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.
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.
21 Arlington Street, a beautiful, elegant Grade II* listed property. This unique venue in London was originally built in 1740 for Richard Boyle - 2nd (and last) Viscount Shannon. Centrally located in London’s West End, 21 Arlington Street is just a few steps from the Ritz Hotel. The three private rooms available are situated on the first floor, with the main Boardroom overlooking Green Park. Perfect for private dinner parties, receptions, business meetings, product launches and filming. Not available after 11pm.
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.
The East Wintergarden in the centre of Canary Wharf is a modern, stylish and unique venue in London.This 27m-high domed glass space, designed by Cesar Pelli, hosts conferences, gala dinners, receptions, product launches, weddings and Bar Mitzvahs. The Gallery above the main floor, can be hired separately for press releases, wedding ceremonies and private drinks receptions. In addition, the Promenade Room is perfectly suited to boardroom meetings, press conferences or a VIP/artist green room.
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.
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 Grade I listed building is nearly 200 years old and a true icon of the capital. With twenty two different event spaces that include both contemporary and historic event venues, available for daytime and evening events, as well as options for outdoor and indoor entertaining, the venue offers an unparalleled amount of choice for corporate events, private parties and wedding receptions for between 2 and 1200 guests. With beautiful picture galleries, a dedicated conference suite and options for late night dancing until 2am, this is a breath taking venue for all occasions, located at the very heart of London just off Trafalgar Square.
In Chelsea London, you will discover IRIS -The next generation of photographic studios. IRIS has been conceived to revolutionise the commercial studio rental industry. Our bespoke studio packages for corporate & conference venue hire are characterised by an exemplary personal service from a highly experienced, dedicated team. Venue for hire in London, Unique venue in London, & Private dinner party venue for hire. This state of the art Eco complex features two contemporary studios.
In the heart of London’s vibrant East End, an inspiring destination for private, corporate and charity events. A truly unique venue, Hawkmoor’s beautifully restored Baroque masterpiece, offers a magnificent backdrop with several versatile spaces. Impress your guests with our 300-year-old Nave, with its soaring Tuscan columns it's the perfect space for up to 600 guests, while our vaulted Crypt is perfect for those more intimate events for up to 250 guests. Within easy reach of Liverpool Street and Aldgate East Station, This is a memorable setting for drink receptions, banquets, meetings, dinners, conferences and exhibitions, concerts, filming and other events for between 10 and 600 guests.
The Art and Ecology Pavilions are two stunning contemporary green roofed venues. Set within the natural surroundings of Mile End Park, they are unique and flexible spaces in an unspoiled tranquil setting. Just a five minute walk from Mile End tube station, they are an oasis in the heart of east London. Perfect for exclusive events for staff and clients. The Pavilions have facilities for auditorium format presentations. They are ideal for conferences, Exhibitions, networking, and professional development events. Both Pavilions are dry hire venues and can be personalised for your bespoke events. We can work with your own choice caterers and do not charge corkage. The Art and Ecology Pavilions are also fully licensed for wedding ceremonies.They can be configured for a range of events including corporate events, product launches and gala dinners. Perfect for private family celebrations, including wedding ceremonies, receptions and memorial events. The Pavilions host public access events such as live performances, makers markets and art exhibitions. Large, light, and airy, The Art Pavilion is a flagship gallery space. It offers exhibitors flexibility for installation of work in a variety of media. The gallery can accommodate an event and workshop programme alongside your exhibition. The pavilions overlook lakes and have direct access to Mile End Park. They can both accommodate mobile catering vans for a street food vibe. The Art Pavilion offers reception and catering space on a private island. The Pavilions are fully accessible and have step free access to all areas and outside spaces. An induction loop is available. Both venues have loading and unloading areas. There is no guest parking at The Ecology Pavilion with limited spaces at the Art Pavilion. Due to The Pavilions proximity to good transport links we encourage guest to use public transport, arrive on foot or by bicycle. The Pavilions are a short walk from Mile End underground station on the Central, District and Hammersmith and City Line. Several bus routes stop on Grove Road and Mile End Road.
We are very excited to be able to host small events and weddings for up to 30 guests from 1st October in our Balcony Room, and we are taking enquiries now. Can’t wait until then? Visit our Bankside Bar and Restaurant for drinks, dinner or afternoon tea for a taste of what we can offer you. Looking out onto St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Thames and, of course, the Globe Theatre, our top floor Balcony room has a private balcony allowing your guests an exclusive space from which to take in London. If it’s a sit down affair, whether for a meeting or dinner, then 70 guests can be accommodated comfortably. If you are hosting a standing reception then 120 guests can enjoy the space. The Balcony Room overlooking the world-famous Globe theatre is one of the most romantic wedding venues in London, we are fully registered for weddings – all you have to do is find your Romeo or Juliet!
Step upstairs from the happy hurly-burly of The Clarence and into your very own Cabinet room in the shape of the spacious and luxurious Bull Dog Bar. It’s named for Churchill’s favourite dog but there’s nothing of the kennel about this place – it’s stunningly decorated and equipped with all you could need for work or play including sound system, fast free WiFi and plenty more besides. What’s more, our dedicated events team know just how to get the best out of it for any event you care to mention. Get in touch to find out how they can create a bespoke event of easy grandeur just for you.
Studio Spaces is rapidly becoming one of London’s finest Warehouse events venues. Comprised of three unique, contemporary film and photographic studios. This former factory retains its industrial charm. High specification finishes and stunning architectural features bring the character while 8000 sq ft of space brings the flexibility. Live shows, launches, on-trend conferences, parties and weddings – Studio Spaces has played host to them all, either in one studio or all three. With several client parking spaces, loading access on the ground floor and The Warehouse boasts a drive-in entrance. Capacities: Entire Venue: Reception: 1650 / Sit Down: 506 / Theatre: 725 / Area in m2: 790 Black Studio: Reception: 450 / Sit Down: 144 / Theatre: 180 / Area in m2: 250 White Studio: Reception: 200 / Sit Down: 80 / Theatre: 120 / Area in m2: 140 Warehouse Studio: Reception: 700 / Sit Down: 278 / Theatre: 455 / Area in m2: 370
A Victorian townhouse in the heart of Soho, London, offering 300sqm of bright, airy, blank-canvas space spread over six floors. Nestled among Soho’s private members’ clubs, hip cafés, bars and shops, the venue has a flexible layout which can be hired in full or in part with a total capacity of up to 150 standing. The venue has an impressive media visibility and has hosted Wallpaper*, GQ, Diptyque, Levi's and Manolo Blahnik, among many other prestigious brands. The characterful townhouse architecture lends itself brilliantly to events for art, design, fashion, food and music and has also been chosen to host private members’ clubs: cognac brand Rémy Martin has returned here twice for a six-week residency. The venues prime location minutes from local institutions like The Ivy, Soho House, the Groucho Club and Quo Vadis make it a unique, not-to-be-missed venue.
Asia House is a beautiful Grade II* listed Georgian Town House in central London. Hidden away from the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street and Regent Street, our venue is highly flexible and can accommodate a wide range of events from 2 to 250 guests. The building offers three Fine Rooms in the Regency style of architecture with high decorative ceilings, and marble fireplaces on the 1st floor, two smaller meeting rooms on the ground floor, a 10-12 seat boardroom with plasma screen, and one unique purpose-built exhibition spaces.
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.