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.
A space to be brilliant. Our fabulous Forum space consists of a tiered seating area with a connected break out events space, next to our beautiful Palatino Bar. State of the art silent disco technology, as well as HD projection screen, so guests can sit and watch screenings / discussions / presentations. The event space is openly connected to this seating so is perfect for anyone looking for a presentation space with another area to move onto drinks and networking. . The event space is openly connected to this seating so is perfect for anyone looking for a presentation space with another area to move onto drinks and networking.
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.
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
The Grade I listed building is nearly 200 years old and a true icon of the capital. With twenty two different event spaces that include both contemporary and historic event venues, available for daytime and evening events, as well as options for outdoor and indoor entertaining, the venue offers an unparalleled amount of choice for corporate events, private parties and wedding receptions for between 2 and 1200 guests. With beautiful picture galleries, a dedicated conference suite and options for late night dancing until 2am, this is a breath taking venue for all occasions, located at the very heart of London just off Trafalgar Square.
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.
The Mess Hall is a brand new 300 cap event space in the heart of Mayfair, located inside the UKs first Immersive Theatre, IMMERSIVE | LDN Located in an ex-military building, we have a broad range of unique spaces including Gatsby's Mansion, The Mess Hall, a shooting range, gun & ammo store and The Lucky Club, our very own cocktail bar. Conveniently located just 60 seconds walk from Bond Street tube station, the venue is in a prime location for everything from product launches and corporate events to performance based shows.
Brewery, distillery, bar & restaurant, stretched over two floors offering the highest quality drinks and food in north London. The perfect space for your wedding reception, birthday, corporate event or party of any kind. Tank-fresh craft beer, sustainable urban gin distilling and gourmet kebabs all under one roof in Dalston's latest brewpub, bar & restaurant.Enjoy two floors with plenty of seating & standing areas, ready to go DJ setup, craft beer, cocktails, modern fusion cuisine and pink whales (!)
The Bush Theatre is a unique venue in London. It is housed in a beautiful Victorian former library in Shepherds Bush. Situated across the road from Shepherds Bush Market underground station the venue has many multi-purpose spaces available to hire. Available for, corporate and conference meetings, rehearsal space, reading groups, Party celebrations and as a unique wedding venue in London. The whole building went through a 4.3 million pound refurbishment and re-opened its doors to the public in March 2017. The spaces are all wheelchair accessible with lift access.
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.
The Lyric Hammersmith Theatre has a range of multi-art facilities and entertaining and conference spaces to meet the needs of businesses, communities, individuals and families, with a mix of traditional and modern spaces. We are not your average event venue – we have a Victorian Frank Matcham theatre at our core, our own bar and restaurant space and a modern extension, the Reuben Foundation wing, which was opened in 2015 and houses two floors of facilities including a dance studio, cinema, recording studio, film & tv studio, music rooms and numerous rehearsal and meeting spaces. We regularly host conferences, meetings, office parties, rooftop socials, rehearsals, filming and recording sessions and community events, so get in touch with our Hires & Events team who will help facilitate your activity.
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.
With a capacity for 120, this space is perfect for private networking, reception events and summer BBQs. The contemporary museum space comes with the added benefit of a private courtyard that features a beautiful living plant wall which adds to the venue’s atmosphere and acts as the perfect backdrop for summer parties. The indoor modern and contemporary museum space offers great versatility and in addition, allows guests to explore the inspiring exhibition galleries or enjoy a curator-led museum tour.
In the heart of London’s vibrant East End, an inspiring destination for private, corporate and charity events. A truly unique venue, Hawkmoor’s beautifully restored Baroque masterpiece, offers a magnificent backdrop with several versatile spaces. Impress your guests with our 300-year-old Nave, with its soaring Tuscan columns it's the perfect space for up to 600 guests, while our vaulted Crypt is perfect for those more intimate events for up to 250 guests. Within easy reach of Liverpool Street and Aldgate East Station, This is a memorable setting for drink receptions, banquets, meetings, dinners, conferences and exhibitions, concerts, filming and other events for between 10 and 600 guests.
Ebury by Fat Macy’s is a mission driven restaurant serving Middle-Eastern-inspired sharing plates for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Alongside our delicious recipes, we sell a range of natural wines and artisanal products from local suppliers and other socially-minded businesses. Our restaurant space is a beautiful airy wooden building designed by award winning architects. We are suitable for a range of events, such as weddings, private dinners and larger events.
A venue in Hammersmith that invigorates, inspires, and facilitates ambitious people to achieve their purpose. Located within the iconic Grade II listed, the building has been a hub for the local community for over 120 years. This unique building has two wonderful mezzanines to organize any type of event, we also have meeting rooms for up to 12 people and a room with a kitchen for up to 30 people standing. The perfect space to organise your workshop, cooking class, meeting, or private event.
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.