The venue offers a huge variety of event spaces and facilities including bars, lounges, a restaurant, screening room and gallery, alongside state-of-the-art TV production facilities. Whether it’s a small video conference, a large product launch or a private dinner we’ll bring the same energy and passion and attention to details. Meeting and conference rooms start from 8 people capacity right up to sit down dinners for up to 120 and drinks receptions for up to 300 people.
The County Arms is a unique venue for hire in London. Situated on Wandsworth Common it is the perfect picturesque back drop for many occasions. A London wedding venue, we are licensed to hold ceremonies and experienced in hosting the best receptions. We have multiple function spaces for hire suitable for meetings and away days as well as birthdays, engagements, parties and private dining. Warm and cosy with fireplaces for the winter and a beautiful garden for the summer.
Venue Video Profile The Victorian Bath House is Camm & Hooper’s fourth event space in The City of London; located on Bishopsgate Churchyard, a stone's throw from Liverpool Street Station, this unique venue will be up and running in full swing for the festive period. The Grade II listed space will host standing receptions up to 150 guests and seated breakfast, lunch, dinner and roadshow groups from 20 - 90 people. The opulent décor at The Victorian Bath House is mirrored in our menu. Victorian food ideas mixed with a modern twist and a touch of decadence are the hallmark of our dishes. Our menus truly offer something for everyone and every occasion.
A sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Petersham Nurseries Covent Garden offers a unique lifestyle destination in the heart of central London. Two restaurants, a delicatessen, florist and lifestyle shop are all united by Floral Court, offering a variety of opportunities to suit any occasion. La Goccia is a vibrant restaurant with an open kitchen, wood fired oven, large grill and dining bar. A section of the restaurant offers semi-private dining for up to 30 guests. This space sits under the kitchen, which keeps the atmosphere vibrant and the backdrop exciting. Guests are invited to choose from one of our set menus. La Goccia Bar which features a hand made iron bar is the perfect venue for a standing reception. The short end of the L Shaped space provides a cosy sofa section which can hold up to 30-35 guests standing. Tucked away from the length of the bar, your guests will be invited to use the bar garden entrance exclusively, so the space feels intimate. For larger parties, full hire of the bar can home a maximum of 70 guests. The bar allows for casual seating, lounging and dancing if desired. We have a wonderful in-house Dj that can play for your party, just let us know and we will put you in touch. Your standing party are invited to dine from our canape menu. La Goccia Bar is adjoining to The Shop, which offers seated dining for up to 70 guests or provides an extension to your standing party. Please see our profile for full details.
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.
The Function Room at Jones & Sons is an amazing 1100 sq ft space with its own bar, Dj system and AV set up. We seat up to 80 people and hold 150 standing, the venue is perfect for weddings, birthdays or celebrations of all types.
Giant Robot is our epic eating and drinking rooftopia in the heart of Canary Wharf. Sitting at the east end of London's biggest roof garden, the 700 capacity indoor venue is complete with four sensational street food traders, three brilliant bars, floor-to-ceiling windows with panoramic views, and a huge wraparound terrace for outdoor sunshine feasting in the summer months. Combining futuristic with retro and industrial with luxury, expect an epic spaceship engine room meets art-deco cruise liner. Our mighty mothership is the perfect space for groups small or large - sip on delicious cocktails with sunset views up on The Deck - our magnificent mezzanine - or throw a whole - venue takeover with giant cocktails, craft beers, wonderful wines and fantastic food. Whole Venue Exclusive: 700 capacity - Hire out the full venue and get exclusive access to four traders, three bars and a wrap-around terrace with panoramic views The Deck: 150 capacity - Book your own semi-exclusive section of Giant Robot with The Deck - accommodating up to 150 people. You'll get access to the outdoor terrace and a private section of our island bar Area Bookings - If you're after a smaller spot, we take online area bookings of 10 people and upwards. **Venue does not allow consumer ticketed events**
A place to have fun in what you do and who you do it with. The venues has perfect place for a party of up to 70 guests; MAMA has celebrated engagements, baby showers, Christmas parties, birthday parties, album launches and podcasts. This is the place to see and be seen; a private space at the heart of MAMA with your own secret garden cocktail bar and retractable glass roof for when the summer is at its peak. With food and drink sourced locally and made fresh with love by our award winning chefs, MAMAs is the place for the best boujie event. Located on the Hackney Road in zone 2 a ten minute walk from Bethnal Green underground on the Central Line, a short stroll from Shoreditch and well connected to the routes crossing central London. The place where everyone in London can pass through and feel taken care of by their own MAMA
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.
