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Bars in London

Whatever your taste, budget or style, it's easy to find a bar for hire in the City of London. Just choose the right one for you from our list.



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  • Bars - Wallacespace Clerkenwell Green
    ClerkenwellWallacespace Clerkenwell Green60 People

    Some say ginger can cure diabetes, colds, headaches and the flu. We make no such bold claims, but this is a lovely light room thanks to it's floor length windows. A bright, large and flexible room for up to thirty five people in cabaret seating. The room benefits from a private kitchen and refreshment station, perfect for a cuppa or wagon-wheel during the session. All our spaces are flooded with natural daylight, flexible in layout and come fully equipped with AV facilities, equipment and stationery.

  • Bars - 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.

  • Bars - Anomalous Space
    Angel, IslingtonAnomalous Space70 People

    Anomalous Space (A_SPACE) is the perfect alternative to your standard business venue. Located within a charming Georgian townhouse in Islington London, our unique and homely space has step free accessibility, off street loading, super fast wifi and is powered by green energy. Featuring an open plan space with studio, lounge, library and kitchenette areas it is ideal for large workshops, meetings and presentations. We have a range of facilities and audio visual equipment to aid creativity, brainstorming, focus groups and collaborative team building activities.

  • Bars - Barbican Centre
    City of LondonBarbican Centre1989 People

    The Barbican Hall is the ultimate venue for larger conferences. This fixed seating arena has fantastic acoustics, tiered seating, superb technical resources, and beautiful lighting making it an excellent, professional and modern setting for a day conference for up to 1950 delegates. The sight lines are excellent, making it so everyone in the room has a wonderful view of the stage and whoever is on it. Air conditioning and cushioned seats ensures all guests will remain cool and comfortable throughout the duration of your event.

  • Bars - 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!

  • Bars - Jamie’s Adams Court
    City of LondonJamie’s Adams Court100 People

    Adam's Court is nestled in a bustling courtyard just yards from Bank Station. Spread over 3 floors, including the ground floor bar, The Copper Bar and the Top Floor – the new venue boasts a host of experiences for you to enjoy.

  • Bars - 100 Wardour Street
    Soho100 Wardour Street40 People

    For those events and celebrations that need an exclusive area, the Playroom offers a flexible space for birthday celebrations, dinner with family & friends to client dinners and corporate events. Alternatively, you can transform the billiard table into a board or dining table for 10.

  • Bars - 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.

  • Bars - Smith's of Smithfield
    ClerkenwellSmith's of Smithfield40 People

    With beautiful views across the London rooftops, you can enjoy a selection of smaller and larger plates, cocktails and wine. With an all year round terrace perfect for sunny summer afternoons or cozy winter evenings. Smiths is the ultimate destination for your event in Farringdon.

  • Bars - The Prince Of Wales Brixton

    We can host Weddings, please get in touch for more information.

  • Bars - Cahoots
    SohoCahoots150 People

    Cahoots is Soho’s new underground home, an interesting bar available for private or semi-exclusive hire. Where spirits are high and drink never run dry, it is perfect for private and corporate events: birthday parties, after work drinks, Christmas parties and more.

  • Bars - 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.

  • Bars - Bolton's Restaurant

    The Venetia Room is the perfect spot for small private event

  • Bars - The HAC (Honourable Artillery Company)

    Rich in history, the HAC Estate has received exceptional guests since the 18th century. We have four rooms which are licensed for civil marriage ceremonies: The Prince Consort Rooms, Long Room, Queen's and Ante Rooms. The Armoury House is ideal for wedding breakfasts and evening receptions. Our stunning garden spaces are available at an additional hire fee for an outdoor reception. The grandeur of the estate will surely help make your wedding celebrations a memorable experience. Please contact us for a viewing appointment.

  • Bars - Dirty Martini Bishopsgate
    Liverpool StreetDirty Martini Bishopsgate345 People

    Dirty Martini Bishopsgate is available for exclusive private bar hire for a range of events. In an outstanding location in the City of London, near Liverpool Street, Dirty Martini is the perfect spot for corporate events, Christmas parties, after work drinks and private parties.

  • Bars - Sadler's Wells
    AngelSadler's Wells 1500 People

    Sadler's Wells has a 1500 seat main auditorium which is equipped with advanced theatre technology ensuring unbeatable technical service, from computer controlled flying to state-of-the-art sound and lighting equipment.


