There are many pieces to the puzzle of organising a great event. Finding unique event spaces is one of them. We’ve compiled a list of alternative venues (mostly in London) that we’d like to share with you for inspiration.
Although most venues on our list do their own thing during business hours, they all have the option for you to hire them for a private event. Without further ado, here are 26 unique event spaces that will leave a lasting impression on your guests.
1. ABQ London
Fans of the Breaking Bad series will love ABQ, which is a bar inside of an RV. Guests are guided by staff in chemical suits and gas masks to “cook” their own meth-inspired cocktails.
Right next to The Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch is a derailed train carriage. Inside of that derailed train carriage is an American street food restaurant serving Southern classics.
London can be a beautiful city, depending on how many cranes decorate the skyline at any given time. Give your guests a 360-degree view of the central London skyline with Altitude 360.
If you thought black cabs were only good for getting you to the nearest coffee shop, think again. The Black Cab Coffee Co has converted a black cab into—you guessed it—a coffee shop. And yes: They can be hired for events, too.
The Ice Bar is literally one of the coolest venues in London. Everything is made out of ice, including the walls, stools, bar, artwork, and the glasses you drink your cocktails out of.
The Bloody Oyster sounds like…something you wouldn’t want to get involved with. But in reality, it’s an exciting double-decker bus converted into an oyster and Bloody Mary cocktail bar.
It’s not just for show. The London Transport Museum is also a great venue you can hire, full of iconic red London double deckers, trams, and some of the first tube carriages.
How would you like to party in a public toilet? What could possibly be more appetising than eating out of converted urinals? The Attendant is definitely a very unique event space.
You’ve probably never seen anyone on the Tube chow down on a Michelin-star meal. But that’s exactly what you can get at the Basement Gallery, which is fine dining inside of a tube carriage.
Not to be outdone by the London Transport Museum, the Postal Museum also offers a great event space in the subterranean environment of century-old Mail Rail tunnels.
How about some food and golfing? How about both inside of a converted WW2 bunker? It might sound crazy, and that’s exactly what Swingers have gone for with their Crazy Golf Club.
12. The Treehouse
The Treehouse is a very wooden venue. The walls are covered in wooden cladding, the space is filled with woodland animals, and the entire bar is located in what looks like…a loft.
Most horror films are scary because of the intense music that is being played. But what if the soundtrack was smooth jazz? That’s exactly what you can experience in The Crypt.
14. The Ivory Vaults
The Ivory Vaults is not only home to some of the most interesting theatre plays in London. It’s also a very unique event space that will wow your guests with its underground setting.
15. Brigit’s Bakery
Afternoon tea is a staple in Britain, but how about travelling afternoon tea? Brigit’s Bakery serves cupcakes, macaroons, and tea inside of what is a bus and a boat at the same time.
16. Cereal Killer
For the ultimate hipster experience, look no further than the Cereal Killer cafe in Shoreditch. Not only can you get every cereal in the world, but they also have cocktail bars and private rooms.
London’s canals are beautiful in the summer months, so there’s plenty of scope for a sailing soiree with The Floating Boater. Hire the Prince Regent canal boat for your floating event.
Kanaloa is perhaps the most tropical venue in London. There is a rainforest retreat, tropical leaves on the walls, and staff in hula skirts serving cocktail out of pineapples and canons.
If you go to the Breakfast Club bar and ask to see “The Mayor,” you’ll discover that one of the fridge doors leads down to a hidden basement speakeasy and a very unique event venue.
Love disco but hate other people’s taste in music? Then silent disco might be what you need. The Silent Disco Boat combines the intimacy of silent disco with a floating party experience into one of the more unique event spaces.
It does everything it says on the tin: PuttShack is a place for food and mini golf. It’s not any old mini golf, however. It comes with the latest technology which makes it an innovative experience.
22. Moonshine Saloon
The Moonshine Saloon brands itself as the largest immersive cocktail experience in London. All packed inside of a traditional Western-style saloon where you can hide from the sheriff.
23. The Dickens Inn
Fans of Charles Dickens will love this unique event venue. Everything inside is styled according to the Dickensian universe, packed into a stylish pub by the Thames riverside.
Alcotraz is based on the infamous US prison and cult film. Your guests will dressed up in orange jumpsuits, placed in real prison cells, and then served drinks in metal mugs.
The Looking Glass is more than just a cocktail club. It’s one of the many speakeasies in Shoreditch, where you step through the looking glass and enter a parallel universe.
26. Bunker 51
Want an event with a bit more danger and action? Then check out Bunker 51. It’s a Cold War nuclear bunker remade to host events of all kinds, including laser tag and paintball.
Found something unique?
You can’t possibly walk away from this list without at least one new favourite venue to organise an event in. Come on, a bus? A bunker? A crypt? What about the public loo?
If you’ve spotted any unique event spaces that we’ve missed, please do let us know in the comments and we’ll add it to the list.