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.
With an industrial yet modern look, in Shoreditch offers a tech-themed venue with a double-height ceiling and lots of natural light. Panels, pitch events, networking meet-ups and presentations are supported by high spec AV throughout, including wired and wireless casting options, 6 microphones, catch-box, record out capability and a SONOS system you can control. Half day and full day bookings available.
Folklore is a superb live music venue and bar in the heart of Hoxton - 186 Hackney Rd. is an incredible corner spot with Shoreditch just 10mins walk, Hoxton overground less than 5 and bustling Columbia Rd. and Brick Lane a few paces away. Gorgeous raw brick walls, rustic up-cycled bar and candle-lit interior will have you instantly in love with the front bar, with a secret 100 capacity live music space in the back to keep guests dancing til late. Events are our pride and joy - our personable, friendly and experienced approach to private and promoted parties has seen hundreds of successful events take place under our roof. Birthdays, welcome homes, club nights, live music promotions, product & brand launches, fashion shows, film locations, showcases, screenings, or just an old fashioned knees-up - we can handle a lot! We have secure storage with separate entrance if required; internal and external catering can be provided and our beautiful venue is licensed until 1/3 a.m. We're always looking for new ideas and connections - get in touch!
The Orangery is well known as a hidden gem in one of London’s most beautiful settings. A glass and stone palace built for Lord & Lady Holland’s soirees, it provides a blank canvas space that is both elegant and charming. The Orangery comfortably caters for 80 seated guests and a marquee may be added on the lawn to accommodate larger parties. This is a really unique wedding venue set in one of London’s prettiest parks just a short walk from High Street Kensington. The venue is licenced for wedding ceremonies as well as hosting wedding receptions.
Boasting a vibrant atmosphere which is enjoyed in a modern interior with wholesome pub food and trendy platters and canapes. Close to the iconic Tower Bridge, it’s the perfect destination for your event. With 2 fully stocked bars we are perfect to get your party started. On the lower level you will find our secret lounge, complete with decadent furnishings and its own cocktail bar.
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.
Gillett Square Dalston Hackney. A large outdoor public event space suited to music or theatre performances, screenings and experiential marketing events. Located in the heart of Dalston town centre, a thriving night time location, off road, with nearby parking.
Old Street's bespoke venue; Interior design, bright, exposed brick, big windows, high quality sound system, central, breakout rooms, commando sockets for photography. As well as dry hire, we can also create a fully bespoke service for your event - everything can be arranged internally such as catering, barista coffee, professional photographer, event staff, sound technician, etc on request..Please note we do not host private events, parties or celebrations due to the fact we are situated within a residential building. .About the venue: Set up to address the lack of properly equipped affordable studio and workshop spaces for wellness, personal development professionals and photographers. The spaces are used for meetings, workshops, photo and video shoots. Our white studio has high speed hard wired internet for streaming and video conferences. Our vision for was to create a beautiful, well-designed space that would be a home for personal growth and development. One of our recent clients described it as ‘the third facilitator’ in her workshop and we hope that you will feel that way too. We’re proud to give 10% of profits to our sister venue The Arc Centre in Islington which is a local community project.
**Please note, our capacities will be reduced until September 2021** The Stage day rate: £165 Per Hour+ VAT/evening rate: £260 Per Hour+ VAT Cinema Hire Starting Price: £200 Per Hour + VAT An alternative to the traditional with cutting-edge facilities, mouth-watering menus and bespoke themes. 3 boutique cinemas 3 blank canvas venue spaces Mezzanine gallery Lower cafe gallery Boardroom Livestreaming A five-storey Shoreditch landmark, Rich Mix are able to tailor their spaces for anything. Corporate events, conferences and private dinner parties. Photo shoots, fashion shows and book launches. Weddings, Ceremonies, Christmas parties and Summer Balls. Their creative events team can make it happen. And brilliantly, all profits contribute directly to their work as an arts charity.
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.
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.
Safehouse 1 and Safehouse 2 are stripped back Victorian houses in the heart of Peckham. Featuring exposed brick walls and interesting textures throughout the houses they are perfect for a variety of uses - from exhibitions, shoots, private parties and theatre. They have loading bays outside, and there is paid parking in Copeland Estate next door. Safehouse 1 features a garden area which is great for private views at exhibitions.
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Tara Theatre is an awarding-winning gem available for venue hire in London. Just 10 minutes by Rail from Waterloo. Step through the Indian front door of our Edwardian terrace into a world of elegant fusion, providing a unique setting for any event. Theatre – plush seats, soaring ceilings and exposed brickwork combined with state-of-the-art technical facilities, perfect for private parties, launch events, conferences, weddings and receptions. Studio – an abundance of natural light and smooth oakwood floors, ideal for meetings, workshops, rehearsals, seminars and more. Foyer & Patio-Garden –a charming haven for parties and events with a café/bar.
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.
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.
Room hire from £1,500 with a minimum spend of £5,000 in Food and Beverage No private birthday parties under the age of 25 This eclectic venue features custom lighting by Patrick Woodroffe, a full bar and state-of-the-art sound system, making it ideal for receptions, film screenings, high end dinners, drinks receptions, corporate meetings, fashion shows, product launches and play backs.
Organising an exhibition is a mammoth task.
A lot goes into the planning, and with so many people involved, the whole thing
can become overwhelming very quickly. Having a management plan – together with
a massive To Do list, is essential for something like this.
Decide on What You Want to Show
You’ll already know the topic of the exhibition – maybe it’s something that happens every year. At the same time, it’s best to have a solid theme and to stick with it. While there may be a few unusual stalls that are skirting the boundaries of the show topic, try and keep everything as cohesive as possible.
