If you’re throwing a leaving do, you’ll want to make the recipient feel rightfully special. Choosing a great venue is a crucial first step in setting the tone and throwing a successful party that everyone will remember fondly and so with that said, here are some top picks.
Shaka Zulu is London’s largest South African restaurant, which was opened in 2010 with a royal blessing from none other than the Zulu King himself. With a massive 27,000 square feet of space on offer across the 2 floors, there is a very generous maximum capacity of 850. Being a restaurant, bar and club, you can expect to find amazing food, drinks, live music and certainly plenty of dancing, all within a rich and immersive setting full of authentic, ornate details.
Bird of Smithfield is a wonderfully versatile offering with several different spaces, each of which offers its own style and capacity depending on the vibe you had in mind for the party. There is The Birdcage cocktail bar ideal for receptions for up to 60 guests; the first-floor restaurant available for private hire for up to 52 guests, and the second-floor private room perfect for more intimate gatherings of just 40 guests. Well connected via nearby transport links, Barbican, Farringdon and St. Paul’s can all be reached in well under 10 minutes.
BOUNCE is a leading entertainment concept, functioning as a Ping Pong club as well as a multi-purpose event space for both private and corporate occasions. The expansive main space is great should you have a large guest list to cater for, but for more traditional party sizes, there is the private Play Room, complete with features such as bespoke Ping Pong tables, a photo pod to capture memories of the evening, a state of the art presentation and sound system and a cocktail bar with its own dedicated bartender, to name just a few.
If you want true privacy and a feeling of exclusivity, The London Edition Penthouse in Fitzrovia is well worth considering. This custom furnished penthouse apartment comes complete with a fully kitted-out kitchen, a lounge area, a private dining room and a wraparound landscaped terrace that boasts panoramic views of the city beyond. Elegant and sophisticated, it’s well suited to low-key dinners or drink receptions with a personal flair for just 50 guests.
Super trendy, The Caipirinha Bar is a perfect place to gather with friends for a relaxed and informal leaving do. Tropical fruit-flavoured Caipirinhas and Batidas are sure to get everyone in the party spirit, and with 2 for 1 offers running on a selection of cocktails from 12pm-7pm and 10pm-close daily, it’s also brilliant for those who love a good bargain. The capacity allows for up to 100 guests to attend and the nearest transport link is Brixton, which can be reached in just 2 minutes.