Hidden gems: fabulous event spaces for hire in London
At Kina Events we are London-born and bred and so, unsurprisingly, rather proud of our wonderful home city. This week we have curated a list of some of the often-overlooked event venues in London that can help add a little interest to your event.
Situated right next to Farringdon Station, the Postal Museum has the rather rustic and urban aesthetic that has become so popular of late, allowing for guests to explore the secret 100-year-old Mail Rail tunnels as well as offering a miniature train ride for your guests in smaller groups. This industrial space comes complete with vaulted arches and exposed brickwork, proving to be a stunning and powerful event space, and one which is sure to get some conversation flowing.
Evocative, haunting and atmospheric this wine cellar was originally used in World War II as an air-raid shelter, before becoming home to 8,000 bottles of the world’s most fantastic wines. With space for around 44 guests, it may well be the perfect location for a more intimate gathering or private supper. And, of course, it’s a great spot for a corporate wine tasting event that would be sure to impress your clients.
A far larger and more modern space, Hawker House has a capacity of up to 1,000 people and comes with a huge amount of flexibility. Fully equipped with removable furniture and a street food area as well as two private bars, this allows for an almost unprecedented amount of flexibility for a space in London. Not only that, it also allows for halal catering as well as bring your own alcohol which means that you can cater to every demographic whilst keeping costs manageable.
Ideally suited to an evening, atmospheric event, the Churchill War Rooms have a fascinating history. Each room has been preserved and restored to look just as it did during the Second World War. Walk the same corridors as Churchill, peer into the room where his War Cabinet made their momentous decisions, and marvel at the complexity of the abandoned Map Rooms, completely frozen in time since 1945. Delight your guests with this remarkable historic setting, where Winston Churchill himself dined during the war. The venue is suited to groups between 20 and 250 guests for dinners, annual meetings, award ceremonies, Christmas parties and more.
The Foundling Hospital (which continues today as the children’s charity Coram), was established in 1739 by the philanthropist Thomas Coram to care for babies at risk of abandonment. With a fascinating history – reflective of the noisy, disease-ridden, polluted and desperate poverty of London at this time – the Foundling Museum is a classical and stylish event space to hold an event in central London. With its beautiful eighteenth-century interiors and exquisite art collection, the venue makes a stunning backdrop for evening entertaining. Located in the heart of leafy Bloomsbury, the Museum is also well-located being a stone’s throw away from Russell Square, King’s Cross, Holborn and Euston stations.
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