The Pickle Factory offers 255 sqm in a slightly askew rectangular shape, with white walls throughout. Steel beams across the ceiling facilitate rigging equipment overhead and the frosted skylights allow natural daylight to pour through: this is your ideal intimate blank canvas, ready for dressing & transforming by the imaginative minds of location managers, wedding planners, pop-up stores or restaurant operators - and anyone in need of an intimate reception space.
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.
Noho Studios is the West End’s most versatile blank canvas events and exhibition space. Perfect for product launches, pop ups, photo shoots, dinners, exhibitions, screenings, receptions and presentations. Only a two minute walk from Oxford Circus, Noho Studios offers a shop window space and fully brandable frontage with direct access into 2,800 sq/ft of event space with high ceilings, characterful white brick arches and white walls that can be tailored to suit any type of function or event.
6 Fitzroy Square is a venue for hire in London, a magnificent space centrally located in Fitzrovia. This unique venue in London is set in a Georgian building designed by Robert Adam, offering two grand Georgian rooms with vast Georgian windows overlooking Fitzroy Square. The venue also has a small kitchen and store room available with special request. This is an appropriate private dinner party venue, venue for pop ups, lectures, small theatre groups, dance & yoga workshops and more.
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.
An iconic, multi-award winning live music venue, a working church, a centre for those experiencing homelessness, and also a beautiful building with many flexible spaces for hire - all inside a gorgeous, Grade I listed building! Our experienced and supportive team will help plan your event from booking to load out, whether it be a long term rehearsal, one off workshop or a public event. *Please note: we are not able to host private parties, including wedding receptions.* The Chapel The Chapel itself is the most well-known space at UC. Home to many famous gigs over the years, this space is also great for corporate events, ceremonies, large-scale meetings, and film and photoshoots. The Chapel is octagonal in shape with ground floor and balcony seating in the original wooden pews (seated capacity of 900). Our bespoke stage sits underneath the beautiful stained glass, rose window and our unique Henry Willis organ. The Chapel can be hired through our all inclusive gig package, or by an hourly rate as a dry space hire. For more information on the Chapel, please see the attached package of tech specs and venue information, as well as the floor plan. Sunday School Hall The Sunday School Hall is a beautiful period hall with an internal balcony on three sides. It has a high ceiling, original wooden beams, and cast iron pillars. This space is most suitable for long term hires and is hired exclusively - set, props and equipment can be left in place overnight. On short notice, the Sunday School Hall can also be hired for shorter term hires, or evening event hires (standing capacity of 200). For more information on the Sunday School Hall, please see the attached floor plan. Upper Hall Originally built as a lecture hall, the high ceilings, wooden floor, and medieval style features lend to its atmosphere. It's a great space for meetings, away days, photoshoots, as well as auditions and rehearsals. As this space acts as our bar when there is a gig in the Chapel, it is only available in the evenings on short notice and not available for exclusive hires. If available, the Upper Hall is also a great space for intimate gigs (standing capacity of 180). For more information on the Upper Hall, please see the attached floor plan. Lower Hall The Lower Hall is a great, multi-purpose room on the lower level of the building with large windows and a flexible space great for auditions, meetings, and workshops. The Lower Hall can also be hired in the evenings for weekly dance classes, choir rehearsals, or other evening activities (recommended maximum capacity of 40). This hall is not available for exclusive hires. For more information on the Lower Hall, please see the attached floor plan. Committee Room The Committee Room is our smallest room, but still full of the same beauty and unique features as the other halls. This space is used as our dressing room for gigs, and as such is often only available for half day, morning hires (recommended maximum capacity of 30). For more information on the Committee Room, please see the attached floor plan. Please be in touch with us to discuss your potential hire and rates! We are accustomed to a multitude of different kinds of events, rehearsals, and other hires, and are very willing to help you decide on the best room for your needs.
