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Host An Event

BookBar was created to celebrate the social side of reading, and nothing is more social than bringing people together for an event. Whilst we put together our own programme of public events curated for you by our booksellers, you can book BookBar for your own private event. We have a standing capacity of 50 people and a theatre-style seated capacity of 25.

If you are thinking of hosting an event and love the idea of having it amongst our shelves, please read the below information before you get in touch, as hopefully it will cover some of your questions more quickly.

Book Launches

We love partnering with you to launch your book into the world, and our bookshop/wine bar combo makes the perfect space to celebrate your new book. We're sure you have lots of questions about how we can help to host your perfect book launch, so here's how we usually work:

  • Our capacity is 50 standing.

  • We look after both the book and the drink sales so you can relax and enjoy!

  • We ask you to manage the guest list/door.

  • We ask for a minimum bar spend of £250 across alcoholic and soft drinks. We won't ask for a deposit.

  • We have direct relationships with publishers, and although we love working with authors directly, we ask that launch enquiries are directed through publishers only.

  • At the moment we are only able to offer launches for hardback books, except in exceptional circumstances, where we would charge a hire fee as well as the minimum bar spend.

  • We will get back to you as quickly as we can. However, as we are a busy bookshop and are so lucky to get a lot of enquiries, if you don't hear from us within 10 working days, it's likely that we aren't able to help on this occasion.

  • If you don't hear from us regarding a specific event please do not hesitate to reach out for your next one! We love hearing from you and meeting new collaborators.


Corporate Venue Hire

We regularly partner with publishers and other arts organisations to organise private corporate events, like pre-publication evenings for bloggers, journalists and influencers, as well as booking the space for filming. The hire cost depends on the type of event and time. Please email and we will be able to help.

Private Events

We would love to celebrate special moments with you but are sadly unable to book out the space for personal events like birthday parties or celebrations. We don't currently take table bookings!

Thank you so much for thinking of hosting an event with BookBar! We look forward to celebrating the social side of reading with you.

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