Blank canvases are without doubt the most versatile venue style on offer, keeping the possibilities truly endless and allowing you to let out your creative side when it comes to planning your next event. Though all of the venues featured in this section come in a finish that is neutral or minimalistic enough to be tailored to suit your own requirements, there is still a surprising amount of variety, from converted warehouses to contemporary apartments, and photographic studios to vast halls. Due to the very nature of their adaptable style, blank canvases are used for a broad range of events, including fashion shows, product launches, conferences, parties and press events, though they are a particularly popular choice for wedding receptions, since they give you the scope to transform the space into your dream venue, and so we invite you to browse our collection of venues to hire in London and let your imagination run free!
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.
Senate House in leafy Bloomsbury, Central London is one of the capital’s best known landmark event venues, combining style, grandeur and history with modern conferencing facilities. Built in 1936, Senate House is an iconic Art Deco statement on the London skyline. The rich history and architecture of this unique venue in London inspired George Orwell and has made it an ideal location for conferences, weddings, fashion shows and corporate events. Daytime availability.
Park Village Studios, also known as the Old Riding School, was built in 1892 as an indoor riding arena to serve the residents of the Nash Houses of Regent’s Park. Protected by English Heritage, its eclectic history includes housing elephants, giraffes and a brown bear named ‘Spitfire’, when nearby London Zoo was bombed in WW2. Park Village Studios is situated metres from the Gloucester Gate entrance to Regent's Park. Offering 7,000 sq ft of flexible event space over three distinctive areas, the studios have been converted to provide a stunning setting for film, photography and a wide array of events - from workshops, weddings and product launches to film screenings, large scale conferences and brand events, complete with break-out rooms and state-of-the-art AV and production. STUDIO 1: Studio 1 is the centrepiece of Park Village, a 2,700 sq ft double-height converted Victorian riding arena. At one end, a beautiful cast-iron spiral staircase leads to the original decorative viewing gallery and The Stables. At the other, a J-shaped infinity cove provides an eye-catching backdrop for 3D mapping, projections and set-dressing possibilities. Studio 1 has full blackout and daylight options, as well as flexible lighting set-ups from the steel rigging. Perfect for large numbers and big production builds. STUDIO 2: Studio 2 is a more contemporary space used for product launches, presentations, as a gallery, a break-out area or catering set-up for larger events when exclusively hiring the building. With drive-in vehicle access, an open kitchen and its own Styling Suite, Studio 2 is an ultra-flexible events space. The mezzanine area above Studio 2 comes as part of the rental of this space. STUDIO 3 (THE STABLES): With its high-vaulted wooden beamed ceiling and elegant tiles, Studio 3 (The Stables) offers a pleasing contrast to the other studio spaces. At 1,300 sq ft it benefits from excellent natural light, with the option of full blackout. The space includes a large entrance lobby, accessible via an industrial staircase built over the original horse ramp. It can be hired individually for drinks receptions, workshops, screenings and conferences or used as a breakout room when exclusively hiring the building. FEATURES, FACILITIES & SPECS: Features: - Former Victorian riding school - English Heritage protected - Vaulted ceilings - Vintage tiling - Reception area - Drive-in access - Four separate entrance options - Natural light / black out options - Outdoor garden / smoking area Facilities: - Full-service commercial kitchen - preferred caterers list available - Three parking spaces - Two separate make-up rooms, with classic styling stations - Can provide chairs, tables, flipcharts and other conference equipment - Flatscreen TV Specs: - State of the art audio and PA system - Full HD projector (6K Lumens) - Lecterns, screens and wireless microphones - 1 Gig Ultra-fast wifi throughout the building - 3 phase power CAPACITIES: Studio 1: Standing - 300 Theatre - 225 Banquet - 175 Cabaret - 140 Studio 2: Standing - 100 (140 with mezzanine) Theatre - 80 Banquet - 75 Cabaret - 75 Studio 3 (The Stables): Standing - 100 Theatre - 100 Banquet - 100 Cabaret - 80
Whether you are planning a conference, special celebration, wedding, or corporate away day, the Horniman Museum has the ideal space for you. The Horniman offers a totally unique venue for hire in London, just a short train journey from London Bridge, but set in idyllic 16 acres of landscaped gardens in Forest Hill. Choose from an elegant Grade II listed Victorian Conservatory, or sleek and contemporary Pavilion or intimate Bandstand, all boasting stunning views of the London skyline.
