Planning a conference can be a really exciting project, but depending on the size of your upcoming conference it can feel like there’s a lot to do. If you’re unsure where to start, you’re in the right place. Our event experts have plenty of experience planning large-scale events such as conferences, expos and corporate functions.
Conferences are a great way to connect with a wide audience and provide your guests and speakers with a platform to share ideas and network. London has a variety of specialist conference venues as well as flexible spaces that offer conference facilities alongside a number of other event types.
It is the outrageous fun of Ping Pong, combined with state of the art facilities and reputation for hosting the most well executed events that sets Bounce apart as the ultimate conference and corporate party destination in London. Located just 3 minutes walk from Farringdon station, Bounce offers flexible layout options ranging from up to 200 guests theatre set up through to 400-capacity standing events. Situated on the verified site that Ping Pong was first invented by Jaques and Son in 1901, the venue features a restaurant, bar, private room and conferencing and meeting facilities up there with the best. It fast became a Holborn favourite with the Ping Pong tables supplementing excellent cocktails and wood-fired pizzas, not to mention a great excuse for a team away day. A perfect place for all events: Conferencing Team building Private parties Networking Award nights Hybrid events Meetings Away days Product launches Christmas parties Our expansive spaces can be utilised for breakout areas, syndicate sessions, team building activities and drink reception. The Jaques Room is a one-of-a-kind private room at Bounce for up to 90 guests, offering the perfect balance of suave and edge! Ideal for smaller conferences, meetings and social events this versatile space can also be set up theater, cabaret or boardroom style. Hiring the room for up to six hours includes: Three Ping Pong tables and a Beer Pong table Private cocktail bar, mixologist & bar seating Selfie mirror and karaoke system In-house music of your own choice UV lighting and iridescent artwork 40” LCD screen & 7ft projector Exclusive areas at Bounce include a variety of opportunities for you and your group to enjoy everything we have to offer for a longer period of time in your own dedicated space, while still being able to soak in the electric atmosphere from our main bar. Perfect for groups of 30-60 guests.
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.
Grade II listed Georgian riverside venue that stands on the North Bank of the River Thames between Hammersmith and Chiswick. The House is equally adept at hosting business meetings in West London or offering a stunning riverside weddings venue in London with its enviable position overlooking a broad sweep of the Thames. What gives the venue its unique character is its Grade 11 listed architecture. This creates a more private atmosphere which is perfect for business meetings where people need to get away from the office. Meeting rooms in West London rarely offer such scope of flexibility and distinctive charm. It is also a great venue for regular club meetings, and we regularly host talks with outside speakers. The same can also be said of how the venue operates as a Riverside Weddings Venue in West London. The Georgian façade and dramatic river views are a wedding photographer’s dream location. We host all sorts of social functions including parties, celebrations, anniversaries as well as post funeral receptions. And our range of business meetings embraces conferences, workshops and training days. We’ve even been known to host the occasional film crew who have been seduced by the architecture and stunning river views. The venue has various rooms to fit your number of guests/colleagues to suit the occasion.
A new cinema in London's culturally vibrant East End. Our screens can be hired for private events from bespoke birthday parties to corporate presentations. Three of the screens in this unique venue are equipped with their own bar area, making it easy to look after your guests or clients.
ROSEBERY LOFT SPACE 3,000 open plan industrial loft space and is located in the heart of Clerkenwell and adjacent to Exmouth Market, which is a daily pedestrianized street with an open-air street food market. Furthermore the immediate surrounds are home to a plethora of shops, restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs providing an exciting and urban district for creative businesses to thrive. The property is situated within a short walking distance of Farringdon, Kings Cross, Chancery Lane and Angel Stations.
Elephant & castle
Not available: Friday & Saturday evening Situated just a stones throw from London Bridge in the trendy Elephant and Castle area, Ministry Venues - Elephant 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.
This venus 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 – this venue 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
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
This incredible space in The Shard does a pretty good job of speaking for itself – up on the 24th floor of the tallest building in the UK, it boasts some incredible views that manage to sit just under the clouds, meaning perfect visibility out over the Thames. TOG worked really hard to give the space in The Shard a distinctly different, relaxed feel, plus it’s more versatile than you think; it has event space for up to 200 people and has hosted everything from mini golf to cocktail fountains and poker tables. In addition to this, there are 8 meeting rooms, ranging in size from 5 - 70 person.
