Five venues with a unique water focus

From dining with sharks to dancing amid old steam engines, the following five venues offer a departure from the typical waterfront venue.

Spaces within Sea Life London Aquarium are available for hire
Spaces within Sea Life London Aquarium are available for hire

Sea Life London Aquarium

This Merlin Events venue features a glass walkway and walls that showcase sea creatures including sharks, stingrays and turtles. It is suitable for parties, dinners and awards evenings of up to 500 people, and comes complete with integrated audio, furniture and lighting, including pin spot and LED variations.

The central space known as Atlantic Cove comes complete with a moveable wall, enabling it to host events of various sizes and styles.

Where: County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd, London SE1 7PB
Contact: 0207 487 0224


London Museum of Water & Steam

A part of the Unique Venues of London portfolio, this museum is a celebration of water and the ways in which it has been sourced from the Thames over the years.

The museum offers two key event spaces. The Grand Junction Engine house is suitable for receptions of between 40 and 150 people, meanwhile the Steam Hall is designed for sit-down dinners and dancing of 40-120 attendees. T

he latter offers guests the chance to view the steam engines in action as they dine. The museum also offers an outdoor space, which can host between 30 and 120 people.

Where: Green Dragon Lane, Brentford, London TW8 0EN
Contact: 020 8568 4757

London Aquatics Centre

It hosted Olympians back in 2012, and now the events spaces within the London Aquatics Centre are available for hire.

The centre offers three rooms of varying sizes, including the welcome zone, the largest of the three, which can accommodate up to 250 people theatre style and is ideal for large-scale affairs. The crèche room is suitable for 50 people theatre style, meanwhile the meeting room can host up to 18 people in a boardroom setting, and is best suited for smaller corporate events or conferences.

Where: Olympic Park, London E20 2ZQ
Contact: 020 8536 3150


HMS President (1918)

Moored by Victoria embankment in central London, HMS President 1918 offers views of the capital’s key landmarks, plus a speedboat ride service for guests. Up to 12 people at a time can take to the Thames at up to 40 knots to experience the river and its surroundings in a completely new light. 

The boat can cater to 250 standing guests, and up to 160 for a cabaret style event; meanwhile it is also equipped with a boardroom for meetings and conferences. HMS President 1918 can provide audiovisual equipment in line with clients’ needs, as well as the relevant staff.

Where: Victoria Embankment, London EC4Y0HJ
Contact: 020 7583 1918 

West Reservoir Centre

Aquatic in more ways than one, West Reservoir Centre in east London is situated on the Thames, and it operates as a sailing centre by day. Internally, the Main Tower space features original water processing equipment, which is visible within the building’s roof structure.  

The main space is suited for seated dinners of up to 130 people, and 150 for reception-style events. Three meeting rooms also comprise the space, which can host conferences, seminars and company away days.

Where: Green Lanes, N4 2HA
Contact: 0208 442 8116

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