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Written by Mae Bristow - 14 May 2024

The best unique venues in London

Shopping in a renovated car park. Crazy golf at night. Dinner for two on a boat (or in a dungeon, if you’re into that). Virtual reality and cocktails.

Home to the weird, the wonderful, and the quirky, there’s no end to the unique venues in London.

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1. A venue so unique, you didn't even know it was a venue: Wellington Arch

Hyde Park Corner, London

Ever wanted to host an event in an iconic landmark? This one is for you.

Wellington Arch (also known as Constitution Arch) is a spectacular parabolic building that grants sweeping views down Constitution Hill to Buckingham Palace in the East and the green grass of Hyde Park stretching to the West—few other venues rival Wellington Arch for unique architecture, location and providence.

The events space is uniquely situated in the Arch itself, with two floors open for events, accessible by lifts. The venue has a standing capacity of up to 80 guests, and a seated capacity of 36. Impress your guests with two viewing galleries that look onto Buckingham Palace Gardens and Westminster.

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market place peckham unique private dining london

2. Unique venue in London for casual corporate meals and meetings: Market Place Peckham

Peckham, London

Located nearest Peckham Rye station, Market Place Peckham is on its A-game when it comes to something cool and casual for the corporate meeting. The industrial space is decorated with neon signage, lots of greenery, and trendy wicker lampshades that give off mood lighting.

This unique venue space offers amazing street food vendors and can accommodate a whopping 500 people in the Main Hall, and comes complete with expansive screens, sweet DJ sets, a contemporary cocktail bar, and a versatile layout designed to accommodate a myriad of activities, meetings, and occasions.

Market Place Peckham is game for all of your hire needs: parties, meetings, team drinks, workshops, film screenings, and more. Go for the unique space and street food vendors, and stay for the atmosphere and hospitality.

3. A unique venue that's not just for cricket lovers: The Duchy Suite at The Oval

Vauxhall, London

The Oval is more than just a historic cricket ground, it is also a versatile space for hosting impressive events.

The Duchy Suite offers a conference and dining space for up to 650 people. Its theatre-style facility lends itself to presenting to a large group. Use the pavilion as a breakout space or for more intimate meetings. Alongside a cloakroom, guests can find a private balcony and a well-stocked bar for a luxury experience. A Q&A with players is also available as is gourmet food cooked by a Michelin star chef.

With its high ceilings, natural light and access to two private terraces, The Oval offers a grand backdrop for your event so enquire now to book.

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bustronome unique london unique venue

4. A totally unique bus ride through London: Bustronome London


Think of the average bus ride through London. Chances are, you've invoked a flurry of windows dampened with perspiration, bags occupying seats and psychopathic commuters playing music out of their phone – headphones nowhere in sight.

Bustronome (a valiant attempt to combine the words gastronome and bus, so far as we can tell) reinvents the wheel, so to speak. Combining multi-passenger transport with fine dining, this quirky London venue can ferry 38 diners across London, granting vistas of iconic spots along the way. For 2–3 hours you'll experience British cuisine, heightened by French techniques; expect fresh, seasonal produce cooked well and paired with well-chosen wines.

Other aspects include multi-lingual audio pens that paint a historical context to each location, a transparent upper deck to take in the inky-orange glow of London's night sky, and at no point will you have to squeeze through limbs and torsos, desperately trying to reach the doors before they shut.

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5. A unique trip to the movies: Everyman Broadgate

Finsbury, London

If you're looking for a different night out, head to Finsbury’s Everyman Broadgate.

With its Art Deco interiors and comfy sofa-style seating, this upscale cinema lets you watch the latest films on the big screen in style. Mix the cosiness of your own living room with the comfort of bar service to enjoy a unique and luxurious night out at the movies.

Order drinks, hot food and snacks to your seats to enjoy during the film. Whether you're a thrill chaser, a hopeless romantic or a horror lover (you people scare me), The Everyman Broadgate has 25 seats per screen.

Try a new way to view with plenty of legroom.

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6. A star-studded unique venue in London: Party and World Stage, Madame Tussauds

Marylebone, London

How does dinner with the stars sound?

With ample space, chandeliers, bright lights and enough dining tables to seat up to 360 guests, Madame Tussauds Party and World Stage invite you to dine with the stars (almost).

Feel like an A-lister at this unique venue in London – it's just minutes from Baker Street station.

Soup with Shakespeare? Brisket with Beyoncé? Cocktails with Clooney? It’s your call.

