The County Arms is a unique venue for hire in London. Situated on Wandsworth Common it is the perfect picturesque back drop for many occasions. A London wedding venue, we are licensed to hold ceremonies and experienced in hosting the best receptions. We have multiple function spaces for hire suitable for meetings and away days as well as birthdays, engagements, parties and private dining. Warm and cosy with fireplaces for the winter and a beautiful garden for the summer.
Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery was the country retreat of Sir John Soane, one of the most influential architects in British history. Pitzhanger reopened in 2019, following a three-year £12M, award-winning conservation project to restore it to Soane’s original designs. Set in the picturesque grounds of Walpole Park, the Manor offers the feel of a countryside escape in central London, a short 8 minute walk from Ealing Broadway Underground station. Offering an exquisite range of styles for hire, from neo-classical suites to Georgian rooms with garden views to contemporary gallery and restaurant spaces, Pitzhanger is perfect for weddings, events, photography and filming. Civil ceremonies are licensed across varied spaces within the Manor and our adjacent Soane's Kitchen restaurant space can accommodate drinks and dancing to follow, ensuring that your perfect wedding day can start and end at Pitzhanger. We make filming and photography easy, offering a range of historic features, beautiful gardens and clean modern spaces. We work with first class partners who will help to deliver a memorable experience. Our approved suppliers can shape and customise events - from uplighting and floristry through to creating fully hybrid events to welcome guests joining from home or abroad.
The Pickle Factory offers 255 sqm in a slightly askew rectangular shape, with white walls throughout. Steel beams across the ceiling facilitate rigging equipment overhead and the frosted skylights allow natural daylight to pour through: this is your ideal intimate blank canvas, ready for dressing & transforming by the imaginative minds of location managers, wedding planners, pop-up stores or restaurant operators - and anyone in need of an intimate reception space.
AMP Studios are situated on the Old Kent Road in 2 railway arches with a spacious courtyard and pavilion. They are an ideal location for many types of events, from private parties, wedding receptions, product launches, exhibitions, rehearsals, community groups, exercise classes and theatre. The covered courtyard area is perfect for alfresco dining and drinks receptions and is great even in wet weather! There is a large loading bay on site so vehicles can drive directly in to unload, and vehicles can even drive inside the arch if required. The courtyard space is ideal for accommodating street food vans or outside games, and there is also a back courtyard for caterers to set up if you prefer. We have lots of tables and chairs on site which are available to use for your events, and similarly these can be stored in the back courtyard if you need the space clear. A perfect versatile venue for a range of events!
A place to have fun in what you do and who you do it with. The venues has perfect place for a party of up to 90 guests; MAMA has celebrated engagements, baby showers, Christmas parties, birthday parties, album launches and podcasts. This is the place to see and be seen; a private space at the heart of MAMA with your own secret garden cocktail bar and retractable glass roof for when the summer is at its peak. With food and drink sourced locally and made fresh with love by our award winning chefs, MAMAs is the place for the best boujie event. Located on the Hackney Road in zone 2 a ten minute walk from Bethnal Green underground on the Central Line, a short stroll from Shoreditch and well connected to the routes crossing central London. The place where everyone in London can pass through and feel taken care of by their own MAMA
Absolute Pleasure Yacht is available for private and corporate hire. Both catered and self-catered packages available.
Ebury by Fat Macy’s is a mission driven restaurant serving Middle-Eastern-inspired sharing plates for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Alongside our delicious recipes, we sell a range of natural wines and artisanal products from local suppliers and other socially-minded businesses. Our restaurant space is a beautiful airy wooden building designed by award winning architects. We are suitable for a range of events, such as weddings, private dinners and larger events.
Sizona Location, is a 2,000 square feet spacious Architect designed minimalist apartment in the heart of London EC1, located near Old Street, Angel and Clerkenwell. Ground floor courtyard garden and design conscious interior. Set over 2 levels, this popular converted warehouse has a contemporary and loft appeal, with interior and exterior patio slab paving stones, exposed brick walls and a mix of modern and retro interiors.The building exterior has a classic London warehouse look with easy access. Together with the fully opening glass doors leading to a patio area, this exciting location is suitable for product launches, filming and photo shoots plus dinners, corporate events, cocktail parties, workshops and screenings. Feel free to inquire 8 am - 8 pm Mon - Sun Tel: + 44 7956 279338 PLEASE NOTE: WE DO NOT CATER TO PRIVATE PARTIES INCLUDING ANY BIRTHDAY PARTIES FOR MORE THAN 10 PERSONS. THIS IS AN EVENT VENUE FOR BUSINESS RELATED, PRESS, FILMING/PHOTO SHOOTS AND CREATIVE EVENTS ONLY.SOME PRIVATE EVENTS ALLOWED. WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO TAKE BOOKINGS ON SHORT NOTICE AT EXCELLENT RATES. PARKING IS ALSO AVAILABLE.
