The best venues with a view in London

When it comes to booking a venue in London, there are many things to consider: location, capacity, food, drink, amenities. However, you should never underestimate the power of a good view when it comes to entertaining your guests. From scenic vistas, to twinkling city skylines, a whole host of London venues with a view are just waiting to be discovered. If you’re a Londoner, you might have seen the skyline in all its glory from up high before, but even if guests have similarly soaked up the sights previously, it won’t stop the exclamations of delight when they are able to spot London’s landmarks from a height. Out come the cameras and suddenly you are everyone’s favourite host!

Updated on 16 May 2023

The venues included in our list of London venues with a view offer some of the best photo opportunities that you can find in the capital. They take in the city's famous landmarks, tourist attractions and captivating skyline and are available to hire for a whole range of events, including summer parties, birthday dinners and corporate functions.

Whether you're on the hunt for a luxury venue in Mayfair or a cool venue in Shoreditch, their lofty elevations and stunning panoramas make them some of the best spots in London and many of these attractions are enjoyed by tens of thousands of visitors every year. As well as wowing the tourists, these London venues can also be used for private functions; our list of the best venues with a view London has to offer contains an eclectic mixture of venues, some of which are able to cater for large parties, while others are more intimate locations that make for ideal event venues for gatherings with just a select few friends or colleagues.

Some of the other London venues listed here are grand, historic buildings that have been there for years, while others are more contemporary venues that are relatively new additions to the cityscape. Read below to discover our pick of the best venues with a view London has to offer.

SUSHISAMBA City

SUSHISAMBA City

110 Bishopsgate, City of London, London, EC2N 4AY

SUSHISAMBA City is the perfect event venue for any occasion, with room for up to 600 people. With multitudes of areas, inclding a restaurant, bar and private dining rooms, it is super flexible. Aside from the spaces though, it's the exquisite views from its East Terrace and Tree Terrace that keep people coming back.

Max Standing 470
Max Banquet 160
The Broadcaster & Aerial Rooftop

The Broadcaster & Aerial Rooftop

89 Wood Lane, White City, London, W12 7FX

With three floors and an Aerial rooftop, The Broadcaster is available to rent for events ranging from small private dining groups of 30 to large parties of 300. The impressive modern architecture makes for a gorgeous backdrop to all kinds of events, with massive windows allowing natural light in at any time of the year. The stunning views here are best experienced from the rooftop bar and dining area.

Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 150
Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London

Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London

31 St Thomas Street, London Bridge, London, SE1 9QU

With its floor-to-ceiling windows, stunning views at the Shangri-La are an impressive given. This five-star hotel spans floors 34-52 of The Shard, and has a host of event spaces accommodating up to 140 people for private functions and events. The Ren Room is always popular, thanks to its extravagant staircase which allows you incredible views of London's Skyline.

Max Meeting 120
Max Standing 140
Max Banquet 100
Swan at the Globe

Swan at the Globe

21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London, SE1 9DT

Located at the Globe, with stunning views of the river Thames and St Paul’s Cathedral, The Swan’s private dining rooms are idyllic venues perfect for dinners, celebrations and family gatherings. With five different spaces available, ranging from 16 to 425 guests, be ready for an event worthy of a Shakespearean play.

Max Meeting 56
Max Theatre 70
Max Standing 425
Max Banquet 250
Sea Containers Events

Sea Containers Events

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

Sprawled across the top three floors of the Sea Containers building, overlooking the Thames, Sea Container Events offers six events spaces capable of hosting up to 600 people. The private terraces have stunning views of The Shard, St Paul’s Cathedral and the London Eye - to name just a few sights. Floor-to-ceiling windows and its gorgeous roof-top ensure this one feel exclusive, making it the ultimate venue with a view in London.

Max Meeting 215
Max Standing 600
Max Banquet 150
SUSHISAMBA Covent Garden

SUSHISAMBA Covent Garden

35 The Market Building,, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 8RF

SUSHISAMBA in Covent Garden looks out from atop the Opera Terrace over the bustling market below. The bar swathed in verdure, the open-style kitchen, and the private dining room make the perfect backdrops for events of all kinds, which can run up to 500 people.

Max Standing 500
Max Banquet 140
Pocket Square Skyline Bar and Terrace

Pocket Square Skyline Bar and Terrace

9th Floor, Hyatt Place London City East, Aldgate, London, E1 1DU

Taking up the ninth floor of the Hyatt Place Hotel, Pocket Square Skyline Bar and Terrace is an exclusive restaurant, bar and event space capable of accommodating 80 guests. It is sure to wow guests with floor-to-ceiling windows, an outdoor terrace, and its great cocktails.

Max Standing 100
Max Banquet 80
The Standard, London

The Standard, London

10 Argyle Street, King's Cross, London, WC1H 8EG

Originating in the US, The Standard Hotel has made its way to King's Cross, with ten unique event spaces available for hire. Views are abundant throughout, but the floor-to-ceiling windowed restaurant and bar Decimo, with room for 400, as well as the Suite Terrace and the Rooftop bar, exceed the rest.

Max Standing 400
Max Banquet 130
Rose Court Events

Rose Court Events

Rose Court Events, Southwark, London, SE1 9HS

Private dining rooms, grand halls and flexible areas for events of all sorts; Rose Court Events can accommodate over 700 guests across its three floors. With impressive architecture throughout, its wow factor, round glass-encased-outside-area and a sprawling staircase leading to a rooftop terrace with 360 degrees views over London, this one makes for an unforgettable experience.

