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Written by Luke Bull - 09 October 2023

The 11 best function rooms in Southwark

Functions rooms. The not-quite meeting room. Not strictly a private dining room. The could-be-a-private-party-venue. For practically any and every event, they’re a trusty go-to, and where else but in Southwark, the home of cathedrals and co-working spaces, than to hire one?

From the botanical to the bare, the sleek to the chic, there are more than enough function rooms south of the river to suit (almost) every taste.

For some of the best all-in-one rooms and spaces for your next big (or small) event in Southwark, here are a few of our favourites.

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1. A Southwark function room for the foodies among you: Sticky Mango

Southwark, London

An explosion of flowers and flavours. That’s what you’ll find at Sticky Mango, the restaurant self-described as bringing its own modern spin to South East Asian cuisine.

Offering three spaces – The Copper Blossom Room, The Orchid Room and Terrace, and The Blossom Tree Room, across three floors, there is space for around 120 people.

Expect flowers and hanging plants decorating the ceiling (think more orchids and cherry blossoms than daisies and roses).

Serving food made to be shared, Sticky Mango serves guests a menu featuring Thai green mango salad, chicken and coconut soup and a miso-glazed black cod. Take your pick of their fruity, sweet and fresh drinks, like their Hibiscus Bellini (hibiscus and prosecco) or Tokyo Negroni (Japanese gin, Campari and plum sake).

You can find them on the corner of Stamford and Coin Street.

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2. Relax at this Southwark function room: Cafe Lounge, Uncommon Borough

Southwark, London

Comfy velvet seats. Wood furnishings. Neutral tones. Large windows for maximum natural light. Practically more plants than people.

One of the first things you’ll notice about this function room is how cosy it is. Conversations are made to be had at Uncommon Borough’s Cafe Lounge. So have them, while you host your panel discussions, workshops, and networking events (and with space for 120 people we think that’s more than enough).

Uncommon Borough are just minutes from Borough station.

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3. A minimalist Southwark function room: Bridge Room, Glaziers Hall

Southwark, London

Minimalism over maximalism. Functional, not fanciful. After all, the best function rooms are…well, functional.

With its wood floors and ceiling beams, exposed brick and beige walls, Glaziers Hall’s Bridge Room what is comes to mind when you think of a modern function room.

Set up shop (or rather host an event) – whether you’re planning on organising a banquet or a presentation, there’s room for up to 70 guests.

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4. A versatile Southwark function room: The Siding

Southwark, London

High, arched ceilings. Large windows. A fully-stocked bar. Set across two floors and with room for up to 180 guests, this Southwark function room has just the right amount of character (thanks to its velvet chairs, industrial lights and wood floors).

Just minutes from Borough Market and London Bridge station, you’ll find the function room and studio, The Siding.

Proving that character, style and versatility aren’t mutually exclusive, the function room is an ideal spot for most events – and as it’s also in the company of ten different street food hubs that offer catering, that’s one less thing to plan.

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5. An industrial function room in Southwark: SAMA Bankside

Southwark, London

If there’s one thing you’ll find in Southwark, it’s a repurposed railway arch. Ticking that box is SAMA Bankside, the bar and restaurant spread across two floors.

With its exposed brick walls, colourful sofas, a mish-mash of quirky art, cheeky prints, cool interior touches (spot the hanging watering cans) and pipes running throughout the venue, it’s certainly something a little different.

Tuck into menu options like their spinach & ricotta cannelloni, jackfruit curry or their aptly-named Under the Arch cocktail (vodka, elderflower liquor, lime, apple juice, thyme).

While they offer multiple spaces like the upper arch, lower arch, private dining room and garden area, the entire venue is available for hire with space for 300 standing guests or 170 seated.

You’ll find them near Blackfriars Bridge, on Robinson Road.

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Wherethepancakesat, southwark function rooms

6. A Southwark function room bursting with nostaligia: Where The Pancakes Are

Southwark, London

Pancakes are a tasty meal any time of the day, whether you’re craving sweet or savoury, or order the classic buttermilk pancake at Where The Pancakes Are. Each pancake dish is a burst of colour and flavour at each bite.

