is the latest project by the team behind two of London’s foremost cultural institutions, Oval Space and The Pickle Factory. This space has been designed as a blank canvas, set in an industrial but polished setting. The venue comprises of 3 unique areas, a sprawling, blank canvas main room, a roof terrace with breakout containers, and a brandable cocktail bar event space. The venue also features breakout rooms on the 1st floor. The versatility and multi-faceted nature of is bound to whet the appetite of any ambitious event producer, whether they’re planning a product launch, conference or live music gig. Moreover, the venue can boast to be one of the most environmentally sustainable in the country, with a ban on single-use plastics the first step in ‘Oval Green’ a cross-venue initiative to create spaces that deliver unforgettable experiences minus the carbon emissions. All hires include a projector and screen, sound and lighting packages, chairs, staging, lectern and a dedicated event manager.
Maslow's Mortimer House is devoted to exceptional hospitality. Born of a desire to fulfil the modern need for synergy between the personal and professional, we create highly considered, all encompassing environments for a discerning community that wishes to both work and unwind in elevated, yet unpretentious style. Mortimer House is a full-service hybrid hospitality proposition in the heart of London that offers workspaces, member’s lounges, private offices, a public restaurant, event spaces, meeting rooms, a gym, yoga studio and a meditation room. The penthouse-style Loft & Gallery is on the sixth floor at Mortimer House, it’s a vibrant and flexible event space with natural light flooding in from large Crittall windows and comes fully equipped with a screen, projector and PA system. The Loft & Gallery can accommodate a maximum of 120 people for a standing reception and up to 50 guests for a sit-down breakfast, lunch or dinner. It can also accommodate up to 60 theatre style for a panel discussion. The capacity may vary according to set up requirements. This distinctive space features a private balcony with beautiful views across London. The Conservatory can accommodate up to 20 guests on one long table and is located just off from the main restaurant dining area (Mortimer House Kitchen) and separated by décor curtains to make this beautiful space exclusive for your guests.
Once one of the grandest civic buildings in London, is a magnificent Grade II listed building in the heart of one of the most vibrant areas of the capital. Now a flagship arts, community and live events venue, the space boasts a number of stunning and unique spaces perfect for a range of events. The Assembly Hall is an ideal location for corporate dinners, product launches, talks and other events. The high ceilings, Italian marble panelled walls, Matcham style balcony and glorious architectural features give the Assembly Hall a distinctive feeling of grandeur and elegance. Once the original Vestry Hall, the Council Chamber is the most architecturally significant space, featuring an original highly ornate moulded ceiling, floor to ceiling columns and stained glass windows. Located on the ground floor, the Council Chamber is a flexible space ideal for parties and receptions, conferences, launches and talks and can be hired as a singular room, breakout, or complemented by the Mayor's Parlour, the adjacent space. The Committee Rooms, with their distinctive period features, Edwardian fireplaces and an elegant buttressed ceiling and located on their own corridor are ideal for private parties, networking drinks, receptions, meetings and breakout spaces. A unique venue in London perfect for product launches, conferences, fashion shows and dinners. As an arts venue with a programme of non-traditional theatre, it has established itself as a key part of the east London cultural landscape. With eight stunning spaces, hireable in a number of configurations, clients can create events that are completely unique, guaranteeing a creative and innovative brand experience for guests, just five minutes’ walk from the City of London.Learn more about all of our spaces for hire, for a bespoke quote or to arrange a site visit, please get in touch with a member of our dedicated events team.
Asia House is a beautiful Grade II* listed Georgian Town House in central London. Hidden away from the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street and Regent Street, our venue is highly flexible and can accommodate a wide range of events from 2 to 250 guests. The building offers three Fine Rooms in the Regency style of architecture with high decorative ceilings, and marble fireplaces on the 1st floor, two smaller meeting rooms on the ground floor, a 10-12 seat boardroom with plasma screen, and one unique purpose-built exhibition spaces.
