A bar mitzvah is an incredibly important milestone that every child will remember for a lifetime, which makes party planning a significant task to tackle. From tracking down the perfect theme to hiring exquisite catering, there are a plethora of steps towards preparing the celebration of the century!
However, as with every event, the most critical component remains the venue. Not only will the venue create a foundation for the occasion, but it also requires the largest percentage of your budget. With this in mind, shortlisting venues that will bring your vision to life will take meticulous research.
Having years of experience providing bar/bat mitzvah photobooth hire to some of the most extravagant celebrations across the nation, we’ve been lucky enough to collect a whole host of inspiration. To aid you in your quest to venue-hunting, we’ve devised a guide to our favourite bar mitzvah party venues, guaranteed to bring the ultimate ‘wow factor’.
7 Amazing Bar Mitzvah Party Venues
There are many different factors that you must consider before going ahead with booking a venue. The general rule when planning any event is the earlier you begin researching and brainstorming ideas, the more straightforward and hassle-free the process will be; this also relates to venues. Opting to shortlist options in advance will not only provide you with plenty of availability, but it is more than likely that you can negotiate a lower price. It is always recommended to ensure that your venue is booked at least four to six months before the date of your celebration, allowing you plenty of time to begin preparing other aspects. As mentioned previously, the venue provides a foundation, in which you can then work all other components around. Whova has put together a super helpful article on ten things to consider when choosing a venue, which will most definitely prove useful when researching ideas.
Once you have begun to brainstorm the themes, venue types and locations that strike your interest, its time for the exciting part – you can start venue hunting. Our top seven are guaranteed to give you a head start; we promise that there will be something for everyone!
Kent House, Knightsbridge
It would only be right to begin our guide with one of the most spectacular, luxurious venues, Kent House in Knightsbridge. As a traditional Victorian townhouse, the venue is described as a ‘blank canvas’ with a historical twist, which makes it incredibly versatile. You will be spoilt for choice when deciding on the selection of charming rooms to hire, each of which is neutrally coloured, allowing you to tailor every aspect to your theme. The capacity for Kent House varies depending on the room that you book, but these range from 40 to 150 guests. When considering size, it is vital to keep in mind that a seated meal will always take up a little more space, so the capacity may be slightly lower.
When hiring a venue at Kent House, you are free to take advantage of the venues extensive list of connections. Suppliers include an array of leading kosher catering companies, along with DJs, performers and decorating suppliers. There is also the magnificent, lantern-lit ‘Grand Staircase’, the ideal backdrop for group family photos.
Kings Oak, Essex
The Kings Oak oozes all things glitz and glam, ideal for those who want to throw a Hollywood-inspired bar mitzvah celebration. As an award-winning venue, Kings Oak specialises in hosting both evening events for large groups and lunch occasions for a more private booking. Their experience in bar/bat mitzvah planning means that the event team are more than happy to provide support during each stage of the process. They guarantee the ultimate ‘WOW’ factor no matter the theme!
The Kings Oak features four stunning party spaces to choose from, each of which has their own quirky personality traits. ‘The Kings Room’ is their main event venue, perfect for catering to up to 120 seated guests. It is filled with state of the art lighting equipment, which means the room can be illuminated with the colour of your choice. It is also joined to ‘The Beach Club’, a super cosy, starlit seating area, featuring a pool and fountain.
Hedsor House, Taplow
As a magnificent traditional manor house, not only is Hedsor House the perfect celebration venue, but it is also one of the most prestigious film locations in the UK. When visiting Hedsor House, you will be walking along the set of The Golden Compass, Downton Abbey and Quartet – just to name a few!
With a rhododendron-lined entrance driveway overlooking the 100-acre estate, your guests are guaranteed to arrive in style when throwing a celebration at Hedsor House. Their specialist events team adore organising bar/bat mitzvahs, which means they will have a wealth of ideas on how you can make your occasion truly unique. They can provide as much or little support as you require, even providing a helping hand on the day.
