Bayswater - Paddington
Ma Dame is an intimate, French- inspired, live music night club & late-night dancing venue in the heart of west London, close to Royal Oak and moments from Hyde Park. With our boutique style furnishings and superb cocktails, customers enjoy a unique ad intimate experience, late into the night! We pride ourselves in offering great service and bespoke packages, tailored for private parties, intimate gigs, corporate VIP after parties, VIP birthdays, engagement parties and much more! We want to create a movement that incorporates fashion, music and art with product launches and branded parties.
We're a ground floor pub, first floor restaurant with bedrooms and a roof garden. The fist floor is available for sit down dinners for up to 50 and stand up drinks events for upto 80. The rooftop garden has both outside space and a green house, and its own bar and grill. With a variety of spaces available for hire for drinks and food, we're confident we'll be able to tailor our offering to suit your event. We also have 5 bedrooms, and a sister pub with 15 rooms a 2 minute walk away.
Set in a modern, glass-fronted building, the Paternoster sits right next to St Paul's Cathedral, providing the perfect metaphor for London today: the modern juxtaposed against the traditional. This theme continues inside, the Paternoster is set in a bright, airy, open plan space, but still retains the traditional values that encapsulate the British pub.
The Mezzanine is the perfect venue to host smaller events like birthday parties, hen parties, family dinners and events of up to 80 guests seating or 100 standing. Private bar is included in this space and DJ is also available upon request.
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.
BMA House – modern events with heritage, placing sustainability at the heart of everything we do. Proud owners of three prestigious sustainability awards, our team works with an expert nutritionist to create menus centred around responsibly sourced ingredients; encouraging delegates to eat nourishing foods which sustain energy levels and promote healthy eating. To support wellbeing and work-life balance, visit our Mindful Garden; a peaceful haven which can be accessed all year round, plus our large Courtyard, which provides a breath of fresh air to unwind in between breaks. Our magnificent grade II listed venue boasts 21 unique and versatile spaces for up to 320. All events are supported by a dedicated AV technician, and our caring planners are always on hand to assist. Located in the heart of Bloomsbury just a stone’s throw away from mainline stations Euston, Kings Cross and Russell Square tube, our superb location suits both national and international conferences.
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.
We're a contemporary seasonal Italian restaurant with a strong focus on high quality produce. Located on Old Street roundabout in the heart of Shoreditch we are the perfect venue for any event, such as corporate and private parties, team buildings, workshops or product launches.
Landing just off City Road at the start of 2020, the brand new hotel is an inspiring venue in the heart of East London. Organising meetings is in our DNA. From small meetings to larger conferences or workshops we have the space for you. We have a collection of three inspiring laboratories each designed with their own theme, and all providing the perfect space for meetings, conferences, presentations and more for up to 70 people. On the ground floor right at the heart of the hotel is the open plan lobby, where an amalgamation of funky furniture, eye catching artwork, a modern bar and unique spaces combine to create an impressive venue. With space for up to 150 guests and the flexibility to create private lounges or one big space, it is ideally suited to a variety of events. Our in house team of chefs would also be delighted to create a delicious menu for your event, from canapes and bowl food to indulgent sit down meals. Whether you'd like to host a birthday celebration, trade event, wedding reception or cocktail masterclass, our versatile lobby can adapt to your needs.
Tap & Bottle is an idyllic two story wine bar sitting in a beautiful grade II listed building, above the bustling Flat Iron Square. For parties up to 90 guests you can private hire the whole space inclusive of smoking terrace with plenty of seating or for max 30 guests the top floor private room is perfect. For larger events we can host up to 150 guests with the extension of our Flat Iron Square mezzanine (please enquire for image of mezzanine).
Please note - private events only. All ticketed/music event enquiries should contact the venue directly through their website contact page. Interior This outstanding location is composed of two flexible industrial spaces with high ceilings, on site catering facilities and office / green room space ( please refer to floor plans for further information ) Exterior There is a long outdoor courtyard, street-wise decoration, outdoor area, overlooking the canal, close proximity to Olympic village, toilet facilities, and separate power outputs. The venue has a carpark and ground floor loading areas to accommodate crew parking and the loading/unloading of equipment both inside and outside of the spaces Studio 92 = 2500 sq ft + 4.5m height Studio 94 = 3000 sq ft + 4.5m height
Specialising in handmade liquor, Portobello Star Signature Cocktails are made using the team's own in-house spirit infusions. The Portobello Star is also becoming a sought-after destination for private apartment, offering organisers the opportunity to host an intimate party without worrying about any of the cleaning up after! A favourite for celebrations and industry launches, the apartment party is an on-trend option for hosting high-end events in stylish surroundings while serving superior food and drinks to your guests. All our spaces are available to hire both daytime and evening.
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.
is a registered charity tucked away in leafy Mecklenburgh Square, providing residential accommodation in a unique community for postgraduate students in London. With its international academic and professional community you will find this venue both stimulating and relaxing in its quiet and informal atmosphere. is centrally located in WC1 and is in easy walking distance of numerous underground and mainline stations, with good accessibility from all London airports. The College comprises two buildings on either side of a quiet garden square. Refurbished in 2014, Grade II listed London House has 6 function rooms, all with their own personality, from oak paneled walls to high vaulted ceilings. William Goodenough House on the opposite side of the Square also has two modern function rooms. Four star en-suite accommodation is available at The Goodenough on Mecklenburgh Square which is located in the Square and rooms are available in the College too. Our permanent, in-house team of dedicated professionals are always on hand to give you support throughout your event. We begin by listening carefully to what you want, then plan and deliver your requirements to the highest standards, ensuring all your needs are met.
Home to the liveliest venue in Camden market - a must see gem in one of Londons favourite hot spots! What once was a 19th Century Horse Hospital is now a bar, club, restaurant and show room all under one roof. Not to mention our infamous Winter Chalet terrace on top of the roof, with two private bars, live music every day and an idyllic winter setting. The versatility and the vast array of events it can hold within its historic four walls, make it second to none. The WOW factor is never lost, whether it is used for an exclusive hire or whether one of our private horse stables is hosting an intimate smaller party. It has something for everyone! The Team are vastly experienced in running a multitude of beautifully organised events, always ensuring a wild and wonderful experience from enquiry to the day of your party!
?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.