The Fellow is a discreetly stylish hidden gem of a pub just around the corner from the grandeur of the new Kings Cross station. With a focus on the finer things and some wonderful spaces to enjoy them in, The Fellow is the ideal place to gather your gang together to celebrate an engagement, a birthday or a Friday!
Gabeto is The Cuban Spirit of Camden Market. This recently refurbished restaurant and bar combines class and cool with amazing interior design that’s perfect for Instagram! From high-level dining booths to eclectic retro furniture fused with naturally elegant period features and funky, local inspired art – Gabeto is Camden’s trendiest events venue. Set over 2 floors with outdoor terrace space ,Gabeto is one of the most flexible and highly sought after events spaces in the market. From product and car launches to fashion shows and intimate high-end dinners, our expert team can create your bespoke event and be on hand to make sure it goes exactly to plan.
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.
This stunning 3300 sq ft converted bank complete with period feature ceilings, situated in the heart of Mayfair, is complete with original ornamental ceiling features combined with industrial exposed pipework creating a remarkable contemporary interior. Located in the heart of Mayfair, and a six-minute walk from both Green Park and Oxford Circus, this is a prime location in one of London’s busiest luxury shopping districts. Situated next door to some of the city’s most renowned locations and the most elite brands in the world on New Bond Street and Berkley Square. The gallery provides a unique atmosphere for those looking to host a premium event. The pristine interior of a white space gallery makes it the ideal venue for press and brand launches, conferences, private dining, fashion shows, exclusive parties and memorable functions. The gallery is complete with grey polished concrete floors, white walls and adjustable lighting throughout the space. This venue is well-equipped for your events with a street-level entrance, kitchen area and large professional LED screen.
We are a bar and restaurant based on a flat-share concept, designed to look and feel exactly like being round at somebody's home, located in the heart of Notting Hill off the iconic Portobello Road. Our quirky, homely and vibrant flat is a fully licensed venue with award winning food and drinks on offer alongside a variety of spaces perfect for private and dry hire including birthday parties, dinner parties, corporate parties and team away days, filmings and photoshoots and most other private hire formats! It has two floors available for hire, The Living Room and The Flatmates Den, which can be rented together for full private or dry hire based on your group size and requirements at favourable rates. Based on the award winning pop-up of the same name on Notting Hill Gate which opened 4 years ago, has already hosted the likes of Boy George, Wretch 32. The Fratellis, Duran Duran and many more filming crews, fashion brands and PR agencies for all forms of pop-ups and venue hire events. Looking for something more personal? We've hosted hundreds of wedding receptions, birthday parties, dinner parties, private house parties and just about any other gathering you can think of! Get in touch and we'll be able to provide you with a bespoke quote for your event. *** Please note our venue is not available for Private Hire on Fridays and Saturdays during operating hours unless you have a substantial budget as these are our peak operating hours. On Fridays and Saturdays we usually operate on a minimum spend bases for non-exclusive area bookings. ***
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.
