We’re always on the lookout for new and upcoming venues opening their doors throughout the year to recommend to our clients. With the new year setting in, let us do the hard work and take a look at our top picks of new venues for 2024. You won’t want to miss some of these!
Let’s start with a reflection on some of the best venues to open their doors from 2023 that set the bar incredibly high for 2024! Have a read of our top picks below!
Newly opened venues from 2023
Want to feel like a champion? A thrilling new experience opened its doors to Londoners last Summer, bringing all the glamour and excitement of Formula 1 to a city normally known for its slow and steady red buses and black cabs! The arcade features 60 full-motion racing simulators, delicious culinary experiences, and a fully-stocked bar! A perfect fun activity for gaming enthusiasts in a thrilling, adrenaline-filled atmosphere.
Why not host your next corporate event here and inject some fun into those away days or meetings?
Location: St Pauls
Best for: Away days, meetings, corporate entertainment, parties
Hire Space Highlight: An exclusive private space for up to 90 guests, with a private bar and 8 racing simulators
Opening: June 2023
The hotly-anticipated launch of the spectacular Ocean Diva has finally reached the shores of London! The first carbon-neutral event vessel on the River Thames, SMART Group's latest offering is a revolutionary blank canvas venue perfect for all kinds of events, from conferences to swanky parties through the waters of London. Able to accommodate up to 1,500 attendees over 3 sophisticated decks (each boasting incredible views across the City), this venue is set to seriously shake up the events game.
Location: The vessel will pick up guests from London Bridge, Tower Bridge, Canary Wharf, Greenwich and ExCeL London
Best for: Conferences, award ceremonies, parties, dinners... anything you can think of!
Hire Space Highlight: Ocean Diva even has a helipad. A HELIPAD.
Opened: July 2023
1 Hotel Mayfair
Embracing a new era of eco-friendly luxury, 1 Hotel Mayfair is the newest addition to London's greener venues. With beautifully designed bedrooms, a stunning interior throughout, and an unbeatable location near the edge of Green Park, the hotel is an oasis of tranquillity in the heart of Mayfair. Sustainability is a hot topic and a super important focus for the industry now more than ever, and we're excited to see venues like these offering clients the luxury they're looking for, with a planet-friendly ethos.
Location: Trafalgar Square
Best for: Corporate entertainment, Christmas parties, drinks receptions
Hire Space Highlight: Sustainability is built into this venue's bones - and it boasts moss walls, which we, for one, can't wait to see!
Opened: July 2023
Promising a 'spectacular, sassy and sexy' experience for all who step foot inside, Lío London is an all-new, one-of-a-kind destination bringing together world-class performers and an eclectic, heady combination of cabaret and high-end dining experiences for up to 715 guests.
The ultimate playground, this space, previously home to iconic venue Café de Paris, will be the go-to for glitzy drinks receptions, corporate entertaining, and private dinners, featuring a beautiful Mediterranean-inspired menu curated by renowned chef Adam Rawson.
Location: West End
Best for: Gala dinners, drinks receptions, corporate entertainment
Hire Space Highlight: Available for private hire and bespoke packages for all types of events.
Opened: March 2023
The Peninsula London
As one of the world's most prestigious hotel brands, The Peninsula made its highly anticipated debut in the heart of London. Opening last Autumn on the corner of Hyde Park, this venue has been designed by some of the world's most iconic interior decorators and architects to reflect the connections between East and West. With stunning event spaces tailored to host a variety of occasions, The Peninsula offers the perfect backdrop for unforgettable events.
Location: Hyde Park
Best for: Conferences, gala dinners, receptions, parties
Hire Space Highlight: A stunning triple-height event space with decor inspired by antique spice trading ships and the Far East
Opened: September 2023
Bounce Battersea Power Station
Another fun addition to the shiny new Battersea Power Station development, interactive ping pong establishment Bounce has become the latest venue to move in. Their Battersea venue, set in the original power station building, is sprawled over 8,000 sqft and features 11 gaming areas, a cocktail bar, and gourmet menus to create the perfect package for your event. This venue is the perfect way to start injecting some fun into the new year ahead!
Best for: Team building, away days, parties
Hire Space Highlight: A private room for that extra special, exclusive touch to your corporate event
Opened: August 2023
Raffles London at the OWO
Raffles, in all its opulent, old Hollywood splendor, opened a brand new addition to its portfolio in the historic Old War Office Building. The iconic Whitehall building once inhabited by Britain's most famous statesmen and spies, from Winston Churchill to Ian Fleming, offers a suitably glamorous experience to guests. This brand-new, ultra-luxe hotel has 120 luxury suites, London's first Guerlain-branded spa, an opulent ballroom, 2 meeting spaces, 9 restaurants, and three bars led by world-class chefs and restaurateurs, including chef Mauro Colagreco (So there’s a perfect space for any event!). Set to raise the standard of high-end hospitality, this beautiful venue oozes decadence and will be the go-to venue for all kinds of events, from conferences to luxury team retreats.
