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Whether it's meeting rooms or reception spaces you are in search of, we have spaces that offer full private venue hire, granting you exclusive use of the facilities, as well as those which offer partial hire for smaller events which are being planned on a strict budget. We also have venues that come both up-and-running, complete with all the necessary technical equipment, or as a blank canvas, where you can out-source décor and facilities on your own. Truly, the choices are endless, so take a look and see what works for you.
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.
A basement venue that has hosted some of the best live music events and club nights London has had to offer. Perfectly suited in size, location and decoration for any private hire.
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.
Located on the first floor of the South Wing, the Portico Rooms are a spacious and versatile suite of rooms offering a contemporary and exclusive location for your meeting. With original features, natural daylight and uninterrupted views of the London skyline, the Portico Rooms offer a stylish and versatile backdrop. For any company get together Included in the hire are two private balconies, which offer uninterrupted views of our famous Courtyard on one side and the River Thames on the other, providing a truly inspiring setting. Morning Hire Access from 07:30-11:30 Venue Hire Fee: £2,500+VAT (includes supplier set up and derig) Afternoon Hire Access from 13:30 – 17:30 Venue Hire Fee: £2,500+VAT (includes supplier set up and derig) Full Day Hire Access from 07:30 – 17:00 Venue Hire Fee: £3,750+VAT (includes supplier set up and derig) Catering Options If one of our many onsite restaurants a cafes don’t take your fancy, our onsite caterer, Bryn Williams at Somerset House will ensure culinary excellence is at the forefront of your experience, while maintaining the highest standards of catering health and safety throughout your event. Option 1: £24.95 + VAT per person Tea & coffee on arrival Hydration Station: cucumber & mint/lemon & lime Mid-morning tea, coffee & cookies Selection of freshly prepared sandwiches & wraps Fruit cup Mid-afternoon tea, coffee, brownie & granola bar Option 2: £31.50 + VAT per person Tea, coffee & mini pastries on arrival Hydration Station: cucumber & mint/lemon & lime Mid-morning tea, coffee & cookies Selection of freshly prepared sandwiches & wraps Selection of freshly prepared salads Fruit cup Mid-afternoon tea, coffee, brownie & granola bar AV Options Option 1: AV Package from £1,445 + VAT Audio : PA sound system, mixing desk, 2 x handheld mics, 2 x lapel mics, 1 x lectern mic Presentation : 2 x 65” LCD Screens, 2 x laptops, seamless switching between slides and video, clicker and lectern Technician : 1 x technician Option 2: Video Conference Upgrade (in addition to AV Package) from £1,601 + VAT A technician will manage a video conferencing presentation as host presenter using a show laptop. As host, they will be able to manage the participants, cue in presenters and advance slides. Also included is a camera operator and camera to capture all the action within the room for those joining remotely. Option 3: Boardroom from £1,596.50 + VAT This option is designed for clients using the Portico room for a U-shaped or hollow square boardroom set up using push to talk microphones with our twin 65” LCD screens for PowerPoint. (If sound is required for the presentations, we would need to add a PA system). Option 4: Live Streaming (in addition to AV package) from £3,919 + VAT Broadsword can create the perfect live streaming solution for your event and will put together a bespoke quote based on your requirements. Enhance Your Event Private Views: Combine your event with exclusive access to one of our exhibitions. Available outside public opening hours. Guest Tickets: Surprise your guests with tickets to an exhibition alongside your event. Available during exhibition opening hours. Exhibition Talks and Tours: Offer your guests a unique insight into one of our exhibitions. Only available outside of opening hours. Behind the Scenes Tours: Whether it’s an historical or film location tour, you can enrich your guests’ experience by taking them on a journey through Somerset House. Our Historical Highlights tours are typically 60 minutes and introduce the history of our magnificent 18th century building – taking in everything from Tudor intrigue to Georgian enlightenment. Your guide will lead the group from the intricate Lightwells to the atmospheric, subterranean Deadhouse, visiting graceful staircases and the iconic Edmond J .Safra Fountain Court.
