Sparkling with a ceiling of golden stars, marble walls and precious mosaics, this jewel-like building, once the chapel of the Middlesex Hospital, is now a fabulously unique events venue. This gorgeous Grade II*-listed building, just minutes from Oxford Street and in the heart of Fitzrovia, can be hired for occasions such as weddings, art exhibitions, fashion shows and shoots, product launches, corporate celebrations and filming. Artist Grayson Perry called it 'This jewel-box of a building' and The Telegraph dubbed it 'The most beautiful room in London you probably didn't know about.'
Affordable venue hire in Islington A short 10-minute walk from Angel station. Our 3000sqft internal space is divided into a workshop space, main event hall ad a kitchen. We have been home to personal development workshops, coaching conferences, R&D sessions for theatremakers and yoga teacher training. All rooms benefit from floor to ceiling windows, giving plenty of natural light. We're a social enterprise. All bookings fund our community work in Islington. Our spaces: Main Hall, £60p/h: Projector, large screen, surround sound speakers. Capacity: 100. Our light and airy main hall is the ideal venue for your next conference, away day, workshop, private function or corporate event. It’s an affordable space with a projector, large screen and surround speakers. Full use of the kitchen is available for an extra charge. Kitchen, £25p/h: Why not have your next supper club at Arc? Fully fitted kitchen. Two ovens, two hobs/cookers, two fridges, dishwasher. Suitable for cookery classes, food workshops, catering, food preparation. Flexible Workshop Space, £40p/h: Floor to ceiling windows, projector, sound system. Capacity: 30 Flexible seating/table arrangement. This small venue can be used as a meeting room, training room, workshop room or conference room. Floor to ceiling windows give the room refreshing natural light, and the room has a projector is for pitches, presentations and training days. Meeting Room, £15p/h Capacity: 4 Private and safe. Suitable for meetings and interviews or use as a box office, cloakroom, or green room when you hire the Community Hall. Whole venue: You can rent the whole venue: the meeting room, kitchen, workshop space and community hall. Price on request. Additional Extras: You get high speed WiFi and tables and chairs for up to 100 guests for free, but we also offer catering, hospitality packs, full PA system, stage, lighting, event marketing, photography, videography and more. Flip Chart £10 Projector and screen £25 Laptop £10 Portable speakers £10 PA system and microphones £25 Teas and coffees £3 each Stage £100 Discounts available for charities & Packington residents. By hiring our venue you directly support our community work.
Consisting of 2,000 square feet open plan space with large, bright windows overlooking the quirky, industrial looking buildings and architecture in Clerkenwell, Farringdon. The studio offers the perfect location for inspiring workshops, corporate functions, conferences, meetings and many many more. We offer catering but feel free to provide your own. We are flexible with budgets.
A place to have fun in what you do and who you do it with. The venues has perfect place for a party of up to 70 guests; MAMA has celebrated engagements, baby showers, Christmas parties, birthday parties, album launches and podcasts. This is the place to see and be seen; a private space at the heart of MAMA with your own secret garden cocktail bar and retractable glass roof for when the summer is at its peak. With food and drink sourced locally and made fresh with love by our award winning chefs, MAMAs is the place for the best boujie event. Located on the Hackney Road in zone 2 a ten minute walk from Bethnal Green underground on the Central Line, a short stroll from Shoreditch and well connected to the routes crossing central London. The place where everyone in London can pass through and feel taken care of by their own MAMA
Kings College Hospital
Looking for an eco-friendly, flexible conferencing and event space in London? Look no further! ORTUS has 1500 sqm of dedicated, flexible event space with state-of-the-art technology and audio-visual equipment, as well as high-speed Wi-Fi. Larger suites can be divided into 12 rooms, over 7 levels, as and when required. The space is ideal for small or large conferences, meetings, training courses, workshops, presentations, academic lectures, receptions and a range of other events. The venue is regularly used by the public sector and for corporate and private events, offering a welcoming atmosphere, environmental efficiency and openness. We offer discounted rates for the public sector and non-for-profit organisations. ORTUS is owned by the Maudsley Charity and surplus goes back into the trust in the form of grants, to support better care, recovery and prevention of mental illness. Shortlisted for Best Sustainable Venue at the 2018 Global Good, Hirespace and CHS Awards, sustainability has always been a part of the fabric of the building.
