Conway Hall opened in 1929 and named in honour of Moncure Daniel Conway, anti-slavery advocate, outspoken supporter of free thought and biographer of Thomas Paine. The venue is Grade 2 listed and offers hirers various event spaces, especially the Main Hall with its highly-regarded acoustics. The venue is unique for providing a central London location and a building with character, steeped in history, combined with cutting-edge AV facilities. Owned by Conway Hall Ethical Society, a charity, the building is famous for being the birthplace of humanism, as well as hosting the longest run of classical concerts in the UK (which started in 1880 at the Society’s previous site), jazz concerts in the 1930s, a rare UK appearance from Muddy Waters and gigs by Crass and The Cure in 1970s, as well as many other concerts, including James Blake and La Roux, and events of all kinds since. Today, Conway Hall is a popular, accessible, venue for location filming, conferences, presentations, concerts, talks, fashion shows, awards ceremonies and brand activations. Previous clients include: BBC • Yamaha • Netflix • Evening Standard • Snowline Media • Ted Baker Penguin Books • Bloomsbury Festival • Guardian Live • Tate • EMAP
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.
In keeping with its location - around the corner from London’s modern art district - this event space embraces gallery-style architecture, creating a distinct, versatile venue. Double-height glazing floods this beautiful space with natural light and a and a video wall brings can be used to add ambience, present or connect with others remotely. The space comes fully kitted out with more tech/AV than you can shake your microphone at. Whether you’re planning drinks, a conference, an away day or gala, you’ll have everything you need to host an event that people will remember.
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!
West London’s premier event spaces Our refurbished Victorian foundry with 5 interlinking spaces and 2 large secluded courtyards are available for all occasions. Featuring natural brickwork, high ceilings with exposed beams, wooden floors, large windows and skylights that allow for abundant daylight. While retaining its original features, this location also benefits from all the modern components to create the perfect event. Studio 1: 130 theatre / Ceremony only Studio 2: 180 standing / 140 theatre / 90 seated Studio 4: 250 standing / 300 theatre / 225 seated Studio 5: 250 standing / 280 theatre / 180 seated Courtyard 1: 200 standing Courtyard 2: 200 standing
An iconic Grade II Listed deconsecrated chapel in the heart of London’s West End, Stone Nest is an atmospheric and exclusive venue in a prestigious location. The building benefits from a 2am licence and is highly adaptable for a range of cultural and corporate activities including rehearsal, filming, private events, dinners, fashion shows, exhibitions, celebrations, ceremonies and launches. The 19th century Norman Style Welsh Chapel (1888) is composed of a galleried central space with an umbrella dome, a large basement bar, and attached manse. After many years at the heart of the London Welsh community, the chapel closed for worship in 1982. In 1985 it was transformed into the legendary Limelight nightclub. Our clients have included Alexander McQueen, Chapman Brothers, BFI, BBC, Netflix, Isabel Marant, Agi & Sam, Nike, Alexandra Moura, Champion, Grey Goose, Famous Grouse, Viktor & Rolf, Midnight Madness, Annabel Dining, Disney, London College of Fashion, Sophia Webster, MO Film, Central St Martins, Heist Gallery, Bourne & Hollingsworth, Nokia, Brown’s Fashion, Kitbag, Tomb Raider, Johnnie Walker, Wingstop, Creative Review and many more.
A space for artists and communities with two studios available for hire. Each space features a flexible configuration and can be used for rehearsals, filming, photo shoots, meetings, presentations, conferences, workshops, community classes, performances, R&Ds as well as private events. Big Space – Up to 50 seated, up to 60 standing, recommended up to 30 for workshops and classes. Dimensions: L 12.3m x W 7.3m x H 2.9M Studio – Up to 20 seated, up to 25 standing, recommended 12-15 for workshops and classes. Dimensions: L 7.52m x W 6.55m x H 2.9M
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. Co-working offers: Full-day co-working space £15.99 including a coffee / tea, water and nhow club sandwich Half-day co-working space £8.99 including a coffee / tea, water and croissant Private lab - £30 per hour / £240 per day available for up to 8 people and includes screen and flip chart Workcation - from £109 per night
Our 5400 sq ft studio offers a unique daylight experience in London. Located on the top floor of Fitzroy House in Dalston, the space benefits from panoramic views of East London and an abundance of natural light. Located one minute from Dalston Junction overground station, this centrally located venue is in a prime location for shoots, workshops, brand launches, private parties, PR events and pop ups.
