The Grade I listed building is nearly 200 years old and a true icon of the capital. With twenty two different event spaces that include both contemporary and historic event venues, available for daytime and evening events, as well as options for outdoor and indoor entertaining, the venue offers an unparalleled amount of choice for corporate events, private parties and wedding receptions for between 2 and 1200 guests. With beautiful picture galleries, a dedicated conference suite and options for late night dancing until 2am, this is a breath taking venue for all occasions, located at the very heart of London just off Trafalgar Square.
The Bush Theatre is a unique venue in London. It is housed in a beautiful Victorian former library in Shepherds Bush. Situated across the road from Shepherds Bush Market underground station the venue has many multi-purpose spaces available to hire. Available for, corporate and conference meetings, rehearsal space, reading groups, Party celebrations and as a unique wedding venue in London. The whole building went through a 4.3 million pound refurbishment and re-opened its doors to the public in March 2017. The spaces are all wheelchair accessible with lift access.
The Groucho Club, located in the heart of bohemian Soho, has several event spaces available for private hire by both members and non-members alike. It is in the ideal location for private parties, private dinner party, birthdays, weddings, drinks receptions, BBQs, conferences, and meetings. Unique and unusual, this venue is perfect for those looking for a quirky and beautiful venue in a central London location.
A centre of hospitality and welcome since it’s origins as a priory in 1106.Conveniently located in on the South Bank in vibrant London Bridge, the Cathedral is a historical masterpiece boasting the oldest example of gothic architecture in Central London. The Parish has been home to many notable historical figures including William Shakespeare, John Harvard and Charles Dickens. Today, the Cathedral’s doors are open to all. With eight versatile spaces to hire and two spacious outdoor areas, offers clients a unique opportunity to hold events from intimate to spectacular from 6 to 800 guests. Our experienced events team offer a personalised service, working with you and our range of accomplished suppliers to deliver events of all shapes and sizes including receptions and dinners, meetings and conferences,concerts fashion shows and more.
The Royal Foundation of St Katharine is a unique venue located in East London, in walking distance from Canary Wharf and with great transport links to the City of London financial centre. We have a range of facilities, which includes 9 beautiful meeting rooms for groups from 2 – 70 in number and the Yurt Cafe in our Precinct. Our meeting rooms vary in style from the listed Georgian house, to the modern and contemporary rooms refurbished in 2019. Many of our meeting rooms have natural light, and look onto our beautiful garden. High speed unlimited WiFi is available free of charge throughout and we provide complimentary AV equipment to suit each groups conference or meeting requirements. We can organise and host celebration dinners and special events such as wedding receptions, birthdays and garden parties. With such unusual and beautiful buildings and grounds we are an ideal filming location for productions of any size. Home cooked and freshly prepared every day, all of our food is made on site. We provide appetising and wholesome food for all our meeting and conference guests, with every effort to provide fair trade produce where possible. THE YURT CAFE Run by The Royal Foundation of St Katharine our Yurt is a beautiful and unique space for receptions, parties, dinners, networking events, talks & seminars within 5 minutes of Bank and Canary Wharf. We have a expert team of chefs who can provide catering for all occasions. Available for hire in the evenings from 6pm.
St Martin’s has a series of stunning spaces available for hire. With our enviable Trafalgar Square location and profits that support our charitable work, St Martin’s ticks all the venue hire boxes. Our beautiful Crypt and Gallery both have stunning 18th century architecture. Combined they can hold up to 500 guests standing. St. Martins Hall & Lightwell feature neutral, modern, architectural design and three meeting rooms full of natural daylight. Our in-house catering team offers a range of options from canapés to a full sit down meal for up to 200 guests, or canape for up to 500. Whether you are looking for a quick meeting, a full company wide AGM, a dinner or maybe considering filming in our historic venue, get in touch.
