Sky Garden spans three storeys and boasts London’s highest landscaped public gardens. Offering beautiful events spaces with unrivalled panoramic views across the city, exclusively available for private hire, this versatile 45,000-square-foot space provides a blank canvas on which to build a bespoke setting for your event.
Hire our exclusive secret Roof Garden events space, on the top floor of the infamous Wardour Street in Soho. With room for 30 persons, High-speed wifi private hire only, and a full events team to help organise your event, the roof at Wardour Street is great for: - Private summer parties - Pop up bar areas & Brand launch events
St James's Terrace is a hidden gem venue in the heart of St Jame's Park. With stunning unique views of Buckingham Palace and West End skyline, the roof terrace is a versatile venue that can host 50-200 standing for memorable corporate parties and celebrations, away days, BBQs, gatherings and special occasions. Please note that alcohol can be served only until 10.30pm.
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.
Vauxhall Arches is a collection of 10 railway arches close to the River Thames. Only 20 yards from Vauxhall Underground, Rail and 24-hour Bus Station, the venue is well known and easily accessible. Close to the banks of the River Thames under Vauxhalls railway arches possibility can flow freely and spontaneity has more than enough room to dance.Vauxhall Arches are available for external hire throughout the year. Now regarded as one of London's leading clubbing destinations, we offer a multi-functional and flexible interlocking rooms. The venue is made up of Fire, Lightbox and Protocol, 3 separate rooms can be hired in a variety of combinations to suit the size of your event. The main room and lounge can be used together to create a 1000 capacity event which can be increased through the use of an additional small, adaptable room.The 2nd Arch can be hired for a 1 room event to hold 450/500 people and finally all 3 rooms can be hired together to host a larger scale event.
Situated in the heart of Soho, Sophie's and Jack Solomons in an incredibly versatile and adaptable space to host your next event. We have extensive experience hosting product launches, brand takeovers, album launches, after show parties, premiers, private functions and celebrations. With a private speakeasy, outdoor terrace, an extensive bar, kiosk, private dining room and restaurant, we are adept at accommodating any kind of event. We work closely with clients to create bespoke, memorable and exclusive experience and one which guests won't forget in a hurry.
Refettorio Felix is a large dining and supper club venue located in the St Cuthbert's Centre in Earl's Court. Newly refurbished by designer Studio Ilse, it boasts a fully-equipped professional kitchen, stage area and soft seating area. It is available for corporate events, as a wedding venue and private dining space and lends well to cookery classes, talks and workshops. All proceeds raised from private functions help the registered charity offer a free and supplemented lunch service to vulnerable members of the community including rough sleepers and those with mental health issues.
The Gin Distillery is a stunning event venue for hire in Haggerston. From the cobblestone lane of Acton Mews, you won’t miss the grand entrance to our beautiful new 2600 sq. ft. distillery under the arches in London’s east end. Featuring a stunning 650L still visual focal point with lighting installation, high ceiling, distillery bar, outdoor area, washroom facilities and back of house/backstage area. Natural light transcends through floor to ceiling windows and by night glittering house lighting compliments a sparkling movement of relaxed local activity. The 58 Gin Distillery offers a versatile canvas to personalise your event in uniquely inspiring surroundings.
Sparkling with a ceiling of golden stars, marble walls and precious mosaics, this jewel-like building, once the chapel of the Middlesex Hospital, is now a fabulously unique events venue. This gorgeous Grade II*-listed building, just minutes from Oxford Street and in the heart of Fitzrovia, can be hired for occasions such as weddings, art exhibitions, fashion shows and shoots, product launches, corporate celebrations and filming. Artist Grayson Perry called it 'This jewel-box of a building' and The Telegraph dubbed it 'The most beautiful room in London you probably didn't know about.'
SMITHS’ is an iconic all-day dining concept with 4 floors in the heart of the City. We are a popular and unique Private Dining and Exclusive Hire venue with our many floors, flexible spaces and an experienced event team working with guests to organise any occasion, be it a Business Meeting, Corporate Private Dinner, Birthday or Wedding. We also offer Cocktail Making Classes and a Beef Butchery Masterclass, ensuring guests are always offered a unique and enjoyable ‘SMITHS’ experience.
