The HAC is an exceptional and thoroughly unexpected peaceful venue; a historic 18th century mansion set in a six-acre garden yet located just minutes from Moorgate and Old Street stations in the heart of the City of London. The Honourable Artillery Company estate compromises of three main areas: Armoury House, a Grade II-listed Georgian manor house, the hidden five-acre historical lawn of the Artillery Garden; the Prince Consort Rooms, a large converted contemporary drill hall with its own entrance and terrace. Armoury House Inside Armoury House, several elegant rooms are available for hire, including the atmospheric oak-panelled Long Room, which is one of London's most stunning venues for a private dinner, reception or party. When you approach Armoury House, an instant impact is made from the impressive building and its original features including large cannons, and stone entrance steps. Inside, stained glass windows overlook the central staircase and, on the ground floor, you’ll find the Ante Room and Queens Room (each with capacity for up to 60 guests). Both spaces benefit from large, front-facing windows and plenty of natural daylight. Prince Consort Rooms The Prince Consort Rooms offer a contemporary space inside a historic and prestigious venue with a dedicated entrance designed for you and your guest's privacy. The neutral decor means this room can be transformed into any themed or styled event you envision. Artillery Garden The Artillery Garden is ideal for sporting events, rugby, football and cricket are played on the lawn every year. The HAC’s Artillery Garden is also available to host private and corporate events such as drink receptions, summer parties and training or team building days. The HAC’s Events Team – alongside its renowned catering partners, Searcys – work to organise and cater for events of all shapes, themes, and sizes. With years of experience, their skill and uncompromising dedication to excellence ensures occasions run seamlessly, from start to finish.
An outstanding versatile event space which is carefully spaced in compliance with government social distancing guidelines. The venue as a whole consists of; The largest covered terrace in the heart of Hackney Central alongside a beautiful garden, 10m cocktail bar and fully fitted kitchen with a 150 seated capacity. A newly renovated lounge under the arch, equipped with a Funktion One Sound System, bespoke lighting and a 5m cocktail bar. Brand new Arch 14 with 5 meter plam tree, island bar, Funktion one sound system and photobooth. Our venue makes for an extraordinary and unique space, perfect for: Drink receptions, Wedding celebrations, Summer & Christmas parties, Corporate celebrations, Networking events, Brand activations & product launches, Talks & presentations, Theater & comedy, Live music, Creative, Film & photo shoots
Mail Rail at The Postal Museum is an award winning venue in Farringdon, Central London. Available for exclusive unique venue hire, our inspiring venues are suitable for all corporate, experiential and private events. For more than 100 years, Mail Rail was hidden from view. Now you have the chance to experience the secret space for yourself – the ambition, dedication and ingenuity that makes it truly unique space. Mail Rail is an immersive subterranean venue which has maintained many of its original fixtures including exposed brickwork, vaulted ceilings, archways and authentic railway features. This industrial event space also contains a mini exhibition gallery with numerous interactive displays for guests to experience during their event. Highly adaptable it can be hired for product launches, award ceremonies, corporate events and gala dinners. The unique 275 capacity venue also provides guests with an exclusive opportunity to enhance their event experience with an underground miniature train ride through the secret 100-year-old Mail Rail tunnels
Grade II listed Georgian riverside venue that stands on the North Bank of the River Thames between Hammersmith and Chiswick. The House is equally adept at hosting business meetings in West London or offering a stunning riverside weddings venue in London with its enviable position overlooking a broad sweep of the Thames. What gives the venue its unique character is its Grade 11 listed architecture. This creates a more private atmosphere which is perfect for business meetings where people need to get away from the office. Meeting rooms in West London rarely offer such scope of flexibility and distinctive charm. It is also a great venue for regular club meetings, and we regularly host talks with outside speakers. The same can also be said of how the venue operates as a Riverside Weddings Venue in West London. The Georgian façade and dramatic river views are a wedding photographer’s dream location. We host all sorts of social functions including parties, celebrations, anniversaries as well as post funeral receptions. And our range of business meetings embraces conferences, workshops and training days. We’ve even been known to host the occasional film crew who have been seduced by the architecture and stunning river views. The venue has various rooms to fit your number of guests/colleagues to suit the occasion.
The Groucho Club, located in the heart of bohemian Soho, has several event spaces available for private hire by both members and non-members alike. It is in the ideal location for private parties, private dinner party, birthdays, weddings, drinks receptions, BBQs, conferences, and meetings. Unique and unusual, this venue is perfect for those looking for a quirky and beautiful venue in a central London location.