Omeara is an ode to the late night escapade, inspired by the undiscovered haunts of Central America. The bar serves an array of cocktails, craft beers and wine – with our unparalleled collection of tequila leading the charge. Street food vendors directly next door can provide amazing events catering and the space has a very impressive late license. Included in the hire is the main bar downstairs as well as mezzanine bar, terrace & Omeara Live (our state of the art music venue). If you're looking for more space then The Siding can be tagged on brining capacity to 750.
Maslow's Mortimer House is devoted to exceptional hospitality. Born of a desire to fulfil the modern need for synergy between the personal and professional, we create highly considered, all encompassing environments for a discerning community that wishes to both work and unwind in elevated, yet unpretentious style. Mortimer House is a full-service hybrid hospitality proposition in the heart of London that offers workspaces, member’s lounges, private offices, a public restaurant, event spaces, meeting rooms, a gym, yoga studio and a meditation room. The penthouse-style Loft & Gallery is on the sixth floor at Mortimer House, it’s a vibrant and flexible event space with natural light flooding in from large Crittall windows and comes fully equipped with a screen, projector and PA system. The Loft & Gallery can accommodate a maximum of 120 people for a standing reception and up to 60 guests for a sit-down breakfast, lunch or dinner. It can also accommodate up to 60 theatre style for a panel discussion. The capacity may vary according to set up requirements. This distinctive space features a private balcony for guests to enjoy until 9pm. The Conservatory can accommodate up to 20 guests on one long table and is located just off from the main restaurant dining area (Mortimer House Kitchen) and separated by décor curtains to make this beautiful space exclusive for your guests.
Situated in the Railway Arches of Bethnal Green, our unique Restaurant on Paradise Row consists of a Terrace, Restaurant and Mezzanine Private Dining Room, making it the perfect space for every event. You can choose from Dinner in our Private Dining Room to a drinks reception on the Terrace in the sunshine or a full venue exclusive. Located minutes from Bethnal Green tube station makes it the ideal location in the heart of East London
Ideal for either sit down or stand up events - such as private parties, drinks receptions and networking events. The 1st floor room is a private space with it's own bar and separate entrance. It can do up to 45 for a meal and up to 90 standing. The whole pub can also be hired exclusively, with double the capacities. With different menus available and a great selection of draft and bottled beers, wine, cocktails and softs, we're confident we can tailor the event to your needs.
Central London's most versatile, multi-faceted venue, supporting Grassroots music. 229 is a multi-purpose entertainments venue which hosts gigs, club nights, awards ceremonies, comedy and fashion events, gala dinners and weekend festivals. The venue includes 2 event spaces and a Green Room. Some of the acts to have played at 229 include Kings of Leon, Paul Weller, Pet Shop Boys, Florence and the Machine, Biffy Clyro, Seasick Steve and Foals to name but a few. Managed under the umbrella of the charity, International Students House (ISH), 100% of the profit made by 229 goes directly back support our mission. We believe every young person should have the opportunity to succeed whatever their background. Together with our university partners and supporters, we provide scholarships opportunities, a home and a social programme to enable students to succeed while giving them a place to belong.
