London is lucky enough to be filled with some of the best venues and most unique event spaces around, making your lives easier when it comes to event planning. Whether you’re organising a private or corporate event, the wide array of London venues for hire means you’ll be able to find something perfectly suited. With Canvas, you can find all the best venues in London in one place. From large conference spaces to small meeting rooms, and from the coolest birthday party spots to alternative wedding venues, we can help. London is far from boring, and that’s exactly how your event should be too.
Elephant & castle
Not available: Friday & Saturday evening Situated just a stones throw from London Bridge in the trendy Elephant and Castle area, 103 Gaunt Street is one venue, six unique spaces. The venue benefits from a 24 hour license, outdoor space, award winning AV systems and full event management solutions. The venue features six unique spaces that all have their own identity: The Courtyard – 331m2 heated courtyard with outside bar, tables & chairs The 103 – Double height reception space with aerial walkway, LED screen & projection options The Box – Production heavy featuring, six towering speaker stacks, 4K HD plasma Projectors and screen & an extensive lighting rig The Lounge – opulent seating area overlooking The 103 with own bar and facilities Two other exciting spaces. The venue is hired exclusively as one unit on a 24 hour period hire and our events team is on hand to put together your bespoke package for you.
Embodying all the elegance and grace of the Edwardian era, this period venue exhibits immense light and sophistication, creating a simply breath-taking effect for your event. The Lindley Hall is an iconic venue in central London providing the perfect setting for any occasion. The venue has capacity for up to 700 guests and is entirely flexible; perfectly suited to a truly unique event.
Hawker House is our huge indoor food and drink warehouse in Canada Water. It can fit up to 2,000 people indoors, with an additional 1,000 capacity space in the summer months when we open our huge outside area, aka the Land of Bamboo - our own tropical tiki paradise. Hawker House is the perfect versatile event space for conferences, exhibitions, awards ceremonies, product launches, parties and LOADS more. The venue is split across two rooms, meaning you can hire one side of Hawker House for smaller groups of 200 up to much larger whole-venue takeovers. Hawker House is the perfect alternative space for large scale conferences. With 1500 square metres of transformable space and a capacity of up to 550 theatre style with an additional further 4 breakout rooms, our brilliant Canada Water warehouse provides a unique urban backdrop, with an unbeatable operations team delivering slick service and catering for all your needs. We believe in work hard, play hard and can offer fantastic after parties to round off your conference, complete with DJs and delicious cocktails. Expect world beating street food and service in a memorable venue. The incredible warehouse space has nine brilliant bars, ten world beating street food traders and loads of extra room for you to play around with, including optional pool and beer pong tables. Hawker House is a short walk away from Canada Water Overground and Underground Station, and is only a short distance from London Bridge, Borough and Canary Wharf. **Venue does not allow consumer ticketed events**
This unique venue in London is a heritage building nestled in the trendy central neighbourhood of Hoxton, making it ideal as a wedding venue, corporate and conference venue, as well as host to drinks receptions, brand engagement, away days, private dining, workshops, cinema and festivals. The Geffrye's expansive front lawns offer a blank-canvas outdoor venue, and an incredibly rare green space so close to the City. Shaded by impressive London Plane trees and set against the backdrop of Grade I listed almshouses, this is a unique space with which to make a real impression.
Since its red-hot inception in 2009, Cirque Le Soir London has perfected the immersive experience in a range of all-encompassing sets, stages and installations. From corporate and private events within our venue for up to 500 guests, to hosting the Cirque experience in other event spaces – we can create an explosive Cirque party wherever you are. Within our Soho venue, our world class entertainers perform on 4 stages simultaneously whilst walk-about acts mingle and thrill the crowds. From close up magicians, dwarves, drag queens, contortionists, strongmen, showgirls, fire breathers, hula hoopers, freak shows and so much more – our acts can be as outrageous or as innocent as your event needs them to be. Come one, come all and come down for your unforgettable night at the Circus!
Specialising in handmade liquor, Portobello Star Signature Cocktails are made using the team's own in-house spirit infusions. The Portobello Star is also becoming a sought-after destination for private apartment, offering organisers the opportunity to host an intimate party without worrying about any of the cleaning up after! A favourite for celebrations and industry launches, the apartment party is an on-trend option for hosting high-end events in stylish surroundings while serving superior food and drinks to your guests. All our spaces are available to hire both daytime and evening.