Shaka Zulu, London's largest South African restaurant, opened its doors in August 2010 with a special royal blessing from the Zulu King, HRH Goodwill Zwelithini. Set over a ground breaking 27,000 sq ft, this spectacular two floor restaurant, bar and club offers amazing food, drinks, live music, dancing and is one of Camden’s premier events spaces. The lower floor of this stunning venue is complemented by a display of 20ft high warrior statues and the Mezzanine level offers a champagne bar and cocktail lounge overlooking the stunning restaurant. Carved wooden murals cover every inch of Shaka Zulu's walls making it a popular and alternative venue for your event. From bah mitzvah’s to a high end party to large dinners and exclusive hire, Shaka Zulu boasts 4 separate event spaces that can host up to 850 people – including our amazing Kings Clubs.
Our pub boasts an original listed bar, bustling outside area, real wood fireplaces, British seasonal menu, chock-full of classics you know and love with our own little twists. We’re also host to some stunning versatile private hire club rooms for all occasions, whether it be a meeting, birthday, wedding, or just a catch up. With a wide selection of local craft beer, gin-spiring grand Gins, exquisite wines & with irresistible cocktails you’ll be spoiled for choice.
Located on the first floor of the South Wing, the Portico Rooms are a spacious and versatile suite of rooms offering a contemporary and elegant location for both daytime and evening events. With original features, natural daylight and uninterrupted views of the London skyline, the Portico Rooms offer a stylish and versatile backdrop which can be tailored to any event brief. This network of four elegant 18th century spaces can be adapted for press days, fashion events, meetings, conferences, receptions, dinners, wine tastings and exhibitions. Included in the hire are two private balconies for your guests to enjoy. Whether you prefer to watch the sunset across the River Thames from the south-facing balcony or marvel at our sensational fountains from the north-facing balcony, the Portico Rooms are a truly stunning venue for your event. The Portico Rooms is connected to the Navy Board Rooms, and you can hire the two venues in tandem for larger bookings. Steeped in history dating back to the 18th century, the Navy Board Rooms are an impressive suite of rooms with a distinctive sense of charm and heritage. Climbing the grand, sweeping Nelson Staircase is an experience, as each flight is a one-off architectural work of art. Entering the main space, marble fireplaces and wooden floors create a grand atmosphere with large sash windows offering panoramic views across the River Thames. Originally home to the Navy Board, overseeing British naval affairs as the country set about building an empire., the Navy Board Rooms are now a hugely popular venue for meetings, conferences, receptions, intimate dinners, and press days.
The venue offers a huge variety of event spaces and facilities including bars, lounges, a restaurant, screening room and gallery, alongside state-of-the-art TV production facilities. Whether it’s a small video conference, a large product launch or a private dinner we’ll bring the same energy and passion and attention to details. Meeting and conference rooms start from 8 people capacity right up to sit down dinners for up to 120 and drinks receptions for up to 300 people.
The Royal Foundation of St Katharine is a unique venue located in East London, in walking distance from Canary Wharf and with great transport links to the City of London financial centre. We have a range of facilities, which includes 9 beautiful meeting rooms for groups from 2 – 70 in number and the Yurt Cafe in our Precinct. Our meeting rooms vary in style from the listed Georgian house, to the modern and contemporary rooms refurbished in 2019. Many of our meeting rooms have natural light, and look onto our beautiful garden. High speed unlimited WiFi is available free of charge throughout and we provide complimentary AV equipment to suit each groups conference or meeting requirements. We can organise and host celebration dinners and special events such as wedding receptions, birthdays and garden parties. Home cooked and freshly prepared every day, all of our food is made on site. We provide appetising and wholesome food for all our meeting and conference guests, with every effort to provide fair trade produce where possible. THE YURT CAFE Run by The Royal Foundation of St Katharine our Yurt is a beautiful and unique space for receptions, parties, dinners, networking events, talks & seminars within 5 minutes of Bank and Canary Wharf. We have a expert team of chefs who can provide catering for all occasions. Available for hire in the evenings from 6pm.
