London’s oldest gothic church, Southwark Cathedral, is now available as a private hire venue for special events and drinks receptions, including parties, dinners, awards and fashion shows. All events held at the cathedral are catered for by Elior, with three-course dining and canape and bowl food options on offer. The venue can host up to 800 people standing, or dinners for 200, while the churchyard can be used for outside receptions in the summer.
Where: London Bridge, London SE1 9DA
Contact: 020 7407 5740
Museum of Brands, Advertising and Packaging
The Museum of Brands, Advertising and Packaging has just moved to new premises in Ladbroke Grove, from its previous Colville Mews location, with the new site to offer private hire facilities. The main museum space opened at the end of October, while other areas such as the Time Tunnel exhibition space are due to open in January.
The whole museum can be exclusively hired for evening events, and claims to provide a unique backdrop for product launches, drinks receptions and dinners. The museum can accomodate up to 250 for drinks receptions and 65 for dinner.
Where: 111-117 Lancaster Road, W11 1QT
Contact: 020 7908 0865
The InterContinental London - The O2 opens in January, and it is set to become one of London’s largest new events spaces, suitable for brand activations and large-scale product launches. It features a 4,500sqm conference centre and 400 sqm outdoor riverside space.
The entrance to its conference centre is separate from the hotel and leads straight into the Arora Ballroom - a 7.6m double height 3,100sqm pillar-free space which can hold up to 3,000 people. The 80 x 40m space can be divided with fully sound-proofed separation walls and offers dedicated guest lifts, stairs and escalator access to each half.
There is also a 400m flat outdoor space at the front of the hotel which can be used to add production showcase elements to live events, visible from across the water in Canary Wharf, or private marquees set up to bolster additional events space.
Where: Waterview Drive, Greenwich Peninsula, London
Contact: 020 3740 5411
Mayfair restaurant Sartoria re-opened earlier this month after a significant refurbishment. Located on Savile Row, the restaurant features a new bar and cicchetti counter - which serves small snacks typical of Venice - two outdoor terraces and a wine room. It is Savile Row’s only restaurant, and offers classic, regional Italian cooking.
Sartoria has two private dining rooms, which are connected to the main restaurant by sliding doors. Each room can host up to 25 guests for a seated dinner or 35 for a standing reception. The two rooms can be joined together for larger parties of up to 70 standing. The venue also has a third private dining room situated in its newly built wine cellar, which can host up to eight guests.
Where: 20 Savile Row, London, W1S 3PR
Contact: 020 7534 7015
IET: Savoy Place
Having suffered a few delays in terms of its refurbishment, IET London: Savoy Place is due to open in early 2016. The finishing touches are being made to the £30m refurb, which has seen the venue close for the past two years.
The building features two new auditoriums, an enlarged riverside suite, state-of-the-art boardrooms and a roof terrace with panoramic views across London. In addition to various spaces for meetings and events, the venue has a number of options for evening parties and dinners. The Maxwell Library, Riverside Room, Johnson Roof Terrace and Watson-Watt Room are also suitable for larger events, while the Lovelace, Flowers, Haslett and Marconi rooms are designed for smaller scale dinners and parties.
Where: Savoy Place, London, WC2R 0BL
Contact: 020 3733 1865
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