The Painting Rooms established in 1904 is a Grade I listed building just off Tottenham Court Road. It is a great venue for photo shoots/press days/talks/dinners and other fashion events. Booking this unique space will give you three rooms over two floors, as well as the use of a small kitchen and two bathrooms.
Situated inside Kings Cross station, The Parcel Yard spans two floors and 5 different private rooms. With original features lovingly saved from the ancient post office station this is a great place to hold dinners, parties or even larger meetings. We’ll create a bespoke package especially for your event, giving you a choice of 2/3 course set menus, buffets, canapés, mini desserts and cheeseboards and also pre-ordered drinks which will save you having to queue at the bar. Whatever you need, just let us know and we will look after your booking every step of the way.
Behind the opulent 'looking glass' hides a secret private space, with dim lighting, vintage furniture, and eccentric entertainment (with a DJ on Friday and Saturday nights) in a lavish setting. This is the perfect spot for birthday parties, corporate parties, networking events, engagement drinks, wedding receptions, live music events and Christmas parties.
Tower Suites is the most scenic five-star hotel in London, boasting unrivalled views over London’s iconic landmarks. Conveniently located next to some of the city’s best-connected stations, Tower Suites' event spaces, neighbouring the Tower of London and Tower Bridge, are just a short distance from the financial heart of London. Each of the ten event spaces boasts state-of-the-art technology, including wireless connectivity and video conferencing suitable for virtual and hybrid events, ensuring a seamless experience every time. Guests can enjoy the 273 elegant suites with fully equipped private kitchens and lounges and the myriad services of a five-star hotel: a luxury spa; sophisticated cocktail and lounge bars perfect for pre and post event drinks; a grab-and-go bar; an authentic Italian restaurant; a co-working space and a 24-hour Fitness Centre.
A sophisticated event space recently built in a contemporary style inspired by industrial structures. The building is an urban sustainable venue that covers 16,500 sq ft of space, over the ground and lower ground floors and is an ideal for a variety of events. Set between King’s Cross and Old Street, it is ideally positioned close to Angel Underground Station.
One side pitched and the other filled with skylights, Studio Jones is a unique and beautiful urban space. Sitting on the top floor of a former doily factory it's rich with texture and photographic backdrops a plenty. The total floor area is 7200sq ft split into two huge spaces, an on-site kitchen and large make up and styling rooms. The space is yours to do with as you please, dress, paint, set build, we give you total freedom so long as you restore the space to its original decor. With in-house catering from our sister restaurant and production catering company Jones & Sons we can take care of everything for you.
Coopers' Hall is a stunning event venue located in the heart of London's financial district. This historic building dates back to the 13th century and has been beautifully restored to offer a unique space for corporate events and dinners, private parties and anything in-between. With a capacity of up to 85 guests within the whole hall, Coopers' Hall is perfect for smaller intimate events. The venue features a beautiful court room which is perfect for meetings, talks, product launches and roadshows as well as The Dining Rooms for more personal intimate gatherings, The Dining Room can seat up to 24 boardroom style which is perfect for fine dining and The Court Room can seat up to 20 with AV . The space is also fully equipped with state-of-the-art audio and visual equipment, making it ideal for presentations meetings and pitches. Coopers' Hall is renowned for its exceptional service and attention to detail. The experienced team of event planners will work closely with you to create a bespoke event that perfectly suits your needs. From menu planning to floral arrangements, the team will ensure that every aspect of your event is flawless. Whether you're looking to host reception drinks, corporate dinners, or private party, Coopers' Hall is the perfect venue.
Sitting with ME London 5* luxury lifestyle hotel on the Strand is our ME Studios. Dedicated purpose built event, meeting and party venue with 4 meter ceilings and the ability to host from 10 to 250 guests, it is perfect for large-scale conferences, gala dinners and product launches. The ME studios can separate into 8 unique spaces or open up to 1 ballroom style space, and with lift access to all other areas of the hotel including bedrooms & the famous Radio rooftop it is one to be experienced. Catering is expertly provided by our five-star banqueting team, ensuring a seamless experience from start to finish. Each meeting room rental includes an event planner, tables, chairs, catering stations, projector & screen or plasma TV, whiteboard, flipchart, Wi-Fi, still and sparkling water, and eco-stationary, allowing you to focus on your event's success without logistical worries. Our in-house AV team can enhance your event with upgraded sound, staging, and lighting, the options are endless. Book in your site inspection today! Please find a link for our 3D tour of the events floor: https://me-london.firstview.us/en/me-room ME Room & All Studios offers complete private hire of our lower ground floor, with an arrival area for your groups registration or welcome drinks, your guests can walk through the tall doors into your planned oasis. Flexible and adaptable, the ME studios are suitable for a diverse range of events with a total space of 444.56 square meters and accommodating a maximum of 250 guests. Each meeting room rental includes an event planner, tables, chairs, catering stations, projector, screen, whiteboard, flipchart, Wi-Fi, still and sparkling water, and eco-stationary, allowing you to focus on your event's success without logistical worries. Our in-house AV team can enhance your event with upgraded sound, staging, and lighting. Please find a link for our 3D tour of the events floor: https://me-london.firstview.us/en/me-room
L’oscar is a turn-of-the-century architectural gem, created from a Baroque-style, Grade II listed former church, now extravagantly restored by world leading decorateur, Jacques Garcia. Set near Covent Garden and the centre of a thriving mix of shops, restaurants, and bars that form part of the city’s coolest high-end district. Whether for business or pleasure, L’oscar features two of London’s most atmospheric and beautiful private event spaces. Located on the first floor, The Committee Room features an original fireplace and oak dining table, perfect for hosting private dinners. The Library offers a breath-taking level of craftsmanship and a blend of original features with remakarble occasions being hosted in this beautiful space.