Best for: Conferences, award ceremonies, gala dinners, exhibitions, incentives
Hire Space Highlight: The sheer luxury of this hotel is a guaranteed jaw-dropper for even the most hard-to-please guests!
Opened: Late summer 2023
Venues opening this year
The coming year promises optimism and vibrancy for the industry and is set to be an exciting year for new event spaces in London. With the opening of plenty more unique venues, each offering something special for all types of gatherings, check them out here first and host the best events for 2024!
Convene St Paul's
This venue is a game-changer in the world of corporate and large-scale events. Opening in Q1 2024, this expansive 41,806sqm venue in Sancroft, St. Paul’s, features seven meeting spaces, including a 900-person plenary room – the largest in Convene's global portfolio and the largest single above-ground room in the City of London. It's perfect for large conferences, corporate events, and exhibitions. The highlight of this venue is its combination of size and state-of-the-art facilities, making it a top choice for high-profile events.
Location: St Paul's
Best for: Meetings, conferences, exhibitions, corporate events
Hire Space Highlight: This spot is set to boast the largest above-ground room in the City of London, meaning you can bring a huge number of guests together with plenty of natural lighting!
Opening: Q1 2024
Lucky Voice, The Sidings
Opening in Spring 2024, legendary karaoke experience Lucky Voice is gearing up to bring its micced-up magic to the South Bank. As the fifth London venue of the popular karaoke brand, it features eight karaoke booths, a late-night bar with a DJ, a VIP karaoke pod, and a large 20-person pod for larger corporate groups. The design, inspired by its location under London Waterloo's platforms, makes it an ideal spot for lively corporate parties, team-building events, and casual get-togethers.
Best for: Away days, birthday parties, office parties
Hire Space Highlight: A 2:30 am license means plenty of time to crack out all of your best tunes!
Ministry Venues, Shepherds Bush
The latest in the Ministry's portfolio is shaping up in West London. With a capacity of up to 300 people, it offers 2 event spaces, 5 meeting rooms, and a podcast studio. The venue also includes a workspace, a multi-studio fitness offer, and a rooftop bar and restaurant. Its flexibility and state-of-the-art AV facilities make it suitable for conferences, seated dinners, product launches, panel talks, and receptions.
Location: Shepherd's Bush
Best for: Meetings, conferences, panel talks
Hire Space Highlight: Open 7 days a week, this spot is equally suited to start-ups and larger corporates.
Opening: Q1 2024
Six Senses at the Whiteley London
Renowned for creating some of the best holistic hideaways around the world, upmarket hotel and spa brand Six Senses is set to make its London debut at The Whiteley London. Ideal for teams looking to feel refreshed and rebalanced, the latest addition to the Six Senses portfolio will offer a 'wellness social club', featuring a spa and relaxation rooms, as well as private dining rooms, co-working spaces, meeting rooms, and several elegant restaurants and bars.
At the core of this venue is its focus on wellness, sustainability, and reinvigoration, making it the perfect backdrop for a variety of events, from away days to creative meetings, or for treating your most important clients.
Best for: Retreats, meetings, private dinners, incentives
Hire Space Highlight: A luxurious, relaxing oasis in the middle of London? Sign us up.
Opening: Early 2024
Operated by London’s most prestigious hotel group, The Emory will open its doors in April 2024. With an unparalleled 360-degree view of the capital, the hotel's rooftop will be the jewel on top of the crown. Located in Knightsbridge, the legendary hotel has a modern architectural design and sets the standards high for any upcoming events in late 2024, definitely one to consider.
Best for: Private dining, conferences, gala dinners, meetings
Hire Space Highlight: The shiny new modern architectural design the hotel has makes it the perfect venue for setting high standards and good impressions for those all-important events!
Opening: April 2024
With panoramic views of London’s iconic skyline, the ABar Rooftop will open its doors in perfect timing for the warm weather and flowing drinks of Summer 2024. This stunning venue will make the perfect backdrop for those long-awaited summer parties we have all been waiting for!
Best for: Summer Parties, conferences, gala dinners, away days
Hire Space Highlight: Featuring the best views of London's dazzling skyline, this venue will definitely impress your guests and make a memorable event.
Opening: April 2024
We can't wait to check these amazing venues out for ourselves throughout 2024! If you already have your eye on one of these new venues for an upcoming event and would like to chat about your event brief (or just want some venue inspiration for our other cool venues) get in touch with our venue team below!
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