HeadBox Top 10 Iconic Venues in London

Why settle for a run of the mill venue when you can hire one of the most iconic venues London has to offer? From famous hotels and London skyscrapers to family-friendly museums and prestigious Cathedrals here are some of the most iconic venues in London on our platform that you can hire for an event like no other!

St Pauls Cathedral

St Pauls Cathedral is a historical venue in London standing at the highest point in the City for more than 1,400 years. This historic Cathedral has been rebuilt over 4 times with the most recent structure being rebuilt between 1675 and 1710 after the tragedy of the Great Fire of London.

You can hire the Crypts at St Pauls Cathedral for a unique party Space for up to 350 guests in a building that’s widely considered as one of the world’s most beautiful. The Cathedral is a one of a kind venue on the London skyline which will make the perfect backdrop for any event.

he vaults at st pauls cathedral show long dining table set up for a feast. There are large centre pieces in the middle of the table with bright purple flowers.

Somerset House

Somerset House is a Neoclassical building situated in central London, overlooking the River Thames which was originally the site of a Tudor palace. This iconic London venue was designed by Sir William Chambers in 1776.  There are plenty of event Spaces to hire in this historic landmark – from private dining rooms like The Portico Room to underground vaults which have been transformed into blank canvas Spaces perfect for workshops or exhibitions such as the Embankment Galleries.

a circular roofed venue with a long private dining. the room is dimly light with candles on the table creating shadows on the wall

The Andaz Hotel

The Andaz Hotel has been a popular London hotel since 1884 when it opened it’s doors as one of London’s original railway hotels. This stunning redbrick Victorian building is an iconic venue which you can hire for your next event in East London.

One of their most out of the ordinary event Spaces is the Masonic Temple which is perfect if you’re looking for an impressive London party venue. The Masonic Temple at the Andaz Hotel is one of London’s most remarkable Spaces which was not originally part of the hotel – for years staff at the hotel regularly walked past an inconspicuous looking wall, unaware of what laid behind it! It wasn’t until a more recent construction in 1912, that someone looking at the blueprints noticed there was an additional room that had long been kept a secret. The original Italian marble and checked floors of this unique London venue is a real wow-factor for you and your guests. If you want to know more about this amazing Space then check out Story Behind the Space blog where we sat down with Liam Rezende, the Marketing Communications Manager at the venue to find out more intriguing details about the Masonic Temple. 

the Masonic temple is an impressive ballroom with tiled flooring and a beautiful chandlier ceiling.

Alexandra Palace

Another amazingly iconic London venue is Alexandra Palace, otherwise known as The People’s Palace, which first opened in 1863. This venue is steeped in history – what do you expect from a building that’s survived two fires, hosted some of the most extraordinary events in London over the last 140 years as well as being the host venue for the first ever television broadcast back in 1936? That’s right, the BBC used Alexandra Palace over 73 years ago, to transmit the world’s first regular high definition public television broadcast live from this historic venue.

Alexandra Palace is home to some very popular event Spaces – the Great Hall is one of our favourites! It’s the venue’s largest Space and is elaborately decorated in Victorian elegance, providing the perfect setting for large-scale events and exhibitions.  The Great Hall can accommodate up to 10,000 for a concert, 7,000 for a theatre style conference and 5,000 for a banquet.

a blank canvas venue is set up for an exhibition. the venue is completely white apart from the big window feature on the wall. There is also a big red bus in the centre of the venue and lots of people walking around.

Barbican Centre

Another truly iconic venue in London is the Barbican Centre, which is known as the largest performing arts centre not only in London but also the largest of its kind in Europe. The Barbican is frequently being used for music concerts, theatre performances, film screenings and art exhibitions as a unique event Space. This venue is also home to a library, three restaurants, and a conservatory! 

Barbican Hall is perfect for conference venue hire in a theatre that can seat up to 2000 guests.
a jungle themed event space with hundreds of trees, bushes and plants.

The Ritz

Who hasn’t has heard of The Ritz? An iconic London venue that opened it’s door in 1906 and was soon considered as one of the greatest hotels in the world. It still holds the prestigious title to this day and plays host to hundreds of events every week. This prestigious London hotel has plenty of great event Spaces such as the Marie Antoinette Suite, which is the perfect private dining spot in a Space that accommodates up to 80 people.

a regal private dining room.

The Gherkin

Although fairly modern in comparison to some of these historic landmarks, The Gherkin has quickly become of the most iconic venues of modern day London. This instantly recognisable tower overlooks the entire city and has gained the reputation as the ‘most civilised skyscrape in the world’. The Gherkin was finally completed in 2003 and opened it’s doors to the long awaiting public in 2004 as a 41 storey skyscraper like no other in the financial district of London.

The Gherkin is home to a few different event Spaces so here’s a whistle stop tour of some of our favourites. First you have the Sky Suite which is perfect for private parties and fancy cocktail receptions of up to 70 guests. It’s also great to use as an iconic venue in London to host a workshop! There’s also the Chivas Room which is an elegant private dining room on the 38th level of this London landmark.

a modern Space overlooking the London skyline

The Shard

Another iconic venue that dominates the modern London skyline is The Shard – a 95-storey skyscraper in Southwark that stands over 1000 foot high! As the tallest building in the United Kingdom, the 4th tallest building in Europe and the 96th tallest building in the world The Shard quickly became an iconic London venue.

Within this well known London venue you have the prestigious Shangri-La hotel which occupies levels 34 to 52 of the building. The Shangri-La Hotel is the proud owner of the 3 Signature Suites – Westminster Suite, London Suite and the Shangri-La Suite which can all be used as impressive, elegant event Spaces.

a modern space overlooking the London skyline - the wall has a flock of birds on it.

London Palladium

The London Palladium is a traditional Grade II listed West End theatre located in Westminster. The London Palladium, which opened in 1910, has hosted some of the world’s biggest events and staged the biggest names both past and present in the show-biz industry. With iconic British shows such as Royal Variety Performance and Sunday Night at The London Palladium which all showcased some of the biggest stars of the age. 

You can hire the entire venue for a large conference of up to 2200 people – and walk in the footsteps of some real celebrity icons.

The British Museum

The British Museum is a London institution dedicated to history, art and culture which was established in 1753. You can hire the Lecture Theatre at this inspiring London venue for a maximum of 330 guests – perfect if you want one of the best options for conference venue hire London has to offer. 

So, if you want to host your next event in an iconic venue in London then these at the best spots! Our site is full of sensational Spaces, so why not check out our Historic Venues collection too for more great venue options! Don’t forget that our Concierge Team are always happy to put together a list of options designed to fit your needs. Email them on support@headbox.com for further details.