Welcome to our collection London’s best hybrid events venues for hire. You’ll be able to find spaces with the AV equipment, technical facilities and planning assistance that your need to make your next hybrid event a success. Whatever online event you’re planning, from a webinar, a film premiere or even a virtual hen do, you’ll find the perfect hybrid event space for you.
Hybrid events are the perfect way to create a memorable and engaging event with remote attendees. Whether you’d like a small live event supported by live streaming, or a totally online experience, your next event is sure to be a success with one of Canvas’ handpicked hybrid event venues.
Lumiere London has opened its latest venue – on the prestigious Grosvenor Place in Belgravia, walking distance from Hyde Park Corner and Victoria Station. The space has been fully refurbished to make it ideal for meetings, workshops and product launches that need a touch of extra flair. Further assets include the Palladio Meeting Room and an exhibition space in the former bank vaults. Luscious fabrics, discrete lighting and designer pieces transfer the original vault rooms on the lower ground floor into a unique break-out area, ideal for smaller groups and in the future intended for art exhibitions. Established in the actual bank vault, the Palladio Room offers the perfect space for private meetings and conference calls, its beautiful wallpaper, fabulous mirrors and the print of the original Buckingham Palace making this a one of its kind experience.
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, 10 m cocktail bar and full fitted kitchen with a 150 seated capacity. A blank canvas space under the arch, equipped with a Funktion One Sound System, ambient lighting and a 10 m cocktail bar. (Due to Government restrictions currently not available for hire until further notice.) 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
Portico Rooms Located on the first floor of the South Wing, the Portico Rooms are a spacious and versatile suite of rooms offering a contemporary and elegant location for your ceremony. With original features, natural daylight and uninterrupted views of the London skyline, the Portico Rooms offer a stylish and versatile backdrop. Included in the hire are two private balconies, which offers uninterrupted views of our famous Courtyard on one side and the River Thames on the other, providing a truly stunning setting for exclusive photography. Morning Ceremony Access from 10:00-12:00 Venue Hire Fee: £2,500+VAT Afternoon Ceremony Access from 14:00 – 16:00 Venue Hire Fee: £2,500+VAT Navy Board Rooms Steeped in history and dating back to the 18th century, the Navy Board Rooms are an impressive suite of rooms with a distinctive sense of charm and heritage. Climbing the grand, sweeping Nelson Staircase is an experience in itself, as each flight is a one-off architectural work of art. Entering the main space, marble fireplaces and wooden floors create a grand atmosphere, with large sash windows offering panoramic views across the River Thames. Originally home to the Navy Board, overseeing British naval affairs around the globe, the Navy Board Rooms are now a hugely popular venue. The interconnecting rooms offer wonderful natural light, original features and great flexibility. Morning Ceremony Access from 10:00-12:00 Venue Hire Fee: £1,500+VAT Afternoon Ceremony Access from 14:00 – 16:00 Venue Hire Fee: £1,500+VAT Photography One of the fantastic benefits of having your wedding at Somerset House is the opportunity to have photographs in our famous Edmond J Safra Fountain Court with its dancing fountains (seasonal). Included in your hire is a 45 minute slot, following the ceremony, for photographs in our iconic Courtyard. The perfect backdrop for your day. Please note that as an arts and culture centre open to the public, we cannot confirm what might be happening in the Courtyard or around the rest of the public areas at Somerset House at that time. We have a very exciting and constantly expanding public programme, which sees lots of different installations, exhibitions, artwork and public events all over the site. It’s a huge part of what makes us Somerset House. There are also occasions where essential works need to take place