An iconic, multi-award winning live music venue, a working church, a centre for those experiencing homelessness, and also a beautiful building with many flexible spaces for hire - all inside a gorgeous, Grade I listed building! Our experienced and supportive team will help plan your event from booking to load out, whether it be a long term rehearsal, one off workshop or a public event. *Please note: we are not able to host private parties, including wedding receptions.* The Chapel The Chapel itself is the most well-known space at UC. Home to many famous gigs over the years, this space is also great for corporate events, ceremonies, large-scale meetings, and film and photoshoots. The Chapel is octagonal in shape with ground floor and balcony seating in the original wooden pews (seated capacity of 900). Our bespoke stage sits underneath the beautiful stained glass, rose window and our unique Henry Willis organ. The Chapel can be hired through our all inclusive gig package, or by an hourly rate as a dry space hire. For more information on the Chapel, please see the attached package of tech specs and venue information, as well as the floor plan. Sunday School Hall The Sunday School Hall is a beautiful period hall with an internal balcony on three sides. It has a high ceiling, original wooden beams, and cast iron pillars. This space is most suitable for long term hires and is hired exclusively - set, props and equipment can be left in place overnight. On short notice, the Sunday School Hall can also be hired for shorter term hires, or evening event hires (standing capacity of 200). For more information on the Sunday School Hall, please see the attached floor plan. Upper Hall Originally built as a lecture hall, the high ceilings, wooden floor, and medieval style features lend to its atmosphere. It's a great space for meetings, away days, photoshoots, as well as auditions and rehearsals. As this space acts as our bar when there is a gig in the Chapel, it is only available in the evenings on short notice and not available for exclusive hires. If available, the Upper Hall is also a great space for intimate gigs (standing capacity of 180). For more information on the Upper Hall, please see the attached floor plan. Lower Hall The Lower Hall is a great, multi-purpose room on the lower level of the building with large windows and a flexible space great for auditions, meetings, and workshops. The Lower Hall can also be hired in the evenings for weekly dance classes, choir rehearsals, or other evening activities (recommended maximum capacity of 40). This hall is not available for exclusive hires. For more information on the Lower Hall, please see the attached floor plan. Committee Room The Committee Room is our smallest room, but still full of the same beauty and unique features as the other halls. This space is used as our dressing room for gigs, and as such is often only available for half day, morning hires (recommended maximum capacity of 30). For more information on the Committee Room, please see the attached floor plan. Please be in touch with us to discuss your potential hire and rates! We are accustomed to a multitude of different kinds of events, rehearsals, and other hires, and are very willing to help you decide on the best room for your needs.
The Science Museum is an amazing exhibition space, with astounding galleries and creative blank canvas spaces, combined to make a unique and inspiring London venue for corporate or private hire. Take advantage of a diverse range of spaces and unparalleled opportunities for accessible, exciting event experiences in the cultural heart of the capital. You can hire: One or more of our ten uniquely themed galleries or brand-new suite of Medicine: The Wellcome Galleries for evening hire, Our 400-seat IMAX Theatre, available for daytime and evening hire and ideal for product launches and presentations. Our new dedicated events space Illuminate, available for day-time and evening hire perfect for meetings and conferences of up to 400 individuals as well as unique evening receptions and dinners. Our recently refurbished Smith Centre which contains a large salon, boardroom, large meeting room and courtyard area. Available for daytime and evening hire.
