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 high tech conference facilities.
Our collection takes visitors on a nostalgic journey through 200 years of social change, culture and lifestyle. It is an exciting new way of looking at history through the things that generations of families have thrown away. It’s a journey back through the memories of your childhood, all brought back to life again by our Time Tunnel – a fascinating insight into how we have lived since Victorian times. As the world’s only museum dedicated to consumer culture, marketing and design, we are a unique and inspiring events venue. From clients’ parties with drinks and canapés in our renowned Time Tunnel, to seated dinner surrounded by brands in our Exhibition Hall or an indoor/outdoor brand activation, we provide the perfect setting for a range of corporate and social events. We work with some of London’s best caterers and suppliers, but we can also offer our venue on a dry hire basis.
Doña is a passion project born of friendship & a shared love for high-quality, magical Mezcal, community living & music. Designed to promote the core ethos of empowered feminine energy and independent creativity, the space is a Lynchian wonderland, complete with roses, soft lighting and gorgeous velvet interiors. Serving delectable cocktails, wine and spirits, as well as amazing tacos from Tigre Tacos upstairs, this is the perfect venue for any kind of celebration, unique gathering, product launch or dinner party with a difference.
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.
An iconic Grade II Listed deconsecrated chapel in the heart of London’s West End, Stone Nest is an atmospheric and exclusive venue in a prestigious location. The building benefits from a 2am licence and is highly adaptable for a range of cultural and corporate activities including rehearsal, filming, private events, dinners, fashion shows, exhibitions, celebrations, ceremonies and launches. The 19th century Norman Style Welsh Chapel (1888) is composed of a galleried central space with an umbrella dome, a large basement bar, and attached manse. After many years at the heart of the London Welsh community, the chapel closed for worship in 1982. In 1985 it was transformed into the legendary Limelight nightclub. Our clients have included Alexander McQueen, Chapman Brothers, BFI, BBC, Netflix, Isabel Marant, Agi & Sam, Nike, Alexandra Moura, Champion, Grey Goose, Famous Grouse, Viktor & Rolf, Midnight Madness, Annabel Dining, Disney, London College of Fashion, Sophia Webster, MO Film, Central St Martins, Heist Gallery, Bourne & Hollingsworth, Nokia, Brown’s Fashion, Kitbag, Tomb Raider, Johnnie Walker, Wingstop, Creative Review and many more.
Nestled within vibrant Merchant’s Square, with picturesque views overlooking Paddington Basin, our pub enjoys a picturesque setting next to the tranquil canals, offering a delightful ambiance. Conveniently located just a short stroll from Edgware Road Tube Station and Paddington Train Station, it’s easily accessible for all to enjoy. From birthdays to engagement parties or work events, we’ve got space for you and your group. With two areas available for groups of over 50 people you’ll have a space to call your own. We have drinks packages and canapes to suit all taste buds. Weekends come with an exceptional opportunity for exclusive hire, accommodating up to 300 guests, with no hire fee. With our exclusive hire package, you’ll enjoy a guaranteed competitive minimum spend. You have the freedom to set the perfect ambiance by playing your own music, and we provide a microphone setup for any announcements.
Looking for a space to host a fashion show? Building a brand activation to blow people’s minds? Selling a self-published zine in a petite pop-up? The Studios has got you covered. The Studios covers a total of 13,000 sq.ft across five adjoining studios, with hire package options to suit everything from pint-sized pop-ups to full-scale brand activations. The Studios have worked with some incredible clients over the years—Spotify, Malfy Gin, Sky News, Puma and Evian to name a few—and have established relationships with lovely local suppliers and trusted tradesfolk to help bring your boldest ideas to life. If you’re looking for a central Shoreditch location, it doesn't get better than this! Situated between busy Shoreditch High Street and Curtain Road, you have guaranteed exposure and amazing footfall. The studios have recently undergone a refurbishment and are in a pristine condition with polished concrete floors, white washed walls, 5m- 8.5m high ceiling and large windows throughout which give you bundles of natural light. The Studios has five interconnected spaces with multiple hire options available. Studio 1 - Bar area and restaurant setup, perfect as an entrance to your event. Studio 2 - A self-contained unit that does it all, from pop-ups to car launches, with shutter access directly onto New Inn Yard. Studio 3 - The smallest studio in the space, this space works as an extension of Studio 2 and Studio 4. Studio 4 - The largest studio in the space, with its own production office and shop front access. Studio 5 - Located alongside studio 4, perfect for small brand activations and showrooms.
