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Written by Luke Bull
November 13, 2022
The top London event spaces for hire
London is, inherently, unknowable. Sprawling 1,572 km² and filled with 9 million individuals, the UK's capital is defined by its ever-shifting intangibility. What better way to celebrate said intangibility than by setting out, in strict and tangible terms, the best event spaces to hire in London?
Wry introductions aside, one huge bonus of living in such a metropolis is the sheer breadth of quality venues that can be hired out for your own personal use. We're talking historical venues, futuristic venues, venues that do everything and venues that thrive in minimalism.
Getting to know them all is a challenge, but lucky for you we've scoured the roads and backways of London to bring you these brilliant spaces. All you have to do is hire them.
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1. A London event space that sails sustainably: Oceandiva
All aboard London’s first revolutionary C02 neutral floating event space.
Spanning across three decks, Oceandiva London is one of London’s most unique sustainable events spaces. Located on the River Thames, this blank canvas venue allows you to have complete freedom in designing your event. Whether static or sailing have the City’s iconic skyline and London’s world-renowned landmarks be your backdrop.
Oceandiva London is the largest floating events space on the Thames, with capacities of 600 seated and 1,500 standing. It's so new, even the photos are CGI.*
*Disclaimer: the boat, opening in Autumn 2022, will not be CGI. As far as the HeadBox team are aware, computer generated imagery is not currently waterproof.
2. A London event space that gives you room to breathe: indigo at the O2
Sometimes bigger is better. Cake, for example. Or Sumo Wrestlers. Or a London event space.
As far as event spaces in London go, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better and bigger one than the O2's indigo offering. The lowercase venue is a sought-after space located at one of the most iconic buildings in the city ("Alexa, play the Eastenders opening theme tune").
With size, comes competency. The folks over at indigo are masters in the craft of event planning. Expect versatility. cutting-edge AV, great branding opportunities and VIP options.
With a seated capacity of 2800, you and pretty much everyone in your vicinity can attend. If you need any more space we suggest buying a small island.
3. A hidden gem perched on the Southbank of the Thames: Blueprint Event Space
Tower Bridge, London
Nestled into the first floor of London's old design museum, Blueprint is a roomy, well-lit event space that offers uninterrupted views over iconic London landmarks. Utilising clean lines, floor-to-ceiling windows and an outdoor terrace, Blueprint gives you the opportunity to party, network, dine and much more whilst taking in the grandeur of Tower Bridge.
The contemporary feeling of the venue is well suited to all seasons, with the Thames-facing windows opening out to blend the terrace with the venue's indoor space, giving you a well-suited summer drinks spot. The capacity maxes out at 160 guests, and there is an option to arrive by boat – that should cause quite a stir.
And really, you can't beat that view.
4. Host your event at one of London’s most iconic event spaces: The Natural History Museum’s Hintze Hall
Right in the heart of London’s centre, the Natural History Museum’s Hintze Hall offers a unique, alternative space for any event. Surrounded by eye-catching exhibits representing 4.5 billion years of natural history and set under dramatic Romanesque arches Hintze Hall provides a stunning backdrop to any event.
From informal and intimate to creative and dazzling, this versatile space can host a capacity of up to 1200 standing and 650 seated. Iconic is a word that gets thrown around a lot, but this venue genuinely is – it's even in the first Paddington film, for goodness sake.
5. The Grand Temple at Freemasons' Hall in London
If you’re after an event space with sheer scale and grandeur, The Grand Temple at Freemasons Hall will provide you with the perfect backdrop.
Step inside this world-renowned building built between 1927 and 1932 and be surrounded by rich art-deco décor splendour with majestic high ceilings. It makes an exceptional venue for any occasion, eeking all the pomp and ceremony from the world's least secret secret society.
Situated between Holborn and Covent Garden, The Grand Temple can host up to 1,450 standing, or 350 seated. Available to hire for exclusive Christmas parties from the end of November and throughout December.
6. Explore a piece of history with this London event space: Cutty Sark: Under the Hull
Built in 1869 to carry tea back from China, the Cutty Sark travelled the world and survived the high seas. Now residing in Greenwich, you can enjoy a riverside setting, with a sweeping outlook across the Thames to the London City skyline.
Cutty Sark -Under the Hull is a truly exclusive experience. Dramatically suspended 3 metres above the floor, it is the only original ship in the world where guests can dine and entertain underneath.
As their largest event space, they can host up to 450 standing and 200 seated guests.
7. Luxury event spaces in London: Signature Suites, Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard
If brash displays of wealth and opulence are your thing, few symbols are more apt than that jutting spike of steel and glass, The Shard. But did you know that London's most shard-like building is more than just a symbol of the Capital's stratospheric wealth? It also has stuff in it!
The Signature Suites offer the ultimate indulgence for your event. Featuring exquisite custom-made furniture and high-grade silk wallpaper, not to mention floor-to-ceiling windows where you can enjoy breathtaking views of the City. This is not an exercise in humility.
Located on the South Bank of the River Thames, the hotel is situated in one of London’s most vibrant areas and is one of the most famous and iconic venues in London.
For an intimate affair, the Signature Suites can host up to 30 standing and 12 seating.
The best London rooms to hire
Get into the swing of things with this sublime selection of London venues. Browse and hire your very own private spaces from the comfort of home. Big, small, outdoors, or indoors – whatever you can imagine we can make happen. From bars to banquets, conventions to cocktails, London is awash with every and any venue-to-hire you could imagine. Take a look at all our London private venues for hire or, alternatively, tell us exactly what you need and we'll make sure the very best London venues respond to your hire enquiry.
London's event spaces
From conferences and private dinners to birthday parties and meetings, we've got rooms to hire across London ready to receive you and your guests and help you run the perfect event.
Our favourite rooms to hire in London
Twickenham Stadium - Captains Club
Twickenham Stadium - Live Room
De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms - Holborn
De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms - Dorset
De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms - Ampthill
The Crystal - Restaurant
The Tower Hotel - Golden Hind
The Tower Hotel - Mayflower Suite
The Tower Hotel - Cutty Sark
Jenius Social - In Person Christmas Cooking Experience
14 Hills - Semi-Private Bar Hire
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We know that finding a venue the old-fashioned way (where you trawl the internet, contact 10 venues or set your heart on one, only to find that they're out of your price range and not even available on your dates) is a pain, and there are a few pitfalls between you and booking your perfect venue in London. Getting the venue-finding process down to professional art is what we’ve made our mission ever since we took on the events industry. We often get asked the same questions, so here's what we recommend to quickly and easily hire a space in London.
For the best venues in London, you're spoilt for choice. Here are a few extra special ones that we vouch for:
Semi-Private Bar Hire, 14 Hills - The rustic decor, dim lighting and cascading greenery are great for corporate hire and private events.
Bookshop, Libreria - Situated in Shoreditch, this venue most certainly has a striking interior. As warmly lit books tower high, reflected by the mirrored ceiling, this venue will definitely is a great choice for private events.
There really is no one answer to this question: so many variables come into play when understanding the cost of exclusive hire of a venue in London. How many guests are you planning for? Is the venue for the day, an afternoon, or the night? The good news is that you can find a venue for pretty much any budget (okay, almost any budget). Instead of letting the venue dictate the price, our advice is to be proactive and set a budget that you feel comfortable with – this way the right venues can reach out to you through HeadBox.
There are lots of ways to book a venue in London. You can do the old-fashioned thing and pick up the phone, or email the venue directly. Unfortunately, lots of venues are busy and may not get back to you in time. That's where we come in. Give us your enquiry and we'll reach out to the best venues in London and let you enjoy your free time. Easy.