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.
Step upstairs from the happy hurly-burly of The Clarence and into your very own Cabinet room in the shape of the spacious and luxurious Bull Dog Bar. It’s named for Churchill’s favourite dog but there’s nothing of the kennel about this place – it’s stunningly decorated and equipped with all you could need for work or play including sound system, fast free WiFi and plenty more besides. What’s more, our dedicated events team know just how to get the best out of it for any event you care to mention. Get in touch to find out how they can create a bespoke event of easy grandeur just for you.
Our First Floor Dining Room is the perfect space to enjoy any meal with us, be it a lazy group lunch, business meeting or a romantic dinner for two. You can also enjoy the ultimate alfresco dining experience on our wraparound terrace which overlooks the hustle and bustle of Granary Square & the beautiful Regent’s Canal. The First Floor is also available for exclusive hire and can accommodate up to 100 guests. With panoramic views across King’s Cross, this is a beautiful space to celebrate any special occasion.
Shaka Zulu, London's largest South African restaurant, opened its doors in August 2010 with a special royal blessing from the Zulu King, HRH Goodwill Zwelithini. Set over a ground breaking 27,000 sq ft, this spectacular two floor restaurant, bar and club offers amazing food, drinks, live music, dancing and is one of Camden’s premier events spaces. The lower floor of this stunning venue is complemented by a display of 20ft high warrior statues and the Mezzanine level offers a champagne bar and cocktail lounge overlooking the stunning restaurant. Carved wooden murals cover every inch of Shaka Zulu's walls making it a popular and alternative venue for your event. From bah mitzvah’s to a high end party to large dinners and exclusive hire, Shaka Zulu boasts 4 separate event spaces that can host up to 850 people – including our amazing Kings Clubs.
Ramp is an Art Gallery and event space with is fully licensed from Mid-day to Midnight 7 days a week. The space can be hired for a whole host of events from sample sales to birthday parties and everything in between. Each floor has the capacity to hold up to 60 people, with the Gallery on the ground floor and the bar and events space in the basement.
Located on the 6th Floor at 2 More London Riverside, the Tower Room offers stunning views of Tower Bridge, the City of London and Canary Wharf. It has the versatility to accommodate a variety of events, from conference, theatre and cabaret-style meetings to corporate events, receptions, product launches and workshops. The Tower Room can also be used for photo shoots or video productions, with iconic landmarks in the background as an impressive setting.Weekdays (full day from 8am – 5pm): £2,250Weekdays (half day from 8am-12am or 1pm-5pm): £1,500Everyday Evenings 5pm-10pm: £2,800Weekend (full day 8am - 10pm): £5,450Weekend (morning, afternoon or evening): £2,800
Bellavita Academy is a bright gallery and a spacious 100sq meters venue, that combines modern art with light and space. Located only 5 minutes away from Tower hill, the space is ideal for corporate conferences, meetings and training sessions. The venue is fully equipped with a brand new kitchen, perfect for team building activities, cooking classes, wine tastings & supper clubs events. Whether you need an entertaining and dynamic team building or a venue for a product's launch or private celebrations, we will host your event properly. We provide additional services that add the extra touch: from breakfast meetings to all-day events, our quality food & drinks will transform your corporate or private receptions into unforgettable events. Our chefs can prepare the best tailor-made solutions, our fine selection of wines spoils you by choice, our sommeliers can support your delegates thoroughly. Enjoy booking with us: throughout the entire process we will provide a single point of contact delivering our highest standard of services.