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More about Bars

There's nothing quite like enjoying a refreshing drink in good company, and that's exactly what you can expect at one of the best bars in the city of London. Whether you're looking to relax after a long day at work or celebrate a special occasion, there's a bar to suit every mood and occasion. From intimate cocktail bars to sprawling rooftop bars, you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing the perfect setting for your night out.

There's a bar to suit every taste in the City of London, but it can be hard to know where to start. To help you out, we've put together a selection of the best bars in central London, complete with everything you need to know to make your booking. So whether you're planning a birthday party, engagement drinks or work shindigs, be sure to check out our guide to finding the best of the city bars!

Why is the City of London a good place to socialise?

The City of London is a great place to have a drink for a number of reasons. First, there's the sheer variety of bars on offer – no matter what your taste, you're sure to find the perfect place to suit your needs. From rooftop bars to hotels with extensive drinks lists and classic cocktails on tap, you'll be spoilt for choice in the Square Mile! Secondly, the area’s central location means that you're never far from your next hangout spot – whether you're looking to explore the vibrant nightlife or just find a quiet corner to enjoy a relaxed pint, you're guaranteed to find what you're looking for. And finally, the city's rich history means that there are plenty of traditional pubs to enjoy, each with their own unique atmosphere (and often with an impressive drinks list and selection of craft beers too!).

Can you rent an entire bar in the City of London?

Yes, you can! If you're looking to rent an entire bar for your next event, there are a few things to consider. First, think about the size of your event – do you need a large space to accommodate a big group, or would a smaller venue be more suitable? If it's the latter, you might be interested in renting a private dining room, which provides a more intimate spot for a gathering. If not, then by all means take over a whole bar and get the delicious drinks and good times flowing!

Second, consider your budget – how much are you willing to spend on your event? You might find it's cheaper to plan your event mid-week, which works out well if you're after a quiet drink on a Tuesday night, or a comfortable venue for after work drinks during the mid-week lull. But if you're looking for something from Thursday night to the weekend, be prepared for prices to be higher: the more non-negotiable you have, the harder it might be to make your budget stretch to cover everything you want, so go into your search with a degree of flexibility. You can still get excellent cocktails and great food before the weekend hits - plus, you're more likely to hit happy hour this way!

Many bars in London also operate on a minimum spend basis, where you just need your guests to spend a certain amount on drinks to get the run of the place. This is great for planning an event on a budget, as there may not be any upfront venue hire costs at all!

Finally, think about the type of bar you're looking for – do you want a cocktail bar, sports bar, rooftop bar or classic British pub? There are endless variations on the Great British drinking establishment, so put some thought into what you want the vibe of your event to be and go from there. After all, work drinks will have quite a different atmosphere to a raucous birthday party! Once you've considered all of these factors, you'll be able to start searching for the perfect bar to rent in the city of London.

How much does it cost to rent a bar in the City of London?

The cost of renting a bar in the City of London will depend on a number of factors, including the size and location of the venue, as well as the type of bar you're looking for. Cocktail bars and rooftop bars tend to be more expensive than other types of bars, so if you're on a budget, you may want to consider renting a pub or sports bar instead.

It's also worth mentioning that most bars will have a minimum spend that you'll need to meet in order to rent the space. This is usually based on an hourly rate, so it's important to factor this into your budget when you're planning your event. But, as we’ve mentioned, a minimum spend can be a god-send, as it means you won’t have to fork out for the venue - instead, as long as the drinks are flowing and guests are spending money, your fee should be covered by people having a good time! A real win-win, we say!

What are the best bars in the City of London?

There are so many great bars to choose from in the City of London that it's hard to know where to start. But to help you find your way to the best of the best, we've put together a selection of our top picks. Whether you're planning a birthday party, engagement drinks or work shindigs, there's sure to be a bar on our list that's perfect for your needs.

Best cocktail bars in the City (who doesn't love a cocktail bar?)

There's nothing like an espresso martini to get the evening started, and luckily, there are plenty of fabulous cocktail bars to choose from in the City. In fact, the cocktail scene is overflowing in this area, with impressive bars vying for pride of place left, right, and centre. From masters of creative cocktails to destination bars that have a mean cocktail menu in their own right, if you're looking for the best Long Island Iced Tea in the City, we've put together a selection of our top picks below. Be At One, Shoe Lane: With over 30 locations across the UK, Be At One is a cocktail institution. Shoe Lane is their first London bar, and it definitely doesn't disappoint – whether you're looking for classic cocktails or something a little more inventive, they've got you covered. With a main space that can host 500, and a private function room that can accommodate up to 60 guests, it's the perfect spot for a birthday party or an after-work drinks event.