Situated in the heart of West London, just 5 minutes from Earl’s Court station, Refettorio Felix at St Cuthbert’s is a charming and elegant space to hold your special event. Following a lovingly completed renovation by award-winning interior designer Ilse Crawford, Refettorio Felix offers a warming and inviting ambiance, ideal for a wide range of different functions. The hall, with its enchanting pendant lights, high ceilings and calming décor acts as a blank canvas for you to build your plans from. The raised stage and excellent acoustics lend themselves wonderfully to host performances, speeches and panel discussions, and Refettorio Felix invites you to inhabit the space creatively. With space for up to a maximum 100 seated guests in the main hall, this is a delightfully informal atmosphere encouraging you and your guests to enjoy themselves and relax. The fully-eqipped, professional-standard kitchen can support a variety of catering needs, from a simple drinks reception to a plated service dinner, and the venue has had great experience hosting some delicious and exciting supper clubs. Booking your wedding with Refettorio Felix would not only bring joy to your special event but also be doing good for the local community. With all fees supporting their community dining project and charity, your event would help give back to those less fortunate, including rough sleepers and vulnerable people. For more information on the kinds of events Refettorio Felix at St Cuthbert’s can host, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
In the heart of bustling Soho, this versatile, subterranean space can flex to accommodate up to 220 guests making it the perfect spot for a good, old fashioned knees up. Cocktail on arrival? Guests are welcomed down to the bar area for a tipple; the perfect place to gather. Our experienced events management team is there to help you curate the perfect event, from customising our versatile spaces; to catering, hybrid-technology and cleaning. Whichever way you choose to gather, Fora makes room for the extraordinary. For a more traditional occasion, the space comes fully kitted out with AV technology, including a video wall, so the world’s your [Soho-based] oyster
The Tab Centre is a historic building situated in the heart of Shoreditch. Its ivory-coloured grand hall is graced with elegant pilasters and a wrought-iron balustraded gallery. The Main Hall is a bright open blank canvas space, perfect for XXX and can accommodate up to 140 guests. The gorgeous new secret garden, a true hidden gem of Shoreditch, is great for Corporate BBQ or Drink Receptions, or even as a break out space for Team Meetings, Filming hires and Corporate events! We also have a number of smaller spaces for up to 50 people, great for workshops, rehearsal spaces and training sessions. We have a full service kitchen on site, as well as a fully kitted out, dedicated recording studio for any required event too. We are also wheelchair accessible throughout the building. As a charitable organisation, the venue’s profits go to running the centre’s community projects, so hiring the centre is also giving back!
The Depository is a 6,500 sq/ft industrial warehouse based in Stoke Newington and the birthplace of the original 'Dragons Den'. The location is set over four floors with a variety of textured walls and different floors, as well as large windows offering a great natural daylight. The ground floor originally housed horse stables, and is dark and atmospheric with a spiral staircase and original lift shaft. The first floor has a mezzanine floor and dilapidated, peeling walls, while the second and third levels have more of a loft feel with original polished oak floorboards and a mixture of glazed and texture brick walls. The warehouse provides the perfect setting for corporate away-days, and there is also the chance to combine is with use of The House Next Door (on enquiry) which is, funnily enough, situated next door! The location is always decorated with an array of ever-changing, unique props and we also have colorama stands available at your convenience. The industrial lift is in full working order and there is also the facility to black out the whole location. PLEASE NOTE: WE WILL NOT HIRE 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.
4th Floor Studios is a space for hire like no other in East London, upon arrival your guests will enter via an unassuming doorway and be wowed by our large studios offering unique character, complete with props, seating and mirrors. Over 2 floors we have 3 large studio spaces available, which can be booked individually or as a whole. Outside space with bamboo roof terrace and a huge roof top with view of East London skylines With 3000 sq ft on top floor (two adjoining rooms) and 1800 sq ft on 1st floor, we are the perfect venue for events, dinners, conferences, launches, parties, receptions, away days and are fully set up to provide full AV capability, tables, chairs, conference facilities, studio lighting and accessories, backdrops, props, musical instruments, PA system, backline and Wifi. With options for both naturally lit open spaces or a more blacked out atmospheric feel we can cater the space to meet your particular events needs. We are fully licensed to sell alcohol and have an in house chef happy to discuss menus if needed, we are equally happy if you want to use outside catering. Call us today to arrange a viewing and to discuss how we can make your event or shoot happen for you!