The Ballroom Dining areas are the most popular areas for hosting guests. Featuring oak-panelled walls, lavish chandeliers and a view of the gorgeous gardens, holding an event in the Ballroom is guaranteed to make your guests feel like royalty!
Games Lounge at Namco Funscape, Westminster
Our next bar mitzvah venue idea is a little more quirky, but we love it! If your child is video game mad and loves nothing more than unleashing their competitive side, the Games Lounge in Westminster would be perfect!
Located nearby to The London Eye, Namco Funscape features an exclusive Games Lounge, which can now be hired for private celebrations. Hidden inside is over 150 interactive videos, along with bumper cars, bowling lanes, pool tables and a laser maze challenge – hours of fun!
The Games Room is best suited to those who would prefer a small celebration with their closest loved ones as the venue holds just 40 guests. Unfortunately, you cannot arrange external catering; however, there are plenty of in-house alternatives available, which you can enjoy on their comfortable seating area.
If you are searching for both a venue and trustworthy planner capable of bringing your vision to life, this is the company for you! Apollonia combines a super cool, modern bar mitzvah venue with impeccable event planning. The Apollonia promises to “take care of everything for you, so you don’t have to”.
From room styling and entertainment to kosher catering and celebration cakes, Apollonia have you covered! You will be paired with an experienced, designated planner, who will be just a phone call away to advise you during each stage. They will take into consideration your personal needs to ensure that a package is created entirely bespoke to you.
The venue itself has contemporary, all-white aesthetics with glitter and mirrored walls, meaning it can be transformed into any theme that you have in mind. You can choose between a stand-up event or sit-down dinner; both of which can accommodate over 150 guests.
The Grove, Hertfordshire
The Grove provides the ultimate 5-star experience. Set in 300-acres of gorgeous countryside, their range of spectacular event spaces are guaranteed to ensure that you celebrate in style. As specialists in bar/bat mitzvah celebrations, The Grove provide hire of The Amber Suite, which is the perfect location to plan an evening filled with fun. They advertise ‘The Amber’ as a blank canvas, which can be explicitly tailored to your theme and filled with up to 450 of your loved ones. With access to their flourishing gardens and a relaxing terrace, along with your very own entrance, The Amber Suite is ideal for a large-scale affair. If you are looking for a slightly smaller venue, not to worry, there are six other room alternatives to choose from; all of which sprinkle their own unique magic on your event.
In terms of catering, the venue serves you absolutely everything you would expect from a 5-star manor house. With a plethora of kosher dishes available, The Grove can create a bespoke menu, whether this may be as a buffet or three-course meal.
The Bloomsbury Ballroom, Holborn
The Bloomsbury Ballroom intertwines the perfect balance between Georgian-inspired vintage charm and modern Art Deco. And even better, they have event teams who cater specifically to bar mitzvahs and bat mitzvahs, making it an ideal venue.
With a huge 10,500 square foot of event space, The Bloomsbury Ballroom can accommodate for up to 880 standing guests or 300 if you opt for a sit-down dinner. Those who do incorporate a meal into the celebrations can enjoy professional kosher catering with a delicious menu tailored to you.
While there are three event hire rooms to choose from at The Bloomsbury Ballroom, the main Ballroom is our favourite, and we believe the best for a bar mitzvah. Inside you can swoon over the 1920’s style decor theme with high ceilings and your very own stage. When making your booking, you can pick either a fully serviced package or dry hire, depending on how much support you would like throughout the planning process.
Throw A Bar Mitzvah To Remember!
With so many charming venues to choose from, searching for the perfect bar mitzvah venue is guaranteed to be super exciting. One of the most significant benefits of opting for one of the locations mentioned above is that if you require a helping hand to ensure your day runs smoothly, there will always be specialist events team happy to support you. Always keep in mind that your shortlisted venues must be able to comfortably accommodate the number of guests you’d like to invite, be in a suitable location and have plenty of free parking.
If you are in the process of planning a bar mitzvah and in need of unique entertainment, don’t hesitate to contact us on our photobooth hire in London. With an array of quirky themed booths, unlimited booth visits and personalised instant print outs, your customised inflatable photobooth is guaranteed to go down a storm!