Revealed: These are London’s top 10 party venues
Calling all party people! From secret drinking dens to the hottest superclubs, London is jam-packed with party venues. But where to start? Whether you’re getting together for casual cocktails, putting on a festive end-of-year Christmas do or throwing a big ole birthday bash, you’ll want to find the perfect spot to celebrate. Here’s our pick of the city’s best party venues for hire.
For a next-level night out: SushiSamba
Located on floors 38 and 39 of Heron Tower, the flavours of Japan, Brazil and Peru come together at this special occasion destination. First-rate sushi and one of the best views in London make this sky-high venue a modern-day party palace.
What to eat: The Ezo samba rolls with soy-marinated salmon, asparagus and crunchy tempura
For the best vibes: The Magic Roundabout
Smack in the middle of Old Street Roundabout, this hip party spot is accessed via a secret staircase in the tube station. Top tunes, boozy cocktails and street food from the likes of Burger Bear and White Men Can’t Jerk mean this is a place where the magic always happens.
What to eat: The Grizzly Bear – a cheeseburger topped with double-oak smoked bacon and seriously addictive bacon jam
For tasty tipples: 68 and Boston
This all-day wine bar and late-night cocktail venue is great for relaxed date nights and casual get-togethers. A sophisticated Soho spot, 68 and Boston has a £20 per bottle wine list and a plush curtained-off corner for private parties.
What to drink: The fresh and zesty Basil Bootlegger
For a ping pong party: SINK
If you’ve got a competitive streak, this lively table tennis and beer pong joint on the fringes of the city might be just your scene. Custom-made tables, classic red cups and a table tennis robot that will test your skills make SINK the ideal place for a boisterous birthday bash.
What to eat: The chicken wings with spicy hot sauce
For an after-dark adventure: The Escapologist
Located in the headquarters of the secret society that ran Victorian London, the Escapologist serves up new twists on classic cocktails. With the look of an old-school gentlemen’s club, you won’t want to escape this Covent Garden cocktail bar anytime soon.
What to drink: The Flaming Zombie, which is served on fire in a quirky skull mug
For a slice of Shoreditch: Queen of Hoxton
Known for its buzzing atmosphere and lively party nights, Queen of Hoxton is one of east London’s hippest hangouts. While you’re there, don’t forget to head up to the rooftop – this winter it’s been transformed into a Nordic Viking stronghold, complete with firepits, a wigwam and drinking horns galore!
What to drink: Thor’s Courage – a warming hot mead punch
For a taste of the tropics: Kona Kai
This south-west London tiki bar is known for its island-inspired cocktails and holiday party vibe. Hawaiian dancers, live DJs and more than 100 types of rum will make you feel like you’ve escaped London for the night.
What to drink: The Voodoo Blue sharing cocktail, which is served in a giant seashell
For a touch of luxe: The Cuckoo Club
This late-night party playground on the border of Mayfair and Soho promises one of London’s top clubbing experiences. A rock-chic aesthetic and glam mirror-backed bar make this celebrity hotspot popular for after-dark escapades.
What to drink: Champagne – there’s nothing better for a true VIP experience!
For a secret speakeasy: The Blind Pig
This minimalist take on a prohibition-style cocktail den is one of the city’s best kept secrets. A retro-chic 1950s kitchen that doubles as a private bar for up to 60 makes this quirky hideaway a perfect party place.
What to drink: The inventive rhubarb and custard-flavoured Candy Shop Sour
For a wine tasting party: New Street Wine
This casual wine bar and shop is a stylish setting for a wine tasting or drinks party. Located in the Old Bengal Warehouse near Liverpool Street, New Street Wine is a relaxed space to enjoy fine wines with a simple menu of charcuterie and cheese.
What to drink: Whatever their expert sommeliers recommend!