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From gritty Shoreditch to posh Mayfair, London’s vibrant neighbourhoods reflect the city’s exciting cultural mix. Want to stand out from the pack? If you’re looking to host an event with a lot of personality, then you’ve come to the right place. Here at Tagvenue we list some unusual venues that are seriously out of this world. Whether you’re after a hidden gem or a one-of-a-kind concept space, you’ll be surprised what you can find here in the city. Dreaming of a chic cocktail emporium or an old school bowling alley? Maybe you prefer modern venues and an industrial-chic warehouse space is what you're after? Tagvenue is sure to have an unusual venue that’ll get your guests talking. And the best part? It’s easy to search, so you can find an unusual venue in a flash.

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Unusual Venues Hire Guide

How unusual do you want your event to be? At Tagvenue we have ballrooms, gardens, boats, special stables and more funky venues. The spaces are able to host any type of gathering - from small to large. Just take a look, pick one, book it and enjoy the event.

When it comes to unusual venues in London, our top picks include:

  • Museum venues – The capital has a thriving museum scene that reflects the country’s rich cultural history. Never-before-seen objects from a niche museum will guarantee to get your guests talking, or maybe you’d prefer a historic space that’ll strike just the right note?
  • Hotel venues – London is home to some of the best hotels in the world, many of which are tourist attractions in their own right. From iconic hotels like Claridge’s and The Ritz Hotel, to beautiful boutique hotels and cutting-edge concept hotel venues, you’re spoilt for choice.
  • Wet hire venues – Wet hire venues take care not only of the space but also of other aspects of the event – such as the staff, the audio-visual equipment, the catering and the decorations. Choosing a wet hire venue makes the whole event planning process much more efficient and less stressful for you.
  • Dry hire venues - Dry hire venues are simply just the space for your event, providing a great blank canvas for your unique party. These are great for hiring a room on more of a budget and also if you have preferred caterers and decorators for your party. 

Hiring an unusual venue is a sure way to make your night unforgettable. When looking for the perfect quirky venue for your event, here are a few things to consider:

Type of Event – The desired vibe for your evening is a key thing to consider when hiring a venue. Studios and galleries are great places to host events like weddings, birthdays, and corporate events alike. These spaces offer plenty of space to spread out for activities like dancing and socialising and are a great option for any event. If you’re curious about this type of venue, check out Aures London. Having an event in a space such as a museum or church is a great way to have a party with a classy and elegant atmosphere which is also great for weddings.

Size of the Space – This largely depends on the number of people you have. Many of the quirky rooms available are designed around smaller to medium-sized parties. The kind of hospitality and entertainment you have in mind for your event will play a role as if you have a band or a planned dinner service, you will need more space. The size of the space will also be a determining factor for the price of the event, as larger spaces will often cost more per session.

Food & Drink – Having food and beverages at your party is a must. Not all parties have to have an elegant sit-down dinner as often a buffet or shared plates will suffice for snacking throughout the evening. Having a bar available is always welcome, and there are many types of bar packages to choose from when planning the party. Cash bars are the most affordable option on the side of the party planner, as the guests cover the cost of alcohol and they will pay for only what they use. Open bars, however, are great options when planning a party. Here you can choose between a beer and wine option and also have a full bar service with liquor and cocktails. This decision will come down to the type of event that you are holding. For instance, at weddings, it is great to have an open bar for the evening, but at a corporate event or less formal gathering, a cash bar will often do the trick.

Entertainment – Entertainment is always great to have but not always necessary. DJs can serve a double function as both music curators and also MCs for the event. Many venues will have preferred contractors for entertainment services, but more often than not, you will have free rein over who you choose to hire to provide entertainment and MCing.

Venues are our business so we’ve already done most of the work for you, just click and see for yourself what we have. I think we will surprise you and it’s easy to book, just a few clicks and you will be talking with one of the unique venue managers and booking the perfect room for your event right here in London. From the small to the large we make sure the details are right. Our focus is on you the customer, so making sure you have all the information you need is key. We’ve already done the hard work, you can sit back put the kettle on and let your imagination go wild, just a few clicks and you’re away.

Unusual Venues in London FAQ

What are the perks of hiring an unusual venue in London?

A unique or quirky venue will offer your event a huge dose of character, and a huge shot of fun. Whether you hire a railway arch or a bedoiun tent in the heart of London, a cool and unusual venue will get your party off on the right foot.

