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Written by Luke Bull
December 1, 2022
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 fair 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. On the other end, you have your gastro-pub; a 'classier' affair (some say a pub with ideas above its station), you're as likely to get served a risotto as well as a pint. There are football pubs, old many 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. Many of them even have their own Wikipedia page.
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. Quintessentially British: The George
Oxford Circus, London
When you enter the doors of The George, you’ll feel like you enter into a homey environment with calming earthy toned green walls, comfy seating and delicious drinks. 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 food to munch on with your drinks, head upstairs and try Fish and Chips, Mushy Peas or Scampi with Chips. If you take a second to roam around the space, you will notice the Victorian inspiration at this space, with beautiful detailing on the ceiling and a lovely fireplace on the far wall.
If you’re hoping to experience the fun British pub vibe without all the people, The George also offers private dining and group booking options for up to 40 standing guests.
2. Quirky wooden decor and fun red accents: The Cadogan Arms
South Kensington, London
Located in the heart of Chelsea on the bustling street of King’s Road, Cadogan Arms is a newly restored pub that underwent an ambitious renovation to pay homage to the public houses’ that spent two centuries serving the local community.
This space offers the best in British cuisine with carefully selected wines, beers and ciders. So, enjoy this 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 fun birthday bash, look to hire their private dining space for up to 40 seated guests and don’t forget to ask about their food and drink packages too.
3. Where charming country cottage meets quirky garden shed: The Garrison
London Bridge, London
When you walk down the street of Bermondsey, look for the charming corner building with beautiful green tiled walls and large windows that create an inviting atmosphere for guests at The Garrison.
This gastro-pub is a mix between a garden shed and a country cottage with its rustic tables and chairs and fun light fixtures.
Check out this hip spot for your next private dinner, drinks or meetings to impress your friends and family and enjoy delicious food and yummy drinks. The Garrison can host up to 35 guests for a seated three-course dinner, working lunch or drinking reception.
4. Eat, drink and play darts: Temple Brew House
Temple Station, London
If you’re looking for a relaxed and friendly basement pub vibe where you can enjoy a pint or two, or maybe even three or four, of your favourite beers. Or, venture out and try a new brand to share with your friends at Temple Brew House. This venue is renowned for its unusual beers, so get your beer-drinking shoes on when you enter the doors of this pub.
Near the banks of the Thames is this venue, one of London’s central micro-brewery. Whether you're looking for a spot for entertainment where you can throw darts with friends or want to sit down with your besties and try one of the beers from their extensive menus, this space has all you need.
This space has some quirkiest decor, with ceramic pitchers dangling from the ceiling and artwork and signs hung on the walls throughout the venue. Temple Brew House is a unique space to hire out for your next private event with yummy food and drinks or darts for your guest's entertainment, with room for up to 180 guests.
5. Comfortably Modern: Blue Boar Pub
St James's Park, London
You know when you randomly crave a delicious roast or classic fish and chips, next time, make your way to Westminster to The Blue Boar Pub. This pub is a great space to sip on a pint of house draught or perhaps one of the craft and international beers, wines, classic cocktails or classic gins with your friends, family or coworkers.
This venue, located in the heart of Westminster Village, is a modern take on the classic London pub with traditional drinks and a large, dark brown bar. However, this space levelled up their British decor by decorating the interior with inspiration from classic British landmarks like Big Ben. This space is designed to feel warm and welcoming, which is a lovely backdrop while sipping on a drink with friends.
Don't worry about space because there is plenty of room for leisurely eating and drinking with lots of comfy sofas, cosy corners and hidden spots for more intimate conversations. So, for your next private event or dining experience, check out Blue Boar Pub, with space for up to 120 guests.
The best pubs in London
Everyone loves a London pub, and booking your own exclusive space in a pub or hiring out the entire venue is a great idea for an event. With so many great pubs near you to choose from, it can be hard to find a boozer to accommodate your private booking. We've rounded up the best in London, from gastro-pubs for a Sunday roast and cask ale to pubs with beautiful gardens for a few pints of beer in the sun. 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.
Our favourite pubs in London
Conrad London St. James - Blue Board Pub
St. James's Park
The Sir Christopher Hatton - Exclusive Hire
Andaz Hotel - The George
The Gunmakers - Full Venue Hire
The Banker - Mezzanine
The Devereux - The Devereux public House Private Hire
The Blue Lion - Whole venue
The Globe - Keats
The Harrow - Entire Venue
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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 pub. 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 pubs in London, you're spoilt for choice. Here are a few extra special ones that we vouch for:
The George Inn – Stop by this historic pub for a pint or two.
The Miller – With live DJs, yearly festivals and improv comedy club performances, this feels a little different to your typical pub.
There really is no one answer to this question: so many variables come into play when understanding the cost of exclusive hire of a pub or a private space in a pub. 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 London pub. 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 pubs in London and let you enjoy your free time. Easy.