Shaka Zulu, London's largest South African restaurant, opened its doors in August 2010 with a special royal blessing from the Zulu King, HRH Goodwill Zwelithini. Set over a ground breaking 27,000 sq ft, this spectacular two floor restaurant, bar and club offers amazing food, drinks, live music, dancing and is one of Camden’s premier events spaces. The lower floor of this stunning venue is complemented by a display of 20ft high warrior statues and the Mezzanine level offers a champagne bar and cocktail lounge overlooking the stunning restaurant. Carved wooden murals cover every inch of Shaka Zulu's walls making it a popular and alternative venue for your event. From bah mitzvah’s to a high end party to large dinners and exclusive hire, Shaka Zulu boasts 4 separate event spaces that can host up to 850 people – including our amazing Kings Clubs.
In the heart of Covent Garden and set in London’s original flower market, has three unique event spaces available for hire. The interactive Museum Galleries can be hired before public opening for naturally lit breakfasts under the Victorian glass roof, and after hours for memorable evening events. Guests enter through the immersive World City Walkway and then have exclusive access to two floors of London’s rich transport history. Highlights include an iconic collection of red Routemaster buses, early Tube carriages and an Elizabeth Line driving experience. The quintessential backdrop is complimented by integrated branding opportunities and bespoke menus delivered by some of London’s finest caterers, carefully selected due to their excellence. The Galleries can accommodate up to 150 guests for a seated dinner, 500 guests for standing receptions and 200 guests for seated breakfast events. The Cubic Theatre is a purpose-built auditorium featuring 121 distinctive moquette seats, perfect for conferences, training sessions and film screenings. A high-spec short throw projector ensures slick presentations, whilst a DCI/DCP projector and Dolby Digital surround sound offers a full cinema experience. The adjoining Foyer can be used for registration, catering and breakouts with great branding opportunities. All guests are welcomed to visit the Galleries, making for inspiring breaktimes. Smaller celebrations are welcomed to Canteen. Situated at the front of the Museum, Canteen has views over Covent Garden piazza and is flooded with natural daylight. Featuring decommissioned furniture from the London Underground network and the Museum’s vintage poster collection, Canteen is perfect for informal gatherings, small cocktail receptions and networking events.
The largest in our suite of studios, the West Wing is an an L shaped space, with a generous 3m ceiling height and large historic windows which flood the room with natural light, and can be used for any purpose. Our in-house events team can be on site to assist with adapting the space to suit your event. Ideal for team building, meetings and seminars, this space is available for full day into evenings. Use the studio for staff training, workshops or meetings during the day and convert it to a cocktail reception, or even host one of our cocktail making classes for your group at the end of the day. The West Wing is suitable for all types of dining experiences. The current home to Le Petit Chef, and a host of other pop up dining experiences, we work closely with our partners to provide high end dining. Available for private hire and in partnership with our in house team. The Aviation studio can be hired for a range of business requirements, with AV systems available, and in-house catering on request. Perfect for an intimate reception, Aviation has the facility for a fully operational private cocktail bar, or can be used as a blank space for any type of event. The studio can be used for pop up shops and dining. It is situated next to our commercial kitchen, and features a separate entrance from the street if required. The most compact of our studios, but still a versatile space, the Palm Tree studio is perfect for small team meetings, interview space, or a relaxed board meeting. Great for intimate events, or exclusive product launches, this studio is flexible for any type of event. The perfect sanctuary for a private dining experience, or pop up shop, the Palm Tree studio benefits from a separate street entrance, which can be used if required.
If you’re looking for a prime space in Shoreditch it doesn’t come better than this. Situated between Shoreditch High Street and Curtain Road, you’ll find Protein Studios, a 3,500 sq ft multi-purpose warehouse to hire. Protein Studios has four interconnected spaces with multiple hire options available. Studio 1 - Bar area and restaurant setup, perfect as an entrance to your event. Studio 2 - The largest space in the studio with shutter access directly onto New Inn Yard.Studio 3 - The smallest studio in the space, this space works as an extension of Studio 2 and Studio 4.Studio 4 - A self-contained unit perfect for pop-ups and retail.
