Party Venue Ideas
Harmsworth Room is packed full of history, with electric generators full of dials and switches! The room holds the atmosphere of a wartime bunker yet has all the comforts of a modern venue, making it the perfect space for an unusual drinks reception, christmas party, or a memorable intimate dinner!
The Broadcaster is a brand-new contemporary pub with floor-to-ceiling glass walls, the Second-Floor space offers a blank canvas to host a variety of events with its own private bar. The terrace also offers outdoor space with views over White City. Ideal for larger events – such as wedding receptions, and corporate events.
The Play Room is a unique private event space at Bounce Old Street, with the ability to accommodate up to 90 standing guests. Hiring the room for up to 6 hours include 3 ping pong tables, a private bar with a dedicated mixologist, LCD screen, plug and play iPod docking station, UV lights with iridescent artwork across the entire room.
For the most premier of occasion, opt for The Rooftop. Enjoy a delicious array of convivial small plates and carefully crafted cocktails complete with stunning views of the city skyline as the ultimate backdrop for your event. Opt for the premium al fresco dining of The Gallery. Alternatively relax at The Deck for a cocktail reception, our sun-drenched conservatory. Available for exclusive & non-exclusive parties.
Whether it's the office summer party or just a work social, Swingers West End has something for everyone. Epic crazy golf, world-class cocktails and delicious street set the scene for the perfect Christmas party. Looking for a secluded space to celebrate in? Tucked away behind our Bandstand Bar, this alcove seats up to 20 people and is perfect for an intimate gathering.
Light, ornate and elegant, with fine bow windows at each end and a west facing terrace overlooking Hyde Park with an ante room if needed. One of the finest spaces in London. With a variety of seating arrangements available, it is perfect for a range of corporate or private events including weddings, conferences, charity events and more.
The Steel Yard is located underneath Cannon Bridge Station in the heart of the City, a short walk from Bank and Monument. The venue consists of two beautifully restored Victorian Railway Arches and a mezzanine level. There is fantastic sound and lighting installed in the venue. The Steel Yard is an ideal event space for parties, dinners, product launches and conferences for up to 600 guests.
Bounce has been designed specifically with conferences in mind, boasting a spacious area in the main hall for up to 200 guests theater style or up to 60 cabaret style. Key features of this expansive space include a 10ft cinematic screen with HD projector, state of the art wireless presentation system, breakout areas and team building activities. Combine this with incredible food menus from the day delegate packages and you have your perfect corporate event!
Corporate meetings, team bonding or the yearly office party - whatever your needs we have you covered. The versatile space has a comprehensive sound system, fully connectable screens and games arches to keep your guests entertained. Authentic beer hall setting in the heart of London Bridge with full AV connections, large TV screens and microphones too. Refreshments served in buffet, set menu or banquet style. The large arches are the perfect space for any event! Gin, vodka, wine, champagne and mocktails too - fully air conditioned for your comfort.
It is the outrageous fun of ping pong, combined with state of the art facilities and reputation for hosting the most well executed events that sets Bounce apart as the ultimate conference and corporate party destination in London. Located just a 3 minute walk from Farringdon station, the venue features our luxurious Jaques Room, available for exclusive hire. It's an ideal setting for group of 50-90 standing, 60 theatre style and 28 boardroom. The room Includes: 3 Ping Pong Tables A cocktail bar with dedicated mixologist State of the art Karaoke System UV Lighting Unlimited Ping Pong
Located in the celebrated heart of the UNESCO Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site Cutty Sark is the ideal location for memorable corporate events and entertaining, offering the only event space under the hull of a ship in the world. With 4 distinct event spaces the ship can be used for any style of corporate hospitality. Ideal for seasonal parties, product launches, private dining, conferences with a WOW and press releases. This iconic British Institution offers commanding views over the mighty river Thames and an evening beneath her gleaming hull is truly one of a kind.
Offering something different in the West-London events scene, The Midnight Lounge at All Star Lanes White City is ideal for drinks receptions, networking events, office nights out and private celebrations of all kinds. The Midnight Lounge features an impressive and sizeable private bar, a mixture of informal seating & table areas with surrounding mingling space for up to 120 people, plus unlimited bowling on your own private lanes! Customers booking this space will have access to a karaoke system and Nintendo games. Why spend more on additional entertainment when we've got you covered?
If you have something to celebrate, we have the space for you to do it in. With stunning features influenced by the butchery heritage in which we reside, our boardrooms and bespoke cocktail bar offer a unique experience for you to enjoy.
The Little Scarlet Door can be found on Greek Street in the beating heart of Soho. Its aesthetics are inspired by a New York loft style apartment met with homely British quirks. Split across two storeys; you can find our open plan living room and kitchen. There we have our kitchen bar with pots and pans hanging above, lots of comfy seating, beautiful works of art and access to our courtyard. Whilst on the lower ground floor you can find our Basement Studio. Here, there is another long bar, a vault, lots of comfy seating, gorgeous artwork and games area with Nintendo 64.
