Our favourite unusual, quirky and cool event venues in London

By Sarah Holland, Head of Venue Reservations

Looking to plan the best event and create that great first impression for your guests? It all starts with picking the right venue and what creates that better than a unique and unusual venue? Venue finding can be stressful, but not for us.

No more scrolling through venue search websites or venue-finding agencies. Let us, at Venue Reservations, (London-based venue finders) do all the work for you.

We will find that event venue that has that something special or something unique. Somewhere that gives you and your guests that WOW factor. Somewhere which makes you, the event planner, instantly know “I want to hold my event here”.

Whether you are looking for a conference venue, a Christmas party venue or finding somewhere for your company summer work party, our job at Venue Reservations is to find the perfect location to leave your guests mesmerised. One of other benefits of hiring venues with us is that you will never be charged more than the venue does as our venue booking services are completely free.

Venue for 1200 in Greenwich – Cutty Sark

Location: Pepys Gate, London SE10 9LW, UK

Tube station: Cutty Sark

Capacities: 300-1200

Cutty Sark is one of the world’s most famous ships and is the last surviving tea clipper, the fastest and greatest of her time. She stands as a glorious monument to the age of sail and to all those who lost their lives in the merchant service. Situated on the shore of the mighty River Thames the ship provides commanding views over Canary Wharf and the City of London.


Cutty Sark evening photos


Iconic landmark venue with a river view – Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge has stood over the River Thames since 1894, and is not only one of London’s favourite icons, but one of the finest, most recognisable bridges in the world. This iconic and unique landmark is remarkable inside at night, as guests will be surrounded with spectacular views of London.

Not only is Tower Bridge one of London’s most well-known monuments which attracts many visitors, but it also has an incredible amount of space inside within the East and West Walkways.

When you approach the Walkways the views will be the first thing you take in, with the second wow factor being the glass floors allowing you to look down at the River Thames. After taking in the breathtaking views and braving the walk over the glass floors amongst the noise of excited tourists and children, you will begin to see how a classic and elegant event can develop.

You can begin with a Champagne cocktail reception in the West Walkway followed by a seated three course dinner in the East Walkway and then enjoy late night dancing back in the West Walkway with bars, a three piece band, a dance floor and a photo booth to add to the fun. It’s amazing to see a busy tourist attraction by day turn into a spectacular VIP social event by night. With uplighting, branding, music and design, the ambience can be completely transformed.

Not only do the Walkways offer something exclusive and unique, but there is also the North Tower Lounge which can be used for pre-dinner drinks or smaller private dinners. With its high ceilings, fitted bar and stunning views, this suite would be great for smaller parties.

This is a perfect venue in terms of location and wow factor. If you are looking to surprise and spoil your guests, then this is the venue for you.

Location: Tower Bridge Rd, London SE1 2UP, UK

Tube Station: Tower Hill

Capacities: max 120 (seated dinner) or 250 (standing reception)



Private parties at Wellington Arch

Location: London W1J 7JZ, UK

Tube station: Hyde Park Corner

Capacities: up to 75 (standing reception)

Wellington Arch is a towering landmark located at Hyde Park Corner and offers a unique venue for corporate and private entertaining. Its historic grandeur, elegant styling and spectacular vistas of the London skyline can’t fail to make your event an unforgettable experience. Set over two floors at the top of the arch, the contemporary event spaces can accommodate a versatile range of city events, from corporate breakfasts to night-time private dining.


Museum Venue Hire – The Science Museum

Location: Ritherdon Rd, London SW17 8QD, UK

Tube station: South Kensington

Capacities: 10 – 1500 guests

The inspirational exhibitions, astounding galleries and creative blank canvas spaces, combine to make the Science Museum one of London’s most unique and unusual venues for corporate or private hire. Located in South Kensington, the cultural heart of London, the museum offers the perfect destination for an inspirational and accessible event experience. The Science Museum has a wide range of galleries and blank canvas spaces to accommodate from 10 to 1500 guests.

The diversity of the spaces available for hire means that we can cater for many different kinds of events, from corporate dinners and receptions, fashion shows and product launches, to conferences and team building.

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The Magic Circle

Location: Centre for the Magic Arts, 12 Stephenson Way, Kings Cross, London NW1 2HD, UK

Tube station: Euston

Capacities: up to 162 guests

The Magic Circle is a truly enchanting venue, full of mystery, intrigue and priceless treasures, where the finest magicians from all over the world gather to share their secrets.  This is a special location in which to hold your memorable event.

The Magic Circle is an intimate venue, available to hire exclusively.  On arrival through the doors of The Magic Circle you are instantly entranced by the “floating” spiral staircase. Each of the four rooms has a distinct character, themed and decorated with magical exhibits, and the building houses one of London’s best kept secrets – The Magic Circle Theatre.

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