Whether planning your own baby shower or throwing a surprise celebration for an expectant loved one, the following top picks are all great venue choices for such an occasion.
Bumpkin Chelsea is a wonderful brasserie, proudly using the very finest locally sourced, seasonal ingredients to prepare classic British fare. This is another flexible offering when it comes to the spaces at your disposal, with a private dining room as well as the Secret Garden. Its muted colour palette provides a stunning backdrop for a great baby shower. You can find the venue just off the King’s Road, the nearest tube stop is Sloane Square.
Tucked right behind Angel tube station, Islington Metalworks is certainly easily reachable for those who travel the city via public transport. The building was in fact originally used as a stable that housed the horses which pulled trams for London Transport. Now a diverse event space that has played host to everything from club nights to fashion shows, and film shoots to wedding, they are fully licenced, with an in-house kitchen and catering team who can make sure all your guests are refreshed. Speaking of guests, this larger venue has a maximum capacity of a much more generous 400.
Pause Bar is another widely versatile venue in thanks to its spacious open-plan layout. The dedicated team will take care of all the legwork, creating bespoke packages for any budget and eliminating any unnecessary stress. Having been located at the heart of the city for 10 years, they are well versed by this point in throwing a good party, be it big or small, with the same attention to detail being given no matter the scale of the gathering. As for getting there, there is a whole plethora of good transport links in the area, including Aldgate, Tower Hill, Fenchurch Station and Liverpool Street.
Found on Charlotte Street in Central London, Bobo Social is a restaurant that is available for hire for private parties. This can be either a formal sit-down dinner or a more informal drinks and canapes reception where guests can mingle more easily, depending on the feel you prefer. The interior is finished in a shabby chic style, with the grey, white and silver accents creating a classy, beautiful finish that is high in character and charm. The capacity allows for 85 guests, whilst transport options include Goodge Street, Tottenham Court Road and Warren Street, all of which can be reached in mere minutes.
CPR refers to Chelsea Prayer Room, a charming little venue that is ideally suited to intimate gatherings over drinks and canapes. The 1920s inspired speakeasy décor brings a warmth and charm that makes this quaint offering a lovely choice for a baby shower, with the capacity allowing just 45 guests per event, meaning you can keep the celebrations between just you and your nearest and dearest. Guests can enjoy the delicious Italian-style cuisine and sample some creative cocktails (those who aren’t pregnant anyway), whilst getting there is also easy, with South Kensington and Fulham Broadway tube stations both around 15 minutes away on foot.
Also found close to South Kensington and Fulham Broadway stations is Goat, a DJ Bar that is perfect for cocktail and canape receptions, but also with experience hosting events as wide ranged as late night dancing, kids birthday parties and corporate product launches. The generous ceiling height, open-plan split-level bar and large windows ensure a spacious, bright interior; one that can accommodate up to 130 guests per reception. The décor has a sumptuous, decadent feel, making the vibe warm and welcoming, which is of course ideal for a baby shower.