Our sophisticated and elegant private room offers a more intimate experience.With the max capacity of 80, our private area, including its own staircase is the perfect area to play with friends or a large corporate event. Dark tones and dim lighting surround the room creating a lounge vibe. The room has three large screens, including one double player area. Guests can order food and drinks from their own private bar.
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.
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What types of party venues can you hire in London?
London is known for being a stand-out city for a celebration, with endless fantastic venues on offer to host your special event. If you’re planning a party, the capital’s an amazing place for it: with iconic postcodes, the best variety of venues in the country, and top event entertainment at your fingertips, your event’s guaranteed to be a smash hit! But with so many on offer, it’s just knowing where to start that’s the issue…
There are many different occasions where you might host a party, and most of them have different requirements for a venue. For example, for formal events like gala dinners or charity fundraising parties, you’ll likely want a grand and impressive setting (something classic and historic like RSA House or 41 Portland Place ought to do the trick), whereas for a birthday party, or office party, you might be looking for something a little more intimate and relaxed.
Different times of year dictate what type of venue you’ll want to hire, as well. Sometimes finding a party venue with outdoor space might be a requirement for your event - for instance, if you’re planning a summer party - so you’ll need to look at outdoor function venues, venues with gardens, or even a rooftop venue like the terrace at Events@No6. Meanwhile, for events at the other end of the year, like Christmas parties, you’ll probably be set on finding an indoor party venue to keep out the cold! Luckily, in London, there’s something to fit every brief and keep your party on the right side of British weather!
Aside from the obvious concerns, not all venues offer exactly the same services, and it’s useful to think about this when you’re thinking of hiring a venue for a party. First and foremost, you can choose between dry-hire venues, where you can bring in caterers and supply your own alcohol, or venues with catering and bars in-house. You’ll need to consider which will be best for your type of party and budget; for guidance, check out our blog on wet hire vs dry hire. Here are a few venues where you can arrange your own catering to give you an idea of what a dry hire venue can offer.
Another important thing to note is that there’s a difference between private venue hire, where you’ll have exclusive use of the venue, and function room hire, where you’ll have part of the venue reserved for your party, but there may be other people using the building.
For large parties, most people opt for private party venues, which work well for events like black tie parties, receptions, and cocktail parties, as well as larger birthday parties and graduation parties. Many venues offer this, with a few of our favourites being The HAC, and One Moorgate Place. However, for after parties, office parties, or smaller birthday parties, you might be happy to hire part of the venue, like the roof terrace at The Century Club, or even the Number Group Boat at Studio 9294 for a real swanky dinner party!
How much does a party venue cost?
The cost of hiring a venue can vary massively based on the number of people attending, and the scale and scope of the event. If you’re throwing a huge party for 500 in a central London venue, you can expect to pay considerably more - roughly between £5,000 and £15,000 - than if you’re putting on a small birthday do in a pub or restaurant, where it might cost just a few hundred pounds. There are a few things you’ll need to factor in when looking for your venue, whatever your budget.
Venues work on different pricing structures, with some venues charging a flat venue hire fee, and others charging based on the number of people in attendance, or the number of spaces you’ll need to use. If the venue provides catering - ie it’s an all-inclusive or ‘wet hire’ venue - then you’ll need to make sure you factor the costs of this into your budget, as it can add a chunk on to the basic venue fee. Check out the differences between dry hire and all-inclusive hire in our blog to see what would work best for your event.
The good news is that in London you should be able to find a party venue that suits your budget, as there are so many different options to choose from! On our site, you’ll find prices on every venue we feature to make it easier to know what’s within your budget.
What is a minimum spend venue?
If you’re looking for affordable venues, the cheapest venues for parties are likely to be minimum spend venues. With this type of venue, the overall cost could be as little as £100, or as much as £10,000, depending on the place. For example, if the minimum spend is £600 and you have 30 guests, each guest will only have to spend £20 on drinks and food to make the minimum, leaving nothing for you to pay at all! Some of our favourites are Blame Gloria in Shoreditch, and Purl London in Marylebone, which both provide exclusive hire and a great atmosphere for an affordable price.
Minimum spend venues tend to be more casual, and you may not have a say in the menu or food on offer. If you choose a venue that isn’t minimum spend, you’ll have much more control, but you’ll have to factor the catering into the overall cost, and some venues will only work with their preferred caterers, which might be a drawback for certain events.
What are the best party venues in London?
