Why not up the ante on your next event with a location that will get people talking? We’ve chosen five in and around London that fit the bill

The Postal Museum venue hire

Maximum standing capacity 275
USP The train rides around the old postal system that can be added on to functions

As the newest venue on our list, The Postal Museum’s underground Mail Rail rides still provide an air of mystery that’s sure to build anticipation for whatever event you’re hosting. We also like that the underground space for standing events has an industrial chic vibe: think exposed brick walls, vaulted ceilings and moody lighting.  

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Maximum standing capacity 400
USP Private face time with famous portraits 

With artworks dating back to Tudor and Regency eras, there’s an instant atmosphere added to drinks receptions without bookers having to do much work. The Victorian galleries are our pick of the lot, with marble busts lining the central corridor. It’s also pretty special to see the galleries at night when the spaces are lit up by coloured lights. 

Searcys The Gherkin - venue hire

Maximum standing capacity 260
USP 360-degree views of the London skyline 

This one is only available to members during the day, but you can grant important clients or high-performing employees access with an evening event. A successful reception requires top canapés, and the offering from Searcys here is strong: crispy gnocchi with gorgonzola, mackerel rillettes, and lamb kofta. Start things off at a time that will make the most of the sunset vistas.

Warner Bros

Maximum standing capacity 1250
USP Adding a touch of magic to proceedings

If you’ve got a long guest list, a whopping 1,250 can be catered for in the studio that brought the fictional world of Harry Potter to life. Differing levels of fandom aside, it’s difficult to not feel a certain sparkle of excitement when mingling in the Great Hall or next to the train at Platform 9¾. Plus, bookers can arrange for experts who worked on the films to speak at receptions. 

5. Tower Bridge, SE1 

Tower Bridge venue hire

Maximum standing reception 250
USP The glass floor in the Walkways 

Iconic may have become an overused term, but in this case it couldn’t be more apt. The twin turrets of Tower Bridge are known the world over, and so putting the name on your event invite has a certain appeal. What’s more, the high-level Walkways that link the towers had glass floors installed in 2015, meaning there are impressive views of the Thames from beneath guests’ feet.

We also like these venues for standing receptions with oodles of atmosphere