London is home to some of the most luxurious and prestigious venues on the face of the Earth, so it would be madness to host your wedding, party or conference anywhere else! England’s capital has everything you could possibly desire for a fantastic night, from exhilarating entertainment to luxury lounges, so we’ve taken a look at every extravagant site and narrowed it down to the four best venues in London: the Savoy, the Hippodrome Casino, OXO2 and Westminster Abbey.
Situated on the North Bank of the River Thames, the Savoy is undoubtedly one of London’s most prestigious hotels. There are eight Personality Suites, each paying tribute to a famous resident, including Frank Sinatra, Katherine Hepburn and Claude Monet. Those who choose to stay in one of the suites will have a personal butler, whilst every guest has access to the Beauty & Fitness centre where you’ll find spa treatments, a private pool and a 24-hour gym.
Of course, you can’t discuss the Savoy without mentioning fine dining. In 1889, chef Auguste Escoffier basically rewrote the definition of fine dining while working at the hotel. Nowadays the Savoy is home to several award-winning restaurants including Gordon Ramsay’s Savoy Grill and Kaspar’s Seasfood Bar and Grill. Meanwhile, in the Thames Foyer, visitors can enjoy a traditional afternoon tea (the éclair trend is still going strong at Melba).
The Savoy is available for meetings, weddings, banquets and almost every other social event imaginable, including Valentine’s dates! To receive a quote, you simply have to fill in a request form, it’s that easy!
The Hippodrome Casino
The award-winning Hippodrome Casino boasts three floors, each with a unique atmosphere. You will find almost 50 traditional casino gaming tables including Roulette, Blackjack, Dice and Baccarat, in addition to a wide range of electronic games, slots and progressive jackpots.
There are two features which make the Hippodrome a special place. First there is the exotic Lola’s Underground Casino, which originally housed a 100,000 gallon water tank, animal cages and props rooms, and now features dancers performing above the roulette tables. There is also the UK’s only PokerStars LIVE Deck, created in partnership with the popular poker website where you can experience what it’s like to be a pro poker player by taking part in the live events of the world’s largest poker site.
And if you’re hungry, head to the Heliot Steak House, where steaks are aged for up to six weeks. Chef Barry Vera also created a fine menu with dishes like gnocchi with gorgonzola, Parma ham and pine nuts. The Hippodrome Casino is available for weddings, launches, parties, conferences and is fast becoming one of the West End’s most popular venues.
Situated in the iconic Oxo Tower on the South Bank of the River Thames, OXO2 is a versatile blank canvas available for almost any event you could possibly dream up. The original tower was built in the 1930s and was refurbished in the late 1990s to incorporate minimalist, modern décor that can be transformed entirely depending on a client’s needs. Everything from fashion shows to formal dinners have been held in the creative space, with the owners taking care of everything including award-winning catering, drinks, dedicated staff and entertainment.
In addition to being fully customisable, OXO2 can also entertain a reasonably large crowd. You can host a cabaret for 84 people, a dinner for 220 guests or a reception for 400, plus the venue boasts a theatre with 150 seats where you are welcome to present or partake in a conference. So, if you’re interested in hosting a completely bespoke event call 020 7378 2950 or email [email protected]
How could we possibly discuss the most prestigious venues in London without mentioning the most celebrated place of all, Westminster Abbey? Over the centuries, Westminster Abbey has played host to coronations, royal weddings, christenings and everything in between.
Now, in the 21st century, the public are finally allowed to celebrate their events within its sacred halls, though you certainly have to book well in advance to get in. A reception can be held for 20 to 500 people, you can host a dinner for 8 to 240 guests, or hold a conference for up to 400 people. All of these events come with a complimentary tour of the abbey.
There are a total of six areas to choose from: the Cloisters, the Chapter House, the Cellarium, the Cellarium Terrace, the College Garden and Cheyneygates – each of which has its own unique flair. To book a venue at Westminster Abbey, just call +44(0)20 7222 5152 or enquire by emailing [email protected]
There we have it, the four most prestigious venues in London! Whether you want to build a bespoke party from the ground up or you wish to be surrounded by modern-day luxury, there’s something for everyone. London is a wonderful, unique city that caters to all tastes, so why not make the most of it?