on the building and these instances are out of our control. Add a Sit-Down Reception Available as an add-on for the Afternoon Ceremony only. Currently available for up to 15 guests. Option 1: Portico Rooms While you and your guests are taking your photos in the beautiful Edmond J Safra Fountain Court, and enjoying a drink on our River Terrace, our suppliers can transform this space into the perfect sit down dinner. Venue hire: additional £7,000+VAT. This extends your guest access to 22:00, venue clear by suppliers by 23:00. Includes a private area of our River Terrace between 16:00 – 17:30 Option 2: Seamen’s Hall If you would like to host your sit down reception in a different space at Somerset House then the Seamen’s Hall, located on the ground floor of our South Wing, with marble floors, imposing Corinthian columns and huge windows, would be the perfect option. Entered via central doors from our stunning Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court, the Seamen’s Hall leads directly out onto our exclusive River Terrace, a section of which is included in the hire, offering panoramic views of the Thames and surrounding iconic London landmarks. Venue Hire: additional £8,000 + VAT. This will give suppliers access from 18:00, guests from 18:30-22:00 and venue clear by 23:00. Includes a private area our River Terrace between 16:00 – 18:30 Sit-Down Reception Only If your ceremony is already booked then this is the perfect option for your celebration. Currently available for up to 15 guests. Option 1: Portico Rooms Located on the first floor of the South Wing, the Portico Rooms are a spacious and versatile suite of rooms offering a contemporary and elegant location for evening events. With original features and uninterrupted views of the London skyline, the Portico Rooms offer a stylish and versatile backdrop for your sit down reception. Venue hire: £8,000+VAT. This will give suppliers access from 17:30, guests from 18:30-22:00 and venue clear by 23:00. Option 2: Seamen’s Hall Located on the ground floor of the South Wing, the Seamen’s Hall has marble floors, imposing Corinthian columns and huge windows, making it the perfect space for evening gatherings. Entered via central doors from our stunning Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court, the hall leads directly out onto our exclusive River Terrace, a section of which is included in the hire, offering panoramic views of the Thames and surrounding iconic London landmarks. With original period features including black and white marble flooring, it offers an air of expansive elegance, lending itself beautifully as an evening venue. Venue Hire: £9,000+ VAT. This will give suppliers access from 18:00, guests from 18:30-22:00 and venue clear by 23:00.
Situated in the City of Westminster, Porchester Hall’s Grade II listed classic art deco design and understated elegance make it a sought-after venue for a variety of events. The grand entrance to the Hall is ideal for reception drinks and leads guests up the elegant staircase with its ornamental bronze and wrought iron banisters, striking marble walls and crystal chandelier. From the stairway, guests are led through to the Main Hall, which is the very essence of grandeur and opulence. Porchester Hall is ideal for weddings, charity galas, conferences, fashion shows, filming, boxing, banquets, exams, private parties, concerts and much more. The main hall’s grandeur and versatility have seen it play host to concerts from the likes of Ed Sheeran, Amy Winehouse, Kylie Minogue and Pink Floyd; broadcasts such as Beyoncé‘s ‘Black Is King’ and Monty Python’s ‘The meaning of Life’; as well as countless legendary parties. The Small Hall, Duchess of York Suite and the Blue Room are all ideal for smaller events, or as extensions and ancillaries to the Main Hall. Catering We work with a carefully selected group of caterers to provide you with a wonderful selection of menu choices to suit all cultures, tastes and budgets. For flexibility, we also offer a dry-hire option, along with corkage and cash bars. Suppliers We have a network of fantastic recommended partners, including photographers, DJs, entertainers, florists and AV, however our clients are welcome to use their own suppliers if preferred.
