Working in the industry that we do, the old saying of ‘image is everything’ is not lost on The Handbook team. A great way to show your clients (or your friends) that you are a serious businessperson/ not so serious socialite, is to hold awesome events and parties at some of London’s most stunning locations. The Handbook is here to help with our list of 13 Unique Spaces For Hire, which will be perfect for your next event…check it out below!
What: Unashamedly British Boozer
Why: Boyd’s delivers quality food and service in opulent surroundings, with a nod to its Victorian heritage, but with none of the formalities and stuffiness that such décor may imply! The restaurant can be booked for private dinners, afternoon tea or lunch for groups of up to 80 guests. The decadent centerpiece bar is perfect for a drinks reception of which you can either reserve the intimate side bar area for up to 40 people or the entire lounge area for 80 people.
Where: 8 Northumberland Avenue, Northumberland Avenue, City of London, London WC2N 5BY
What: Sky high restaurant
Why: Located on level 31 of The Shard (not one for those afraid of heights!), this restaurant boasts breath-taking views from its restaurant, private dining rooms and spectacular three-storey high atrium bar. Dishes feature carefully selected local produce and combine the staple ingredients of British cooking with ground-breaking techniques. The atrium bar is open all day with no reservation needed and serves an extensive menu of cocktails including two signature selections, one with ingredients inspired by the botanicals used to make gin and the second by a most British staple – tea.
Where: Level 31, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, London, SE1 9RY
What: A bar with a colourful history
Why: This place definitely has a colourful past. It was once a palace, it was previously a prison and now it’s a stellar champagne bar and cigar terrace in the city. Not sure which of these incarnations have the most scandalous tales, but we reckon the current one definitely has some stories to tell! Bookings can be made for up to 30 people, using the super easy booking feature on their website.
Where: 19 New Bridge Street, London, EC4 6DB
What: Open plan partying
Why: Not an ice bar as its name may suggest, this uber cool venue is practically a blank canvas that is perfect for you to kit out for corporate events. Companies can also use the venue’s bespoke planning service, which helps you to organise your unique event exactly how you’d like it.
Where: 7 Grape Street, London, WC2H
What: Ski bar without the skiing
Why: Be transported straight from the hustle and bustle of Kensington into a beautiful Austrian ski lodge; restaurant, bar & nightclub. The team here plan bespoke events. They can create a tailored package catering to your needs and organise live entertainment, bands, DJ’s, pianists, canine hosts (Huskies, St Bernard’s), filming and photography, personalised menus and invitations for an optimum night. You even get the chance to design and name your own sharing vessel cocktail with the in house mixologists!
Where: 2a Kensington High Street, London, W8 4PT
What: No peasant zone (it’s in the name)
Why: Boujis is among the best – and most revered – of West London’s glamour-minded nightclubs. The club can be hired exclusively on Monday nights – or until 10pm on any other day – for up to 195 guests. On regular nights any of the venue’s 23 tables can be booked for groups of 10 or more. The semi-private alcove spaces are a highlight, offering enough seated space for up to 30 guests. The club’s versatile open space doubles up as an ideal hot spot for a range of private event functions.
Where: 43 Thurloe Street, London SW7 2LQ
What: Celeb hangout
Why: This traditional hotel and restaurant has become the ‘it’ place to go in London, with the likes of Lindsay Lohan and Kendall Jenner regularly frequenting the venue. The space is available for hire too, so why not get on the hottest guest list in London by forcing your way in?
Where: 1 Chiltern Street, Marylebone, London, W1U 7PA
What: It’s all gravy
Why: OXO2 is the perfect space for a broad range of events, including parties, conferences and product launches. The venue is also licensed for civil wedding and partnership ceremonies…aww. You can enjoy drinks or dinner accompanied by the spectacular sight of OXO2’s unique panoramic views of the London skyline. The venue offers a range of fully inclusive packages; incorporating catering, drinks, staff and entertainment.
Where: Level Two Oxo Tower Wharf Bargehouse Street South Bank London, SE1 9PH
What: Make like Kanye and touch the sky
Why: The Sky Garden is a unique public space that spans three storeys and offers stunning 360 degree uninterrupted views across the City of London. Visitors can wander around the exquisitely landscaped gardens, observation decks and an open air terrace of what is London’s highest public garden…we just hope you don’t suffer from vertigo!
Where: 20 Fenchurch Street, London
What: Get down and dirty
Why: With seven locations in Bishopsgate, Clapham, Covent Garden, Hanover Square, Islington, Monument and St Paul’s, Dirty Martini offers a range of options and experiences to suit any budget for your private event. Catering for groups as small as 10, up to private parties for 400, they can arrange daytime events, cocktail making classes and glamourous fully catered private parties.
Where: 10c Hanover Square, London, W1S 1JH
What: Chelsea member’s club
Why: This super exclusive member’s club is a bit of an enigma for those not ‘on the list’ but this place is available for events, just don’t take any pictures (photography is forbidden in all forms – got to keep up the mystery).
Where: 287 Kings Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 5EW
What: Fancy with a capital F
Why: This decadent hotel, which is the world’s closest hotel to Harrods don’t you know, is a brilliant space for meetings where you’re looking to impress. You can book meeting rooms for breakfasts and working lunches and the room come complete with an LCD projector and screen, so you can really nail your big presentation!
Where: 22-24 Basil Street, Knightsbridge, London, SW3 1AT
What: Reach for the sky
Why: Sky Garden provides 45,000 sq ft of high level amenity space with stunning 360 degree panoramic views of London. There are three dedicated events spaces available for hire at Sky Garden on Levels 35, 36 and 37 as well as two restaurants and a private dining room. The capacities range from 16 to 250 guests with the option to hire the entire venue with a capacity for 450 guests.
Where: 20 Fenchurch Street, London
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