Lumiere London is excited to announce the opening of their new studios in Underwood Street, 7 minutes walking distance from Old Street Station (Northern Line, National Rail). The Victorian Loft features plenty of daylight and a bohemian style that is peaceful and cosy. the perfect place for intimate meetings, receptions and any event that wants to break free from the boring meeting room mould. A unique, versatile warehouse loft space, with original features perfect for your corporate workshops, seminars, receptions and everything else your imagination can muster. Practically located in Old Street (Zone 1) the space is perfect for corporate events, product launches, celebratory dining experiences, fashion, photography and editorial. Completely refurbished, the building has a modern reception providing a large communal area, two passenger lifts, cycle storage facilities, air condition and wheelchair-friendly access and bathrooms.
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.
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.
Clerkenwell, Farringdon, Smithfield
Previously a vestry within St. Sepulchre’s Parish, The Vestry is a new wave cocktail & wine bar concept a stone’s throw from Smithfield Market. The Vestry is available for full and partial private hire for buffets, drinks, two to three course dining, wedding receptions, corporate hire and more. With a range of meeting packages for corporate clients during the day and events packages for those afternoon, evening & late-night parties - you'll find everything you need with us.
Oui 2 Rooms is a multi-award winning blank canvas showroom event space venue, available for dry hire and situated in the heart of Central London W1 - 3 minutes from Oxford Circus Underground Station. The Venue is ideal for Press Shows, Product Launches, Photography Shoots, Sample Sales & Business Seminars/Meetings. Oui 2 Rooms has ground floor access, ideal for loading and unloading.
Clapton Country Club is a unique urban industrial venue for hire located in Hackney, London. Location shoots, vintage style weddings, pop up events, photographic shoots, video shoots, private dinner parties, meetings and training or something completely different. We have a commercial kitchen and outdoor seating area. Smaller studios available for hire upon request.
Located in the heart of West End, Bentley's offers 5 elegant and stylish private rooms suitable for both private as well as corporate use. Up to 60 guests can be seated for a breakfast, lunch, dinner or wedding celebration or 100 guests for a canapes reception with delectable menus and attentive service to really make your event memorable. Our events team wil de delighted to help you organise your perfect occasion and our expert team of sommeliers can also assist you to select the perfect wines to complement your menu from our extensive wine list. We also offer specially designed private dining additions (oyster or seafood masterclass, wine pairing, cigar tasting etc) to really ensure your special occasion is unforgettable with us. There is no room hire and all of our rooms include complimentary tea & coffee. We also have late license until 3am.
The London EDITION offers a range of luxurious contemporary event spaces that are the ideal stage for high-end corporate and private events - from anniversary dinners and product launches to board meetings and investors’ dinners. Studio 2 is extremely versatile and can accommodate a variety of set-ups tailored specifically for each individual event. With a maximal capacity of 80 standing guests, you can hire the space for unforgettable standing receptions, parties, formal dinners and presentations. A boardroom set up, Studio 1 is perfect for meetings, private lunches and intimate dinners up to 12 guests.
The Kool Hub is a versatile and flexible space, perfect to host hybrid and virtual brand experiences and events. We have joined forces with Blue I Technology and Oreka Interactive to create a unique broadcasting studio in our Hackney Wick showroom. We have designed the space to be as flexible as possible, combining technology, creativity, and high production values to deliver engaging virtual experiences. With more than 100 sqm, we have installed a fixed graphic support that has a green screen but that can also be used for branding or projection purposes. The studio can host fully immersive Virtual events and pre-recordings, with top-quality technical equipment and reliable bandwidth.
Due to its size, layout, and unique physical features, Hoxton Arches is well suited to a wide range of events such as product launches, fashion shows, photography shoots & filming, performances, indoor markets, receptions and parties. The space can be hired bare-bones, with props, decorations, and other required items brought in, or our event managers can be employed to outfit the space to your specifications. Also, as we are closely connected with the contemporary art world, there is an option to hang original artwork on the walls in order to provide a stunning visual backdrop to your event. Originally created as an exhibitions venue, Hoxton Arches is ideally suited to the display of both 2D and 3D artworks. The venue comprises of over 2,000 square feet of hanging space, with most walls measuring over 10 feet in height. The entire space is fully fitted with adjustable flood lighting, matte white walls and grey concrete floors throughout. Hoxton Arches is available to hire for short-term exhibitions and events, or for longer periods subject to availability. Pricing for hire is determined on an ad-hoc basis as each event is unique and tailored to a wide range of requirements. Please contact us for details.