PRIVATE DINING & EVENTS: M Victoria Street is an incredibly flexible venue for functions, private dining and exclusive events. Our Events Management team are on hand to create bespoke experiences with you which will take you on a journey around both the venue and six continents of taste! We offer 5 group dining & canape menus suitable for a range of budgets and occasions, or would be delighted to create something unique for you. We are very open to creative ideas and happy to work with you in all different capacities! M DEN: Our 60 cover Private Members Bar is now accepting applications and is occasionally available for Private Events – perfect for Drinks and Canape Functions / Presentations. A ‘home from home’ attracting an eclectic mix of socialites, businessmen and women from a variety of sectors including Media, Politics, Luxury, Fashion; M DEN offers a unique, warm, private space for both work and play from 7am to 1am. Accessed through a secret wall, featuring personalised bottle lockers for members, a private bar, fireplace and a private six seat screening room; the décor is a blend of chocolate and burnt oranges, the ambience; understated, absolute luxury. M BAR: Our destination bar can accommodate parties from 20-150 guests and is situated in the basement of the venue, with views of the M RAW restaurant. Complete with DJ Booth, live artists and DJs can entertain guests, creating a high octane vibe. The Eclectic cocktail menu which specialises in Martinis was designed by Lance Perkins, Bars and Beverage Director of the multi award winning Edition Hotel. The Bar food Menu takes light bites from RAW alongside an informal street food offering. Modern yet casual. LA PLUME: A beautiful private dining room set in the heart of the venue perfect for discrete meetings or opulent dining. Seats between 10 and 24 guests and offers independent sound and AV facilities THE SOCIAL DINING ROOM: Our semi-private dining room is named as such as it offers the opportunity to enjoy the ambience of the venue in a private area that offers privacy. Perfect for both drinking functions and also dining, it can accommodate parties dining up to 16 guests and functions for up to 40 persons. EXCLUSIVE HIRES – M RAW OR M GRILL: M GRILL is a two tiered perfectly oval 150 cover restaurant, with deep booths outlining the room. A natural amphitheatre perfect for celebratory or awards dinners and parties! M RAW is a flexible space that can also be hired exclusively and is perfect for private dining for 20-60 guests M WINESTORE & TASTING ROOM: The ambition of M WINE STORE was to break down all pretention and give access to buy exclusive and unusual premium wines which have previously only been available to purchase in restaurants or through fine wine merchants and brokers. THE TASTING ROOM is a 20-cover drinking or dining space which houses six tasting machines, which offer 48 wines to sample in an informal, ultramodern environment with informal canapes for food wine matching, or for a private meal surrounded by wines.
St. James's Park
Situated between number 10 Downing Street, Piccadilly Circus and Buckingham Palace, locations don’t come more iconic: the Institute of Contemporary Arts is a legendary venue with views over The Mall, Big Ben, the London Eye and St. James’s Park. The ICA has two Regency rooms, a fully equipped theatre, studio, bar and two classic cinema spaces available to hire. Event organisation and catering is provided exclusively by world-renown caterers Arnold & Henderson, who run the highly acclaimed Rochelle Canteen, based in Shoreditch’s Rochelle School, now also at the ICA. Melanie Arnold & Margot Henderson have been organising and catering celebrations for over 25 years and no brief is too big or too small for their in-house team to organise from start to finish, including menus, drinks, staffing, flowers, lighting, music and entertainment.
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.
A centre of hospitality and welcome since it’s origins as a priory in 1106.Conveniently located in on the South Bank in vibrant London Bridge, the Cathedral is a historical masterpiece boasting the oldest example of gothic architecture in Central London. The Parish has been home to many notable historical figures including William Shakespeare, John Harvard and Charles Dickens. Today, the Cathedral’s doors are open to all. With eight versatile spaces to hire and two spacious outdoor areas, offers clients a unique opportunity to hold events from intimate to spectacular from 6 to 800 guests. Our experienced events team offer a personalised service, working with you and our range of accomplished suppliers to deliver events of all shapes and sizes including receptions and dinners, meetings and conferences,concerts fashion shows and more.
Off the Strand
About The RSA House Just off the Strand, the stylish Georgian home of the Royal Society of Arts is a highly versatile venue. Its Great Room – think domed-glass ceiling and period paintings – has movable seating that enables it to host events ranging from conferences to gala dinners. The striking and spacious Vaults can also be used for drinks receptions, meetings and dinners. In total, the venue has 11 spaces to choose from, and all come with the latest AV kit. It's also worth noting that the venue has a new coffee shop, Rawthmells that's ideal for casual business meetings.
Built in 1826 on its own ‘island’ in the heart of the capital, One Marylebone opened its doors in 2008 and quickly rose to become one of the leading event spaces in the Capital. The Soane Hall is the jewel in the crown of One Marylebone; at over 27 feet in height, the prestigious space is both impressive in size and beauty. Opulent mosaics and stained glass windows evoke everlasting elegance. The first floor contemporary and light Galleries are the perfect setting for pre-dinner drinks or can be used on their own for a multitude of events. Able to host standing receptions for 800 and sit down dinners for 350 or more intimate parties for under 100, One Marylebone is one of London’s most flexible and unique venues
is the latest project by the team behind two of London’s foremost cultural institutions, Oval Space and The Pickle Factory. This space has been designed as a blank canvas, set in an industrial but polished setting. The venue comprises of 3 unique areas, a sprawling, blank canvas main room, a roof terrace with breakout containers, and a brandable cocktail bar event space. The venue also features breakout rooms on the 1st floor. The versatility and multi-faceted nature of is bound to whet the appetite of any ambitious event producer, whether they’re planning a product launch, conference or live music gig. Moreover, the venue can boast to be one of the most environmentally sustainable in the country, with a ban on single-use plastics the first step in ‘Oval Green’ a cross-venue initiative to create spaces that deliver unforgettable experiences minus the carbon emissions. All hires include a projector and screen, sound and lighting packages, chairs, staging, lectern and a dedicated event manager.