Situated in the Medieval heart of The City of London, Hawksmoor Guildhall is the perfect location for any event. Whether it's a wedding reception, corporate dinners, charity parties, exhibitions, filming, bar hire or brand activations; our venue offers a distinctive character and has the versatility of accommodating any type of bespoke event. Our in-house events coordinator will co-ordinate every aspect of your event and support you throughout the planning process, ensuring everything is perfect on your special day Capacities There is also an elegant Private Dining Room for up to 24 people which includes discrete audio-visual equipment for presentations, including a 40” flat screen, perfect for a range of events; from corporate breakfasts & lunches to private parties and dinners. Main dining room: 140 seated/200 standing Bar: 45 seated/100 standing Private room: 24 seated Includes photos by Kristian Leven Photography & Voyteck Photography
Big Chill bar, Brick Lane is a fun bar, eatery and music venue in the heart of Brick Lane, a unique place to drink, eat, listen to DJs and host parties! Our lounge is a semi-private area with direct access to the bar and dancefloor making it the ultimate party venue in London, suitable for both cooperate events and private get-togethers. It accommodates up to 100 guests and is available Monday through to Sunday. It’s dim lighting and cosy atmosphere makes it perfect for all occasions, be it birthday or anniversary celebrations, Christmas parties or after-work drinks with friends and colleagues. Guests can enjoy our delicious bar food menu and extensive drinks list. Venue facilities include 12am license Sunday – Thursday and 1am Friday and Saturday. Fully stocked and staffed bar, top DJs, terrace, projectors and free Wi-Fi. Full venue hire accommodating up to 220 guests is available Monday – Thursday by special request. Venue Hire Available: MONDAY-THURSDAY
h Club's Gallery is the perfect blank canvas for your event. The Gallery boasts two conjoining spaces which offers the flexibility to host an array of events. From press launches and conferences through to fashion shows and parties, the Gallery combines style and originality to create a unique experience for you and your guests. The Gallery is perfect for large production builds as we have wide access doors - we can even drive a car into the space! With direct street access along with entrance through our Club reception, you can dictate the flow of guests to your event, creating a seamless impression Featuring RGB/LED lighting system, there are now more options than ever before when it comes to creating bespoke lighting effects and styling the space specifically for your event. The Gallery is licensed for weddings and civil partnership ceremonies.
Blame Gloria is a 250 capacity basement venue located in Covent Garden. Whether your looking for a full venue hire or a reserved section in the back of the venue with your own private bar, we have you covered. Blame Gloria can cater to any occasion and we are able to offer bespoke packages to suit your event & budget. Gloria always threw the wildest parties. She had the best legs in Soho. Some say she dated Hendrix. She taught Bowie how to do his make-up. She bought an old Chinese restaurant in Covent Garden. When people asked her to cook she refused. When She ran out of dosh she moved into the basement. She still throws the best parties. Bring your dancing shoes and an open mind.
Swingers West End takes crazy golf back to its seaside roots in a venue that reimagines the faded glamour of the 1920s English Riviera. Located just off Oxford Circus, step out of the hustle and bustle of London's busiest streets and into a quintessential British seaside setting of goof, drinks and fun, where the sun is always shinning. The venue boasts two 9-hole crazy golf courses, four stunning cocktail bars, four of London's best street food vendors and an incredible 3D photo podium. Swingers also have a selection of private hire spaces perfect for corporate parties, birthdays, and Christmas celebrations.
?So, it’s someone’s special birthday, and you’ve decided that this is the year that they get the surprise of their life. Hosting a surprise birthday party is harder than it looks, what with all the secret WhatsApp messages and hiding the decorations! Particularly when you can’t ask the person their preference on anything, you have to go solely by what you know of them. We have 6 top tips for you to consider that will help you make the important decisions.
Keep it Appropriate
The age of the birthday boy or girl can decide your whole event. If they are turning 21, then there is likely to be a lot of loud music, and questionable drinking choices. For 30, perhaps a karaoke bar is the place to be. 50, and maybe this is they first time they have been out all year. 80, and maybe they want something more low-key. That being said, it all depends on someone’s personality. There are plenty of 18-year-olds who want nothing more than board games and pizza. Just like there are 40-year-olds who want to get dressed up and hit the town. Knowing the person that you are throwing the party for is going to decide what you do, so make sure you choose something that fits with their personality, not yours.
Do They Like Surprises?
Linked to this is knowing if a surprise party is actually best for them. Do you know the best people to invite, or can you get a group of people together who will know? If they have a lot of people in your life that you don’t know, or won’t be able to contact, then it might be a good idea to tell them that you are going to host a party and ask them for a list. Some people just really, really, don’t like surprises, and won’t appreciate something as big as a party being dropped on them. Not every party has to be a surprise one, they might be happy if you do all of the organising, so long as they know it’s happening.