Gabeto is The Cuban Spirit of Camden Market. This recently refurbished restaurant and bar combines class and cool with amazing interior design that’s perfect for Instagram! From high-level dining booths to eclectic retro furniture fused with naturally elegant period features and funky, local inspired art – Gabeto is Camden’s trendiest events venue. Set over 2 floors with outdoor terrace space ,Gabeto is one of the most flexible and highly sought after events spaces in the market. From product and car launches to fashion shows and intimate high-end dinners, our expert team can create your bespoke event and be on hand to make sure it goes exactly to plan.
The Pickle Factory offers 255 sqm in a slightly askew rectangular shape, with white walls throughout. Steel beams across the ceiling facilitate rigging equipment overhead and the frosted skylights allow natural daylight to pour through: this is your ideal intimate blank canvas, ready for dressing & transforming by the imaginative minds of location managers, wedding planners, pop-up stores or restaurant operators - and anyone in need of an intimate reception space.
Ideal for either sit down or stand up events - such as private parties, drinks receptions and networking events. The 1st floor room is a private space with it's own bar and separate entrance. It can do up to 45 for a meal and up to 90 standing. The whole pub can also be hired exclusively, with double the capacities. With different menus available and a great selection of draft and bottled beers, wine, cocktails and softs, we're confident we can tailor the event to your needs.
In the heart of London’s vibrant East End, an inspiring destination for private, corporate and charity events. A truly unique venue, Hawkmoor’s beautifully restored Baroque masterpiece, offers a magnificent backdrop with several versatile spaces. Impress your guests with our 300-year-old Nave, with its soaring Tuscan columns it's the perfect space for up to 600 guests, while our vaulted Crypt is perfect for those more intimate events for up to 250 guests. Within easy reach of Liverpool Street and Aldgate East Station, This is a memorable setting for drink receptions, banquets, meetings, dinners, conferences and exhibitions, concerts, filming and other events for between 10 and 600 guests.
Victoria Park East
You are spoilt for choice at The Crown with the pub spanning over two floors and a beautiful terrace overlooking Victoria Park, East London. Our top floor dining rooms with balconies are ideal for any occasion from private dinner parties to family lunches. A fantastic venue to hire for your wedding reception, hen do, work do and meeting space. Serving seasonal British food, great wines and craft beers,The Crown is a jewel in Bow not to be missed.
Bellavita Academy is a bright gallery and a spacious 100sq meters venue, that combines modern art with light and space. Located only 5 minutes away from Tower hill, the space is ideal for corporate conferences, meetings and training sessions. The venue is fully equipped with a brand new kitchen, perfect for team building activities, cooking classes, wine tastings & supper clubs events. Whether you need an entertaining and dynamic team building or a venue for a product's launch or private celebrations, we will host your event properly. We provide additional services that add the extra touch: from breakfast meetings to all-day events, our quality food & drinks will transform your corporate or private receptions into unforgettable events. Our chefs can prepare the best tailor-made solutions, our fine selection of wines spoils you by choice, our sommeliers can support your delegates thoroughly. Enjoy booking with us: throughout the entire process we will provide a single point of contact delivering our highest standard of services.
No. 4 Hamilton Place is an Edwardian townhouse in London’s Mayfair, available for hire for weddings, conferences, private dining, drinks receptions and parties. The venue is a Grade II listed building featuring nine versatile event spaces and an attractive outdoor terrace with views over Hyde Park. Once home to the Duke of Wellington, No. 4 Hamilton Place is an impressive, luxurious building with regal décor and traditional Edwardian features including a grand sweeping staircase. Our conference room is well-equipped with full audio-visual facilities and capacity for up to 250 delegates in theatre style, convenient travel links in, out and around the city and renowned high-quality catering provided by our exclusive partner, Blue Strawberry. We have a range of meeting rooms available for hire for groups of differing sizes whether you’re hosting an AGM or a small training session. Each is filled with natural light to keep your guests feeling awake and productive, with a team on-hand to provide any A/V support or refreshments. No. 4 Hamilton Place is also a popular venue for weddings and private events with a license for civil ceremonies and elegant range of ornate rooms suitable for celebrations of all size.