"A bright and airy creative space located on the canal in central Hackney Wick and alongside the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. White Post is a contemporary, multi-use space. It has a large Foyer (Atrium) venue adjoining. The interior is totally unique and captures the rich artistic live/work vibe in Hackney Wick. We are an ideal venue for product launches, corporate events, party bookings, wedding receptions, music gigs, and late night events. The venue can either be hired or space reserved." Available for wet hire. The main bar is suitable for private parties, club nights, celebrations etc. The Foyer for conferences, launches, screenings, etc, however the spaces can be used together. Fridays & weekends - evening wet hire minimum spends for the main bar vary but generally sit upwards of £1500 (for 50 people). Larger numbers attract a higher drink minimum spend. Photo shoots / Film shoots / Talks / Gatherings / Business parties/celebrations / Live music gigs and DJ club nights / Creative meetings
A venue with a fascinating history that dates all the way back to 1719. Originally built as a small Huguenot chapel, it has accommodated many different East London congregations over the years eventually becoming part of Christ Church in 1887.Magnificently renovated into a diverse venue space; it boasts high ceilings and windows to bathe the room with natural daylight. A recent restoration and makeover has seamlessly combined the contemporary Spitalfields style with the heart of a national heritage building. Charles Dickens was a regular visitor in the 1800s using the building for public readings of his works and in 1888 the Match Girls held their famous strike meetings here as they prepared to protest against working conditions at the nearby Bryant and May factory.
Whether you’re an experienced conference producer or a bit of a novice, it’s a good idea to start with our planning checklist to make sure you’ve got the foundations of your event in place before the invitations get sent out.
Step 1: Set a purpose
So why are you planning a conference? Maybe it’s an established annual event, or it’s filling a new niche in the calendar. Either way, it’s good to have an overarching purpose for your conference that you can remind yourself of when decision making gets tough. It could be to present exciting scientific findings, or create a space whether vendors and suppliers can network. It’s especially useful to have this purpose in mind when choosing a keynote speaker, which is often the highlight of the conference for delegates. Is there another conference that fulfils a similar purpose to yours, and how can you make your conference unique, memorable and useful?
Step 2: Plan a budget
Planning a budget can seem daunting but it’s vital to know what spending money you’ll have available to you before you start making big decisions. It’s generally possible (and virtually unavoidable) to change the budget once you’ve started, but it’s important to know a ballpark figure. This will help you make decisions from the get go and keep delegate expectations in the right place. Nobody wants to recreate the Fyre Festival..!
Step 3: Pick an estimate date and location
Peak time for conferences tends to be between the end of August and mid-November. It avoids the summer - when everyone is on holiday - and the festive period - when everyone is drunk/hungover. You could consider planning your conference between January and May though, and making the most of quieter calendars and potentially off-peak venue prices. Conference planning often starts about 10-12 months before the event, so bear in mind how much lead time you’ll need.
Step 4: Choose a venue
So you’ve decided on the purpose, budget and location of your conference - now you need to pick a venue. When you were settling the financial plans you should have outlined an estimate cost for your venue hire, as well as the number of delegates you’d be expecting to come. Once you’ve started looking for your conference space you’ll need all of this information to hand to make sure the venues will be suitable for your needs. It’s also a good idea to have a think of any technical requirements you might need, and whether you’d rather the venue provided them or if you’re happy to bring them in yourself.
Elaborate bells and whistles are all well and good, but unless you cover the basics your conference is likely to go down like a lead balloon.
Check out our tried and tested conference essentials that are guaranteed to leave your delegates happy.
High speed wi-fi
This is especially important if your conference is in the tech industry; expectations will be high! Unless you’ve got firm assurances from your venue that their wi-fi can handle a lot of intense traffic, it might be worth bringing in extra resources to make sure all your delegates can access and use the wi-fi reliably. This can be an unexpected expense, but it’s well worth it. Having access to wi-fi should also encourage your delegates to be active on their social media accounts while at the conference without having to rely on their own data.
Free hot drinks
It’s not always feasible to make the budget stretch to feeding all your delegates for free - unless you’re organising a smaller event, or your ticket prices will incorporate the cost of the meals - but it always goes down well if you can provide free hot drinks. Depending on your event this could be as simple as hiring a number of large urns, or it could mean bringing in baristas. Why not use the opportunity for a marketing boost by adding your hashtag or social accounts to the coffee cups for additional exposure. Don’t forget to provide free water, too.
