Our Venues

We have five venues for our students to get together, enjoy a drink, a dance and some delicious food! All our venues offer a full range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Each one has its own vibe, offering Imperial students something unique and exciting!

We run a range of fun and inclusive events all year around, from Welcome Week all the way through to our epic Summer Ball. To find out about the events happening in our venues, visit our What's On page, where you can browse events run by ICU and our Clubs, Societies and Projects (CSPs).

Union Bar, Metric, h-bar and Reynolds are available for bookings by our student groups! To find out more, visit our Book a Bar page.

To enquire about external hire, please email icu.events@imperial.ac.uk

Beit Bars

Opening Times


  • Monday 12:00-22:30
  • Tuesday 12:00-22:30
  • Wednesday 12:00-01:00
  • Thursday 12:00-23:00
  • Friday 12:00-01:00
  • Saturday 12:00-22:30
  • Sunday 12:00-22:30

Food available 12:00-21:30 Monday to Friday, and 13:00-20:00 on Saturday.

Beit Quad in South Kensington campus is home to the Imperial College Union building. It's next to the Royal Albert Hall on Prince Consort Road. You can find it on the campus map.

Beit Quad has three venues open on the ground floor to our students: FiveSixEight, Union Bar and Metric. These three iconic spaces are known as our Beit Bars. They open up straight out onto the quad where you can sit in the sunshine or find covered outdoor seating, depending on the season.

Our Beit Bars are steeped in history, with some world-class artists such as Queen, Elton John, Led Zepplin and David Bowie performing at the Union!


FiveSixEight is the busiest of our Beit Bars - there is always a buzz! With a fully stocked bar, delicious food from Fusion 54 and some unbeatable daily drink deals, it's the main gathering space for our students.

There are large screens and projectors which show sports and events throughout the year, plus sound system and lighting for music and events. Events run throughout the year including the Union's staple, the fortnightly Thursday Quiz!

Capacity: 350 Standing, 150 Seated.

Union Bar

Union Bar is one for fans of the old-school vibe. It's a historic space with a traditional pub feel and has been left relatively unchanged since the Union's founding! It includes a dart board and displays the Union's legendary pewter tankard collection.

Union Bar opens its doors for events and busier evenings at Beit Quad. For those feeling peckish, food is available from the FiveSixEight kitchen next door.

Capacity: 80 Standing, 40 Seated.


Metric is our biggest and boldest venue. It is the Union's most versatile space, with a fully-stocked bar, dancefloor, lighting and sound system. It's large capacity makes it the perfect place for for live performances, DJ's and club nights! We've hosted everything from dance workouts, pottery painting and vintage fairs to after parties and club nights!

Metric opens its doors for events and busier evenings at Beit Quad.

Capacity: 400 Standing, 150 Seated.

Metric Bar


ħ - h-bar

Opening Times

  • Monday - Friday               Closed            
  • Saturday                            Closed 
  • Sunday                               Closed 

ħ or h-bar, is our dedicated postgrad venue! It's located on the bottom floor of the Sherfield building in South Kensington campus. You can find the building on the campus map.

The College offers food in the space during the day and we open as a fully-stocked bar from 5pm on week nights. Events are ran throughout the year by our Venues Team, including the ultimate Postgrad Quiz, fortnightly on Tuesday nights!

It is currently closed for summer and will reopen at the beginning of term.

Capacity: 200 Seated


Reynolds Bar

Opening Times

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday Closed
  • Wednesday Closed
  • Thursday Closed
  • Friday Closed
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed

Reynolds Bar is located in the Reynolds Building of the Charing Cross campus. You can find the building on the campus map.

Reynolds Bar has been recently fully refurbished to the highest standard and it serves as the social hub for our students over at Hammersmith! It offers comfy seating for daytime relaxing and studying and will open up into a bar for the evenings. With lots of daily deals on, it is the cheapest bar in the area! The College offers food throughout the day as well as hot meals options in the evening in the cafe next door.

There are lots of events held at Reynolds throughout the year, including a weekly quiz and a variety medic student-led events. For more info check our What's On page! 

It is currently closed for summer and will reopen at the beginning of term.

Reynolds Bar