Andaz Liverpool Street
The Andaz Hotel is like Dr Who’s tardis. With 14 different private rooms, ranging from corporate-style board rooms to an underground masonic temple, it seems to go on forever. With capacity for intimate dinners of 8 to functions for up to 200, there really is something for every occasion.
The seven different restaurants and bars within the hotel are also all available for exclusive private hire – and vary in style enormously: the traditional Japanese restaurant, Miyako, can seat up to 28 guests within its clean black lacquer and wooden lines. Menus start from £40/45.
The George is a traditional Tudor pub with a stunning carved wooden ceilings and leaded glass windows. A picture of Bishopsgate as it was in the 1600s hangs over the striking marble bar. With all live sporting events covered this space and its adjoining Mildred Room (for up to 26) are ideal for everything from receptions to dinners and traditional Sunday lunch gatherings.
Catch champagne bar and lounge features live charcuterie cutting in its lounge while the bar area is decked out in cool whites and greys with a large marble oval bar. Great for christenings and networking events the whole space fits 200 standing (120 bar only/ 60 lounge only).
The Temple is uniquely stunning. Set in the bowels of the hotel, its many different types of marble, intricate gold and blue ceiling filigree, including all the signs of the zodiac, are all steeped with hidden Masonic meaning. Parties up to 16 are able to use the wooden masonic chairs, while larger parties use the hotel’s more traditional banqueting chairs. The table and hall can be decorated in candles, giving the room a truly magical feel for up to 30 guests seated or 60 standing.
The Great Eastern is the most modern of the hotel’s private rooms, and as such is a blank canvas, able to be fitted out with a full stage set for conferences or decorated to fit any theme for dinner dances, product launches or celebratory events. With room to seat 200, the atrium outside with its urban glass ceiling five storeys high is ideal for pre-dinner receptions or as a break out area. There is full air conditioning, in-house AV, and flowers on request.
The Andaz Studio is the hotel’s self-contained ‘signature’ private room with its own kitchen, toilet, cloakroom and sound system. Available for breakfast, lunch or dinner, it seats up to 46 or 60 for standing reception. The spacious room, long bars, black tables and chairs make it a great space for interactive evenings such as wine tastings or sushi making classes. The exposed wine cellar and black and white portraits of local people give the room a modern, urban edge. Menus start at around £65 per person.
The hotel’s iconic restaurant 1901 is also available for hire and its white décor, central marble table, white pillars and stunning original stained glass dome means it is especially popular for weddings (it is licensed), wedding receptions and afternoon teas. Seating up to 120 on round tables, or 200 standing, the cheese table at the back can also be used for small semi-private events for up to 16.
Menus for the private rooms start at £56 per person for a three course single choice option including tea coffee and VAT but plus service charge at 12.5%. Private room hire charges and minimum spends depend on individual rooms and date of event.