West London’s premier event spaces Our refurbished Victorian foundry with 5 interlinking spaces and 2 large secluded courtyards are available for all occasions. Featuring natural brickwork, high ceilings with exposed beams, wooden floors, large windows and skylights that allow for abundant daylight. While retaining its original features, this location also benefits from all the modern components to create the perfect event. Studio 1: 130 theatre / Ceremony only Studio 2: 180 standing / 140 theatre / 90 seated Studio 4: 250 standing / 300 theatre / 225 seated Studio 5: 250 standing / 280 theatre / 180 seated Courtyard 1: 200 standing Courtyard 2: 200 standing
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.
Please note: the space is available for private hire Sunday-Thursday (any time) and Friday-Saturday (daytime-9:30pm). If you’re looking for a hidden gem in the heart of London Bridge then look no further than Omeara Cantina Terrace & Mezzanine. Guests can enjoy our late license out on the terrace fully equipped with heated booths, Sonos system and cocktail bar topped off with a pretty special view of The Shard. Inside is a spacious mezzanine area with additional cocktail bar and seating area.
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!
Positioned between The Green Room restaurant and BFI IMAX, Green Space is a blank canvas, dry hire opportunity that offers a secluded garden type venue perfect for corporate outdoor events, large installations, busses and large vehicles, outdoor press launches and company team building. Situated two minutes walk from Waterloo station and visible from Waterloo Bridge, it’s an enclosed, adaptable and over 850m² grassy canvas in a highly desirable central London location - making it ideal for destination or ticketed events.
Oval Space is an amazing warehouse-style venue finished to a very high standard that offers 5,000 square feet of unobstructed event space, with the iconic backdrop of the Bethnal Green Gas Holders. Two terraces frame the venue on the West and South side, providing a summer reception space and / or BBQ garden with a striking view. Although it is full of unique features, Oval Space offers a fantastic blank canvas, making it a venue of choice for an extraordinarily wide range of events.
Amber Lakes is a new and unique London events venue based in Wraysbury, close to Old Windsor and Heathrow and only 45 minutes from Central London. It is a year-round events venue perfect for conferences for up to 120 guests, summer parties and team building for up to 500 guests, Christmas parties for up to 120 guests and any other number of events including dinner parties and product launches.
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.
Due to its size, layout, and unique physical features, Hoxton Arches is well suited to a wide range of events such as product launches, fashion shows, photography shoots & filming, performances, indoor markets, receptions and parties. The space can be hired bare-bones, with props, decorations, and other required items brought in, or our event managers can be employed to outfit the space to your specifications. Also, as we are closely connected with the contemporary art world, there is an option to hang original artwork on the walls in order to provide a stunning visual backdrop to your event. Originally created as an exhibitions venue, Hoxton Arches is ideally suited to the display of both 2D and 3D artworks. The venue comprises of over 2,000 square feet of hanging space, with most walls measuring over 10 feet in height. The entire space is fully fitted with adjustable flood lighting, matte white walls and grey concrete floors throughout. Hoxton Arches is available to hire for short-term exhibitions and events, or for longer periods subject to availability. Pricing for hire is determined on an ad-hoc basis as each event is unique and tailored to a wide range of requirements. Please contact us for details.
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!
Our beautiful Canal Boat is moored just off the terrace of 9294 and Number 90. It has a seated capacity of 30 for a dinner inside the boat or up to 80 for a standing event. Weather permitted we can also have up to 60 standing on the roof. The boat comes fitted with own PA system so you are able to play your own music throughout your event at background music level. We can provide a range of menus from canapes & bowl foods to a 3 course seated dinner so can cater for any event.
The sun is out, and the first thing that springs into anyone’s mind is a BBQ. A great excuse to get outside, meet up with friends, and enjoy good food and ice-cold drinks in the sunshine. Whether you’re hosting a BBQ for your work or for friends and family, there are a few dos and don’ts that you need to keep in mind to make sure that everyone has a good time. We’ve put together this handy list, so that you won’t forget a thing.
No one likes to think of their summer BBQ being called off because of the weather, but let’s be honest, everyone is going to be happy whether they are inside or out – so long as there is plenty off food. Ensuring that you have adequate space to fit everyone inside is essential; no one wants to be cramped together in the event of a downpour. Luckily, most venues with an outdoor area also have a good-sized indoor alternative. This is one of the benefits to hiring somewhere over hosting a party at your own house.