Selgars Mill is a beautiful converted 19th Century mill house with cottages, set in eight acres of secluded grounds in the Culm Valley in Mid Devon. We like to keep things simple and create a cosy and relaxed environment so that our guests can feel at home. You can reach Selgars in just two hour by train from Paddington. It's a perfect location for team building retreats and remote working. We have indoor overnight accommodation for up to 30 guests and seasonal (Mar-Nov) outdoor glamping accommodation for up to 60 guests. We also have the capacity to host nature conferences and community gatherings for up to 300 participants with the use of neighbouring camping fields for DIY camping. We host team building retreats, corporate offsites, workations, slow coliving, weddings, wellness retreats, nature immersions, educational and leadership programmes, families, school groups, local events, holiday rentals and our very own re:build and enchanted village gatherings. Our estate is small in size, but it is overflowing with big dreams and creative energy. Selgars is a place for both work and play. During the holidays we host 'Life at Selgars' coliving residencies, weddings and celebrations; we want Selgars to grow into 'a home away from home' where lifelong memories are made. When we all go back to school or work, Selgars is an ideal venue for hosting nature conferences, strategic offsites and team retreats. Selgars is perfect nature location to go to do deep work as a team and build the connection, trust, psychological safety and shared identity that is required for true collaboration and teamwork to take place. ?As much as possible we aim to place creativity & regeneration at the heart of all we do. We have an edible garden on site and seek to source our food from delicious local producers. When it comes to hospitality, we believe in simplicity and participation. When something needs to be done, we all do it together. This is what builds community. This is what makes Selgars special. If this is the culture and spirit of the event you wish to host, then please don't hesitate to get in touch. Visit www.selgars.org for more info. We also have an East London venue called House of Transformation - visit - www.hotspaces.org
One side pitched and the other filled with skylights, Studio Jones is a unique and beautiful urban space. Sitting on the top floor of a former doily factory it's rich with texture and photographic backdrops a plenty. The total floor area is 7200sq ft split into two huge spaces, an on-site kitchen and large make up and styling rooms. The space is yours to do with as you please, dress, paint, set build, we give you total freedom so long as you restore the space to its original decor. With in-house catering from our sister restaurant and production catering company Jones & Sons we can take care of everything for you.
Our unique event space tucked within leafy East Finchley in North London, has quickly become a favourite space for businesses, friends and family to gather and celebrate. Our dedicated event spaces are all individually designed to offer the perfect setting for a multitude of events. Surrounded by classic and exotic super cars, we provide an exceptional backdrop for you and your guests. Whether you're hosting a party, a conference, or a popup store, we invite you to make our space entirely yours.
Southwark Quarter offers a medley of spaces and a full takeover includes the below spaces - get in touch today to discuss combinations of spaces and how you can hire Southwark Quarter to deliver an unforgettable event. Omeara Our live music jewel this venue has a live music performance space, a bar arch, a terrace and mezzanine as well as Omeara'a little brother Rae's offering a second performance space of VIP lounge. Carrubo Carrubo offers the perfect outside reception space, all within easy reach of London Bridge. Here, festoon lighting sets a welcoming tone, and a well-designed shelter ensures your event runs seamlessly, rain or shine. Welcome to your go-to outdoor destination, conveniently located just moments away from London Bridge. Arch 33 an iconic event space that combines historic charm with contemporary style, offering you the perfect canvas to create extraordinary memories nestled beneath the arches of London Bridge, our unique railway arch venue is the ultimate setting for your next unforgettable event. Flat Iron Square The iconic Flat Iron Square consisting of the Taproom Railway Arch, Arch 24 and outside space with street food vendors and picnic table seating.
