Reception Venues in London

From venues for weddings, corporate events, or simply big parties, our Central London reception venues have got you sorted.

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  • Reception Venues - Century Club
    SohoCentury Club180 People

    The Century Club Roof Terrace is the largest in Soho, it has a fully retractable glass roof making it the perfect space for the unpredictable British weather. Accommodating up to 180 people, the Roof Terrace is a truly fantastic space, complete with a large bar, the Roof Terrace is an ideal spot for drinking, dining or dancing. Looking for a smaller drinks reception? The roof is also available to hire semi-privately.

  • Reception Venues - Business Design Centre
    IslingtonBusiness Design Centre1500 People

    Ideally located in the centre of venue and covering over 2000m2, the Mezzanine has an exceptional abundance of light and has the perfect space for large exhibitions, awards evening dinners, gala dinners, large conferences and more. It's proximity to the breakout rooms makes the space ideal for a conference to run alongside a large exhibition.

  • Reception Venues - Bermondsey Social Club
    BermondseyBermondsey Social Club120 People

    Bermondsey Social is a unique space set under a railway arch in South Bermondsey. An Ideal spot for private parties, club nights, corporate events, Christmas parties, Birthday parties and much more BSC boasts to have one of the best outdoor areas south of the river along with a state of the art light rig and amazing DnB sound system. We can accommodate up to 120-140 guests for events and have staging on site should you need it for a live band to play or to present an award. We also have a projector and screen. Our License is till 4am 7 days a week.

  • Reception Venues - Bolton's Restaurant

    The Venetia Room is the perfect spot for small private event

  • Reception Venues - Searcys at the Gherkin

    There are few spots of the London landscape as striking as Searcys at The Gherkin. Facing west on level 39 of The Gherkin is the Helix Restaurant, capturing arguably London's most beautiful sunsets. Once guests climb the sleek granite staircase, the Iris Bar at the very top of The Gherkin opens up to offer breath-taking 360-degree views. Exclusive hire of Helix and Iris is ideal for business breakfasts, drinks receptions and celebratory events of up to 260 guests.

  • Reception Venues - The Prince Of Wales Brixton

    POW is a large multi-use venue with a two-tier outdoor roof terrace. All of our spaces attract high profile private hire from leading supermarkets to film publishers, we can cater for most types of events/hires. Our spaces are especially great for private parties, product launches, networking events and drinks receptions. Our 1920s Art Deco dancehall has unique features, full audio visual install and Funktion-One sound system. Our terrace has views across the South-London skyline and Windrush Square and is also kitted out with speakers and more.

  • Reception Venues - Brewers Hall
    City of LondonBrewers Hall120 People

    Brewers' Hall is a multi-purpose events venue and is available on an exclusive hire basis. Our spaces have conferencing and meeting facilities for up to 90 theatre style in The Hall. The Court Room and Committee Room can host 18 or 8 people boardroom style respectively. Luncheons and dinners can be hosted in The Hall for up to 80 people. The Hall and Court Room can be combined for buffet receptions up to 125 people.

  • Reception Venues - Wallacespace Clerkenwell Green
    ClerkenwellWallacespace Clerkenwell Green60 People

    Whether you need a quick nibble with a glass of something cold at the end of the day or a sumptuous feast in stylish settings of out penthouses. You can be rest assured that we cook and prepare seasonal, fresh produce with non of that processed nonsense. Our menus joyfully reflect the culture and diversity that surrounds us in London; serving a variety of different cuisines. Plus, creating a menu the Wallacespace way means we'll always be able to work with you dietary needs and personal tastes to create a bespoke experience for you and your guests.

  • Reception Venues - Old Bengal Bar
    Old Bengal Bar200 People

    Old Bengal Bar allows for both inside and outdoor seating. During the summer months, the outside terrace is a great place to have receptions. Allows for a maximum capacity of 90 guests inside, but there is also space ouside for up to 40 guests.

  • Reception Venues - Six Park Place (Home of the Royal Over-Seas League)

    The newly refurbished Princess Alexandra Hall is complete with integrated audio-visual facilities, superb acoustics, and is fully air conditioned. Princess Alexandra Hall is ideal for conferences, concerts and presentations. By night the room has an impressive deep blue lighting which sets the atmosphere for fine dining, dancing, a cocktail reception, birthday or wedding reception. Dining price is based on a seated 2 or 3 course meal only.

