The inherent grandness of banquet halls allows such spaces to lend themselves to all manner of events that need a certain air of class and sophistication. So, be it for a formal dinner as would be the tradition or simply a function at which you want to impress, we think the following sophisticated venues in East London are all worthy of your consideration.
1901 Ballroom brings with it an instant sense of drama, with its vast ceiling height and imposing pillars. This Grade II listed building serves as a stunning backdrop, with a number of period features and ornate details sure to delight. Chief amongst these however is surely the original stained glass dome which was successful preserved throughout both World Wars against all the odds. The nearest transport options include the likes of Liverpool Street and Moorgate tube stations.
Completed in the much sought-after Art Deco style that never goes out of fashion, Hackney Town Hall boasts an effortless sense of decadence. The lovingly restored Assembly Hall retains a number of its original features, including 1930s chandeliers and the sprung dancefloor. This generously proportioned main space can be kept open or separated using floor-to-ceiling partitions if needed, which in addition to 3 smaller spaces, keeps your options open with regards to the scale and layout of your event.
Wilberforce and Quayside in The Museum of London Docklands has, as you would expect, a foot set firmly in the past, which forms a great contrast with the outlook onto the decidedly more modern skyline of Canary Wharf. This Grade I listed former Georgian warehouse was built way back in 1802 and still has the original pine columns and various other details that now juxtapose stylishly with contemporary fittings that ensure the space still serves as a practical venue in the here and now.
Elder Street is a highly adaptable offering, with the plethora of spaces at your disposal including the vertical garden and courtyard, The Undercroft, The Workshop, the Upper Lobby, the Canteen and the Kitchen, meaning you are positively spoilt for choice. Despite this range of spaces, there is in fact a somewhat more intimate capacity of 100 on offer, making it a good choice for a more low-key event. Both Shoreditch High Street and Liverpool Street stations can be reached in around 5 minutes.
For something completely different, The Arts & Ecology Pavilions are architecturally striking and highly contemporary spaces that come as blank canvases, allowing you the creative freedom to transform them as you see fit. The tranquil surroundings of Mile End Park mean you feel tucked away from the hectic bustle of the city centre, but with the nearest tube stop just 5 minutes away, you’re still well connected back into the hub of London. Parking, loading space and step free access make arrival and set up for the event as easy as possible.