East London is known for its trendy atmosphere, and that makes it the perfect place to hold a party, especially during the festive season when the capital is a hive of activity and cheer. With that said, here are some of the best venues available for hire right now.
BL-NK is a fantastic urban style venue found on Curtain Road in Shoreditch, just 6 minutes from Liverpool Street station and also close to Old Street and Shoreditch High Street. With 3 floors available in all, it is a very versatile offering, having already played host to all manner of different events, both private and corporate. There is an onsite café and an in-house food team, who are more than happy to take care of any catering needs for the party, whilst the 1st floor bar and roof terrace makes for an excellent breakaway space, where you can mingle with friends over a few good drinks.
The Canvas café is a creative and vibrant venue that also comes with a selection of different spaces which you can utilise. Chief amongst these is the bright and airy ground floor, which comes complete with a bar and a relaxed atmosphere, perfect for unwinding and leaving behind the stresses of the office. From here you can access the New York style garden, as well as the spacious basement area, which subsequently leads onto a fully equipped kitchen, meaning that refreshments can easily be organised. The venue is fully licenced and has an intimate capacity of 70, allowing for a more personal touch with your guests.
Found in the heart of Canary Wharf, 28 West is a stylish lounge bar that is perfectly suited to private parties with a relaxed and chilled out vibe. Whether a dinner party or a more casual drinks do, 28 West provides a welcoming, characterful space, complete with plush sofa seating, wooden furnishings and exposed brickwork. Located right by the banks of the River Thames, the large windows ensure you make the most of the great view. It’s also flexible when it comes to capacity, being available for table bookings, large parties and even full private hire.
Mick’s Garage can be found in the buzzing hive that is Queen’s Yard. Sitting right opposite the CRATE brewery tap room, you can sample the core CRATE range at the Jarr Bar, as well as home brewed kombucha, the perfect accompaniments to the delicious food from SHUK SHUK, a market BBQ. Perfect for getting into the weekend spirit, the venue is open Friday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays. The vast capacity makes it ideally suited to large scale parties, whilst the industrial, open feel means that no one should feel cramped despite the hefty guest list.
Tucked beneath the ground, The Woods is a hidden gem of a drinking den, and one of the more unique offerings within all of London when it comes to the style and interior design. Forming the centrepiece of the venue is a beautiful yet eerily atmospheric tree adorned with lights that grows from the ground, right through an old piano. Additional features like red velvet clad walls and moody lighting add to the immersive quality of the space, and the drinks selection is equally as intriguing, with US craft beers, picklebacks, bourbon and a quirky cocktail list.
Found next to the Excel Centre, Fox@ExCel is a fully refurbished tobacco warehouse, which now serves as a lively bar and restaurant. With no less than 6 different areas to choose from and a total capacity that adds up to allow as many as 1200 guests, it’s a very versatile offering, able to play host to all sorts of occasions. The décor has a largely informal feel, with lots of wood and exposed brickwork adding character to the various spaces. Situated in the Docklands, the nearest public transport options are Custom House, Prince Regent and Royal Victoria.