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roundhouse london unique venues

7. An iconic venue in Chalk Farm: The Roundhouse

Chalk Farm, London

The Doors, Pink Floyd and Jimi Hendrix, The Stranglers, Patti Smith, Adele, and James Brown.

The Roundhouse has seen more iconic rock acts than most rehab centres. The old railway building has redefined itself, and modern arts performances, over the last 150 years to become a mainstay of the contemporary British cultural circuit.

What a lot of people don't know is that the Roundhouse also offers private hire to those wanting a truly unique event in London. With space for 1800 guests, the Camden icon can facilitate dinners, dances, networking events and just bout everything else. The in-house team and state-of-the-art technology contribute towards a seamless sense of presentation, whilst the Grade II listed building provides an extra sense of something special.

8. A unique screening room: Curzon Aldgate

Aldgate, London

Located in the vibrant East End, Curzon Aldgate is a stylish venue that focuses on screening independent films.

This venue offers 4 high-quality screens that are fully equipped for a luxury viewing experience. Reclining seats ensure maximum comfort as do the in-screen bars. Guests can enjoy the 1940s open-plan bar with space for 80 which is stocked with a full drinks list. An additional bonus is that you can request films if your preferred choice isn't available at Curzon.

For more screening, check out its sister venue located in Bloomsbury.

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9. Visit this London venue for an experience that’s Cirque du So…unique: Circus Bar and Restaurant

Covent Garden, London

Tucked away on a street in Covent Garden are Circus, a bar, and restaurant bringing something extra to your regular night out.

Not one for the minimalists, this venue is all about the theatrical and the dramatic. Watch circus performers, fire breathers, contortionists, aerialists, and hula-hoopers perform the best tricks, while you dine and drink.

Onto the food – with dishes like prawn tempura, gyoza and Thai beef salad, you can travel the world while you’re transported to the Cirque (metaphorically, at least).

Just try not to get distracted and spill your drink.

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10. Welcome to this unique London venue: Loveshack

Cambridge Heath, London

“If you see a faded sign at the side of the road that says / Fifteen miles to the…”

Coffee shop. Juice bar. Yoga space. Commercial kitchen. Cocktail bar. Impromptu photo studio. In what looks like it was lifted from a Love Island set (think lawn chairs, random tables, makeshift hammocks and signs), is the multi-use East London venue Loveshack.

Before you start singing, this venue has space for up to 150 guests. Dine, drink, and host a film night or a birthday party.

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11. A unique London venue that would make the Bard proud: Sarastro

Holborn, London

“But soft, what light through yonder window breaks? It is the East and Juliet is the sun.”

The anticipation. The nail-biting suspense. The thrill. The joy. The intensity. You can’t beat a good play.

Right on Drury Lane, is the whimsical world of Sarastro, who have tapped into that power of performance with their unique venue in Holborn. With dramatic interiors, hidden rooms and a grand dining room on each level, it certainly feels like you’ve been dropped in a Shakespeare play.

After all the entire world is a stage. Time to enter stage right.

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East Quarter Level Three, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium london unique venues

12. A unique venue at one of London's most iconic football stadiums: East Quarter Level Three, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Tottenham, London

It doesn’t have to be matchday for you to visit one of London’s most iconic stadiums. Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, home of the Spurs, is available for private hire.

With 15 different event spaces, the venue is equipped to handle any occasion, whether it’s a business convention or a wedding. The East Quarter Level Three is the largest space with a capacity to hold a 1000 guests. The space has a breathtaking view of the stadium and also offers access to the restaurant spaces Hakusha, Espuela, Terracotta and the Loge Suite areas.

No matter your team, it shouldn’t be too difficult to choose where to host your next event.

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museum of brands unique venues london

13. A quirky venue in London: Museum of Brands

Notting Hill, London

This is most certainly a unique venue in London. Museum of Brands in Notting Hill examines the history of consumerism from Victorian times to the 21st century today.

Just a short journey from Latimer Road station, the Museum of Brands presents the hundreds of years of consumer culture, and how that has shaped society and lifestyle throughout history up until today.

There are a variety of spaces, exhibitions and trails to follow, providing an interesting aspect of history like no other. This different perspective certainly makes this a unique venue in London, not to mention a unique museum.

Venue hire is available if you're looking for a quirky space to host something special. From corporate meetings to birthday celebrations, the Museum of Brands welcomes any event.

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the indigo o2 unique venues london

14. A unique venue for the best entertainment: Indigo at the O₂

North Greenwich, London

The Indigo at the O₂ is a unique venue in London, where you experience some of the best entertainment in London.

