London Uncovered: Four of the Best Historic Hideaways

A German Gymnasium, Victorian warehouse and the former HQ of Lloyds Bank are among some of the quirkiest new event venues in London.

The Grill at the Dorchester is one of the best historic event venues in London
The Grill at the Dorchester is one of the best historic event venues in London

German Gymnasium

The Pitch: D&D London's latest restaurant, slated to open this spring, is housed in a 930sqm building originally constructed in 1865 for the German Gymnastics Society.

Space to hire: Outdoor terraces with al fresco dining will seat 70, while the ground floor will cater for 250 for receptions or 120 seated. The first floor has room for 300 standing or 200 seated. A private area will host 50 standing or 36 seated.

Don't Miss: The sense of space - the floor-to-ceiling height is 17 metres.

Tel: (020) 7716 0718



The Storehouse, Merchant's Tavern

The Pitch: Private dining space The Storeroom launched in January last year at the Merchants Tavern, located in a Victorian warehouse and former apothecary in the heart of Shoreditch.

Space to hire: The Storeroom seats 22 guests or can accommodate 40 standing. Merchants Tavern caters for 130 and can be hired exclusively.

Don't Miss: Vintage pieces of furniture, including a record player with a selection of vinyl records.

Tel: (020) 7060 5335



Banking Hall

The Pitch: The Grade II-listed building, former headquarters of Lloyds Banking Group, opened for corporate events last May. There is a copper-box kitchen that is reminiscent of a bank safe, along with a bank vault door, evoking the building's former purpose.

Space to hire: There are two: the main hall and the mezzanine level, which features a private bar.

Recent clients: Nike and Emilia Wickstead have used the venue for fashion shows, and the PPA held its awards there.

Tel: (020) 7871 5550


The Grill at The Dorchester

The Pitch: Housed inside the famous Dorchester Hotel, The Grill, which dates back to 1931, reopened last November after a refurbishment. The venue's original doors have been retained as part of the new look.

Space to hire: The venue can accommodate 65 people.

Don't Miss: Decor includes a spectacular Murano glass chandelier and counter top-style seating, as well as an open rotisserie to add to the experience.

Tel: (020) 7317 6531



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