Draughts is London’s first board game café, a haven for game lovers. We have a team of experienced, knowledgeable, and friendly staff to help customers select from a huge library of games 800+ and counting! serving high quality food, snacks and a range of local craft beers, ales, ciders, and wines for all those late night sessions. Here at Draughts Hackney you can hire the whole venue or we have many different areas which can hold between 20-120 people.The maximum capacity for the venue is 200.
Located at city of London, Cocoon provides multifunctional event spaces for business/corporate events. With advanced AV equipment installed, our event space is ideal for hosting conference, workshop, demo day, exhibition, cocktail reception, fashion catwalk, party, etc. The space can be separated into 2 rooms and accommodate events ranging from 40 to 300 people.
Situated in the heart of Borough, we have converted a Victorian diary factory into a range of cutting-edge event spaces. 79 Borough Road forms part of Ministry Venues and is modern in design but retains the industrial character of the original building. Featuring This versatile venue features a host of spaces that can be booked exclusively or independently giving the flexibility to accommodate a plethora of events. Blank canvas events space Luxury cinema State-of-the-art meeting room suite Private studio Stunning bar and garden
Folklore is a superb live music venue and bar in the heart of Hoxton - 186 Hackney Rd. is an incredible corner spot with Shoreditch just 10mins walk, Hoxton overground less than 5 and bustling Columbia Rd. and Brick Lane a few paces away. Gorgeous raw brick walls, rustic up-cycled bar and candle-lit interior will have you instantly in love with the front bar, with a secret 100 capacity live music space in the back to keep guests dancing til late. Events are our pride and joy - our personable, friendly and experienced approach to private and promoted parties has seen hundreds of successful events take place under our roof. Birthdays, welcome homes, club nights, live music promotions, product & brand launches, fashion shows, film locations, showcases, screenings, or just an old fashioned knees-up - we can handle a lot! We have secure storage with separate entrance if required; internal and external catering can be provided and our beautiful venue is licensed until 1/3 a.m. We're always looking for new ideas and connections - get in touch!
A venue with a fascinating history that dates all the way back to 1719. Originally built as a small Huguenot chapel, it has accommodated many different East London congregations over the years eventually becoming part of Christ Church in 1887. Charles Dickens was a regular visitor in the 1800s using the building for public readings of his works and in 1888 the Match Girls held their famous strike meetings here as they prepared to protest against working conditions at the nearby Bryant and May factory. Magnificently renovated into a diverse venue space; it boasts high ceilings and windows to bathe the room with natural daylight. A recent restoration and makeover has seamlessly combined the contemporary Spitalfields style with the heart of a national heritage building.
Ground Floor The Book Club's Ground floor is a converted Victorian Warehouse. Popular with meetings, co-workers and lunches during the day because of it's airy and open feel, it plays host to ever-changing quarterly art exhibitions, keeping it on Shoredtich's map as one of its most iconic venues. By night its slightly darker side comes out - the lights dim and the music gets cranked up to host thirsty and hungry revelers. It is a great venue for anything involving networking and hearty, delicious food and drink and music. It's also an ideal floor to have as part of overall venue hire at Christmas. Ground Floor - Ping Pong Room Need a small, private space to conduct your meeting, class or workshop Hire the space on its own, or opt for a lunch package with teas & coffees. Seated: 12 Seated/Standing: 20 Basement On weekdays and daytimes, steer away from the limp sandwiches and harsh lighting of stuffy conference centres and hire our basement event space for your meeting or away day. Bookings of under 30 can eat upstairs and there are great buffet and platter menus for larger groups. Theater Style: 100 Cabaret Style: 80 At nightime, this flexible event space holds everything from TED talks to club nights. It's often unavailable for general hire during the week due to programming, but it's a brilliant venue to throw a mean Woodlandia-themed Christmas party for up to 250 guests with its own dancefloor, DJ booth, bar, cloakroom and bathrooms all located on one level. Enquire for menus and rates!
The Old Baths of Hackney Wick were built in 1934 to provide washing facilities, laundry and community space to the poor population that was leaving in the area. Now The Old Baths, a listed building as a rare example of combination of Modernist and Art Deco architectural styles, is the heart of the Hackney Wick creative Community. At the entrance, a plant based Cafe - Restaurant serving Greek - Mediterranean food. Further in, a cozy lounge with comfy sofas, piano and a lot of character, serving as a multi use space, reception, screening room, private dinning, gatherings, presentations. Down the steps there is the main hall, a blank Canvas of 2.400 sq feet floor space and 7 meters height, with an infinity wall built in -ideal for photo-shoots and useful as a stage or projection surface. Two main exits lead to the garden area with Bar and seating. In the building there are two more spaces available for hire, as photographic studios, gallery spaces, workshop or class rooms, dressing and make up... One of them has an original skyline roof going across the room allowing wonderful light to fill the room.
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.
For events of up to 350 guests, the Glasshouse on the Lock has an immediate "WOW" factor with its floor-to-ceiling windows, a stunning backdrop with the famous Regents' Canal and superb vistas over Camden Market. Not only is our product exceptional, our team knowledgeable, enthusiastic and helpful, we also anticipate your every need.
Warehouse style cocktail bar and rooftop hideaway in Hackney with huge windows and heated terrace that looks out onto the far-reaching views of the Capitals skyline. NT's is available for private hire 7 days a week offering a range of bespoke services and venue features, including food, drink, entertainment and more to ensure you create the perfect event or party.
