BEAT London has a very rich and hallowed history, having first opened its doors in 1966 as The Speakeasy Club. The likes of Deep Purple, Jimmy Hendrix, David Bowie, The Who and Pink Floyd, to name but a few, graced the venue in those early years. BEAT is now both a private members’ club and an industrial chic space which suits a myriad of events, such as product launches, parties, seasonal celebrations and photo shoots, as well as film & television production.
Situated inside a renovated speakeasy, BEAT has an industrial, chic vibe with exposed brickwork and vivid, modern lighting (including bespoke neon artwork) which creates an almost kaleidoscopic effect. Homage is paid to its Speakeasy Club heritage through the dramatic and colourful artwork that’s exhibited throughout the building, in honour of the great legends that visited this iconic venue in years gone by.
BEAT London opened in 2012, with the spectacular design being the vision of Irish-born urban artist Fin Dac working with interior designers Tibbatts Abel. Dac said: “the intention was to fuse a street art aesthetic with the arrogant portraiture style of military works. I focused on American civil war regalia and painted in simple black and white, with splashes of colour and hints of another Urban artist, Conor Harrington, famous for his military style”.
Located in Marylebone, right in the heart of London and close to Mayfair, Soho and Covent Garden, BEAT has a maximum capacity of 250 and comes equipped with top of the range customisable video mapping, as well as the state of the art Funktion-One sound system. Three projections are situated on either side of the venue to provide moving visuals that add a personal touch to any event.
The Speakeasy Club was a hub for those wanting to explore their musical awareness with like-minded individuals and BEAT continues to provide a haven for those wanting to share their interest in music and society. With an ideal mix of underground cool and slick corporate style, BEAT is unquestionably one of London’s most fashionable venues for contemporary events and brands. Although urban and raw, with street art-inspired graffiti, BEAT has a relaxed and warm atmosphere and has become one of the most sought after “after-party” venues in the Capital.
BEAT London provides a trendy yet understated atmosphere with its impressive décor and open plan bars, making it an excellent choice for anyone wanting to organise an event with an edge. The cool but relaxed vibe makes it perfect for any occasion. Although formal dining isn’t available, a choice of canapé and bowl food menus are on offer, plus an extensive array of drink options – from cocktails to the world’s finest champagne.
The venue also accommodates a small raised stage with a DJ booth and features a white mini grand piano for anyone who’s daring and capable enough to play it. A late-night licence is available until 4am.
As far as transport links are concerned, BEAT London is three minutes’ walk from Oxford Circus Underground station, which is a major interchange between the Bakerloo, Central and Victoria lines.