Located in South West London, directly across the road from Parsons Green Underground Station, Darlings Green is a furniture showroom by day and anything you want it to be by night. The space is ideal for any event from birthday parties to corporate events, workshops to fashion shows. The venue is available from 6pm every night of the week, when the furniture is packed away to reveal an exquisite blank canvas for your event. Standard hire hours are 5pm-12am, with the hours between 12am to 4am up for discussion. Flooded with natural light and decorated according to the latest trends, the main event space is a formidable rectangular expanse with high ceilings and industrial accents. Usually, just one side is offered as it can house a substantial amount of people. However, utilising the second half of the space is possible upon discussion with the proprietors. There is no access to the mezzanine area as this is a working office. Running along the wall under the windows is a long stage area, two steps high - a natural place to house a band; a DJ; a speaking podium or indeed an exhibition area. Leading off the tiled entrance area, is a functioning kitchen and double toilet facilities. Darlings Green boasts a unique monochrome tiled bar with a classic brass top. Marble and brass shelving and a neon sign asking "What's your poison?" frame the bar area nicely and provide a terrific backdrop to any photos on the night. Perfect for the Gram! To customize the space event more, it is also possible to remove the 'Darlings of Chelsea' signage on the Scandinavian wood panelling and erect signage or props specific to your event.
MC Motors is a 6,000 sq/ft East London warehouse available for events. The industrial location oozes character and natural charm with the skylighted roof providing an abundance of natural light. The warehouse has a chequered history with the largest room originally being part of the adjacent school whilst the rest was split into smaller industrial units. After the area was heavily bombed during the war, the whole space was adjoined by the skylighted roof, hence the untouched Victorian street running through the middle. Since then, the building has been occupied by a boiler maintenance depot, the Metropolitan Waterboard and, most recently, a car mechanics. The venue is perfect for product launches, press events, corporate events and weddings. PLEASE NOTE: WE WILL NOT HIRE OUT THE VENUE FOR 18TH OR 21ST BIRTHDAY PARTIES. THIS IS A CORPORATE EVENT AND WEDDING VENUE. THIS VENUE HAS NOISE RESTRICTIONS SO NO MUSIC EVENTS OR PARTIES.
The Science Museum is an amazing exhibition space, with astounding galleries and creative blank canvas spaces, combined to make a unique and inspiring London venue for corporate or private hire. Take advantage of a diverse range of spaces and unparalleled opportunities for accessible, exciting event experiences in the cultural heart of the capital. You can hire: One or more of our ten uniquely themed galleries or brand-new suite of Medicine: The Wellcome Galleries for evening hire, Our 400-seat IMAX Theatre, available for daytime and evening hire and ideal for product launches and presentations. Our new dedicated events space Illuminate, available for day-time and evening hire perfect for meetings and conferences of up to 400 individuals as well as unique evening receptions and dinners. Our recently refurbished Smith Centre which contains a large salon, boardroom, large meeting room and courtyard area. Available for daytime and evening hire.
The Pickle Factory offers 255 sqm in a slightly askew rectangular shape, with white walls throughout. Steel beams across the ceiling facilitate rigging equipment overhead and the frosted skylights allow natural daylight to pour through: this is your ideal intimate blank canvas, ready for dressing & transforming by the imaginative minds of location managers, wedding planners, pop-up stores or restaurant operators - and anyone in need of an intimate reception space.
Set against the backdrop of Somerset House’s iconic 18th Century façade and with breath-taking views across the Thames, the River Terrace is one of our most exclusive spaces and the perfect location for up to 500 people for a standing reception. Perfect for summer parties, you can invite your guests to a private barbecue expertly planned by one of our caterers or simply enjoy a drinks reception while the London landmarks light up your event. The River Terrace is a glamorous alfresco London setting to entertain guests in the warmer months and the stunning Seamen’s Hall is included in your hire as a wet weather contingency, with a capacity of up to 200, along with seasonal jumbrellas should the British weather prevail. The Seamen’s Hall, located on the ground floor of the South Wing, with marble floors, imposing Corinthian columns and huge windows, is perfect space for receptions, private dinners and other evening gatherings. Entered via central doors from our stunning Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court, the Hall leads directly out onto our exclusive River Terrace, a part of which is included in the hire of the Seamen’s Hall, offering panoramic views of the Thames and surrounding iconic landmarks. With original period features including black and white marble flooring, it offers and air of expansive elegance, lending itself beautifully as an evening venue.
Asia House is a beautiful Grade II* listed Georgian Town House in central London. Hidden away from the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street and Regent Street, our venue is highly flexible and can accommodate a wide range of events from 2 to 250 guests. The building offers three Fine Rooms in the Regency style of architecture with high decorative ceilings, and marble fireplaces on the 1st floor, two smaller meeting rooms on the ground floor, a 10-12 seat boardroom with plasma screen, and one unique purpose-built exhibition spaces.
Two beautiful venue/meeting rooms in an old church school building, 5 minutes walk from London Bridge Station. Comes fully equipped with furniture, projector & screen. This space is suitable for Away Days, Conferencing and Meetings Please note that we have no availability for evenings or weekends.
26 Leake Street is a raw, unique and multi-purpose space underneath Waterloo Station. Arches 1 and 2 offer a cmbined footprint of over 4,000 square feet. The imposing arches and revealed brickwork create a stunning blank canvas for experiental events.
