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Top Small Venues in London

Hiring a small venue in London has many advantages. First of all, it’s usually significantly cheaper than renting a larger place. When the venue hire is budget-friendly, you can spend more on other aspects of your event. And another great part? Many types of gatherings really benefit from intimate spaces where it’s easy to create a welcoming atmosphere. Hesitate no more and find your ideal small venue for hire in London with Tagvenue. Small is beautiful and we know it!

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Small Venues Hire Guide

From cosy private dining rooms and teeny-tiny bars that are perfect for small groups to small wedding venues that are easy to fall in love with, get ready to adore our collection of London’s loveliest small venues for hire. From tiny art galleries to stunning local cafes, you’ll find spaces for celebrations, meetings, parties and small events. If this is the first time you’re hiring  a venue by yourself, the process may seem intimidating. But worry not - it’s actually super easy, and as long as you know what you want out of a venue, you’ll be done in no time.  And because we already did most of the legwork, you won’t have to source and call all of these venues individually. See how easy it is to find your perfect small venue with Tagvenue!

5 best types of events for a small venue:

  • Baby shower - for the arrival of your little one it’s best to plan a celebration in a charming room that’s just the right size for the number of guests you expect. Baby showers in London are usually intimate events for close friends and family, so it makes sense to choose a sweet venue that’s on the small side. Still looking for inspiration? Hire a petite tea room for a pretty afternoon tea or a small room in an acclaimed restaurant for a memorable private dining event
  • Small meeting - when you’re hosting a scaled-down corporate gathering or small team-building activity, it’s more affordable and convenient to hire a small meeting room in central London. Small spaces are also perfect for any type of interview.
  • Wedding proposal - planning to propose to your loved one in a magical place in London? Think the idea of a small private dining room with astonishing views sounds dreamy? With Tagvenue you can find your ideal engagement venue in the blink of an eye.
  • Dinner party - If all you want to do is go out with your friends for a fine dining experience, you can have a small dining room or a big table at a restaurant lined up by today. In case you’re interested, here’s our list of private dining rooms in London.
  • Private classes - Are you a tutor, teacher, or coach trying to make their hobby into a business? Venues for hire are a great option to start teaching people before you’ll be able to afford your own office or studio. For example, here’s a list of London classrooms available on Tagvenue.

If you want to have the best experience with your small venue hire, Like the idea, but still aren’t sure what kind of small venue would suit your event best? These are the most popular kinds of small venues in London:

  • Small halls for hire – if your guest list has less than three digits, it’s better to hire a hall with a smaller capacity – that way you’ll avoid being charged for space you won’t fully use.
  • Bars and pubs for hire – these are splendid for fun get-togethers with your friends or colleagues. Is there anything more blissful than laughing and chatting over a nice cold pint of beer? Here at Tagvenue, we list a range of pint-size pubs, hole-in-the-wall cafes and dinky drinking spaces for small shindigs and low-key gatherings.
  • Tea rooms – a small, dainty space is perfect for creating a relaxing and calm atmosphere. Elegant finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones and clotted cream mean it’s time for high tea! What’s more, organising a tea party in London is a wonderful idea for a small bridal shower.
  • Small pop-up spaces – looking for a space for your teensy pop-up shop, or a hip cafe for a mini art exhibition? London has a host of small venues willing to put on creative events, and Tagvenue is here to help you find them.

How to hire a small venue in London

If all you need is a cosy space that’s very easy to get to, you’ll be delighted to know that London’s centre has tons of such venues ready to book. Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to do to make your tiny space hire a reality:

Think about what you want from your venue. Before you even start your search, you can make a list of your wants and needs for your small space. What type of event or party are you planning? Where in London should it take place? How many people should be able to accommodate? Will you need seating, or just standing space will do? When you have all your requirements listed, you can very quickly rank all the venues in your location of choice based on your specific needs.

Contact the VMs. Just to make sure the venue is available on the date you want, it’s best to make enquiries as early as you can. Contacting multiple venues that are up to your standards also wouldn’t hurt. The managers will be able to give you more info about their services, answer any questions, and start the process of signing your hire contract.

Finalise the booking. After you have all the details figured out, you can go ahead and sign your booking form. If you’re using Tagvenue, you’ll be able to do the paperwork and the payment online, saving you time for working on other aspects of your event.

Small Venues in London FAQ

How can I save money on an event in London?

You can save money on an event in London by choosing a small party venue, especially if your guest list is not too large. When booking a small space, check if you can also bring your own food and drinks as this can also offer a chance for significant savings.

What kind of small venues can I find in London?

When hunting for a small party venue in London you will likely find suitable spaces in cafes or coffee shops. You should also check out small sized meeting rooms or studios as well as function rooms and private booths.

How much does it cost to hire a small venue in London?

When hiring a small venue in London, you can find places charging between £10 to £100 per hour. For most locations in the city, however, expect prices to average around £20 per hour. If you are looking to hire a small venue for a flat hire fee, you can find great places between £300 to £1000 per session. Many small venues also offer a minimum spend option, and you can expect to find options from £50 to £500 per session. (All data from Tagvenue.)

