The history of our venues
Interested in learning more about our exceptional event venues in London? Then find out here as we explore their unique histories.
For years, we’ve been hosting luxury events in a stunning marquee overlooked by one of Europe’s great castles. The Pavilion, open for Christmas parties between late November and December, and again for summer events from June to July, can house up to 1,200 standing guests (700 seated), and is part of the tower’s exclusive North Moat.
The castle, nearly 1,000 years old, was built for the powerful ruler William the Conqueror, and has served as a prison for some of the country’s most famous figures, from two of King Henry VIII’s wives to Guy Fawkes. It’s also home to a substantial collection of Crown Jewels and armoury, having housed royal treasure for more than 700 years.
This imposing 18th century hall, offering excellent views of the Thames, is next to the infamous Nancy Steps immortalised in the Charles Dickens novel ‘Oliver Twist’. Replacing the original Glaziers Hall that was ruined in the Great Fire of London of 1666, the building is still the home of three famous livery companies: The Worshipful Company of Glaziers, The Worshipful Company of Launderers, and The Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers.
This wonderful riverside venue in the City is a Grade II-Listed 19th-century building that was once the largest fish market in the world. Today, it’s one of our biggest London events spaces, with a capacity of 2,400 for standing receptions.
Next to the historic headquarters of the Honourary Artillery Company (HAC) in the City, the Artillery Garden is another sought-after marquee venue with a capacity of 2,400 for standing receptions. The HAC, one of the world’s oldest military organisations, was chartered in the Tudor era, and the Artillery Garden hosts many other prestigious corporate and sporting events throughout the year.
Despite being one of our most popular events venues in the City, Austin Friars was originally an Augustinian friary. Dating back to the 13th century, this Grade II-Listed building has impressively high ceilings and ornate stained-glass windows, and has enough space to house up to 220 standing guests (140 seated).
Close to the remains of the London Wall built during the Roman Occupation of Britain, One London Wall is another enchanting events venue in the City. Its impressive Neo-Classical Great hall is fit for a royal, with elegant golden chandeliers, floor-length windows and corniced ceilings.
One of Britain’s most famous music venues, hosting the likes of Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, and Blondie, the Roundhouse is an impressive Victorian landmark near Chalk Farm underground. Originally a railway turntable, it was converted into a performing arts venue by the 1960’s, and can now be hired for private functions for up to 1,800 standing guests.
OXO2 is on level two of the OXO Tower, which was built as a power station around the turn of the 20th century, when it was a source of electricity for the Royal Mail Post Office. After the First World War, the venue became owned by the Liebig’s Extract of Meat Company, famed for inventing the OXO stock cubes, and was rebuilt before eventually being refurbished and converted into an events space in the 1990s.
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