Please note: We do not hire out this venue for Birthday Parties, this is a corporate event venue. It has noise restrictions and a strict 11pm curfew, so no DJ's, live music or parties. Covid Secure Venue This light-filled space is a versatile environment for your next event. Featuring stunning views of the City skyline and Shard, and nestled close to Borough Market, the Penthouse is conveniently located a few minutes walk from London Bridge Station. A true haven in the heart of London, the Penthouse has a laid back refined vibe and offers ultimate privacy in the heart of London Bridge. A generous space with areas for breakout, two balconies and stunning floor to ceiling windows. The team at the Menier Penthouse can provide a range of catering options for your event - from breakfast pastries and buffet lunches to fully staffed champagne and canapé receptions. Catering, AV hire, DDR etc all available to meet your event requirements. A popular space for wedding receptions, corporate events, training days, product launches, filming and photo shoots. The striking setting of Menier Penthouse has made it popular with many high street, and high end, brands and it has featured in films, TV and major publications in the UK and internationally. Capacity: 60 people Max Setups Available: Theatre style / Banquet / Cabaret / Boardroom Stats: 263sqm internal space + 67sqm of open terraces. 2.7m ceiling height. Kitchen and bathroom. Private lobby with lift access. Facilities: kitchen/toilet/separate green room available on request Access: 3 minute walk from London Bridge Tube/ loading bay directly outside property/ lift opens directly into space Unfortunately we do not accept private party bookings Weddings 2021 Based in the heart of London Bridge, a stone’s throw from Borough Market, Menier Venues is a versatile collection of wedding venues and meetings and event spaces - beautifully designed with spectacular views that are set to impress for any occasion. Taking away the stresses for the many couples who have to re-plan after tweaking, changing, postponing and downsizing their weddings this last year, Menier Venues is launching intimate, safe, and most importantly stress-free wedding receptions in its most popular spaces: the Menier Penthouse and the Menier Lounge. This chic venue collection in the heart of London Bridge perfectly lends itself to an intimate and stylish soiree in the City. Ideal for couples keen to tie the knot this year without breaking the bank or losing yet another sleepless night, our reception package is a one stop shop: you tell us the date and the best bit? As much or as little as you want of the organising is taken care of — bonus! We’re talking cake, flowers, brunch or dinner, drinks, entertainment, all curated and included in the package price or as optional extras. Promising to be the easiest wedding reception anyone has ever had to plan; our wedding reception package comes as a direct response to the pandemic and the restrictions couples who are eager to plan their big day now face. Our packages offer you and your guests a memorable ‘big day’ experience with all the traditional touchpoints of a wedding reception noted and organised in our signature Menier Venues style. We are proud to be a Covid Secure venue, acredited by Hirespace Safer Venues, enabling us to create these packages with your safety in mind. Contact us for more information.
Located in the heart of Clerkenwell, the Crypt on the Green offers a magnificent venue for exhibitions, wedding receptions, wine tastings, conferences, live performances and much more. With vaulted arches, exposed brickwork and parquet flooring, this unique and versatile space is bound to help make your event unforgettable. We have 4 spaces available to hire, so whether you're looking for a party location for 300 guests or a small meeting space for 10, we've got something on offer for you. This unique venue is located at the heart of Clerkenwell, one of London's most attractive, historic & accessible areas, and is situated within walking distance of Farringdon and Angel tube stations. Please note, the Crypt on the Green is not available on Sundays!
Our venue for hire in London is located in on the Kings Road, Chelsea & is ideal for event organisers looking to host the perfect business event in a unique venue in London. With several versatile spaces & a range of facilities, Beaufort House Chelsea is the perfect corporate & conference venue in London. We are also a popular private dinner party venue with 3 stylish rooms to choose from. Finally Beaufort House Chelsea is a renowned Wedding Venue in London, close to Chelsea Old Town Hall.
Baby showers were virtually unheard of in the UK 15 years ago, but now the American trend has caught on and it’s safe to say that just like Elf on a Shelf, it is here to stay. Many people are still a little bit confused about what exactly is supposed to happen at a baby shower however, so if you’ve been tasked with organising one for your best friend or colleague, it’s a good idea to know exactly what’s expected of you.
What is a Baby Shower?
A baby shower is a party that usually happens before the birth of a child were guests ‘shower’ the expectant mum with gifts. While in the UK it has always been traditional to wait until after the birth before giving gifts, the baby shower trend has taken over from this. Yet you can still have it after the birth. There are pros and cons to both of these, so it’s best to talk to the mum-to-be herself or to her family before you start organising.
Before the Birth
This is the tradition that has come to us from the States, and it does have its benefits. For one, an expectant mum can put together a small gift registry of items that she needs before the baby gets here. She can then have the nursey set-up and any additional items bought in preparation. While all gifts are welcome, sometimes buying from a registry instead of the usual cuddly toys and clothes that tend to appear after the birth, can really help a new family out. It also gives the new parents an excuse to not see visitors for a time after the birth, as no one will be bringing round presents and interrupting while they try and get into a new routine. Not only that, but it’s something for mum to look forward too as her pregnancy progresses.
