London is absolutely full to the brim with unique and unusual conference venues, and meeting spaces that make a wonderful place to hold all sorts of different occasions. Having collected together the very best of them here in this section, we invite you to browse our portfolio and let your imagination run free. We have the most unique venues to hire in London.
From the coolest and most exclusive nightclubs to quirky blank canvas galleries, themed venues to cool chill-out spaces, and just about anything else in between; you name it and we’ve got it. The vast popularity of these top picks makes them hotly coveted however, so you’ll want to snap up a booking fast before you miss out.
Sometimes the notion for something totally out of the norm grabs you, and such a setting is especially great for those who want to help their event stand out from the crowd.
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The Grubstreet Author is a collection of luxurious new event spaces created and operated by the team behind London¹s leading event venue The Brewery. The venue is situated on what was once the notorious Grubstreet, an area renowned for bohemian writers and industrial print houses.This colourful history has provided the inspiration for the venue, offering a setting that is full of character, rich in history whilst still catering to the needs of a modern event. The assortment of spaces allows Grubstreet to host a range of events for 20 to over 100 attendees in an environment that sparks imagination and excitement. Dining at The Grubstreet Author is an experience all to itself with inspired cooking that thrills with robust flavours and intriguing ingredients. The passion for food is in harmony with the wine, seeing distinctive bottles paired alongside individual dishes. As the choice for corporate events, conferences, product launches, meetings, birthday parties, weddings or private dining there is no alternative to The Grubstreet Author that can offer such exacting levels of quality and service in a truly jaw dropping surrounding.
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.
Chalkney Water Meadows is a unique festival and glamping venue just an hour from London in Essex. Acres of space on the edge of a tree-lined lake provides endless possibilities for activities, on-site catering, sundowners or team building exercises! Dining/Conference Area There are three festival style giant tipis which seat up to 200 guests, acting as a beautiful undercover space for dining / confernce area overlooking the lake. Accommodation Our glamping accommodation at CWM is in the form of luxury “Nomadic” bell tents which can be made up as single and twin occupancy with double bedsteads, or multiple occupancy (max 4 person) with single mattresses on the floor. Our luxury cabins, are situated just a 2 min walk from the CWM offers all your creature comforts on the edge of a beautiful lake.
Exceptionally well located in the heart of the West End and moments from Carnaby Street, providing the ultimate luxury backdrop for your event needs. With a private event space that can fully immerse any audience with cinema sized screen and full AV set up. The collapsible partition walls the space can be expanded to include two additional break out areas - perfect for those larger scale events.
Situated at the heart of Netil House you'll find NT's, a buzzing warehouse style cocktail bar and rooftop hideaway in Hackney. NT’s is an impressive open plan space with huge windows that look out on to East London’s railway tracks and an intimate heated roof terrace with booths available to book looking out onto far reaching views of the capitals skyline. (Please note, all tables are carefully spaced in compliance with the government social distance guidelines for the venue will be operating with a new Covid 19 policy).
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.
In Chelsea London, you will discover IRIS -The next generation of photographic studios. IRIS has been conceived to revolutionise the commercial studio rental industry. Our bespoke studio packages for corporate & conference venue hire are characterised by an exemplary personal service from a highly experienced, dedicated team. Venue for hire in London, Unique venue in London, & Private dinner party venue for hire. This state of the art Eco complex features two contemporary studios.
We are very excited to be able to host small events and weddings for up to 30 guests from 1st October in our Balcony Room, and we are taking enquiries now. Can’t wait until then? Visit our Bankside Bar and Restaurant for drinks, dinner or afternoon tea for a taste of what we can offer you. Looking out onto St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Thames and, of course, the Globe Theatre, our top floor Balcony room has a private balcony allowing your guests an exclusive space from which to take in London. If it’s a sit down affair, whether for a meeting or dinner, then 70 guests can be accommodated comfortably. If you are hosting a standing reception then 120 guests can enjoy the space. The Balcony Room overlooking the world-famous Globe theatre is one of the most romantic wedding venues in London, we are fully registered for weddings – all you have to do is find your Romeo or Juliet!
