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Written by Mae Bristow - 20 May 2024

The best pubs for hire in London

Few things have come to represent England quite as viscerally as the humble pub. No matter where you go in this country, you'll find a building with people in it getting drunk and resisting the urge to go home.

It's such a huge part of our culture that we've even begun to categorise pubs. You got your flat-roof pub, the haunt of the brave and the boisterous, laid out with sticky carpet and humming along to the racket of the fruit machine. There are football pubs, old man pubs, student pubs, theatre pubs, outdoor pubs, cosy pubs, cheap pubs – the list is endless.

London, of course, is no different. The capital has staked a great pub on every corner of its sprawling streets. You can find a pub on almost every corner when you walk around London, but not every venue offers an option where you can hire out the space for your own private event. Worry no more because we’re curating a list of pubs that offer private hire options in London.

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1. Stunning Chelsea pub: The Cadogan Arms

Chelsea, London

Located in the heart of Chelsea on the King’s Road, The Cadogan Arms is a restored pub that underwent an ambitious renovation to pay homage to the public houses’ that spent two centuries serving the local community.

The West London pub offers the best British pub fare with carefully selected wines, beers and ciders. So, enjoy the traditional pub menu with a beautiful backdrop of the dark wooden bar, detailed ceilings and plenty of seating for your group.

For your next post-work drink or birthday bash, hire the private dining space for up to 40 seated guests and don’t forget to ask about the food and drink packages.

Garrison london pub hire
Garrison london pub hire

2. Where charming country cottage meets quirky garden shed: The Garrison

London Bridge, London

Walk down Bermondsey Street and look for the charming corner building with beautiful green tiles juxtaposed against red brick – you'll have found The Garrison.

This London gastropub is a mix between a garden shed and a country cottage with its rustic decor and equally rustic presentation on the plate.

Check out this London spot for your next private dinner, drinks or meeting and enjoy elevated British pub fare. The Garrison can host up to 35 guests for a seated three-course dinner, working lunch or drinks reception.

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3. Quintessentially British: The George

Oxford Circus, London

When you enter the doors of The George, you’ll feel like you enter into a traditional Victorian environment with calming earthy-toned green walls, a fireplace, and comfy seating. The ground floor offers a stereotypical British pub experience with cask ale and craft beer at the ready and an extensive whiskey collection.

And if you’re looking for traditional British pub fare to pair with your drinks, you're in luck, The George offers all the pub classics. The pub also offers private dining and group booking options for up to 40 standing guests.

Th George is located nearest Oxford Circus Underground.

temple brew house london pub hire
temple brew house london pub hire

4. Eat, drink and play darts: Temple Brew House

Temple, London

If you’re looking for a relaxed basement pub where you can enjoy a pint or two – or maybe even three or four – of your favourite beers, then venture out and try the Temple Brew House. One of Central London's microbreweries, this Temple-based pub is renowned for its unusual beers, so get your beer-drinking shoes on when you go.

Temple Brew House is a unique London pub to hire for your next private event with pub grub and equally unique drinks with room for up to 180 guests.

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blue boar pub london pub hire

5. Comfortably modern: The Blue Boar Pub

St James's Park, London

The Blue Boar is exactly what you expect from a modern pub based in the St James's Park area – that is, a modern take on the classic London pub with traditional drinks and a large, dark brown bar that dominates the space. There are iconic London landmarks found in the theme of the decor to remind you that you are, in fact, in the heart of Westminster (in case you forgot). With space for up to 120 guests, The Blue Boar is the London pub to hire when you want to impress some out-of-towners with that Central London experience.

6. Central and historic: The Admiralty

Trafalgar Square, London

Enter this London pub and step back in time to The Battle of Trafalgar with its interiors inspired by HMS Victory, this pub certainly tells a story.

Serving Fuller’s famous real ales, the drinks menu spans the usual suspects – craft lagers, wines, and spirits. As well as fine ales, The Admiralty specialises in homemade pies and offers a range of fillings in its shortcrust cases, accompanied by a hearty plate of mash and gravy.

If it's a pub function room you're after, try the exclusive Admirals Cabin and hire it for up to 16 of your favourite (ship)mates. Traditional. Classic. As old-school London as they come.

The best pubs in London

Everyone loves a London pub, and hiring your own exclusive space in a pub or hiring out the entire venue is a great idea for an event. We've rounded up the best in London, from gastropubs to pubs with beautiful gardens. Have a look at all our top pubs, with private hire options near you. Alternatively, tell us exactly what you need and we'll make sure the very best London pubs respond to your enquiry.

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How to hire a pub in London

Hiring a pub in London is a great way to host an event, offering a unique and relaxed atmosphere for any occasion. Whether you’re planning a private party, corporate function, or social gathering, this guide will help you navigate the process with ease.

Define your requirements

Identify the number of guests, desired atmosphere, and specific facilities needed such as AV equipment or outdoor space.

Set a budget

Establish a clear budget, considering all potential costs including hire fees, food and drink packages, and additional services.

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Visit potential venues

Arrange site visits to inspect the shortlisted pubs, checking for ambience, capacity, and suitability.

Inquire about availability and terms

Contact the venues to confirm availability for your desired date and clarify terms, including deposit requirements and cancellation policies.

Evaluate catering options

Discuss menu options and catering services with the pub, ensuring they can accommodate any dietary requirements and preferences.

Confirm booking

Once satisfied, finalise the booking by signing a contract and paying any required deposit.

By following these steps, you’ll ensure a smooth and successful pub hire experience in London.

Frequently asked questions

It’s advisable to book a London pub as early as possible, especially for popular dates and larger venues. Aim to secure your booking at least 3-6 months in advance to ensure availability and have ample time to plan the details.

Consider the number of guests, location, atmosphere, and facilities such as audio-visual equipment and outdoor areas. Additionally, think about the catering options, accessibility for guests, and any specific requirements you may have for your event.

Most London pubs offer flexible catering options and will work with you to customise the menu and drinks to suit your preferences and dietary requirements. Discuss your needs with the pub’s event coordinator to ensure they can accommodate your requests.

Yes, London pubs offer various pricing structures including flat hire fees, minimum spend agreements, and per-person packages. It’s important to clarify what’s included in the price, such as food, drinks, and any additional services or equipment.

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