The first step in a successful party is always choosing the right venue, and this is never truer than with a kids’ party, as their soaring levels of excitement for the big day mean there are high expectations to be met! We think the following venues won’t disappoint and will set you well on your way to a great day for all involved.
Battersea Arts Centre is a mix of historical architecture and theatrical flair, giving it a highly atmospheric feel that is sure to engage the imaginations of the kids. The vast amount of open space means there is a generous total capacity of 600, so there’s plenty of room for activities and there won’t be any tears over certain friends being left off the guest list. Having hosted everything from weddings and parties to conferences and film shoots in the past, this venue is well versed in putting on a good show.
￼Proud East is certainly a flexible offering, functioning as a café, a restaurant, a cocktail bar (though perhaps only for the parents in this case, of course), a pool room and an event space for all manner of different occasions. It has a cool vibe and a laid-back atmosphere, meaning it could be particularly well suited to older kids looking to simply hang out with their friends over good food and a few games of pool. The venue sits on the banks of the regent’s canal just off the Kingsland Road.
The central bar and restaurant area at Trade Union features a bustling open kitchen, classic leather booths and an urban flair courtesy of concrete finishes and neon lights that contrast to great effect with organic graphics, floral motifs and accents of bright colour for a unique style. There is also a private room and a mezzanine level, complete with a 14ft steel slide for the kids – and the young at heart. A vintage photo booth means they can capture great memories of the day to treasure, whilst DJ booths and AV facilites make organising entertainment a breeze.
Bobo Social would be an ideal choice for kids who perhaps feel a little more mature in their sensibilities and want something more grown up or low-key in flavour. This bi-level restaurant with shabby-chic grey, white and silver interior has a sophisticated yet warm feel. Ideally located on Charlotte Street in Central London, it’s only around 10 minutes from Soho and within easy reach of good local transport links, including Goodge Street, Tottenham Court Road and Warren Street.
Transforming from a heated, tented venue in the winter to an open-air venue in the summer, The Magic Roundabout is home to 3 bars, a dance floor and award-winning street food. Featuring surely some of the boldest and most eye-catching design in all of London, there are all sorts of zany patterns, bright colours and quirky touches to be found, immediately setting the tone for a day filled with fun. Well connected, it is mere seconds away from Old Street station.