Located on Kensington High Street is a stunning listed Art Deco building. The ground floor is a social retail space, offering a range of high quality Japanese goods and a coffee stand; on the first floor, there is a Japanese restaurant and a Tatami Room; and on the lower ground floor, a Gallery, a Hall and a Library. We provide a unique and prestigious backdrop for a variety of events, with an interior that has been transformed into a stunning contemporary space offering an ideal canvas to engage with clients and activate brands in an iconic setting. With a busy programme of exhibitions created in Japan that focuses on art , technology and design, which can be hired exclusively to enhance any event. The spaces available for hire are suitable for a variety of events, ranging from drinks receptions for 170 guests, conferences for 140 or dinner for 100, to small boardroom meetings for 12 guests. Our diverse rooms are available for hire to organisations, bodies and companies whose activities support and promote Japanese culture, society and business. The Tatami Room has a maximum capacity of eight guests for meetings. As per Japanese custom, shoes are to be removed before taking a seat in this room. The Library has a maximum capacity of 12 guests for boardroom style meetings. The Hall has a maximum capacity of 180 guests for a standing drinks reception. The Hall and Library are fully equipped with Ultra HD screens/projector - perfect for screenings, presentations and branding opportunities. All catering is externally provided – please ask us about our list of preferred suppliers.
The Lyric Hammersmith Theatre has a range of multi-art facilities and entertaining and conference spaces to meet the needs of businesses, communities, individuals and families, with a mix of traditional and modern spaces. We are not your average event venue – we have a Victorian Frank Matcham theatre at our core, our own bar and restaurant space and a modern extension, the Reuben Foundation wing, which was opened in 2015 and houses two floors of facilities including a dance studio, cinema, recording studio, film & tv studio, music rooms and numerous rehearsal and meeting spaces. We regularly host conferences, meetings, office parties, rooftop socials, rehearsals, filming and recording sessions and community events, so get in touch with our Hires & Events team who will help facilitate your activity.
The Tab Centre is a historic building situated in the heart of Shoreditch. Its ivory-coloured grand hall is graced with elegant pilasters and a wrought-iron balustraded gallery. The Main Hall is a bright open blank canvas space, perfect for XXX and can accommodate up to 140 guests. The gorgeous new secret garden, a true hidden gem of Shoreditch, is great for Corporate BBQ or Drink Receptions, or even as a break out space for Team Meetings, Filming hires and Corporate events! We also have a number of smaller spaces for up to 50 people, great for workshops, rehearsal spaces and training sessions. We have a full service kitchen on site, as well as a fully kitted out, dedicated recording studio for any required event too. We are also wheelchair accessible throughout the building. As a charitable organisation, the venue’s profits go to running the centre’s community projects, so hiring the centre is also giving back!
The Lancaster Room and the River Rooms, located in the New Wing, are unlike any other venue at Somerset House. Stunning views over the Thames and original features including dramatic pillars and high ceilings are contrasted against an aesthetically raw finish, with exposed floor boards adding a contemporary edge. With its own private entrance, the Lancaster Room is particularly popular as a space for immersive and experiential events, product launches, fashion shows and photo shoots. The River Rooms are a versatile suite of rooms situated in the New Wing, with a creative and raw aesthetic. These interlinking, open plan rooms retain faint touches from their former tenants and these are highlighted by the custom-built lighting track in place. This look is complete with dramatic original fireplaces and exposed brick archways, making the River Rooms perfectly suited for fashion events, exhibitions and product launches.
Electric Space is a five-storey town house, nestled immediately between Soho and Fitzrovia in Rathbone place W1. We are the first of a kind in London; a hub for renowned freelance artists and creatives. For many years our iconic building was home to the Lazarides Gallery (Banksy’s sole agent) and hosted some of London’s most celebrated exhibitions. Our versatile spaces are available to hire for events to both members and non-members. Whether you are looking to host a meeting, party, shoot, press event, masterclass or screening, our dedicated events team will ensure the space works perfectly for you.
A space to be brilliant. Our fabulous Forum space consists of a tiered seating area with a connected break out events space, next to our beautiful Palatino Bar. State of the art silent disco technology, as well as HD projection screen, so guests can sit and watch screenings / discussions / presentations. The event space is openly connected to this seating so is perfect for anyone looking for a presentation space with another area to move onto drinks and networking. . The event space is openly connected to this seating so is perfect for anyone looking for a presentation space with another area to move onto drinks and networking.
