Unusual Event Venues in London

Search and explore the best event venues in London, from museums to speakeasy bars. These unusual venues are set to impress for every occasion.

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Rainforest Cafe Piccadilly Circus

At our unique and atmospheric central London venue, we are no strangers to hosting events of all sizes. With a wealth of experience under our belts, we would be delighted to host any occasion for you. Rainforest Cafe provides a fun and lively alternative to the usual options available and we undoubtedly add the creative 'wow' factor to the occasion. We also appreciate all events require a personal touch and are happy to work with clients to achieve their aims and deliver an event in budget

indigo at The O2 North Greenwich

After entering The O2's main entrance and walking right along the Entertainment Avenue, visitors will encounter indigo at The O2. The O2's smaller, entertainment venue which is no less modern, glamorous or high tech than it's older sister. This multi-functional venue is perfect for any live ticketed music gig, comedy, TV recording or private corporate event. These range from large awards dinners, conferences and parties to graduations, conferences and product launches.

ZSL London Zoo Regents Park

The Prince Albert Suite is a stunning Georgian building encompassing classic grandeur with contemporary comforts. Regally decorated with a neutral palette of greens, creams and whites this room can provide a blank canvas suitable for any type of event. With its spectacular rooftop terrace overlooking Penguin Beach, its own fixed bar and masses of natural daylight through floor to ceiling windows ZSL London Zoo is the perfect setting for your Private Event.


The beautifully decorated set of The Immersive Great Gatsby is a perfect setting for your next event. Conveniently located 60 seconds walk from Bond St tube station, the space come with a theatre grade lighting rig, sound system. fully licensed bar and a 1920's grand piano! Contact us for more information about party packages including catering and performers!


The Apollo is known the world over for hosting live events for the biggest musicians and comedians in history. Our removable, split level flat floor means we can now also hold corporate events, gala dinners, award ceremonies, fashion events, weddings, product launches, film premiers, private parties and more. Our newly restored art deco venue never fails to impress and our stunning foyer bars can cater for drinks receptions before or after the main event in our spectacular auditorium. This is an exclusive corporate event space and the venue is never shared.


Providing a unique blank canvas event space for any celebration including Bar/Bat Mitzvah's, weddings or parties. A 1km immersive ride can be included with packages at an extra cost to really set any event apart.


The Palace Suite provides a magical and unique setting, which is perfect for exclusive product launches, celebrations, corporate parties and small banquets. There is a bar and cloakroom in the room, and its private foyer and entrance located just outside the main room allows an ideal space for an intimate arrival reception. There are complimentary parking spaces situated just outside the opening to the suite. Hand painted murals at either end and dim lighting create an Italian courtyard effect complete with wandering peacocks.


This outstanding location is composed of an industrial space with high ceilings, on-site catering facilities, and offices. The Interior industrial space is complemented by a long outdoor courtyard overlooking the canal. This blank canvas space is perfect for Pop Up events, brand launches, Christmas and Summer parties. The venue is versatile and can be tailored to suit the need of any event. With a substantial onsite carpark and loading areas to accommodate large production setups.


Light and airy events space, ideal for conferences, press launches, private parties and corporate events. The ArcelorMittal Orbit is a distinctive emblem of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and available to privatize for breakfast meetings and evening events with amazing views throughout London.

Hijingo Hackney

The design of the venue aspires to achieve a playful feeling of a 'futuristic nightlife utopia' drawing artistic influences from the film blade runner and taking inspiration from the modernistic neon streets and patterned fabrics of Tokyo nights. With an immersive concert sound system, layers of stadium grade lighting and LED technology, all controlled by a software system. The full venue can host up to 350 guests, with up to 200 players at one time, groups can also hire the lucky box, a semi-private area for up to 30 guests. Hosting 2 bars in the venue and an Asian inspired food menu.

Cutty Sark Greenwich

Available for standing drinks receptions and seated dinners. All the ship's interactive displays are left on for guests to use and explore. Private tours and talks are available. Gives a true sense of life on board and provides a memorable backdrop to any corporate functions.


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.

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What does it all mean?

The words ‘unusual’ and ‘unique’ get thrown around a lot when talking about venues, so what does it actually mean. At Hire Space we like to think we’re experts in finding the places that really do those words justice. London is full of brilliantly unusual venues, from places that you never thought you could hire for events, brand new spaces that you haven’t heard of yet and venues that truly have the wow-factor.