Portico Rooms Located on the first floor of the South Wing, the Portico Rooms are a spacious and versatile suite of rooms offering a contemporary and elegant location for your ceremony. With original features, natural daylight and uninterrupted views of the London skyline, the Portico Rooms offer a stylish and versatile backdrop. Included in the hire are two private balconies, which offers uninterrupted views of our famous Courtyard on one side and the River Thames on the other, providing a truly stunning setting for exclusive photography. Morning Ceremony Access from 10:00-12:00 Venue Hire Fee: £2,500+VAT Afternoon Ceremony Access from 14:00 – 16:00 Venue Hire Fee: £2,500+VAT Navy Board Rooms Steeped in history and dating back to the 18th century, the Navy Board Rooms are an impressive suite of rooms with a distinctive sense of charm and heritage. Climbing the grand, sweeping Nelson Staircase is an experience in itself, as each flight is a one-off architectural work of art. Entering the main space, marble fireplaces and wooden floors create a grand atmosphere, with large sash windows offering panoramic views across the River Thames. Originally home to the Navy Board, overseeing British naval affairs around the globe, the Navy Board Rooms are now a hugely popular venue. The interconnecting rooms offer wonderful natural light, original features and great flexibility. Morning Ceremony Access from 10:00-12:00 Venue Hire Fee: £1,500+VAT Afternoon Ceremony Access from 14:00 – 16:00 Venue Hire Fee: £1,500+VAT Photography One of the fantastic benefits of having your wedding at Somerset House is the opportunity to have photographs in our famous Edmond J Safra Fountain Court with its dancing fountains (seasonal). Included in your hire is a 45 minute slot, following the ceremony, for photographs in our iconic Courtyard. The perfect backdrop for your day. Please note that as an arts and culture centre open to the public, we cannot confirm what might be happening in the Courtyard or around the rest of the public areas at Somerset House at that time. We have a very exciting and constantly expanding public programme, which sees lots of different installations, exhibitions, artwork and public events all over the site. It’s a huge part of what makes us Somerset House. There are also occasions where essential works need to take place on the building and these instances are out of our control. Add a Sit-Down Reception Available as an add-on for the Afternoon Ceremony only. Currently available for up to 15 guests. Option 1: Portico Rooms While you and your guests are taking your photos in the beautiful Edmond J Safra Fountain Court, and enjoying a drink on our River Terrace, our suppliers can transform this space into the perfect sit down dinner. Venue hire: additional £7,000+VAT. This extends your guest access to 22:00, venue clear by suppliers by 23:00. Includes a private area of our River Terrace between 16:00 – 17:30 Option 2: Seamen’s Hall If you would like to host your sit down reception in a different space at Somerset House then the Seamen’s Hall, located on the ground floor of our South Wing, with marble floors, imposing Corinthian columns and huge windows, would be the perfect option. Entered via central doors from our stunning Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court, the Seamen’s Hall leads directly out onto our exclusive River Terrace, a section of which is included in the hire, offering panoramic views of the Thames and surrounding iconic London landmarks. Venue Hire: additional £8,000 + VAT. This will give suppliers access from 18:00, guests from 18:30-22:00 and venue clear by 23:00. Includes a private area our River Terrace between 16:00 – 18:30 Sit-Down Reception Only If your ceremony is already booked then this is the perfect option for your celebration. Currently available for up to 15 guests. Option 1: Portico Rooms Located on the first floor of the South Wing, the Portico Rooms are a spacious and versatile suite of rooms offering a contemporary and elegant location for evening events. With original features and uninterrupted views of the London skyline, the Portico Rooms offer a stylish and versatile backdrop for your sit down reception. Venue hire: £8,000+VAT. This will give suppliers access from 17:30, guests from 18:30-22:00 and venue clear by 23:00. Option 2: Seamen’s Hall Located on the ground floor of the South Wing, the Seamen’s Hall has marble floors, imposing Corinthian columns and huge windows, making it the perfect space for evening gatherings. Entered via central doors from our stunning Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court, the hall leads directly out onto our exclusive River Terrace, a section of which is included in the hire, offering panoramic views of the Thames and surrounding iconic London landmarks. With original period features including black and white marble flooring, it offers an air of expansive elegance, lending itself beautifully as an evening venue. Venue Hire: £9,000+ VAT. This will give suppliers access from 18:00, guests from 18:30-22:00 and venue clear by 23:00.
Looking for the perfect, intimate venue in the heart of central London to hold your next high-end event? Look no further than London’s most prestigious townhouse. Featuring stunning and luxurious interiors, this is the ideal choice for those wishing to run an event in a venue which oozes class, elegance and atmosphere! Our expert events team can help you create your bespoke event. From intimate dinners to small meetings, receptions and talent after parties, the team are on hand to help make your event a true success.
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.
A Victorian townhouse in the heart of Soho, London, offering 300sqm of bright, airy, blank-canvas space spread over six floors. Nestled among Soho’s private members’ clubs, hip cafés, bars and shops, the venue has a flexible layout which can be hired in full or in part with a total capacity of up to 150 standing. The venue has an impressive media visibility and has hosted Wallpaper*, GQ, Diptyque, Levi's and Manolo Blahnik, among many other prestigious brands. The characterful townhouse architecture lends itself brilliantly to events for art, design, fashion, food and music and has also been chosen to host private members’ clubs: cognac brand Rémy Martin has returned here twice for a six-week residency. The venues prime location minutes from local institutions like The Ivy, Soho House, the Groucho Club and Quo Vadis make it a unique, not-to-be-missed venue.
