London is home to some of the coolest and most unique venues you’ll find anywhere in the world, and the secret places we’ve presented below are hidden gems, including easy access to some of the best bars, food options, hotels and pubs you’ll find anywhere in the city. In fact, whether you’re touring, or looking for the perfect venue to host a corporate event, party, or wedding, these locations encompass centuries of history, and are some of London’s best kept secrets.
TRAMP in Mayfair is an iconic private members club, which has played home to music veterans, acting legends and showbiz personalities since 1969, never losing its enviable allure. Renowned for being unique in London’s nightlife, today the private members club, restaurant and cocktail bar is the go-to haunt of the nation’s fashion capital.
Shoreditch Town Hall is a unique venue in London perfect for product launches, conferences, fashion shows and dinners. As an arts venue with a programme of non-traditional theatre, it has established itself as a key part of the east London cultural landscape. With eight stunning spaces, hireable in a number of configurations, clients can create events that are completely unique, guaranteeing a creative and innovative brand experience for guests, just five minutes’ walk from the City of London.
As the very literal name would suggest, The Umbrella Factory is a warehouse style venue that began its life a factory that produced umbrellas. Now an adaptable venue that has been used as the setting for all sorts of different event types, it is a blank canvas ripe for conversion into your dream space, be it for a wedding, a product launch party or just about anything in between. The high ceilings, south facing windows and skylight in the first floor main gallery ensure an abundance of natural light floods the space, making it feel bright, spacious and airy.
Hoxton Docks is a great waterside venue found on the banks of the regent’s canal in Hackney E2. Having once been a coal storage facility, it retains a feeling of rustic, urban charm, making it an atmospheric and highly versatile space that can be used for many different occasions, both private and corporate. With 2 rooftop spaces and a spacious courtyard also on offer, this is a very flexible hidden gem that is well connected to the rest of the city thanks to Haggerston and Hoxton tube stations, reached in just 8 and 15 minutes respectively.
An idyllic playground that is part of Hught Middleton School sits above what remains of the Clerkenwell House of Detention. It’s one of London’s best kept secrets, and was once an old prison. It has a checkered history stretching back hundreds of years into the early 1600s. In 1780 it was destroyed by fire during the Gordon Riots, and then in 1893 it was demolished to build the school above. However, beneath the playground, significant portions of the original buildings remain. This isn’t your usual walk in some of the city’s other attractions. Rather, it’s a step back in time to a once abandoned venue that’s one of the coolest and most unique places in the city.
Old, and charming, the Roost is a classic Victorian era pub spanning four unique floors. It’s filled with interesting original features, and decorated in a mix of old and new. Stately charm is visible throughout, with corrugated iron decorations, antique furniture, and some of the most thought provoking art you’ll find anywhere. A mix of classic paint and designer wallpapers, the interior appeal of this incredible venue is undeniable, but then so are the delicacies that can be produced in its amazing commercial kitchen. Whether you’re looking to see something cool, or want to have an eclectic or professional themed event, you’ll be enchanted by all this unique location has to offer, and what you can do with it.
There are gems to be found in the city, and then there are diamonds in the rough. Church Walk is one such place, embracing North London’s long history, and her unique blend of culture and character. One of the only venues in town with walls displaying iron and copper features against industrial brickwork, the feel of this location is a mix of possibility and promise. There are two studios, which are joined by a large door. They can be rented separately or together, and make a fantastic place to host any sort of event that isn’t too noisy, as there are noise restrictions. However, corporate events, product launches, and workshops will all find a welcome and inviting home here, with the space providing many options.
A hidden high tech paradise can be found in the brilliantly designed and themed VeLOFT venue, hiding one of the city’s most well kept secret rooftops. The facility is at the heart of London’s Tech City, and offers everything you’d expect from one of the most richly appointed conference or entertainment locations in town. Suitable for smaller and more intimate gatherings of up to 150 guests, the space offers offers a large screen for audio visual presentations, open areas tastefully decorated with modern corporate themed furnishings, and separate areas for groups to mingle or share hors d’oeuvres and drinks. You’ll be thrilled with the space, and guests will love the modern and artistic appeal found throughout.