A railway icon and a former trading floor are among the venues for history lovers, says Geoff Lynn
Whether you are getting married or celebrating your child’s bar- or batmitzvah, this is a historic moment for your family. Therefore you may feel that it is fitting that the venue you choose to mark the occasion has its own place in history — whether it be a famous landmark, a beautiful old building or somewhere set in a historic location. The good news is that there are now plenty of venues of this type to choose from, all offering a slice of history alongside modern facilities with the option for kosher catering.
THE ST PANCRAS RENAISSANCE HOTEL
The 19th century gothic facade of St Pancras Station is one of London’s most impressive buildings. Step
inside the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel and you will realise that the interior matches the grandeur of the exterior. After years of devoted restoration, the hotel, which opened in 2011, is being hailed as London’s most romantic building. Its glorious gothic revival metalwork, gold leaf ceilings, hand stencilled wall designs and the grand staircase are as dazzling as the day Queen Victoria opened the original hotel in 1873. Designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott, St Pancras Renaissance offers luxury and fantasy behind the famous red façade.
There are three event rooms to choose from, seating between 50 and 240. If you are thinking of a standing reception, the Hansom Hall can hold up to 575. A number of kosher caterers works regularly at the venue.
A historical gem in the City of London, the current Royal Exchange was constructed in 1837 — a foursided structure surrounding a central courtyard where merchants and tradesmen could do business. It is able to host events for between 20 and 800 guests. The Grade I listed building boasts a dining space for up to 300 guests with a dance floor, separate canapé reception area, and lounge space. The grand entrance provides fantastic photographic opportunities.
Events team: 020 7628 3500.
The home of the British Medical Association, BMA House is a stunning Grade II listed building in Bloomsbury.
There are 21 versatile event spaces, alongside two exclusive outdoor areas, which means BMA House can accommodate an array of functions with a capacity of up to 320. You can also have your chupah on the premises. Kosher caterers are welcome or the in-house caterers are able to design a menu to suit your requirements.
More details: 020 7874 7020 or firstname.lastname@example.org
HOLIDAY INN CAMDEN LOCK
There is no more vibrant area of London than Camden, with its crowded market around Camden Lock, on the historic Regent’s Canal.
The Glasshouse on the Lock offers views of the canal and across Camden. It can hold up to 220 banqueting guests or 300 to 350 for a stand-up reception.
The venue arranged across three levels — the bar level, the waterfront level (which has floor-to ceiling glass windows overlooking the canal with an outdoor terrace, perfect for photos) and a mezanine level, which also overlooks the waterfront.
If your event takes place after dark, your guests will appreciate the cool views of Camden by night. The hotel welcomes kosher caterers.
More details: 020 7485 4343
A rich history: the Royal Exchange
The Lock is key to beautiful views at the Holiday Inn, Camden
Therailthing: StPancras Renaissance