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Written by Luke Bull
October 31, 2022
London's best function rooms you can hire out
A function room is an elusive space. On the face of it, it seems like a boring room; beige carpets, a maddeningly loud ceiling fan, and PVC chairs stacked in one corner. Well, London puts this expectation to rest.
The capital is full of so many great venues with function rooms that excel at holding events. From 5-star hotels with adjacent function rooms to historic buildings with space to spare, there's a lot on offer.
Whatever your event may be, there's almost definitely a London function room for you – get inspired by your top picks below then, when you're ready, match with the best. It's that easy.
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1. Impress your guests: Bulgari Hotel London’s Lord Marshall Boardrooms
‘Sophisticated’ doesn’t do the Bulgari Hotel London justice. Nestled within upscale Knightsbridge, this event venue and hotel is bound to catch your eye. Suitable for that upcoming client presentation and casual working lunches alike, the Lord Marshall Boardrooms within are the ideal setting for your next function hire.
Fully equipped with the latest technology, the boardrooms include a widescreen data projector and screen, additional 46” Loewe High Definition LCD screens and complimentary WiFi.
The Lord Marshall boardrooms are located in one of the more tranquil areas of the hotel, ensuring you won’t be disturbed halfway through that important pitch. When combined, the boardrooms can host up to 16 guests.
2. A premium private room for any occasion: 12 Hay Hill’s Library Rooms
The Library Rooms within 12 Hay Hill are the perfect space for premium private room hire, and within the heart of Mayfair, you’d expect no less. Adaptable and sophisticated, the Library Rooms can be hired individually or combined to fit all your family, friends or colleagues. The spaces can also be adapted to suit your event - from private dining to client consultation meetings, this function room will easily accommodate any needs.
The Libraries can host 25 standing, 18 seated in a double boardroom style and 8 seated in a single boardroom style. They also come fully equipped with WiFi, AV equipment and room service. A triple threat, you could say.
3. A Canary Wharf function room to inspire conversation: Plateau’s Art Room
The Art Room is an elegant private dining room located within Canary Wharf’s Plateau - known for its contemporary French cuisine. Adaptable depending on the nature of your function, the Art Room is sure to inspire conversation, featuring a stunning wall-length canvas by Austrian painter, Gustav Klimt.
The Art Room can seat up to 16 guests for private dining, during which you can book a breakfast, lunch, dinner or canapé option, depending on the time of your function. You can be sure that each meal will transport your taste buds, every dish is made with fresh and seasonal ingredients. Prices for the Art Room for private hire start at £45 per person, and the minimum spend varies with the time and dates of booking.
4. An Art Deco dream: The Mezzanine Room in Bluebird Chelsea
A function room for birthday parties and family get-togethers alike, the Mezzanine Room within Bluebird Chelsea is bound to leave a lasting impression. Overlooking the main restaurant through a glass wall, the Mezzanine Room can accommodate up to 24 guests seated at one large table, or up to 30 guests on 3 round tables. With heaps of natural light and bespoke textiles from distinctive British textile designer Celia Birtwell, Bluebird Chelsea is an Art Deco dream.
Prices for private hire begin at £68 per guest, and food is provided by the talented professionals within the kitchen at the Bluebird Chelsea. Definitely worth considering for your next family function - if you want to impress your guests, that is.
5. A magnificent building for functions of any size: Shoreditch Town Hall
The Grade II listed Shoreditch Town Hall is a magnificent building steeped in local history. Whatsmore, you can hire out its unique function rooms for your next event - sure to put previous get-togethers to shame. With 8 remarkable rooms to choose from, Shoreditch Town Hall can accommodate any event needs, from conferences to weddings, and dinners to family reunions.
First opened in 1866, this historical landmark has played host to countless music events, boxing matches and everything in between. Since then it has become known for its independent art exhibitions, alongside a well-known venue space.
The 8 rooms available for function hire range from the dazzling Assembly Hall - a stunning Victorian auditorium - to the intimate Small Committee Room, providing ample space for any occasion.
6. A ski-resort themed restaurant and bar: Haugen
Haugen is an alpine-inspired restaurant based in the heart of Stratford, boasting fondue nights, a deli menu and a rooftop bar. The building itself is unmissable with its multiple floors and unique, illuminated and geometric structure, giving you a taste of the distinctive atmosphere to expect inside.
If you’ve got a large function coming up in the diary, the entire venue can be hired, accommodating up to 600 people standing. However, if you’re after a more intimate affair a private dining room can be booked (less people to fight over the fondue pot with). Private dining menus start from £28.95 per person, providing a delicious starter, main and dessert.
7. A crazy golf course with a twist: the Ruby Rose Room at Puttshack Bank
If you’re on the hunt for a function room for hire with guaranteed entertainment, look no further than the Ruby Rose Room in central London’s Puttshack Bank. The function room can accommodate up to 12 guests seated comfortably, or 25 standing.
