At a corporate reception it’s important to create the right mood and atmosphere, and with Gothic style venues that often comes as a given, making them a wonderful choice. With many to choose from in London, here are some of the best to help you on your way.
Gothic in name and Gothic in style, The Dead Dolls House Peckham was first built in the 1870s as a public house, meaning it’s steeped in London’s rich sense of cultural heritage. Now however, it’s a vibrant venue where guests can expect to drink, dine and dance the night away, surrounded by the eye-catching black, white and silver-accented décor, which is perfectly in-keeping with the Gothic vibe. At around 10 minutes from Peckham Rye and just 7 minutes from Queens Road Peckham, it’s well connected to the wider city for those who need to travel.
Even the name of The Clerkenwell House of Detention is sure to get a few spines tingling, not to mention its turbulent and often dark history. Stretching right back to its early days as a prison when it was constructed in 1617, it was ravaged by fire in the 1780 Gordon Riots before being demolished in 1893 to make way for a school. Beneath the playground however, a labyrinth of atmospheric remains is still in use, now functioning as a multi-purpose event space for those who want to truly immerse themselves in a piece of Britain’s Gothic past.
21 Arlington Street is an ornate and downright beautiful venue within a Grade II* listed building that was first built in 1740 for Richard Boyle, the 2nd and last Viscount Shannon, making this another richly historic offering. Found in London’s world renowned West End, just steps from the iconic Ritz hotel, there are 3 private rooms available for hire, each finished with a true sense of decadence and sophistication, harking back to the elegance of days gone by. Just a stone’s throw from Green Park tube station, it is easily reachable for those travelling from further afield.
4 Princelet Street is found exactly where the name would suggest and is without doubt one of the city’s most unique venues. Deliberately unmodernised, it has a raw and stripped-back feel and a distinctly Dickensian vibe; like you really are stepping back in time. This makes it a wonderful choice for a no frills backdrop that is all about the heritage of the space and the immersive quality of the atmosphere, which in itself is practically tangible. With a capacity of 120 and Liverpool Street station within an easy walking distance, it is however still a practical choice as well.