Drinks Parties

Functions without loud music or dancing

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A unique, unusual party venue in London, at which to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, retirement, Christmas, leaving, joining, or any other reason for a party. The interesting and attractive waterside surroundings of London Canal Museum will be rememberd long after guests have thanked you for choosing such an interesting place in which to hold your function!.

A place with character

The museum's two floors offer different environments and you can use both to best advantage. Both floors have brick walls. The ground floor is dominated by a scenic arch bridge and the colourful narrowboat Coronis, and you are surrounded by exhibitions and displays. The first floor is notable for its magnificent Victorian timber roof, and there is more space on this floor that can be made available for meal tables, or to accommodate a large number of guests. There is an outside waterfront wharf area, which may be used by guests until 2200 only, and this looks out over the urban beauty spot that is Battlebridge Basin, once a hive of industry, but now home to numerous colourful canal boats. The museum is full of character and has often been called charming.

Boat trips can be arranged in connection with functions at the museum, including dinner cruises.

Our Facilities

The building is Victorian and Edwardian, but the facilities are modern. We have a small kitchen providing the basic infrastructure to enable your chosen caterer to serve you anything from a snack to a five course dinner. The caterer provides all cooking equipment. You are free to use the outside caterers of your choice, whether they bring in drinks, snacks or a lavish buffet. We provide coat rails as standard and of course there are modern toilets including for disabled persons. Power supplies are available around the walls of the museum so that nowhere is far from one if you need to use electrical equipment - perhaps a chocolate fountain? We have a small public address unit that you can hire to play your own background music. Wine glasses are available for hire.

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Mixed Events

The museum is perfect for events that compmbine a drinks party with something else, such as a presentation, slide show, quiz, or other activity. You can use one floor for one part of the event and the other floor for the other part of the event.

Arranging a Viewing

Please start by completing the enquiry form. Viewings are by prior appointment. We'll e-mail you a quotation (if your date is available) and you can then let us know when you're free to make an appointment.

Music and Entertainment

This page is about parties with quiet background music or no music. At a drinks party,, on any night of the week, you can have background music that cannot be heard outside. For example, why not book a harpist, a string trio, or a flautist? You can also engage an entertainer such as a magician. You can have recorded background music, at a level that cannot be heard outside the building. Parties with loud music are the subject of our Music Parties Page

People standing at a party with red boat and brick arch behind

view from the water of museum wharf, boats to side

Darkened brick wall lit by up-lights

pier of faux brick arch with display case and happy birthday balloon

Drinks bar to foreground with red boat cabin behind

Brick wall fitted with displays and lit with coloured lamps