If your BBQ is for a corporate team, or a very large group, hiring a venue is definitely going to be something you should consider. One thing you can’t do however, is leave it until you confirm the weather forecast for your date. While there are a number of BBQ venues for hire in London, they all get snapped up pretty quickly, so you need to plan in advance. This way you have time to view them, decide if you are self-catering or not, and plan any other entertainment you might want on the day.
If you are catering yourself, it’s important that you prep as much as you can beforehand. This leaves you with plenty of time to actually talk to your guests and to get cooking. You always have less time than you think you do and spending the full day in the kitchen frantically prepping is no way to enjoy a BBQ party – particularly if everyone else is outside enjoying the sunshine. Have a list of everything that you can do the day and night before, with boxes that are clearly labelled for ease.
There is nothing worse at a party that revolves around cooking and eating food than not having enough to go around. Carefully manage who is coming and have extra ready in the freezer for a quick defrost if it looks like people are eating more than you bargained for. Particularly if people have a few drinks, they tend to eat more than usual, so you can’t just cater for a small portion each. Certain things might also be very popular, so it’s great to have extra things such as chicken skewers that people always go back for.
You don’t have to do everything when it comes to catering. Asking guests to bring along side dishes and desserts will ensure that there is plenty of variety for people to eat. Coming up with all these extras by yourself is time-consuming and expensive, particularly if you add in all I think the sweet treats on top of it! No one will mind contributing something, and if you have a list in advance of what everyone is bringing, you can then fill in any gaps in the menu with your own creations.
Having a BBQ and forgetting about the couple of vegetarian friends that you invited is a huge faux pas. While many people will bring their own food to be cooked if they have particular requirements, it’s still a good idea to ask beforehand. This way you can have food ready for them, as well as desserts and side dishes that they can happily tuck into. Everyone is sure to be very grateful for you doing this, especially when they have a certain allergy that limits what they can eat. No one wants there to be any hungry guests!
Do Have Music
Having some speakers playing music at all times is a must. Whether it’s something relaxing, or a few more upbeat tunes as the evening wears on, having that in the background relaxes people and gets them chatting. There’s no such thing as an awkward silence when there’s music involved. Pick your tunes carefully and have them arranged on a playlist beforehand that you can easily turn on. It’s important that you test your speakers beforehand. No one needs a tech malfunction while the burgers are cooking. They need to be loud enough that the whole area can hear, without deafening anyone.
Don’t Forget to Have Fun
Yes, you’re the host, and you’ve organised the whole day. Maybe you’re also in charge of all of the cooking, and you want to make sure that everyone’s glass is topped up. More important than all of this however, is that you relax and enjoy yourself. If you’re tense, your guests will notice, and it will affect them as well. Once everyone has turned up and the food is on, your job is done and it’s time to enjoy and appreciate what an awesome party you’ve managed to put together.
Whether the weather holds, or you’re faced with a downpour, a BBQ is never a dull event. Keeping it casual and relaxed is the key to its success. After all, no one can eat a burger gracefully! Keep the music and laughter going, and make sure that you take time to enjoy the fun yourself, and you’re sure to be the host that everyone remembers for all the best reasons.
You can find the best venues for a BBQ party in London with Canvas. Make the most of our search filters to narrow down what you need from your BBQ party venue - your ideal location, the features and facilities you need, the number of guests you're hosting the barbecue for.
There are a number of venues for a garden or BBQ party in London, and you can find one that matches your requirements with Canvas. Whether you're looking for a large garden space to hire, or something more intimate, you will find something ideal for your BBQ event in London.
Depending on how many people you are catering for and where in London you want to host your BBQ party, you will find your ideal venue with the help of Canvas. Ideally you're looking for a venue with a garden or a venue with a patio space. You need somewhere that will allow a barbecue, whether it's bring your own or it's the venue's own. If you're organising a summer party with a barbecue for catering, make sure you are clear with the venue manager so they can okay it, as well as help you out with any other requests or questions you may have.
Planning a BBQ party needn't be difficult - it shouldn't be much different to planning any type of party. The main things you need to think about is booking your venue, sorting your guest list, and arranging the catering options. In this case: it's barbecue food! When it comes to finding your perfect venue, make sure you are clear that you are hosting a BBQ to get the permission of the venue. If it is allowed, they may even have some top tips to make your BBQ party even more of a success.
If you're looking for a roof terrace for a BBQ party, use Canvas to find the best rooftop venues then use our specifications to make sure it has everything you need. Use our contact form to get in touch with the venue manager directly; they'll be able to talk you through all your options to help make this the best BBQ party for you and your party guests.