The Gillian Lynne Theatre’s auditorium is available for daytime hire from 9 am-11 pm on Tuesdays and 9 am to 1 pm all other days. This sizeable auditorium makes a perfect venue for many events that require a captive audience; from a conference to award ceremonies, company announcements and product launches, your AGM or a press launch. Graduation ceremonies are well suited to this space as well as educational seminars. It benefits from front of house areas which work well for break out options too. With new seating, the modern auditorium is practical and comfortable. There are 1,071 seats across 2 levels in the Stalls and Dress Circle.
A bright and airy creative space located on the canal, in central Hackney Wick and alongside the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. White Post Cafe is a contemporary, multi-use space. It has a large 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/dry hires. Weekend - wet hires upwards of £3500 (100 plus people) Photo shoots Film shoots Talks Gatherings Business parties/celebrations Live music gigs and DJ club nights Creative meetings
The Alex Fitch Room is the most enchanting room at Harrow School. As part of a War Memorial building, the entire contents of this room were donated by the Fitch family in memory of their son. This unique space can host 20 guests for an intimate private or corporate dinner, with a superb wood clad backdrop. Alex’s portrait is hung above the fireplace, the light above it is never put out in respect for the fallen. All proceeds from the hire of this room go towards a bursary for a Harrow boy. Related Venue: Speech Room
Launched late 2017 becoming the latest venue opened under the Balls Brothers brand; Adams Court is a stunning brand-new venue spread across 3 floors and nestled in a bustling courtyard just yards away from Bank station. The Copper Bar is a beautiful versatile space with natural daylight and a huge outdoor terrace, making it perfect for almost any occasion. Our Top Floor is a magnificent space to be enjoyed by all. We can cater for up to 240 people standing and 130 seated in the space. Perfect for your Corporate Event, Christmas party, private hire large sit-down meals or a night out with friends. Adams Court has fantastic facilities which can meet any event. We offer a fine range of menus to suit any event and have a delectable range of Corporate and Christmas menus to offer. A huge outdoor terrace A busy outdoor courtyard bar Multiple rooms and spaces Bar and Restaurant space Large private dining rooms for up to 130 seated and 240 standing Disabled access
Hosting a charity dinner is no easy task. There are a lot of aspects that you need to think about, besides the obvious. The goal for these events is to attract people to attend – and to get them to donate to your cause. You need to make sure to highlight all of the vital work that your charity does, and not let the dinner overshadow it. It is a fundraising event after all, and so your priority will always be on getting those donations pouring in.
It’s best to get your venue organised as quickly as possible. The more time you have to start on your marketing campaign for the dinner, the better, and this means knowing the date and the venue. There are a huge amount of charity dinner venues for hire in London, and so there will always be one that fits the vision you have. Knowing what you are looking for – or at least certain aspects of it – before you start searching around is key, as it will help you to narrow down the options. Depending on how formal your dinner is going to be will decide of how formal you want the venue. The same goes for if you are having a theme or not.
As it’s a dinner event, the food is going to be one of the most important aspects. Your guests are expecting food that they will enjoy, and so it’s up to you to provide it. Think carefully about your menu and don’t forget to consult with others on it. How many courses are you going to have, and just how fancy are you looking it to be? Make sure that you have a vegetarian option and that other dietary requirements can be catered to appropriately.
Getting the word out about your event is the key to having a successful fundraiser. Without any people actually turning up to the dinner and making donations, you’re not going to raise very much for your charitable cause. Having a good marketing plan in place will help you to encourage guests to attend.
This should start well in advance of any event. It generally consists of having insightful blogs and newsletters that your target audience enjoys reading. Keeping them informed about all of the good work that your charity is doing throughout the year means that they are much more likely to read about and be interested in your dinner event.