Having previously housed The Wapping Project arts programing, the venue had a 4 million pound investment before being left dorment for several years. Boasting much of the original hydraulic equipment and machinery, the space is bathed in atmospheric pools of natural light, pressure pipes, rusty chains, huge hooks, valves and bare brick walls. The venue is a fantastic space for just about any style of events; Dinners, press days, workshops, car launches, private and corporate parties, the site is ideal for anyone looking for a venue with the added wow factor.
Situated in the City of Westminster, Porchester Hall’s Grade II listed classic art deco design and understated elegance make it a sought-after venue for a variety of events. The grand entrance to the Hall is ideal for reception drinks and leads guests up the elegant staircase with its ornamental bronze and wrought iron banisters, striking marble walls and crystal chandelier. From the stairway, guests are led through to the Main Hall, which is the very essence of grandeur and opulence. Porchester Hall is ideal for weddings, charity galas, conferences, fashion shows, filming, boxing, banquets, exams, private parties, concerts and much more. The main hall’s grandeur and versatility have seen it play host to concerts from the likes of Ed Sheeran, Amy Winehouse, Kylie Minogue and Pink Floyd; broadcasts such as Beyoncé‘s ‘Black Is King’ and Monty Python’s ‘The meaning of Life’; as well as countless legendary parties. The Small Hall, Duchess of York Suite and the Blue Room are all ideal for smaller events, or as extensions and ancillaries to the Main Hall. Catering We work with a carefully selected group of caterers to provide you with a wonderful selection of menu choices to suit all cultures, tastes and budgets. For flexibility, we also offer a dry-hire option, along with corkage and cash bars. Suppliers We have a network of fantastic recommended partners, including photographers, DJs, entertainers, florists and AV, however our clients are welcome to use their own suppliers if preferred.
A beautifully distressed chapel, Asylum is a grade II listed building built in 1826, bombed in WWII. The present use of the chapel is as a flexible space which can be hired for photographic and film shoots, exhibitions, theater, weddings and funerals. A unique venue in South East London for weddings, corporate events, press shows and private dinner parties.
Located right behind the Tate, this space is now the relocation of the previous Gallery. Ever wondered what it might feel like to be in a creative New York Loft. Well wait no longer, and come and experience it right from London.
A Central London venue situated in one of the most charming areas of London, just off the fashionable Marylebone High Street. Housed within an impressive red brick and Portland stone facade we have a variety of event spaces we have hosted a range of professional and private events, from fashion shows, product launches and weddings to smaller meetings and presentations. All of our spaces are filled with natural daylight and come with high speed Wi-Fi. At the heart, The Great Hall - A blank canvas space that can be transformed easily to reflect any brand or personality creating a totally distinctive and unique event each time. This space is easily adapted and ideal for all events including award dinners, product launches and fashion shows, to high-end conferences, AGMs and film screenings to themed parties and exclusive press shows. With the mezzanine level balcony included in the hire of this space use it as one of your break out spaces, or give guests a glimpse of what is happening below opening the balcony onto the Bar, which can be hired exclusively with the Great Hall. Situated on the ground floor the Friends and Members Rooms is a grand space with high ceilings, can be used as one large space or separated into two using the bi-folding doors making it ideal for business meetings, to pop-up shops and press events, as well as receptions, private dinners, wine tastings or as a perfect backdrop for your filming, photography, TV/Magazine interviews, or readings. When hired together with the Great Hall, this space works well as a green room, VIP area, breakout space or wardrobe. Used during LFW as a dressing room and make up room for the Kiko Kostadinov womenswear fashion show Our smaller rooms that can be hired individually or with our other spaces include the Boardroom; an elegant, first floor room with large soundproofed windows overlooking Paddington Gardens provides space for meetings, conferences and lectures for up to 50. The Library, on the second floor, provides a space for meetings, and small conferences and workshops for up to 25. On the third floor the Print Room and Glass Room are both ideal for smaller meetings and training sessions (up to 12 people). The Map Room is a lovely space ideal for one-to-one meetings, interviews, meditation and training sessions up to 4 people. When available the Bar area on the ground floor, is offered as a lunch space to clients hiring the smaller meeting rooms who have pre-booked lunch via our in-house catering service.
