Thames riverside

Venues in London set by the River Thames, or with great views of the river

Updated on 20 December 2018

Looking for wedding reception venues that will dazzle your guests? Want to find an impressive conference venue for an important meeting? Or perhaps you are looking for meeting rooms in the city centre? If so then the list above will be able to help. Compiled by www.squaremeal.co.uk, this directory contains venues in London that offer meeting rooms, conference facilities and reception rooms. But what makes these venues so special is the fact they are all located by the River Thames or at least offer views across the famous waterway.

If you want a meeting room or conference venue that shows off the best of London, then these locations could be just what you need – they might even help you seal that deal. Similarly, those looking for wedding venues in London should find something to feed their imaginations here.

Although united by their close proximity to the River Thames, the venues listed are all very different – there are hotels, restaurants, grand historic venues, museums and party locations to suit all budgets and tastes.

Couples looking to tie the knot al fresco will also notice there a number of wedding venues listed here that have access to gardens and courtyards. They can’t guarantee the British summertime will turn up to your event, but organisers can erect marquees and temporary structures to ensure rain doesn’t stop play.

Bowling Lanes at Namco Funscape

Bowling Lanes at Namco Funscape

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

It might be best known for its 150-plus arcade games, but Namco Funscape also offers its bowling lanes for private hire. The venue, ideally located on the South Bank within County Hall, is a great spot for Christmas parties, launches and teambuilding events alike. For private parties of up to 500 the Subscape area offers six bowling lanes, a DJ and dancefloor, private bar, access to the American-style pool hall, the Namoke karaoke and unlimited use of the video games. The alley area itself, bathed in ultra-violet light, has non-slip floors, so there’s no need to don a pair of unattractive bowling shoes. There is also the option to purchase tokens for Europe’s fastest bumper cars.

 

Max Meeting 90
Max Standing 500
Max Banquet 500
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
The Tower Hotel

The Tower Hotel

St. Katharine's Way, Tower Hill, London, E1W 1LD

This four-star hotel punches above its weight with events, offering a host of light, bright and functional spaces for meetings and parties. The Bridge Suite stands out with its floor-to-ceiling windows, delivering direct views of the eponymous Tower Bridge. We like that the hotel’s three main meeting suites can partition into smaller spaces, making multistage events easy. If you’re planning a high-level board meeting, check out the Fearless Suite with its high-back exec chairs

 

Max Meeting 550
Max Standing 570
Max Banquet 500
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.

Max Meeting 400
Max Standing 500
Max Banquet 380
Skylon

Skylon

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Southbank, 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 be hired exclusively for large dinners. Expect modern British menus.

Max Standing 500
Max Banquet 300
Namco Funscape

Namco Funscape

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

With a prime location on the South Bank, the Namco Funscape entertainment complex offers more than 150 arcade games, Europe’s fastest bumper cars and its Ping & Pool Hall. Private hire options spread over three floors: teambuilding, drinks receptions and Christmas parties are popular. We’re fans of the Escape Room, where groups solve puzzles against the clock. Elsewhere, a new Boutique Bowling package sees groups take over six revamped lanes.

Max Meeting 90
Max Standing 1200
Max Banquet 1200
Middle Temple Garden

Middle Temple Garden

The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple, Middle Temple Lane, London, EC4Y 9AT

The award-winning Middle Temple Garden is among Zone 1’s best-kept secrets. Amid the handsome red-brick buildings that define Middle Temple Hall, relaxed Fountain Court – a good spot for a pop-up bar – gives way to clipped lawns stretching towards the Thames. There’s space for a marquee, or alfresco receptions can be combined with dinners in one of the hall’s stately indoor spaces. When you’re finished, Temple tube station is a three-minute walk away.

Max Standing 750
Max Banquet 400
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.

Max Meeting 400
Max Standing 750
Max Banquet 400
Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace

East Molesey, Hampton, London, KT8 9AU

Once home to royalty, including Henry VIII, Hampton Court Palace is an unforgettable venue. It's magnificently played host to lavish celebrations over the centuries, from gala diners to festive banquets and historic meetings. Originally a dining room for members of Henry VIII’s court, the Great Hall makes a grand setting for banquets. Elsewhere, state rooms, grand staircases, cobbled courtyards and pretty gardens make the venue one of the country’s most impressive palaces.

Max Meeting 180
Max Standing 1200
Max Banquet 600
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.

Max Meeting 110
Max Standing 400
Max Banquet 110
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.

Max Meeting 330
Max Standing 330
Max Banquet 330
The Tower of London

The Tower of London

Tower Hill , City of London, London, EC3N 4AB

Each of the Tower of London’s function rooms has its own story: the White Tower houses the armour of Henry VIII, while the Medieval Palace makes a great summer party space. The Martin Tower, which used to be home to the Crown Jewels, is available for intimate dinners, and New Armouries: Banqueting Suite is your best bet for conferences. A private view of the Crown Jewels or a Yeoman Warder tour are popular add-ons.

Max Meeting 150
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 240
National Maritime Museum

National Maritime Museum

Park Row, Greenwich, London, SE10 9NF

The size and character of this Greenwich venue, along with its fascinating range of artefacts, make it ideal for large, upmarket events. The Upper Deck, a dramatic gallery in the glass-roofed Neptune Court, is made for gala dinners and awards ceremonies. Elsewhere, the Sammy Ofer Wing works well for standing receptions, allowing guests to enjoy the surrounding exhibition areas. The AV-ready Leopold Muller Lecture Theatre is the spot for conferences.

 

Max Meeting 130
Max Standing 1500
Max Banquet 500
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
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
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
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
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
The Yacht London

The Yacht London

Temple Pier, Victoria Embankment, Blackfriars, London, WC2R 2PN

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

Max Meeting 35
Max Standing 250
Max Banquet 100
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.

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