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.
St Martin’s has a series of stunning spaces available for hire. With our enviable Trafalgar Square location and profits that support our charitable work, St Martin’s ticks all the venue hire boxes. Our beautiful Crypt and Gallery both have stunning 18th century architecture. Combined they can hold up to 500 guests standing. St. Martins Hall & Lightwell feature neutral, modern, architectural design and three meeting rooms full of natural daylight. Our in-house catering team offers a range of options from canapés to a full sit down meal for up to 200 guests, or canape for up to 500. Whether you are looking for a quick meeting, a full company wide AGM, a dinner or maybe considering filming in our historic venue, get in touch.
Located in central London directly opposite Borough station, this beautiful event space boasts double heighted ceilings, stunning feature piece bar, 'bookcase' wall features decorated with books, ornaments and coloured tiled floor. The unique terrace triangulated between some the most iconic landmarks London has to offer features panoramic views of the Shard, St Pauls and the Tate Modern. It also includes full tech set up, an additional break out room on a mezzanine area, prep kitchen, tea/coffees and option of additional 16 person boardrooms if needed. Perfect for any occasion with a full concierge team at hand with on site catering available too. This venue can also provide bespoke packaged live streaming services, allowing for your event to reach thousands across the globe.
Bellavita Academy is a bright gallery and a spacious 100sq meters venue, that combines modern art with light and space. Located only 5 minutes away from Tower hill, the space is ideal for corporate conferences, meetings and training sessions. The venue is fully equipped with a brand new kitchen, perfect for team building activities, cooking classes, wine tastings & supper clubs events. Whether you need an entertaining and dynamic team building or a venue for a product's launch or private celebrations, we will host your event properly. We provide additional services that add the extra touch: from breakfast meetings to all-day events, our quality food & drinks will transform your corporate or private receptions into unforgettable events. Our chefs can prepare the best tailor-made solutions, our fine selection of wines spoils you by choice, our sommeliers can support your delegates thoroughly. Enjoy booking with us: throughout the entire process we will provide a single point of contact delivering our highest standard of services.
A stylish and contemporary bar in the heart of Belgravia, Eaton Square Bar & Kitchen serves up some of the best cocktails in the capital. You’ll also find a knockout wine list, great food, live music during the week, and DJs gracing the wheels of steel at the weekend. Available for private hire, whether it be a corporate event, a birthday party, a wedding, a meal, or just a massive get together with friends.
Central London's most versatile, multi-faceted venue, supporting Grassroots music. 229 is a multi-purpose entertainments venue which hosts gigs, club nights, awards ceremonies, comedy and fashion events, gala dinners and weekend festivals. The venue includes 2 event spaces and a Green Room. Some of the acts to have played at 229 include Kings of Leon, Paul Weller, Pet Shop Boys, Florence and the Machine, Biffy Clyro, Seasick Steve and Foals to name but a few. Managed under the umbrella of the charity, International Students House (ISH), 100% of the profit made by 229 goes directly back support our mission. We believe every young person should have the opportunity to succeed whatever their background. Together with our university partners and supporters, we provide scholarships opportunities, a home and a social programme to enable students to succeed while giving them a place to belong.
A centre of hospitality and welcome since it’s origins as a priory in 1106.Conveniently located in on the South Bank in vibrant London Bridge, the Cathedral is a historical masterpiece boasting the oldest example of gothic architecture in Central London. The Parish has been home to many notable historical figures including William Shakespeare, John Harvard and Charles Dickens. Today, the Cathedral’s doors are open to all. With eight versatile spaces to hire and two spacious outdoor areas, offers clients a unique opportunity to hold events from intimate to spectacular from 6 to 800 guests. Our experienced events team offer a personalised service, working with you and our range of accomplished suppliers to deliver events of all shapes and sizes including receptions and dinners, meetings and conferences,concerts fashion shows and more.
Please note: We do not hire out this venue for large parties/events. It has noise restrictions and an 11pm curfew, so no DJ's, live music or excessive noise levels permitted. Available for small events, meetings, photo shoots 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. Weddings 2021 Based in the heart of London Bridge, a stone’s throw from Borough Market, Menier Venues is a versatile collection of wedding venues and meetings and event spaces - beautifully designed with spectacular views that are set to impress for any occasion. Taking away the stresses for the many couples who have to re-plan after tweaking, changing, postponing and downsizing their weddings this last year, Menier Venues is launching intimate, safe, and most importantly stress-free wedding receptions in its most popular spaces: the Menier Penthouse and the Menier Lounge. This chic venue collection in the heart of London Bridge perfectly lends itself to an intimate and stylish soiree in the City. Ideal for couples keen to tie the knot this year without breaking the bank or losing yet another sleepless night, our reception package is a one stop shop: you tell us the date and the best bit? As much or as little as you want of the organising is taken care of — bonus! We’re talking cake, flowers, brunch or dinner, drinks, entertainment, all curated and included in the package price or as optional extras. Promising to be the easiest wedding reception anyone has ever had to plan; our wedding reception package comes as a direct response to the pandemic and the restrictions couples who are eager to plan their big day now face. Our packages offer you and your guests a memorable ‘big day’ experience with all the traditional touchpoints of a wedding reception noted and organised in our signature Menier Venues style. We are proud to be a Covid Secure venue, acredited by Hirespace Safer Venues, enabling us to create these packages with your safety in mind. Contact us for more information.
