It’s a little known fact that some of London’s most iconic landmarks are available for private hire. My aim this week: to find some of London’s most recognisable buildings which double up as amazing venues, here’s how I got on…
Paramount, New Oxford Street
At 385 feet above street level and boasting panoramic views of all of London, Paramount is not only set in a London landmark but is perfect for some landmark spotting! Located across the top three floors of the iconic Centre Point building, one of London’s first skyscrapers, Paramount is slap-bang in the centre of the city, meaning no matter which direction you face you can spot some of London’s sights. With the top floor as a Viewing Gallery, anybody visiting Paramount for dinner or drinks has access to the stunning views, being able to see out as far as the Olympic stadiums and beyond! The first floor, with a bar in the middle and seating around the outside allows guests to admire the sights whilst indulging in a sumptuous meal, a delicious cocktail or merely whilst having a well earned cup of tea. The events space on Level 31 is dedicated to private functions and is perfect for all occasions; the 10ft bar is the only fixed piece in this room, meaning the space can be dressed as desired, with the only constant being the backdrop of the London skyline. Paramount not only provides awesome views of the capital but is an experience in itself, it’s not everyday you enjoy a cocktail at 385 feet!
For more information on Paramount, click here.
Oxo Tower Wharf, South Bank
Sandwiched between Battersea Arts Centre and the Tate Modern on London’s South Bank, Oxo Tower Wharf is a venue that knows no constraints. Its prime South Bank location and versatility make this venue perfect for any event. Comprised of gallery@oxo, the Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Walkway and an observation platform all of which are available for private hire, this venue has something for every event type. The blank canvas style of the Bargehouse means through the use of lighting and dressing the venue can be transformed to suit the host’s vision. The gallery@oxo is perfect for exhibitions and is a wonderful space for networking events and boasts a spectacular view of the river. With the Thames set to play a big part in the Queen’s Jubilee, Oxo Tower Wharf is in a great location to watch the spectacle unfold and its two jetties are ideal for anyone looking to hire a Thames-side event space. All in all, Oxo Tower Wharf is a versatile venue with event spaces to suit every occasion and a wonderful riverside location.
For more information on Oxo Tower Wharf, click here.
Searcy’s, The Gherkin, St Mary Axe
Standing tall (591 ft tall to be precise) in the heart of London’s financial district and offering breath-taking views over London, The Gherkin is one of the most recognisable buildings in the London skyline. On the top three floors of this London landmark you will find Searcy’s, The Gherkin, a private members’ club with a fine-dining restaurant, champagne bar and cocktail bar, as well as private function rooms and a viewing gallery. However, it’s not just private members who can take advantage of what Searcy’s has to offer, with all spaces available for private hire at weekends and from 18.30 Monday - Thursday! The top two floors are hired in conjunction meaning that guests are free to admire the view at leisure over the 39th and 40th floors. As if that’s not enough, there are also two private dining rooms, available for hire for breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday - Friday. With London as the backdrop, this venue is extremely versatile and fit for any event type, from business meetings to weddings. Searcy’s, The Gherkin is a truly unforgettable venue!
For more information on Searcy’s, The Gherkin, click here.
————————————————————————————————————— For more information on any of the venues in Hannah’s blog, visit their profiles on Funky Venues.
For more information on any of the venues in Hannah’s blog, visit their profiles on Funky Venues.