A young boy looks forward to the tradition of celebration when he becomes a young man at his Bar Mitzvah, but his concerns are rarely the reception or catering, and the location of sites he might celebrate in aren’t something he usually thinks much on. Rather, it is the work of parents and family to find banquet halls and venues that embrace tradition and individuality of their young boy as he is recognized for the first time as a man. We’ve considered this in reviewing each venue below and the end result is an excellent selection of the finest places in London for a young man to celebrate time and tradition with family and friends.
Gilgamesh is found within the bustling and ever-popular Camden, with Camden Town and Camden Road stations both just 10 minutes away on foot. The intricate, highly detailed interior is totally one-of-a-kind and sure to impress your guests. Speaking of them, you can host gatherings for as few as just 20 people or for as many as 500, making this a very adaptable venue no matter the scale of the Bar Mitzvah you are planning. As for the planning process itself, the events team will happily work with you to bring your vision to life, creating a bespoke and memorable occasion.
At 172,228 square feet of space, there is no larger historic event venue in all of London than the Tobacco Dock. It’s capable of hosting up to 8,000 guests, but can be set for smaller or more intimate events on request. In terms of history, the facility was originally constructed in the early 19th century as a bond warehouse, where tobacco was brought from the New World. For your son’s Bar Mitzvah, few historic pursuits are more accepted than that of trade and management. There is a vaulted skylit ceiling running the entire length of the upper areas, with a raised mezzanine level and lower area available too. With room for more than 800 cars in the adjacent car park, and just minutes walking from the Shadwell or Tower Hill links, it’s also easy for everyone to reach.
The Troxy is a massive event space originally opened as a grand cinema in the 1930s, and currently refinished as an art deco venue that’s Grade II listed. There is a huge tiered theatre that can seat up to 2,000 guests, and the Cabaret, which we’ve pictured here, hosts 520 seated at capacity. In total there is almost 11,000 square feet of available area, yet the great height of the ceilings and impeccable attention to detail in the decor give an impression of even greater space. The stage area is generously proportioned, providing room for live music and entertainment, with the latest in audio visual technology and lighting ready to meet your needs. Whether summer, winter, or somewhere between, the facility is also temperature controlled so that it’s never too hot or too cold. It’s just steps from nearby transport links.
Perhaps the largest event venue for hire in all of London’s Sloane Square area, Saatchi covers 70,000 square feet of the Duke of York’s headquarters building. This includes the full three functional floors of gallery space, and all of the interlinked and connected areas. There are Barasol lights placed throughout the building, which perfectly simulate natural daylight and will serve to illuminate every moment of your young boy’s Bar Mitzvah. You’ll find finished wood floors throughout, crafted to the highest standards, and towering ceilings in the main gallery areas that will take your breath away. Up to 1,500 guests can comfortably attend your young man’s event, and they’ll find ample room to mingle and socialize while celebrating his great day. It’s also only steps from the Sloane Square station, and just a bit farther from Victoria Station, at a 19 minute walk.
There is no more appropriate place in all of London for a young boy to enter manhood at his Bar Mitzvah than a stone palace built for a Lord to entertain his guests. At The Orangery, his first steps as a young man will be taken proudly, and echo down the storied histories of Lords like him as they entertain and delight those around them. At 1,320 square feet, this hidden gem is the perfect place for his closest family and friends to be in attendance, comfortably seating 80 guests inside, with more possible in the lawn and garden areas. It’s also easily reached by car, and just over ten minutes walking from either of the High Street Kensington or Holland Park links.