Over the past few months, we have taken time out of the office to see some incredible venues around London. Here is a few of our highlights:
Zetter Townhouse – Clerkenwell
Greeted by the powder blue door into the Zetter Townhouse, it was clear this venue was a little different than others we had seen. We were not disappointed. The two major event spaces within the Clerkenwell Venue – The Games Room and The Dining Room – were host to a number of weird and wonderful trinkets, from pearly oyster shells carefully placed inside display cabinets to sizable antlers mounted on the wall. Full to the brim with personality, both spaces were relatively small, perfect for breakfast meetings or private dining experiences if you are looking for something a little alternative.
The much anticipated opening of the Postal Museum has been on everybody’s lips since it was announced. Lucky for us, we got the opportunity to have a sneak peak inside before it officially opened to the public. Their mail rail space takes the urban warehouse look and upgrades it. Fit with its own postal ride, this space is completely unlike any other in London.
Having visited as just regular guests, it was exciting to get the chance to have an all access tour of the National Gallery. Weaving in and out of tourists admiring the art, we moved through the event spaces mesmerised by what an incredible effect they would have on an event. Although it was hard to imagine with the droves of people, this is definitely a space, when used exclusively, would give guests the feeling of being let in on something they wouldn’t normally.
This brand spanking new venue situated on the corner of Trafalgar Square oozes sophistication. With their teal colour scheme prominent throughout, they have two private spaces available for private hire. Biblio, their ‘living room inspired’ drinking den situation on the lower ground floor is filled to the brim with personality. With a definite shabby chic vibe, each piece of furniture has been clearly picked out for its precise ability to add to the room. Their second hireable space is the rooftop. With panoramic views of Leicester Square and surrounding areas, this will be the place to be on a Friday night. Their hidden gem however, is Room – an all glass private dining space which can be used exclusively for breakfast meetings and private dinners alike.
Ham Yard + Haymarket hotel
With its own hireable bowling alley and cinema, the Ham Yard hotel is definitely one to remember. Nestled just off Shaftesbury Avenue, the Ham Yard is a quirky alternative hotel where each room has more personality than the last. If guests fancy an escape from the colourful decor, they can visit the tranquil secret garden inspired rooftop space and enjoy the views of the city.
Similarly to Ham Yard, The Haymarket hotel is filled with hidden quirks. Their stunning shooting gallery looked picturesque set for a banquet down one long table. As well as their stunning rooms, they also offer a hireable pool area which can be covered halfway for a dinner on the water and even just a drinks reception around the edge. Both hotels are one to look out for when looking for something different in a great central location.
Yet again, another iconic venue in London that we have all visited, whether it was a summer screening or winter ice skating, but not a venue that necessarily screams “private hire!”. It was great to get a chance to take a look around their many versatile event spaces. Taking about an hour in total, we were taken on a grand tour. Traveling up never ending staircases and through hidden pathways we saw classically decorated spaces perfect for grand banquets juxtapositioned next to bare warehouse spaces fitted out for fashion shows. This is a venue that can truly cater for any event need.
Standing proud as one of London’s oldest hotels, The Langham represents all that was London’s High Society. The purpose of our trip was to take a look at their new bistro ‘pub’ the Wigmore, however, our host insisted on showing us the other event spaces within the hotel. Waiting in the main reception, there was a definite air of elegance and importance about each and every individual that walked through. Our host arrived and we made our way through the hotel, each space maintaining the history of the hotel whilst boasting the technical features that are needed with modern day events. We travelled the 30 second walk between the main entrance and the Wigmore, which was still in its soft opening stages, to be greeted by a sea of green marble. It was clear every element of this space had been decided to the last detail.
Science Museum, History Museum & V&A
We were like children in a candy shop when we organised an afternoon of museum site visits. The science museum kicked off the fun. We made our way through the half term crowds and visualised all the spaces in their potential private event glory. We travelled through the making of the modern world and their flight gallery into their Wonderland – an interactive immersive space that could have guests creating their own fog and mixing chemical in their lab style bar. SM is filled with weird and wonderful spaces that could create incredible quirky events – definitely an iconic venue of choice for something a little different whilst maintaining that wow factor.
The more traditionally stunning spaces were saved for the Natural history museum. Entering into earth we were greeted with the glowing red globe as our host explained how they usually set out the tables of banquets along its edges. We then travelled through fossil way admiring the interesting artifacts that would no doubt be the topic of many pre dinner drinks reception conversations. Finally we walked through to their pièce de résistance, the Hinze Hall. Hope the whale hung above us as our host walked us through the many events they have held in the space. Emphasising how magnificent the space can be with the addition of a few simple lighting tricks and a mesmerising light up hanging wall that usually stands proud as the backdrop of this magnificent space.
There is nothing we love more than exploring the wonderful event venues around London. Each place a little more unique than the other, and each venue suiting a completely different style of event. Having the first hand knowledge of venues such as these (and more) enables us to always find the perfect venue for our clients.