The Royal Foundation of St Katharine is a unique venue located in East London, in walking distance from Canary Wharf and with great transport links to the City of London financial centre. We have a range of facilities, which includes 9 beautiful meeting rooms for groups from 2 – 70 in number and the Yurt Cafe in our Precinct. Our meeting rooms vary in style from the listed Georgian house, to the modern and contemporary rooms refurbished in 2019. Many of our meeting rooms have natural light, and look onto our beautiful garden. High speed unlimited WiFi is available free of charge throughout and we provide complimentary AV equipment to suit each groups conference or meeting requirements. We can organise and host celebration dinners and special events such as wedding receptions, birthdays and garden parties. With such unusual and beautiful buildings and grounds we are an ideal filming location for productions of any size. Home cooked and freshly prepared every day, all of our food is made on site. We provide appetising and wholesome food for all our meeting and conference guests, with every effort to provide fair trade produce where possible. THE YURT CAFE Run by The Royal Foundation of St Katharine our Yurt is a beautiful and unique space for receptions, parties, dinners, networking events, talks & seminars within 5 minutes of Bank and Canary Wharf. We have a expert team of chefs who can provide catering for all occasions. Available for hire in the evenings from 6pm.
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
Conway Hall opened in 1929 and named in honour of Moncure Daniel Conway, anti-slavery advocate, outspoken supporter of free thought and biographer of Thomas Paine. The venue is Grade 2 listed and offers hirers various event spaces, especially the Main Hall with its highly-regarded acoustics. The venue is unique for providing a central London location and a building with character, steeped in history, combined with cutting-edge AV facilities. Owned by Conway Hall Ethical Society, a charity, the building is famous for being the birthplace of humanism, as well as hosting the longest run of classical concerts in the UK (which started in 1880 at the Society’s previous site), jazz concerts in the 1930s, a rare UK appearance from Muddy Waters and gigs by Crass and The Cure in 1970s, as well as many other concerts, including James Blake and La Roux, and events of all kinds since. Today, Conway Hall is a popular, accessible, venue for location filming, conferences, presentations, concerts, talks, fashion shows, weddings, awards ceremonies and brand activations. Previous clients include: BBC • Yamaha • Netflix • Evening Standard • Snowline Media • Ted Baker Penguin Books • Bloomsbury Festival • Guardian Live • Tate • EMAP
Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery was the country retreat of Sir John Soane, one of the most influential architects in British history. Pitzhanger reopened in 2019, following a three-year £12M, award-winning conservation project to restore it to Soane’s original designs. Set in the picturesque grounds of Walpole Park, the Manor offers the feel of a countryside escape in central London, a short 8 minute walk from Ealing Broadway Underground station. Offering an exquisite range of styles for hire, from neo-classical suites to Georgian rooms with garden views to contemporary gallery and restaurant spaces, Pitzhanger is perfect for weddings, events, photography and filming. Civil ceremonies are licensed across varied spaces within the Manor and our adjacent Soane's Kitchen restaurant space can accommodate drinks and dancing to follow, ensuring that your perfect wedding day can start and end at Pitzhanger. We make filming and photography easy, offering a range of historic features, beautiful gardens and clean modern spaces. We work with first class partners who will help to deliver a memorable experience. Our approved suppliers can shape and customise events - from uplighting and floristry through to creating fully hybrid events to welcome guests joining from home or abroad.
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.
St Martin’s has a series of stunning spaces available for hire. With our enviable Trafalgar Square location and profits that support our charitable work, St Martin’s ticks all the venue hire boxes. Our beautiful Crypt and Gallery both have stunning 18th century architecture. Combined they can hold up to 500 guests standing. St. Martins Hall & Lightwell feature neutral, modern, architectural design and three meeting rooms full of natural daylight. Our in-house catering team offers a range of options from canapés to a full sit down meal for up to 200 guests, or canape for up to 500. Whether you are looking for a quick meeting, a full company wide AGM, a dinner or maybe considering filming in our historic venue, get in touch.