Perfect for everything from team building activities (show those competitive streaks early) to parties with friends and family, Puttshack Bank is anything but boring. Group packages for 12 or more guests start at £40 per person, all including a round of mini golf, a drink and some filling food. With extensive vegan and gluten free menus, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
If you’re not so crazy about golf, their meetings packages could be the way to go, providing breakfast, mid-morning and lunch menus - golf optional.
8. Have a seat at the Chef’s Table at Launceston Place
Launceston Place is a contemporary restaurant located on its namesake street, Launceston Place, in South Kensington. The restaurant was awarded three AA Rosettes in 2021, and won AA’s ‘Notable Wine List’ title, in case you needed even more reasons to visit. The elegant setting is made up of 2 interconnecting rooms, which can be hired together or separately, depending on your group’s function size, fitting 20 in one room or 50 throughout the entire space.
Their Head Chef, Ben Murphy, can create tailored and seasonal menus to suit every palette, or you can try their Chef’s Table Experience within the private dining room. This experience is available for up to 10 guests, perfect for family gatherings or even client meetings - with a 7-course menu starting at £72 per person.
9. A luxurious setting for a sophisticated evening: De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms
As the name suggests, De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms are one of London’s most grand event spaces. Dating back to 1775 when the Grade II listed building opened as a Freemason's Tavern, this historic location is certainly a venue to remember. Popular for weddings and exhibitions, De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms has also played host to some of the world’s leading politicians, celebrities and even royalty - fitting right at home with the opulent Georgian decor.
The venue holds 37 rooms, all available for function hire. The rooms range from the aptly-titled Grand Hall, holding up to 1500 standing guests, to the more intimate executive rooms, furnished with stunning oak panelling. The roof terrace can accommodate up to 80 guests and is ideal for summer parties or drinks receptions.
10. A London function room fit for the stars: The Ivy Market Grill’s Galatea Room
As one of the iconic Ivy restaurants, the Galatea Room within The Ivy Market Grill is guaranteed to blow your guests away. Located within Covent Garden, the restaurant hosts private dining spaces that are available for breakfast, lunch and dinner any day of the week.
Glamorously decorated with photographs of famous stage and screen stars, the Galatea Room can accommodate up to 24 guests across 3 round tables or 16 guests seated around one long table. To complement the beautiful decor, you have the choice of playing your own music through the sound system, or suitable background music can be provided, setting the elegant tone for your function.
Before you hire, make sure to check their convenient live private dining availability calendar - making your booking as smooth as possible.
11. Dazzle your guests as the Countess would: Home House’s Front Parlour
If you step inside one of Marylebone’s historic Georgian townhouses, you will find Home House - an award-winning private members club with some of the most opulent function rooms for private hire.
The building was commissioned in 1773 by Elizabeth, the Countess of Home. She worked toward the goal of creating a ‘Palace of Pleasure’, somewhere that could host elegant parties to dazzle her guests.
Two of the most popular rooms for hire within Home House are the connected Front Parlour and Eating Room (no prizes for guessing what happens in there). Adjoined by a set of double doors in an L-shaped layout, these lavish private rooms can seat up to 70 guests, or 180 standing.
More of the best function rooms in London
London has no shortage of function rooms – so whether you need one for a private party, meeting, or conference, the city is bursting with options. We're bringing you the best the city has to offer so take a look at all our function room venues in London. Alternatively, tell us exactly what you need and we'll make sure the very best London function rooms respond to your enquiry.
The best function rooms in London
12 Hay Hill - Library Rooms
Balls Brothers Minster Court - Minster Suite
The Engine Rooms - The V8
Honor Oak - The Whisky Room, Dinner Hire
Honor Oak Park
Simmons | Holborn - Function room - Lower floor
Plateau - Art Room
12 Hay Hill - Restaurant
Bluebird Chelsea - Mezzanine Room
Pullman London St. Pancras - Nobel Suite Room 2
St Pancras International
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How to hire a function room in London
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 function room. Getting the venue finding process down to a 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 function rooms in London, you're spoilt for choice. Here are a few extra special ones that we vouch for:
Ruby Rose Room, Puttshack Bank – With enough space for 85 guests between them, these two rooms are an exciting and impressive choice for any upcoming workshops or team events.
12 Hay Hill – Dine in style at this Mayfair function room.
Mezzanine Room, Bluebird – With mirrored walls and a view overlooking the rest of the restaurant, the Mezzanine private dining room at Bluebird in Chelsea is a great choice for your next private dining event.
There really is no one answer to this question: so many variables come into play when understanding the cost of exclusive hire of a function room. 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.
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