Not sure whether to book a dry or wet hire venue for your next event? Unlike dry hire venues, where you pay for the use of the space only, wet hire venues will take care of the catering, staffing, audio-visual equipment, theming and decorations. If you’re busy, being able to tick off so many items on your to-do list from the outset is a huge time-saver. Using a venue’s regular suppliers (including in-house caterers) will also help your event run smoothly, as they’ll be familiar with the layout and access restrictions, plus have experience handling any issues. Think a wet hire venue could make planning your event a little easier? Here are 5 London wet hire venues we love.
For highly effective meetings: Studio Floor at Mondrian London at Sea Containers
This designer space offers the ultimate privacy for larger groups. Four multi-service meeting rooms can be combined to your specification to provide over 3,300 square foot of event space for up to 275 guests. With contemporary furniture by VitraHaus and state-of-the-art audio, visual and lighting, Studio Floor is the perfect backdrop for high-level business meetings, conferences and corporate receptions.
What makes it great: The classy pre-function area with its unique copper bar, which was exclusively designed by Tom Dixon.
For chic Chelsea weddings: Bluebird
One of Chelsea’s most iconic venues, Bluebird is known for its brasserie-style food, exemplary wine list and unique cocktails. With a full wedding licence, this venue’s stylish private rooms are perfect for wedding ceremonies, followed by drinks, dinner and dancing for up 230 guests. Even better, the Bluebird events team is made up of experienced and passionate wedding planners, who are happy to help with everything from flowers and menu planning to table plans and entertainment.
What makes it great: Bluebird doesn’t charge for room hire or stipulate a minimum number of guests, which makes it ideal for both intimate and large celebrations.
For perfect parties: Sushisamba
Located on the 38th and 39th floors at 110 Bishopsgate, Sushisamba is known for its unique blend of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian cuisine. A striking design, Latin grooves and unbeatable views make this restaurant a favourite for private dining events of up to 34 guests and parties of up 470. Their dedicated events team will ensure you’re in good hands every step of the way, sourcing and managing entertainment and AV or even selecting flowers and festive décor.
What makes it great: The highest outdoor terraces in the UK, which offer unparalleled views of London, from Tower Bridge and the Olympic park, right across to Wembley.
For professional photography: White Rabbit
In the heart of London’s creative quarter, White Rabbit can be hired for exhibitions, product launches and corporate events, as well as photography and film shoots. Their flexible events teams is happy to help put your event together by booking caterers, providing extra staff and building temporary rooms, exhibitions walls, experiential props or display aids.
What makes it great: The convenient on-site cafe.
For lively nights out: Under the Bridge
With state-of-the-art stage, lighting and production equipment, Under the Bridge provides the complete package for gigs, live performances and corporate events. A 9-metre LED stage screen, two bars and a late license also make this wet hire venue a popular choice for dinners, bar mitzvahs and Christmas parties. And if you need some extra help putting your event together, Under the Bridge is happy to assist with booking entertainment or a DJ.
What makes it great: The branding opportunities that are available upon request.