Wasing Park offers a range of outstanding facilities for unique events including meetings and conferences, retreats, birthday parties, anniversaries and team building activities. Less than an hour from London and close to Reading, it boasts historic buildings including a boutique hotel with 26 en-suite bedrooms. On the Estate are stunning lakes, a Woodland Venue and a Secret Walled Garden both available on a ‘dry hire’ basis for the larger corporate event. Wasing is the perfect exclusive use venue to host events of any size, whether it’s a dinner party for 20, a wedding for 140, or a festival for 20,000.
London's opulent Art Deco event space, located on the stunning Bloomsbury Square, this venue is in the Georgian inspired Victoria House. With 10,500 square ft of events space, we offer a complete serviced venue and with 3 beautifully restored areas. We can accommodate up to 700 standing, 280 for dinner or 500 for conferences. With full air conditioning, Wifi, parking, disabled access, sound and lighting system, event management service, exclusive 24 hour hire periods to meet all of your requirements.
The London EDITION offers a range of luxurious contemporary event spaces that are the ideal stage for high-end corporate and private events - from anniversary dinners and product launches to board meetings and investors’ dinners. Studio 2 is extremely versatile and can accommodate a variety of set-ups tailored specifically for each individual event. With a maximal capacity of 80 standing guests, you can hire the space for unforgettable standing receptions, parties, formal dinners and presentations. A boardroom set up, Studio 1 is perfect for meetings, private lunches and intimate dinners up to 12 guests.
Have you been tasked with organising someone’s big birthday
event? Knowing where to even start with such an important party can be tough,
especially when all of the responsibility rests on your shoulders. Never fear
however, there are a few key things that you’ll need to consider when planning,
and we’ve got them all outlined here.
Have a Budget
When planning a birthday party for one of your nearest and dearest, sometimes budget isn’t really the first thing that pops into your mind. But that doesn’t mean that it’s not important. While you might want to spoil the person who’s turning 50, this shouldn’t cause you any financial worry. Plan out how much you have to spend, what others have said they would contribute, as well as cost estimates for the different aspects of the party that you are planning. You’ll need to think about the cost of venue hire and catering in particular, and don’t forget a cake and present!
Find the Perfect Venue
The type of venue that you go for will all depend on the type of birthday party that you are planning to host. Are you hoping to have a sit-down dinner? If so, then consider one of the many private dining venues for hire in London. There are so many different styles, that you can be sure to find one that will suit the personality of the birthday boy or girl. Themed parties are also always a good option, and private dining venues will be more than happy to accommodate you with this. Make sure that your venue isn’t too out of the way for all of your guests to travel to, as you want as many people tuning up to celebrate as possible.
Pick a Time and Date
Once you have a venue in mind, you’ll need to set a time and date for your party. Of course, it’s good for it to be as close to the birthday date as possible, but if this falls on a Monday, then having a big celebration isn’t always going to work out. Choose a date that works for the majority of the guests so that you can get as many people there as possible. The time will also depend on the type of party it is, and the personality of the birthday boy/girl. Generally, parties start in the late evening, but it’s not unheard of to have one that starts early in the afternoon and then finishes a bit earlier as well.
Private Dining – The Menu
If you decide to go for a private dining venue for the party, then the next important thing that you’ll need to consider is the menu. Of course, one good thing about private dining venues is that you should be able to either partially hire them or hire the venue in full. Either way, they’ll be able to focus a lot of their attention on your group. They’ll also be used to catering for large parties, and so can give you advice on their best dishes and a menu that will keep all of the guests happy. Think about the foods that you know the birthday person really enjoys; this is always a good way to go when hosting a party for someone else.