Which parts of London are the best for finding small venues?

You can find small venues all over the city, but if you’re looking for an area with lots of variety, start with Clerkenwell and St.Pancras. You’ll find dining rooms, small studios and blank canvases with good access to King’s Cross Station. Fitzrovia has some tiny spaces for meetings and business training sessions, if you’re interested in that.

Guests Reviews of Small Venues on Tagvenue

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Annie Kimber
Booked Upper Arch at SAMA Bankside
SAMA bankside was the perfect place to host my 30th, i'm so glad I found it. I hired the semi-private upper arch which was ideal because it gave me and my guests our own space for catching up, playing beer pong etc., but still with access to the shared bar and dance floor. Early on in the night it was quite quiet, which was great to give everyone a chance to chat and mingle, but after about 10pm it got busier and more and more people appeared upstairs to drink and dance. Kate and Steve were particularly helpful in helping me plan the evening. I really appreciate Steve talking me through my options (and answering my many questions) on the phone and helping me decide which drinks and food to order ahead of the party (we settled on pizza, which the guests really enjoyed). Also a big thank you for choosing to DJ next to our party, everyone loved the music and had a great time!
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Abi Punzalan
Booked Garden Arch at SAMA Bankside
- Steve (Event manager) was friendly, timely and informative in all of his responses which made planning the event for a large group so much easier for me. - We were assigned two teams member on the day to look after us and they were wonderful, helpful and responsive to all our needs - The team were so accommodating - even to all the last minute changes, unexpected delays/orders. It was clear they wanted to make our time there as pleasant as possible! - The venue was lovely and the area we were given was spacious - Reasonable prices for food and drink
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Asad Zaidi
Booked Downstairs Lounge at Esquires Coffee Balham
I booked Esquires Coffee for my birthday celebration. The Downstairs section was booked for the date/time I had in mind, but Vivien said that the Upstairs section was free and booked it for me. This review will be for the Upstairs. The booking process was incredibly smooth and Vivien, Sandra, and Martika were super helpful in getting everything arranged entirely through the Tagvenue platform. The space was absolutely lovely. Great lighting, good seating, and also a lot of room to just mill around in groups of people. I loved the aesthetic of the place. The food was delicious, especially all the baked goods in the Sweet Platter. The vegan rolls in the Veggie Platter were also a huge hit and were the first thing we completely wiped out. The selection of teas/coffees/smoothies/ was already really good. I had also informed the staff about food allergies and dietary restrictions among the attendees, and they were very helpful and carefully labelled everything that could be of concern. Thank you for a wonderful evening! My friends are definitely going to consider Esquires Coffee for their own events as well.
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Danila Deliya
Booked Meeting Room 5 at Marlin Waterloo
We were lucky to be the only event in the venue, so we could use the whole kitchen and breakout area (in addition to the Room 8 we booked). This breakout area was well received by the participants, who could easily communicate and network in a free-roaming mode between the lectures, and also provided ample photo opportunities for our photographer. We were at the limit of the Room 8 size (85 people), but the sound system and the aircon system worked well, and we received a lot of positive feedback from the participants. Event team (Radu and company) were extremely helpful, and arranged tea, coffee and snacks exactly on agreed schedule. Radu was always available for any questions, and provided everything we asked for immediately - from things like additional hanger and pens to hot water station for tea. Radu was very positive and supportive, and was incredible pleasure to work with. The whole venue is extremely clean and well maintained, and designed in a nice and professional fashion. The venue overall is very modern and the facilities are new and fresh, which gave a very polished look to both room and the breakout area. Catering was fantastic, as we had multiple breaks and were worried there won’t be enough for 85 people - but there was a great choice and there was something new during every break. People complimented the quality of the hot desserts in particular. We are also very grateful for the attention and support that we got before the event, as we visited venue twice and asked a lot of questions to Ronan and Radu. They both were very professional and supportive. Overall, we are extremely happy with the venue as across all aspects that we think of (venue, team, catering, atmosphere), everything was perfect. Thank you so much and looking forward to getting in touch again!
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Briony
Booked Mercury Lounge & Secret Garden at The Champion
The venue itself and outdoor area is lovely and was the perfect size for our party (around 50/60 people). Contact was easy between me, Lea and the bar manager and they answered all my queries, silly or not, very quickly. We arrived early to set up and pretty much had free reign to put up what balloons/banners etc we wanted. Drinks and food were pre-ordered and staff checked with us when we wanted to have these come out. The food was delicious and didn't last long :) It was great that the bar downstairs had been stocked with drinks that we had pre-arranged for ease. Main thing for us was how brilliant all the guys were - especially Gio and Paolo(?) - thank you again.
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David Vyvyan
Booked Bar at Yosma @ 50 Baker Street
The food was delicious. The space was really nice and the staff were friendly. They were very helpful when we were setting up our own music. The freedom to take over the music after 10pm was appreciated - especially as a large number of the guests were part of a choir and wanted to be able to sing. It was a relaxed atmposphere and we were able to bring our own birthday cake which the staff served. Those arranging the menu with me in advance were very understanding of dietary issues and we came up with a great plan.

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