The Hope and Anchor is perfectly situated between Brixton and Clapham and is the perfect unique venue in London for any event or party. With two floors including a private room and our enchanting garden, we offer individual heated outdoor huts, two outdoor bars and have ample space to accommodate all needs. We have space for private drinks parties, meetings, work gatherings or as event space for hire. With a focus on cocktails, burgers and finger food we can tailor bespoke packages and offer personalised service for any event all in our exiting, fun bar complete with DJs and late night drinks.
Canning Town & Star Lane
Only available for midweek hire. A new institution for the arts based in the heart of East London's, Canning Town. Home to music and creative studios and a 550 capacity state-of-the-art performance space. https://www.instagram.com/fold.ldn/?hl=en
Absolute Pleasure Yacht is available for private and corporate hire. Both catered and self-catered packages available.
Greenwich Yacht Club boasts 2 unique venues in London with Thames river views. Situated close to North Greenwich tube and the O2 arena this is a great venue for hire in London. It is also a wedding venue in London with a wedding license. It is a popular corporate and conference venue in London and has the ability to cater for Private dinner parties
If you’re looking for space in Shoreditch it doesn’t get much more centrally placed than this. Just North of Shoreditch High Street you’ll find our multi-purpose warehouse. There's 3,450 sq ft in total available: with four rooms to act as a perfect blank backdrop to your event Studio One Studio One is a cafe between 8:30am -5pm. Protein Studios has unlimited access to Studio One during the evening. Already set up in a restaurant style, Studio One is the perfect setting for everything from a pop-up restaurant to an impressive main entrance and bar for nighttime events. Upon request, Studio One is available to hire during the day. The buyout fee ranges from £1,000 during the week to £1,500 on a weekend. Up to 75% of the hire fee can be used towards daytime catering and refreshments. Studio Two White uninterrupted base for any event. The space includes drive-in ground floor roller shutter access for set-up. The open-front studio is located on the cut-through between Great Eastern and Shoreditch High Street and guarantees a steady natural footfall. Studio Three Studio Three connects Studios Two and Four. It can work as a backstage private area and works as an extension of studio Four and Studio Two. Studio Four This self-contained space is perfect for pop-up retail and small-scale events. Accessible via a glass shop front.
Oui 2 Rooms is a multi-award winning blank canvas showroom event space venue, available for dry hire and situated in the heart of Central London W1 - 3 minutes from Oxford Circus Underground Station. The Venue is ideal for Press Shows, Product Launches, Photography Shoots, Sample Sales & Business Seminars/Meetings. Oui 2 Rooms has ground floor access, ideal for loading and unloading.
KITCHEN TABLE The Kitchen Table is a home-inspired kitchen for those round-table meetings that require some hearty, home-cooked food delivered from our restaurant, or created bespoke by a dedicated on-hand chef. Capacity: 10 PRIVATE DINING ROOM The Private Dining Room on the fifth floor is a multi-purpose space with a mid-century finish that is perfect for intimate meetings and exclusive lunches & dinners. Capacity: 8 DRAWING ROOM The Drawing Room on the third floor is an understated lounge-inspired environment with a homely feel that is designed for those meetings where inspiration flows from relaxation. Capacity: 10 BOARDROOMS The spacious, more traditional boardrooms at Mortimer House combine a luxurious interior design and are equipped with all the high-tech amenities you would need for your meeting. Capacity: 8
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.
A sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Petersham Nurseries Covent Garden offers a unique lifestyle destination in the heart of central London. Two restaurants, a delicatessen, florist and lifestyle shop are all united by Floral Court, offering a variety of opportunities to suit any occasion. La Goccia is a vibrant restaurant with an open kitchen, wood fired oven, large grill and dining bar. A section of the restaurant offers semi-private dining for up to 30 guests. This space sits under the kitchen, which keeps the atmosphere vibrant and the backdrop exciting. Guests are invited to choose from one of our set menus. La Goccia Bar which features a hand made iron bar is the perfect venue for a standing reception. The short end of the L Shaped space provides a cosy sofa section which can hold up to 30-35 guests standing. Tucked away from the length of the bar, your guests will be invited to use the bar garden entrance exclusively, so the space feels intimate. For larger parties, full hire of the bar can home a maximum of 70 guests. The bar allows for casual seating, lounging and dancing if desired. We have a wonderful in-house Dj that can play for your party, just let us know and we will put you in touch. Your standing party are invited to dine from our canape menu. La Goccia Bar is adjoining to The Shop, which offers seated dining for up to 70 guests or provides an extension to your standing party. Please see our profile for full details.