Based in an iconic building with a rich history, Battersea Arts Centre is a unique venue with a number of flexible spaces for events of all sizes. With an eclectic mix of historical architecture and theatrical flair, the venue provides everything you need to make your event last long in the memory. Battersea Arts Centre hosts a wide variety of events; from weddings, award ceremonies, parties, location filming and conferences. Capacities of largest rooms in the venue (multiple spaces available): Grand Hall: Event Seating: 600 Cabaret: 500 Dining: 350 Standing: 800 Council Chamber: Event Seating: 160 Cabaret: 150 Dining: 120 Standing: 200 Boardroom: 40
If you’re looking for space in Shoreditch it doesn’t get much more centrally placed than this. Just North of Shoreditch High Street you’ll find our multi-purpose warehouse. There's 3,450 sq ft in total available: with four rooms to act as a perfect blank backdrop to your event
An monolithic, industrial style space situated in the heart of Tottenham, the Archives offers a range of hire options in a unique setting. Perfect for filming, activations, dry / wet hire, community and corporate events, this historic building has something for all occasions. The Warehouse / Ground Floor @ The Archives The Warehouse offers 15,000 square feet of hire space with 4.5 metre ceiling heights, perfect for set builds and large-scale events and productions. A blank-canvas venue, with vehicle access and load in / out capacity, its heavy industrial aesthetic lends itself well to filming, activations and installations. The Falconry / Fifth Floor @ The Archives Situated on the fifth floor of The Archives, the Falconry offers panoramic views of the area in a one-of-a-kind industrial setting. With 4.5 metre ceiling heights, service lifts, red brick walls and huge amounts of natural light, the space can accommodate everything from pr
Senate House in leafy Bloomsbury, Central London is one of the capital’s best known landmark event venues, combining style, grandeur and history with modern conferencing facilities. Built in 1936, Senate House is an iconic Art Deco statement on the London skyline. The rich history and architecture of this unique venue in London inspired George Orwell and has made it an ideal location for conferences, weddings, fashion shows and corporate events. Daytime availability.
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.
Landing just off City Road at the start of 2020, the brand new hotel is an inspiring venue in the heart of East London. Organising meetings is in our DNA. From small meetings to larger conferences or workshops we have the space for you. We have a collection of three inspiring laboratories each designed with their own theme, and all providing the perfect space for meetings, conferences, presentations and more for up to 70 people. On the ground floor right at the heart of the hotel is the open plan lobby, where an amalgamation of funky furniture, eye catching artwork, a modern bar and unique spaces combine to create an impressive venue. With space for up to 150 guests and the flexibility to create private lounges or one big space, it is ideally suited to a variety of events. Our in house team of chefs would also be delighted to create a delicious menu for your event, from canapes and bowl food to indulgent sit down meals. Whether you'd like to host a birthday celebration, trade event, wedding reception or cocktail masterclass, our versatile lobby can adapt to your needs.
**Please note, our capacities will be temporarily reduced due to Social Distancing Measures enforced by the Government in line with the COVID-19 Pandemic** The Stage day rate: £108 Per Hour+ VAT/evening rate: £156 Per Hour+ VAT Cinema Hire Starting Price: £120 Per Hour + VAT An alternative to the traditional with cutting-edge facilities, mouth-watering menus and bespoke theming. 3 boutique cinemas 3 blank canvas venue spaces Mezzanine gallery Lower cafe gallery Boardroom 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.
The Royal Foundation of St Katharine is a unique venue located in East London, in walking distance from Canary Wharf and with great transport links to the City of London financial centre. We have a range of facilities, which includes 9 beautiful meeting rooms for groups from 2 – 70 in number and the Yurt Cafe in our Precinct. Our meeting rooms vary in style from the listed Georgian house, to the modern and contemporary rooms refurbished in 2019. Many of our meeting rooms have natural light, and look onto our beautiful garden. High speed unlimited WiFi is available free of charge throughout and we provide complimentary AV equipment to suit each groups conference or meeting requirements. We can organise and host celebration dinners and special events such as wedding receptions, birthdays and garden parties. Home cooked and freshly prepared every day, all of our food is made on site. We provide appetising and wholesome food for all our meeting and conference guests, with every effort to provide fair trade produce where possible. THE YURT CAFE Run by The Royal Foundation of St Katharine our Yurt is a beautiful and unique space for receptions, parties, dinners, networking events, talks & seminars within 5 minutes of Bank and Canary Wharf. We have a expert team of chefs who can provide catering for all occasions. Available for hire in the evenings from 6pm.
Exceptionally well located directly opposite Reading Station, Fora – Reading exhibits great design and attention to detail. With it's beautiful open event space creating the perfect backdrop for evening networking and drinks events.
