Finding the perfect venue that is just right for your event can be a daunting task. Whether it’s a last minute holiday party, wedding reception, bridge competition, fashion show or you need a pop up space for your new product launch, I’ve got you covered. Here are my top recommendations for unique and different event spaces in London, Ontario.
The Hive is a hidden gem of an event space that has it all. An oldy worldy house set in gorgeous open gardens and surrounding countryside but conveniently located just off Wharncliffe Road South. There are multiple event spaces to choose from including a garage that opens right up to create in inside/outside space, beautiful interior rooms with original floors, fireplaces and chandeliers and an open plan attic. There is also a swimming pool that is currently being renovated. Pool party anyone?!!
The Hive has an advantage over most other event spaces in London because of the fantastic gardens that can be rented for events. The Hive is really flexible and open to all manner of events so if you’re planning a small elopement, garden wedding ceremony, dinner party, workshop, small business conference, or you just need a space to host a weekly fitness class then get in touch.
The Hive, 1352 Wharncliffe Road South, London, N6L 1G9
Headquarters is a small event space above Wood on Steel in downtown London. The building was built in 1887 and has tonnes of character. The venue has a bar, original wood features, exposed brick and a quirky collection of furniture and decor. Capacity is 45-60 people depending on the type of event. Anyone renting the space would need to provide their own catering (there is no kitchen) and license / party insurance. Headquarters can get a brewery on board if they have enough notice.
Prices are reasonable depending on requirements and the owner is really flexible. There are no added extra charges, although they do request credit card details and for renters to sign a damage waiver.
Headquarters is an ideal venue for: small parties, informal chilled out gatherings, charity events, gigs, poker nights with friends, networking events, tastings.
What makes Headquarters a unique place to hold your event? Unique, industrial yet cosy room with rustic beams and beautiful wood floor. Elements of a New York loft / man den but still a funky space for women to hang out as well.
Contact email@example.com for more details. Headquarters, 24 Bathurst Street, London ON
The Pickle Social Club
The Pickle Social Club on the corner of Ontario Street and Dundas in the heart of Old East Village is one of London’s newest event spaces. The building (previously Merv’s Variety Store) has two distinct areas that can be used together or rented separately. There is a smaller enclosed room at the back and the front room has large glass windows, a bar, sofas and a modern and fun decor.
The Pickle is available to rent from 7am – 11pm (they can go to 2am for some events), for a couple of hours or the whole day. Capacity is a maximum of 70 people. They have a liquor license and can provide staff for events but are open to people providing their own of everything depending on requirements. There is no kitchen but there is a dishwasher and the space is food certified. Contact the Pickle Club directly for flexible and very reasonable rates.
The Pickle Social Club is an ideal venue for: A pop-up, entrepreneurial retail space, bridge club, photo shoot, baby shower, small wedding reception, birthday and Christmas parties, band launch.
What makes The Pickle Social Club a unique place to hold your event? The liquor license, a different looking space, access to parking across the street, it can be rented from morning to night and anything in between.
The Pickle Social Club, 874 Dundas Street, London ON
Taproot is a beautiful venue in the heart of the Old East Village, above The Root Cellar restaurant with a maximum capacity of 55. Exposed brick, natural light, reclaimed wood floors and hand-made harvest tables. A copper-clad bar, and funky metalwork and bike part light fixtures create an unconventional, stand-out aesthetic.
Taproot offers the best of The Root Cellar’s local organic menus in a variety of distinctive service styles, from casual appetizers and lunches to festive buffets, sit-down feasts, and more. They are expert party organisers and have different catering packages detailed on their website. They can provide bar service if required and for presentations or film showings Taproot can also provide AV services (projector and speakers) for an hourly fee. Closing time is 11pm unless otherwise arranged.
(Taproot photos: credit to Mariam Waliji)
Taproot is an ideal venue for: private brunches, lunches, dinners and parties, corporate events, casual and formal meetings, presentations, music events, art openings, workshops, film nights.
What makes Taproot a unique place to hold your event? They are flexible and skilled at special event organization and have the experience to help you plan exactly the type of gathering you’re envisioning.
Taproot, At the Root Cellar, 623 Dundas Street, London ON
Growing Chefs! Headquarters at Auberge
Growing Chefs! is a charity aimed at educating children about food. The charity is run from the old Auberge restaurant on King Street and has a number of different rooms available for events of differing sizes. Growing Chefs provide in house catering and have a fully licensed bar.
There’s a pizza oven in the garden if you are looking for a more relaxed catering arrangement with plans for garden parties and bbq’s in 2018. If you’re looking for a place to host your Christmas party, Growing Chefs have a delicious holiday menu and can accommodate up to 80 people for a seated meal. Growing Chefs! generally serve food family style.
They are planning a holiday party (19th January, 2018) with reduced rates on their local dinner menu for partners in non-profit. The idea is to get a bunch of people together to make a small office party a bit bigger and provide some light live music, wine and local beer, and small door prizes. They can accommodate 1-30 people. For more details on the Non-Profit Holiday Party, click here.
Growing Chefs! is an ideal venue for: Christmas parties, wedding receptions, children’s birthday parties, corporate events, garden parties.
What makes Growing Chefs! a unique place to hold your event? Flexible rooms, menu’s and types of event, an opportunity to make your event socially conscious.
Growing Chefs! 460 King Street, London ON
Design House London
Design House London event space is on the 3rd floor of a beautiful old heritage building in Downtown London (the first two floors are an interior design shop). DHL are open to holding any type of function and accommodating last minute events, depending on whether permits and security can be organised in time (people are required to obtain their own special occasions permit).
Maximum capacity is 120 and events can run until 1am (last call at 12am). Rates vary depending on the type of event and which evening of the week they are taking place. The rental fee includes a cleaning fee and security detail. There is a fully operational kitchen but no bar area. It is recommended that caterers run a bar for events in this space. Design House London work closely with Culinery Catering and Melissa at Party Girls Co.
Design House London is an ideal venue for: Weddings, sit down and stand up parties, corporate events, fashions shows.
What makes Design House London a unique place to hold your event? Gorgeous high ceilings, brick walls and large windows. A vintage elevator to bring your guests up to the event space. Right in the heart of downtown London.
Design House London, 186 York Street, London ON
Larger Event Spaces in London
Museum London has two galleries, a lecture theatre and a boardroom that can be hired for weddings and corporate events for up to 300 people.
The London Convention Centre is 70,000 sq ft of meeting and exhibition space and can host large scale weddings, conferences and trade shows.
Budweiser Gardens is a non-traditional venue where you can host a private party, corporate function, celebration or meeting.