Located in the heart of Clerkenwell, the Crypt on the Green offers a magnificent venue for exhibitions, wedding receptions, wine tastings, conferences, live performances and much more. With vaulted arches, exposed brickwork and parquet flooring, this unique and versatile space is bound to help make your event unforgettable. We have 4 spaces available to hire, so whether you're looking for a party location for 300 guests or a small meeting space for 10, we've got something on offer for you. This unique venue is located at the heart of Clerkenwell, one of London's most attractive, historic & accessible areas, and is situated within walking distance of Farringdon and Angel tube stations. Please note, the Crypt on the Green is not available on Sundays!
Beaconsfield Gallery Vauxhall (BGV) is a unique and atmospheric venue housed in the former Lambeth Ragged School opened in 1851. Built on Victorian philanthropy, the school has been transformed into a stunning contemporary art gallery and versatile blank canvas event space. BGV has three very individual event spaces and a courtyard garden that capture the best of London design. Our distinct spaces can be hired out separately, in combination or as a whole. We are available to hire for corporate events, photo-shoots, filming, conferences, wedding receptions and private parties. Located in Central London we are situated close to excellent transport links and have several on-site parking spaces for clients. The Upper Space With its 7 metre high white walls, original stepped wooden floor and large arched windows, the Upper Space is a spectacular room full of natural light. This large, impressive space is ideal for ceremonies, conferences, product launches and corporate hospitality. Facilities include a lighting rig with spots, up lighting and a projection balcony with broadband capability. The whole space is fitted with underfloor heating and has single and 3 phase electricity. Capacity: Standing:150 / Seated:100 / Area:1600 sq ft The Lower Space Perfect for smaller and more intimate events such as dinners, meetings and workshops. The Lower Space has white walls, an original Yorkstone floor, cast iron pillars and large windows providing excellent natural light. The Lower Space can be hired on its own but is included in any hire as this is where the toilets are located: x2 Gents, x2 Ladies and x1 Wheelchair access. Facilities include down-light spotlights with dimmers and 6 double sockets. Capacity: Standing:150 / Seated:100 / Area:1300 sq ft The Arch Space An atmospheric space suitable for large events, the Arch Space has exposed brick walls, a state-of-the-art invisible infrared heating system and sprung wooden floor (painted grey). Its urban aesthetic complements the period features of the Upper and Lower Spaces and its stunning, cavernous capacity makes it ideal for product launches, fashion shows, distinctive sit-down dinners and film shoots. Facilities include single and 3 phase electricity. Capacity: Standing:500 / Seated:400 / Area:3150 sq ft The Courtyard Garden The secluded, plant-filled Courtyard Garden is an oasis from the hustle and bustle of the surrounding area. Ideal for summer parties, receptions and al-fresco events, this tranquil space is available to hire in conjunction with any of the 3 spaces. Along with benches we have a large retractable all-weather canopy. It is possible to erect a marquee or park food trucks in this space.
Built on historic foundations at the very heart of the capital, is London’s working arts centre - home to the UK’s largest creative community and one of London’s best loved public spaces. It is also so much more than a building, it is a global platform for creativity, dedicated to nurturing and empowering ideas, backing newness and championing openness. The venue offers 12 impressive blank canvas event spaces, suitable for staging events of all styles and sizes. From season to season, our cultural programme is ever changing, offering a myriad of opportunities to enhance your event and provide guests with an unforgettable experience at . Venue spaces include: the Edmond J Safra Fountain Court, Embankment Galleries, Portico Rooms, Navy Board Rooms, East Wing, West Wing, Seamen's Hall, River Terrace, Lightwells and Deadhouse, Lancaster Rooms, River Rooms and the Screening Room. Download their exclusive Summer and Christmas package offers below and enquire today.