Park Village Studios, also known as the Old Riding School, was built in 1892 as an indoor riding arena to serve the residents of the Nash Houses of Regent’s Park. Protected by English Heritage, its eclectic history includes housing elephants, giraffes and a brown bear named ‘Spitfire’, when nearby London Zoo was bombed in WW2. Park Village Studios is situated metres from the Gloucester Gate entrance to Regent's Park. Offering 7,000 sq ft of flexible event space over three distinctive areas, the studios have been converted to provide a stunning setting for film, photography and a wide array of events - from workshops, weddings and product launches to film screenings, large scale conferences and brand events, complete with break-out rooms and state-of-the-art AV and production. STUDIO 1: Studio 1 is the centrepiece of Park Village, a 2,700 sq ft double-height converted Victorian riding arena. At one end, a beautiful cast-iron spiral staircase leads to the original decorative viewing gallery and The Stables. At the other, a J-shaped infinity cove provides an eye-catching backdrop for 3D mapping, projections and set-dressing possibilities. Studio 1 has full blackout and daylight options, as well as flexible lighting set-ups from the steel rigging. Perfect for large numbers and big production builds. STUDIO 2: Studio 2 is a more contemporary space used for product launches, presentations, as a gallery, a break-out area or catering set-up for larger events when exclusively hiring the building. With drive-in vehicle access, an open kitchen and its own Styling Suite, Studio 2 is an ultra-flexible events space. The mezzanine area above Studio 2 comes as part of the rental of this space. STUDIO 3 (THE STABLES): With its high-vaulted wooden beamed ceiling and elegant tiles, Studio 3 (The Stables) offers a pleasing contrast to the other studio spaces. At 1,300 sq ft it benefits from excellent natural light, with the option of full blackout. The space includes a large entrance lobby, accessible via an industrial staircase built over the original horse ramp. It can be hired individually for drinks receptions, workshops, screenings and conferences or used as a breakout room when exclusively hiring the building. FEATURES, FACILITIES & SPECS: Features: - Former Victorian riding school - English Heritage protected - Vaulted ceilings - Vintage tiling - Reception area - Drive-in access - Four separate entrance options - Natural light / black out options - Outdoor garden / smoking area Facilities: - Full-service commercial kitchen - preferred caterers list available - Three parking spaces - Two separate make-up rooms, with classic styling stations - Can provide chairs, tables, flipcharts and other conference equipment - Flatscreen TV Specs: - State of the art audio and PA system - Full HD projector (6K Lumens) - Lecterns, screens and wireless microphones - 1 Gig Ultra-fast wifi throughout the building - 3 phase power CAPACITIES: Studio 1: Standing - 300 Theatre - 225 Banquet - 175 Cabaret - 140 Studio 2: Standing - 100 (140 with mezzanine) Theatre - 80 Banquet - 75 Cabaret - 75 Studio 3 (The Stables): Standing - 100 Theatre - 100 Banquet - 100 Cabaret - 80
Henley on Thames
Set on the banks of the River Thames, the River & Rowing Museum's idyllic location is the perfect backdrop for your event. Our contemporary Museum, was David Chipperfield's first major building within the UK, designed to mirror boat houses of old. With clean lines and wall to ceiling glass, our event spaces are filled with natural light, framing life on the river and the lush Thames valley landscape. Choose this venue, to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, while being just 45 minutes from London.
Once your little one arrives, you’ll have a lot of things to think about. Eventually, organising a christening or a baptism might be on that list. Every family does this in a different way, and it normally centres around their religious beliefs. Yet this is not important to every new family. One thing that rarely changes about the event however, is the part that happens after all of the formalities. The party.
Are you inviting a lot of guests to your baby’s christening? If so, there may be those who have to travel from quite far away to attend, and so their needs will have to be considered. If you are having a smaller, more intimate gathering, your plans can probably be more relaxed and less formal, as you’ll have less people to deal with! Knowing who you are going to invite, and the expected numbers, is the first step in organising a party of any kind.