Park Village Studios, also known as the Old Riding School, was built in 1892 as an indoor riding arena to serve the residents of the Nash Houses of Regent’s Park. Protected by English Heritage, its eclectic history includes housing elephants, giraffes and a brown bear named ‘Spitfire’, when nearby London Zoo was bombed in WW2. Park Village Studios is situated metres from the Gloucester Gate entrance to Regent's Park. Offering 7,000 sq ft of flexible event space over three distinctive areas, the studios have been converted to provide a stunning setting for film, photography and a wide array of events - from workshops, weddings and product launches to film screenings, large scale conferences and brand events, complete with break-out rooms and state-of-the-art AV and production. STUDIO 1: Studio 1 is the centrepiece of Park Village, a 2,700 sq ft double-height converted Victorian riding arena. At one end, a beautiful cast-iron spiral staircase leads to the original decorative viewing gallery and The Stables. At the other, a J-shaped infinity cove provides an eye-catching backdrop for 3D mapping, projections and set-dressing possibilities. Studio 1 has full blackout and daylight options, as well as flexible lighting set-ups from the steel rigging. Perfect for large numbers and big production builds. STUDIO 2: Studio 2 is a more contemporary space used for product launches, presentations, as a gallery, a break-out area or catering set-up for larger events when exclusively hiring the building. With drive-in vehicle access, an open kitchen and its own Styling Suite, Studio 2 is an ultra-flexible events space. The mezzanine area above Studio 2 comes as part of the rental of this space. STUDIO 3 (THE STABLES): With its high-vaulted wooden beamed ceiling and elegant tiles, Studio 3 (The Stables) offers a pleasing contrast to the other studio spaces. At 1,300 sq ft it benefits from excellent natural light, with the option of full blackout. The space includes a large entrance lobby, accessible via an industrial staircase built over the original horse ramp. It can be hired individually for drinks receptions, workshops, screenings and conferences or used as a breakout room when exclusively hiring the building. FEATURES, FACILITIES & SPECS: Features: - Former Victorian riding school - English Heritage protected - Vaulted ceilings - Vintage tiling - Reception area - Drive-in access - Four separate entrance options - Natural light / black out options - Outdoor garden / smoking area Facilities: - Full-service commercial kitchen - preferred caterers list available - Three parking spaces - Two separate make-up rooms, with classic styling stations - Can provide chairs, tables, flipcharts and other conference equipment - Flatscreen TV Specs: - State of the art audio and PA system - Full HD projector (6K Lumens) - Lecterns, screens and wireless microphones - 1 Gig Ultra-fast wifi throughout the building - 3 phase power CAPACITIES: Studio 1: Standing - 300 Theatre - 225 Banquet - 175 Cabaret - 140 Studio 2: Standing - 100 (140 with mezzanine) Theatre - 80 Banquet - 75 Cabaret - 75 Studio 3 (The Stables): Standing - 100 Theatre - 100 Banquet - 100 Cabaret - 80
The Hope and Anchor is perfectly situated between Brixton and Clapham and is the perfect unique venue in London for any event or party. With two floors including a private room and our enchanting garden, we offer individual heated outdoor huts, two outdoor bars and have ample space to accommodate all needs. We have space for private drinks parties, meetings, work gatherings or as event space for hire. With a focus on cocktails, burgers and finger food we can tailor bespoke packages and offer personalised service for any event all in our exiting, fun bar complete with DJs and late night drinks.
Based in an iconic building with a rich history, Battersea Arts Centre is a unique venue with a number of flexible spaces for events of all sizes. With an eclectic mix of historical architecture and theatrical flair, the venue provides everything you need to make your event last long in the memory. Battersea Arts Centre hosts a wide variety of events; from weddings, award ceremonies, parties, location filming and conferences. Capacities of largest rooms in the venue (multiple spaces available): Grand Hall: Event Seating: 600 Cabaret: 500 Dining: 350 Standing: 800 Council Chamber: Event Seating: 160 Cabaret: 150 Dining: 120 Standing: 200 Boardroom: 40
We are very excited to be able to host small events and weddings for up to 30 guests from 1st October in our Balcony Room, and we are taking enquiries now. Can’t wait until then? Visit our Bankside Bar and Restaurant for drinks, dinner or afternoon tea for a taste of what we can offer you. Looking out onto St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Thames and, of course, the Globe Theatre, our top floor Balcony room has a private balcony allowing your guests an exclusive space from which to take in London. If it’s a sit down affair, whether for a meeting or dinner, then 70 guests can be accommodated comfortably. If you are hosting a standing reception then 120 guests can enjoy the space. The Balcony Room overlooking the world-famous Globe theatre is one of the most romantic wedding venues in London, we are fully registered for weddings – all you have to do is find your Romeo or Juliet!
