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Engagement Party Venues in London

Find and book an engagement party venue in London

If you are looking for venue ideas to pop the big question then you have come to the right place. With so many engagement party venues from restaurants, bars and pubs at your fingertips – you will be spoilt for choice! So, whether it is that quaint romantic spot you have been eyeing out near you to hiring a grand ballroom so all your friends and family can be part of your special moment, we have you covered.
  • Kings Cross

    The Fellow

    Standing 100
    Theatre 35
    Dining 40
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  • Canary Wharf

    28 West

    Standing 350
    Theatre 60
    Dining 60
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  • Moorgate

    Morton Society

    Standing 260
    Theatre 200
    Dining 150
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  • Wandsworth

    The County Arms

    Standing 500
    Theatre 70
    Dining 110
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  • Shoreditch

    Nobu Hotel Shoreditch

    Standing 200
    Theatre 100
    Dining 120
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  • Bank

    Eight Club Bank

    Standing 60
    Theatre 60
    Dining 34
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  • Paddington station

    Huckster

    Standing 360
    Theatre 120
    Dining 220
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  • Covent Garden

    The Petersham

    Standing 200
    Theatre 80
    Dining 120
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  • 515 Fulham Road

    Kona Kai

    Standing 350
    Theatre 200
    Dining 150
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  • St James

    St James' Park Cafe

    Standing 400
    Theatre 200
    Dining 116
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  • Fulham Road

    The Courtyard Fulham

    Standing 400
    Dining 200
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  • Hoxton

    The Breakfast Club Hoxton

    Standing 120
    Dining 95
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How to Organise an Engagement Party

If you’ve recently gotten engaged, you’ll know just what a great feeling it is! Filled with giddy excitement over your future nuptials, you’re likely to want to celebrate with your friends and family as soon as possible, That can mean only one thing. An engagement party! The best way to get everyone together before the actual wedding, an engagement party can be a much more chilled out, relaxed affair. You won’t be able to keep the smile off of your face all night. To save you from any stress when it comes to planning, we’ve got these tips to share with you on how to organise the engagement party of the year.


Decide Who’s Hosting


Tradition dictates that the bride’s family host the engagement party, but this isn’t the case anymore. Anyone can host, and most commonly it’s the bride and groom to be themselves. As a newly engaged couple, you’re going to be the ones who know exactly what you want your engagement party to look like, so it’s best if you make all of the decisions. Of course, if someone else offers to do all of the planning and host the event, then all you have to do is turn up and enjoy yourself!


Decide When to Have It


Most couples want to have the party as soon as they get engaged, but that isn’t always right for everyone. Depending on how long your engagement is going to be, it might be best to hold off for a little while so there is less time between the engagement party and the wedding. Many couples decide to travel or move to a new city during the early stages of their engagement. If this is the case, then you’ll probably want to wait until things calm down a little first. Deciding on a date is important, as it will enable you to get a venue booked and send out invitations with plenty of time to spare.


Decide on a Theme


Are you looking your party to be formal or informal? Will there be a sit-down meal or is it just a party? Do you want it to have a specific theme? Deciding on all of his is crucial. It means that you can then let your guests know about the dress code. It will also make it much easier to pick a venue when you know how you want your party to look, what you want to happen at it, and of course, how many people will be there.


Decide Where to Have It


Venue for any party is a key decision. There are hundreds of available engagement party venues for hire in London, so you really can go for anything. You can have a formal engagement dinner that’s fully catered, or you can hire out a bar for all of your nearest and dearest to celebrate with you. Whatever you decide, it’s a good idea to think about how far people will have to travel to get there and get home again. Taxis can be expensive and if it’s a party, many people won’t want to drive. For those that are getting behind the wheel, having adequate car parking facilities nearby will make the whole event run much smoother.


Decide Who’s Invited


Getting the guest list sorted needs to happen quite early, so you have an idea of numbers when it comes to the venue. Don’t invite a bunch of people who you know aren’t going to get an invite to the wedding, as they’ll end up being disappointed. If you’re unsure, have a quieter engagement party with only close friends and family in attendance. Make sure that you give everyone as much advance notice as you can, as people’s calendars fill up quickly! While a formal invite isn’t needed, an email or message should be sent with all of the details they need. This will stop you from being bombarded with questions.


Decide on Gifts


The gift policy at engagement parties is a strange one. No one is ever really sure if gifts are expected or what to buy for the happy couple. Letting guests know on the invite is a way to solve this. You can have a strict ‘no gift policy’ or you can direct them to either a small wish-list or registry that you’ve created. Keep the items on the smaller side. Gifts aren’t mandatory at an engagement and they are more meant to be a token than a large present – that usually comes at the wedding. An alternative is to ask people to donate to a charity of your choice in lieu of gifts, which gets rid on any awkwardness around the topic.


Decide on Entertainment


What, exactly, is going to happen at your engagement party? While you might have a venue at the ready and invited everyone you want to be there, you need to consider how you’re going to entertain them. While music and dancing are always a good way to go, it’s also the chance to play some games with your guests. You can discuss how you both met, how the proposal happened, and a few other funny anecdotes to the crowd. This will get everyone relaxed and ready for some party games! As there are likely to be a few people there who don’t each other, or even many people at all, now is the time to get everyone talking.


An engagement party is a great way to celebrate the fact that you’ve decided to spend the rest of your lives together. It’s a chance for all of your nearest and dearest to congratulate you both in person and party alongside you. It’s also a great way for the two families to meet again, and you can introduce all of your friends to each other. Plus, it’s the perfect way to get everyone excited about the future wedding that’s on the horizon!