By Sarah Holland, Head of Venue Reservations
Now that I am lucky enough to call London my home, I always feel a great sense of pride and an overwhelming feeling of being British when recommending iconic London venues to clients for their events. Especially famous venues in London.
I don’t know if you are like me, but when I see famous venues in London whether on TV, featured in a film, in a magazine or as I am walking through parts of the city recognising them, I get excited. I have to stop and take a selfie. Famous in their own right for being filled with history and memories, many of our famous venues we work with have also been featured on TV and in films.
We as “Londoners” (I’m proud to call myself one now!) are spoilt for choice when it comes to famous venues in our city and it’s easy to recommend some of these amazing famous London venues to my clients.
When it comes to planning an event and you need a venue to wow your guests, a venue to show off British culture to international and out of town guests, or maybe you simply get excited (like me) at the thought of holding your event in a famous London venue, then Venue Reservations can help you venue find and plan your perfect event with the wow factor.
Here are few examples of famous London events venues on our portfolio. You’ve no doubt recognised some of them already from the TV and films you may have seen.
TV and filming that has taken place at this venue: Now You See Me 2
Located in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage site at Greenwich and a former royal palace, the Queen’s House is an elegant venue for corporate dinners and private entertainment which require an air of distinction. Built in the 17th century by Inigo Jones for Queen Anne (wife of James 1) for hosting sumptuous parties, it was the first wholly classical building of its kind in England and is regarded as one of the most important buildings in the history of British architecture. The great hall features the original black and white marble flooring and commanding views over the River Thames. The orangery and south parlours have views over Greenwich Royal Park and are an ideal entry point for reception drinks. After dinner guests can enjoy private telescope viewings or retreat to the undercroft for dancing or post-dinner drinks.
TV and filming that has taken place at this venue: The Crown
Built in 1825 by the ‘Grand Old’ Duke of York, Lancaster House is a magnificently preserved building steeped in political history. It was used as a family home until the mid-20th century and many of its original features still remain.
Situated close to Buckingham Palace, this historic building offers a magnificent setting in a prestigious central location with first class facilities for all types of events and hospitality.
Lancaster House has a wide range of rooms and a large picturesque garden. Its magnificent architecture and decorative interiors provide a perfect backdrop for any occasion, from an intimate dinner to an international summit.
TV and filming that has taken place at this venue: Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, Transformers.
Tower Bridge has been the backdrop for many other films including: Mission Impossible 5 and Fast and Furious 6
Tower Bridge – which has stood over the River Thames since 1894 – is now recognised as one of London’s most iconic landmarks. As the most famous bridge in the world, it is also regarded as one of London’s most unique venues. The Walkways provide the perfect backdrop for any evening event. The award-winning Walkways can be hired in the evening for cocktail receptions for up to 250 guests and seated dinners for up to 120.
TV and filming that has taken place at this venue: The Apprentice
Found at the top of The Shard, 244m above the capital, The View is one of those event spaces that can justify its superlatives. The Renzo Piano-designed building allows guests to see up to 40 miles away, in all directions. The View has two viewing platforms: Level 69 and Sky Deck on Level 72, which together can hold up to 400 people in the summer months, or 300 for the rest of the year. Breakfast events are popular, as well as evening networking and cocktail parties as the sun sets over the city. Each private event gives the client exclusive use of the entire visitor attraction. The venue works with big name suppliers covering AV, catering and decoration.