the 1930s as a grand cinema. Today, it’s an impressive events hub that retains its Grade II-listed art deco features. AV facilities are a strong point, with hi-spec sound, flexible staging options and a permanent lighting system on offer. Combined, they deliver for concerts, fashion shows and awards ceremonies. The main space is also well suited to indoor sports events, corporate dinners and Christmas parties.

Max Meeting 1100
Max Standing 1500
Max Banquet 720
Bloomsbury Big Top

Bloomsbury Big Top

Coram's Fields, 93 Guilford Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1N 1DN

The Bloomsbury Big Top in Coram’s Fields brings 2,500sq m of event space to this leafy part of London each Christmas. Best suited to large-scale dinners and conferences, the venue has also catered for fashion shows, weddings and concerts. It’s a temporary structure, but the Big Top’s team deliver an experience you’d expect from a quality permanent venue. It comes with a thermostat-controlled heating system, carpets, posh loos and on-site catering.

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Max Meeting 1000
Max Standing 2000
Max Banquet 1000
Gateway House

Gateway House

John Wilson Street, London, SE18 6QQ

A former cinema, this well-equipped art deco building in Woolwich is located right by the Thames and can be hired for private screenings, conferences and banquets. The modern venue comprises four event spaces, the largest of which is The Highway, a state-of-the-art 1,120-seater auditorium that features top-notch AV facilities for event filming and broadcasts. The Path offers the same layout and facilities on a smaller scale for 370, while The Avenue makes an impressive backdrop for dinners of 150 guests. The train station is nearby and the ferry terminal is also within close proximity, making the venue easily accessible for events.

Max Meeting 1120
Max Standing 150
Max Banquet 150
ODEON Luxe Leicester Square

ODEON Luxe Leicester Square

24-26 Leicester Square , Leicester Square, London, WC2H 7JY

This venue will reopen fully refurbished at Christmas 2018.


When Odeon’s fully refurbished flagship isn’t hosting high-profile premieres, or the annual London Film Festival, it’s available for private events. The multi-million-pound redesign has entirely transformed the venue. Not only is the cinema now a luxe one, it has also renewed branding opportunities in its central 800-capacity theatre-style premium venue. This is the place for receptions, conferences, award ceremonies and parties. The art deco-style cinema can also offer intimate screening experiences in the further four new rooms.


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Max Theatre 794
Max Standing 200