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Backstage Basement at The Spice of Life - Soho

Moor Street, 6, London, W1D5NA Show map
Leicester Square Station (350 yd)
Charlotte S.

Charlotte S.

About this space

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
up to 100
Dining
up to 75

Event offers and packages

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





Prices

Monday
12:00 – 23:00
from £1000–£1500 min. spend
Per session
12:00 – 17:00
from £1000 min. spend
Per evening
17:00 – 23:00
from £1500 min. spend
Note: Alcohol licence until 00:00. Extension available. All prices include VAT.
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.
Tuesday
12:00 – 23:00
from £1000–£1500 min. spend
Per session
12:00 – 17:00
from £1000 min. spend
Per evening
17:00 – 23:00
from £1500 min. spend
Note: Alcohol licence until 00:00. Extension available. All prices include VAT.
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.
Wednesday
12:00 – 23:00
from £1000–£1500 min. spend
Per session
12:00 – 17:00
from £1000 min. spend
Per evening
17:00 – 23:00
from £1500 min. spend
Note: Alcohol licence until 00:00. Extension available. All prices include VAT.
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.
Thursday
12:00 – 23:00
from £1000–£1500 min. spend
Per session
12:00 – 17:00
from £1000 min. spend
Per evening
17:00 – 23:00
from £1500 min. spend
Note: Alcohol licence until 00:00. Extension available. All prices include VAT.
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.
Friday
12:00 – 23:00
from £1000–£1500 min. spend
Per session
12:00 – 17:00
from £1000 min. spend
Per evening
17:00 – 23:00
from £1500 min. spend
Note: Alcohol licence until 00:00. Extension available. All prices include VAT.
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.
Saturday
Closed
Note: Alcohol licence until 00:00. Extension available. All prices include VAT.
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.
Sunday
Closed
Note: Alcohol licence until 00:00. Extension available. All prices include VAT.
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.

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


Facilities

Wi-Fi
Projector
Flatscreen TV
Air conditioning
Whiteboard
Flipchart
Conference call facilities
Natural light
Disabled access
Storage space
Accommodation available
Parking available
Microphone
Piano
Exclusive Bar
PA and sound desk

Music & sound equipment

Own music allowed
Bring your own DJ
PA system / music speakers available

Venue welcomes

Ticketed events
Loud music/events
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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