Dry hire simply means you are hiring the space only, giving you the ability to create your perfect event. Dry hire venues in London are increasingly popular for events and parties, from warehouse wedding venues to grandiose banquet halls for hire, we have the venue for you.
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.
Originally a barrel-vaulted bargehouse linked directly to the Thames, the are now our most modern and adaptable events space. Spread over the ground floor and mezzanine level of the South Wing, this network of rooms have been reinvented as home to Somerset House’s most celebrated exhibitions and hosts annual exhibitions such as Photo London and the London Design Festival, as well as one-off shows curated by Somerset House’s in-house team. The is one of our more exclusive spaces, rarely available for private hire, when available the mezzanine level is an impressive space for large-scale dinners and receptions, while the whole of the Galleries offers a spectacular space for press days and conferences. Its dramatic steel and glass feature staircases, hardstone flooring and bright walls introduce a contemporary and urban element to this historic space. Offering the flexibility of a blank canvas space, the can be transformed and are also the perfect backdrop for catwalk show and fashion presentations.
Tottenham Court Road
Set within an award-winning modernist building in London’s West End, Congress Centre offers exceptional value. Here are just a few reasons why you should consider the venue for your next event: 1. An unbeatable central location Two minutes’ walk from Tottenham Court Road Underground and a short walk from Oxford Street, Covent Garden and Soho. 2. Great value for money Say no more! 3. Flexibility A choice of 16 different air conditioned conference, meeting and event spaces of varying sizes, most with natural light, ideal for large conferences (up to 500 seated), receptions (850 standing), launches, exhibitions, fashion shows, receptions, dinners and awards ceremonies, as well as smaller meetings and events. 4. Quirkiness The venue is set within an architecturally renowned 1950s’ modernist building which provides a striking backdrop for any event. 5. Hi-tech facilities State-of-the-art AV equipment, plus experienced technicians if required. 6. Fabulous food & outstanding service Repeat bookings are a high proportion of the venue’s business thanks to terrific in-house catering and a dedicated events team. 7. You’re in good company This gem of a venue has hosted events for a large number of corporate clients including Apple, Barclays, Coca Cola, John Lewis, Microsoft and Yahoo!, as well as public sector organisations such as the NHS. Day delegate rates from £49 + VAT per person Room hire rates from £300 + VAT
The is a dry hire venue with a beautiful blank canvas;you can transform the space to fit your style and creative vision. We have a carefully selected list of caterers, mixologists and other suppliers who we will be happy to discuss your ideas 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 ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. Events must be finished by 1am & additional charges apply for security and waste collection. The marquee can host up to 200 guests standing or 150 guests seated. The gallery can accommodate up to 80 people at one time (across the four floors). Please note there is no lift in the building and to access the first, second and third floor you will need to climb sets of stairs.
Wasing Park offers a range of outstanding facilities for unique events including meetings and conferences, retreats, birthday parties, anniversaries and team building activities. Less than an hour from London and close to Reading, it boasts historic buildings including a boutique hotel with 26 en-suite bedrooms. On the Estate are stunning lakes, a Woodland Venue and a Secret Walled Garden both available on a ‘dry hire’ basis for the larger corporate event. Wasing is the perfect exclusive use venue to host events of any size, whether it’s a dinner party for 20, a wedding for 140, or a festival for 20,000.
Arundel House is owned by the International Institute for Strategic Studies and is perfecty situated just opposite Temple underground station. With great views over the river Thames, Arundel House is the perfect venue to host your conference, dinner or drinks reception. Our conference facilities have just undergone a major refurbishment in January 2013 and state of the art technology installed. The rooms are light and spacious and stylishly decorated.
Built in 1826 on its own ‘island’ in the heart of the capital, One Marylebone opened its doors in 2008 and quickly rose to become one of the leading event spaces in the Capital. The Soane Hall is the jewel in the crown of One Marylebone; at over 27 feet in height, the prestigious space is both impressive in size and beauty. Opulent mosaics and stained glass windows evoke everlasting elegance. The first floor contemporary and light Galleries are the perfect setting for pre-dinner drinks or can be used on their own for a multitude of events. Able to host standing receptions for 800 and sit down dinners for 350 or more intimate parties for under 100, One Marylebone is one of London’s most flexible and unique venues
Absolute Pleasure Yacht is available for private and corporate hire. Both catered and self-catered packages available.