The best party venue for your event will depend on the format, theme, and style of the event itself. You might be looking for the best small party venues in London, or colossal venues for hundreds of guests, so there’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to party-planning. Luckily, with thousands of venues on offer for everything from sports events to engagement parties, you’re spoilt for choice in London! Here are some of the kinds of parties you might be looking for, and a few of our favourite venues that really hit the mark for each kind of event:
The best Christmas party venues in London
Finding the perfect Christmas party venue is an absolute must - after all, it’s the celebration to wrap up the year! We’ve had plenty of experience in hunting for the top venues for a Christmas party in London, and we’ve even gone to the liberty of writing a round-up of 10 of our favourites! If that’s not enough to get you excited for Christmas at any time of year, we don’t know what will! Well, actually, maybe having a peek at The Steel Yard decked out in its festive finery, admiring the decor at Village Underground or EartH, or checking out the incredible wreathed staircase in The De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms might help!
You might have the idea of a grand and elegant backdrop in your mind for a Christmas do, but sometimes, smaller, more intimate venues can be great for bringing people together, particularly if you have a small company. Venues like Century Club provide a perfect balance between intimate and exciting, with plenty of scope for staging the Christmas party of the century. And if the idea of throwing in some entertainment appeals, there are plenty of brilliant venues which incorporate some good old competition - one of our favourites is new kid on the block, Clays, an indoor target-shooting venue with serious style!
The best office party venues in London
Hosting an office party is a great way to bring together your team, reward them for their hard work, and give them a way to bond and socialise outside of work. But to make all the components come together in the right way, you need to set your event in a venue that makes it easy to socialise. London has no shortage of fantastic bars and pubs to throw a party, as well as fun, memorable venues that’ll put a stop to any gaps in the conversation!
Our best advice for choosing an office party venue is to include entertainment of some variety, and we’ve got plenty of those on our books! Check out our top-scorer TOCA Social for a boost in team-bonding, with drinks, football-themed activities, and a private bar area. Or experience bingo in a hilarious new light, at Hijingo, the futuristic, tech-infused bingo hall that recently burst onto the scene.
The best summer party venues in London
Ah, summer - arguably the best time to throw a party, especially if it features an outdoor element. Summer has everyone feeling more cheerful and relaxed, which naturally makes it a perfect time to bond and celebrate the year’s achievements so far. There are plenty of different kinds of venues that are ideal for hosting summer parties, but a bunch of our favourites are venues with gardens or outside space - bonus points if they allow barbecues!
Some, like the roof terrace at Sea Containers provide an open-air spot to soak up the sun and enjoy a drink with friends or colleagues, while others, like The Hurlingham Club and The HAC offer gardens to play games, enjoy lunch, and escape the noise of the city for a while.
There are also loads of unique options for a summer party, not least of which being hosting your event on a boat! If the idea of bobbing along on a canal with your colleagues floats your barge, check out Barge East or the Number Boat at Studio 9294 (this venue also has a fabulous canal-side terrace to enjoy!). Or for something even more spectacular (though slightly more stationary), the Cutty Sark’s weather deck is a pretty perfect spot for a summer party if you ask us!
The best engagement party venues in London
An engagement party is a great excuse to bring together your nearest and dearest, and you’ll no doubt want the venue to be as special as the occasion. London has plenty of beautiful spots to make your event memorable: a few of the most unique are Century Club’s covered roof terrace, the quirky indoor and outdoor spaces at The Hari, and the stylish Rockwell Bar at The Trafalgar St James.
The best birthday party venues in London Planning a birthday party can be great fun, as long as you find the right venue to spark a party atmosphere. Depending on who you’re planning the party for, you might want to throw in some entertainment by hosting it at a venue that provides activities, like Puttshack, or Bounce, where you can challenge your fellow guests to some sporting competition that’s sure to break the ice!
Alternatively, opt for something classic and cool, like Dirty Martini Covent Garden or the vibrant and eclectic Meraki London. Bear in mind that most bars will operate based on a minimum spend, so do have a think about numbers before you book a private area in a bar!
How to find a party venue in London
When you’re on the hunt for a party venue, particularly in London, you should keep a few critical things in mind. Firstly, depending on the time of year you’re booking for, demand can be really high for venues in the capital, particularly around Christmas time. Don’t leave your search, or booking your venue, to the last minute as the best places really will book up faster than you can say “That’s the one!”. If you’ve got a long guest list, or something quite specific in mind, we recommend booking your party venue at least 2 months in advance, and that means starting to put out feelers earlier still.
To start your search you’ll need to decide on the area you want to host your party in. With venues all over London, from North to South, and Camden to Canary Wharf, there’s a whole host of places to choose from, and you’ll want to narrow down your area to give yourself the best chance of finding the right spot. Take a quick look at our top venues in North London, West London, and East London, or filter by areas, like Shoreditch or Central London.
You’ll also need to set your budget, and work out what you need to be included in that, from catering to drinks, to entertainment. Be prepared for certain times of year to be more expensive, and for add-ons, like a late license, to cost a bit more. If you have any special requirements, like outdoor space, a late license, or a sound system, this is also the time to make sure you’ve factored all of this in, as it can be more difficult to negotiate with venues once you’ve made your initial agreement.