The Fellow is a discreetly stylish hidden gem of a pub just around the corner from the grandeur of the new Kings Cross station. With a focus on the finer things and some wonderful spaces to enjoy them in, The Fellow is the ideal place to gather your gang together to celebrate an engagement, a birthday or a Friday!
We are a bar and restaurant based on a flat-share concept, designed to look and feel exactly like being round at somebody's home, located in the heart of Notting Hill off the iconic Portobello Road. Our quirky, homely and vibrant flat is a fully licensed venue with award winning food and drinks on offer alongside a variety of spaces perfect for private and dry hire including birthday parties, dinner parties, corporate parties and team away days, filmings and photoshoots and most other private hire formats! It has two floors available for hire, The Living Room and The Flatmates Den, which can be rented together for full private or dry hire based on your group size and requirements at favourable rates. Based on the award winning pop-up of the same name on Notting Hill Gate which opened 4 years ago, has already hosted the likes of Boy George, Wretch 32. The Fratellis, Duran Duran and many more filming crews, fashion brands and PR agencies for all forms of pop-ups and venue hire events. Looking for something more personal? We've hosted hundreds of wedding receptions, birthday parties, dinner parties, private house parties and just about any other gathering you can think of! Get in touch and we'll be able to provide you with a bespoke quote for your event. *** Please note our venue is not available for Private Hire on Fridays and Saturdays during operating hours unless you have a substantial budget as these are our peak operating hours. On Fridays and Saturdays we usually operate on a minimum spend bases for non-exclusive area bookings. ***
The Garden Museum, located on the banks of the River Thames, opposite Westminster and the Houses of Parliament is a stunning and unique venue in London that can cater for private dinners, weddings, corporate drinks receptions, corporate dinners, fashion shows, exhibitions and product launches. Dedicated to the art, history and design of gardens, the Garden Museum offers a traditional church space with soaring pillars and beautiful vaulted ceilings alongside the brand-new, contemporary Sackler Garden, offering sought-after outdoor space and providing an oasis from the bustle of city life.
Make any occasion unforgettable with Private Dining by Roux, a unique dining concept within the sumptuous settings of The Langham, London. Private Dining by Roux offers the Chez Roux hallmarks of classic French cuisine interpreted with a modern twist, with the same level of service experienced in fine dining as at Roux at The Landau restaurant. Postillion, our beautiful private dining space, was designed by David Collins Studio and is flooded with natural daylight, with its floor to ceiling windows overlooking the charming Georgian architecture of All Souls Church.
Baby showers were virtually unheard of in the UK 15 years ago, but now the American trend has caught on and it’s safe to say that just like Elf on a Shelf, it is here to stay. Many people are still a little bit confused about what exactly is supposed to happen at a baby shower however, so if you’ve been tasked with organising one for your best friend or colleague, it’s a good idea to know exactly what’s expected of you.
What is a Baby Shower?
A baby shower is a party that usually happens before the birth of a child were guests ‘shower’ the expectant mum with gifts. While in the UK it has always been traditional to wait until after the birth before giving gifts, the baby shower trend has taken over from this. Yet you can still have it after the birth. There are pros and cons to both of these, so it’s best to talk to the mum-to-be herself or to her family before you start organising.
Before the Birth
This is the tradition that has come to us from the States, and it does have its benefits. For one, an expectant mum can put together a small gift registry of items that she needs before the baby gets here. She can then have the nursey set-up and any additional items bought in preparation. While all gifts are welcome, sometimes buying from a registry instead of the usual cuddly toys and clothes that tend to appear after the birth, can really help a new family out. It also gives the new parents an excuse to not see visitors for a time after the birth, as no one will be bringing round presents and interrupting while they try and get into a new routine. Not only that, but it’s something for mum to look forward too as her pregnancy progresses.
