Splash! Venues by the water

By Sarah Holland, Head of Venue Reservations

When beginning the search for the perfect venue in London for your event, no doubt many location thoughts will cross your mind before you begin to start looking and whittling them down. Or perhaps you just don’t know where to start as there are so many options to consider.

Whatever you do, don’t panic! That’s where we come in. Here at Venue Reservations we know the ins and outs of all of our venues we work with and will offer you the best options suitable for your event.

When determining a location, some of these key questions are bound to crop up:

Is the venue central? Is it near an Underground and does it have good transport access? Will people find it easily? Is it walkable? Is it a modern venue or a historical venue? Does it have views?

Two other popular questions when considering London venues are: is it a venue with river views or a venue by the river Thames?

Now, you might be thinking, why are these popular questions? It’s because the majority of our clients request venues by the river or river view venues to ensure their guests have inspiring views during their event which creates a spectacular impression. Some events even organise their guests to arrive by boat to get to the venue. Very James Bond!

Who wouldn’t want to marvel at the fantastic views of London, especially with views of the iconic River Thames?

Please check out my amazing top picks of venues in London near the river and fantastic river view venues.

Venue by the river Thames -
 The MermaidThe Mermaid – riverside venue for 80 – 1,992 guests

The Mermaid is a vibrant events venue for consumer and corporate occasions. Situated by Blackfriars Bridge in the heart of the City of London, the venue has flexible spaces and can cater for as few as 80 to as many as 1,992 guests. For a versatile blank canvas space, the River Rooms have the capacity to hold up to 1,000 people within three rooms across two floors. This space offers clean lines and an open plan layout with spectacular panoramic views of London as the backdrop. It can be tailored to suit all occasions.




landmark event venue - Tower Bridge on the river Thames

Tower Bridge – iconic landmark by the river Thames

Tower Bridge – which has stood over the River Thames since 1894 – is now recognised as one of London’s most iconic landmarks. As the most famous bridge in the world, it is also regarded as one of London’s most unique venues.






Middle Temple - venue with a river view

Middle Temple

Situated in the heart of London, yet with beautiful and secluded surroundings, this historic venue boasts one of the finest Elizabethan halls in the country. Built in 1570 it remains virtually unaltered to this day, never failing to wow clients when they step into the room. An impressive setting for up to 300 guests for dinner and up to 500 for a reception. The award-winning scenic gardens can accommodate up to 800 guests in a marquee for dinner or drinks receptions. The stunning suite of Bench Apartments overlooking the River Thames are ideal for smaller receptions, private dinners, meetings and weddings.





Old Billingsgate - riverside view

Old Billingsgate by the river Thames

Old Billingsgate is one of London’s most exciting and versatile venues, situated in the heart of the City of London on the north bank of the River Thames with stunning views of Tower Bridge and London Bridge. The distinctive Grade II listed building is the perfect location for all types and sizes of events from awards dinners, film premiere parties and fashion shows to exhibitions, conferences and product launches. Old Billingsgate offers three unique spaces inside The Grand Hall – The Terrace, The Vault and The Gallery which are all available to hire separately or in conjunction with each other. As a blank canvas space, the creative opportunities are endless!



Museum of London Docklands - event venues in Canary Wharf

Museum of London Docklands – historic venue in Canary Wharf

The Museum of London Docklands is a venue with its roots in the past, yet one that looks out onto the futuristic skyline of Canary Wharf.

The first Grade listed former Georgian warehouse built in 1802 offers a distinctive backdrop for different kinds of events. Its original pine columns and floors juxtapose stylish contemporary fittings offering exceptional opportunities for corporate entertaining from formal dinners and champagne receptions to meetings.




The Shard - rooftop venue with a landscape viewThe View from The Shard – venue for 300 – 400

Found at the top of The Shard, 244 m above the capital, The View is one of those event spaces that can justify its superlatives. The Renzo Piano-designed building allows guests to see up to 40 miles away, in all directions. The View has two viewing platforms: Level 69 and Sky Deck on Level 72, which together can hold up to 400 people in the summer months, or 300 for the rest of the year. Breakfast events are popular, as well as evening networking and cocktail parties as the sun sets over the city. Each private event gives the client exclusive use of the entire visitor attraction.




Cutty Sark - venue by the river

Cutty Sark – iconic riverside event venue

After a £50 million refurbishment Cutty Sark one of the world’s most famous ships and the last surviving tea clipper, is once again available to hire for corporate and private events.

There is the exclusive opportunity to hold events both on-board and beneath the 963 tonne ship, an icon of the glory days of sail.

Cutty Sark boasts three superb locations for evening events, the ship will also be open for guests to explore during part of the event and weather permitting drinks can also be enjoyed on the Weather Deck, which has fantastic views of the city.

The Dry Berth beneath the ship is the largest entertaining space at Cutty Sark. Guests will marvel at both the fantastic restoration project that now suspends the ship above the ground and the ship’s elegant design. It is a versatile space offering great opportunities to design your event beneath the copper hull.


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