Since our founding by Benedictine monks, hospitality has always been at the heart of the Abbey. We have held royal weddings, state occasions, and every coronation since 1066. Now you can hire one of our stunning historic spaces for your next event.
PLEASE NOTE: The Ditch dry hire rate starts at £550+VAT per hour/ £5,000+VAT per day The Ditch is the untouched basement of the original Grade II listed building. Over a dozen interconnecting rooms with original features, exposed brickwork and pipes, fireplaces and stoves provide a unique and intimate setting for events. Although it has an abandoned aesthetic, The Ditch has full production capabilities and remains as flexible and responsive as the rest of the building. It can be transformed to create an immersive setting for memorable product launches, creative fundraising events, unique receptions, conference breakout spaces and even dining.
The largest in our suite of studios, the West Wing is an an L shaped space, with a generous 3m ceiling height and large historic windows which flood the room with natural light, and can be used for any purpose. Our in-house events team can be on site to assist with adapting the space to suit your event. Ideal for team building, meetings and seminars, this space is available for full day into evenings. Use the studio for staff training, workshops or meetings during the day and convert it to a cocktail reception, or even host one of our cocktail making classes for your group at the end of the day. The West Wing is suitable for all types of dining experiences. The current home to Le Petit Chef, and a host of other pop up dining experiences, we work closely with our partners to provide high end dining. Available for private hire and in partnership with our in house team. The Aviation studio can be hired for a range of business requirements, with AV systems available, and in-house catering on request. Perfect for an intimate reception, Aviation has the facility for a fully operational private cocktail bar, or can be used as a blank space for any type of event. The studio can be used for pop up shops and dining. It is situated next to our commercial kitchen, and features a separate entrance from the street if required. The most compact of our studios, but still a versatile space, the Palm Tree studio is perfect for small team meetings, interview space, or a relaxed board meeting. Great for intimate events, or exclusive product launches, this studio is flexible for any type of event. The perfect sanctuary for a private dining experience, or pop up shop, the Palm Tree studio benefits from a separate street entrance, which can be used if required.
We are a 150 capacity, multifunctional events space situated in the heart of London, Europe’s largest creative hub. Our community is comprised of the best in the Music, Film & TV, Tech & Fashion industries and we service them along with a multitude of external clients. We’re designed to be highly versatile to cater for the niche requirements of the top tier in both the creative and corporate industries. Some of our regular clients include Apple, Amazon, Sony Music, BBC, Channel 4, Beats 1 Radio and The British Heart Foundation amongst many others. We’re here for music events, artist showcases, panel discussions, art exhibitions, community workshops, presentations, private parties, Q&A’s and corporate away days. Our events are a platform for both the top tier and the underground. We have personalities, visionaries, legends, next big things, ideas, inspiration, diversity and substance all rolled into a calendar of events that are designed to engage, entertain and inspire. We have a fully licensed bar and bespoke catering facilities, and a dedicated event team to guide your event from conception to completion.
PLEASE NOTE THIS VENUE DOES NOT CATER FOR PRIVATE CELEBRATIONS An exclusive residential property a few minutes from waterloo station. The space is fit out to the highest spec, with high end interior touches, combining original features and minimalist architecture. The space beams innovation and design, perfect for luxury brands, high end technology products, home, fashion and food. This converted New York influenced loft style property will not fail to wow event producers and guests alike. The open plan layout presents a spacious composition with a sense of intimacy across three levels. Natural daylight falls across the property with the option to have mood lighting in the evenings. The sheer ease of style, space and acute attention to detail effortlessly adds quality to your event. The venue is a truly unique and rare venue that is both an extremely high-spec, design conscious residential property and a discrete and well considered event space. Onsite there is a fully functioning professional kitchen suited to the finest caterers with a large dining room, a walk-in cold store, interior ‘garden’, home cinema, bespoke and purposely designed furniture to breakdown with ease, concealed onsite storage, en-suites within all bedrooms, 3 phase power, and great Wi-Fi. Ideal for all types of corporate events, product launches and private dinners. The venue is residential and not suited to live performance or events after midnight.
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.