Embodying all the elegance and grace of the Edwardian era, this period venue exhibits immense light and sophistication, creating a simply breath-taking effect for your event. The Lindley Hall is an iconic venue in central London providing the perfect setting for any occasion. The venue has capacity for up to 700 guests and is entirely flexible; perfectly suited to a truly unique event.
A beautifully distressed chapel, Asylum is a grade II listed building built in 1826, bombed in WWII. The present use of the chapel is as a flexible space which can be hired for photographic and film shoots, exhibitions, theater, weddings and funerals. A unique venue in South East London for weddings, corporate events, press shows and private dinner parties.
A unique and flexible events space, with dramatic features thought to be the original design of Sir Christopher Wren. The space has a 200 seat events space and private dining room. Perfect for wine tastings, dinners, conferences, team building events, weddings or parties in London. Wine is made approachable, connecting maker to drinker. Wine is imported directly from sustainable, independent vineyards.
Originally a barrel-vaulted bargehouse linked directly to the Thames, the are now our most modern and adaptable events space. Spread over the ground floor and mezzanine level of the South Wing, this network of rooms have been reinvented as home to Somerset House’s most celebrated exhibitions and hosts annual exhibitions such as Photo London and the London Design Festival, as well as one-off shows curated by Somerset House’s in-house team. The is one of our more exclusive spaces, rarely available for private hire, when available the mezzanine level is an impressive space for large-scale dinners and receptions, while the whole of the Galleries offers a spectacular space for press days and conferences. Its dramatic steel and glass feature staircases, hardstone flooring and bright walls introduce a contemporary and urban element to this historic space. Offering the flexibility of a blank canvas space, the can be transformed and are also the perfect backdrop for catwalk show and fashion presentations.
Over 3500 SQFT of blank canvas space in the City of London. Situated in the heart of the City, a short walk from Bank, underneath Cannon Bridge Station, The Steel Yard has been extensively refurbished and offers a new experience to The Corporate market. The Steel Yard comprises of two beautifully restored Victorian railway arches featuring a reception bar, main hall and mezzanine. The venue offers excellent production potential with in-house lighting, sound and AV to make your live and virtual events memorable. Importantly, it also offers one of the fastest internet speeds out of all of London’s venues, presenting opportunities in this current climate to communicate to your clients, staff and key stake holders effectively. Managed by Oxygen, the venue offers an exciting blank space supported by an expert team of production specialists to help transform the space to your exact needs, whether it be hosting dinners, award ceremonies, drinks receptions, conferences, exhibitions or fashion shows and product launches, together with Oxygen and the Steel Yard you will have a truly successful event that achieves your goals. The venue is loved by the corporate market for its flexibility to promote and raise company brands. There is a wealth of options to make the venue your own through branding on the columns, within the arches and along the bars. The venue can also provide bespoke packaged live streaming services, allowing for your event to reach thousands across the globe.
Brewery, distillery, bar & restaurant, stretched over two floors offering the highest quality drinks and food in north London. The perfect space for your wedding reception, birthday, corporate event or party of any kind. Tank-fresh craft beer, sustainable urban gin distilling and gourmet kebabs all under one roof in Dalston's latest brewpub, bar & restaurant.Enjoy two floors with plenty of seating & standing areas, ready to go DJ setup, craft beer, cocktails, modern fusion cuisine and pink whales (!)
London's opulent Art Deco event space, located on the stunning Bloomsbury Square, this venue is in the Georgian inspired Victoria House. With 10,500 square ft of events space, we offer a complete serviced venue and with 3 beautifully restored areas. We can accommodate up to 700 standing, 280 for dinner or 500 for conferences. With full air conditioning, Wifi, parking, disabled access, sound and lighting system, event management service, exclusive 24 hour hire periods to meet all of your requirements.
The red carpet has been rolled out and the guests are starting to arrive. The paparazzi are shouting, and flashes go off from all directions…. Or maybe not. If your organisation is hosting an awards ceremony, it’s likely to look a little different from the Oscars. But that doesn’t mean that it can’t be just as enjoyable, if it’s done right.
Before you get ahead of yourself with dreams of flashing lights and red carpet, make sure that you know what your budget is. As it’s an awards ceremony, people will want to be impressed, so you may end up spending more on nice food and an entertaining keynote speaker that you first thought. Do your research, crunch the numbers, and come up with a budget that you have to stick to. Understand what wiggle room you have, as well as what the absolute bottom line is. Before booking anything, get as many quotes for the major expenditures as possible, to ensure that you know what you can splash out on, and what you can’t.