How much does it cost to hire an unusual venue in London?

When hiring an unusual venue in London, you will find that prices can vary substantially depending on the venue type but you can be sure that you will definitely get what you pay for. The easiest way to book an unusual venue is to choose a minimum spend venue and expect prices in the range of £100 to £1000. For a flat hire fee, most venues will charge between £50 to £1500 per session. (All data from Tagvenue.com)

What kind of unusual venues can I find in London?

London has so many unusual venues you will be spoilt for choice. Look to certain unusual venues for a unique event space, including museums, railway arches, boats, buses or guildhalls.

  • The Lower Deck – Tamesis Dock – Hire a beautiful converted 1930's Dutch barge for your next event.
  • Garden Tiki Huts at Hope and Anchor – Book a private Tiki Hut in the garden of this Hoxton pub.
  • Vauxhall Arches – Book one of this venue’s 9 separate event spaces tucked away in vintage railway arches.

What are ways to make hiring a venue more affordable?

Ways you can reduce costs are by inquiring about dry hire, which is when you just rent the space. You can also choose a minimum spend option, where your party will be required to spend a certain amount of money on food and beverage. Inquiring about outside catering and a BYOB option are also alternatives to reducing overall costs.

Guests Reviews of Unusual Venues on Tagvenue

Booked Lower Ground Floor at Hard Rock Cafe Piccadilly Circus
The whole process of dealing with the team at The Hard Rock was super from beginning to the end. I dealt with 3 people in the venue sales & marketing team and each was as professional as the next. The food served was superb, the feedback from our guests was that there was always food on offer and it was great quality. The welcome reception cocktails were superb, and the venue included non alcoholic cocktails which enabled our inclusive approach for our guests. Narrisa and her team were able to connect us with some great live musicians who delivered incredibly for us. So, from location, which is amazing, to delivering an amazing guest experience, I can wholeheartedly recommend this venue.
Miss Daniela Roberts
Booked The Orangery at TT Liquor
Firstly, I would like to say a HUGE thank you so all the staff at the venue on the evening of the party. We literally couldn't fault them, and the service was outstanding. I would like to mention Rhiannon who was in charge of the event as she was in control, calm, accommodating, flexible and seamless in everything. The bar staff were amazing too, they made so many cocktails! The sound guy was super helpful and the kitchen staff made the most amazing pizzas! The space is really versatile, we took some fairy lights and candles and made the space really warm. The L shape works really well so one section is the dance floor and one section people could mingle and enjoy their pizza and cocktail. Thank you all for making the night so special.
Rubina Choudhry
Booked The Ballroom at Upper House
We hired the Ballroom pretty last minute for our office's summer party. Nadine was great at helping me organise it and explaining everything to me. They were very flexible with our various dietary requirements and also with how we paid for the event, they were able to adjust to suit our processes which meant that we were actually able to go ahead with the event. I had been worried the food might not be enough for everyone but it definitely was, everybody also thought the food was delicious. The staff on the night were very helpful and went out of their way to make sure our night went well and everyone had fun and this was definitely noticed and appreciated amongst staff. Everybody said they had an amazing time and they loved the venue and food, I can't recommend this venue enough.
Lidia De Sande
Booked Downstairs Lounge at Esquires Coffee Balham
I absolutely loved the place as it suit my personality. An unusual quirky venue with crazy furniture and decoration and the best smoothies I've tried in a long time. The hired space (basement) was big enough to host my 20 people party and the flexibility of the venue was appreciated (we were allowed to play music, instruments and bring our own food and drinks). The young lady that stayed until 8pm in the Cafe was very nice. A smile in a customer facing job is always appreciated by the customer.
Joe Choukair
Booked The Space & 1/4 of the terrace at Big Chill Kings Cross
Everything was awesome at Big Chill House, the event went really well with Anita and Alice's great help on the day. Everyone enjoyed themselves and the team were there if we needed anything, they checked in with us throughout the night on food/drinks and if we needed anything, we all had such a top night, thanks Big Chill House team!
Lucy Armstrong
Booked Martha's Bar at The Washington
Great venue for a 20s themed party, barely needed any additional decoration as it looked great already. Price very good (£500 minimum spend reached easily) for what you got, and the bookcase entrance unique!

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