When planning a party in London, you have a variety of options. If you’re anything like us, you’re looking for a friendly pub with delicious beverages and a meeting room that will get your visitors talking. Therefore, we searched the city for the top pubs with private rooms. We’ve tracked down the best, whether you’re searching for an authentic east-end pub, a quirky south London party spot, an elegant North London birthday location, or an unforgettable west London night. Below is a list of our favourite London pubs with meeting spaces.
The Narrow, Limehouse
The Narrow, part of Gordon Ramsay’s vast restaurant empire, resides in a Grade-II-listed building formerly a dock master’s residence. In the summer, rent out the conservatory, which features floor-to-ceiling glass windows overlooking the River Thames. At the same time, reserve the upstairs River Room, which features a blazing fireplace in the winter.
The Draper's Arms, Islington
The Draper’s Arms is a popular pub in Islington with charming Georgian architecture; the upstairs dining room is available for private hire. It is an appealing space with black and white flooring and pastel green walls, and the party menu is equally enticing, with options such as pig cheek with apple purée and wet walnuts, fish of the day, and steak and ale pie.
The Red Lion, Leytonstone
Popular with East London’s hipsters, The Red Lion is a sprawling, multi-story bar with a few upscale apartments for weary drinkers. Due to its expansive dimensions, the Ballroom at this establishment is best suited for large-scale gatherings. It features a private entrance, two bars, a cloakroom, and adjacent smaller sitting rooms’.
The Gun, Docklands
The Gun may be almost 250 years old but shows no signs of deterioration. For a seated supper, try the River Room, which overlooks the Thames and features soothing delicacies such as slow-cooked lamb shoulder and fish fillet cooked in a pan. In addition, several event rooms are available for rent, making the location suitable for business meetings.
The Prospect of Whitby, Wapping
With so much doom and gloom in the press about London’s pub scene, it’s good to see that one of the capital’s oldest is still going strong. Each of the three conference rooms at The Prospect of Whitby, The Lookout, Pepys, and Smugglers, can accommodate between 30 and 40 persons. The Lookout and Pepys offer unparalleled views of the Thames and access to a gorgeous waterside patio, while the tiny Smugglers meeting room has its well-stocked bar. Expect a menu of traditional, unapologetic pub fare.
The Trafalgar, Greenwich
This old Greenwich beaver pond is situated in a beautiful location along the Thames and is frequently rented for private meetings. Those desiring to throw an event can reserve the enormous Nelson Banqueting Rooms, which have exquisite chandeliers and floor-to-ceiling windows with a breathtaking view of the city’s riverbank attractions. The Admirals Gallery bar at The Trafalgar is ideal for cocktail gatherings, and both spaces can be rented combined if you have a large group.
The Pineapple, Kentish Town
The Pineapple is a popular pub brimming with personality, featuring board games, a Monday night quiz, and a Thai-influenced menu. Regarding private rental, guests can reserve the light-filled meeting room on the second floor, which offers two open fireplaces for chilly evenings. Each suite features a buffet of calming Thai foods. Try the amusing glass-walled conservatory if nothing else.
Old Bank of England, City
Old Bank of England, arguably one of the capital’s most elegant local pubs, with lavish decor and two convenient meeting rooms. The dining room is ideal for events of moderate size, while the Club Room provides easy access to the venue’s courtyard and is ideal for smaller gatherings. With its high ceilings, rich wood carvings, and superstar leather banquettes, this pub is a perfect selection if you want to throw a party or event in a unique environment.
The Grapes, Limehouse
This quaint old-world bar has an impressive past, with Charles Dickens among its previous customers. At The Grapes, the dining room may be reserved for 25 guests, who can dine on burgers, fish & chips, and Sir Ian’s Shepherd’s pie, a dish devised by The Grapes’ leaseholder, the legendary Sir Ian McKellen.
The Marksman, Hackney
The Marksman, one of the most famous pubs in the city, combines the atmosphere of a pleasant neighbourhood pub with a menu of current British food. The Marksman’s popular dishes include a curried lamb bun, chicken and chanterelle pie for two, and treacle tart with buttermilk ice cream for dessert. The restaurant’s private dining area can accommodate up to 12 seated guests for an intimate affair.
Despite the weather, you can count on a pub to be a warm and inviting environment at any time. The pub offers a relaxing effect, which is not present in many other locations available for hire in London. If you are holding an event in which attendees are required to come up and speak on a stage, the dim lighting of a bar is a significantly more relaxing alternative to the bright lights of an auditorium.
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