Bishopsgate Institute has been awarded the "Good to Go" accreditation from Visit England, meaning our venue is Covid-secure. Contact us to learn more about our safety measures. Our Grade II* listed building is a haven in the city, where culture, heritage and learning meet. Renowned as a central hub for public events for 125 years, Bishopsgate Institute is also a remarkably atmospheric location for private and corporate events. From the moment you step across the threshold, the originality of the building is clear. Our venue combines elements from the Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts movements, along with typically Victorian motifs. Every one of our rooms is full of individual character and steeped in history. Our spaces are suited to any event you might have in mind, and our flexible rooms have capacity for between 4 to 500 people. Set on the edge of the City of London, you can find us just two minutes’ walk from Liverpool Street Station.
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.
Waterloo, Southbank, Southwark
This is an exciting new event space under Waterloo Station set within a beautifully restored 2,000 sq ft exposed brick arch. Our connects inspires people to achieve wellbeing through art, technology and immersive experiences. We power immersive events, performances, exhibitions and research for creative brands and organisations. Situated in a beautifully restored exposed-brick arch, the venue is a heady mix of urban graffiti culture and futuristic immersive technology . It is the perfect blank canvas venue for innovative events, Christmas parties, screenings, product launches, conferences or corporate parties. Included in your venue hire: Exclusive use of the whole venue Available access 7 days a week, licensed until 2am on weekends Use of audio – Full 54 speaker surround system and DJ Booth with Pioneer Pro DJ equipment Use of venue lighting system High-speed Wi-Fi 3 phase power Ground floor, street level access and loading Additional requirements: Security staff Venue technician Post-event professional cleaning Additional services available: Furniture hire Additional breakout areas HD projectors and screens DJs and entertainment Team building activities – graffiti workshop Videography and photography Bespoke branding opportunities, including print and original graffiti artwork Full bar set-up with a range of drinks packages Catering
Located in the heart of London’s West End, The Photographers’ Gallery offers an impressive, stimulating and contemporary environment to host a variety of events. We have a range of flexible packages and spaces available for hire, including three state-of-the art galleries with a programme of internationally acclaimed exhibitions. Our versatile audio-visual equipped studio is ideally suited to daytime meetings, presentations, product launches, and corporate events. The Photographers’ Gallery is also available for exclusive evening hire. Its bold design, unique exhibitions and tailored hospitality ensure an exceptional guest experience. Standing capacity is 100 per floor (depending on exhibition layout) - maximum standing capacity is 350 for a full building hire. Studio Day Hire: Monday - Friday. Gallery, Studio, Cafe Evening Hire: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. Studio & Cafe from £500 +VAT. Galleries from £1000 +VAT. The Photographers' Gallery is not available for exhibitions, parties, fundraising activities or publicly promoted events.
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.
Victoria Park East
You are spoilt for choice at The Crown with the pub spanning over two floors and a beautiful terrace overlooking Victoria Park, East London. Our top floor dining rooms with balconies are ideal for any occasion from private dinner parties to family lunches. A fantastic venue to hire for your wedding reception, hen do, work do and meeting space. Serving seasonal British food, great wines and craft beers,The Crown is a jewel in Bow not to be missed.
Kings Cross & Angel
A homely cafe/cocktail bar in Angel Islington which comes with a truly unique & magical hidden roof terrace that transports you to the Mediterranean in the summer & a winter wonderland in colder months. It is on their roof terrace where some of London's best events take place. The rooftop hot spot is charming, intimate and cosy. It comes with a fully retractable roof & heaters, ideal for the unpredictable British weather, and is west facing so views of the evening sunset are truly magical. There is room for up to 100 guests to relax with a fresh and fruity cocktail in hand. With fully customisable catering options available, it lends itself to the perfect private event venue in zone 1 With a high tech audio system, guests are able to choose from multiple entertainment options ranging from live bands right through to top London DJ's and performers to set the beat of the evening. We can even offer fully bespoke options, whereby you can have your own branding on our bar front, cocktail cups & projectors on the walls.
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.
Our venue boasts an exposed brick backdrop, an abundance of natural light and a stunning hanging garden of tropical plants. The spacious layout includes a cocktail bar, lounge area and separate dining space, as well as a covered summer terrace. The building started life over 150 years ago as a brewery and later as a mechanic's workshop. We've lovingly restored it back to its full potential, keeping many of the original period features. These details, along with the beautiful natural light, offer a stunning backdrop for photographs. It's a place so full of character that you'll never forget it. From birthdays to weddings to product launches, our beautiful period backdrop, green foliage and banging cocktails will help bring your event to life.
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.
AMP Studios are situated on the Old Kent Road in 2 railway arches with a spacious courtyard and pavilion. They are an ideal location for many types of events, from private parties, wedding receptions, product launches, exhibitions, rehearsals, community groups, exercise classes and theatre. The covered courtyard area is perfect for alfresco dining and drinks receptions and is great even in wet weather! There is a large loading bay on site so vehicles can drive directly in to unload, and vehicles can even drive inside the arch if required. The courtyard space is ideal for accommodating street food vans or outside games, and there is also a back courtyard for caterers to set up if you prefer. We have lots of tables and chairs on site which are available to use for your events, and similarly these can be stored in the back courtyard if you need the space clear. A perfect versatile venue for a range of events!