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**
An outdoor venue suited to bigger parties with a more relaxed vibe. It’s a large green area which you can theme any which way you’d like, with a large structure put up on the green & with plenty of room for garden games! A popular option for this space is to get in food trucks or have a BBQ and with stunning views of Battersea Power Station in the background, it’s a very iconic space! We are a dry hire venue & carefully selected list of caterers, mixologists and other suppliers who we will be happy to discuss further with you. Alternatively you can bring in your own suppliers, subject to relevant paperwork. Our onsite Event Manager will be on hand to help you ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. Events must be finished by 1am & additional charges apply for security and waste collection.
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
Folklore is a superb live music venue and bar in the heart of Hoxton - 186 Hackney Rd. is an incredible corner spot with Shoreditch just 10mins walk, Hoxton overground less than 5 and bustling Columbia Rd. and Brick Lane a few paces away. Gorgeous raw brick walls, rustic up-cycled bar and candle-lit interior will have you instantly in love with the front bar, with a secret 100 capacity live music space in the back to keep guests dancing til late. Events are our pride and joy - our personable, friendly and experienced approach to private and promoted parties has seen hundreds of successful events take place under our roof. Birthdays, welcome homes, club nights, live music promotions, product & brand launches, fashion shows, film locations, showcases, screenings, or just an old fashioned knees-up - we can handle a lot! We have secure storage with separate entrance if required; internal and external catering can be provided and our beautiful venue is licensed until 1/3 a.m. We're always looking for new ideas and connections - get in touch!
If you are looking for the perfect venue for your event and can’t seem to find the one that matches your vision, then a blank canvas space might be exactly what you need! These can be set up and decorated exactly as you want them to be. When you have a certain idea in mind of how you want things to look, sometimes it’s best to just take a blank canvas and start painting! They still come in all different styles and sizes, which will impact on the overall look of your event, but with so many blank canvas spaces for hire in London, there’s one for every occasion.
Due to the versatility of these spaces, you can really tailor them for any of your needs. There’s no end to the type of events you can hold in a space that you have complete control over. Yes, it might mean a little bit more organisation, but in our opinion, it’s totally worth it.
Using a blank canvas venue has become a really popular option for wedding receptions in recent years. It’s a way that you can really express your individuality as a couple by making it completely bespoke to what you both want. It’s incredible how some of these venues can be turned into the perfect place for a reception. Whatever the focus of your day is, be it food, dancing, or just the fact that all of your friends and family are in the same room, a blank canvas can let you have your reception exactly the way you want it to be.
Product Launch/Press Day
If you are launching a new product or having a press day, the set-up of the room is one of the most important aspects that you need to consider. This is why blank canvas spaces can be so useful. You can place the product exactly how you want, organise your audience to be where you need them to be, and decorate the space so that it is a true representation of your company. The press will also appreciate the effort that you’ve gone to and will enjoy being in a venue that is a bit different from the norm.
If your team needs to get out of the office and get to work on a new project, then using a blank canvas can help you to get your thoughts in order. As you can set it up in whatever way you want, and it will bolster your creativity and help you to get the results that you need. A change in venue can really help productivity, and there’s nowhere better than a space that you have free reign over.
Conferences can be tricky to organise, and many conference halls have their own special quirks when it comes to layout, and what you can and can’t do. With a blank canvas, the set-up is down to you and your team. You can have a stage wherever you need it, and chairs arranged however you want. In fact, you might not even want chairs at all! This all makes for a conference that is truly innovative, and that people will remember.
Having a birthday party, particularly if you are going for a themed one, is a great use of a blank canvas space. After all, you can decorate in any way that suits you, and really go to town on your theme! This type of venue is also great for a more subdued party that you don’t want to happen in a noisy bar or club.
Things to Remember
When deciding to go for a blank canvas venue, there are certain things that you need to keep in mind when organising any event there. While they can be much the same as some other venues, you need to remember that while the space is there for you to use how you want to, there will be rules, which means planning!
Collaboration can sometimes be the key to success for many different events. When it comes to blank canvas spaces, discuss with the managers what you are looking to do, and collaborate with them! They will have likely hosted many different events in their space before, and so will have contacts for a lot of local people from where you can hire tables and chairs, decorations, food, the lot!
Décor at a blank canvas is all down to you, so don’t forget about it! As so many of these spaces have their own unique look, not everywhere will need a lot of decoration. Sometimes the features that they already have will be exactly what you need for your event. Make sure it’s something you consider carefully before foregoing however. After all, unless you have done it on purpose, you might not want your blank canvas looking too, well, blank!
Catering is going to be one of the major considerations when hiring a blank canvas venue. Does the venue have a kitchen area to heat food? If not, you’ll need to let your caterers know what is going to be expected of them. Most will be used to working in all different types of venues, so getting the food that you want shouldn’t be an issue. Just ensure that you contact caterers early to book them for your date.
A blank canvas venue can really be used for almost any event you can imagine. Due to their versatility, you can let your imagination go wild. There’s really no end to what you can achieve when you have a really unique space for you to organise your event it. All that’s left is to get planning!