Picking the venue is one of the most important things to get right when planning a surprise party, as it will set the tone for the whole evening. Are you looking a club? A VIP bar? Maybe something more casual so that you can really go to town on when it comes to decorating. It has to be accessible for all of the guests, and there also has to be a plausible excuse in place for why the birthday girl or boy is turning up there. There is a full array of birthday party venues for hire in London, from small rooms to truly unique and bespoke private areas that can fit all close friends and family. If you are having a theme, this will help you narrow the selection down a lot, but don’t pick somewhere that is out of sorts with the rest of the night.
Make Sure They’re the Last to Arrive
There is nothing worse than a surprise being ruined by someone turning up too late and meeting the person the party is being held for – before their grand entrance. No one is still going to be surprised at this stage. When sending everyone the information about when to be there, make sure that it is a minimum of half an hour before the scheduled surprise. Be strict about the time, as it’s the one thing that could ruin all of your careful planning. If anyone is running late, ensure that they text ahead so they know if it’s safe to come in or not. Make sure that you know how far away the birthday person is at all times, so that you can prepare everyone for their arrival.
Have A Theme
A theme is something fun to do that will add even more to the surprise. Getting everyone to dress up and decorating the venue can really add a sense of fun to your party. Having props for them to wear and hold when they arrive will mean that the party is instantly started, and all of the snacks, nibbles and drinks can be around a set theme as well. It even opens up lots of avenues to have party games. Make sure you know that it’s something your friend or relative will like and get enthusiastic about, and that all of the other guests are on board with being a little bit silly. If you’re not having a theme, make sure that you at least have a dress code similar to what the ‘surprisee’ will be wearing. This means that they won’t look completely out of place when they arrive to their own party.
Keep the Surprises Coming
To make it a night to really remember, keep the surprises coming. Maybe have a friend fly in from overseas to add some more shock value. You can also have surprise gifts and even a ‘surprise’ cake. This is a cake that seems plain on the outside but has a themed centre. The more the birthday person is kept on their toes, the better. Make sure that the surprises do stop at some point however, otherwise they’re likely to become too overwhelmed. They’ll also want time to actually mingle and chat with all of the friends that you have invited to celebrate with them.
A well-planned surprise party can be one of the best nights you’ve ever had. Not only will the person have no idea, but other people have gone to the bother of planning it all for them. It’s a really sweet and caring thing to do for someone special in your life, and they are sure to be thanking you for years to come. You’ll also have lots of other people looking to get on board and help out, so you’ll never need to do all of the planning by yourself.
The first thing you need to ascertain is whether you need to hire a private venue, or whether you’re happy to share a space with the general public. Getting a private venue is a real treat, and if you can’t treat yourself on your birthday, when can you? But if you’re looking to keep the price down, opting for a private space in a public venue can be the next best thing. The cost will then depend on where the venue is, whether or not you have an open bar and if you’d like to provide catering.
If a venue offers a “minimum spend” package – normally they’ll be a bar or restaurant – there’s normally no venue hire fee, and you just have to commit to spending a minimum amount of money on food and drink to secure the space. So when you’re asking about minimum spend, it’s useful to do some numbers on how many guests you’re expecting, and how much you think they’ll eat and drink. At the end of the day, it’ll be down to you to foot the rest of the bill if they don’t spend as much as you were expecting!
Depending on the venue and type of birthday party you’re organising, you might be able to bring your own food. A restaurant or bar that normally provides food is unlikely to be able to accommodate your own catering. So if it’s important to you (or your budget!) that you bring your own food, you might want to look for a dry hire venue. Even then, some dry hire venues want you to use their own caterers or food suppliers, so make sure you ask up front whether you can provide your own food before you make the booking for your birthday party venue.
London is an amazing city for venues, especially if you have a special milestone to celebrate! Everyone’s dream 30th birthday party will be different, so have a think about what sort of occasion you have in mind. Do you want a big bash at a private venue? Or would you prefer an intimate dinner party with close friends? Once you’ve decided what sort of party you’re going to throw, it’s time to get together the guest list and decide on a day. That’s the most important information you’ll need when finding a venue for your 30th birthday party in London – and then your 40th, 50th and 60th!
Kids’ birthday parties are a really special occasion, and one thing is for sure: if you’ve got lots of young children, you’ll need some space for running around. Church halls are a really popular option for just this reason, and they’re normally very experienced in throwing a birthday bash. If your child is a bit older, they might enjoy an activity or experience such as pizza making, mini golf or karaoke. When you’re looking for a venue on Canvas, make sure you use the filter so all the results will be perfect options for your little one’s special day.