The velodrome, with its iconic sweeping roof and the fastest track on the planet made sporting history during London 2012 but this special venue offers more than just cycling. Sure to inspire and impress, it’s also a show stopping base for your next conference, exhibition or meeting.
Located in the Brunswick just off Russell Square, the historic cinema was recently refurbished to the highest technology and design specs. All screening rooms have Sony 4K projectors, making it the ideal venue for hire in London for film premieres and galas. The largest theatre-style auditorium (Renoir) seats up to 147 and includes a separate VIP balcony. We also have intimate screening rooms seating up to 30. There are bars on all three levels of this unique venue in London. The entire ground-floor can be used for premiers and drinks receptions hosting up to 150 people.
in Kings Cross is a truly unique space that blends architecture from 1800s with a sophisticated modern-day development. Originally built in the 1800s as the first example of social housing, the original building is a characterful brick building that now sits inside TOG’s workspace, giving a one-of-a-kind aesthetic and an industrial feel. The ground floor offers space for 300 people within pared-back, relaxed surroundings, while the incredible roof terrace, dotted with original chimney pots and brickwork, offers incredible views and space for 40 people. In addition to the large event space, this building has 9 meeting rooms ranging in size from 4 person to 100 person.
SouthBank, Waterloo, London
Situated on London’s dynamic South Bank, the Coin Street Conference Centre is operated by social enterprise and development trust Coin Street Community Builders. Venue: With a range of contemporary, purpose-built meeting and event spaces, Coin Street is the perfect venue for your next seminar, training event, board meeting, conference or reception. The versatility of the rooms allows for a range of configurations and an experienced events team will ensure your event runs smoothly. With enviable views over the capital’s iconic skyline, an exclusive hire of the Third Floor Suite includes a large well-equipped conference room for up to 170 delegates theatre style, alongside two ideally placed smaller rooms suitable for use as syndicate spaces, or as refreshment areas. Purpose-built contemporary meeting spaces, the South Bank Rooms have been designed to offer flexible solutions for small workshops through to large conferences. Situated at lower-ground level, clients can take advantage of their own spacious foyer complete with original artwork, perfect for your cloakroom and refreshment areas. The Neighbourhood Room is situated at ground level - a spacious and versatile room capable of hosting a range of events. With natural daylight and residential garden views, the Neighbourhood Room can host events up to 250 people reception style. In addition to the meeting rooms, Coin Street are proud to offer a spacious roof terrace with brilliant views across the capital. During the summer months the terrace works well as an outdoor breakout space, lunchtime barbecue, or post-meeting drinks reception. Social Enterprise: All profits from the conference centre are invested back into the local community as part of their social enterprise principles. By choosing Coin Street Conference Centre for your event you are investing in the future of the South Bank and Bankside neighbourhood. Sustainability: The sustainable features of the conference centre form an integral part of their daily operations. Some of the features are: solar chimneys ventilate the building naturally, energy efficient lighting that turns off automatically when an area is not being used, sustainable caterers, and recycling facilities. It is a fully accessible venue, with all lifts wide enough for motorised wheelchair users and hearing loops available in the meeting and conference rooms.
Studio Spaces is rapidly becoming one of London’s finest Warehouse events venues. Comprised of three unique, contemporary film and photographic studios. This former factory retains its industrial charm. High specification finishes and stunning architectural features bring the character while 8000 sq ft of space brings the flexibility. Live shows, launches, on-trend conferences, parties and weddings – Studio Spaces has played host to them all, either in one studio or all three. With several client parking spaces, loading access on the ground floor and The Warehouse boasts a drive-in entrance. Capacities: Entire Venue: Reception: 1650 / Sit Down: 506 / Theatre: 725 / Area in m2: 790 Black Studio: Reception: 450 / Sit Down: 144 / Theatre: 180 / Area in m2: 250 White Studio: Reception: 200 / Sit Down: 80 / Theatre: 120 / Area in m2: 140 Warehouse Studio: Reception: 700 / Sit Down: 278 / Theatre: 455 / Area in m2: 370
A place to have fun in what you do and who you do it with. The venues has perfect place for a party of up to 70 guests; MAMA has celebrated engagements, baby showers, Christmas parties, birthday parties, album launches and podcasts. This is the place to see and be seen; a private space at the heart of MAMA with your own secret garden cocktail bar and retractable glass roof for when the summer is at its peak. With food and drink sourced locally and made fresh with love by our award winning chefs, MAMAs is the place for the best boujie event. Located on the Hackney Road in zone 2 a ten minute walk from Bethnal Green underground on the Central Line, a short stroll from Shoreditch and well connected to the routes crossing central London. The place where everyone in London can pass through and feel taken care of by their own MAMA
SMITHS’ is an iconic all-day dining concept with 4 floors in the heart of the City. We are a popular and unique Private Dining and Exclusive Hire venue with our many floors, flexible spaces and an experienced event team working with guests to organise any occasion, be it a Business Meeting, Corporate Private Dinner, Birthday or Wedding. We also offer Cocktail Making Classes and a Beef Butchery Masterclass, ensuring guests are always offered a unique and enjoyable ‘SMITHS’ experience.