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.
Located in a refurbished railway arch in quirky Union Yard, Southwark, Arch 28 is a self-sustained dry hire space suitable for a range of events: Corporate Events - training, meetings and team days Speaking Events Screenings Pop-Up Retail Product Launches A secure film/ production base Live Performances Community & Private Events Whilst not a traditional exhibitions space previous users have created displays through partitioning, hanging displays in the Arch 29 windows. It's a space that welcomes creativity and offers the flexibility to create unique experiences for visitors. Arch 29 has its own direct access, kitchenette area and toilets and is split over two floors. The ground floor is 14m x 8.5m (1,205 sq.feet) and the mezzanine level is 8.5m x 10.5m (1,044 sq. feet) with a capacity of 100 people across both floors. Arch 29 can be hired by the hour or day ans is only a 5 minute walk from Southwark underground station. It is a COVID secure space with on-site sanitisers, ventilation, access to track and trace check-ins and regular cleaning. Evening events must conclude by 11pm Monday -Saturday and by 10pm on Sundays due to residential properties in the vicinity
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.
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.
An outstanding versatile event space which is carefully spaced in compliance with government social distancing guidelines. The venue as a whole consists of; The largest covered terrace in the heart of Hackney Central alongside a beautiful garden, 10m cocktail bar and fully fitted kitchen with a 150 seated capacity. A newly renovated lounge under the arch, equipped with a Funktion One Sound System, bespoke lighting and a 5m cocktail bar. Brand new Arch 14 with 5 meter plam tree, island bar, Funktion one sound system and photobooth. Our venue makes for an extraordinary and unique space, perfect for: Drink receptions, Wedding celebrations, Summer & Christmas parties, Corporate celebrations, Networking events, Brand activations & product launches, Talks & presentations, Theater & comedy, Live music, Creative, Film & photo shoots
We are a 150 capacity, multifunctional events space situated in the heart of London, Europe’s largest creative hub. Our community is comprised of the best in the Music, Film & TV, Tech & Fashion industries and we service them along with a multitude of external clients. We’re designed to be highly versatile to cater for the niche requirements of the top tier in both the creative and corporate industries. Some of our regular clients include Apple, Amazon, Sony Music, BBC, Channel 4, Beats 1 Radio and The British Heart Foundation amongst many others. We’re here for music events, artist showcases, panel discussions, art exhibitions, community workshops, presentations, private parties, Q&A’s and corporate away days. Our events are a platform for both the top tier and the underground. We have personalities, visionaries, legends, next big things, ideas, inspiration, diversity and substance all rolled into a calendar of events that are designed to engage, entertain and inspire. We have a fully licensed bar and bespoke catering facilities, and a dedicated event team to guide your event from conception to completion.
Located on the corner of Worship Street and Curtain Road in Shoreditch, Hijingo is a multi-sensory bingo experience combining mind-blowing video and motion graphics, stadium-grade lighting and a killer soundtrack – it will have you on the edge of your seat as you are fully immersed in the show in the 185 seater Hijingo room. The world’s first ever hostless bingo show, numbers are called out by a voice of God and guests are assisted by our in-house robot dancers – the Hijingobots. Not only is the game out of this world, but it’s got food and drink to match! An incredible Asian-inspired street food menu and some of London’s best mixologists bringing you an insanely good cocktail list. We’re living in the future here; this is bingo with a pulse. Each game is a new opportunity for you to win epic prizes… Will you be the chosen one? This is a glimpse into the future of Bingo and you don’t want to miss it. Looking to upgrade your next team away day, awards evening or Christmas party? Or is it a venue for a video/photo shoot or filming you are after? We’ve got it covered. With unlimited bingo shows, DJ and dancefloor, access to two bars, Hijingo game prizes and an award winning Asian-inspired street food menu, this is the ultimate in exclusive venue hires. For groups of up to 185.
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.
Tottenham Court Road
The Painting Rooms established in 1904 is a Grade I listed building just off Tottenham Court Road. It is a great venue for photo shoots/press days/talks/dinners and other fashion events. Booking this unique space will give you three rooms over two floors, as well as the use of a small kitchen and two bathrooms.
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.