An ideal destination for hosting events. Located just 500m away from Farringdon tube station, making it an easy-to-reach location from across Central London and from further destinations. Right in the heart of London, this venue has four spaces to welcome events such as conferences, seminars, meetings, workshops, team away days, and evening networking events. Each space boasting individual features such as large Georgian windows allowing lots of natural light and a bright atmosphere in both our Boardroom and Workspace. Our Auditorium has lots of open space and the added advantage of a dedicated and exclusive break out space for breakout sessions or for those all-important networking opportunities. Event Spaces: Workspace: Available 8am - 8.30pm. Capacities: Theatre 50, Workshop 35, Boardroom 24. A/V: Video-Tile screen, 2 handheld mics and speakers, and videoconferencing. The Auditorium and Break-out Space: Available 8am-9pm. Capacities: Theatre 80, Workshop 64, Boardroom 30. A/V: Ceiling hung projector, video conferencing, 2 x handheld mics, 4 x lapel mics. The Boardroom: Available: 8am - 8.30pm. Capacities: Boardroom 18. A/V: LED TV Screen and video conferencing facilities. The Café and Demonstration space: Available: 6pm-8pm. Capacities: Standing 120, Theatre 50. A/V: Microtile screen wall, 2 lapel mics and 2 handheld mics. We understand how crucial choosing the right venue is for ensuring an excellent delegate and event experience. That’s why we offer: Event management: Our expert Events team can support you to manage all aspects of your events. Free Wi-Fi: Anyone using our building facilities has free access to our Wi-Fi broadband connection. Catering: We can arrange any requirement you may have for catering through our preferred suppliers Audio Visual: We have a full audio-visual package included in the room hire, including HD projector, HD screens, Laptops, Speakers, Microphones, Videoconferencing, Recording and Streaming options. Audio Visual technical support is also available on request Stationery: All rooms come with stationery – white boards and flipcharts are available Competitive pricing: We offer competitive venue hire and catering pricing without compromising on quality!
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.
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.
Fantastic gallery space in the heart of London Showcasing the best photography, contemporary design, architecture and issue-based art exhibitions, drawing large audiences along London's South Bank. We primarily hire for public exhibitions but can consider private/daily events where availability and suitability allow. With floor to ceiling windows overlooking the River Thames, our gallery is a bright, airy, open space, and highly visible to visitors on London’s prime cultural trail between Southbank Centre, Hayward Gallery and Tate Modern. We are friendly, accessible and want to offer an open space to raise awareness for key social issues, showcase the work of both established and emerging artists, as well as highlight that art is for everyone to enjoy! Please contact Sarah Witt to come and view the gallery or discuss your exhibition in more detail. See our complete exhibition brochure in the Documents section.
The Trampery Old is an events venue offering a 2000sqft black canvas space along with 4 meeting rooms for events of all sizes. With a 500Mbps wifi connection and AV in every room, we can accommodate live and hybrid events alike. Only 2 minutes walk from Old Street Underground Station or a 15-minute walk from Liverpool Street Station, our venue is in the heart of Shoreditch and Tech City. Sustainability is very important to us, this is why our preferred supplier list features ethical local suppliers throughout. When you book a meeting room or event with The Trampery you are actively supporting underrepresented entrepreneurs to access workspace and business support. Since 2017, revenue from their event spaces and meeting rooms has helped provide 489 entrepreneurs with workspace and business support!
The typical vision of the ‘corporate world’ can lack a bit of glitz and glamour. But sometimes, it’s quite called for. Not everything is about boardrooms and pie charts in the corporate world, you know. Every now and again, there is call for a corporate reception.
From corporate parties to corporate dinners, product launches to award ceremonies, there are countless reasons to host a business reception (and even more venues to host them in).
No matter the reason for your corporate reception, make sure it goes smoothly and check out our dazzling corporate reception venues.
With some of the best corporate event venues for hire in London up for grabs, you’ve got a lot of flexibility when it comes to planning what you want to do. We’ve got some awesome suggestions just for you!
We’re yet to meet a sane human being who doesn’t enjoy a good cocktail party. A tried and tested corporate reception option, the cocktail party is easy to plan, low-key and gets everyone mingling. They’re perfect for networking events, Christmas parties or just as a celebratory treat. And we’ve got the perfect cocktail venues for you.
Another popular option for a corporate party is a formal sit-down dinner. Everyone loves food and feeling a little bit fancy, so the dinner option is a timeless classic for all kinds of companies and businesses. Corporate dinners are an ideal option for award ceremonies or at the end of training days… or hey, just for the sake of it.
