Charlotte S.

Backstage Basement at The Spice of Life - Soho

London, W1D5… show map
Leicester Square Station (350 yd)

About this room

The Backstage basement is available for hire weekdays until 5PM and Thursday evenings. Hire is possible outside of these times with sufficient notice. Please get in touch if you have a specific date in mind.

Our space is perfect for small corporate use, bespoke events, as well as rehearsal and showcase space. We welcome film and music video shoots.

The bar & kitchen can cater with buffet options as well as our everyday menu.


Capacity

Standing

Standing

up to 100

Dining

Dining

up to 75


Prices and Event Offers

Minimum Spend - Pay at the bar

M T W T F S S

17:00 - 23:00

from £1500 Per evening

M T W T F S S

12:00 - 17:00

from £1000 Per session

*All guide prices are inclusive of VAT

Note on pricing

The Backstage basement is available for hire weekdays until 5pm and Thursday evenings. Hire is possible outside of these times with sufficient notice. Please get in touch if you have a specific date in mind.

Our venue is available EVERY DAY in December.

Christmas Party Christmas Party Offers
SILVER BUFFET £11.50/per person
- Marinated olives*(ve) (Boscaiola, Kalamata olives)
- Hummus and pitta (ve) (traditional hummus, beetroot & apple hummus, wholemeal pitta)
- Chicken liver pâté toast* (Tracklements onion marmalade)
- Honey-glazed sausages (grain mustard mayonnaise)
- Smoked salmon & cream cheese toast* (chives, lemon)
- Chicken wings* (festive coating, cranberry dip)
- Roast potatoes*(ve) (sea salt and gravy)
- Dough balls (v) (garlic butter)


Buffet available for a minimum of 10 people or more only. (*) non-gluten option available
GOLD BUFFET £15.95/per person
- Marinated olives*(ve) (Boscaiola, Kalamata olives)
- Hummus and pitta (ve) (traditional hummus, beetroot & apple hummus, wholemeal pitta)
- Chicken liver pâté toast* (Tracklements onion marmalade)
- Honey-glazed sausages (grain mustard mayonnaise)
- Smoked salmon & cream cheese toast* (chives, lemon)
- Chicken wings* (festive coating, cranberry dip)
- Roast potatoes*(ve) (sea salt and gravy)
- Dough balls (v) (garlic butter)
- Beetroot falafels*(ve) (herb dressing)
- Mini beef & horseradish Yorkshire puddings
- Sweet treats(v) bite-size (chocolate brownies*, mince pies and salted caramel profiteroles (v). )



Buffet available for a minimum of 10 people or more only. (*) non-gluten option available
XMAS MENU £24.95/per person
2 COURSE – £24.95 3 COURSE – £29.95 (FRIDAY - SUNDAY)
2 COURSE – £19.95 3 COURSE – £24.95 (MONDAY - THURSDAY)

STARTERS
- Broccoli & almond soup*(ve) (bread, toasted seeds, olive oil)
- Duck, gin & orange parfait ‡* (Tracklements onion marmalade, toast & butter)
- Crispy breaded brie*(v) (toasted pumpkin seeds, rocket and cranberry relish)
- Prawn & avocado salad* (gem, tomato, cucumber, Sriracha cocktail sauce)

MAINS
| All served with carrots, kale, Brussels sprouts and roast parsnips |
- Roast turkey* (sweet onion & cranberry stuffing, pigs in blankets, roast potatoes, gravy)
- Slow-cooked flat iron beef ‡* (buttered mash, silverskin onions, thyme, mushrooms, red wine gravy)
- Baked sea bass fillets ‡* (parsley new potatoes, Champagne butter sauce)
- Parsnip & chestnut roast*(ve) (cranberries, mixed seeds, roast potatoes, gravy)

DESSERTS
- Stronghart Christmas pudding‡ (brandy sauce, mint, strawberry)
- Passion fruit cheesecake*(ve) (raspberry coulis, vanilla ice cream, mint)
- Chocolate & orange pudding (ve) (chocolate sauce, vanilla ice cream)
- Green apple sorbet*(ve)
- Tiramisu‡(v) (mascarpone, whipped cream, Amaretto, sponge fingers, espresso, cocoa)

Add coffee and mini mince pie for £1.50 extra per person.

£10 deposit per person

‡Contains alcohol
(*) non-gluten option available





Catering

In-house catering

Allows external catering

Approved caterers only

BYO alcohol allowed

Can provide alcohol

Kitchen facilities available

Can provide halal

Can provide kosher

Complimentary water

Extensive vegan menu

Extensive gluten-free menu

Complimentary tea and coffee

Buyout fee for external catering


Licences

Alcohol licence until 00:00

Extension available


Room features

Wi-Fi Wi-Fi

Projector Projector

Flatscreen TV Flatscreen TV

Air conditioning Air conditioning

Whiteboard

Flipchart

Audiovisual (AV) equipment

Conference call facilities

Natural light

Disabled access

Storage space

Accommodation available

Parking available

Microphone

Piano

Exclusive Bar

PA and sound desk


Venue welcomes

Ticketed events

Loud music/events

Own music equipment /DJ

VIP events


It is thought that there has been a tavern on the site of The Spice of Life since around 1750, although its present incarnation was built in 1898.

It was known then as The Cantons, and this name can still be seen in the building's stonework as well as on the flags held by the rooftop gargoyles overlooking Cambridge Circus.

The tavern underwent a few name changes over the next 80 years, becoming The George and 13 Cantons, The Scots Hoose, and then finally The Spice of Life in 1986, when McMullen (the Hertford Brewers) became the owners. The Spice of Life is apparently a reference to a line in the William Cowper poem ‘Task' …variety's the very spice of life / that gave it all it's flavour…”.

As well as being a listed building, The Spice of Life also has an esteemed musical heritage.

In the 1960's and 1970's The Scots Hoose (as it was called then) was a popular venue for folk musicians, and saw many great acts of the time, such as Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Cat Stevens, Bert Jansch, The Strawbs and Sandy Denny performing here.

Then in the heyday of punk in the late 70's The Spice of Life became a regular haunt for many punk musicians and followers, including The Sex Pistols.

In the late 90's a thriving Jazz Club started up at The Spice, and has attracted many top acts, such as Jamie Cullum, Soweto Kinch, Darius Brubeck & Daryl Sherman.


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