After the Birth
Some expectant mothers would rather wait until they have had a healthy child, and everyone is back home and doing well before celebrating. Call this superstition, but many in the UK don’t like the new baby shower tradition for exactly this reason. If you are hosting a party after the birth, it can also double as a naming day. Everyone will know baby’s name and gender and can buy gifts accordingly. This way, the new parents can get all of the visitors over in one day, and it brings a sense of normalcy with it after the birth.
Pick a Date
It’s important that the date works with the majority, if not all, of the people invited. If it is happening before the birth, it’s usually in the seventh or eighth month of pregnancy. If after, it’s going to be more likely to change, but normally it is at least 8 weeks after the birth.
A baby shower doesn’t always have to happen at someone’s house. To get away from the pressures of hosting in your own space, consider hiring a chilled-out venue where everyone can gather. Afternoon tea is popular for baby showers, after all, the mum can’t drink! Yet there are so many unique baby shower venues for hire in London, that you’re sure to find something to suit everyone tastes.
Decide who’s invited
As a baby shower is a more modern tradition, everything about it is flexible. Most often, it is the mum-to-be’s closest female relatives and friends, but if the boys want to get involved, then there’s no reason why they shouldn’t! Having dad there as well can add a lot of fun to the party and will provide you with even more ideas for entertainment.
Some decorations are essential for any baby shower, and there are a number of themes that work really well. As baby showers have grown more popular, decorations have popped up in loads of shops, and of course there is always a whole range of items available online. A cake is traditional and can decorated to match your theme.
Games at a baby shower are essential. There are a whole range to choose from as well, that start at the sweet and innocent and go all the way into ‘diaper’ humour. If the mum to be doesn’t know the gender, having everyone guess is fun, and games are a great way to break the ice between people who might not know each other too well.
While the expectant mother can’t have any alcohol, having a few mimosas or something similar aren’t out of place at a baby shower, just forego the shots!
Food is always essential. Having cakes and sweet treats is good, but savoury nibbles should also be included.
Let everyone know the final date in plenty of time and send out invites. If there is a gift registry, make sure the guests know about it.
Keep birth and pregnancy horror stories to a minimum. If someone tries to talk about anything too gross, change the subject. A baby shower is not the place.
Stick to the ending time. No one likes guests that stay past their welcome, and particularly not If you’re heavily pregnant. Take the reins and make sure everyone leaves on time.
A baby shower is a time for the ultimate celebration of bringing a new life into the world. It should be relaxed, carefree, and above all, good fun. Your friend or colleague is sure to remember the party your throw for them for years to come, and it will be a welcome break for them as they reach the end of their pregnancy or are still adjusting to life with a new-born.
London has so many venues to offer party planners and event planners, including some of the best venues for a baby shower. With Canvas, you can find your perfect baby shower venue by using our search function. Our venues specify if they can host a baby shower, and then you can narrow down your results with our search filters.
When planning any kind of event, you should always consider the same things: type of venue, venue location, number of guests, necessary facilities and amenities, and food and drink. Depending on the type of baby shower you want to host, you should choose a venue that meets all your requirements. With the help of our search filters, you can narrow down your results to baby shower venues that suit your event planning.
What happens at a baby shower is entirely up to you. It's a time for family, friends and colleagues of the parents-to-be to celebrate the baby's upcoming arrival - so it's always fun! The typical baby shower will have an afternoon tea style party, with tables full of cakes and baked goods. The guests will bring along their own yummy contributions as well as gifts for the baby-to-be. There tends to be lots of games for the parents-to-be and the guests to play too.
If you're planning the baby shower for the parents-to-be, you will no doubt want to make it a unique event. Whether you're doing it at home or hiring out a venue to celebrate, use baby shower decor to boost the theme of the day and make it extra special. It's a super special and personal occasion, so make it a personal event! Incorporate the personalities, styles and hobbies of the parents-to-be into the different factors of the baby shower party.
On the hunt for a venue with afternoon tea for a baby shower? No problem. With Canvas, you can search through our selection of London's favourite venues and make the most of our search filters or our specific Baby Shower venue category page. Use the filters to let us know how many guests you need to cater for and the facilities you'll need to make this event extra special. If there are a few venues for a baby shower that catch your eye, make sure you use our Wishlist feature and get in touch with several venues at the same time.