Max Meeting 14
Max Standing 450
Max Banquet 140
Le Pont de la Tour

Le Pont de la Tour

The Butlers Wharf Building, Bermondsey, London, SE1 2YE

Inspired by the French cruise liner SS Normandie, Le Pont de la Tour breathes French decadence in every details - from the food and drinks to the décor and the location. Available for small events of about ten to exclusively renting out the whole space with its capacity for 300 guests, the riverside views of Tower Bridge, best viewed from the bar terrace, are magnifique.

Max Meeting 110
Max Standing 400
Max Banquet 110
Skylon

Skylon

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Southbank, London, SE1 8XX

With a restaurant, bar and grill all available to rent out, Skylon is the perfect venue for any event, seated or standing, with space for up to 500 people. Located in the Royal Festival Hall, its giant chandeliers and sky-high ceilings are impressive, but it is the floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Thames that make this space so sought after.

Max Standing 500
Max Banquet 300
Duck & Waffle

Duck & Waffle

110 Bishopsgate, City of London , London, EC2N 4AY

Looking down from the top of Heron Tower, 40 floors up, Duck & Waffle - the gastro diner infamous for its exclusive parties and events- is home to London's highest private dining room. With a restaurant, bar and private dining room, the maximum capacity is 250 guests and no matter where you are in this venue; you're sure to get a fantastic view of London.

Max Standing 250
Max Banquet 120
14 Hills

14 Hills

14th floor, 120 Fenchurch St, , City of London, London, EC3M 5BA

Whether hiring it out exclusively for up to 350 guests or instead looking for a private dining experience, 14 Hills boasts a restaurant, bar and private dining room fit for any occasion. This one is sure to wow guests as they peek out on the picturesque London views from within the lush space deocrated with flourishing greenery.

Max Standing 350
Max Banquet 170
The View

The View

38-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields, Holborn, London, WC2A 3PE

With a maximum capacity of 300, The View, located on the sixth floor of the royal college of surgeons, offers recently refurbished, flexible conference facilities. In addition, a large terrace provides stunning city views, and its first floor Lumley Library is available for private evening events.

Max Meeting 63
Max Theatre 300
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 180
Searcys at The Gherkin

Searcys at The Gherkin

30 St Mary Axe, City of London, London, EC3A 8EP

For any event, you name it, the 360-degree views from floors 38, 39 and 40 of Searcys at The Gherkin will exceed expectations. Alongside its glass-dome-encased top floor with views for miles, private dining rooms, meeting rooms, a bar, and a restaurant are all available to rent with a maximum capacity of 250. If it’s an unforgettable event you’re after, this is the venue for you.

Max Meeting 140
Max Standing 260
Max Banquet 140
IET London: Savoy Place

IET London: Savoy Place

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

A venue for events of all kinds - business and party alike - IET London Savoy Place is located in the heart of London, and offers a selection of spaces to hire. Though most of its rooms offer stunning views, the Johnson Roof Terrace is unrivalled with its impressive vistas of London and the Thames. Capable of catering to 200 guests, come summer, this is one of the best outdoor venues to hire.

Max Meeting 50
Max Theatre 451
Max Standing 330
Max Banquet 330
Nobu Hotel London Shoreditch

Nobu Hotel London Shoreditch

10-50 Willow Street, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 4BH

Nobu is known globally for its world-class Japanese-Peruvian cuisine; however, there is more to it than just the food. Nobu Hotel in Shoreditch offers a selection of private spaces for hire, with the Kaijo events space being the most flexible. The penthouse event space's rooftop terrace is one of the best places in London for envy-worthy views and great photos to boot.

Max Meeting 100
Max Standing 200
Max Banquet 240
Coq d

Coq d'Argent

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

With its famous rooftop garden providing an escape from the heaving city below, Coq d'Argent is a venue with multiple views from its many outdoor terraces and expansive restaurant and bar. Whether an intimate gathering or a celebration for up tp 300, your event's success is guaranteed with fantastic French food, cocktails and canapes here.

Max Meeting 70
Max Standing 400
Max Banquet 150
Galvin at Windows

Galvin at Windows

28th Floor, London Hilton on Park Lane, Mayfair, London, W1K 1BE

As the name suggests, Galvin at Windows boasts panoramic views from its window-clad 28th-floor rooftop spot, found in Mayfair's tallest building. Exquisite views of Buckingham Palace can be seen everywhere you look in this venue, which is available to hire for as many as 300 guests.

Max Meeting 45
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 140
Glaziers Hall

Glaziers Hall

9 Montague Close, London Bridge, London, SE1 9DD

A mix of modern and heritage design, Glazier Hall offers seven varying spaces ready and available for your next event. Whether for a small business meeting, an awards ceremony or a drinks reception, there is a space for it here with a maximum capacity of 300. What makes this venue so popular, however, is its views over the river Thames and the city surroundings.

Max Meeting 300
Max Theatre 300
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 220

Finding a venue with pretty views does not have to mean taking the lift 20 floors up. If you would prefer to find somewhere more grounded for your next event, why not explore these London venues with gardens and courtyards instead?

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