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.
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.
Clerkenwell, Farringdon, Smithfield
Previously a vestry within St. Sepulchre’s Parish, The Vestry is a new wave cocktail & wine bar concept a stone’s throw from Smithfield Market. The Vestry is available for full and partial private hire for buffets, drinks, two to three course dining, wedding receptions, corporate hire and more. With a range of meeting packages for corporate clients during the day and events packages for those afternoon, evening & late-night parties - you'll find everything you need with us.
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 38 and stand up drinks events for upto 50. 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.
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.
Kings College Hospital
Looking for an eco-friendly, flexible conferencing and event space in London? Look no further! ORTUS has 1500 sqm of dedicated, flexible event space with state-of-the-art technology and audio-visual equipment, as well as high-speed Wi-Fi. Larger suites can be divided into 12 rooms, over 7 levels, as and when required. The space is ideal for small or large conferences, meetings, training courses, workshops, presentations, academic lectures, receptions and a range of other events. The venue is regularly used by the public sector and for corporate and private events, offering a welcoming atmosphere, environmental efficiency and openness. We offer discounted rates for the public sector and non-for-profit organisations. ORTUS is owned by the Maudsley Charity and surplus goes back into the trust in the form of grants, to support better care, recovery and prevention of mental illness. Shortlisted for Best Sustainable Venue at the 2018 Global Good, Hirespace and CHS Awards, sustainability has always been a part of the fabric of the building.
We are very excited to be able to host small events and weddings for up to 30 guests from 1st October in our Balcony Room, and we are taking enquiries now. Can’t wait until then? Visit our Bankside Bar and Restaurant for drinks, dinner or afternoon tea for a taste of what we can offer you. Looking out onto St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Thames and, of course, the Globe Theatre, our top floor Balcony room has a private balcony allowing your guests an exclusive space from which to take in London. If it’s a sit down affair, whether for a meeting or dinner, then 70 guests can be accommodated comfortably. If you are hosting a standing reception then 120 guests can enjoy the space. The Balcony Room overlooking the world-famous Globe theatre is one of the most romantic wedding venues in London, we are fully registered for weddings – all you have to do is find your Romeo or Juliet!
This stunning 3300 sq ft converted bank complete with period feature ceilings, situated in the heart of Mayfair, is complete with original ornamental ceiling features combined with industrial exposed pipework creating a remarkable contemporary interior. Located in the heart of Mayfair, and a six-minute walk from both Green Park and Oxford Circus, this is a prime location in one of London’s busiest luxury shopping districts. Situated next door to some of the city’s most renowned locations and the most elite brands in the world on New Bond Street and Berkley Square. The gallery provides a unique atmosphere for those looking to host a premium event. The pristine interior of a white space gallery makes it the ideal venue for press and brand launches, conferences, private dining, fashion shows, exclusive parties and memorable functions. The gallery is complete with grey polished concrete floors, white walls and adjustable lighting throughout the space. This venue is well-equipped for your events with a street-level entrance, kitchen area and large professional LED screen.
If you’re looking for a prime space in Shoreditch it doesn’t come better than this. Situated between Shoreditch High Street and Curtain Road, you’ll find Protein Studios, a 3,500 sq ft multi-purpose warehouse to hire. Protein Studios has four interconnected spaces with multiple hire options available. Studio 1 - Bar area and restaurant setup, perfect as an entrance to your event. Studio 2 - The largest space in the studio with shutter access directly onto New Inn Yard.Studio 3 - The smallest studio in the space, this space works as an extension of Studio 2 and Studio 4.Studio 4 - A self-contained unit perfect for pop-ups and retail.
