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Top Cocktail Party Venues in London

Planning to throw a cocktail party in London but aren’t quite sure where to start? Here at Tagvenue we have a great selection of cocktail bars, clubs and lounges for your next event. Whether you’re after a local bar where you can have a fun girls night out or an upmarket nightspot when you can live it up like a celebrity A-lister, we can point you in the right direction. Browse through our expertly curated list of the top cocktail party venues London has to offer and book today!

 

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Cocktail Party Venues Hire Guide

London’s drinking scene is world famous. From next-level cocktail emporiums to cooler-than-cool hipster joints, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to drinking in the capital. What's more, cocktail parties are one of the best ways to celebrate – they’re simple to plan, glamourous and relatively inexpensive. Even if you have high-priced items like caviar on the menu, you’re unlikely to break the budget because you’ll only be serving small bites. What are you hosting and when? See how easy it is to hire an amazing London cocktail party venues today.

Here are some of the kinds of cocktail party venues you can find in London:

Private Spaces

Cocktail Parties are amazing opportunities to socialise with friends, family and associates. Private rooms ensure that your party will get full, hands-on service over the course of the night. These rooms will often come with dedicated bartenders to mix loads of creative cocktails. Private rooms are ideal for larger parties such as big birthday parties, cocktail hours for weddings, and corporate networking events. London has tons of high-class bars to choose from, so you are bound to find a room that is perfect for your party.

Semi-Private Spaces

Semi-private spaces have all of the perks of a private room with the added benefit of experiencing nightlife alongside other people who are out for the night. This is a great way to celebrate smaller parties, where you get to enjoy a fun cocktail party, without the pressure of a large private space When you think of a semi-private room, think of an 18th birthday party or hen or stag party. Your guests will be able to chill with their cocktails and each other and enjoy a beautiful night out.

Outdoor Venues

What’s better than sun and cocktails? London has tons of beautiful outdoor cocktail party venues to celebrate the summer weather and the joyous company of the people close to you. If you are looking for somewhere a little more elevated, London also has loads of rooftop cocktail party spaces for you to enjoy. This is a perfect way to make your party stand out from the crowd and give you and your guests plenty of photo opportunities that are tailor made for Instagram.

 

How to Throw a Proper Cocktail Party

  • Purpose of the party – Cocktail parties are some of the most fun nights out you can have, and you don’t really even need a reason to have one other than just wanting to get your friends together. They are also a sure way to have an elegant night out.
  • Budget – Establishing a budget must be the first concrete step to take when you are planning a cocktail party. Consider the amount of people you want to invite, the drinks, food, and the space. Once you have an itemised budget, stick to it, because nothing is worse than going over budget for your party.
  • Invites – Your invites should be suitable for the size of the space you are hosting your party in. You do not want to have an overcrowded or empty venue, so work with venue managers to properly establish your guest count.  Send the invitations out about a month or two in advance so people can save the date. And always include a request for an RSVP. Do not shy away from electronic invitations, especially if you are trying to save a few pounds on postage and paper.
  • Menu – Find a space that matches the vibe you are looking for. London has loads of spaces from cutting-edge gastrobars to classic pubs. Each venue will offer different menus both for food and drinks. As far as drinks go, every bartender will know your classic favourites like martinis and cosmos, but they will more often than not have specialty cocktails on their menu that you can adjust to your own taste and the tastes of your guests. Don’t forget to include the delicious mocktails and non-alcoholic beverages as well! Finger food is a staple at cocktail parties. Each cocktail bar will have their own spin on these classic party foods as well. A
  • Music – Music is the best way to establish the vibe at your cocktail party. Don’t think dance hits right off the bat as cocktail parties are chill environments. The music for cocktail parties is often more laid back and encourages lounging and conversation. Depending on the venue you choose, a playlist could work, but for bigger cocktail parties, consider hiring a band or dj so you don’t have to worry about running out of music or the playlist running dry. 

Your cocktail party is going to be an amazing time. Tagvenue has tons of venues to choose from to make your party something special. These parties are simple to plan and are one of the coolest ways to spend an evening with friends, family, and colleagues. No matter what the event is for, Tagvenue has a spot for you. Browse through our listings and enquire today about an elegant club, cosy cocktail lounge, or stunning rooftop venue for your next gathering. Cheers!

Cocktail Party Venues in London FAQ

How many guests should I invite to my cocktail party?

