London Canal Museum Venue Hire

Canals and Character in a Waterside Venue


London Canal Museum is an attractive, unique, unusual venue in central London for private functions. We have a track record of success as a venue for many types of private function. Our beautiful waterside Victorian building offers character in abundance. A first rate venue at value-for-money charges.

What we offer at a glance

When the museum is open to visitors, 1000-1630 Tuesdays to Sundays, only our meeting room is available. (Up to 20 people).

Tables laid for dinner with brick wall lit by uplights

Key Points

About the building

The building was built in the 1860s as a warehouse for storing natural ice imported from Norway. There's a view down into one of two preserved commerical ice wells from the ground floor.The decor is industrial with exposed brick walls and a fine pitched Victorian timber roof. It is located beside Battlebridge Basin on The Regent's Canal, a colourful urban beauty spot with access to the wharf for arrival by boat and enjoyment of the canal scene. A museum since 1992, it is on two floors that lend themselves well to events of different types and those with more than once phase, e.g. a reception followed by a meal.

Building rear elevation pitched roof and water in the foreground

The ground floor gallery is dominated by a colourful narrowboat and guests are surrounded by exhibits from the canal age and the ice trade. It is a split-level floor with a mezzanine floor area adjoining the outside wharf, with full-height windows offering a view of the basin even in bad weather. The ground floor is ideal for receptions and unseated drinks parties and provides some great photo-opportunities! It is also suitable for smaller dinners in dramatic surroundings.

The first floor exhibits can be moved for events to provide a larger space with a splendid victorian timber roof for a presentation, conference, dinner, or party. The exposed brick walls can be lit to create an atmospheric backdop to events. The solid floor is well suited to dancing.

The meeting room is on the first floor and is used for board and committee meetings, business awaydays and training courses. It is also used as an extension of the kitchen and for storage before and after large-scale events such as weddings or dinners.

The kitchen is on the first floor and offers basic facilities but all cooking equipment is hired or provided by your chosen caterer

Ladies and gents toilets are located on the first floor, and there is a unisex toilet on the ground floor, suitable for disabled guests. The toilets are all modern and finished to a high standard.

The museum is fully accessible to guests and delegates with disabilities, with lift access to both floors and many other access features.

Timber pitched roof from the inside

Our Location

We are a five-minute walk from King's Cross station but a world away from the busy transport hub. You may not believe you're in central London! We're in a quiet street at the front where taxis can pick guests up right at the front door, and at the rear we have our own mooring, so you can arrive by boat. Transport could hardly be easier, with, with King's Cross, Euston, and St. Pancras International stations all within comfortable walking distance. Bus services are plentiful and frequent, with several 24 hour routes and Night Tube services on two lines at weekends.

exposed brickwork and roof lit by uplighting, with tables laid for meal to the fore

Versatile Venue

We are a versatile venue, able to host a wide range of events. For business clients, we host conferences, training events, dinners, corporate functions, launches, meetings, and parties, corporate exhibitions, presentations and hospitality. Our small conference room hosts meetings, interviews, and training. For private clients we host parties, wedding and civil partnership ceremonies and receptions, Bar Mitzvahs, and more. A wide variety of styles can be created, especially by creative use of lighting. It can be as corporate and formal as you like, with the decor planned to suit a black-tie event or to create a businesslike atmosphere. It can be informal if you prefer. Whatever you want, we can help you plan your perfect event.

Reception on the groundfloor with ice cream ticycle in foreground and colourful narrowboat behind, surmounded by mock arch.

Green Venue

Green Tourism for London - silver logoWe are accredited at silver level as a member of the Green Tourism Business Scheme. This means that our eco-credentials have been independently assessed. Customers are asked to co-operate with our recycling arrangements by ensuring that glass, clean paper and cardboard, cans and plastic bottles are not placed in the general refuse but kept separate for recycling. We keep energy use to the minimum whilst ensuring that your guests are comfortable. The building is heated by an air-sourced heat pump that extracts the latent heat from the air, thus not adding to the pollution of the London air and our electricity is sourced from a green energy supplier. When we supply tea/coffee services we use Fairtrade ingredients as much as possible, and our cleaning materials are selected to be friendly to the environment.

Meeting room in boardroom style

Dining scene with brick lit wall behind