A unique private lounge and terrace located in the heart of London's Design District Clerkenwell. This truly bespoke top floor event space with a lovely view of the city comes fully furnished, with a full AV set up, attached meeting room with screen (additional meeting rooms available if required), feature piece bar and beautiful terrace included in the hire. It is the perfect space for conferences, away days, networking events and workshops. This venue can also provide bespoke packaged live streaming services, allowing for your event to reach thousands across the globe.
Located right behind the Tate, this space is now the relocation of the previous Gallery. Ever wondered what it might feel like to be in a creative New York Loft. Well wait no longer, and come and experience it right from London.
Even though the decision maker might be reluctant, the first crucial piece of information you’ll need is what your budget is. Your corporate event budget will define how big the event will be, how many people you’ll invite, and even what the style or feel will be.
If your budget is looking a little on the small side, it doesn’t mean your event has to be a flop. Here are our top tips for planning a corporate event in London:
The best place to start is to think about why you’re organising an event in the first place. Maybe it’s a meeting, and the team feel it will be more productive and creative off-site. Or you’re organising an elaborate reception to welcome a new CEO or launch an innovative product. Throughout your event planning, keep in mind why the event is happening.
So who’s on the guest list? It’s not always easy to pick who to invite, especially if your event has a small budget. Go back to your purpose - is there anyone who is crucial to achieving the purpose of the event? They should be at the top of your list, and it might be a good idea to check their calendars before you set the date. For catering and capacity considerations it’s good to get a number early on, even if it’s approximate. When you’re organising a larger event such as an all-company christmas party, charity dinner or conference, it’s safe to assume that 10% of your guests won’t be able to make it - but you’ll need to be able to fit them in if they do!
You’ll need to pick a date and a time, and that will depend entirely on the event you’re organising. For meetings - whether in a traditional boardroom or a cool meeting space - it’s likely to be during the work day. For grander events - such as a corporate reception or gala - you’ll be looking at an evening slot. Weekend corporate events are still fairly unusual, but if you’re planning an away-day or team-building activity the weekend could be ideal.
Corporate events come in all shapes and sizes, so before choosing your venue it is a good idea to know as much as you can about your upcoming event. How many people would you like to invite? What area of London would you like the party to be in? Will you be offering food and drinks, and will that be a sit-down meal, a buffet or on platters? What is the likely date of your event and how much budget do you have? Once you’ve got the big details sorted, you’ll be able to find the best venue to suit the event that you want to host on Canvas.
Using the advanced search function on Canvas is the best way to find the venue that’s right for you. Whether you need high-speed WiFi, onsite catering, or technical staff, you can search for venues that will have all the amenities and facilities you need. Once you’ve run your initial corporate hire search on Canvas, you can filter your results using the tabs at the top of the search page. If you find multiple venues that are right for you, use the Wishlist function to save the best spaces and send them a message all at once. It will save you time and stress, and the answers will come straight to your inbox, so you won’t need to keep a hundred tabs open in your browser while you’re waiting for replies!
Costs for corporate hire venues vary a lot, so it’s good to have a rough figure of how much you’d like to spend and work from there. Most corporate events cover the cost of food and drink, so that is what your guests will be expecting. Depending on your guest list it can easily be the most expensive part of hosting an event, so making the event invite-only and offering a buffet rather than a sit-down meal can keep the costs down. If you’re unable to offer an open bar, you can offer drinks vouchers for their first drinks and then guests will be able to pay for their own if they’d like more.
Booking a hall for corporate hire in London is really easy when you use Canvas. From small church halls to elaborate ballrooms, we’ve got the best spaces in London for your next event. If you’re looking for a hall, just hit the “Style” button once you’ve started your search and select “hall”. You’ll find more than 50 beautiful venues to choose from, so make sure to use the other search filters to narrow those options down to the spaces that will be perfect for you.