When you enter this venue space, enjoy its cosy setting and delicious pancake smells that may even transport you back to your childhood.

This quirky restaurant is a lovely place to bring your friends after an early morning or your family while they visit you for the weekend. To make your dining experience feel even homier, think about hiring a function room for your next private breakfast, lunch or dinner, with seating for up to 80 guests.

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Roast, function rooms Southwark

7. A breathtaking Southwark function room: Roast Restaurant

Southwark, London

Roast is a unique British restaurant set in Borough's former flower market with spectacular views of London and St. Paul’s Cathedral in the distance.

This venue's impressive atmosphere, with its open concept and expansive windows, creates a memorable experience. So, don’t be surprised if your guests shoot you texts days later raving about their delicious meal at Roast.

From their naturally lit dining space, beautifully set dinner tables, and prime location, make sure you add this venue space to your list for your next function. Roast is available for exclusive hire for up to 180 people, so there is plenty of room for your guests to eat and drink the night away.

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Arthur Hooper's, function room Southwark

8. A modern function room in Southwark: Fruit and Veg Room, Arthur Hooper’s

Southwark, London

From expansive windows lining the walls, a simple chandelier, pastel green painted walls and stunning views overlooking Borough Market, Arthur Hooper’s beautiful function room, The Fruit and Veg Room.

Whether you’re looking to host a sophisticated dinner party or an important business meeting, this space provides lovely privacy and calming decor for your next event, with space for up to 25 guests. This elegant function room can be your next exclusive hire or at least an option on your list of places to book for that special occasion.

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HaysGalleria, Cafe Rouge, function rooms Southbank

9. A French-inspired function room in Southwark: Café Rouge

Southwark, London

Café Rouge brings a touch of Parisian life and style to Southwark with its yummy food and fun decor. The authentic French dishes will make your mouth water while you read the menu and watch other guests' food pass by.

The fun black and white checkered floor and vibrant red accents in the decor provide a sophisticated backdrop for your next dinner party.

Its prime location in the middle of the city makes this venue a lovely place for your next private dinner or drinking reception, with its easy access and elegant atmosphere. Keep this spot in mind for your next exclusive hire with space for up to 60 guests.

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Belushi'sLondonBridge, function rooms Southwark

10. A fun Southwark function room: Belushi's London Bridge

Southwark, London

Whether you want to sing your heart out for your bachelorette party to throw a watch party for the World Cup, whatever the occasion, Belushi’s London Bridge will make your event the talk of the town.

Just a short walk from London Bridge & Borough tube stations makes this venue easy to get to. Once you step through the doors, you will not want to leave. Enjoy their open plan and spacious bar, with its American feel and Rock & Roll décor.

Gather your friends, family, coworkers, and whoever, and check out Belushi’s Dugout, their private hire option, with space for up to 250 guests.

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Southwark, function room Southwark

11. A historic Southwark function room: Southwark Cathedral

Southwark, London

Situated at the foot of London Bridge is London’s oldest Gothic cathedral, Southwark Cathedral, which offers a unique opportunity to hold events from exclusive dinners to spectacular award shows.

With eight versatile spaces and two spacious outdoor areas, this venue has a lot of options. Our favourite is the John Trevor Williams Room, with its beautiful natural light and river views. The dramatic architecture, paired with the modern meeting room, is unbeatable.

So, if you want to impress your friends and family, add Southwark Cathedral to your list of venue spaces for hire for up to 800 guests.

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How to hire a function room in Southwark

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 Southwark.

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For function rooms in Southwark, you're spoilt for choice. Here are a few extra special ones that we vouch for:

Cafe Lounge, Uncommon Borough – Relax at this cosy Southwark function room. With space for up to 120 people, there's more than enough space for any upcoming events.

John Trevor Williams Room, Southwark Cathedral – You'll find this simple function room on the first floor of Southwark Cathedral. Seating up to 30 people, this function room is a versatile choice for meetings and workshops.

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.

There are lots of ways to book a Southwark function room. 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 function rooms in Southwark and let you enjoy your free time. Easy.

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