Central London's most versatile, multi-faceted venue, supporting Grassroots music. 229 is a multi-purpose entertainments venue which hosts gigs, club nights, awards ceremonies, comedy and fashion events, gala dinners and weekend festivals. The venue includes 2 event spaces and a Green Room. Some of the acts to have played at 229 include Kings of Leon, Paul Weller, Pet Shop Boys, Florence and the Machine, Biffy Clyro, Seasick Steve and Foals to name but a few. Managed under the umbrella of the charity, International Students House (ISH), 100% of the profit made by 229 goes directly back support our mission. We believe every young person should have the opportunity to succeed whatever their background. Together with our university partners and supporters, we provide scholarships opportunities, a home and a social programme to enable students to succeed while giving them a place to belong.
Our venue for hire in London is located in on the Kings Road, Chelsea & is ideal for event organisers looking to host the perfect business event in a unique venue in London. With several versatile spaces & a range of facilities, Beaufort House Chelsea is the perfect corporate & conference venue in London. We are also a popular private dinner party venue with 3 stylish rooms to choose from. Finally Beaufort House Chelsea is a renowned Wedding Venue in London, close to Chelsea Old Town Hall.
The White Collar Factory is a striking new 15-floor building near Old Street roundabout, with an incredible roof terrace and views across London. This contemporary space makes the most of lots of natural light, with a large lounge perfect for product launches and presentations with capacity for up to 350 people. For a really show-stopping setting, the rooftop terrace has indoor and outdoor space for up to 120 people standing, with a bar, views over all of London and a running track – plus this is a pretty exclusive space, with hire only available four times a year. In addition to the two event spaces, this venue has 8 meeting rooms ranging in size from 4-30 people.
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.
Our Underglobe space is situated directly beneath the Globe Theatre – right in the belly of the beast. By day it houses Globe’s Shakespeare exhibition, but at night it comes alive as one of London’s exclusive hidden events spaces. With a sweeping staircase, private mezzanine and secret river-side entrance we can happily host up to 350 guests seated and 450 standing for exclusive Gala dinners, award ceremonies or decadent wedding parties. Complete with a full-sized model oak tree and full sound, lighting and projection systems, the Underglobe has everything your event needs to go off with a bang. Our Underglobe becomes an even more magical space during Christmas, with a new theme every year, this 2020 our guests are immersed in a secret underground forest lay covered in snow. Welcome to a magical evening of feasts, fairy tales and enchantments! With lunchtime packages starting from £75+VAT per person, and evenings from £110+VAT, our festive packages include everything you need for your party. Please note that the Underglobe is only available for evening events.
Please note: the space is available for private hire Sunday-Thursday (any time) and Friday-Saturday (daytime-9:30pm). If you’re looking for a hidden gem in the heart of London Bridge then look no further than Omeara Cantina Terrace & Mezzanine. Guests can enjoy our late license out on the terrace fully equipped with heated booths, Sonos system and cocktail bar topped off with a pretty special view of The Shard. Inside is a spacious mezzanine area with additional cocktail bar and seating area.
A space to be brilliant. Our fabulous Forum space consists of a tiered seating area with a connected break out events space, next to our beautiful Palatino Bar. State of the art silent disco technology, as well as HD projection screen, so guests can sit and watch screenings / discussions / presentations. The event space is openly connected to this seating so is perfect for anyone looking for a presentation space with another area to move onto drinks and networking. . The event space is openly connected to this seating so is perfect for anyone looking for a presentation space with another area to move onto drinks and networking.
Venue Video Profile Banking Hall is a venue that has been designed to impress. Surrounded by towering marble columns and stunning Art Deco décor, you can host your event with a touch of glamour in an excellent location. Banking Hall straddles Cornhill and Lombard Street, overlooking the Bank of England. The space is flexible and can be adapted to accommodate your needs – whether for a dinner, standing reception, wedding banquet, conference or exhibition for up to 800 guests.
When you think about it, life can be pretty boring. You work, you sleep, you eat pizza in your pyjamas during Netflix marathons, and you occasionally mix things up with dinner, birthday parties, a day out or an away day with work.
But, what if you could experience something out of the ordinary, something…unique? Not so boring anymore, right?
