MC Motors is a 6,000 sq/ft East London warehouse available for events. The industrial location oozes character and natural charm with the skylighted roof providing an abundance of natural light. The warehouse has a chequered history with the largest room originally being part of the adjacent school whilst the rest was split into smaller industrial units. After the area was heavily bombed during the war, the whole space was adjoined by the skylighted roof, hence the untouched Victorian street running through the middle. Since then, the building has been occupied by a boiler maintenance depot, the Metropolitan Waterboard and, most recently, a car mechanics. The venue is perfect for product launches, press events, corporate events and weddings. PLEASE NOTE: WE WILL NOT HIRE OUT 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.
Our beautiful Canal Boat is moored just off the terrace of 9294 and Number 90. It has a seated capacity of 30 for a dinner inside the boat or up to 80 for a standing event. Weather permitted we can also have up to 60 standing on the roof. The boat comes fitted with own PA system so you are able to play your own music throughout your event at background music level. We can provide a range of menus from canapes & bowl foods to a 3 course seated dinner so can cater for any event.
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.
A versatile and modern venue for any special event from 5 to 500 guests. Our onsite catering and events specialists, Sliced Events, can cater for your personal requirements from stylish weddings, intimate dinners, private parties, corporate functions, conferences, examinations and more. We have four newly refurbished event spaces available for hire.
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.
Benk + Bo is home to three floors of beautiful and multi-functional events space in the heart of Spitalfields, east London. We're just around the corner from Aldgate and Liverpool Street Station. The space includes a fully-fitted professional kitchen, cafe and bar, yoga studio, two-story events space, a meeting room and space for corporate meetings, workshops and conferences. From workshops to supper clubs, press launches, to exhibitions and private parties, our carefully curated style and attention to detail as well as our flexibility and competitive pricing means we can offer clients a truly unique and memorable place. Ground Floor The ground floor comprises a stunning cafe/bar area, with a seated lounge filled with mid-century soft furnishings, plenty of greenery and natural light. This space is ideal for drinks receptions, talks and socials and also provides the perfect welcome area for events on the other floors. Lower Ground Floor The lower ground floor is the perfect private space to host meetings, workshops and conferences for your company. It is also a beautiful events space, perfect for press launches and private dining events, with a connecting fully-fitted professional kitchen. Like the rest of the building, the space boasts Philips Hue lights which are fully customisable to any colour palette - perfect for creating a branded space or particular mood. There is also a Sonos sound system. First Floor Our first floor comprises three rooms as well as a WC shower room. Our large, bright, airy and well- equipped yoga studio is perfect for hosting wellness events as well as seated talks, workshops and also exhibitions. We also have two meeting rooms which double us as green rooms, treatment spaces, cloakrooms and workshop spaces. To learn more about the spaces we hire please see our brochure. More details on the events we have hosted in the past available at https://www.benkandbo.com
Having previously housed The Wapping Project arts programing, the venue had a 4 million pound investment before being left dorment for several years. Boasting much of the original hydraulic equipment and machinery, the space is bathed in atmospheric pools of natural light, pressure pipes, rusty chains, huge hooks, valves and bare brick walls. The venue is a fantastic space for just about any style of events; Dinners, press days, workshops, car launches, private and corporate parties, the site is ideal for anyone looking for a venue with the added wow factor.
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.
The Bush Theatre is a unique venue in London. It is housed in a beautiful Victorian former library in Shepherds Bush. Situated across the road from Shepherds Bush Market underground station the venue has many multi-purpose spaces available to hire. Available for, corporate and conference meetings, rehearsal space, reading groups, Party celebrations and as a unique wedding venue in London. The whole building went through a 4.3 million pound refurbishment and re-opened its doors to the public in March 2017. The spaces are all wheelchair accessible with lift access.
The Mayfair Gallery is a great clean and modern space for a variety of events, like product launches, press days, corporate dinners, and many more. This gallery provides the perfect blank canvas space, ideal to build your own brand and personality. The venue is located in a great centrally located area close to Bond Street, Oxford Street and Regent Street with easy access all year round.
This stunning 3300 sq ft converted bank complete with period feature ceilings, situated in the heart of Mayfair, is complete with original ornamental ceiling features combined with industrial exposed pipework creating a remarkable contemporary interior. Located in the heart of Mayfair, and a six-minute walk from both Green Park and Oxford Circus, this is a prime location in one of London’s busiest luxury shopping districts. Situated next door to some of the city’s most renowned locations and the most elite brands in the world on New Bond Street and Berkley Square. The gallery provides a unique atmosphere for those looking to host a premium event. The pristine interior of a white space gallery makes it the ideal venue for press and brand launches, conferences, private dining, fashion shows, exclusive parties and memorable functions. The gallery is complete with grey polished concrete floors, white walls and adjustable lighting throughout the space. This venue is well-equipped for your events with a street-level entrance, kitchen area and large professional LED screen.