  • Reception Venues - The Insurance Hall

    An impressive room by any standards. Spacious with plenty of natural daylight and full of impressive, iconic period features of oak panelling and magnificent stained-glass windows, detailing a history of insurance companies from the past. The Great Hall is perfect for conferences, presentations, AGMs and awards ceremonies. The space is fully equipped with an automated blackout system, lobby reception area, adjustable lighting, 13ft front projection screen and features a fixed stage and minstrel gallery.

  • Reception Venues - Meraki London
    FitzroviaMeraki London45 People

    Disappear behind the wine shelf, revealing a secret entrance to The Living Room! Guests will descend the stairs to the hidden bar below, featuring eye-catching tropical wall treatments, a mixture of lush, velvet seating in rich jewel-tone colours and the bar's signature caves, artistically built into arched brick walls. The Living Room has it's own private bar, informal seating & table areas with surrounding mingling space. Also includes a separate sound system to play your own music and private WC facilities. Ideal for drinks & canape receptions, corporate networking and Christmas parties!

  • Reception Venues - One Great George Street
    WestminsterOne Great George Street400 People

    The Great Hall is a truly spectacular space for a wedding offering both natural light and stunning period features. Located on the first floor of this award-winning, Grade II listed Westminster wedding venue, it boasts oak floors, seven floor-to-ceiling windows and 13 metre high ceilings adorned with marble and ornate gold leaf. Guests will gaze up in amazement as they dine and dance beneath The Great Hall's jaw-dropping painted ceiling and two exquisite crystal chandeliers.

  • Reception Venues - London Transport Museum
    Covent GardenLondon Transport Museum400 People

    The Museum Galleries provide a fascinating event space, surrounded by the backdrop of the museum collection. The Galleries can host sit-down dinners for both corporate and private events, or up to 500 people for a cocktail reception. The pricing is for 630-930pm with additional hours at £1000 each and events can go on until 2am.

  • Reception Venues - National Portrait Gallery
    WestminsterNational Portrait Gallery200 People

    The private dining room at the National Portrait Gallery has a dramatic panoramic window looking down Whitehall taking in Nelson’s column and the London Eye. A stunning setting in which to entertain.

  • Reception Venues - Stationers' Hall and Garden
    St Paul'sStationers' Hall and Garden450 People

    One of London's last remaining Livery halls, Stationer's was built in 1673. The Hall comprises three imposing rooms that combine to make the perfect events and conference venue. The Livery Hall is the largest space and has opulent stained glass windows with give an impressive ombiance. The Court Room is fabulously elegant and ideal for breakout sessions. The Stock Room joins the two larger spaces and is often used for dancing or drinks.

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More about Reception Venues

Whatever event you're planning, getting the right venue is hugely important. After all, the venue sets the tone for the whole event, so whether you're planning an intimate gathering or a large scale event, it's important to choose a venue that suits your needs. Not only will the right venue make your event run smoothly, but it will also help create lasting memories for your guests. If you're looking for reception venues in central London, you've come to the right place! Reception venues in central London come in all shapes and sizes, and there are plenty of great options to choose from, no matter what your budget is. Read on for everything you need to know for finding the perfect reception venue for any event.

What kind of reception venues are on offer in Central London?

There are all sorts of reception venues available in central London, from grand ballrooms to cosy cafes. No matter what kind of event you're planning, there's bound to be a venue that's perfect for you. Here are some of the most popular types of reception venues in central London:


Halls are a popular choice for reception venues as they offer plenty of space for large events. If you're planning a big event, then a hall is definitely worth considering.


Museums make for unique and interesting reception venues. If you're looking to add a touch of class to your event, then a museum could be the perfect option.

Historic Venues

There are plenty of historic venues available for hire in central London. If you're looking for a venue with character and charm, then a historic venue could be the perfect choice.


Cafes make for great reception venues, especially if you're planning a more intimate event. Cafes offer a warm and inviting atmosphere, making them ideal for small gatherings.

What kind of events need reception venues?

There are all sorts of events that need reception venues, from weddings to corporate functions. No matter what kind of event you're planning, there's sure to be a reception venue that's perfect for you. Here are some of the most popular types of events that need reception venues:


Weddings are one of the most popular events that need reception venues. If you're planning a wedding, then you'll need to find a venue that's large enough to accommodate all of your guests. You'll also need to make sure that the venue is suitable for your wedding theme.

Corporate functions

If you're planning a corporate event, then you'll need to find a reception venue that's large enough to accommodate all of your guests. You'll also need to make sure that the venue has all of the necessary facilities, such as a sound system and a stage.

Birthday parties

Birthday parties are another popular event that needs reception venues. If you're planning a birthday party, then you'll need to find a venue that's large enough to accommodate all of your guests.

