Formal Venues in London

When it comes to venues for a formal occasion, London is king. From Livery Halls seeped in history to stunning ballrooms, the city has it all.

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The New Armouries in the Tower of London is a fantastic space for receptions, networking and product launches for up to 300 guests. For a more relaxed atmosphere it can be a space for feasting tables and creative food stations. The rustic but neutral backdrop lends itself to branding and a variety of different styles and tastes from large gala dinners of 240 to receptions and dinner for up to 150. The New Armouries can be also be paired with the White Tower and also guests have the option of a private viewing of the Crown Jewels.

By day a tranquil space for peace and prayer, by night a spectacular space for events. With outstanding architecture and saturated in historical gems, the Nave can host up to 150 seated for awards ceremonies, gala dinners and wedding celebrations. Enjoy a drinks reception in the Churchyard or Retrochoir before taking a seat in our unique slice of history. The space is complete with an integrated PA system and atmospheric lighting.

The Gladstone Library on the 2nd floor of One Whitehall Place offers a very special event space. Once housing over 25,000 books, the Grade I listed Gladstone Library is perfect for any type of business conference, reception or dinner seating up to 250 people. The Library interlinks directly with the Reading & Writing Room, which offers views over Whitehall Gardens, London Eye and River Thames & is used for registration and catering. It can be used in conjunction with other rooms on the 2nd floor to provide an exclusive floor for business conference with breakout sessions and office

The Library Suite is ideally suited to smaller events where the grand architecture, tall domed ceiling and distinctive decoration will enhance the sense of occasion. It can be used for an intimate dinner, cocktail reception, wedding ceremony or as a pre-event space for larger events in The Chartwell Suite.

A striking space oozing classical elegance, The Edinburgh Room overlooks Knightsbridge. Thanks to its large windows, it is flooded with natural light. It is an ideal space for dinners, lunches and formal board meetings, or for drinks parties or pre-dinner receptions.

The Playroom offers a flexible space, suitable for any occasion - board meetings, small conferences, client entertainment - offering both standing reception and seated meal options. The billiard table can be transformed into a board or dining table for 10. A TV screen is also available for meetings and presentations.

Purdey and Steed can be hired together to provide a large, versatile space for corporate and social entertaining – up to 100 for dinner or 200 for a standing reception. The rooms are in great demand for cocktail receptions and parties.

Atelier des Chefs' gorgeous Wigmore Street venue is ideal for corporate events or product launches of any kind. Boasting two private kitchens, two private dining spaces and a beautifully appointed retail area, our experienced events team are more than happy to work with you to really put your stamp on the venue. Please note, prices listed indicate dry hire. If you wish to incorporate any cookery classes or dining experiences into your event, please see our Corporate Event profile.

The Hampstead Suite is the largest function suite at the hotel. It has an internal bar facility, private reception and buffet area, separate WC, stage, wooden dance floor, step-free entrance and easy access to the kitchen facilities. It is perfect for wedding receptions, private parties or corporate events. Rate includes room hire, tables and chairs, exclusive use of the bar.

The More London Suite is the perfect location for a wedding ceremony of up to 140 guests or an intimate banquet for a maximum of 80 guests. It is an ideal blank canvas for anyone with a creative flare.

Roseate House London Paddington, Lancaster Gate, Hyde Park

The beautiful Hyde Garden courtyard at The Roseate House London Hotel is a gorgeous outdoor space, located near to Hyde Park and moments' walk from Paddington, Heathrow Express and Lancaster Gate Stations. An open-air space, it is ideal for social or corporate events, and works particularly well as a venue for a networking events, corporate events, wedding reception. Catering of all kinds is available, including delicious BBQ menus, afternoon teas and canapés.

Through a discreet doorway tucked away on a quiet street, you disappear to another world, where your inner scoundrel can indulge your (strictly legal) fantasies in a setting that's far better experienced than described. Our Edwardian Kumstkammer is set over four unique and decedent floors. Each with a capacity of 50 people and the venue as a whole with a capacity of 160 people. The Vault, The Observatory, Mr Stendal's Room, The Reserve

Formal Venues FAQs

What events work well in a more formal venue?

There are many events that you would want a more sophisitcated venue for, some of these include weddings, drink receptions, parties, dinners and even corporate meetings!

What are some of the best formal venues in Manchester?

There is a variety of more sophisticated venues such as The Lowry Compass Room, Harvey Nichols, Manchester Hall and The Stanneylands.

Do most formal venues have an on-site caterer I can use?

Most formal venues will have onsite caterers, especially if it is a hotel. If they don't have on-site catering they will most likely have a preferred supplier list that you can choose from. They can also help with any dietary requirements.

About Formal Venues

Looking for a fabulous formal venue for your next event in London? Here's a selection of the best venues for formal occasions, loved by professional event organisers across the city. Make sure upcoming conference, dinner or board meeting is hosted at the right setting, whatever your guest list. Contact our expert team for a tailored service, totally free! Just let us know your key requirements and we'll find the perfect venue for bringing your next formal event to life. If you like our formal venue selection category, you can even instantly request a reviewing via the venue page and be seeing it in the flesh in no time, leaving you more valuable time to work on creating a great event for your attendees.

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