Private Bars for Hire in London

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Top Private Bars in London

London is famous for its vibrant cocktail bars. From Shoreditch rooftop terraces to cooler-than-cool concept spaces, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to bars available for private hire. Whether you’re after a local hangout for casual drinks with mates, a traditional bar with private rooms to knock back a nice cold pint or a high-end bar with a late licence where you can live it up like a celebrity A-lister, we can point you in the right direction.

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Private Bars Hire Guide

Looking for a private bar in London for your next celebration? You’re in the right place! Here at Tagvenue we’re party venue hire experts. Are you focusing on bars in central London or some other neighbourhood? No matter what you have in mind, we’re sure to have something that fits your requirements. If you’re still not sure what kind of private bar you’d like to hire, have a look at some of our top recommendations:

  • Boundary-breaking cocktail bars – As London is famous for its mixology scene, the choice of cocktail bars available for private hire is tremendous. Indulge your guests with delectable daiquiris, mouth-watering margaritas and other special drinks prepared by London’s best bartenders. Cheers!

  • Traditional British pubs – Because it’s London, after all! We’re here to help you find the best pubs for hire in every district of London. Everybody loves a nice cold pint and delicious pub grub in a cosy setting. Consider yourself a foodie? London has plenty of gastropubs with function rooms for private dining, too.

  • Karaoke bars – Unleash your inner rock stars and divas! A private karaoke party is always a good idea. Have a round or two at the bar and sing your heart out. And the best part? At a karaoke bar it’s absolutely acceptable to make a fool of yourself. Let your hair down, rock the mic like a boss and enjoy your private party!

  • Up-and-coming hipster joints – think places in south and east London, Brixton, Hoxton, Camden Town and Islington. London is full of hip districts that are famous for their great bar scenes. From places for laid-back drinks to best bars in London with a view, there’s something for everyone.

Last but not least, here’s a shortlist of things to remember when hiring a private bar for hire in London:

  • Prepare a list of things you need to do before your event – it makes planning a private bar party much less stressful!

  • Check whether the private bar has all the A/V equipment you’ll need for your event. If it doesn’t, ask if you can bring your own.

  • Ask the bar’s manager about their catering offer. Some venues allow external catering, too.

  • Bars for hire in London vary in size. Book one that’s not too big and not too small for the number of guests you’ve invited.

  • Check all transport links and make sure the location is convenient.

Private Bars in London FAQ

What areas of London have the coolest and quirkiest bars?

Check out Shoreditch for the hipster vibes of venues such as Cargo, located in the arches of a disused urban rail-yard or the legendary multiple-event spaces of Queen of Hoxton. Try Camden Town if your tastes turn more to vintage cocktail venues such as the popular lounge Near & Far. If you want a less complicated vibe and love to dance, check out Brixton.

How much does it cost to hire a bar for a private party?

If you are looking to hire a bar for a private party, expect minimum spend options to range from £100 to £3000. Other options include spaces for straight hire for £90 to £2000 per session. Some more pricey options can be found around £10000. Other private bars can be hired for £25 to £100 per person. (All data from Tagvenue.)

Can I provide the alcohol at an event in a private bar?

Yes, there are many venues that will allow you to BYOB for your event. When searching for your venue on a venue platform like Tagvenue, you will be able to determine whether you will be allowed to provide your own alcohol or not. Be aware that you may be charged a corkage fee, so make sure to check ahead of time about any potential cost.

Guests Reviews of Private Bars on Tagvenue

Booked The Wine Room & Bar at Terra Terra
We hosted my friends 30th birthday on the terrace here at Terra Terra and I cannot thank them enough for the amazing day they helped create. Everyone is so helpful and polite. Eddie is a Star with a wealth of knowledge! Valentina is a superhero who is able to do just about anything (within reason). Having a party of nearly 40 people it is hard to please everyone but we all had the BBQ and the food was fantastic and the cocktails are to die for! No one had a bad word to say. We will visit here time and time again if not to try more of the menu and drinks but just for the superb customer service you receive.
Joanne Mangan
Booked Secret Bar at Looking Glass Cocktail Club
We hired the Secret Bar at the Looking Glass Cocktail Club bar for a joint 30th birthday and had an amazing night. The bar was accommodating with our minimum spend which we easily met and went over anyway and our guests all loved the venue. The bar has a recommended DJ but were happy for us to use our own DJ. They also let us decorate the bar and not many other venues we looked at allowed hire until 3am! Our guests loved the mirror door entry, and it was nice to be entirely separate from the living room bar, with our own toilets, cloakroom and bar. Pre-ordered drinks were served around on trays rather than just at the bar which was a nice touch and saved queuing at the bar. Thanks for an awesome evening!
Booked Whole venue at The Sindercombe Social
The food was amazing and the venue itself is quite impressive. Our event had roughly 250 people and it felt like the perfect amount. The staff behind the bar are absolutely lovely and really helped with a positive vibe for the evening.
Calvin Henry
Booked Whole Venue at 28West
Thank you to all at Bar 28West. We had the most amazing wedding reception and your staff were brilliantly attentive to our needs. I wouldn’t hesitate to have another party at this fantastally situated venue. Calvin.
Raphael Kopel
Booked Mezzanine at Trapeze Bar
+ the venue was great, not too many people at the start, very accommodating barman and staff upstairs (e.g. when asked to show the football game on the TV) + DJ was playing great music and everyone really enjoyed it + the food (platters) was actually really tasty and there was plenty of it + the manager on duty was really nice and let us bring upstairs as many people as we wanted + great offers on drink from the start
Booked Drawing Room at Pennethorne's Bar at Somerset House
Everything about this experience was great - from negotiating the package of food and drinks to order, to responsive communication, accommodating question before hand, to the actual evening event. The space is stylish, intimate and the staff were lovely and attentive. All our guests were blown away by such a central, culturally interesting location (and we were surprised how reasonable the evening and costs were). Can't recommend the space enough.