The Star by Liverpool Street is an amazing venue, located just a few minute's walks from Liverpool Street Station. Serving an ever-changing selection of craft beers, gorgeous cocktails, and fine wines, complemented by a delicious food menu curated by Hotbox London - the Capital's Premier smoked meat experience. Making this the perfect location to grab a bite to eat for lunch, meet friends after work, or party at the weekend. The basement of the pub is Karaoke Heaven with five individually themed karaoke rooms and two large function spaces that are available to hire.
No. 4 Hamilton Place is an Edwardian townhouse in London’s Mayfair, available for hire for weddings, conferences, private dining, drinks receptions and parties. The venue is a Grade II listed building featuring nine versatile event spaces and an attractive outdoor terrace with views over Hyde Park. Once home to the Duke of Wellington, No. 4 Hamilton Place is an impressive, luxurious building with regal décor and traditional Edwardian features including a grand sweeping staircase. Our conference room is well-equipped with full audio-visual facilities and capacity for up to 250 delegates in theatre style, convenient travel links in, out and around the city and renowned high-quality catering provided by our exclusive partner, Blue Strawberry. We have a range of meeting rooms available for hire for groups of differing sizes whether you’re hosting an AGM or a small training session. Each is filled with natural light to keep your guests feeling awake and productive, with a team on-hand to provide any A/V support or refreshments. No. 4 Hamilton Place is also a popular venue for weddings and private events with a license for civil ceremonies and elegant range of ornate rooms suitable for celebrations of all size.
Beaconsfield Gallery Vauxhall is a flexible, impressive site for ceremonies and celebrations. Housed in the historic Lambeth Ragged Schools, the site has been transformed into a stunning contemporary art gallery and versatile event space that moves from the breathtaking height and volume of the Upper Gallery space to the raw aesthetic of an original Victorian railway arch. The Upper Gallery is full of natural light with seven-metre-high white walls, an original raked wooden floor and tall arched windows. For smaller and more intimate occasions, the elegant Lower Gallery offers white walls, an original Yorkstone floor, cast iron pillars and Crittall windows, also providing excellent natural light. The Arch Gallery is an atmospheric space suitable for large receptions, with exposed brick walls, a state-of-the-art invisible infrared heating system and a sprung, grey painted floor. The urban aesthetic of the Arch complements the period features of the Upper and Lower Galleries with the capacity to accommodate both dinner and dance. Our award-winning garden yard is available in conjunction with any of the three main galleries and there is ample room to erect a marquee for catering if required. An all-season canopy at the front entrance may act as an additional reception area. From Spring 2024 bespoke wedding ceremony packages will be available. The whole venue or its separate spaces may be hired for: Wedding ceremonies and receptions*, conferences, filming and photo shoots, product launches, seminars and meetings, fashion shows and private parties. * Beaconsfield is one of London’s civil ceremony-licensed venues.
The St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, London. A Victorian masterpiece restored… Sir John Betjeman called this Gothic treasure “too beautiful and too romantic to survive” in a world of tower block and concrete. After years of devoted restoration, the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel is being hailed as the city’s most romantic building. This 5-star London hotel features glorious Gothic Revival metalwork, gold leaf ceilings, hand-stencilled wall designs and the Grand Staircase; all are as dazzling today as when the hotel opened in 1873.
15 Bateman Street is the perfect venue for all types of exhibitions, events and launches, pop ups or shoots. Our classic shop front leads to a deceptively large two floor space, with a unique and stylish interior. We are located in the very heart of Soho's theatre and restaurant district. This is a space that exudes character, and is the perfect backdrop to create a story for your clients or guests. With our experience as a commercial art gallery, we are the ideal location to display your new product or line - our custom lighting system can be arranged to best display your products. Create a story for your patron within which to experience your company ethos as they move throughout the different spaces of our venue. Our space is both versatile and dramatic to create an immersive experience of your brand for your viewers.
Kupfer is a cultural centre dedicated to art exhibitions and events. We are based in a historical building (1898) in Shoreditch with great character and atmosphere. The venue is ideal for informal gatherings, pop-up exhibitions, book launches, networking events, talks and all sorts of creative and cultural events. Spread through four floors, each room is about 455 sq ft with 2.60 m high ceilings, white walls, original wooden floor and great natural light. The listed prices are per floor, so just let us know if you would like to rent more than one floor. The venue is close to Old Steet Tube, Shoreditch Overground and Liverpool Street Station. There is also paid street parking available. Our opening hours are Mon-Fri, 9 am-5 pm but can be extended for an additional fee. We offer evening and weekend bookings upon request, so please reach out. A projector and some tools for hanging artwork are also available at the space if needed. Since Kupfer is a non-profit organisation, all venue hire fees go directly to support the continuation of Kupfer’s exhibition and residency programmes.
Swingers West End takes crazy golf back to its seaside roots in a venue that re-imagines 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 three 9-hole crazy golf courses, five stunning cocktail bars, five of London's best street food vendors, a nightly resident DJ and an incredible 3D photo podium.
?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.