Thames riverside

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

Updated on 20 December 2018

Thames riverside

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.


National Theatre

National Theatre

National Theatre
Max Meeting 100
Max Standing 400
Max Banquet 100

South Bank, SE1 9PX

The South Bank’s National Theatre can accommodate a wide range of events, from conferences and dinners to product launches and hospitality in its foyers, restaurants and private meeting rooms. The theatre’s exclusive rooftop events space, with views across the Thames and London, is currently being revamped and will reopen later this year. Events packages can be tailored to include performances, backstage tours, workshops and drinks receptions.

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The Royal Horseguards Hotel

The Royal Horseguards Hotel

The Royal Horseguards Hotel
Max Meeting 250
Max Standing 350
Max Banquet 252

2 Whitehall Court , London, SW1A 2EJ

Built in 1884 as a French chateau on the Thames, Whitehall Court now houses the Royal Horseguards Hotel and its One Whitehall Place conference and events centre. Highlights include the Gladstone Library – which is much as the old prime minister left it – and its interconnecting Reading & Writing Room, with fine Thames views. Originally a billiards room, the Whitehall Suite offers high ceilings, lots of natural light and more rivery vistas.

 

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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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IET London: Savoy Place

IET London: Savoy Place

IET London: Savoy Place
Max Meeting 34
Max Theatre 451
Max Standing 330
Max Banquet 330

2 Savoy Place , 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.

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Bowling Lanes at Namco Funscape

Bowling Lanes at Namco Funscape

Bowling Lanes at Namco Funscape
Max Meeting 90
Max Standing 500
Max Banquet 500

County Hall, Riverside Building, Westminster Bridge Road, 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.

 

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Blueprint Café

Blueprint Café

Blueprint Café
Max Standing 170
Max Banquet 120

Blueprint Café, First Floor, Design Museum, 28 Shad Thames , 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.

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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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Gillray

Gillray's Steakhouse & Bar

Gillray's Steakhouse & Bar
Max Meeting 40
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 120

London Marriott Hotel County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7PB

Gillray’s at the London Marriott County Hall is a British steakhouse through and through – from the chesterfield sofas and oak-panelled walls to the grass-fed English beef on the menu. The main restaurant and bar enjoy stirring views across the Thames to Big Ben. For smaller events, a smart private dining room beckons. Alongside the beef, expect to see the likes of locally sourced fish dishes and the best of Britain’s natural larder.

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Middle Temple Hall

Middle Temple Hall

Middle Temple Hall
Max Meeting 400
Max Standing 750
Max Banquet 400

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.

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Thames Luxury Charters

Thames Luxury Charters

Thames Luxury Charters
Max Meeting 0
Max Standing 400
Max Banquet 432

2-7 Brewery Square, London, SE1 2LF

The five-strong Thames Luxury Charters fleet celebrates 25 years on the river in 2018. Among its well-maintained vessels are the Elizabethan – a replica of an 1890s, stern-wheeled Mississippi paddle steamer – and the Dixie Queen, which is the biggest floating venue in town. The Edwardian offers guests a more classic British experience, while the three-deck Erasmus is a showcase for chic modernity. All of them can moor at most of the piers in town and just outside, meaning private charters can include time alongside the London Eye, the Tower of London, Maritime Greenwich and more. A long-term partnership with Dish keeps the onboard catering shipshape.

 

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Fishmongers

Fishmongers' Hall

Fishmongers' Hall
Max Meeting 150
Max Standing 350
Max Banquet 221

London Bridge , London, EC4R 9EL

The Fishmongers’ Company was granted its first royal charter by Edward I in 1272. Its splendid Greek Revival-style livery hall is rather more recent, built in the 19th century. State-of-the-art AV in the headline space, Banqueting Hall, makes conferences seamless, while the nearby Court Dining Room is a fine spot for private dinners, offering Thames views. Summer events are best held in the Court Room, which has access to a large terrace.

 

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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 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.

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Middle Temple Garden

Middle Temple Garden

Middle Temple Garden
Max Meeting 0
Max Standing 750
Max Banquet 400

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.

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Banqueting House

Banqueting House

Banqueting House
Max Meeting 400
Max Standing 500
Max Banquet 380

Whitehall , 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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National Maritime Museum

National Maritime Museum

National Maritime Museum
Max Meeting 130
Max Standing 1500
Max Banquet 500

Park Row, 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.