West London’s premier event spaces Our refurbished Victorian foundry with 5 interlinking spaces and 2 large secluded courtyards are available for all occasions. Featuring natural brickwork, high ceilings with exposed beams, wooden floors, large windows and skylights that allow for abundant daylight. While retaining its original features, this location also benefits from all the modern components to create the perfect event. Studio 1: 200 standing / 130 theatre / 100 seated Studio 2: 220 standing / 140 theatre / 120 seated Studio 3: 150 standing / 50 theatre / 60 seated Studio 4: 450 standing / 300 theatre / 220 seated Studio 5: 450 standing / 300 theatre / 220 seated Courtyard 1: 200 standing Courtyard 2: 200 standing / 70 seated
Everyone loves to dress up from time to time, and who doesn’t dream sometimes of what life would be like if they were born in a different era? With a historically themed party, you’re giving your guests the chance to do just that, if only for the day. Whether it’s just for a bit of fun, or as part of a fundraising event, you’re sure to have the crowds flocking in to get their taste of the past. If you follow our 7 top tips to planning a historical party, you’ll be well on your way to organising an event that people will remember for a very long time.
Decide on the Period
Are you looking for something that’s more Renaissance Faire, or Medieval Banquet? A Victorian or Georgian day at the park? Or a military re-enactment? Whatever you’re thinking about, you need to pick a specific time period, and stick to it. A historical party takes a lot of planning, so you won’t have the time to change your mind. Think about what your local area is most famous for historically and work around that. Is there a local historical society that you could link up with to discuss your plans? Having an in-depth knowledge of the era that you decide to go for is always a plus. You’ll also need to think about the type of audience that you want to attract as that may influence your decision.
Choose Your Venue Carefully
Once you know the period of history that you want your event to explore, it’s time to start searching for the perfect venue. Luckily, there are a whole host of historic venues for hire in London, so there’ll be one that will fit with your plans perfectly. From grand houses, to castles, to banquet halls, any type of historical party will be possible. If you are looking for an area for outdoor activities in particular, you will need to make sure that you book your venue early in the year as the summer months tend to book up quickly with different events. The managers of the properties are sure to be enthusiastic about your event, as it’s rare that a party is held that uses these venues in the way they were built for.
Hire Some Experts
With any historical event, it’s necessary to get in some experts to help to guide you. You will want to be as historically accurate as possible, and so hiring people who have studied the period of your interest in-depth will help you to create an event that really allows your guests to step back in time. They’ll even be able to help you come up with more ideas for fun activities on the day. Having them about at the event means that you will have some people who can explain the history to your guests and answer any questions they may have about this period in history.
Details are Important
Attention to detail can make or break an historical event. You want everything to be as correct as possible and encourage your guests to fully immerse themselves in the experience. For example, at a medieval banquet, no forks are allowed! If you are having an event in the Georgian era, teach people about the etiquette of the time and the role that women played. Many will find it difficult and eye-opening to have to wait to be introduced to someone or chaperoned at all times! It is these details that teach us about what our history was really like.
Have Plenty of Spare Costumes
Do you want everyone to dress up at your event? If so, it’s best to have plenty of your own costumes on hand for people to wear. It can be hard for the general public to acquire the right outfits, so you’ll want to be able to keep everyone happy when they arrive and help them to get into character! This is also a great chance to explain the different articles of clothing to the people who arrive, why they were popular, and what difficulties arose because of the way that people dressed.
Have Historical Food and Drink
What’s a party without some food and drink? Of course, at a historically themed party, you’ll need to keep everything that you serve relevant to the time period. Think mead and ale for medieval, and some traditional home-cooked pies for the Victorian era. While not everyone is going to like the food, serving it in a traditional manner is exactly the type of thing that brings these events to life. If you are using an outdoor setting, you can even organise to have a pig on a spit, although this will shock some people!
Activities for Everyone
You will need to have a good idea of the age range of the people that are set to attend your historical event and have activities prepared that will suit all ages. Archery is always popular but having opportunities for people to try their had at traditional blacksmithing, sewing, and other games will keep everyone in high spirits. If there’s plenty to do, everyone is much more likely to stay around for longer. It’s always a good idea to round off the day with a show or other activity that will encourage people to stay. This might be jousting or a parade, but whatever it is, make sure that it’s well advertised when promoting your event.
Everyone loves some history, and what better way to get involved than with an historical party? Whatever era you choose to set yours in, make sure that you plan well in advance and consult with the experts to get all of the details right. It’s a great use of some of our historical landmarks, and if people enjoy it, you might even be asked to organise an historical party every year!