Set against the backdrop of Somerset House’s iconic 18th Century façade and with breath-taking views across the Thames, the River Terrace is one of our most exclusive spaces and the perfect location for up to 500 people for a standing reception. Perfect for summer parties, you can invite your guests to a private barbecue expertly planned by one of our caterers or simply enjoy a drinks reception while the London landmarks light up your event. The River Terrace is a glamorous alfresco London setting to entertain guests in the warmer months and the stunning Seamen’s Hall is included in your hire as a wet weather contingency, with a capacity of up to 200, along with seasonal jumbrellas should the British weather prevail. The Seamen’s Hall, located on the ground floor of the South Wing, with marble floors, imposing Corinthian columns and huge windows, is perfect space for receptions, private dinners and other evening gatherings. Entered via central doors from our stunning Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court, the Hall leads directly out onto our exclusive River Terrace, a part of which is included in the hire of the Seamen’s Hall, offering panoramic views of the Thames and surrounding iconic landmarks. With original period features including black and white marble flooring, it offers and air of expansive elegance, lending itself beautifully as an evening venue.
Highbury & Islington
The Dolls House Islington is an impressive 3 story Victorian town house, the perfect setting for Weddings, Birthdays, Engagement parties, Hen and Stag do's or Corporate events. As well as large scale events this Unique venue with 3 private rooms can host intimate gatherings of friends, or candlelit private dinner parties.
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.
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.
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The City Thames
Newly refurbished, 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.
Asia House is a beautiful Grade II* listed Georgian Town House in central London. Hidden away from the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street and Regent Street, our venue is highly flexible and can accommodate a wide range of events from 2 to 250 guests. The building offers three Fine Rooms in the Regency style of architecture with high decorative ceilings, and marble fireplaces on the 1st floor, two smaller meeting rooms on the ground floor, a 10-12 seat boardroom with plasma screen, and one unique purpose-built exhibition spaces.
Bridal showers are still relatively new to the UK. Less common even than the baby shower, they rarely occur in families unless it is as an alternative to a hen do (bachelorette). One instance where the bridal shower is definitely a good idea is when it comes to a work colleague. You might all be good friends outside of the office, but there’s no guarantee that everyone will get a hen party invite or even an invite to the wedding. After all, weddings are expensive, and every extra person adds to this. If you want to give your work bestie an amazing send off into the married world, then a bridal shower is the way to go. You can give gifts, celebrate, and discuss the upcoming nuptials. Your co-worker is sure to love it, and it gives everyone in the office the chance to congratulate her.
Bridal showers are actually a much older tradition than you might think. Dating from Victorian times, gifts were generally presented in a lady’s parasol, which is where the idea of ‘showering’ the bride-to-be comes from. It could be argued that this type of celebration is even older, with women who didn’t have a dowry being given gifts by friends, family, and neighbours to help her set up her new home. Nowadays, we mostly associate the bridal shower with our friends in the US, although in fact there are many countries who have this tradition. It is generally either the Maid of Honour, or the bride’s family that hosts a bridal shower, although brides can have more than one, with different groups of people, including one for work friends.
Are Men Allowed?
Usually, it’s only the girls than get involved in a bridal shower, but when it comes to organising something for a work colleague, who’s to say that the men have to be left out? It’s something that you should discuss with the bride if she knows you’re organising it, as well as with the men you work with. Some might want the opportunity to celebrate with the bride-to-be and give their own gifts.
The whole point of a bridal shower was traditionally to give gifts to the bride. When it’s a work colleague, you’ll have to decide what you are doing as a group. Perhaps everyone will go in together to buy a big-ticket item from the gift registry, or each buy your own individual gifts for her. A cash gift has become more and more common – this can go towards the happy couple’s honeymoon It is particularly appropriate when the couple already lives together and don’t need any of the traditional household items usually bought.