Kindred, in the heart of Hammersmith, West London, is the perfect city venue for your next event. With a range of spaces designed for those with an eye for quality, comfort and style, our dynamic, dependable team pull out all the stops for occasions to remember. If you are looking for an out-of-the-ordinary conference space that is bound to make a statement in line with your brand, a candlelit private dinner with incredible food and wine, or a decadent party that needs to impress, Kindred is a fantastic choice, and one you won’t regret. We deliver best in class hospitality, entertainment and guest experience, and most importantly, we take care of everything; taking the stress out of the process and allowing you and your guests to simply turn up and enjoy. Clients often choose Kindred for the following types of events: Meetings, Conferences, Corporate Events and Receptions, Private Dinners, Birthday Parties, Anniversary Parties and other Celebrations, Weddings, Filming and Photography, Live Music Events and Performances, Full Takeovers. We fully cater for our events, providing food and drinks tailored to your requirements. Priding ourselves on delivering warm, friendly and efficient service, we also cater for most dietary requirements, and will do our best to find solutions to problems when they present themselves. We are set up with straightforward tech facilities to allow for meetings, presentations, and other audio-visual needs. For more complex requirements we have several tried and tested partners we rely on for additional equipment and support to make your event run seamlessly. Our venue is fully accessible with a working lift, no internal steps or ridges, and a disabled toilet on the ground floor. We’re conveniently located outside Hammersmith Tube Station which makes us one of the most easily accessible venues just 15 minutes outside of central London. We believe passionately in being an inclusive space, boasting gender non-specific bathrooms, and we want to hear from you about how we can ensure your guests feel welcomed and looked after. The prices listed are guide prices. We will work with you to understand your budget and requirements, and will do our best to tailor your quote for you.
Located in the heart of Mayfair, Quaglino’s is an ideal venue to accommodate any event with a wow factor. A modern interior redesign by Russell Sage Studio has seen the signature sweeping staircase, balcony bar, main restaurant and mezzanine private dining rooms elegantly restored, along with the addition of a glamorous central cocktail bar and a stage for intimate live music performances.
A memorable and flexible events venue for your private and corporate needs. The Orchard is an exclusive Clubspace within The Portman Estate. With impressive views across Hyde Park, it's a vibrant space for connecting, socialising, and celebrating Variety of spaces suitable for 4 to 120 guests Ideal for meetings, private dining, conferences, presentations, drinks events, celebrations and countless other occasions Outdoor terrace with stunning views across Hyde Park Full array of catering options, from breakfast pastries through to fine dining Vibrant bar with a carefully curated selection of drinks & cocktails Sustainable & local suppliers for all food & drink The support of our team to ensure you and your guests enjoy your event With unrivaled views across London, The Orchard offers a unique venue for your next special event.
Sitting with ME London 5* luxury lifestyle hotel on the Strand is our ME Studios. Dedicated purpose built event, meeting and party venue with 4 meter ceilings and the ability to host from 10 to 250 guests, it is perfect for large-scale conferences, gala dinners and product launches. The ME studios can separate into 8 unique spaces or open up to 1 ballroom style space, and with lift access to all other areas of the hotel including bedrooms & the famous Radio rooftop it is one to be experienced. Catering is expertly provided by our five-star banqueting team, ensuring a seamless experience from start to finish. Each meeting room rental includes an event planner, tables, chairs, catering stations, projector & screen or plasma TV, whiteboard, flipchart, Wi-Fi, still and sparkling water, and eco-stationary, allowing you to focus on your event's success without logistical worries. Our in-house AV team can enhance your event with upgraded sound, staging, and lighting, the options are endless. Book in your site inspection today! Please find a link for our 3D tour of the events floor: https://me-london.firstview.us/en/me-room ME Room & All Studios offers complete private hire of our lower ground floor, with an arrival area for your groups registration or welcome drinks, your guests can walk through the tall doors into your planned oasis. Flexible and adaptable, the ME studios are suitable for a diverse range of events with a total space of 444.56 square meters and accommodating a maximum of 250 guests. Each meeting room rental includes an event planner, tables, chairs, catering stations, projector, screen, whiteboard, flipchart, Wi-Fi, still and sparkling water, and eco-stationary, allowing you to focus on your event's success without logistical worries. Our in-house AV team can enhance your event with upgraded sound, staging, and lighting. Please find a link for our 3D tour of the events floor: https://me-london.firstview.us/en/me-room
Located in the heart of Clerkenwell, the Crypt on the Green offers a magnificent venue for exhibitions, wedding receptions, wine tastings, conferences, live performances and much more. With vaulted arches, exposed brickwork and parquet flooring, this unique and versatile space is bound to help make your event unforgettable. We have 4 spaces available to hire, so whether you're looking for a party location for 300 guests or a small meeting space for 10, we've got something on offer for you. This unique venue is located at the heart of Clerkenwell, one of London's most attractive, historic & accessible areas, and is situated within walking distance of Farringdon and Angel tube stations. Please note, the Crypt on the Green is not available on Sundays!