Central London's most versatile, multi-faceted venue, supporting Grassroots music. 229 is a multi-purpose entertainments venue which hosts gigs, club nights, awards ceremonies, comedy and fashion events, gala dinners and weekend festivals. The venue includes 2 event spaces and a Green Room. Some of the acts to have played at 229 include Kings of Leon, Paul Weller, Pet Shop Boys, Florence and the Machine, Biffy Clyro, Seasick Steve and Foals to name but a few. Managed under the umbrella of the charity, International Students House (ISH), 100% of the profit made by 229 goes directly back support our mission. We believe every young person should have the opportunity to succeed whatever their background. Together with our university partners and supporters, we provide scholarships opportunities, a home and a social programme to enable students to succeed while giving them a place to belong.
St James's Terrace is a hidden gem venue in the heart of St Jame's Park. With stunning unique views of Buckingham Palace and West End skyline, the roof terrace is a versatile venue that can host 50-200 standing for memorable corporate parties and celebrations, away days, BBQs, gatherings and special occasions. Please note that alcohol can be served only until 10.30pm.
In the heart of East London, a 10,000 sq ft blank canvas for holding events, and photography and film shoots. The site is right next to Haggerston station, and a short walk to Shoreditch, Liverpool Street and Old Street. We have two 3500 sq ft studio spaces, an outside courtyard, and separate bar & café, all available for hire. The studios are situated in two big railway arches, featuring lovely brick work and concrete, giving an industrial feel, the perfect backdrop for any event.
We are a restaurant, cafe and bar perfect for event hires such as business launches, corporate dinners and many more. Key features in the space include the main service bar with its over bar gantry displaying the menus on offer with a bespoke handmade ceramic-tiled bar front. The real terracotta tile feature wall and bold jade green painted accent walls inject a pop of colour, complementary to the natural planting hung from a raft running centrally throughout the entire lower level and interspersed with rattan pendant lights. Brass detail, blonde timber fins and white tongue and groove cladding throughout the space adds interest, keeping the feeling of that calm, modern Scandinavian / Ibizan beach bar present.
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.
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.
Need a venue for something a little bit alternative? Look no further. A café might be just what you need. If you don’t want to have to hire out a large venue or head to the pub again, why not go to the calming surroundings of your local coffee house? There’s much more to them than meets the eye.
Not all cafés are made the same. There is the retro, the modern, the minimalist and the art-deco. Because of this, there really is a café for every mood, or every event. You might be thinking that a café is a public place and so having your event there won’t really work when you’re surrounded by the public. Yet many cafés can actually be completely hired out, or small sections of them to accommodate your group. This is particularly popular in the evening time, when most cafés are either much quieter, or shut completely. With so much variety in the cafés for hire in London, you’ll definitely be able to find just the spot that you are looking for.
Choosing the Right Café
Every café is different, so it’s important that you pick the right one for your group. Do you want to hold a team building event there, or maybe something more casual? The first thing you need to look at is the actual size of the space. There’s no point in hiring out somewhere that’s either too big or too small. We’ve already mentioned theme as well. Every café has a unique ambience, so it’s best to visit them and see if you think it has the right feel for what you need. Location is also essential however. It might be the best place that you’ve ever set eyes upon, but if it’s located on the other side of town, and is difficult to get to, no one if going to want to attend your event.
What Type of Alternative Events Take Place in a Café?
Café’s are much more accommodating than you might think. When you hire out a space, you can generally use it for whatever you want, and cafés are popular spots for a range of activities where people want to sit down over a warm drink instead of an alcoholic one. That’s not to say that alcohol is never allowed. There are many cafés in the city that allow you to bring your own booze for special events.
A café if the perfect venue to host a weekly or monthly writing group. Whether you get together to read each other’s work and discuss it as a group, or to get some solid writing time in, cafés have been beloved by writers for years. For a special showcase event, you can hire out the full space so that you can all present your different writing to an audience.
If you have a hen do or birthday party that needs something a little bit different, many cafés will offer a truly bespoke afternoon tea experience. In fact, you can hire out the venue for the full event, so you can decorate it in whatever way you want, have games, and your own music playing so it’s completely your space. At that stage, having the afternoon tea is just a bonus!
Board Game Meet-up
It can be hard to find a space that can host a large board game meetup, which is why cafés are ideal. Not only can you hire them out for all of the hours required, you can also put as many tables together as you’re going to need to get going. Multiple games can happen at one time in a large café, so whether you want to play D&D or Monopoly there’s sure to be room for everyone.
Open-mic nights are always popular. Where anyone can get up and sing a few songs in an effort to make it big, or just to have some fun. While they are commonly held in pubs, cafés have recently seen a surge in music nights, or even afternoons. What could be better than sipping hot chocolate in the winter time and listening to a range of singers and songwriters trying out their new work? If you are thinking of hosting your own music night, perhaps it’s a good idea to check out a café as an alternate venue.
Similar to the open-mic nights, improv nights have seen a surge in popularity around cafés. They are small enough that people don’t feel quite as intimidated and are a safe place where they can get critique without all of the heckling. The same goes for poetry slams. These need to happen in a fairly quiet venue, and many bars just don’t have the rooms available to accommodate this type of performance.
This one is self-explanatory. If you are looking an exciting afternoon event for team building or a birthday party, then a specially organised coffee tasting at one of London’s top cafés is a great alternative idea to try out. These coffee virtuosos really know their stuff, so even if you’ve never really been able to tell the difference in the beans before, you’re sure to know it after a session with them.
Speed dating nights are tons of fun, and you never know, you might meet the person of your dreams! Instead of hosting it in a noisy bar where everyone is already a little bit drunk and can’t hear each other, why not have it in a more sophisticated setting such as a café? This way, real connections are much more likely to happen.
If you are planning an alternative event, a café might be just the venue that you’ve been looking for. With so many different styles out there, there’s definitely going to be one that will suit your group. The owners are sure to want to help you in any way that they can, and pretty soon you’ll be wondering why you ever considered another venue at all.