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‘What’s in a name?  That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.’ Shakespeare did have a point, whatever the name of our venues they would probably still be pretty unique with a different name, but in today’s media savvy, marketing focussed world your name is your brand, and some of our venues have some very unique names.  Some have a great history behind them, some are puns on their business themes, but what they have in common is that their names make them stand out.  If you want to catch attention on your next event invite you may want to try one of our favourites – they will certainly awake the curiosity in your potential guests!

The Custard Factory – This is the creative quarter of Birmingham, in a great central location, just minutes from the Bullring. Home to over 500 businesses, the Custard Factory is named from the riverside factories which were home to Bird, the famous custard manufacturers, so the name has a genuine history.  The Old Library is the primary space for hire and is soaked in history.  Ideally suited for parties, celebrations and receptions the library can hold 150 for a dinner.


The Custard Factory

Streaky Gin  As a lover of gin, this was a venue that’s name caught my eye right away.  A British/American concept bar in Palace Gate, near Hyde Park, this is a great new venue that has indoor and outdoor space, bars over two floors and a speakeasy that is entered via a phone box.  The whole venue is available for hire, or the garden, speakeasy or lounge bar as individual spaces so it can suit a small gathering or up to 110 in the whole venue.

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Streaky Gin

Cocobananas  Located in Battersea this bar has a Brazilian theme (pretty obvious really!) and is a Brazilian beach shack set over two colourful floors.  The whole venue can hold 210 and the combination of great music (starting off with bossa nova and graduating to beach party tunes via Latin house and Brazilian electronica), stunning cocktails (a beach shack full of booze to share!) and great food guarantees a great venue for your next party.

CocoBananas Casa Noturna Club


Bonbonniere The name of this venue takes me back to my childhood and sickly sweet powdery bonbons, but this sumptuous nightclub takes the sweet shop theme and expands it for grown ups. The interior is inspired by a Faberge Egg and the DJ Booth is inside a Faberge Egg which is in turn surrounded by shelves of mini Faberge eggs.  The whole venue is available to hire with a capacity of 280 and it would make a stunning backdrop to your next corporate event or party.



Restless Beings on a more serious note, this venue is the headquarters of a small charity based in Forest Gate which is where the unforgettable name comes from.  The hire space is a homely room which can hold up to 55 for reception and 40 seated. A welcoming space full of vintage ware this is a quirky venue under railway arches which would be ideal for product launches or photo shoots.

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Restless Beings


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