Guest List and Invite
You’ll need to consider carefully who you want to invite to a party like this. If you are having a sit-down meal, then places for it may be limited, and you might have to split your invites between those invited for the meal, and those invited to join you afterwards. One of the most vital things to remember about a 50th birthday party is that it’s important not to just invite current friends, or the ones seen most often. To make the birthday party really special, see if you can dig up some people that live a bit further afield to attend. Old friends and new are what make a birthday shine, Of course, you’ll need to invite everyone with plenty of notice so that they can plan in advance!
Décor and Favours
Unless you’ve decided to go for a themed birthday party, then you don’t need to do too much when it comes to décor. It’s always really nice to have some photos of the birthday person through the decades so that they can look back, laugh, and reminisce. Apart from that, stick to the style that suits your venue the best. If that’s balloons and streamers, then go for it. If it’s more subdued, then stick to a classical look and maybe invest in some nice centrepieces for the table. Giving out party favours to the guests in attendance is a great memento for them to remember the evening by. Everyone likes being given a little something, whether it’s chocolates or something more unusual, and you can be sure that everyone involved will really appreciate the gesture.
Entertainment is a major factor when organising a 50th birthday party. Whilst everyone will be chatting during the meal, you’re unlikely to want the fun to stop there. Luckily, there are lots of different things you can do at this type of party to make sure that everyone is entertained. For one, a slideshow of photographs and different memories, with guests telling stories about the birthday boy/girl is sure to go down a treat. If you are looking to hire someone, then consider whether your venue can accommodate a live band or a comedian to provide something a little bit extra to your night. Party games can also be great fun, particularly if there are a lot of guests who don’t know one another that well.
Turning 50 is one of those special birthdays that the majority of people will want to celebrate. Once you have the venue and the guestlist sorted, planning a birthday bash for your friend or family member won’t seem too bad at all. Everyone will be more than willing to chip in and make this event extra special.
Private dining rooms can seem expensive when you compare the cost to a table for two, but it’s important to remember you’re really paying for the experience, the personal attention and the privacy. Whether you’re hoping to win over an important client, or you’re celebrating a special milestone, hiring a private dining room can help make it an event to remember. Venues will normally require a fee for the space on top of your food and drink costs, but some spaces are able to offer a minimum spend even for private rooms. It’s always worth asking your favourite venues what packages and payment options they have available, and the venue manager will be able to make suggestions that will suit your budget.
Prices will vary between venues, and will sometimes include some food and drinks expenses but often will not, so it’s really important to check in with the venue manager to get a run down of what is included in the price. Some spaces will offer specific packages or set menus to accompany their private dining spaces which can offset some of the cost of hiring the room. It’s important to remember that the main element you’re paying for is privacy, which can totally change the atmosphere and experience of an event.
Finding the right private dining room to hire in London can be a daunting task. There are charming and exclusive restaurants in every area of London to suit every budget, so narrowing down to the right one can take a long time. We’re here to help - we’ve built an advanced search function so you can get really specific about what you’re looking for. Whether you need to choose a venue based on access requirements, available technical equipment or parking facilities, you’ll be able to find the perfect space for your next private dining event on Canvas.
When you’re looking for an event space with a view in London, there are two tricks that top event planners use to find the right space: look for a venue at the top of a building, or look for a venue by the river. Once you’ve found some venues that are in the right area, make sure to ask the venue manager whether the specific room you’ll be allocated also has a good view. Some private dining rooms don’t have windows for privacy reasons, so it’s always important to check your requirements off with the venue manager before you complete your booking.
Most private dining rooms are seated banquet style, with the guests all seated around one large table. However, depending on the event you’re hiring the private dining room for, the venue manager may be able to offer theatre, cabaret or standing. Be sure to specify when you’re making the booking to give the event space enough time to prepare, and hosting different styles of seating can increase or decrease the capacity of the space, which may also impact the price.