It’s important to think about the theme of your ceremony before you commit to anything. Are you going for something that is ultra-formal and sophisticated? Will a black-tie dress code be in place? If so, then your guests are going to turn up with a certain level of expectation for the night. They are going to expect glamour, and you’ll need to deliver it. If it is a little less formal, perhaps a company-wide ceremony, you can dispense with a lot of this. Aim for a more intimate setting with some games or quizzes to help people relax and get into the mood. This will not only allow you to keep your budget down, but it’s also a great chance for some tongue-in-cheek fun!
The venue will set the tone for your evening, and so picking the right one can be the decider as to whether your awards ceremony is a success. What is the capacity that you need? It’s always better to have a little more room, as tables can be spread out a little more, but you don’t want too much empty space, or it will look like you expected more people to turn up. The stage of course, is paramount. Will your guests be able to view it easily? Is it easy for mic and video set-up? Also consider the location of the venue. There are loads of amazing awards ceremony venues for hire in London, but if it’s too far away, then your guests are going to struggle to attend.
If you are having some formal entertainment or speakers, ensure that they fit in with your theme. There’s noting worse than a lecture at an event that’s designed as a fun night out! Comedians are always a good idea, but make sure that they are work-appropriate at the same time. Many awards ceremonies have one major piece of entertainment, but some have multiple speakers instead, which can be just as fun. Make sure that they are fully briefed beforehand, so you don’t get anything unexpected!
Judges and Compere
Knowing who is going to be running the night should be near the top of your list of things to organise. If they are a well-known figure within your company, this is even better as the audience will immediately engage with them. They should also be able to know how to keep the attention of a crowd and have a natural stage presence. After all, they could be announcing all of the awards, so the attention will be on them for most of the night. The judges are also an important selection to make. They should be diverse, from different departments, and senior figures within the company or the field in which you operate. Guest judges are also completely acceptable.
Are you having a formal dinner? If so, you’ll need to decide exactly how you want to approach this, and what style fits the best with your theme. A three-course meal is the standard, and catering companies will be able to easily give you a quote for this. Don’t pick food that doesn’t mesh with the overall theme of the evening. If it is more casual, fancy canapes and caviar aren’t going to fit in, just like ribs won’t work for a black-tie event.
When will dinner be? How long do the speakers get to talk? How many awards are there and how long will each one take? These are all questions that your team should be asking, and they need to be aware of the answers, so you can come up with a rough timing agenda. For catering purposes, the time dinner is served won’t be able to be adjusted on the night, so everyone will need to be aware of this. Apart from that, it’s likely that the timings will have some leeway, but no one enjoys an event that goes on two hours later than expected, and a lot of people will leave if you don’t wrap up on time.
Once you have the date and venue set, it’s time to start promoting your event. Make sure that everyone involved knows about it well in advance and use the awards to encourage attendance. It should be an event that guests want to attend, not one that they feel forced to go along to, so keep this in mind during internal promotion. Are you inviting the press? If so, do this early. Now is the time for you to put together a press kit for the media with information about the speakers, judges, and your company.
An awards ceremony is a big event to organise, so you’ll need a good task list! Overall, remember that it’s meant to be a fun night, no matter how formal. Start looking for venues well in advance, and you’re sure to have an evening to remember.
With Canvas, you can search though all the best award ceremony venues in London and narrow down your search using our search filters. For example, if you’re specifically looking for a large venue for an awards ceremony, you can specify the number of guests you are expecting. When it comes to location of the venue, that depends entirely on you and your guests. Whilst London has a lot of award venues to choose from, you’re best to find somewhere Central or with good transport links, particularly if you have a large guestlist.
What should be considered a great venue for an award ceremony depends entirely on what you’re after. London is lucky enough to have a lot of venues that vary in size, style and theme. Choose from modern venues that would suit an award ceremony layout, or maybe something more traditional.
The typical layout seating arrangement for an award ceremony is banquet style. This means circular tables all facing towards the stage area, where the awards will be presented. This is why there are particular types of venues used for award ceremonies.
London has popular award ceremony venues dotted all over – North London, South London, West and East. Some of the most popular award ceremony venues in London include Banking Hall, Goodenough College, Banqueting Hall and VUK Banqueting Suite – to name a few. Browse through our vast selection of event spaces for award ceremonies, big or small.
When it comes to choosing venues for awards ceremonies in London, you should consider a few things. Perhaps the biggest factor to consider is the venue. Ideally, your chosen venue will have a large stage area, as well as all the other facilities required to make your awards ceremony run smoothly. Think about how you will brand your event; the venue should offer you the opportunity to fully brand the ceremony. The location of your venue matters too – are there good transport links for your guests? Once that’s all started, you should start to think about the event catering and entertainment.