Inspiration: London Venues - Streets ahead

We've pinpointed eight London hotspots that are poised to blaze a trail in 2007.

MET EVENT SPACES

WHERE IS IT? On Old Park Lane in Mayfair.

WHAT IS IT? A new collection of four event spaces that can host everything from formal dinners to contemporary, themed parties. It is located within the Metropolitan Hotel.

WHO SHOULD I TALK TO? Events team on (020) 7447 1064

Largest space: 80 (standing)
Smallest space: 6 (seated)
Nearest tube: Hyde Park Corner
Cost: £950 (full day)

HAYWARD GALLERY

WHERE IS IT? The Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road.

WHAT IS IT? A contemporary art exhibition space spread over five galleries that can accommodate between 150 and 1,000 guests. It is only open until the middle of March.

WHO SHOULD I TALK TO? Alexander Leschallas (020) 7820 1161

Largest space: 1,000 (standing)
Smallest space: 150 (seated)
Nearest tube: Waterloo
Cost: £8,000 (min)

SITAARAY

WHERE IS IT? At 167 Drury Lane in Covent Garden.

WHAT IS IT? An Indian restaurant combining north Indian grilled cuisine and cinema memorabilia. It can accommodate up to 60 guests for dinner or 100 for a reception.

WHO SHOULD I TALK TO? Events team on (020) 7269 6422

Largest space: 100 (standing)
Smallest space: 60 (seated)
Nearest tube: Covent Garden
Cost: £3,000 (min)

RIVERWALK@OXO

WHERE IS IT? Riverwalk@Oxo is on the 2nd floor, Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, South Bank, London SE1.

WHAT IS IT? An exclusive event space with views of the river, it accommodates up to 250 for a reception or 100 for a dinner.

WHO SHOULD I TALK TO? Deborah Crowhurst (020) 7401 4255

Largest space: 250 (standing)
Smallest space: 40 (seated)
Nearest tube: Waterloo
Cost: £1,000 (min)

THE LAW SOCIETY

WHERE IS IT? At 113 Chancery Lane in Holborn.

WHAT IS IT? A 19th-century venue with eight banqueting rooms that can accommodate between 20 and 350 guests. Christmas packages are available from £110 per person.

WHO SHOULD I TALK TO? Annabel Peaty on (020) 7316 5768

Largest space: 350 (standing)
Smallest space: 20 (seated)
Nearest tube: Chancery Lane
Cost: £385-£3,000

CRYSTAL

WHERE IS IT? In Fitzrovia at 78 Wells Street.

WHAT IS IT? An exclusive members' club with a wave-style roof boasting 12,000 crystal lights. The main area and VIP section combined can accommodate up to 400 for a reception.

WHO SHOULD I TALK TO? Events team on (020) 7580 6922

Largest space: 400 (standing)
Smallest space: As above
Nearest tube: Oxford Circus
Cost: TBA

EMBASSY

WHERE IS IT? At 29 Old Burlington Street in Mayfair.

WHAT IS IT? A members' club, bar and restaurant. The latter hosts up to 120, the members' club will take 250 for a reception, and the VIP lounge 50. In total, 450 for a cocktail party.

WHO SHOULD I TALK TO? Melissa on (020) 7851 0956

Largest space: 450 (standing)
Smallest space: 50 (standing)
Nearest tube: Green Park
Cost: TBA

TRINITY

WHERE IS IT? At 4 The Polygon in Clapham Old Town.

WHAT IS IT? A restaurant with views of Clapham Common whose main space can accommodate up to 60 guests for dinner or 150 for a reception, with a private room that will seat 12.

WHO SHOULD I TALK TO? Events team on (020) 7622 1199

Largest space: 150 (standing)
Smallest space: 12 (seated)
Nearest station: Clapham Common
Cost: £5,000 (min)


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