Boasting a vibrant atmosphere which is enjoyed in a modern interior with wholesome pub food and trendy platters and canapes. Close to the iconic Tower Bridge, it’s the perfect destination for your event. With 2 fully stocked bars we are perfect to get your party started. On the lower level you will find our secret lounge, complete with decadent furnishings and its own cocktail bar.
Having to organise a funeral reception isn’t a task that anyone would wish to do. At a time of grief, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you suddenly have to plan an event. Everyone’s family has their own way of doing things, and the wishes of the deceased must also be respected. If you are unsure where to even begin when it comes to planning this, we hope that this guide can help you to get everything sorted in a quick and stress-free way.
This is the most important question you have to ask yourself. You will need to take into consideration the wishes and traditions of family, as well as any wishes the deceased may have communicated previously. Wakes can be broadly split into two main types, private and public. A private wake is where only immediate family and friends attend, and people are usually personally invited. This is a small affair and can happen either in the family home or at an outside venue. It might be immediately after the funeral or a few hours later. A public wake is open to anyone who attended the funeral and gives them a chance to talk to the family, give their condolences, and also celebrate the person’s life. If you are having a public wake reception, it’s important that you print where it will be in the death notice. There may be some that can’t make the funeral service, or for whatever reason choose to only go to the wake. Notices can be put out in local newspapers but are also increasingly found online so that people who live further away have easy access to all the relevant information.
Venue will be the next thing that you will need to consider. Depending on how many people you are expecting, you may need to hire out a sizable venue to accommodate everyone. Many wakes happen in church halls, but they aren’t to everyone’s liking and so hotels and even pubs are also popular choices of venue. While numbers will help you to decide, knowing whether you are going to serve food or have any entertainment can also affect your venue choice. Wake receptions are now much more common as a way to celebrate a person’s life rather than mourning them. Depending on your needs, you are sure to be able to find a wake reception venue for hire in London that will suit the type of event you wish to hold.
This will all depend on preferences and family traditions. At some wake receptions, everyone provides food themselves, with attendees bringing plates of sandwiches and deserts for everyone to share. There are venues who won’t allow this however so it’s not as common if you are hosting outside of the home. Other wakes will provide food in a buffet style for people to grab and snack on while talking to the people they know. Still others organise a sit-down meal at the hotel they are hosting from. This is a more formal affair but also allows members of the family to say a few words and thank everyone for attending. If you are looking to serve food of any type, talk first with your venue. They may cater in-house which means that there’s one less thing for you to worry about. This is the best course of action if you require food. When looking for venues, enquire if they can also cater so you can go down this route.
The answer is yes. You can have anything that you feel is appropriate to have. This may be musicians, a slideshow of pictures, or even people taking to a mic and telling their favourite stories of the deceased. Anything is permitted. Many people now wish for their funeral to be a celebration of life, and so encourage entertainment and laughter. Depending on your culture, having a drink at a wake reception will also be part of this as a toast to the memory of the deceased. Wakes no longer need to be a sombre affair, and so if you feel that you would like songs to be played and stories shared, then you should go ahead and organise this entertainment. There may be some who are surprised, but everyone will soon get into the spirit of the event.
Other Ideas to Remember the Deceased
If you are looking to do something to memorialise the deceased at the funeral reception, then there are lots of ideas out there that allow the guests to get involved. These include having a memory jar, tree, or book where people can write down their favourite moments and things that they learnt from the person. This is a great memento for the family to have and seeing how loved their family member was can greatly help with the grieving process. If you are playing music, have a list of the deceased favourite songs as well. You can also decorate the venue with photographs of the person and items of special significance to them. This all can help to lift the mood and make the event once that is more focused on remembrance than on sorrow.
No matter what type of reception you go for, be it private or public, in a sports hall or in a hotel, it’s always going to be a difficult thing to have to organise. The main things to remember is to consider not what other people expect, but what you and other family members want from the day. Perhaps you’ve been left instructions from the deceased to follow? If this is the case, then honour them by following their final wishes and giving them the wake reception that they envisioned.