Need a large venue for an event you’re planning? Hiring a big space shouldn’t be a big hassle. Whether you’re organising a big fat wedding or a high-level conference, we’ve made it really easy for you – check out these top 8 large venues for private hire and you’ll be well on your way.
For next-level weddings: The Grand Ballroom at Grand Sapphire Hotel & Banqueting
Is your big day going to be really big? The Grand Ballroom at Grand Sapphire Hotel & Banqueting is one of London’s largest wedding venues. Popular for lavish celebrations, including Asian weddings, this beautiful ballroom features crystal chandeliers, LED mood lighting and a fantastic dance floor.
Capacity: Up to 2,000 people
Best bits: Themed event decorations and free onsite parking
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For classy corporate affairs: The Club at 100 Wardour Street
Bang in the middle of vibrant Soho, 100 Wardour Street is a new drinking and dining destination. Cocktails, live music and Mediterranean food are the order of the day at this double-decker bar-restaurant, which makes a stylish setting for large corporate parties and events.
Capacity: Up to 500 people
Best bits: A stage for live music and a seriously good champagne list
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For supersized conferences: Congress Hall at Congress Centre
This large venue in the heart of London’s West End plays regular host to big-name clients, like Apple, Barclays and Coca-Cola. Ideal for conferences, AGMs and exhibitions, the Congress Hall boasts the latest in high-tech equipment, including an 18-ft drop-down screen, state-of-the-art digital sound desk and an intelligent lighting system for you to create the perfect backdrop for your event.
Capacity: Up to 850 people
Best bits: Dedicated account management and an architecturally renowned 1950s modernist setting
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For a really big night out: Strawberry Moons Bar
If you’re planning a big night out on the town, Strawberry Moons Bar can’t be beat. London’s ultimate throwback venue is just the place for a guilt-free night of cheesy disco tunes, funky cocktails and nostalgic kicks. And the best part? Strawberry Moons Bar offers a range of big-value party packages for larger groups.
Capacity: Up to 600 people
Best bits: Fun Christmas party packages from £14 pp and a 70s-style flashing dance floor
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For enormous exhibitions: The Grand Hall at Old Billingsgate
One of London’s most flexible event spaces, this iconic building is available on a dry hire basis for exhibitions, trade shows and other large events. Just moments from Tower Bridge, the Grand Hall boasts original features and 40,000 square feet of space. Even better, an upper mezzanine level offers back-of-house, breakout, and VIP areas, as well as direct access to a riverside terrace for summer receptions.
Capacity: Up to 2,500 people
Best bits: A triple-height, sky-lit ceiling and an impressive historic setting
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For larger-than-life live performances: Rah Rah Room
This decadent late night club and performance space specialises in cabaret and live music events. For a big party atmosphere and exciting on-stage antics, this vibrant venue is just the ticket. Playing regular host to top bands and performers, Rah Rah Room boasts a large stage with a 300-capacity auditorium, as well as a 100-capacity dress circle with its own bar.
Capacity: Up to 400 people
Best bits: A state-of-the-art sound system and a highly experienced production crew
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For expansive gardens: College Garden at Westminster Abbey
Ideal for summer parties and marquee weddings, the 900-year-old College Garden is said to be the longest continually cultivated garden in England. Magnificent views of Westminster Abbey and the Victoria Tower make this large venue one of London’s most idyllic spaces for big outdoor events.
Capacity: Up to 1,000 people
Best bits: A stylish marquee with a decked porch area that’s provided for events in June and July
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For the biggest events: Alexandra Palace
Guarantee an inspiring first impression by hiring this London landmark for your large-scale live or corporate event. Set in 196 acres of parkland, Ally Pally welcomes over three million people a year, hosting an eclectic mix of live music, sport, cultural and leisure events.
Capacity: Up to 10,250 people
Best bits: Unrivalled views of London’s famous skyline and free onsite parking for 1,500 vehicles
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