Gabeto is The Cuban Spirit of Camden Market. This recently refurbished restaurant and bar combines class and cool with amazing interior design that’s perfect for Instagram! From high-level dining booths to eclectic retro furniture fused with naturally elegant period features and funky, local inspired art – Gabeto is Camden’s trendiest events venue. Set over 2 floors with outdoor terrace space ,Gabeto is one of the most flexible and highly sought after events spaces in the market. From product and car launches to fashion shows and intimate high-end dinners, our expert team can create your bespoke event and be on hand to make sure it goes exactly to plan.
The Alex Fitch Room is the most enchanting room at Harrow School. As part of a War Memorial building, the entire contents of this room were donated by the Fitch family in memory of their son. This unique space can host 20 guests for an intimate private or corporate dinner, with a superb wood clad backdrop. Alex’s portrait is hung above the fireplace, the light above it is never put out in respect for the fallen. All proceeds from the hire of this room go towards a bursary for a Harrow boy. Related Venue: Speech Room
Consisting of 2,000 square feet open plan space with large, bright windows overlooking the quirky, industrial looking buildings and architecture in Clerkenwell, Farringdon. The studio offers the perfect location for inspiring workshops, corporate functions, conferences, meetings and many many more. We offer catering but feel free to provide your own. We are flexible with budgets.
Vout-O-Reenee's is a unique hand painted and designed venue in London, a surreal space. Venue for hire in London, Tower Bridge. Vout-O-Reenee's is a hidden gem for a launch or party, small or large. A full cocktail bar . 2 record decks, projector, microphone, performance area, piano, 2 music systems. Vout-O-Reenee's is a Private Members Arts club + gallery with full facilities. An outdoor terrace/smoking area. Free parking weekdays after 5.30/6.30 in the area and all day weekends. In the Crypt of a Pugin designed listed Church.
Shoreditch / Hoxton
MOTEL blends Mid Century design, Victorian Architecture and 21st Century technology to deliver the perfect East London venue for your event. A hidden gem in the heart of the evolving landscape of Shoreditch, our generous and open spaces have hosted a diverse range of clients and brands including ADIDAS, LVMH, NORTH FACE, KAPPA, BATHSTORE, NIKE, BURBERRY and many more. With over 4300 sq ft of ground floor space, let MOTEL bring your project home in style. KEY POINTS: 100MB WI-FI, LIVE STREAM POSSIBLE, DRIVE IN ACCESS, LIMITED PARKING AVAILABLE, BLANK CANVAS
Chucs Westbourne Grove is nestled in the heart of fashionable Notting Hill, just a stone's throw away from the famous Portobello Market. Having opened its doors in February 2016, Chucs has become a neighborhood stalwart - a favourite amongst the locals for a casual dinner or intimate & refined private event. The restaurant boasts a light-flooded marble bar and two impeccable dining rooms, as well as a stunning garden terrace featuring a large brick fire place - the perfect spot to entertain, even in the winter months. Chucs Westbourne Grove can be hired in its entirely, or clients can rent one floor or the garden terrace only.
A unique ground floor, blank canvas showroom event space based in Central London, W1, 3 mins walk from Tottenham Court Road Underground Station. Available for dry hire and ideal for Press Shows, Product Launches, Photography Shoot, Samples Sales, Business Seminars & Presentations. The venue ground floor access, ideal for loading and unloading.
The Lighthouse is one of London’s newly refurbished venues, situated at the heart of Camberwell on Camberwell Road. First opened as The Regal Cinemas in 1940, changed to the ABC Cinemas in 1961 then later bought and managed by Gala Bingo, the venue has played host to a number of events and shows such as “Billy the Kid” and “Wicked, Wicked”. Following on from its recent refurbishment by its new owners, the Grade II Listed Building now boasts of a splendid and classy, yet modern Art Deco, which is suitable for the use of most events and even community functions. This venue is one that has started creating a huge buzz in London’s Venues sector, with modern and state of art facilities to host a huge array of events, shows and functions.