But remember, don’t judge a book by its cover - it’s not all about looks. Venues can set themselves apart by their ethos, whether it’s charity work, environmental credentials or working with the community, there are a huge variety of reasons why a venue is ‘unusual’.

Heritage

There’s a piece of history on every corner in London. From museums filled with ancient artefacts to royal palaces steeped in grandeur and venues that celebrate iconic London transport, these architectural wonders provide beautiful backdrops for events with fascinating stories to boot. London has seen it all and lived to tell the tale. That's why so many of its buildings hold such great heritage and have a real story behind them - like Southwark Cathedral, which has been lingering around since AD 606, or The Asylum in Peckham, whose stained glass windows and little else survived the Blitz bombings.

Design

Sometimes it's the little details that count and the design of a venue can really set it apart. London is full of brilliantly designed venues, from ones made entirely from glass, to ones that have the coolest staircases and wall art.

Sssshhh it’s a secret

London sure knows how to party, and with late-night soirees aplenty always underway, it's a supply and demand thing when it comes to on-trend venues. Hidden behind unsuspecting doors, down secret stairways and underground you'll find a plethora of speakeasy bars, you just have to know where to find them.

Five reasons to choose an unusual venue

  1. The wow-factor - One of the most frequent requests we have in a brief is to find a venue with the ‘wow-factor’, something that really impresses their guests and stops them in their tracks. Unusual venues undoubtedly have this
  2. Create memories - Creating a memorable experience for your audience
  3. Something extra - Make use of the venue's unique selling point. Could you include a private gallery tour for example?
  4. Synergy - You can enhance the venue but personalising it to you or your brand, create a balance between the unique features of the building and the story of your event
  5. Heritage venues can contribute to a company’s social contributions i.e. preservation of iconic institutions

Restrictions

Choosing an unusual venue has a lot of positives but it’s always useful to think about potential problems before you commit. The nature of unusual venues means they are frequently historic or heritage, and often have a primary function aside from being an events venue. This means there may be restrictions in terms of food and beverage, noise levels and decoration or production.

Make sure you have a very clear list of what you require for you event that you can ask the venue manager before you make any final decisions. It can be really tempting to get carried away when you find a venue that has the wow-factor, so make sure you have something that brings your mind back to the practicalities. Asking the venue manager early also allows them to make allowances or provide alternatives that might serve as a compromise - communication is key here.

Set the Budget

Have a Clear Vision

Fits with brand values/message you are trying to get across i.e. green space for green company. Consider: Type of business Event goal Event mood board Company mission statement Brand characteristics What is your brand known for?

Don’t Forget the Basics

Keep best practices in mind and assess practical aspects of hosting the event in this space Don’t sacrifice space or your audience’s comfort Natural light: affects mood, engagement & productivity of event goers - have break out areas with natural light

First Impressions Count

Unusual venues have the power to truly deliver the wow-factor that guests are looking for, all in a handy package. That doesn't mean you have to forgo the decoration just because the interior speaks for itself - build on the wow-factor with design that complements the unusual features of the building.

Transformation

Whilst an unusual venue might not allow you to totally transform a space, you can still create a cohesive event with nods to the history, architecture or ethos behind it, whether it's in the catering or the drinks.


Perfect for: Brand product launches, business meetings, parties, pop-ups and more.

Get in touch with our Venue Expert team to find your perfect event venue.

About Unusual Event Venues


On the hunt for an unusual event venue for hire? Our Venue Expert team has trodden many a city pavement, tracking down a multitude of secret spaces to create the largest venue resource in town. People are increasingly looking for a venue with the 'wow-factor' and we understand the need to impress whether for corporate events and conferences or an exclusive party. London is full of amazing iconic buildings that are available for private hire, from historic palaces steeped in history, to sporting venues, arenas, galleries and museums...the list goes on.


We've chosen a few of the best from the huge selection from across the city to guide your search. If you like the look of one (or more), just enquire directly through Hire Space. If you need more guidance, our Venue Experts can help too, they'll take your brief and handpick venues that perfectly suit your requirements, with best prices negotiated, and all for free. Pulling off a unique, memorable event has never been easier, so get in touch to kick off your search today.

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