I love having large travel meetups with my travel buddies from across the world, especially if we can plan an event in a unique location.
Some of the most unique venues in London are ideal locations for planning large travel meetups when we are all in the UK.
Unique venues in London
London is a fantastic place to have big travel reunions, large travel industry events and special occasion events.
The sheer size of London means that you will be spoiled for choice when picking a unique venue for your event or meetup.
There’s a huge range of venues in London to choose from, from private dining rooms, warehouses, snug spaces and kooky halls.
You just need to decide on what type of venue you want, what your budget is and how many people you want to invite?
If you are planning a large travel themed event, there’s a great selection of unusual spaces in London that can host large groups and functions.
Disclaimer: This post is in partnership with SquareMeal
How to book a venue in London
If you have a special event, meet up, or you are organising a private party, you might not know how to book a venue?
Spending hours researching event venues and making lots of phone calls can feel a bit stressful and overwhelming. Especially if you aren’t used to organising events or meetups.
You might also be wondering how you properly check the quality of venues of where to read eviews of venues online?
Easy venue hire
Why not use SquareMeal to plan your venue hire? SquareMeal will highlight a venue’s availability and also guide you smoothly through the entire booking process.
The booking process is simple and user-friendly with one-click booking option. You also get to choose a wide range of unique venues to suit your event.
SquareMeal now displays hygiene ratings on all its listings to enable you to make an informed choice for your event or meet up.
You also have the option to recreate dishes from your event at home as SquareMeal also offer restaurant-standard recipes for free.
Check out my list of the quirkiest venues in London and start planning your event now.
The London Library
The London Library provides a beautiful backdrop of books for your event or meet-up.
It’s one of the oldest lending libraries in the world and is home to some o the most iconic writers of our time.
The impressive architecture features such as pillars, fireplaces and ironwork balustrade make this a really special venue for an event.
You could hire the Lightwell Reading Room and have a small drinks reception, or unique banquet with 12 of your favourite travel friends.
Sky Garden Terrace
For smaller travel meetups I really recommend having a drinks reception at Fenchurch Terrace, located in the iconic Sky Garden in London.
The terrace is elegant space above the London skyline with gorgeous views of London and delicious sharing platters.
You can also treat yourself to carefully crafted cocktails and have the happiest of hours as the sun sets over London. It’s definitely one of the most unique venues in London.
Looking to meet travel friends in a swanky location? Why not host your event in the sleek Aqua Shard.
Dine on floor 31 of western Europe’s tallest building and enjoy incredible views of London.
The venue has a distinctly British theme in the menu and is the perefct place for feating on contemprrary Britsih dishes with home-grown ingredients.
There’s a spacious private dining room if your event is a little more exclusive, or the semi-private Gin Wing for larger events.
Why not have a small, meetup on the move with Bustronome, London’s first Gastronomic double-decker bus.
Enjoy a fantastic 4-course meal with your travel friends while viewing famous London landmarks through a panoramic glass roof.
If you are planning a small event, it’s a really unique dining and sightseeing experience all rolled into one.
It’s certainly one of the more unique things to do in London and is a perfect mobile event space.
The iconic Tate Modern has several unique spaces for hire for your special events and private functions.
What better venue for an event than one of the cotemporary spaces in the gallery, surrounded by some of the best art in the world?
I went to a travel industry event in the Tate modern and I was so impressed with the setting and the amazing quality of the food.
London transport museum
The London transport museum is a unique location for an event in London. It has a range of impressive galleries and red bus backdrops that are a magnificent location for an event.
There are three great spaces for hire at the museum which are the galleries, theatre and foyer, and the upper deck.
These spaces are ideal for large, informal events in a fun and unique environment.
Cinnamon Bazaar is a restaurant & cocktail bar from Vivek Singh’s range of Cinnamon restaurants, situated in London’s Covent Garden.
It has a traditional Indian bazaar feel and is vibrant in colour, flavour and location. It’s the perfect venue for a meet up in London if you are looking for a unique space with high-quality food.
The menu is full of Indian classics with a twist classics, such as rogan josh shepherd’s pie and Indo-Chinese chicken wings.
The Khari Boali private room is an ideal location for your event, it’s a contemporary space with tropical plants and a private bar.
Give your event a botanic backdrop at Kew Gardens, a unique UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The gardens house extensive botanic collections (conserved plants, living plants and documents) that have been considerably enriched through the centuries.
They have a selection of unique venues to host different sized events, set among their world-famous botanical gardens.
Some of the spaces include the iconic Orangery, the historic Georgian Cottage, and living tropical glasshouses.
Churchill War Rooms
Host an event with a difference at the Churchill War Rooms. Your guests can walk in Sir Winston Churchill’s footsteps, through the historic bunker.
History was made in the Churchill War Rooms – the underground war bunker in London that was the meeting place of Britain’s leaders. Here they plotted the allied route to victory during the Second World War.
It’s a perfect unique venue in London for dinners and drinks receptions with a historic twist.
What do you think of my guide to unique venues in London? Would you host a travel meet up in one of these event spaces? Let me know in the comments below.