 

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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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The Tower of London

The Tower of London

The Tower of London
Max Meeting 150
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 240

Tower Hill , 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.

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Le Pont de la Tour

Le Pont de la Tour

Le Pont de la Tour
Max Meeting 110
Max Standing 400
Max Banquet 110

The Butlers Wharf Building, 36d Shad Thames, 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.

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Bunga Bunga Battersea

Bunga Bunga Battersea

Bunga Bunga Battersea
Max Meeting 60
Max Standing 200
Max Banquet 90

37 Battersea Bridge Road, London, SW11 3BA

For a kitsch, tongue-in-cheek Italian experience, Bunga Bunga Battersea is the place. Four very different areas are available: the colourful restaurant is great for dinners, lunches and parties. Upstairs, there’s the club space and Martini Prosecco Bar, decorated with riviera-style parasols and a surf van. Lastly, the glass-ceilinged L’Osservatorio suits more intimate dinner parties and standing receptions. Plus, there’s a karaoke system for singalongs.

 

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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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Roof Terrace & Riverside Room @ IET London: Savoy Place

Roof Terrace & Riverside Room @ IET London: Savoy Place

Roof Terrace & Riverside Room @ IET London: Savoy Place
Max Meeting 330
Max Standing 330
Max Banquet 330

2 Savoy Place, 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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The Tower Hotel

The Tower Hotel

The Tower Hotel
Max Meeting 550
Max Standing 570
Max Banquet 500

St. Katharine's Way, 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

 

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R.S. Hispaniola

R.S. Hispaniola

R.S. Hispaniola
Max Meeting 180
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 180

Victoria Embankment , London, WC2N 5DJ

With views of St Paul’s Cathedral and the Houses of Parliament, the RS Hispaniola operates as a sleek restaurant, bar and event space from a permanent mooring on Victoria Embankment. The Main Deck Restaurant serves delicious modern-European cuisine and has a fine wine cellar, while the Upper Deck’s bar can be used for alfresco drinks receptions. Either can be hired exclusively or together for larger events. A private boardroom adapts to meetings or dinners, with AV equipment available.

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Bateaux London

Bateaux London

Bateaux London
Max Standing 320
Max Banquet 260

Embankment Pier, Victoria Embankment, WC2N 6NU

Bateaux London offers guests unrivalled views of some of the capital’s top sights, from Big Ben through to Tower Bridge, from its two vessels, the Scandinavian-designed Harmony and the Parisian Symphony. The boats’ picture-frame windows afford fine views, while exclusive cruises, use of a private room or tables at a shared event cater for differing group sizes. Awards ceremonies, drinks receptions and dinner-dances can all be arranged on board.

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Sea Containers Events

Sea Containers Events

Sea Containers Events
Max Meeting 215
Max Standing 600
Max Banquet 150

18 Upper Ground, 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.

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Northbank

Northbank

Northbank
Max Meeting 50
Max Standing 175
Max Banquet 110

1 Paul's Walk, 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.

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Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge
Max Meeting 40
Max Standing 250
Max Banquet 120

Tower Bridge Road , London, SE1 2UP

Tower Bridge’s entertaining spaces may come as something of a surprise. A refurb has added a glass floor to the high-level Walkways linking its towers, giving fine views 42m above the river. A great spot for a private party, then. The Victorian Engine Rooms provide an atmospheric setting for drinks and dinner, while the North Tower Lounge works well for intimate lunches or evening events; with full AV, it’s also suited to daytime meetings.

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Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace
Max Meeting 180
Max Standing 1200
Max Banquet 600

East Molesey, 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.

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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 be hired exclusively for large dinners. Expect modern British menus.

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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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Little Ship Club

Little Ship Club

Little Ship Club
Max Meeting 100
Max Standing 250
Max Banquet 120

Bell Wharf Lane, Upper Thames Street, London, EC4R 3TB

Don’t be misled by the name. The Little Ship Club is well set up for large-scale events. Right next to Southwark Bridge, each of its three big spaces come with show-stopping river views. Large windows define the light-filled Dining Room. In the Clubroom, oil paintings and nautical trinkets speak to a rich nautical history. The Club Library, which can be taken with the adjoining River Room, offers built-in AV that makes it a solid choice for meetings and presentations.