Experience a little taste of Ireland in the heart of Fulham, London at McGettigan’s. Located at No. 1 Fulham Broadway, McGettigan's is a go-to spot for every occasion, you’ll always feel welcome with us. McGettigan's is a unique venue for celebrating your corporate or social events in London. With delicious Irish food and drink on the menu, coverage of top quality sporting events on show and the best in Irish entertainment, you’re guaranteed a good time at McGettigan's Fulham. Book your next private dinner party, networking event or social celebration with us.
North West London
Experience the year-round magic of Lord’s; from the elegance of the Pavilion to the unique J.P. Morgan Media Centre and the modernity of the newly-built Pelham's. Conveniently located in the heart of London and offering stunning vistas of the Ground, Lord’s is an exceptional venue boasting 14 different spaces perfect for conferences, meetings, exhibitions and dining events for between 10 – 300 people. Long Room Lunch/Dinner – 200 Standing - 300 Long Oval table – 82 Writing Room Lunch/Dinner – 60 Standing – 70 Long Oval table – 24 Theatre style – 45 Cabaret – 32 Boardroom – 18 Pelham’s Lunch/Dinner- 136 Standing - 169 Long Oval table – 60 Theatre style – 136 Cabaret – 88 Boardroom – 66 Thomas Lord Suite Lunch/Dinner without reception area – 400 Lunch/Dinner with reception area - 250 Dinner Dance – 200 Standing – 500 Cabaret – 160 Theatre style – 300 Boardroom – 58 Classroom – 126 Pavilion Roof Terrace Standing – 250 Mound Stand Terrace Standing – 350 Tavern Boxes Theatre – 30 Boardroom – 18
You need to hire a venue. You have an event coming up, and it’s your job to make sure that every aspect of it goes to plan. We all know that a venue can make or break any event, whether it’s a corporate meeting or a birthday party. The search is always on for the top unique venue in London that will give your guests an experience that they’ll never forget. Yet finding the right venue for you comes with its own set of questions that need to be answered. To help you, we’ve laid everything out that you’re going to need to consider when finding the perfect London venue for your event.
London prices can vary dramatically when it comes to venues, so knowing how much you have to spend will help you to narrow down your choices. Depending on your budget, you could be looking at some stately homes for hire or an historical venue to really wow your guests. You might even start looking at the range of ballroom venues for hire in London.
On the other hand, if your finances have been a bit stretched this year, there are loads of alternative options that still provide the promise of an amazing event. Many London pubs are not only quirky and unique, they also operate on a minimum spend basis. This means that so long as your guests spend a certain amount at the bar, then the venue hire won’t cost you a penny. As well as this, hotels can offer conference rooms at great prices for corporate events, so it’s worthwhile shopping around to find the best deals. Once you have a figure in mind that you can spend, you’ll be able to start your search.
The type of event you are hosting will of course have an impact on the type of venue hire that you are looking for. If you are planning an exhibition, you’ll be looking for a venue that has enough room for all the sellers, such as a bespoke exhibition space or conference hall. If you are planning a hen party, you might be looking more at a member’s club or even searching for a space where you can host a specific activity to do like a cookery class or wine tasting. The style of the event will determine the type of ambience that you are looking for in your venue hire. Whether it’s chic, sophisticated, rustic, or relaxed, knowing the theme of the event and the feeling that you want your guests to have when they arrive will help you find the perfect venue.
With so many fantastic areas of London to hire venues, it can be difficult to narrow it down! The most straightforward way to do this is to consider where all your guests are travelling from. The less they have to travel to get there, the better, so try and keep within a certain distance away. You’ll also have to look at transport links to and from the venue as well, particularly if you are looking into venue hire for a large group. Different areas of London will also be more or less expensive, so if you need to save some pennies, it might be best to look outside of Soho, although there are always bargains to be had!
While you might have a general idea of the price, style and location you are looking for in a venue, there are a few more things that you will need to consider before making any final decisions.