Awarded the London Building of the Year by the Royal Institute of British Architects, the £25 million Saw Swee Hock Centre offers a set of versatile, modern, blank canvas Central London spaces available for your Conference, Lecture, Film Screening, Reception, Party or Night-Club Event. Just a few minutes walk from Holborn, with capacities ranging from 10 to 1000 guests the Centre's fully accessible, temperature-regulated spaces are perfect for your corporate and private events, 7 days a week.
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.
Do you struggle with what to feed people at your work events? Sometimes when you hire a venue, the catering is always the same old, same old. What you really want is to bring something brand new to the table. With so many dry hire venues in London, you can bring in your own caterers, or even challenge your work colleagues to cook for the group themselves! If you’re at a loss for ideas on how to spice up the corporate lunch time, them look no further, we might have exactly what you’ve been looking for.
A good food truck can sometimes be hard to beat. There are so many in the city, that you can go for whatever type of food takes your fancy. This way you can keep your staff on their toes, and they can even try new cuisines. Not only will it get everyone talking, but there is something that’s really endearing about a food truck. It encourages camaraderie between colleagues and if it’s a nice day, you can all sit outside to eat. Cuisines such as Vietnamese have become really popular to try.
While everyone is encouraged to buy organic, who can say that they have eaten a fully organic meal? Well, there are plenty of caterers that can fix that problem. Everyone is happy when they have some delicious food in front of them, but it’s also a chance for them to learn more about where their food comes from, and of course fair trade. Can your work mates taste the difference in the organic produce they’ve been served?
Is there a local restaurant that you’ve been dying to try? If so, why not bring them to your work event and get them to serve you up a lunch time meal? Not only is it great for the restaurant, you all get to try some of their food. Your colleagues will be intrigued by somewhere that is truly local to you, and that makes for a happy lunchtime.
International Food Day
As a change, why not get everyone you work with to bring in a different dish that represents their country? Workplaces are generally multicultural, so this is a great way to learn not only about different cuisines, but about the places where your colleagues, or your colleagues’ ancestors, were born. You can have some on main meal duty and others on dessert. The results should be an interesting combination to say the very least!
No Meat Monday
For health reasons, and for environmental, it’s encouraged to cut down on the amount of meat that we consume. That’s why No Meat Monday was invented. As a change from the status quo, why not hire a vegetarian or vegan caterer to feed you all at your event? Many people might be surprised at the sheer variety and taste of food without meat in it, and of course, it keeps lunchtime a little different from the norm, which is what you’re looking for.
Build Your Own
Everyone likes putting together their own plate of food. Which is why caterers that specialise in things like tacos are loads of fun. They provide the ingredients, and you make your meal. The combinations that people come up with might surprise you. For dessert, something similar can be done only with crepes or pancakes. Everyone can even make their own on a hotplate. Nothing quite gives you satisfaction like making for own food, and it will create a talking point.
No Waste Meal
Environmental causes are a hop topic right now, so why not invest in a caterer that has a zero-waste policy? You can feel better about where your food budget is being spent, and they can talk to everyone at the meal about how they’ve come up with zero waste solutions, and why it’s so important. This gives a little introspection into what we eat every day, and how much of it we end up throwing away.
If in doubt, it’s best to order one of everything. Having a variety of food stations at your event means that even the pickiest of eater will be happy, and your colleagues will get to try a whole rage of cuisines and tastes. If it’s set up like a buffet, where everyone helps themselves, then people can taste a little bit of whatever they want to, without committing to a full plate.
If you want to go upmarket, consider hiring a restaurant to give you a small tasting menu at lunchtime. Not only will you feel like you’ve entered a Michelin starred restaurant, your employees will thank you for really thinking about what they eat, instead of the usual stale sandwiches. A tasting menu is a whole new experience that many might not have had before, which makes this lunchtime idea,all the more special.
Pizza and Beer
Run out of ideas? Do your colleagues really just want to go to the same fast food place they go to every Friday? Why not just keep it relaxed and have some pizza and beer? You can go fast food or artisan, off-licence or craft beer, it doesn’t matter. Sometimes, people just want a bit of comfort food at a work event, and everyone will be more than happy to get started on that Friday feeling.
If you are going for a dry hire venue for your next work event, then you have free rein on the catering. There are loads of options to choose from, but it should fit with the type of event that’s being held. Hopefully out of these 10 catering ideas, there’s something that’s right for you and your company.