What to look for in a reception venue

When choosing a reception venue, there are a few things you should keep in mind. First, consider the size of your event and the number of guests you'll be inviting. You'll want to make sure the venue can comfortably accommodate everyone. Large reception venues include ballrooms, libraries, and galleries, while smaller venues might be bars or restaurants. Second, think about the atmosphere you want to create. Do you want something formal or relaxed? Intimate or grandiose? Once you have a vision in mind, you can start searching for venues that match your criteria. Remember that a lot of a venue's atmospherics come down to decor, so even if a venue doesn't initially seem like it would fit your event, it could be transformed with the right styling.

Finally, consider your budget. London is an expensive city, so it's important to find a reception venue that fits your budget. Fortunately, there are affordable options available if you know where to look. We'll delve into some of them, but don't be scared to ask about package deals or consider hosting your event during off-peak hours, such as mid-week evenings.

When should you start looking for a reception venue?

The best time to start looking for reception venues is about four to six months before your event. This will give you plenty of time to compare different options and make sure you find the perfect venue for your needs. Of course, if you're planning a last-minute event, it's still possible to find great reception venues, but you may have to be prepared to compromise on some of your criteria.

The benefits of having a Central London reception venue

There are plenty of benefits to having a central London reception venue, the most obvious being convenience. If your guests are coming from all over the city (or even further afield), then it's much easier for them if the venue is easy to get to. Another benefit of central London reception venues is that they tend to be more affordable than those in other parts of the city. This is because there is more competition, so venues have to work harder to attract customers.

Finally, central London reception venues also have the advantage of being surrounded by other attractions. This means that if your guests have some free time, they can explore the city and see some of the sights.

How much does a reception venue cost in Central London?

The cost of a reception venue in central London varies depending on the size and location of the venue, as well as the time of year you plan to host your event. As a rough guide, you can expect to pay between £500 and £5,000 for a Central London reception venue.

However, it's possible to find affordable options if you know where to look. For example, mid-week evening receptions are often cheaper than weekend ones, and off-peak times (such as winter) can also be more affordable. We recommend doing a bit of shopping around to compare prices and find the best deal for your event.

Top tips for finding affordable reception venues in central London

If you're looking for affordable reception venues in central London, there are a few things you can do to maximise your chances of success. First, start your search early. The sooner you start looking, the more time you'll have to compare different venues and find the best deals. Second, be flexible with your dates. If you're willing to host your event during off-peak hours, such as mid-week or during the day, you'll be able to take advantage of lower prices. Finally, don't be afraid to ask about package deals or discounts. Many venues offer discounts for larger groups, so it's always worth asking.

Top affordable reception venues in Central London

Now that you know how to find affordable reception venues in central London, let's take a look at some of the best options available.

Hackney Town Hall

Hackney Town Hall is a stunning venue that's perfect for large events. With its high ceilings and grandiose architecture, the town hall provides a sense of elegance and sophistication. And with a capacity of up to 1,000 people, it can easily accommodate large groups. Best of all, the venue is affordable, with rates starting at £265 per hour.

Tanner Warehouse

If you're looking for an industrial-chic venue, Tanner Warehouse is a great option. This unique space is perfect for smaller events, with a capacity of up to 200 people. The warehouse is located in central London, making it easy for guests to get to. And with a minimum spend of £3000, it's surprisingly affordable for a reception of any kind!

Central London wedding reception venues

If you're looking for central London wedding reception venues, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. First, the venue should be able to accommodate your guests. Second, it should be centrally located so that your guests can easily get to and from the venue. And finally, it should have a bit of wow factor to make your special day truly memorable. With that in mind, here are some of the best central London wedding reception venues:

10-11 Carlton House Terrace

This central London venue is perfect for large weddings, with a capacity of up to 500 guests. The venue is also centrally located, making it easy for your guests to get to and from the event. And with its stunning views of Hyde Park, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace is sure to make your wedding day truly unforgettable.

RSA House

RSA House is another central London venue that's perfect for large weddings. With a capacity of up to 500 guests, the venue is ideal for big events. And with its central location and impressive views of the Thames, RSA House is sure to make your wedding day one to remember.

Tips for finding a London wedding venue

If you're looking for a central London wedding venue, there are a few things you can do to help find the perfect wedding venue for your special day. Central London wedding venues can be hard to pin down, as many people look for a reception venue in this area, but with some pointers from our expert venue hunters, you should be able to find your perfect location for your wedding reception.