London is a busy place, and as venues become well known, they are snapped up really quickly. You’ll need to start looking well in advance for your event, particularly in busy seasons. For example, if you are looking for a garden venue or summer party venue in the summer, these are going to book up really quickly, as it’s their busiest season. If you have left things a little to the last minute, you can always look into some more unusual venues such as blank canvas or creative spaces. It might not be what you were looking for initially, but these venues have their own unique style that can really make an event pop.
View the Potentials
While you’re searching to hire a venue, don’t forget about the importance of viewing them in person. That way you can see what the size of space means in real terms, and you can decide if the ambience is right for you and your group. You can also meet the manager in person and ask them any questions you might have. Viewing a number of venues for hire before deciding will make all the difference.
Parking and Amenities
We’ve already mentioned transportation as an important aspect when booking a venue for hire in London, but you will also need to consider what the parking arrangements available for guests who are driving. There’s nothing worse than driving around trying to find a venue so this is something that you’ll need to communicate in advance. You’ll also need to look at the different amenities available in the venue. Is there disabled access available as well? It’s these things that can really make or break the venue hire decision.
Hiring a venue in London can be daunting, but with the great list that Canvas Events provides, all the stress can now be a thing of the past. Having a plan with all of your ideas for the perfect venue hire written down will help you to find the perfect one for whatever event you are hosting – every single time. Event hire doesn’t have to be difficult, just follow our top tips and you’ll be able to find great spaces for any occasion.
London is a fantastic city for venue hire and event for one brilliant reason: there are so many to choose from. Whatever type of event you’d like to organise, there will be a perfect venue for you and your budget. The main factors that will impact the price of your venue is the location, how many people are coming, and the facilities you need the venue to provide. If you need to save some money, it’s worth thinking about which of these factors are the least important for your event. For example, if you’re hosting a conference in London, you’ll need a venue that can provide all your amenities and has the capacity for a lot of people, so maybe you’d look for a venue in Zone 2 to make it less expensive. With a press night, having a central location is crucial, so you could potentially save money on the services the venue will provide. All of our venues are very knowledgeable when it comes to events, so it’s always worth getting in touch with them directly through Canvas if you are looking for more information.
If you’re working with a limited budget for your event, choosing a dire hire venue can often save you some money. A “dry hire” is when you just pay for the use of the space, and provide the catering, drinks and entertainment yourself. It’s a great option if you know in advance that you’d like to organise your own refreshments – but depending on the caterers you choose, going “dry hire” isn’t always cheaper once you add up all the separate costs. You can also consider finding a venue with a minimum spend rather than a hire fee. That means you get a free venue, as long as you spend over a minimum amount in food and drinks. Some affordable venues for hire can offer dry hire, wet hire and minimum spend, so you have the option to calculate which would be least expensive for your event.
Do you need to find a venue “today near me”? You’re in the right place! All you need to know is where you’d like to host your event and the type of event you’re having, and we’ll show you all the venues that will be right for you. If you’re in a rush, we recommend calling the venues to get an answer as quickly as possible – all the spaces we work with list a phone number that goes directly to the event organiser, so they’ll be able to let you know whether they have availability. We’ve got lots of amazing spaces and you’ll probably be spoilt for choice, so use the Wishlist function to make a shortlist of all your favourite venues. You can even send them a bulk request so you don’t have to type the same email twenty times.
When you’re organising an accessible event, you want to make sure the space you choose has as many accessibility features as possible. Think about the guests you might be welcoming, and whether they may be using a wheelchair, a service dog or a hearing loop. All of these facilities will help you include as many people as possible in your event. It’s important that not only the venue is disability-friendly, but it’s great if it’s located near an accessible Tube or bus station as well. Hiring a venue with accommodation can help those who are travelling from outside of the city, and quick transport to major railway stations and airports is a great bonus. When you’re searching for an accessible venue for hire on Canvas, make sure to select “Venue Specs” and you can filter venues by their facilities.
Sometimes everyone wants to let their hair down and have a great night out past midnight, so why wouldn’t you want to be the host! However, late licenses and closing times in London can make that a bit complicated. The good news is that if you’re searching for a venue on Canvas, you don’t need to worry about organising the licenses yourself. Once you’ve chosen your London location and event type, just hit “Licenses” on the search page and select “Open past 12am” or “Late license” for a list of all the spaces that would love to host your late night party.