Asia House is a beautiful Grade II* listed Georgian Town House in central London. Hidden away from the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street and Regent Street, our venue is highly flexible and can accommodate a wide range of events from 2 to 250 guests. The building offers three Fine Rooms in the Regency style of architecture with high decorative ceilings, and marble fireplaces on the 1st floor, two smaller meeting rooms on the ground floor, a 10-12 seat boardroom with plasma screen, and one unique purpose-built exhibition spaces.
The Coach House stands proudly next to the Dog & Fox hotel; an iconic pub & bedrooms in the heart of Wimbledon Village established in the 1800’s, featuring the widest and most versatile choices of private hire areas within Wimbledon; making it the perfect place to begin your happily ever after. Whether it is a small intimate wedding or a grand affair, the Coach House is a neutral space ready to be made your own from ceremony to reception; whether you deck the room with flowers or leave as is for a classic celebration. An all-year-round venue, the Coach House provides a beautiful setting in both winter and summer with British seasonal menus, an extensive wine list and little extras to create a bespoke package for your special day. With an onsite dedicated events planner at your disposal it couldn’t be easier. The Coach House holds a ceremony license for up to 120 guests and is also available for receptions only for up to 140 guests seated or 300 standing. With the addition of 28 exquisite, individually designed boutique bedrooms above the venue, including a beautiful bridal suite with terrace, the Dog & Fox is the perfect spot from start to finish. Each room stylishly hints at the surrounding heritage of Wimbledon, with bespoke furniture and décor, complimented by our individual pub history. Ideally positioned just a 10-minute walk to Wimbledon train station and around the corner from the beautiful Wimbledon common, the Dog & Fox is the perfect place to hold your wedding. For more information, please do not hesitate to get in touch today! Brand new venue nestled in the heart of South West London | Ideal for both intimate and large-scale celebrations | Extensive package options with the choice to create a bespoke package just for you! | Onsite dedicated events planner to help create your special day | 28 boutique bedrooms available for you and your guests | Neutral, blank canvas space for you to realise your wedding dreams | Beautiful bridal suite for the newlywed couple! | Situated close to fantastic transport links
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.
Set in a modern, glass-fronted building, the Paternoster sits right next to St Paul's Cathedral, providing the perfect metaphor for London today: the modern juxtaposed against the traditional. This theme continues inside, the Paternoster is set in a bright, airy, open plan space, but still retains the traditional values that encapsulate the British pub.
Specialising in handmade liquor, Portobello Star Signature Cocktails are made using the team's own in-house spirit infusions. The Portobello Star is also becoming a sought-after destination for private apartment, offering organisers the opportunity to host an intimate party without worrying about any of the cleaning up after! A favourite for celebrations and industry launches, the apartment party is an on-trend option for hosting high-end events in stylish surroundings while serving superior food and drinks to your guests. All our spaces are available to hire both daytime and evening.
A sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Petersham Nurseries Covent Garden offers a unique lifestyle destination in the heart of central London. Two restaurants, a delicatessen, florist and lifestyle shop are all united by Floral Court, offering a variety of opportunities to suit any occasion. The Petersham is an opulent setting for any event. Sweeping windows, Genoese chandeliers and a private terrace, perfect for a drinks reception or grand entrance. With moveable furniture and a creative team, the space is versatile and an impressive backdrop for all occasions. Take ove the full venue and enjoy drinks in the private dining space and garden, before pulling back the curtains to reveal the beautiful main dining room where long banqueting tables will be dressed for your feast. During dining, the private dining room can be transformed once more to provide the perfect space for dancing the night away. Ideal for a wedding reception to follow a choice of licensed ceremony spaces across the site or any style of celebration. Groups of 12-36 seated and 40 to stand can enjoy the beautiful private dining room, within the main restaurant. Made private by heavy curtains, your guests will be welcomed through their own terrace entrance. The room is drenched in light, with floor to ceiling windows and garden doors which open onto to Floral Court.
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.