Well, this largely depends on the kind of party you are looking to have. If you are hosting a cocktail hour before a wedding session, you are going to include the same amount of people you invited to your wedding. In most other circumstances, you may choose  to keep your cocktail party on the smaller side, because many of the spaces are intimate-sized more often than not. We would recommend around 15-25 people for a decently sized cocktail party.

How much food should I have at my cocktail party?

Hors d'oeuvres are standard cocktail party foods. These are the best for your guests to try small bites over the course of the night and also pair well with having a few cocktails. Most venues that provide appetisers will have about 10-12 trays being passed around the party to your guests.

What should the dress code be for my cocktail party?

Cocktail parties are supposed to be nice events. On your invitations be sure to include a semi-formal or casual, but nice, dress code. Everyone should be dressed in nice clothes that will help set the mood and contribute to the party’s elegant atmosphere. But of course, everything goes with a Martini.

What are some of the best cocktail party venues in London?

Some of our favourite cocktail party venues are :

Walkers of Whitehall – This is an intimate party space that is perfect for your next cocktail party. The room is decorated with beautiful wood furniture with soft leather upholstery that invites guests to converse.

Clerkenwell and Social – This is an elegant private room that is perfect for your next cocktail party with a great list of unique cocktails, the classics, and great food.

The Sterling – This is a large venue space with an unforgettable outside space. It is a great space for both cocktail hours and receptions alike due to the size of the facility.

The Zetter Townhouse Marylebone – This is a unique and quirky party space with an old-fashioned bar and plenty of space for your guests to sit and enjoy each other’s company and the fun decor of the room.

Guests Reviews of Cocktail Party Venues on Tagvenue

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Tito Rubert
Booked Private Room & Bar 1st Floor at Clerkenwell and Social
We were a group of 30. After viewing so many venues,this place ticked all our boxes and was within our budget. It was worth every single penny. I'm so surprised that it is pretty cheap compared to other pubs in that vicinity. The food was delicious and every single person in our group enjoyed it. Alcohol packages were a wowzer. Amazing find tbh. Gui and Philip at the venue were helpful.
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Catherine Cornelissen
Booked Christmas in Chelsea at Albert's at Beaufort House
The food was exceptionally good; guests were raving about the quality of the food and the cocktails were delicious. Everyone was served food and the circulation was good. Overall the party was a success and it went on without any issues. But that was because I had to constantly monitor what was going on and remind people rather than enjoy myself.
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Michelle Saunders
Booked Whole Venue at Vetro Wine & Cocktail Bar
Words cannot describe. My husband has been talking about his 50th birthday celebration with all his chums since before he turned 30. Vetro was the absolute perfect place. The bar team was amazing, non intrusive, went out of their way to be helpful (at one point I saw them individually removing 50 of my custom made wine charms from the wine glasses), informative, incredible. If I would've known how great they were, I would have invited them to the party and I'm actually not kidding. We had a few months to plan the party from the states. The teams coached us on the food and drink amounts and specific to our crowd and budget. They kept in contact with us throughout the planning process. The food! Presented deliciously! Tasted amazing! Everyone raved! The Wine! Let's just say that our neighbor stopped us on the street today to talk about how great the champagne, wine, and cocktail options were of which he imbibed in all 3. Vetro has a great atmosophere with candles, lounge chairs, high tables, low tables, a bar setting, and choice of great music (no DJ needed=savings). There was a space for everyone's social comfort type (even outside). My husband and I are looking for an excuse to host another event at Vetro. His words not mine: "It was blooody awesome!"
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Katy Cherry
Booked Downstairs Bar at Walkers of Whitehall
A great location for our alumni drinks party. Staff were fantastic and food was delicious, although it did get stuck in one corner of the bar. I felt it was quite full with around 100 people in there, and because of acoustics quite noisy, so I'd advise anyone else booking to cap numbers at 100. We would definitely consider going back again!
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Mike Szczys
Booked The Drawing Room at The Marquis Cornwallis
The space is isolated from the rest of the pub but still easy to get to plus easy access to bathrooms. The bar itself inside this space is very nice and it feels like you've rented a whole pub instead of just one room. Service staff was very pleasant and very fast. People did not have to wait long for a beverage.
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Iain Turner
Booked The Vaults at RSA House
Brilliant venue with really attentive professional staff, would definitely recommend

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