Get Together A List of Sellers That You Love
This is your exhibition, so come up with a list of stalls that you really want to see there. Stands that you think will draw the crowds and really encompass what the exhibition is all about. You can personally invite these sellers and even offer them a discount and extra promotion leading up to your event. After all, they’ll be promoting to their customers, and big companies will bring the crowds.
What Need Are You Fulfilling?
Why are you having this exhibition? Maybe there is nothing else like it in your city, or maybe there has been a higher demand for certain goods and you want to let people know about all of the awesome companies there are out there. Maybe your exhibition isn’t about selling at all, but about informing others. It could even be a career fair. Whatever it is, you need to know exactly why you’re doing this and what it is you hope to achieve. Having an objective in mind will help you stay on course.
Choose Your Venue
The type of exhibition you are hosting will have a major impact on the venue you choose, so consider the feel you are looking for the day. You’ll also need a rough idea of how many stands you are looking, and the number of people you are expecting to attend. Location is always key, as you don’t want to be far away from where you expect the majority of your crowd to come from. Luckily, there are loads of exhibition spaces to hire in London, so you can have your pick. Make sure that there are plenty of parking spaces and easy access for stall holders to set up.
What Set Up Are You Using?
A shell scheme is where all of the spaces are enclosed. They have a walled area at the back and names are on boards about each shell. This set-up is good if stallholders don’t need too much room and they offer a little more privacy.
Keeping it open is more popular for more creative exhibitions, as it allows the crowds to see everything easier. The stallholders can set up however they want to within the space that’s been allocated.
Fill all of the available spaces at your venue. If you have spaces free, then you are not making the most out of your location. Think carefully about what you are offering and how much you are charging sellers per space. If this is a brand-new exhibition, it’s best to keep prices a little lower to encourage people to sign up.
The same goes for ticket prices. You need to price competitively in order to draw in the crowds. Think about the different types of competitions you can hold for free tickets to the event – this will help you to promote it. Open tickets to public as soon as possible so you can capitalise on the amount of time you have.
Promote yourself online
Without an online presence, your exhibition may fall flat. This is how the majority of people hear about events now, so while getting flyers out is important, don’t neglect social media. Have a firm marketing plan in place and don’t fall behind on it – this will help pave the road to a great exhibition!
Leading up to the opening, there’s a lot for you to think about. Here’s some top tips to follow for when it gets to crunch time.
Choose Your Staff Carefully
It’s best to have some pros on the front lines who can deal with people wanting to buy tickets on the door. They should be able to answer questions about the exhibition and direct people to where they want to go.
Early Bird Tickets
For those that book early, having an early bird price is a good reward, as well as an incentive for others to buy. This will also save queues on the day if people have already purchased tickets.
Goody Bags on Arrival
This is a great idea to make everyone feel welcome. You can advertise some of the stalls, as well as promote your sponsors. Include a map of the exhibition and a few treats and everyone will have a bag to hold their shopping and any leaflets they get!
Have A Crowd Control System
Certain times of the day are going to be busy, so you’ll need to know what to do with the crowds. Have separate doors for entrance and exit and employ a one-way system if it gets too bad.
Don’t Forget About Seats
Everyone needs a sit down once in a while, and after doing a lap of an exhibition it’s a must! Make sure you have adequate seating, so people can have a rest.
Food and Drink
If there’s no food or drink area, people will leave, so it’s important that they are catered to. Exhibition halls can get warm so keep an eye on the AC and provide free water if it’s a particularly warm day.
Running an exhibition is a big ask for anyone, but with the right support behind you and a rock-solid plan, you’re sure to get it right. The satisfaction you’ll feel when you see what a success it’s been is second to none, so make sure you take some time to savour your achievement!
Exhibition venues range from large spaces like the Excel Centre, to small, intimate galleries in Soho and Fitzrovia. The style of event you’ll be having will dictate what kind of exhibition venue you need to hire in London. Have a think about how many people you’ll be inviting, whether they’ll be mostly standing or sitting for the evening, and then how much space you’ll need to exhibit. Whether you’re organising a product launch, an art show or an expo, you’ll find the right space for your event on Canvas.
The cost of hiring an exhibition venue in London will depend on how large the venue is, where it is, and what facilities and amenities you will need from the venue and venue manager for your event. If you’re organising a large-scale exhibition, consider asking the venue manager how much it would cost for them to staff the event. Especially when it comes to technical staff, you could save a lot of stress hiring staff who are familiar with the event space and the equipment rather than bringing in your own team. It may be a little more expensive, but it will probably save you a lot of trouble on the day!
Depending on what you have in mind for your exhibition, there’s almost an unlimited number of amazing venues for hire in London. Before you start looking for the perfect space, consider what atmosphere and style you want your event to be. When you imagine your next exhibition, is it a small and intimate evening gathering, or is large-scale event than runs for days or even weeks? This will give you a place to start when it comes to finding the right venue, and it’s always useful to know how many people you’re hoping will come.
Galleries are really versatile spaces, and often have very experienced and passionate venue managers at the helm. If you know you’d like to organise an event at a gallery but you’re not exactly sure what kind, they are the best person to ask. They’ll be able to let you know about previous events that have worked really well in their space, and will be able to advise on how to make yours even better. Small galleries work well for cosy and private affairs, and large galleries are perfect for corporate events.
Each gallery will have it’s own price to hire it as a gallery space or a party venue, so make sure you tell the venue manager what kind of event you’re planning so they can give you the best price. It’s worth checking in with them about whether you can move any art or sculptures for the event and asking about their insurance coverage. If one of the art pieces is inadvertently damaged, it’s best to know upfront what would happen next.