The venue you choose will decide the whole feel of the bridal shower. Of course, you can have it in the office, but it might be nice to hire a space away from work to really allow the bride to relax. There are loads of reasonably priced bridal shower venues for hire in London, so you’re sure to find one that doesn’t break the bank. It means that you can have it after work or on a Saturday instead of squeezing it into a lunch break or limiting the number of people that can actually attend. You can even go somewhere that does afternoon tea for a relaxed vibe that’s fully catered for.
Decoration for a bridal shower can be as much or as little as you desire. Think about what type of person the bride is and stick to that. For example, a floral theme or completely pink might be exactly what she’ll love, but others would want a more subdued look. Think about who the party is for, not just what you’d like. A major décor centrepiece can be a cake or cupcake stand. Adding this to your venue is always a great addition and your bride is sure to love it. Depending on your venue, you might be allowed as many decorations as you like, or they might ask you to keep it to a minimum. Make sure that you check with them before sticking anything to the walls!
Whether you go for a cake of not, having some form of food at the shower is a must. Consider the time of day that you’re having it at and research into reliable catering companies in the area. You don’t need to have a sit-down meal, but some form of buffet will keep hungry guests happy. Unlike a hen do, a bridal shower is a bit more subdued. While alcohol is perfectly acceptable, it’s not going to be a major focus of the event. Think mimosas or a glass of wine.
Games aren’t a must either, but a sometimes a good idea if you want to break the tension and get everyone relaxed. They should be light-hearted and fun like Mr and Mrs. It’s also a great excuse to ‘shower’ the bride with even more surprise gifts but also to give gifts to the winners of other games. This is a particularly good idea if your colleague is someone who doesn’t like to be constantly the centre of attention.
Having a bridal shower as a send-off to a favourite colleague is a great way for everyone you work with to get together and celebrate the upcoming nuptials. Whether the bride-to-be knows about the party of not, she’s sure to be grateful that she has such good work friends around her. Everyone will appreciate you throwing a party in her honour and an opportunity to give her gifts for her new married life.
Traditionally the mother of the bride or the maid of honour will organise the bridal shower. But if the bride’s family aren’t local and she’d like to have a London shower as well as one in her hometown, the job might be up to you. Check in with the maid of honour first as she’s the most likely to know what’s on the plan, and you don’t want to tread on her toes. Having multiple showers can help the bride enjoy her engagement period as much as possible, especially if her friends and family are widespread and can’t all come to the same event.
Depending on the scope of the event, venues will likely offer different options or packages to suit your needs. Top venues will be all-inclusive and should cover things like catering and drinks. If you hire a private space you’ll be able to decorate the venue as well and bring games to play. Some venues may have preferred suppliers for decorations, so make sure they’ll be able to provide the photobooth, flower arch or whatever the bride-to-be has her heart set on
Wedding budgets were traditionally covered by the bride’s family, but that isn’t necessarily the case anymore. If the shower is a surprise, it may be expected that the organiser will be footing the bill. So if it’s your job, you might want to check in with the groom (don’t ruin the surprise by asking the bride!) to confirm whether there are funds allocated in their wedding budget for the shower before expecting the couple to cover it. Depending on the event, the guests may be expected to pay for their own drinks and food so its always good to discuss options with them as well if it looks like it might be expensive.
When we think of bridal showers, we often picture high tea in a beautiful setting and everyone is wearing a dress – but that doesn’t have to be the case! At the end of the day, the bride will want everyone to be comfortable, and if it’s a less formal affair your best jeans will be absolutely fine. If you’re in doubt, check with the organiser who may have other suggestions if jeans aren’t suitable.
Speaking to the other guests should give a good idea whether or not you’ll be expected to bring a gift, but it’s always safe to assume “yes” if you’re not sure. Have a little think about practicality – will she be coming by public transport to her London bridal shower venue? If so, you might want to give her something small, like a gift card. Ask some of the other guests if they’d like to club together to make your money go further and get her something special like a spa day or a nice lunch. If you’re not very familiar with the bride, a beautiful bunch of flowers or bottle of wine always goes down well!