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Top Pub Venues in London

There are plenty of things to think about before choosing the right venue for your party but don't worry too much, we've already done all the hard work for you! London is full of exciting pubs available for hire. Whether you want to watch a game with your friends, host a birthday party, or share picturesque views of the Thames with your guests, thanks to Tagvenue you will find just the right venue for your occasion. Our search engine lets you search by room style, catering type, and many more options, so don’t wait any longer - your dream pub is just a few clicks away!

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Pub Venues Hire Guide

Actor Rhys Ifans once stated that a pub can be a magical place; a true Londoner doesn’t need further explanation. After all, pubs are an essential part of British culture – no wonder many people want to use them for celebrating life’s special moments. People hire pubs for many different types of reasons, here are some of the most common ones:

  • Wedding – A pub is one of the best choices for a laid-back wedding reception. Add a vintage touch with retro cutlery and table decor or hire a traditional British pub that serves up comfort food classics your family will love. London offers a wide variety of pubs with function rooms for hire, so you can be sure to find something that suits your needs.

  • Bridal shower or Stag party - Before you say your ‘I do’s’ get your friends and family into the party spirit. Feel like the queen or the king of the night, and celebrate your upcoming nuptials in style!
  • Birthday party - No doubt about it - a party is always better when it’s in a pub! Whether it’s your 21st birthday, a milestone birthday like 50 or 60, or just any regular year, get your friends together and celebrate this important occasion with a nice drink.
  • Office party - If your company is having a special occasion or you just want to bring people together, you can hire a pub to host the event. This way, you’ll be able to spend time with your colleagues while enjoying great food and drinks.
  • Leaving party – Saying goodbye to one of your coworkers? Maybe your friend is leaving the country? Why not throw a truly British farewell party? Find a pub for hire and enjoy quality time together over a nice cold pint.

  • Team building – After a hard day’s work, it’s time for some pleasure. Tagvenue can help you find a pub for hire in the city centre or in any other district of London. Bring your team together for some pub quizzes, delicious pub grub and ice-cold ales.

  • Christmas party – Ho, ho, ho, how about celebrating in ye olde watering hole? When it’s cold outside, get cosy and feel the Christmas spirit in a London gastropub.

Here are some more tips you may find useful when hiring a pub:

  • Think about the type of catering that would work best for your event – ask the venue manager whether you’re allowed to organise external catering or if BYO alcohol is prohibited or not. If you decide to use external providers, it’s worth asking whether the venue has any preferred caterers or suppliers that they work with regularly. You can get in touch with them directly and perhaps get better rates.

  • Decide what kind of food you’d like to see on the menu – are your guests into fish and chips, and burgers? Or maybe they’d prefer something a little more gourmet? Think about main courses as well as beer snacks. Make sure to check if any of your guests have special dietary requirements, too. And if you have a private dinner in mind, be sure to check our collection of pubs with private dining rooms

  • Before you make your booking, check what’s on the drinks card. A good pub will offer more than just beer and wine. A decent selection of cocktails as well as spirits is essential if you want all your guests to drink what they want. Ideally, the venue should also offer soft drinks such as tea and coffee. You don't want to turn people away just because they want something non alcoholic.
  • Think about what size venue you need – sizes of pub function rooms vary, so ensure the venue you’ve chosen is big enough to accommodate all your guests. There should be room for your guests to move around freely and enjoy themselves without feeling cramped or crowded.

  • Work out which location would be most convenient – are you looking to hire a local pub with a free function room, do you need a traditional London pub in the city centre or are you looking for a modern venue near London Bridge? With London's great public transportation system you are sure to find a place that will be convenient for all the guests attending your event.

  • Check whether the pub has an outdoor space. A few tables outside are ideal for those smokers among us who want some fresh air or just to stretch their legs. Some pubs have heating installed in their outside area, which is great for parties in winter.

  • Find out what kind of music policy the venue has. Some pubs have live music every weekend while others might only play quiet background music on quieter nights. It pays to ask before booking so that your guests aren’t surprised by an impromptu concert when they thought they were just coming for an after-work drink. The right choice of music will guarantee everyone has a great night.

Pub Venues in London FAQ

What occasions are great for hiring a pub venue in London?

Pubs are an excellent location for many sorts of occasions. With their convivial atmosphere and varied event spaces, they are an easy choice for outstanding weddings, leaving parties, team building and Christmas parties. Pubs are also great for either partial or whole venue hire, and even, in some cases, whole weekend hire!