Just because it’s corporate in nature doesn’t mean it has to be all formal and serious. Why not break out the glitter ball (metaphorically, of course… or perhaps not), hire a DJ, rent out a buzzing nightclub and get the party started! A wonderful choice for Christmas parties, product launches and just to celebrate anything.
We have loads of unique corporate reception venues London-wide – venues that are a little different to what you’d normally expect for a corporate event. So, why not have something set in a fascinating, engaging setting like no other? Somewhere that will have your guests in awe from the moment they walk in. It’s a great way to impress without you having to put in the effort. Plus, it will get people talking, which is exactly what you want at any event.
With several cosy-looking venues with in-house bars, tables and grand décor, you could go a bit more casual than cocktail party with a bar social. Whether you go for exclusive hire or you hire out private rooms in bars or pubs, bar venues are places where people feel at ease and in their element. They’re places that give people a change to connect, chat, drink and be merry in a less formal way.
We know event planning can be hard – it takes experience, plus a lot of time and effort to get corporate reception plans together. Sometimes it’s hard to even know where to start. Not to worry though, we’re always here to help!
Step 1: Purpose
Before you do any planning, you’ll need to have a clear idea as to what the reception is for. Is it a networking event? A leaving party? Maybe even an awards ceremony or product launch? Knowing what your event is for leads nicely into our next point…
Step 2: Format
Okay, so you know why you’re having a corporate reception, but what exactly do you want to do? Sit-down dinners, bar social, cocktail parties, or even a mix of several events, perhaps? Figuring out this party is essential to finding yourself the perfect venue to cater for all of that, as well as what you’ll choose for refreshments and entertainment too. That’s why it’s important to tick it off the To Do list as soon as possible. Take your guests into consideration when you’re thinking about what to do – what do you think they’d enjoy the most?
Step 3: Date
Now it’s time to set the all-important date. It might be easier for some, depending on the reason for the event. Make sure the date makes sense – no one ever threw a successful Christmas party in July, and a ‘sorry you’re leaving’ do won’t work too well 6 weeks after the person has already left. It’s also important to make sure nothing else big in the industry is going on at the time, so you know you’ll get a good turnout.
Step 4: Budget
Counting pennies and balancing books is pretty important in the corporate world, so ensure you know exactly what you budget is before you start planning anything that might cost money. It can be easy to get swept up in caterers and venues, only to find out your budget won’t cover the magical wonderland event you had pictured in your mind. We want to make sure your event dreams come true, not watch them get shattered.
Step 5: Venue
You can’t have an event without a venue. No really – you can’t. Your guests would just be wandering around the streets, shivering with confusion. No one wants that, hey. We can’t stress enough how important it is to find the right venue for what you want – which is exactly why we’re here! Set some parameters, including size, facilities and anything else you have in mind, to grab the best corporate reception venue in London for your event.
Step 6: Guests
You know who you want there, so now it’s time to let them know that. Invite all the guests with an email, a formal invitation or mention it at a meeting. No matter how you do it, make sure everyone knows they’re invited. There is very little point in planning an epic event if no one is there to enjoy it, right?
Step 7: Refreshments
If you’ll be offering refreshments such as food and drinks, now is the time to get that organised. Book your caterers (if the venue doesn’t do it in-house) and decide whether you’ll be circulating drinks, having an open bar, or if the guests will buy their own drinks.
Step 8: Entertainment
This may or may not be relevant, it rather depends on the type of corporate reception you’re having. But, if live music or entertainment does sound like something you want to plan into your event, then it’s time to book it! A band, DJ, or even a magician… don’t let them get booked up before you’ve got the chance.
The cost of hire for a corporate reception venue will differ depending on the time of year you’re hosting your event, the day of the week, the number of guests and the location of the venue – as well as a hundred tiny things you’d never think of! Having a budget before you start planning your event is always helpful but can be difficult. If you’re looking to host an affordable event, you can consider whether it will be a ticketed reception or whether to have an open bar.
It’s not easy to find the best venues for corporate events, so that’s why we built the advanced search function on Canvas. Whatever amenities and facilities you need, you’ll be able to find them on the Canvas platform and if you find multiple venues that are right for you, you can use the Wishlist button to create a shortlist of all of your favourite spaces. It will save you time and stress, and the answers will come straight to your inbox or phone.
If you have the time to do a site visit, it’s always worth it. It will give you a good opportunity to get to know the venue and the venue manager, and it’s easier to get a feel for the ambiance when you’re actually there. As you walk around you will also probably notice lots of little details, and it will be really easy to ask all the questions you need to. Just make sure you get any deals or offers on paper so both you and the venue manager are on the same page later when you come to creating a contract for your corporate reception venue hire.
Corporate reception venues in London range from cosy creative spaces to large conference venues. Corporate receptions tend to be smaller and more intimate, so it’s worth looking for something unique. Because of the shorter guest list, you can also splash out a bit more on a luxury venue, with classy catering and an open bar. However many people you decide to invite, have a think about whether your event will be mainly standing or seated, as this will impact the size of the venue you need to hire.