Even if you’re not providing food for free, it’s a good idea for your delegates to at least be able to access it within the venue. If your guests have to leave for their lunch, it’s much more likely that they won’t bother coming back. Consider inviting local food vendors to set up inside, and as they’ve got a “captive market” they may be able to cut you a good deal for a reduced menu. Whatever you do regarding food, remember to include options for vegans and vegetarians as well as those with gluten or dairy intolerances.
It’s good practice to try and make your event as sustainable as possible. Have a think about your disposable cups and plates; bamboo cutlery makes a great alternative to plastic and is generally considered to be a good biodegradable option. Just remember that even if you have recyclable materials, your delegates will still need somewhere to recycle them. Why not provide facilities for your guests to separate their food and recycling waste to maximise the benefit.
If you’re looking to stand out from the crowd, it’s not always enough to throw a couple of trendy pot plants around and hope for the best. Your venue can often do the talking for you; the space your conference is in tells your delegates what to expect from the day and can set the tone of the event.
When people think of conferences they tend to jump to needing a big empty space - like the ExCel London - and while they’re great venues for large scale corporate conferences, they’re not necessarily right for everyone.
Take a look at our checklist for finding an unusual conference venue:
Large or small?
You should have a good idea of the number of delegates, speakers and trade stands you’re hoping will be attending. For standing receptions, it’s easy to remember - you need 1 square metre of space per attendee. But don’t forget that on top of that, you’ll need to factor in the stage and seating, break out areas, food and drink stalls, storage space and bathrooms. It’s always better to have a little too much space than not quite enough.
Maximising your accessibility is vital. Lots of venues in London are sadly limited, especially when it comes to wheelchair access, because of their age or location. You should be looking to attract a diverse crowd and make your event as accessible as possible, so bear this in mind when you’re looking for a space. Venues that cater to conferences tend to be on the larger side and are more likely to provide access, so they’re a great place to start. But also have a think about adding hearing loops, large-print schedules and maps, and facilities for guide and assistance dogs to make sure you’re doing your bit too.
The location of your conference will depend on the industry you’re targeting. Theatre, fashion and photography tends to be based around W1 - so think Soho, Mayfair, Fitzrovia and Marylebone. The City of London is historically the hub of the financial district, but lots of businesses operate out of Canary Wharf so they’re both good locations to consider with different attributes to recommend them. When it comes to conference venues within a particular district, try and find somewhere close to transport links to make the journey for your delegates as easy as possible. Bonus points if your closest station has disability access.
You’ll find a variety of conference spaces all over London, it just depends on what you’re looking for. At Canvas, we have a wide range of conference venues and conference centres to suit all specifications. From small conference venues in London to larger ones, our selection of venues include the different facilities and features you’ll need to host successful conference events. If you have specific requests or necessary features for the venue of your choice, make the most of our search filters. With these, you can narrow down your search to see the venues that match your specifications.
If you’re planning a conference event, you’ll undoubtedly want a venue that will impress those attending. From its location to its facilities, the venue you choose is important. Whilst we have a few to choose from around here, we pride ourselves on having the most popular conference venues in London all in one place on Canvas. Whether you’re looking for a tech venue, a contemporary event space or just an affordable presentation lecture theatre, browse through our selection of popular conference spaces and find something to suit your needs.
When it comes to hiring a conference venue in London, there are so many options to choose from. If you’re looking for a Central London location for a conference, you have to consider that prices will be higher. If you branch out to Zone 2, you are likely to get cheaper rates for your event space of choice. Wherever you choose to hold a conference, it should be in an easy-accessible location with good transport links. You may also want to consider venues with accommodation nearby if people are travelling into London for the conference.
The cost of hiring a conference venue in London varies due to different factors. It very much depends on size, location and also any extras you’d require from the venue hire. At Canvas, we pride ourselves on the wide range of affordable conference spaces we have. You’re guaranteed to find something within your budget, and that meets all your other requirements too.
There are lots of reasons to opt for a venue in Central London, especially if people are travelling far for your conference or event. It is a location that’s filled with great event spaces of all types and all sizes, including a variety of conference or corporate venues. You can find your ideal conference space in Central London by searching through our wide range of venues for this event type. Whether you’re after small conference spaces, a large, more modern space, or a venue with breakout rooms available, we don’t doubt you’ll find something that’s the perfect fit for your event plans.