So, you need to organise a tech conference, easy right? Well… not always. Like any big event, there’s a lot of work involved so you’ll need to have a firm plan in place. We’ve put together these 10 steps to help you get the ball rolling!
All too often, planning for a conference is started too late in the game. This means that there’s a rush to organise a keynote and venue, as well as a rush to advertise in time for people to actually show up. What then happens, is that you will be left with an event that doesn’t flow well. Instead of a seamless transition between events, there may be gaps that are too long, and the theme won’t be as cohesive as you’ve had to scramble to get speakers together. If your call for proposals goes out too late, you won’t be able to have the all-important discussions with those interested, and the speakers that are accepted will be left confused as to what they are actually doing on the day.
Pick the Right Team
The organising team for the conference should be made up of a group of people who are excited to get involved. This will take up more of their time than even they will have anticipated, so make sure that they are aware of the commitment. A good mix of new and old staff will merge the advice from past conferences with the enthusiasm new team members bring with them. Remember to diversify the group as well, and have the gender split as close to 50/50 as you can.
Know what your budget is before you start making any grand plans. Tech conferences can eat away a budget really quickly, so you’ll need to be aware of this. If you’ve had previous events, this will be a good basis to start from. Keep an accurate working budget, so you don’t find that you’ve overspent, and can keep tickets in the reasonable price range. Sponsors are crucial to any tech event, so it’s important to get them on board as soon as possible. Show clearly what your event can offer them.
Theme is everything at a modern tech conference. It draws people in and makes them buy the tickets. Create an agenda as soon as you are able so that attendees know what to expect. Keep it as narrow and on-theme as possible. While there will of course be many diverse stands, now is the time to bring these into focus. Make the theme your own, relevant to your company, and with a clear call to action.
The venue might be the single most important aspect of any tech conference. If it’s being held in a stuffy hall, no one is going to want to go, and it will give the impression that the event will be boring. You’ll be looking for modern conference venues in London, something that fits with your theme, with the speaker’s ideas, and will facilitate break-outs and networking. VR will also be important, so ensure that your venue has the right technological capabilities for what you need.
The keynote speaker will be one of the biggest draws to the event, so think outside of the box. Contact people who the audience might not have seen before and contact them early. Schedules fill up fast, and once you have your theme, getting the keynote needs to be next on the list. Always treat them with the utmost respect, and answer all of their questions. The more information that you can give them, the better. Once you’ve found someone you want, let them know as soon as possible and start advertising it – although get their approval of the wording you’re going to use.
This has already been mentioned, but have a plan for the day, and think about your attendees. They are going to be looking for something that they can participate in. No matter how good your speakers are, there should also be something more interactive. Breakouts, and panels with content relevant to the theme will allow the audience to engage further. You’ll need to provide ample time for networking, as a conference like this is an amazing opportunity for everyone.
Offer Food and Drink
A crucial part of any conference is what people eat and drink. If you’re not providing it yourself, people will drift away on their own, and either come back late, or not at all. Meal times are a great opportunity to network and having coffee or even beer on standby will help everyone relax. Make sure that you have a few options for dietary requirements. Having some nut-free, vegetarian, and gluten-free food is always a bonus
Update Your Website
Remember that it’s a tech conference you are organising, and so attendees will expect all of the information to be available online, an online booking system, promotional videos, the works. Advertise your sponsors as well so that they are getting what you promised. Keep all of your social media accounts up to date as well, and have a strong marketing plan and call to action for people to respond to.
After the event is just as crucial as the lead up to it. Continue to engage with attendees, ask them to complete a feedback survey, analyse the data from this and send it back to them. Keep the conversation going. Remember to thank all of the speakers, sponsors and the keynote – sending gifts is appropriate as well. If you have another conference the next year, invite them to attend. If not to speak again, at least a free ticket to participate. The most popular speakers could head a panel, but you need to keep in contact with them, and not just forget about them.
There are a lot of moving pieces when it comes to organising a tech conference, but with a good team behind you and adequate planning, it will all come together. Don’t get stressed and you might have more fun organising than you first thought!