After the Birth
Some expectant mothers would rather wait until they have had a healthy child, and everyone is back home and doing well before celebrating. Call this superstition, but many in the UK don’t like the new baby shower tradition for exactly this reason. If you are hosting a party after the birth, it can also double as a naming day. Everyone will know baby’s name and gender and can buy gifts accordingly. This way, the new parents can get all of the visitors over in one day, and it brings a sense of normalcy with it after the birth.
Pick a Date
It’s important that the date works with the majority, if not all, of the people invited. If it is happening before the birth, it’s usually in the seventh or eighth month of pregnancy. If after, it’s going to be more likely to change, but normally it is at least 8 weeks after the birth.
A baby shower doesn’t always have to happen at someone’s house. To get away from the pressures of hosting in your own space, consider hiring a chilled-out venue where everyone can gather. Afternoon tea is popular for baby showers, after all, the mum can’t drink! Yet there are so many unique baby shower venues for hire in London, that you’re sure to find something to suit everyone tastes.
Decide who’s invited
As a baby shower is a more modern tradition, everything about it is flexible. Most often, it is the mum-to-be’s closest female relatives and friends, but if the boys want to get involved, then there’s no reason why they shouldn’t! Having dad there as well can add a lot of fun to the party and will provide you with even more ideas for entertainment.
Some decorations are essential for any baby shower, and there are a number of themes that work really well. As baby showers have grown more popular, decorations have popped up in loads of shops, and of course there is always a whole range of items available online. A cake is traditional and can decorated to match your theme.
Games at a baby shower are essential. There are a whole range to choose from as well, that start at the sweet and innocent and go all the way into ‘diaper’ humour. If the mum to be doesn’t know the gender, having everyone guess is fun, and games are a great way to break the ice between people who might not know each other too well.
While the expectant mother can’t have any alcohol, having a few mimosas or something similar aren’t out of place at a baby shower, just forego the shots!
Food is always essential. Having cakes and sweet treats is good, but savoury nibbles should also be included.
Let everyone know the final date in plenty of time and send out invites. If there is a gift registry, make sure the guests know about it.
Keep birth and pregnancy horror stories to a minimum. If someone tries to talk about anything too gross, change the subject. A baby shower is not the place.
Stick to the ending time. No one likes guests that stay past their welcome, and particularly not If you’re heavily pregnant. Take the reins and make sure everyone leaves on time.
A baby shower is a time for the ultimate celebration of bringing a new life into the world. It should be relaxed, carefree, and above all, good fun. Your friend or colleague is sure to remember the party your throw for them for years to come, and it will be a welcome break for them as they reach the end of their pregnancy or are still adjusting to life with a new-born.
London has so many venues to offer party planners and event planners, including some of the best venues for a baby shower. With Canvas, you can find your perfect baby shower venue by using our search function. Our venues specify if they can host a baby shower, and then you can narrow down your results with our search filters.
When planning any kind of event, you should always consider the same things: type of venue, venue location, number of guests, necessary facilities and amenities, and food and drink. Depending on the type of baby shower you want to host, you should choose a venue that meets all your requirements. With the help of our search filters, you can narrow down your results to baby shower venues that suit your event planning.
What happens at a baby shower is entirely up to you. It's a time for family, friends and colleagues of the parents-to-be to celebrate the baby's upcoming arrival - so it's always fun! The typical baby shower will have an afternoon tea style party, with tables full of cakes and baked goods. The guests will bring along their own yummy contributions as well as gifts for the baby-to-be. There tends to be lots of games for the parents-to-be and the guests to play too.
If you're planning the baby shower for the parents-to-be, you will no doubt want to make it a unique event. Whether you're doing it at home or hiring out a venue to celebrate, use baby shower decor to boost the theme of the day and make it extra special. It's a super special and personal occasion, so make it a personal event! Incorporate the personalities, styles and hobbies of the parents-to-be into the different factors of the baby shower party.
On the hunt for a venue with afternoon tea for a baby shower? No problem. With Canvas, you can search through our selection of London's favourite venues and make the most of our search filters or our specific Baby Shower venue category page. Use the filters to let us know how many guests you need to cater for and the facilities you'll need to make this event extra special. If there are a few venues for a baby shower that catch your eye, make sure you use our Wishlist feature and get in touch with several venues at the same time.