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.
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
White City Place
Welcome to W12 Studios! Set in the heart of White City Place this unique and exciting indoor bar and restaurant concept is the perfect party venue, this fantastic venue can accommodate up to 450 guests and provides the perfect open space for any occasion. There is a beautiful terrace at the front of the venue perfect in both the summer and winter months accommodating up to 100 guests. W12 Studios is part of Incipio Group which has six unique venues across West London. Summer Party Christmas Party Leaving Drinks Birthday Party Corporate Drinks Networking Events
is the latest project by the team behind two of London’s foremost cultural institutions, Oval Space and The Pickle Factory. This space has been designed as a blank canvas, set in an industrial but polished setting. The venue comprises of 3 unique areas, a sprawling, blank canvas main room, a roof terrace with breakout containers, and a brandable cocktail bar event space. The venue also features breakout rooms on the 1st floor. The versatility and multi-faceted nature of is bound to whet the appetite of any ambitious event producer, whether they’re planning a product launch, conference or live music gig. Moreover, the venue can boast to be one of the most environmentally sustainable in the country, with a ban on single-use plastics the first step in ‘Oval Green’ a cross-venue initiative to create spaces that deliver unforgettable experiences minus the carbon emissions. All hires include a projector and screen, sound and lighting packages, chairs, staging, lectern and a dedicated event manager.
Sadler’s Wells is a world-renowned dance, performance and events venue. Sadler’s Wells provides a contemporary, vibrant and inspiring venue for conferences, workshops and performances. The venue can hold private and corporate events from 12-1500 guests in rooms including the main auditorium, a studio theatre and various meeting/conference suites. This smart and modern venue has natural daylight, fully integrated state of the art AV with in-house technical staff, air conditioning and free Wi-Fi internet throughout. Our experienced Events team provides dedicated event management ensuring smooth delivery and success. Clients also benefit from in-house catering providing a wide range of fresh, seasonal menus for a variety of occasions. Sadler's Wells has played host to prestigious companies including Sony Music, KPMG, The Guardian, TEDx and many others. We would be delighted to host your event at Sadler's Wells.
ONLY TAKING BOOKINGS FROM OCTOBER 2020 ONWARDS**NEW TO MARKET RIVER THAMES TERRACE EVENT VENUE** Riverfront Terrace is a brand new, hidden gem venue on the Southbank.. A 3 minutes walk from Waterloo and with unique views of London on our custom built terrace overlooking the Thames.. The perfect venue for summer parties, press events, product launches, as well wedding receptions and private events. The setting cannot be bettered, especially on a sunny day when the light plays on the Thames and the crowds pass by on the embankment.. Book to impress and improve your life NOW! x
COVID-19 update: In light of recent government recommendations, it's with huge sadness however that we'll be temporarily closing our London venues (Soho, Holborn and Islington) with immediate effect. We feel this is the best decision for all our colleagues, their families, and every one of you - our fantastic customers that we're lucky enough to welcome through our doors and into our private karaoke rooms. If you have an existing booking, our team will be in touch. If you want to ask us anything in the meantime, please don't hesitate to get in contact via We'll be monitoring developments closely to keep you informed of any changes, but for now we hope you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy during this troubling time. We're lucky enough to be able to offer home entertainment alongside our bars. So if you're stuck in the house and looking for something to do, then maybe try turn cabin fever to disco fever. For a month's free subscription to our online karaoke service, head to our online karaoke player at https://www.luckyvoicekaraoke.com/ and enter code LUCKY20 And if you want to get some serious practice in for when our private karaoke rooms are back open, then check out all our home karaoke kits here https://shop.luckyvoice.com/. You can get a further £5 off using discount code SINGSAFE ------------------- The latest addition to the Lucky Voice Family, our Holborn venue is the largest in LV history – along with 10 state of the art private rooms that can fit up to 140 happy singers, there’s also a large bar area designed in stunning lux pop aesthetic, as well as a sizeable dance floor with space and equipment for a live DJ.
Situated on the first floor of a Grade II Listed warehouse in close proximity to London Bridge Station. Available for events, meetings, photoshoots and filming, the space features plush soft furnishings, a cornucopia of plants and period details, and large sash windows. The space will be a talking point for your guests and provides the perfect backdrop for events both corporate and otherwise. In addition to numerous areas of soft seating there is a 14 seat table for business meetings and lunches, a small kitchen and 3 toilets.
Paddington, Edgware Road
Overlooking Paddington's Grand Union Canal, Lockhouse is an all-day hangout that specialises in craft beer, artisan cocktails, classic burgers, Louisana-style po'boys, fresh salads and a delectable brunch and coffee menu. Lockhouse can cater for: *Private Events for up to 300 standing *Meetings, Training Day, Private Parties on the Mezzanine with Flat Screen *Masterclasses in Cocktails, Beer, Spirits and Food Pairing *Weddings & other occasions *Corporate Bookings *Tour Groups *Breakfast Meetings *Wrap Parties *Filming and Photoshoots
We are delighted to offer the opportunity to hire Elder Street. Previously, the space has been used for client workshops, networking events, product launches and parties, conferences and private dining. The spaces available for hire include our beautiful vertical garden and courtyard, The Undercroft, The Workshop, Upper Lobby, Canteen and Kitchen.
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. The Petersham is an opulent setting for any event. Sweeping windows, Genoese chandeliers and a private terrace, perfect for a drinks reception or grand entrance. With moveable furniture and a creative team, the space is versatile and an impressive backdrop for all occasions. Take ove the full venue and enjoy drinks in the private dining space and garden, before pulling back the curtains to reveal the beautiful main dining room where long banqueting tables will be dressed for your feast. During dining, the private dining room can be transformed once more to provide the perfect space for dancing the night away. Ideal for a wedding reception to follow a choice of licensed ceremony spaces across the site or any style of celebration. Groups of 12-36 seated and 40 to stand can enjoy the beautiful private dining room, within the main restaurant. Made private by heavy curtains, your guests will be welcomed through their own terrace entrance. The room is drenched in light, with floor to ceiling windows and garden doors which open onto to Floral Court.
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.
Clerkenwell, Farringdon, Smithfield
Previously a vestry within St. Sepulchre’s Parish, The Vestry is a new wave cocktail & wine bar concept a stone’s throw from Smithfield Market. The Vestry is available for full and partial private hire for buffets, drinks, two to three course dining, wedding receptions, corporate hire and more. With a range of meeting packages for corporate clients during the day and events packages for those afternoon, evening & late-night parties - you'll find everything you need with us.
Chalkney Water Meadows is a unique festival and glamping venue just an hour from London in Essex offering delicious hog roasts, pizza ovens, real ale and outdoor team building activities
Bayswater - Paddington
Ma Dame is an intimate, French- inspired, live music night club & late-night dancing venue in the heart of west London, close to Royal Oak and moments from Hyde Park. With our boutique style furnishings and superb cocktails, customers enjoy a unique ad intimate experience, late into the night! We pride ourselves in offering great service and bespoke packages, tailored for private parties, intimate gigs, corporate VIP after parties, VIP birthdays, engagement parties and much more! We want to create a movement that incorporates fashion, music and art with product launches and branded parties.
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.
Venue Video Profile Banking Hall is a venue that has been designed to impress. Surrounded by towering marble columns and stunning Art Deco décor, you can host your event with a touch of glamour in an excellent location. Banking Hall straddles Cornhill and Lombard Street, overlooking the Bank of England. The space is flexible and can be adapted to accommodate your needs – whether for a dinner, standing reception, wedding banquet, conference or exhibition for up to 800 guests.
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.