Hi can anyone recommend a venue where I can reserve an area - or if the venue is 'cosy' enough hire a room/bar etc for a going away do where about 20 to 30 people would come? It would be a Saturday nightin January and ideally near London bridge/Waterloo/The Cut/Bankside?
The River Bar on Tower Bridge Rd has a surprisingly nice room downstairs, and The Bridge Lounge on Tooley Street has a lovely room upstairs with views over the park to Tower Bridge. The latter would be ideal for 20 or so people.
No connection but I've used the back room at the Hyde bar for a group of 20 before and that worked perfectly. That was a week night - not sure if it would be available on a Saturday, although I guess January may be quiet for them.
Ruse was suggested to me from this website I held a surprise 30th and they were great. I held it on a Sat night and the venue wasn't busy but I had half of it reserved for us (30 peps). http://www.ruse.uk.com/
The Kings Head off Borough Hi Street has an upstairs room with bar - when I hired it (though was four years ago) you just paid a deposit (I remember it wasn't very much) and if, I think, over 20 people attend your deposit is returned. They could do food too - though I did my own.
Another alternative is The Hop Cellar in the Hope Exchange in Southwark Street (London Br end)- they'll reserve an area for you and their platters are very good - as are the staff.