Off the Strand
About The RSA House Just off the Strand, the stylish Georgian home of the Royal Society of Arts is a highly versatile venue. Its Great Room – think domed-glass ceiling and period paintings – has movable seating that enables it to host events ranging from conferences to gala dinners. The striking and spacious Vaults can also be used for drinks receptions, meetings and dinners. In total, the venue has 11 spaces to choose from, and all come with the latest AV kit. It's also worth noting that the venue has a new coffee shop, Rawthmells that's ideal for casual business meetings.
Over 3500 SQFT of blank canvas space in the City of London. Situated in the heart of the City, a short walk from Bank, underneath Cannon Bridge Station, The Steel Yard has been extensively refurbished and offers a new experience to The Corporate market. The Steel Yard comprises of two beautifully restored Victorian railway arches featuring a reception bar, main hall and mezzanine. The venue offers excellent production potential with in-house lighting, sound and AV to make your live and virtual events memorable. Importantly, it also offers one of the fastest internet speeds out of all of London’s venues, presenting opportunities in this current climate to communicate to your clients, staff and key stake holders effectively. Managed by Oxygen, the venue offers an exciting blank space supported by an expert team of production specialists to help transform the space to your exact needs, whether it be hosting dinners, award ceremonies, drinks receptions, conferences, exhibitions or fashion shows and product launches, together with Oxygen and the Steel Yard you will have a truly successful event that achieves your goals. The venue is loved by the corporate market for its flexibility to promote and raise company brands. There is a wealth of options to make the venue your own through branding on the columns, within the arches and along the bars. The venue can also provide bespoke packaged live streaming services, allowing for your event to reach thousands across the globe.
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.
The events industry has always been full of creative people coming up with amazing new ideas, and even though Covid-19 has been difficult, the industry is bouncing back. Events remain a great way to share experiences, meet new people and promote businesses, so with a few tweaks and tricks you can make your 2020 and 2021 events calendar just as exciting as you had envisioned.
Hybrid events are a great way to celebrate the old and new, bringing some of the traditional event elements together with technology, so even more people can enjoy your upcoming event.
Typically, a hybrid event was a large live event with live streaming happening concurrently online, but with new restrictions on event participation the 2020 version of hybrid events has changed slightly. It can now be an online event with live elements that are brought straight to the participants watching online. So, for example, if you were organising a wine tasting the hybrid element would be sending the wine to the guests participating from home. Then they can watch a demonstration and explanation online while enjoying the wine. There are lots of ways of incorporating live elements into your hybrid event, depending on the atmosphere and experience you would like to create for your attendees.
Pairing with a knowledgeable venue is highly recommended if you’re organising a hybrid event in London. Unlike some more low-key live streamed events, your hybrid event will really benefit from the support and expertise of a venue manager. Finding the right venue will depend on the type of event you’re intending to organise, and whether it’s for a public or private audience. It’s also a good idea to think about whether you’ll be hosting a socially distanced live event, or whether you’re intending to bring the live elements of your event directly to the live streaming attendees at home. If you are hosting a live event, you’ll need to make sure there’s enough space to facilitate social distancing between your attendees and staff.
It’s even more important for event venues and organisers to keep on top of the news currently so you can be fully up to date on which venues can legally open, as well as current social distancing measures and restrictions. It’s also worth looking into taking an online course in Covid-19 safeguarding and protection measures. Many of these courses are available for free, or with a nominal fee for the certificate. Not only will it help to put your event attendees at ease, it will also give you information on how best to protect your guests and what measures you will need in place in order to be compliant. The courses will typically cover personal protective equipment, management and assessment, how to prevent infection, and hand and respiratory hygiene.
The social distancing guidelines are regularly updated by the Government, so before planning your event it’s important to check what restrictions are currently in place. Whether or not you have a legal requirement to do so, you can help prevent the spread of infection with some simple steps. You can encourage attendees to wear masks or provide them, you can limit the number of attendees in a space or hire a space that is predominantly outdoors, you can provide hand-washing stations and temperature checks, and you can create signage to encourage two metre distance between guests. If your guests will be enjoying the live element of your event at their own property you can provide guidelines to them in advance to help them enjoy the experience safely, like encouraging them to participate separately or if some guests are joining as a group they should be outside in a park or garden.
