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Find and book the best baby shower party venues that London has to offer right here! It's time to celebrate the baby's arrival in style.... Baby Shower - Venue Hire London | Canvas Events Baby Shower - Venue Hire London | Canvas Events
 

Baby Shower Venues in London

Find and book a unique baby shower venue in London

It’s not just the expectant parent-to-be who feels excited when there’s a new baby on the way, and a shower is the ideal way to bring together your loved ones so they can share in the joy. With plenty to be getting on with in terms of preparations for the baby’s arrival, we want to do our bit to make planning your shower as stress free as possible by providing you with the following list of unique baby shower venues in London. We’re also well aware of the cost that comes with an extra member of the family, so our list also includes a selection of cheaper and budget venues that don’t break the bank without sacrificing any quality in our selection.
  • Shoreditch

    Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch

    Standing 700
    Theatre 365
    Dining 280
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  • Waterloo

    The Platform at Mamuka

    Standing 150
    Dining 86
    Boardroom 60
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  • Henley on Thames

    River & Rowing Museum

    Standing 500
    Theatre 200
    Dining 160
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  • Bankside

    The LaLiT London

    Standing 200
    Theatre 200
    Dining 150
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  • Notting Hill

    The Elgin

    Standing 400
    Theatre 70
    Dining 70
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  • Covent Garden

    Belgo Centraal

    Standing 400
    Theatre 300
    Dining 350
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  • Victoria Station

    Private Dining Buddha Bar

    Standing 75
    Theatre 55
    Dining 55
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  • Borough Market

    2425 The Shard

    Standing 200
    Theatre 70
    Dining 36
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  • Covent Garden

    La Goccia

    Standing 150
    Theatre 40
    Dining 150
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  • Mayfair

    Trader Vic's

    Standing 300
    Dining 150
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  • St James's

    The Wellington Club

    Standing 350
    Dining 75
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  • Aldgate

    Dirty Bones Shoreditch

    Standing 170
    Dining 75
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How to Organise a Baby Shower

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.


How to Organise a Baby Shower in 5 Steps:


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.

 

Venue


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.


Décor


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


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.


Other Things to Remember:


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.