The Types of Conference venues available to hire in London
Many London conference venues come complete with everything you need to ensure that your event is not only memorable but that it goes without a hitch. Many conference venues in London come complete with the following facilities and equipment:
Some even have technical support available to hire on site.
London is renowned for being a leading global business hub and is home to some of the most iconic landmarks in the world. Boasting an eclectic nightlife and entertainment scene, countless buildings of historical significance, world famous hotels and theatres, as well as purpose-built conference centres, there are plenty of reasons why the capital should be your first port of call if you’re planning a conference in the UK.
East London – English National Ballet
Angel Islington – The Duke of Cambridge
St Johns Wood – Abbey Road Studios
Elephant and Castle – Ministry Venues
London Bridge – Omerara Live
Of course, there are lots of other conference spaces in the capital to explore.
If you’re planning a conference in London and need a helping hand, you’ve certainly landed in the right place! We’ve created a conference planning checklist that is sure to put you on the right stead to delivering the ultimate conference, whatever your requirements.
Nail that budget – Before you even think about searching for the perfect conference venue in London, it’s important that you nail down your budget and understand your limits. After all, there’s no point setting your heart on a venue and planning around it, if it’s simply not within your budget, right? When you start to consider your guest list, budget, and location, remember that venues can vary in price tremendously.
Location, location, location – When choosing a conference venue, location is everything! After all, it’s important that the venue is accessible, can accommodate accessibility requirements, and has excellent transport links and parking.
Does the venue have the facilities you require? – Every conference is entirely different, therefore it’s important to check that the venue you are considering has the facilities and amenities you need to ensure your conference is a roaring success. Does it have the technological equipment you need? Is there Wi-fi? Does it have the space you need to host your vision?
If you’re planning on serving food, you should also check if there are kitchen facilities, and remember, if you need to switch up or decorate a room in a certain way, you should always check whether the venue is happy for you to do this.
Is the venue accessible vis public transport? – Whether your guests are travelling to your chosen conference venue from in and around London, or from further afield, it’s important that it is easily accessible. Check out the transport links in the area and make sure there is suitable bus, rail, and air access.
Check cancellation policies – Although the chances are slim, you might find yourself in a situation where you or the venue need to cancel. If this is the case, you will need to refer to the venue’s cancellation policy. Make sure you check this in the early stages to ensure that it meets your expectations.
Conference venues in Shoreditch
Shoreditch is bursting with opportunities for a whole host of conference and entertainment options – both day and night! Quirky, buzzing with activity and considered one of the coolest parts of the capital, Shoreditch is also a core part of London’s thriving business landscape and is a great destination for business, especially within the creative sector.
Conference venues in Kings Cross
Known as one of London’s busiest transport hubs and business landscapes, Kings Cross is an excellent location to host a conference. And with lots of flexible options available, you’re sure to find the perfect size space for small and large scale conferences throughout the area.
Conference venues in The City
The City of London the capital’s most historic financial district and is also known as the iconic Square Mile. Home to a fantastic choice of go-to conference venues with the latest, state of the art facilities, the City of London is sure to accommodate all your corporate conference needs – big or small.
Conference venues in South London
South of the river is home to plenty of accessible conference venues that offer the latest facilities to host both small and large scale conferences. Home to lots of iconic buildings, world class clubs, restaurants and galleries, you certainly won’t be short of things to see and do. Some of the most popular areas in South London to host an event includes Greenwich, Crystal Palace, Brixton and Peckham.
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 ensure you’ve got the foundations of your event in place before the invitations get sent out.
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?
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.
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.
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.
This is especially important if your London 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.
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.
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.