Dirty Martini St Paul's: Looking for a glamorous cocktail bar in the heart of the city? Look no further than Dirty Martini St Paul's. This chic bar offers a selection of delicious cocktails, as well as a stunning view of St Paul's Cathedral. Whether you're planning a special occasion or just looking to enjoy a few drinks with friends, Dirty Martini is the perfect choice.

Best relaxed bars in the City

If you're looking for a relaxed atmosphere, you won't have to look far. Offering delicious food, craft beer, and a respite from the more intense atmosphere of some of the City’s bars, if you're after something laid back then casual pub-type venues should take centre stage in your search. There are plenty to choose from, each with their own unique atmosphere. Here are some of our favourites: Goodman City: this relaxed bar is the perfect place to enjoy a pint or two after a long day at work. Located in the heart of the city, Goodman City is just a short walk from Liverpool Street station. Willy's Wine Bar: This cosy wine bar is the perfect place to relax and unwind with friends. With its exposed brick walls and wooden beams, Willy's Wine Bar has a warm and inviting atmosphere, while the extensive wine list means that there's something to suit everyone's taste, and the knowledgeable staff are on hand to help you choose the perfect bottle.

Rooftop bars in the City of London (because nothing says summer like a rooftop bar!)

If you're looking for a truly unique drinking experience, then a rooftop bar is the perfect choice. With stunning views of the city skyline, these bars are ideal for special occasions such as birthdays, engagement drinks and work events. Here are some of our favourite rooftop bars in the city of London. Searcys at the Gherkin: Located in the iconic Gherkin building, Searcys offers panoramic views of the city. Whether you're enjoying a cocktail or two, or digging into the venue's drinks list, this amazing bar offers the perfect setting for a special occasion.

Coq D'Argent:Coq D'Argent offers a stunning rooftop bar located in the heart of the city, with incredible views of the London skyline. It's heated, too, so whatever the weather you'll be able to enjoy the views in comfort, which makes this great bar the perfect choice for an unforgettable night out.

Best pubs in the City of London

No trip to the City of London would be complete without a visit to one of its traditional pubs. With centuries of history, pubs offer a unique atmosphere that you won't find anywhere else. Williamsons Tavern is one of the oldest pubs in the City of London, with a history dating back to the 17th century. Originally a residence for the Lord Mayors of London, today it houses a bar and restaurant, as well as a private event space called Martha's Bar. With its exposed brickwork and original character, Martha's Bar is the perfect place to host a special event or private function.

Bars near Bank Station

Bank station is located in the heart of the City of London and is one of the busiest stations in the city. If you're looking for a bar to rent near Bank station, then you're in luck – there are plenty of bars in the area to choose from. Here are some of our favourites: Jamies Suffolk Lane is a hidden gem located in a Grade II listed building, and offers a unique, charming backdrop under vaulted brick arches. With its exposed brick walls and cosy atmosphere, Jamies Suffolk Lane makes for a snug and intimate environment to enjoy a drink with friends. The Steel Yard is one of the best bars in London for live music and DJ sets. With its exposed brick walls and industrial-chic decor, the bar has a cool, underground vibe that's perfect for a night out on the town. Located in the heart of the City, just a short walk from Liverpool Street station, it's the place to be for an upbeat evening.

How to book a bar in the City of London

If you're looking to rent a bar in the City of London, then Hire Space is the perfect place to start. To get started, simply enter your event requirements into our search function and we'll show you a selection of bars that match your needs. You can then get in touch with the venue directly to enquire about availability and pricing.

There are plenty of great bars to choose from in the City of London, whether you're looking for a relaxed pint or a night out on the town. With its history and character, the City of London is the perfect place to enjoy a drink with friends. So why not take a look at our list of the best bars in the city and find the perfect one for your next event? Need some more guidance? Just get in touch!

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About Bars

From London Bridge to Kings Cross, Soho and Canary Wharf, Central London is home to some of the best bars in the UK. In fact, it has so many brilliant bars to choose from that it can be tricky wading through all the options to find the perfect one for your next event.

That's why we've put together a selection of the best bars for hire in Central London, from cocktail bars to sports bars, rooftop bars to pubs. Ideal for birthday parties, engagement drinks and work shindigs, you won't want to miss these bars if you're planning a special event in Central London!

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