London party venues

Whether you’re planning a birthday bash or a special shindig, here are some of London’s finest venues available for all sorts of occasions
Photo credit: Paul Winch-Furness
Photo credit: Paul Winch-Furness
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Planning a party? Then you’ll already know how tricky it can be to find the right venue. Luckily London is so stacked full of weird and wonderful bars, clubs and nightspots, so you can’t really go wrong. We’ve narrowed down our favourite venues for any sort of occasion, so whether you’re pulling together a birthday party, planning your next Christmas do, hen do or stag do, your venue selection skills will never be questioned. And if you just want one of the capital’s finest private dining rooms for something a little more sophisticated? We've got that covered, too.

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Party venues in London

Bars and pubs, Pubs

Bedford

icon-location-pin Balham

This friendly boozer is a great place to check out comedy (particularly at the regular Banana Cabaret Comedy Club) and music (folk, blues and rock, from both new acts and rising talents) or just kick back and enjoy a few pints.

Capacity: 25-200

Bars and pubs, Sports bars

Four Quarters South

icon-location-pin Peckham Rye

A dedicated classic and retro arcade games bar, The Four Quarters is the place to go if you want to brush up on your 'Street Fighter II' skills or just revel in nostalgia by playing 'Pac Man' until your eyes go square. If you're not quite of the age to remember some of those titles, the upstairs room features consoles with games such as 'Mario Kart', 'Sonic the Hedgehog', 'Mortal Kombat' and 'Goldeneye'. To utilise the stacks of old arcade games, there are regular gaming tournaments, plus occasional film screenings, one-off events and private parties.

Capacity: 25-60

Venue says San Junipero ’80s night – Halloween special Friday October 26 – cult ’80s horror movie themed!

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Bars and pubs, Pubs

The Miller

icon-location-pin The Borough

Although it looks like a dodgy council estate pub on the outside, within, it’s been given a squat-chic makeover with playful contemporary art and comfy old chesterfields, attracting a crowd that seems to have been teleported in from London’s more outré art colleges. Maybe they’re here for the vintage arcade games. You might want to throw some shapes to the DJ sets. Do this in the safe knowledge that Guy’s Hospital, with its A&E department, is on the other side of the road.

Capacity: 35-70

Venue says Book your Christmas Party here! Free room hire, party menus, book a DJ or play your own music. Options available for bookings of all sizes!

Bars and pubs

Sebright Arms

icon-location-pin Bethnal Green

The crowd at the Sebright Arms is young and resolutely trendy. Perhaps some of the bustle is down to excitement about the entertainment no longer the variety turns (or prizefighting) laid on in the good old days, but music and comedy instead provided by DJs, bands and comics, both in the main bar and downstairs function room. The venue space downstairs hosted The XX, Laura Marling, and The Vaccines for cheap-as-dirt shows before they hit stardom. It's a great place to play the 'next big thing' lottery.

Capacity: 120-180

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Bars and pubs, Pubs

Star of Kings

icon-location-pin King's Cross

Owned by the same team as The Star of Bethnal Green and the newer Star at Hackney Downs, this tucked away pub north of King's Cross has plenty to offer. Regularly hosting both live music and DJ nights, the venue tends to attract a fairly cool crowd, but there's more than enough room for those who just want a drink as well. Said gigs and DJ nights take place in the venue's ample basement, which can also be hired out for private parties.

Capacity: 10-200

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