Please note: We do not hire out this venue for Birthday Parties, this is a corporate event venue. It has noise restrictions and a strict 11pm curfew, so no DJ's, live music or parties. Covid Secure Venue This light-filled space is a versatile environment for your next event. Featuring stunning views of the City skyline and Shard, and nestled close to Borough Market, the Penthouse is conveniently located a few minutes walk from London Bridge Station. A true haven in the heart of London, the Penthouse has a laid back refined vibe and offers ultimate privacy in the heart of London Bridge. A generous space with areas for breakout, two balconies and stunning floor to ceiling windows. The team at the Menier Penthouse can provide a range of catering options for your event - from breakfast pastries and buffet lunches to fully staffed champagne and canapé receptions. Catering, AV hire, DDR etc all available to meet your event requirements. A popular space for wedding receptions, corporate events, training days, product launches, filming and photo shoots. The striking setting of Menier Penthouse has made it popular with many high street, and high end, brands and it has featured in films, TV and major publications in the UK and internationally. Capacity: 60 people Max Setups Available: Theatre style / Banquet / Cabaret / Boardroom Stats: 263sqm internal space + 67sqm of open terraces. 2.7m ceiling height. Kitchen and bathroom. Private lobby with lift access. Facilities: kitchen/toilet/separate green room available on request Access: 3 minute walk from London Bridge Tube/ loading bay directly outside property/ lift opens directly into space Unfortunately we do not accept private party bookings Weddings 2021 Based in the heart of London Bridge, a stone’s throw from Borough Market, Menier Venues is a versatile collection of wedding venues and meetings and event spaces - beautifully designed with spectacular views that are set to impress for any occasion. Taking away the stresses for the many couples who have to re-plan after tweaking, changing, postponing and downsizing their weddings this last year, Menier Venues is launching intimate, safe, and most importantly stress-free wedding receptions in its most popular spaces: the Menier Penthouse and the Menier Lounge. This chic venue collection in the heart of London Bridge perfectly lends itself to an intimate and stylish soiree in the City. Ideal for couples keen to tie the knot this year without breaking the bank or losing yet another sleepless night, our reception package is a one stop shop: you tell us the date and the best bit? As much or as little as you want of the organising is taken care of — bonus! We’re talking cake, flowers, brunch or dinner, drinks, entertainment, all curated and included in the package price or as optional extras. Promising to be the easiest wedding reception anyone has ever had to plan; our wedding reception package comes as a direct response to the pandemic and the restrictions couples who are eager to plan their big day now face. Our packages offer you and your guests a memorable ‘big day’ experience with all the traditional touchpoints of a wedding reception noted and organised in our signature Menier Venues style. We are proud to be a Covid Secure venue, acredited by Hirespace Safer Venues, enabling us to create these packages with your safety in mind. Contact us for more information.
Situated in the heart of Mayfair, is a state-of- the-art venue showcasing emerging and established talent within the fast-growing contemporary art world. A gallery by day and private events space by night, the venue boasts the perfect setting to impress clients wishing to host events ranging anything from private dinners to evening networking / drinks receptions, immersive events, brand activations, press days and many more. The venue itself is 6,000 Sq./Ft split over two floors, both of which can operate independently. Exclusive hire of the venue allows for up to 420 guests, with a wide range of facilities on site, including a six-metre custom made LED screen, a sixteen thousand watts / 32 speaker audio system, accompanied by showcase track lighting and multiple rigging points throughout the entire venue. There are also two fully equipped onsite kitchens, both with rear loading bay access. With industrial features as well as a versatile layout, is a brilliant backdrop for events of all natures.
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.
Located in central London directly opposite Borough station, this beautiful event space boasts double heighted ceilings, stunning feature piece bar, 'bookcase' wall features decorated with books, ornaments and coloured tiled floor. The unique terrace triangulated between some the most iconic landmarks London has to offer features panoramic views of the Shard, St Pauls and the Tate Modern. It also includes full tech set up, an additional break out room on a mezzanine area, prep kitchen, tea/coffees and option of additional 16 person boardrooms if needed. Perfect for any occasion with a full concierge team at hand with on site catering available too. This venue can also provide bespoke packaged live streaming services, allowing for your event to reach thousands across the globe.
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.
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.