23rd September 2016

Our Venue Experts love to be in-the-know. They make it their mission to explore the best, the newest and the most unusual venues across the country, so you don't have to. This month we've got nightclubs, a church and a 60s themed basement bar – and that's just for starters.

1. Simon Drake's House of Magic


If you don't just want a venue, but rather a whole experience, then look no further than Simon Drake's House of Magic.

Guests arrive at the venue blindfolded and are then led through the Enchanted Garden – an ancient woodland glade which plays host to a haunted castle ruin.

Once inside, you'll be treated to drinks in the Gothic splendor of the Red Room, before exploring the breathtaking mansion. During the tour, you'll witness a whole array of sping-tingling experiences, including The Haunted Cellar, fortune-telling on The Whispering Chair and Simon Drake's Magical Extravaganza.

This is next-level magic.

2. St John's, Hyde Park


If you thought that church halls were boring, you've clearly never been to St John's. Both versatile and full of character, the Church Hall at St John's Hyde Park can be hired for all manner of events – from weddings to business conferences.

With space for up to 600 guests, a fully-versatile layout and underfloor heating, this breathtaking space can be transformed into pretty much anything you want it to be.

Its stained-glass windows add a heap of character to the venue and provide unbeatable colouring when the sun shines through (which could rival any artificial lighting, by the way). The open-plan space also provides fantastic acoustics, so if sound is imperative to your event, you won't be disappointed.

3. The Archivist


Set moments from from Haggerston Station and on the Regents Canal, The Archivist lies at the centre of London's artistic hub.

What really sets The Archivist apart, though, is its unique waterside exhibition space. With its own private entrance and 900sqft of floorspace, this bright, open space is ideal for brand showcases, product launches, press days and drinks receptions.

Aside from this, the venue also programmes a multitude of events and exhibitions all year round, so every time you visit, there will be something different to keep you (and your guests) entertained.

4. The Code at Chinawhite

Oxford Circus

The Code is the latest offering from celeb favourite Chinawhite. Both modern and eclectic, this quirky space is jam-packed full of unique artworks and quirky features.

Decorated with stylish neon lights and eye-catching wall designs, The Code is certainly a winner when it comes to aesthetics. Beyond this, there's also a fully-stocked bar, DJ booth, modular seating, full laser show AND haze machine, making it the ideal spot for partying all night long.

5. Basement Bar at Victory Mansion

Stoke Newington

The moment you enter Basement Bar, you'll be overcome with that warm and fuzzy nostalgic feeling. Drawing inspiration from the wonder years, this cosy getaway has been designed with a kitsch, vintage feel.

But while you might feel like you've just entered your grandparents' house, it won't last long, because the food and drink offerings at this venue are out of this world. Having been trained by greats such as Ottolenghi, Bentlies and Cole Pepper, chef Sam Wilkinson's culinary offering will have you begging for more. Combine this with a tailor-made list of cocktails, and you've got yourself a recipe for magic.

6. Shepherd's Bush Empire

Shepherd's Bush

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Since being erected as a music hall in 1903, Shepherd's Bush Empire has built a reputation as one of Britain's most well-respected entertainment venues. Having played host to the likes of The Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash, Sex Pistols, David Bowie, Adele and Amy Winehouse (to name but a few), it's safe to say that Shepherd's Bush empire is legendary in its own right.

This iconic space is available to be rented out and can accommodate an impressive 2000 people. With 26,000sqft of space on offer, tiered seating and a large stage, it's the ideal venue for hosting a seriously impressive event.

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