How to use Hire Space to find your party venue
Hire Space is a great way to find a venue for your party, as it allows you to search the largest database of venues in the UK and Europe, and enquire with the venues directly. Using our site also takes all the hard work out of venue-finding: with over 6000 venues at your fingertips, all that’s left for you to do is set restrictions on the area, budget, capacity, and date of your event in our easy search function.
You should hear back from the venues you’ve contacted within 3 days, and our team of dedicated event experts will be on hand to chase up any requests so you can focus on planning your party. Check out our top tips for liaising with venues to make sure you get the most engagement from your enquiries, or read our venue-finding FAQs for more help.
How to plan a party
Planning a party doesn’t have to be stressful - it’s just a matter of nailing the important elements and then you can have fun with the rest! The key points are to book as early as possible (after choosing your location and deciding between dry hire and wet hire, and checking the restrictions on caterers etc). If you use hirespace.com, your turnaround between enquiring and confirming your venue is likely to be just a few days, so you can put more thought into actually planning the party itself.
You can also find lots of other elements to make your party-planning a smooth process, from catering suppliers, to entertainment, to furniture and theming, all on our website! We only list suppliers that we’ve worked with before and really trust, so you know you’re getting the best of the industry all in one place. Just like the venues, you’ll be able to enquire in just a couple of clicks and hear back from the suppliers within days, taking the stress out of going between different options.
One important thing to take into account is making sure that guests feeling safe and comfortable at your venue, and you can brush up on the key pointers for that in our post-pandemic venue-finding blog.
Ideas for planning a party in London
We’re dab-hands at party-planning at this point, and we’ve got plenty of pointers we can share with you for planning your own events. Here are some of our top tips for planning a party that makes a splash.
1. Go for an activity venue
Everyone loves activities, even adults who normally wear ties and carry briefcases. Give them a cocktail or two and they’ll be playing along with the best of them! Some of our favourite venues that offer “built-in” entertainment are TOCA Social, where football’s the talk of the table, Clays, which sets any event off with a bang, and Swingers, which serves up seriously fun mini golf.
2. Go for an unusual venue
A party doesn’t need to follow the same rules as other types of events, so you can really push the boundaries with where you host it. Hire Space features hundreds of unique, out-there venues that are sure to make your event stand out for your guests. Some of our favourites include:
ArcelorMittal Orbit: If you’re looking to take your party sky-high, ArcelorMittal Orbit is a top spot for it. At 114.5m high, the venue at the top of this incredible sculpture offers a 360 degree view of the city - plus it has an incredible slide which is sure to top off any party! The London Transport Museum: Museums make fantastic settings for parties, as they provide fascinating exhibits for attendees to explore - and who wouldn’t want to have a museum all to themselves?!
3. Go for an iconic London venue
When in London, make the most of the capital’s treasure trove of iconic venues! From the top of The Gherkin, to Tower Bridge itself, this is your opportunity to stage the event of the year in one of the city’s most historic and iconic venues.
Some more suggestions to really take advantage of the spirit of the city are: Cutty Sark: Having once sailed the seas as the fastest ship of her day, the famous Cutty Sark has found a stunning resting place in Greenwich, where her beauty is perfectly preserved for events of all kinds. The Queen’s House: Part of Royal Museums Greenwich, The Queen’s House is an incredible building steeped in history, which housed royalty centuries ago and is now a breathtaking gallery and museum which makes for a seriously impressive backdrop for parties.
4. Choose your catering
If you’ve gone for a venue with catering included, you won’t have to think about this aspect of the event. However, if you’re on the hunt for the perfect food and drink suppliers to complement your party, check out our top, tried-and-tested caterers for all types of parties. Great food can really elevate your event, especially if you match it to the theme!
5. Add entertainment
No party would be complete without a bit of entertainment to get guests enjoying themselves! Why not kick things off with a bit of live music or a magician, or if you’re going for extravagance, how about incorporating some circus or dance performances into the mix? With many of the capital’s top party entertainers on hand, we can help take your party to the next level!
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Looking for a rollicking, rip-roaring London party venue? London's finest collection of pubs, clubs, bars and restaurants await you. With something for all budgets, all you have to do is choose which party venue in London you want to hire. With a little help from us, of course. Take your pick from the largest, most diverse selection in the capital, and contact them directly through Hire Space to receive a tailored quote from the venue's in-house team. You can also save yourself some time and enquire at multiple venues by adding them to your cart. Need a few more choices to ensure your event lives up to expectations? Contact our own experienced Venue Experts using the 'Ask a Venue Expert' feature above. They'll listen to your requirements and put together a bespoke proposal within 24 hours and work with you to find the party space of your dreams.
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