Luckily for you, we’ve got loads of unique and unusual venues to help bring a little pizzaz to your lives. Unique venues and locations are an easy way to spice up a corporate event or private party, so if you’re busy event planning, look no further!
The possibilities really are endless when it comes to what you can do with an unusual venue. Plus, there are so many types of event space too, it just depends what you’re looking for - from unique conference venues for hire in London and unique meeting rooms, to the perfect venues for parties, wakes, weddings and a whole lot more!
We all love a wedding, especially when it’s our own. The thing about weddings is that they can be a perfect snapshot into the personality of the happy couple, and more and more people are opting for something a little…quirkier these days. Alternative wedding venues are a wonderful way to showcase who you are and what you love, while keeping your guests engaged and giving them a little something different from the standard tradition.
Who said conferences have to be dull, drab, boring events that everyone dreads? We certainly didn’t, which is why we’ve got an amazing collection of unique conference venues to give your company conference a dull-ectomy. Engaging, fun twists on the standard soul-sucking of corporate jargon can give you an engaging edge. The perfect option for companies who have their own little personalities, the unique venues of London are yours for the taking.
So, you’re getting married then, eh? Congratulations! Well, now it’s time to let people know about it with a party, because nothing’s official until there’s been a party – that’s what we say, anyway. Engagement parties can be a traditional affair, but sometimes tradition can be tedious, even when we don’t want to admit it. Inject your own style and flair with quirky venues and a theme that screams “this is me”. From the fancy to the kitsch, we’ve got you covered.
Whether it’s Christmas, the end of a conference, or just to say “thanks”, hosting a dinner or party for your staff can make all the difference to morale. Not all companies adopt the standard corporate image, with many agencies and creative companies looking to keep their employees immersed in the reward of tastiness and fun. So, no matter if you’re a small or big company, our funky venues for hire are here to help.
Step 1: Set a date
The first step to any event is to decide when it should be. Whether it’s a winter wonderland wedding reception, a spring conference or a Christmas office party - the date is important. Try to set it when your guests would be most likely to be able to attend and remember that peak times such as summer can be more expensive and book up fast.
Step 2: Find out your budget
This one is pretty simple, if you’re not the one setting a budget then you need to find out how much you can spend. Once you have your overall budget allowance, estimate how much things like food and drink will cost so you’re left with your venue budget.
Step 3: Find and book a venue
Now this is where it starts getting fun, and when we can help the most! It’s time to find the perfect venue for your event. You should have some basic parameters in mind for the venue based on what your event is for. So, think about if you need a larger space, somewhere that offers catering, somewhere with a bar, somewhere pet-friendly, etc. Once you’ve found the venue, take a look around if you can and then put down your deposit.
Step 4: The guest list
Okay, so your venue is sorted, now let’s fill that venue with bodies, preferably ones having copious amounts of fun while in awe at your venue choice, but we digress. Let your guests, employees, delegates or whoever you’re inviting know when and where the event is and what will happen during it. Oh, and don’t forget to make sure you get those RSVPs back, you’ll need them to sort out catering numbers.
Step 5: Dinner, drinks and entertainment
So far you just have a bunch of people in a venue gawking at the walls and we don’t want that, so it’s time to decide what you’re going to offer at your event. If you’ll be serving food or offering wine or an open bar then you’ll need to get those things arranged. For parties and wedding receptions, and other events too really (we’re not judging), you’ll probably need to hire some entertainment for the evening - a DJ always goes over great.
Step 6: Enjoy your event!
That’s it, you’re finished! Well done, we’re very proud of your party planning skills. All that’s left to do now is enjoy the fruits of your labour and go have some fun!
Step 1: Think about the budget
Set your budget before you start looking for your venue. There are quirky venues to suit every budget, and you wouldn’t want to be disappointed if you found somewhere and then couldn’t afford it.
Step 2: Go with your heart
When dealing with unique venues it’s crucial that you ‘go with your gut’, especially if it’s a wedding or party. You can narrow the choices down by facilities and what you need them to offer, but the final choice should give you those “this is the one” butterflies.
Step 3: Act Fast!
Unique and unusual venues can get booked up fast, so once you’ve found somewhere that ticks all the boxes and gets your creatively-charged heart pumping, get on that gas pedal and lock down your booking.