This is a venue which has it all. Whether corporate or private, any event can be made your own. For up to 540 guests, seated and catered for, you can host any function. Not to mention, you can host a conference event for up to 1,000 delegates.

The Indigo can seat up to 2,800 alongside 1,800 standing and has been home to many great events, hosting some big names recognised globally. To make an experience even more special, you can book a VIP room for up to 350 people.

Just head to North Greenwich station and you're there.

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electric gamebox unique venues in london

15. A unique and immersive experience in London: Electric Gamebox

Southwark, London

Electric Gamebox, is an immersive digital space just around the corner from Southwark Station.

This Electric Gamebox venue comes with motion and touch-censored walls and hats so that any game can be played, just take a look at their new Squid Game special.

Compete with and against your friends and folks, and complete a series of challenges so that you come out on top. You can enjoy a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks whilst you're at it.

This venue does private hiring for up to 6 people.

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east wintergarden unique venues london

16. A grand venue in London: East Wintergarden

Canary Wharf, London

Elevated 27 metres high, this arched glass building, is certainly impressive and grand.

Just around the corner from Canary Wharf station, East Wintergarden is home to unique events. This distinctive dome in East London provides captivating views of London's cityscape and the River Thames. Welcoming events of all shapes and sizes, there are many unique spaces to hire, to host the next big thing.

East Wintergarden has partnered with 6 of London's leading caterers, so that you can create your own bespoke visit, with a variety of food and drinks on offer. From Asian cuisine to Kosher dishes, there is something for everyone here.

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troxy unique venues london

17. A Grade II listed music venue in London: Troxy

Limehouse, London

This Grade II listed venue in London is a unique Art Deco music space in the heart of East London.

Just around the corner from Limehouse station, this old 1930s cinema was transformed into Troxy in 2006 and has since become a music hotspot, hosting a variety of creative events.

Troxy welcomes private hire, from corporate to private you can make the space yours for the evening. their team will help you every step of the way, from organising an event theme to accommodation after the event.

Whether your event is large or small, it doesn't matter, Troxy will provide the best service.

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TOCA Social - Executive Boxes
is close to North Greenwich
North Greenwich (0.3 km)
venue capacity is  30


TT Liquor - Cellar Bar
is close to Hoxton
Hoxton (0.3 km)
venue capacity is  150


ZSL London Zoo - The Prince Albert Suite
is close to Baker Street Station
Baker Street Station (0.9 km)
venue capacity is  300


The National Archives - Events Auditorium
is close to Kew Gardens
Kew Gardens (0.6 km)
venue capacity is  150


Victorian Bath House - Victorian Bath House
is close to Liverpool Street
Liverpool Street (0.3 km)
venue capacity is  150


Tottenham Hotspur Stadium - Stratus East
is close to White Hart Lane
White Hart Lane (0.3 km)
venue capacity is  300


Westminster Abbey - The Cellarium
is close to Westminster
Westminster (0.3 km)
venue capacity is  100


English National Ballet - Mulryan Centre for Dance - The Wigoder Gallery
is close to North Greenwich
North Greenwich (1.4 km)
venue capacity is  100


Museum of London - The London Ellipse Hall
is close to Barbican
Barbican (0.3 km)
venue capacity is  600


EDITION - Basement
is close to Tottenham Court Road
Tottenham Court Road (0.4 km)
venue capacity is  220


ArcelorMittal Orbit - Venue Hire
is close to Stratford
Stratford (0.7 km)
venue capacity is  270


Natural History Museum - Hintze Hall
is close to Gloucester Road
Gloucester Road (0.2 km)
venue capacity is  1200


Urban Golf Smithfield - The Bunker
is close to Farringdon
Farringdon (0.3 km)
venue capacity is  10


is close to Charing Cross
Charing Cross (0.3 km)
venue capacity is  250


Shrek's Adventure London - Venue Hire
is close to Waterloo
Waterloo (0.3 km)
venue capacity is  120


Ena Salon - Whole Building
is close to Holborn
Holborn (0.1 km)
venue capacity is  80


Bermondsey Social Club - Bermondsey Social Club
is close to Bermondsey
Bermondsey (0.7 km)
venue capacity is  160


46 & Mercy - Whole Venue Hire
is close to Aldgate East
Aldgate East (0.2 km)
venue capacity is  80


Andaz Hotel - Bishopsgate & Chancery
is close to Liverpool Street
Liverpool Street (0.1 km)
venue capacity is  100


Temple Brew House - Main Bar
is close to Temple Station
Temple Station (0.2 km)
venue capacity is  180


L'atelier des chefs - Whole Venue
is close to St. Paul's
St. Paul's (0.1 km)
venue capacity is  70


Lord’s Cricket Ground - Museum
is close to St. John's Wood
St. John's Wood (0.6 km)
venue capacity is  200


175-185 Grays Inn Road - Whole Venue
is close to Russell Square
Russell Square (0.5 km)
venue capacity is  150


Quantus Gallery - Quantus Gallery
is close to Aldgate East
Aldgate East (0.4 km)
venue capacity is  150


Want to hire a unique London venue?