Bringing the fun to them
The easiest way to make sure your hybrid event is compliant with government recommendations is to bring the fun to your guests at home! What elements of a live event will translate really well into your attendees’ houses? If you’re organising a breakfast meeting, why not share a brunch menu in advance with recipes for them to cook along? Or you could send a breakfast hamper directly to their home! Other fun ideas could be photobooth accessories for a virtual wedding, some at-home pampering treats for a wellness session, or a new sample for a product launch.
Hybrid event technology
Whether you’ve hosted hybrid and live streamed events or if this is your first, you’ll need to make sure you’ve got all the technology to capture your event and share it with your attendees. Your technology set-up with differ depending on what you’ll be capturing and what kind of event you’re organising. Working with a knowledgeable venue manager is the best way to ensure everything runs smoothly. If you’re collaborating with other suppliers for your events, make sure you check in with them in advance so you know what their technology requirements are as well as they may differ from what you had in mind.
Try one out!
If you’re new to hybrid events, the best way to organise one is to experience one for yourself! If you have a specific venue in mind that you would like to or you know you’ll be working with, ask them if they have any other hybrid events coming up and whether you could attend. If not, London is always buzzing with an exciting and interesting events calendar so you’ll easily be able to find another hybrid or live streamed event to attend to get some good ideas!
The key different between a hybrid event and a live streamed event is there are two events happening at the same time – one live event, and one online. Unlike live streaming which just shows an event or talk online, a hybrid event has interactive elements so participants feel more like they’re participating rather than just watching. Even though live events are limited right now, you can use hybrid events to make your live streaming more personal and memorable for all your guests at home. In London you can hire a venue to host the live portion of your event, even if you don’t intend to invite the public. Hiring a venue can ensure that you’ve got all the technology you need, and your environment won’t detract from your content, so you won’t need to worry about your backdrop or any neighbourhood noise.
Even though you’re not necessarily hosting a large live event, you’ll still want to make sure you have everything you need prepared in advance. Your checklist should have three big items on it: test your technology, prepare your content, and find your attendees. Talk to your venue manager about what technology they would recommend for your event. Every hybrid event will need a different set-up, so it’s good to ask an expert rather than relying on a generic option. Once you have it in place it’s really important to do at least one test run so you can make changes to your equipment. If you’re hosting the event, don’t try and wing it! Make sure you have an outline of what you want to cover at the very least, and use your notes when you’re doing your test run to see how long your material lasts for. Want to know how to find your attendees? Check out the FAQ below.
Whether it’s a live event or totally online, every event organiser’s worst nightmare is nobody showing up. The first place to start is to use your contacts. Some people in the events industry have been kicking their heels for a while now, so you’re certain to find some attendees among friends, old colleagues and acquaintances. If there’s no limit to the number of online guests, why not encourage them to get their friends involved too? Once you’ve got the ball rolling, set up an online email newsletter campaign to your wider network and make sure they know why your event is going to be unmissable. Finally it’s time to do the shout out on social media! Get your confirmed attendees to share your posts as well to let as many people as possible know about the amazing hybrid event you’re hosting.
It might seem like hybrid events are a totally new concept, but they’ve actually been increasing in popularity for a number of years. The main difference currently is the shift in emphasis between the live event being the most important element, to now bringing live elements to remote attendees. Event packages are a really fun way to organise online hybrid events. Just like a venue manager will create event packages for their venues, why not offer packages as an events manager? You can offer varied options for different events from meetings to hen parties, and each package could include personalised live elements as well as events to participate in online.
Although you may not be familiar with hybrid events, it’s a format that can suit a range of different event types. Whether your event is private or public, for five people or 500 there are elements of hybrid events that work well for many types of gatherings. If you’re organising a team day, why not share a link to an online yoga video that you can participate in together? Or you can throw an online cinema club and all watch the same film with popcorn and drinks. If your event is corporate, why not provide your slides as a print-out, so everyone can see your work in detail? Every live streamed event from a virtual wedding, to a conference and webinar, or even a concert can benefit from some personalised live elements to make it truly memorable.