Treat your guests to a birthday party to remember in The Postal Museum play space - Sorted! There's sackloads of fun to be had in our indoor play area, specially for children aged 8 and under! Discover an immersive mini-town with streets, buildings, trolleys, pulleys, slides and chutes, everything to keep the little ones happily occupied at London’s newest indoor play area. Once the children have organised parcels in the miniature post office, and delivered the letters in our large wooden post vans - continue the party in our private party space.
Vout-O-Reenee's is a unique hand painted and designed venue in London, a surreal space. Venue for hire in London, Tower Bridge. Vout-O-Reenee's is a hidden gem for a launch or party, small or large. A full cocktail bar . 2 record decks, projector, microphone, performance area, piano, 2 music systems. Vout-O-Reenee's is a Private Members Arts club + gallery with full facilities. An outdoor terrace/smoking area. Free parking weekdays after 5.30/6.30 in the area and all day weekends. In the Crypt of a Pugin designed listed Church.
The City Thames
The Oyster Shed is one of the City’s finest venues. With an abundance of bookable space during the week and panoramic sun drenched views across the Thames - it is ideal for any event. Offering exclusive hire at weekends, you can happily let all your dreams come true in this beautiful space.
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. 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
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.
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.'
Impress your guests by hosting your event in a UNESCO world heritage site. The Old Brewery is a south east London private hire hidden gem. With stunning copper features influenced by our Naval and brewing heritage, our dining room and outside terrace offer a unique experience for your party needs. With views of the Royal Naval College, Cutty Sark and Canary Wharf outer-terrace is perfect for celebratory drinks and canapes, plus our dining rooms elegance and grandeur allows the perfect backdrop to dance the night away.
A venue with a fascinating history that dates all the way back to 1719. Originally built as a small Huguenot chapel, it has accommodated many different East London congregations over the years eventually becoming part of Christ Church in 1887. Charles Dickens was a regular visitor in the 1800s using the building for public readings of his works and in 1888 the Match Girls held their famous strike meetings here as they prepared to protest against working conditions at the nearby Bryant and May factory. Magnificently renovated into a diverse venue space; it boasts high ceilings and windows to bathe the room with natural daylight. A recent restoration and makeover has seamlessly combined the contemporary Spitalfields style with the heart of a national heritage building.
Swingers City offers two 9-hole crazy golf courses with three incredible street food vendors, five cocktail drenched bars and a two-storey clubhouse. Swingers is totally unique and outrageously fun, making it the ideal venue for a host of occasions ranging from birthday parties, your team Christmas party, team building, client entertaining or simply a night out for a group of friends. Swingers City is based on a 1920's golf-club set in the bucolic English countryside. Step into the secret world of our old-school clubhouse, rolling greens, lush foliage and unparalleled hospitality. The venue is a stone's throw away from the Gherkin in the heart of London. Here is our other site: West End
Located in South West London, directly across the road from Parsons Green Underground Station, Darlings Green is a furniture showroom by day and anything you want it to be by night. The space is ideal for any event from birthday parties to corporate events, workshops to fashion shows. The venue is available from 6pm every night of the week, when the furniture is packed away to reveal an exquisite blank canvas for your event. Standard hire hours are 5pm-12am, with the hours between 12am to 4am up for discussion. Flooded with natural light and decorated according to the latest trends, the main event space is a formidable rectangular expanse with high ceilings and industrial accents. Usually, just one side is offered as it can house a substantial amount of people. However, utilising the second half of the space is possible upon discussion with the proprietors. There is no access to the mezzanine area as this is a working office. Running along the wall under the windows is a long stage area, two steps high - a natural place to house a band; a DJ; a speaking podium or indeed an exhibition area. Leading off the tiled entrance area, is a functioning kitchen and double toilet facilities. Darlings Green boasts a unique monochrome tiled bar with a classic brass top. Marble and brass shelving and a neon sign asking "What's your poison?" frame the bar area nicely and provide a terrific backdrop to any photos on the night. Perfect for the Gram! To customize the space event more, it is also possible to remove the 'Darlings of Chelsea' signage on the Scandinavian wood panelling and erect signage or props specific to your event.
An immersive 5,000-square-foot club-bar and street food diner concept, that offers a variety of environments including private rooms and a karaoke lounge. The venue has the capacity to accomodate up to 360 guests, so more than ideal to organize any type of private event.
Bishopsgate Institute has been awarded the "Good to Go" accreditation from Visit England, meaning our venue is Covid-secure. Contact us to learn more about our safety measures. Our Grade II* listed building is a haven in the city, where culture, heritage and learning meet. Renowned as a central hub for public events for 125 years, Bishopsgate Institute is also a remarkably atmospheric location for private and corporate events. From the moment you step across the threshold, the originality of the building is clear. Our venue combines elements from the Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts movements, along with typically Victorian motifs. Every one of our rooms is full of individual character and steeped in history. Our spaces are suited to any event you might have in mind, and our flexible rooms have capacity for between 4 to 500 people. Set on the edge of the City of London, you can find us just two minutes’ walk from Liverpool Street Station.
London's opulent Art Deco event space, located on the stunning Bloomsbury Square, this venue is in the Georgian inspired Victoria House. With 10,500 square ft of events space, we offer a complete serviced venue and with 3 beautifully restored areas. We can accommodate up to 700 standing, 280 for dinner or 500 for conferences. With full air conditioning, Wifi, parking, disabled access, sound and lighting system, event management service, exclusive 24 hour hire periods to meet all of your requirements.
Ladbroke Grove, Little Venice
The Molly Anna is an exquisitely maintained 58' wide-beam canal boat with full-length stage, licensed and insured for musical or theatrical performance, product launches, cozy work retreats, events and parties. The Molly Anna is available for canal-side events at a variety of locations along the Grand Union Canal, in West, Central or East London. On a rainy day, 8-10 people comfortably fit inside around our roaring stove. Two-to-three times that many people can lounge above board on a sunny day. We frequently partner with canal-side pubs and other businesses to accommodate larger crowds, allowing people to circulate on and off the boat. In addition to offering a place to perform their work, Bards on Boats employs actors as hosts and tour guides. Contact us to discuss if and how actors' services can complement your event, or if you'd prefer to go with a skipper, whose services are included in the boat rental.
Warehouse style cocktail bar and rooftop hideaway in Hackney with huge windows and heated terrace that looks out onto the far-reaching views of the Capitals skyline. NT's is available for private hire 7 days a week offering a range of bespoke services and venue features, including food, drink, entertainment and more to ensure you create the perfect event or party.
26 Leake Street is a raw, unique and multi-purpose space underneath Waterloo Station. Arches 1 and 2 offer a cmbined footprint of over 4,000 square feet. The imposing arches and revealed brickwork create a stunning blank canvas for experiental events.
?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.