 

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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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Bateaux Windsor

Bateaux Windsor

Bateaux Windsor
Max Standing 40
Max Banquet 40

Thames Side, Windsor, SL4 1QN

Bateaux Windsor’s Melody is moored on the Thames just a short walk from Windsor & Eton Riverside station. Step aboard and groups can expect an upscale experience. Three-hour private evening cruises start with a prosecco reception, before guests sit down for a four-course dinner prepared on board, then tea, coffee and petit-fours. Melody can also be hired to make the most of big social occasions such as Henley Regatta and racing at Ascot.

 

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etc venues County Hall

etc venues County Hall

etc venues County Hall
Max Meeting 400
Max Standing 700
Max Banquet 400

Riverside Building, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 7PB

Undoubtedly one of the most impressive of Etc Venues’ 15-strong portfolio, this riverside property occupies the County Hall building’s third and fourth floors. Hire options span flexible suites, exclusive-use wings and breakout spaces. We like the idea of hosting a conference in the sizeable County Suite before spilling out into the Thames Lounge for a drinks reception. From there, guests can enjoy uplifting views across the river to Big Ben.

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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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Namco Funscape

Namco Funscape

Namco Funscape
Max Meeting 90
Max Standing 1200
Max Banquet 1200

County Hall, Riverside Buildings, Westminster Bridge Road , 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.

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HQS Wellington

HQS Wellington

HQS Wellington
Max Meeting 120
Max Standing 220
Max Banquet 120

Victoria Embankment , London, WC2R 2PN

Moored near Temple tube, HQS Wellington offers a memorable backdrop for events. Her prime Thames location gives visitors excellent views of the South Bank, London Eye and river traffic. Its spaces include the wood-panelled Court Room, accessed via an ornate teak staircase; the Model Room, with its collection of antique miniature ships; and the exterior Quarter Deck, which has 180° views. Catering comes courtesy of The Cook & The Butler.

 

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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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Butlers Wharf Chop House

Butlers Wharf Chop House

Butlers Wharf Chop House
Max Meeting 50
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 140

The Butlers Wharf Building, 36e Shad Thames, 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.

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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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Houses of Parliament

Houses of Parliament

Houses of Parliament
Max Meeting 170
Max Standing 250
Max Banquet 170

Palace of Westminster, London, SW1A 0AA

Events in this British landmark’s historic spaces will resonate with groups both large and small. Situated on a Unesco World Heritage site, the Houses of Parliament confers memorable events for guests: a gala dinner in the Members Dining Room, say, or a more intimate gathering beneath the gilt brass and crystal chandelier of the Pugin Room. Right next to the Thames, the all-weather Terrace Pavilion marquee offers close-up views of the river.

 

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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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Westminster Boating Base

Westminster Boating Base

Westminster Boating Base
Max Meeting 130
Max Standing 350
Max Banquet 150

136 Grosvenor Road, 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.

 

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Cutty Sark

Cutty Sark

Cutty Sark
Max Meeting 0
Max Standing 450
Max Banquet 270

King William Walk, London, SE10 9HT

This Grade I-listed tea clipper ship – the world’s only surviving model – operates as a venue on the Greenwich riverside. In a feat of engineering, Cutty Sark has been suspended so guests can dine and entertain beneath her copper-clad hull. Elsewhere, the ’Tween Deck exhibition space can be used for receptions, intimate dinners or as breakout space. The main deck has superb views, while the mahogany-panelled Master’s Saloon is great for VIP dinners.

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City Cruises

City Cruises

City Cruises
Max Meeting 214
Max Standing 220
Max Banquet 214

Unit 6, 1 Mill Street, Scott's Sufferance Wharf, London, SE1 2DF

A familiar sight on the Thames, riverboat operator City Cruises combines an impressive sightseeing schedule with custom events and hire packages. Its sizeable fleet, which numbers 11 passenger boats and includes the 595-capacity Millennium Diamond, can be privately chartered for events spanning intimate lunches to lavish cocktail parties. The vessels range in style from sleek and modern to more traditional options, complete with wood-panelled saloons.

 

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