Once you know the basic details of your dinner event, it’s time to get flyers printed and sent out to your mailing list. A good, well formatted email is also advised, as there are many people that are much more likely to read this. It should have a clear call to action within it, and don’t forget to mention your cause in detail! Your marketing should persuade your target audience that not only is this charity dinner for a good cause, it’s also going to be a lot of fun.
The power of social media should never be underestimated. After all, the majority of people are browsing Facebook, Instagram and Twitter every day. This is where they are most likely to see and click on an advertisement for a charity dinner event. Having well thought out ads, and paying for advertisement on these sites, is recommended to anyone trying to get a large amount of donations together. Remember to always have a donate button on the landing page that it leads them to. While those who are interested might not actually end up attending the dinner, they should still be given the chance to add to your fundraising total.
Having a well-made promotional video can really get potential donors interested in your cause. A mixture of the work that your charity does and what they can do to help – by giving money or attending the charity dinner – is the best approach. Having a video on YouTube that not only links to other videos you’ve made in the past but also to your website, blog, and social media channels adds an extra level to your advertisement. People are attracted to the visual, and so an engaging video is sure to make then pause when they are scrolling through social media.
Call Potential Sponsors
If you already have a strong list of potential attendees, you should call them directly or even organise a visit to advertise your charity dinner. Not only will they appreciate the personal touch, they are also much more likely to agree – and to donate generously – if you appeal to them directly. You should have a small team of people to do this, preferably those who have already had dealings with some of your biggest sponsors.
A dinner is never going to be very exciting if there isn’t also some form of entertainment to look forward to. Whether this is a comedian, a singer, or even a magician, it needs to be something that your audience will appreciate and enjoy. Think carefully before deciding, as it could make the difference between large donations – or none at all. Consider your timing when it comes to entertainment, no one is going to want the event to run on too long so there needs to be a strict timeline in place.
A charity dinner is always for an amazing cause and you’ll be surprised at just how generous people can be when they are well-fed and entertained. Remember to keep the focus on the amazing work that your charity does, while still keeping the event enjoyable. It’s a fine line to tread but if you have advertised well, you’re sure to get donations rolling in.
Some venues in London are able to offer a discounted rate or a lower cost if you’re organising an event for charity. You can offer to include them as sponsors or “supported by” in your marketing materials. It’s important to keep an eye on unexpected costs – if a venue is able to offer a discount on their venue hire, it doesn’t always mean they’ll be able to offer the same for drinks and food. If you’re on a really tight budget, it might be a good idea to look into dry hire venues and then explore whether separate caterers and beverage suppliers are able to offer a discounted rate.
Costs to host a charity dinner will depend on a number of factors: how many guests, whether you will provide food, drink and entertainment, and where the venue is. If you’re working with a smaller or limited budget, you can save money by choosing a venue that isn’t right in the centre of London – just remember to look for something that has great transport links, so it’s really easy for your guests to get there. Some venues will offer packages that are specific to charity dinners, events and galas so it’s always worth asking what types of events they’ve held before and what they provided for them.
London is an amazing city for events and has the perfect venue for every occasion and budget, it’s just a matter of finding the one that’s right for you. Planning is the most important stage of hosting an event, so think about what kind of charity dinner you would like to have, and it’ll be easier to find the perfect venue. You’ll need to think about your guest list, any amenities and facilities you’ll need the venue to provide and also the atmosphere you’d like to create. Once you’ve got the details sorted, you can use Canvas’ search filter to find the venue of your dreams.
Depending on the venue, use of their staging and AV may be included in their events packages but it’s always worth double checking with the venue manager. For example, they may include use of the equipment but charge an additional fee to provide someone to run it for you. There are no stupid questions when it comes to planning an event, and it’s best for the venue and for the organiser of a charity dinner in London to make sure you’ve ironed out all the details.
A charity dinner is a type of fundraising gala, and it all depends on the size of your event. A charity dinner could be small and intimate, whereas a fundraising gala will likely have a lot of guests and be hosted in a large and luxurious London venue.