Once you have all of the numbers, there’s one thing that you’ll need to decide quickly on, and that is a venue for all of your guests. Many new parents have their parties in their own home, which is great for a small group. If you are expecting a crowd however, the pressure of catering for so many people means that it’s probably best to look into hiring somewhere that can take care of all of the details for you. After all, you’ll have your guests to talk to and a baby to look after! There are loads of christening party venues for hire in London, so you won’t be stuck for ideas. Think about what it is you want out of the party and focus on that idea. Whether it is formal or informal, a large venue or small, you’re sure to find something that suits you and your new family perfectly.
When picking out the venue you’ll also have to consider some practicalities. How far away is it from where the service is being held? How will people get there? Is there adequate parking for all of your group? While it might seem like the perfect place, your guests are going to be annoyed if it is difficult for them to get to, or there is a large distance between it and the service venue. You’ll need to consider how easy it is to park at the venue as well, as many of your guests might have cars with them.
Deciding the Date
The date will most likely be decided by when the service can be arranged. If you are having a Naming Day as opposed to a religious service, you will be able to be much more flexible with this. It’s best to organise the date well in advance so you can book the venue in plenty of time and it’s much more likely that all of your guests will be free to attend. Think about when you think your family is really going to be ready for a christening party when you have a new addition to take care of.
Invites need to go out to all of your guests as soon as you have settled on the date and venue. They need to contain where the service is and what time it’s at, where the christening party is, as well as some other vital pieces of information. This includes whether there is a dress code, and if there are going to get a meal at the party or not. You should also mention how long its expected to last, and if children are invited along as well. The more information that you can give your guests, the more relaxed everyone will be.
It’s not uncommon to just have a buffet at a christening party, and it certainly won’t look out of place. This helps to keep the costs down and introduces a much more relaxed and party-like feel. If you already have a large group attending, and there are a lot of people from out of town, they might expect something more substantial. Enquire with your venue about set menu options for your group – you’ll be surprised at the offers they might be able to provide you. As always, keep in mind any dietary requirements of your guests, as you don’t want anyone going hungry.
You’ll need to decide early on how long the party is going to go on for, and if you’re encouraging the adults to head to the bar. If it finishes early, that’s a clear sign to keep the drinking to a minimum, although you might want the time to catch up with friends and family and celebrate the addition of your new arrival with them properly.
Will there be a lot of other children in attendance? If so, you’ll need to take this into consideration, and provide a few fun activities that they can do on their own while the adults have a drink and chat. There’s nothing worse than a room full of bored kids, so think this through carefully. The parents will be thanking you for your foresight, as it means that they’ll be at liberty to stay a little bit longer.
A christening party is one of the best types of celebrations. A new life into the world and a new addition to your family is the perfect reason to host a party. Whether you go for a religious service or not, organising an event where everyone can join together and have a chat is an amazing way to celebrate baby.
Most christening parties will be local to the christening ceremony, so depending on where your local church is it’s a good idea to stay close to that area. A good location for a christening party in London is a local pub or bar, as they will likely be able to offer casual dining options for a reasonable price. Buffets and platters are popular choices, and they may be able to offer a minimum spend option rather than a venue hire price. If you want a totally private christening party, this might not be the right option for you so it’s worth using Canvas to find the perfect venue.
Prices will vary depending on the location of the venue, the size, the date of the event, and the amenities and facilities that the venue offers. You might be surprised to learn that christenings don’t always take place on a Sunday – although that is the most popular day – so if your priest is happy to arrange a different day of the week, you might be able to get a cheaper venue cost. Mondays and Tuesdays are normally the least expensive, so it’s worth asking your venue if their prices change during the week and in different seasons.
Canvas is the perfect place to find a hall for a christening party in London. Our search filters can narrow down the ideal venue for you, even if you have really specific needs! Unlike many other venue search platforms, you can search for venues with different accessibility requirements, audio-visual facilities and even WiFi. If you’re looking for a hall, just hit the “Style” button once you’ve started your search and select “hall”.
Some churches will have halls that are available to use after the christening ceremony, and where possible it’s a good idea to book it to avoid transporting your guests between different venues. However sometimes it’s not practical: maybe the hall is unavailable or they don’t have one, perhaps you’d like catering to be included and most halls are dry hire. In those cases, it’s a good idea to find a separate venue, but somewhere local and easy to walk to. Remember: a short walk for you might be a very long walk for friends and relatives with different access requirements, so you may still need to think about transport.