Venueseeker is an online guide to the best venues in London, including some of the capital’s most unusual event spaces. If you’re planning to make a big first impression with your next event, consider hiring a venue which isn’t as well known, where you can surprise your guests with an inspiring space from the moment they arrive.
Secret Event Spaces
London is home to hundreds of secret event spaces. In fact, many venues in London are accessed via secret doors or hidden in places you might least expect. When planning a London event such as a drinks reception, summer party or Christmas party, hiring a secret event space is a brilliant idea. These are five of our favourite unknown venues for hire in London.
Up to 280 guests
Bush Hall is an independent live music and events venue in Shepherd’s Bush that hosts gigs, events, weddings and film shoots. The venue provides a unique setting for all kinds of events, whether you’re planning a conference, meeting, away day or team-building event. This is a great alternative to traditional conferencing venues and hotels. It’s a beautiful hall with room for up to 280 seated guests.
The Bike Shed
Up to 200 guests
Housed beneath the railway arches of Old Street, The Bike Shed’s event space spans four large redeveloped railway arches, with 12,000 sq. ft. of space on a 30m private road. All arches have been renovated to the highest standard, whilst keeping the original features and providing a blank canvas for private events. Arches 3 & 4 are available for private hire and each have underfloor heating and shiny poured concrete floors.
Up to 850 guests
If you’re looking for a retro venue with an industrial-chic look, Queens is your perfect choice. The venue pays homage to ice skaters and bowling lovers of decades gone by. The venue includes great activities for team-building events or parties, with catering from one of London’s top chefs.
Up to 100 guests
This Italian-inspired event space bring an authentic taste of Italy to London. The décor is inspired by traditional Mediterranean heritage, with delicious Italian cuisine for your event. Bread, pastries and pizza dough are made daily on the premises. Pasta, wood-fired pizza and ground coffee are always freshly prepared. The venue has an exclusively Italian drinks list which includes Prosecco, spumante, frizzante, craft beer and the best selection of Italian aperitivo, spirits and liqueurs.
Up to 40 guests
It doesn’t get much more secretive than this Clapham venue. Housed within a 100-year-old former water closet, WC Clapham is located beneath the busy Clapham Common tube station. There’s a bar, great for drinks receptions and parties, with room for up to 40 guests to sit at the downstairs tables. It’s a cosy, industrial style space which even includes original details like reclaimed mahogany and leathers salvaged from the refurbishment.
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