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Description

In the heart of Sydney city, amid Darling Harbour is the Chinese Garden of Friendship, which houses The Gardens by Lotus. Tranquil gardens meet inner hustle meets fantastic food.

With 6 different spaces available within The Gardens we are certain you will find exactly what you are looking for and require.

The Blue Room seating 30 guests, or 45 guests cocktail embodies...

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In the heart of Sydney city, amid Darling Harbour is the Chinese Garden of Friendship, which houses The Gardens by Lotus. Tranquil gardens meet inner hustle meets fantastic food.

With 6 different spaces available within The Gardens we are certain you will find exactly what you are looking for and require.

The Blue Room seating 30 guests, or 45 guests cocktail embodies the Chinese symbolism surrounding the colour blue; immortality and advancement. Guests are invited to host events, functions and special occasions in this truly unique, iconic Sydney location.

The Bar, seats 30 guests or 60 guests cocktail style. Allows you and your guests to enjoy, both outdoor scenery and indoor comfort depending on the event.

The Teahouse Pavilion, seats 80 guests seated, and 150 guests cocktail style. Which allows you and your guests to remain undercover but continue to enjoy the outdoor ambience created by the tranquil gardens.

From banquets, to buffets – The Gardens by Lotus has you covered. Whether it is a casual event, or something grander – we are always able to accommodate for you and your guests.

The Gardens by Lotus’ cocktail events are quite the crowd pleaser. Pair these events with live food stations, including made to order stir-fry’s and freshly steamed dumplings and baos there is something to please every guest.

No occasion is more special than a wedding. Have your ceremony at the Chinese Garden of Friendship, followed by a reception at The Gardens by Lotus. Cocktail style offerings followed by a sit down or buffet style banquet.

Features & Facilities

Facilities

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Event Guidelines

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Catering Options

Bar Tab
Private Bar
Gluten Free
Vegetarian / Vegan
Liquor Licence
Mobile Bar
Restaurant On Site

Frequently Asked Questions

Lotus has a very talented team in our pastry kitchen in Darlinghurst who would love to make a cake for your special celebration. Whether it be one of our most popular in the range or something completely bespoke, we'll ensure your guests are fed and impressed. Please contact the team for more information. If you'd prefer to bring your own cake, we charge a small fee of $3pp and will present, cut and serve your cake for you. Please note that our storage space may be limited dependant on venue and other circumstances. Planning a wedding? Please talk to us.
No, all Lotus venues are fully licensed and have a range of packages available to suit almost all needs and desires! If you'd like something customised, please don't hesitate to reach out to the team.
Lotus has access to some of Sydney's best designers should you require professional decoration or theming. We'd be happy to put you in touch with some fantastic florists and styling professionals. None of our venues have rigging points in the ceilings. Most venues kindly request no glitter / confetti be used and have restrictions on open flames. Please check with the team, however, as it can differ from venue to venue.
All Lotus venues are family friendly. Mocktail, soft drink & juice packages are available and our talented chefs would be happy to modify many dishes to be more child friendly. Please include all guests (including children) when quoting guest numbers so we can ensure we find the right space for you.
As a qualified and highly experienced team, we ask that you leave the cooking up to us - we'll make sure it's delicious! This also helps us to avoid any issues with cross contamination, food storage and of course, cleaning!
Of course! Not everything has to be a party! (Although it would be more fun if that weren't true). You can make most restaurant bookings online or directly through our reservations team. Please see our website for venue specific contact details
We consider all of our venues to be smart casual - having said that; if this is your event, you can make it whatever you want to be! Enclosed shoes are generally a good minimum to work off... dress-ups always keeps us entertained!
It can differ from venue to venue and from function to function. Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable.
The Gardens by Lotus is one of our more unique venues located in the stunning Chinese Garden of Friendship in Darling Harbour. In order to maintain the beautiful surrounds and to assist with the upkeep, all guests wishing to view the Gardens before, after or during their event must pay admission (or have their event organiser arrange this beforehand). Adults have a standard admission of $6.00 with children (under 12) being charged $3.00, but please contact us as we may be able to source large event discounts. Alternatively, if you're just using the Lotus operated areas (eg. at night time), no admission fee needs to be paid - we'd suggest giving it a go though, it's a truly unique little gem. o hire the whole Gardens for exclusive use, or for other Pavilions not operated by Lotus, please contact the Chinese Garden of Friendship directly
Our chefs are seasoned professionals with great knowledge and experience. With notice, we can adjust most dishes to suit almost anyone, and if not, we'll create something that's appropriate specifically for these people. Given the style of cooking and high volumes, we cannot 100% guarantee that cross-contamination will not occur. Epi-pens are encouraged for all guests with allergies and we recommend not taking the risk should the allergy be life threatening.
All our venues have disabled access and disabled bathrooms. Should you be in a wheelchair, however, prior notice is always appreciated so we can ensure sufficient space is provided.
We accept Mastercard, Visa, JCB, AMEX & UnionPay. EFT payments are also available with details being provided on your invoices. Credit card payments can be made over the phone or in-venue (with prior notice).
Minimum spends do apply though vary depending on your specific date and time. Please send through your enquiry and our team will be in touch.

Event Rooms

Blue Room

Max 45 people

Teahouse Pavilion

Max 150 people

The Bar

Max 60 people

The Gardens by Lotus (Full venue)

Max 250 people

Event Room Layouts

Theatre
Classroom
U-Shape
Cabaret
Boardroom
Banquet
Cocktail
Hollow Square
Exhibition
Blue Room
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24
30
45
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Teahouse Pavilion
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80
150
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The Bar
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30
60
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The Gardens by Lotus (Full venue)
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80
250
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Theatre
Classroom
U-Shape
Cabaret
Boardroom
Banquet
Cocktail
Hollow Square
Exhibition
Blue Room
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24
30
45
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Teahouse Pavilion
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80
150
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The Bar
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30
60
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The Gardens by Lotus (Full venue)
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80
250
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Packages

Dumpling Masterclass

Join us at Lotus at a venue that would suit your requirements for a 2 hour hands-on session on how to make dumplings. Read more

You will have the opportunity to learn the secrets and skills of making 3 different types of delicious dumplings. Wet your whistle with a complimentary Asian inspired cocktail on arrival, indulge in your own creations along the way and take the leftover fruits of your labour home to impress your family or friends.

You will learn to make:

-Mushrooms Spring Rolls
-Chicken Sui Mai
-Pork Wonton

Includes dumpling making experience, complimentary Asian inspired cocktail, printed recipe cards, a take-home dumpling making kit and a tin of Lotus tea

Enhance your creativity by upgrading to a bottomless rose package to accompany the class for $30pp.

AU$80 per person

Dumpling Masterclass

Join us at Lotus at a venue that would suit your requirements for a 2 hour hands-on session on how to make dumplings. Read more

You will have the opportunity to learn the secrets and skills of making 3 different types of delicious dumplings. Wet your whistle with a complimentary Asian inspired cocktail on arrival, indulge in your own creations along the way and take the leftover fruits of your labour home to impress your family or friends.

You will learn to make:

-Mushrooms Spring Rolls
-Chicken Sui Mai
-Pork Wonton

Includes dumpling making experience, complimentary Asian inspired cocktail, printed recipe cards, a take-home dumpling making kit and a tin of Lotus tea

Enhance your creativity by upgrading to a bottomless rose package to accompany the class for $30pp.

AU$80 per person

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