  • First, try to book early. The sooner you book your venue, the more likely you are to get the date and time you want. At the same time, we recommend being flexible with your dates if possible. If you're willing to be flexible with your wedding date, you'll have a better chance of finding a central London venue that's available.
  • Second, try to book a venue that's close to public transport. This will make it easier for your guests to get to and from the venue.
  • Finally, don't forget to ask about discounts. Many central London venues offer discounts for early bookings or for booking multiple events. So, be sure to ask about any discounts that may be available.

Impressive reception venues in Central London

If you're after a venue that'll impress your guests, you can't go wrong with central London. From grand ballrooms to elegant libraries, there's no shortage of options when it comes to finding an impressive venue for your event.

London Transport Museum

The London Transport Museum is a popular choice for central London receptions, with its convenient Covent Garden location and stunning views of the city. The museum can accommodate up to 350 guests and prices start at £750 for a four-hour hire.

The National Gallery

The National Gallery is one of the most popular tourist attractions in central London, and it's also a great choice for events and receptions. The gallery can accommodate up to 1,000 guests, making it perfect for large scale events. And with its central location, stunning views of Trafalgar Square, and world-famous artworks on display, it's sure to impress your guests.

Large reception venues in Central London

The Barbican Centre

The Barbican Centre is a large venue that can accommodate up to 2,000 people. It's perfect for large scale events, such as conferences, exhibitions, and weddings. With a beautiful conservatory filled with tropical plants, the Barbican Centre is a truly unique venue that's sure to make your event memorable.

Alexandra Palace

Alexandra Palace is a large venue that can accommodate up to 10,000 people. It's perfect for music festivals, gala dinners, and other large gatherings. And with rates starting at £7,500, it's one of the more affordable options in the city for a big event.

Magazine London

Magazine London is a relatively new venue that's quickly become popular for its unique style and central location. It can accommodate up to 1,500 people, making it ideal for parties, corporate events, and weddings. And at £6,000, it's one of the more affordable large reception venues in Central London.

How to find reception venues in Central London

When it comes to finding reception venues in Central London, Hire Space is the easy way to do it. We've got a wide range of venues to choose from, all in central locations. And with our simple search tool, it's easy to find the perfect venue for your event. Simply use our search tool to narrow down your options by location, price, capacity, and more. Once you've found a few potential venues, you can compare prices to find the best deal and contact the venues directly, free of charge. And if you need help, our team of experts are always on hand to offer advice and assistance. So why wait? Start your search today and find your perfect reception venue!

Top tips for finding event spaces in London

When it comes to finding reception venues in London, it's important to do your research. There are hundreds of great options to choose from, so it's important to narrow down your search by considering your budget, event size, and location, all of which you can do by using Hire Space's search tool. Here are some other aspects to think about.

Think about catering

When choosing a reception venue, it's important to think about catering. The venue you opt for might provide in-house catering, or you might have to find your own. If this is the case, London is home to some of the best caterers in the world, so you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to finding caterers. Just make sure you factor in the cost of catering when you're budgeting for your event, and book your caterers well in advance to avoid a last minute panic!

Location is key

Location is key when it comes to finding reception venues in London. Central locations are always popular, as they're easy for guests to get to and offer a wide range of transport options. But if you're looking for something a little different, there are plenty of reception venues located just outside of central London.

Compare prices

When it comes to finding reception venues in London, it's important to compare prices. There are a lot of options to choose from, so it's important to find the best deal. Hire Space is the perfect platform for comparing prices, as we offer a free venue finding service.

Negotiate set-up times

When it comes to finding reception venues in London, it's important to liase with the venue about set-up times. This is especially important if you're planning a large event, as you'll need to ensure that the venue is able to accommodate the time required to get the venue looking its best!

Source suppliers in advance

When it comes to finding reception venues in London, it's important to source your suppliers in advance. You might want to include entertainment like a band or DJ, or you might need to find a photographer. Hire Space work with a huge selection of event suppliers who can help to make your event perfect, but it's important to book them well in advance to avoid disappointment!

Now that you've considered all of the above, it's time to start your search for reception venues in London. With a wide range of central venues to choose from, and a free venue finding service, it's easy to find the perfect option for your event with Hire Space. So why wait? Start your search today!

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About Reception Venues

London's friendly folk love nothing more than to receive guests, who love nothing more than sipping on bubbles and nibbling on canapés. Just as well, then, that there are so many drinks reception venues in London in which to exercise that welcoming spirit.

We've listed the best reception venues in Central London to save you time on your venue hunt. So, whether you're looking to hire an event space for 200 people or a reception venue for 1,000, you're sure to find just what you're looking for. Why not have a browse and hire your perfect Central London reception venue today? If you need a few more options, simply ask one of our friendly venue experts.

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