Unique events start with a brilliant venue. You’ve got to think outside the box to find a spot that will deliver your brand messages, inspire your guests and stick in your attendees’ memories. When it comes to quirky venues, we’ve got you covered. We’ve got the best unusual venue hire London has to offer. A secret bar in a disused underground station? A hidden masonic temple lost to time in a quirky London hotel? A Breaking Bad-themed cocktail bar with molecular mixology that’ll tantalise your tastebuds? We’ve got lots of fantastic spaces waiting to be discovered.

Here at HeadBox, we’re all about uncovering under-utilised space. You can hire some of the best unusual venues in London at non-peak times which means a spectacular venue for you at a much lower cost. You can negotiate the best price by requesting a Bespoke Package directly from a Host to make sure you have everything you need for your event to go off without a hitch.

Defining your event needs

The first step in booking a unique venue is to clearly define your event needs. Consider the type of event, the number of guests, and any specific requirements you may have. For instance, a themed birthday party will have different needs compared to a corporate seminar. Having a clear understanding of your event's requirements will help you focus your search and make informed decisions.

Establishing a budget

Setting a budget is crucial when searching for a unique venue. London offers a wide range of venues, from affordable hidden gems to luxurious spaces. Determine your budget early on and consider all potential costs, including venue hire fees, catering, decorations, and additional services. It's wise to allow some flexibility for unexpected expenses to avoid any surprises.

Researching potential venues

Start your search by researching potential venues that fit your criteria. Use online resources, visit venue websites, and read reviews to gather information about location, capacity, amenities, and pricing. Create a shortlist of venues that catch your eye. Look for unique features such as historic architecture, artistic decor, or exceptional views that can enhance your event's appeal.

Arranging site visits

Once you have a shortlist, arrange visits to the venues. Seeing the spaces in person allows you to assess their suitability and visualize how your event will unfold. Pay attention to the ambience, layout, and any unique elements that could enhance your event. Meeting the venue staff during your visit also provides an opportunity to discuss your plans and ask questions.

Checking availability

Unique venues in London are often in high demand, so it's important to check availability as early as possible. Popular venues may be booked months in advance, especially for peak times like weekends and holidays. If your event date is flexible, you may have better chances of securing your preferred venue.

Reviewing contracts and terms

After selecting a venue, carefully review the contract and terms of hire. Ensure that all details, such as hire period, costs, included services, and cancellation policies, are clearly outlined. If anything is unclear, seek clarification from the venue staff. Understanding and agreeing to all terms and conditions is essential before signing the contract, as it formalises your booking.

Planning logistics and coordination

Once your venue is secured, focus on planning the logistics and coordinating the details of your event. Confirm arrangements such as setup times, technical requirements, catering, and any special requests with the venue staff. Maintaining open communication with the venue team is key to ensuring everything runs smoothly on the day of your event.

Conducting final checks

In the days leading up to your event, perform final checks to ensure all arrangements are in place. Confirm the number of attendees, finalise the event schedule, and coordinate with all suppliers and vendors. Thorough final checks help minimise the risk of last-minute issues and contribute to a seamless event experience.

Booking a unique venue in London involves careful planning, thorough research, and effective coordination, but the effort is well worth it. By clearly defining your requirements, setting a realistic budget, and engaging with venue staff, you can secure an ideal location for your event. London's diverse range of unique venues ensures that there is something to suit every occasion, making your event both distinctive and memorable. This guide equips you with the knowledge and steps necessary to navigate the booking process and create an unforgettable event in the vibrant city of London.

Frequently asked questions

For unique venues in London, you're spoilt for choice. Here are a few extra special ones that we vouch for:

Nightjar – A speakeasy bar with live music and exclusive signature drinks.

Sarastro – Whimsical, even Shakespearean, Mediterranean restaurant.

Museum of Brands – Host events and parties in this quirky museum.

There really is no one answer to this question: so many variables come into play when understanding the cost of exclusive hire of a unique venue or a private space in a unique venue. 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 unique venue. 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 unique venues in London and let you enjoy your free time. Easy.

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