Can I play my own music when I hire a room in a pub?

Before hiring an event space in a pub, it is always best to speak with the venue manager about any special requirements. When it comes to music you will want to ask about how you can connect to their tech, as well as whether there is a loud music policy or time restrictions. It’s also a good idea to check out the venue ahead of the date to make sure the AV equipment is in good working order.

How much does it cost to hire a pub venue in London?

Most pub hire in London will be carried out on a minimum spend basis. This entails a commitment to spending an agreed-upon minimum amount on food and drinks during the event. With this type of arrangement, a pub hire in London can be essentially free! Expect minimum spend in the city to start around £50 for smaller pub spaces and £100 for larger pubs. Prices will vary. (All data from Tagvenue.com)

Which areas of London are best for hiring a pub?

The City of London is where you can find the most pubs and bars in the capital, with most of them located in the financial district. If you're looking for a venue for your corporate event or a party, these areas will give you access to an extensive range of pubs available for hire. Pubs are also popular in Central London's West End, which is home to some of the best pubs in London. The district is known for its theatres and cinemas, as well as its lively nightlife scene. London's East End has a number of great pubs that have been around since Victorian times,  that offer great views on the Thames River.

Guests Reviews of Pub Venues on Tagvenue

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Dayna James
Booked Conservatory Area at The Alwyne Castle
Have just celebrated my Dads 50th birthday here which I organised. Having searched high and low for a venue I came across the Alwyne castle. This venue stood out straight away for me, not only because of the beautiful rustic conservatory area, but also the events manager Lea, who was absolutely amazing from start to finish. Planning a party can be quite stressful but my millions of questions were answered always promptly and in detail, and I was never made to feel like I was badgering her. The whole booking and organising process was surprisingly pleasant and easy and all of my requests were met with no hassle. The day of the event was everything we wished for and more! The conservatory area and garden makes a fantastic venue which can be used for sit down gatherings as well as full on dancing and partying. I found the staff to be extremely attentive and someone was always asking if we were OK or if we needed anything. The drinks came out on time and were constantly replenished without us having to ask. The food was delicious and went down great with my guests, especially the burgers which disappeared within seconds! Most importantly my Dad had a 50th birthday he will never forget and we owe that partly to the Alwyne castle team so THANK YOU! And I would 1000% recommend this venue
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Ruth Spring
Booked The Angel's Lounge at The Angel
The staff at the Angel were great and super helpful - we asked for a craft beer on draught in the upstairs bar as there wasn't one as standard and they set this up for us no problem. The space was a good size for our group of about 35. The venue let us bring our own decorations and leave them there to collect the next day so that we didn't have a to pack up on the night. Location is fantastic! Overall a really great pub venue.
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Roger Barrett
Booked Scullery at The Mitre Lancaster Gate
We booked the venue for our cricket club AGM and it turned out to be the perfect place for it! The Scullery was a comfortable and very private space to accommodate the meeting for the twenty or so of us. The Mitre pub upstairs is a lovely old fashioned English pub serving great ales and the cocktail bar downstairs looks cracking too, although it was closed on the evening we were there. All staff looking after us were brilliant, the food served (bar snack menu) was delicious. Great evening! We will be back! The Stage Cricket Club
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Suptasree Roy
Booked Conservatory Area at The Alwyne Castle
The conservatory was perfect for my party, tastefully decorated with lots of natural light and space for kids to run around. Very well located for public transport, easy parking and more partying on Upper St later in the evening. Service was great too. They kindly accommodated my specific needs. All my guests were impressed with the choice of venue.
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Mark Barry
Booked Full Venue Hire at The Hat and Tun
Lovely pub, good location and a perfect size for my birthday (40-50 people, could take more). Service was excellent, bar manager/staff were really helpful and friendly throughout. They helped to maintain a good atmosphere by adjusting lights and music volume as the evening went on. They really helped to make the evening go well. Good range of beers on tap and in bottles. Good range of spirits. Overall a really enjoyable evening.
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Dominique Kuzniarek
Booked First Floor Bar at The Walmer Castle
I booked the upstairs of the Walmer Castle pub and I am more than pleased I did so. Staff was very very friendly and helpful. They were very Efficient. I helped cleared some tables at some point as they were a bit overwelmed but it does not matter. In the end, they said that we were awesome and that they had a great time. Brilliant!

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