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
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
In the heart of bustling Soho, this versatile, subterranean space can flex to accommodate up to 220 guests making it the perfect spot for a good, old fashioned knees up. Cocktail on arrival? Guests are welcomed down to the bar area for a tipple; the perfect place to gather. Our experienced events management team is there to help you curate the perfect event, from customising our versatile spaces; to catering, hybrid-technology and cleaning. Whichever way you choose to gather, Fora makes room for the extraordinary. For a more traditional occasion, the space comes fully kitted out with AV technology, including a video wall, so the world’s your [Soho-based] oyster
Located on the first floor of the South Wing, the Portico Rooms are a spacious and versatile suite of rooms offering a contemporary and exclusive location for your meeting. With original features, natural daylight and uninterrupted views of the London skyline, the Portico Rooms offer a stylish and versatile backdrop. For any company get together Included in the hire are two private balconies, which offer uninterrupted views of our famous Courtyard on one side and the River Thames on the other, providing a truly inspiring setting. Morning Hire Access from 07:30-11:30 Venue Hire Fee: £2,500+VAT (includes supplier set up and derig) Afternoon Hire Access from 13:30 – 17:30 Venue Hire Fee: £2,500+VAT (includes supplier set up and derig) Full Day Hire Access from 07:30 – 17:00 Venue Hire Fee: £3,750+VAT (includes supplier set up and derig) Catering Options If one of our many onsite restaurants a cafes don’t take your fancy, our onsite caterer, Bryn Williams at Somerset House will ensure culinary excellence is at the forefront of your experience, while maintaining the highest standards of catering health and safety throughout your event. Option 1: £24.95 + VAT per person Tea & coffee on arrival Hydration Station: cucumber & mint/lemon & lime Mid-morning tea, coffee & cookies Selection of freshly prepared sandwiches & wraps Fruit cup Mid-afternoon tea, coffee, brownie & granola bar Option 2: £31.50 + VAT per person Tea, coffee & mini pastries on arrival Hydration Station: cucumber & mint/lemon & lime Mid-morning tea, coffee & cookies Selection of freshly prepared sandwiches & wraps Selection of freshly prepared salads Fruit cup Mid-afternoon tea, coffee, brownie & granola bar AV Options Option 1: AV Package from £1,445 + VAT Audio : PA sound system, mixing desk, 2 x handheld mics, 2 x lapel mics, 1 x lectern mic Presentation : 2 x 65” LCD Screens, 2 x laptops, seamless switching between slides and video, clicker and lectern Technician : 1 x technician Option 2: Video Conference Upgrade (in addition to AV Package) from £1,601 + VAT A technician will manage a video conferencing presentation as host presenter using a show laptop. As host, they will be able to manage the participants, cue in presenters and advance slides. Also included is a camera operator and camera to capture all the action within the room for those joining remotely. Option 3: Boardroom from £1,596.50 + VAT This option is designed for clients using the Portico room for a U-shaped or hollow square boardroom set up using push to talk microphones with our twin 65” LCD screens for PowerPoint. (If sound is required for the presentations, we would need to add a PA system). Option 4: Live Streaming (in addition to AV package) from £3,919 + VAT Broadsword can create the perfect live streaming solution for your event and will put together a bespoke quote based on your requirements. Enhance Your Event Private Views: Combine your event with exclusive access to one of our exhibitions. Available outside public opening hours. Guest Tickets: Surprise your guests with tickets to an exhibition alongside your event. Available during exhibition opening hours. Exhibition Talks and Tours: Offer your guests a unique insight into one of our exhibitions. Only available outside of opening hours. Behind the Scenes Tours: Whether it’s an historical or film location tour, you can enrich your guests’ experience by taking them on a journey through Somerset House. Our Historical Highlights tours are typically 60 minutes and introduce the history of our magnificent 18th century building – taking in everything from Tudor intrigue to Georgian enlightenment. Your guide will lead the group from the intricate Lightwells to the atmospheric, subterranean Deadhouse, visiting graceful staircases and the iconic Edmond J .Safra Fountain Court.
Please note, we do not hire out this venue for large parties/events. It has noise restrictions and an 11pm curfew, so no DJ's, live music or excessive noise levels permitted. Available for small events, meetings, photo shoots and filming, the space features plush soft furnishings, a cornucopia of plants and period details, and large sash windows. The space will be a talking point for your guests and provides the perfect backdrop for product launches, company away days, photoshoots and all corporate small events. A few minutes' walk from London Bridge station this is an ideal central London location set within a stunning Listed Warehouse on Southwark Street. The Menier Lounge is a unique and unusual space with its own garden, providing ideal breakout space for your spring and summer events: with a covered terrace and large decking area. Please note exclusive use of the garden comes at an additional charge and use of the garden must be agreed in advance. The Menier Lounge is one 1500sqft space furnished with soft seating, an industrial style 14 seat table for business meetings and lunches, a small kitchen and 3 toilets. Based in the heart of London Bridge, a stone’s throw from Borough Market, Menier Venues is a versatile collection of venues and meetings and event spaces - beautifully designed with spectacular views that are set to impress for any occasion.
It is the outrageous fun of Ping Pong, combined with state of the art facilities and reputation for hosting the most well executed events that sets Bounce apart as the ultimate conference and corporate party destination in London. Located just 3 minutes walk from Farringdon station, Bounce offers flexible layout options ranging from up to 200 guests theatre set up through to 400-capacity standing events. Situated on the verified site that Ping Pong was first invented by Jaques and Son in 1901, the venue features a restaurant, bar, private room and conferencing and meeting facilities up there with the best. It fast became a Holborn favourite with the Ping Pong tables supplementing excellent cocktails and wood-fired pizzas, not to mention a great excuse for a team away day. A perfect place for all events: Conferencing Team building Private parties Networking Award nights Hybrid events Meetings Away days Product launches Christmas parties Our expansive spaces can be utilised for breakout areas, syndicate sessions, team building activities and drink reception. The Jaques Room is a one-of-a-kind private room at Bounce for up to 90 guests, offering the perfect balance of suave and edge! Ideal for smaller conferences, meetings and social events this versatile space can also be set up theater, cabaret or boardroom style. Hiring the room for up to six hours includes: Three Ping Pong tables and a Beer Pong table Private cocktail bar, mixologist & bar seating Selfie mirror and karaoke system In-house music of your own choice UV lighting and iridescent artwork 40” LCD screen & 7ft projector Exclusive areas at Bounce include a variety of opportunities for you and your group to enjoy everything we have to offer for a longer period of time in your own dedicated space, while still being able to soak in the electric atmosphere from our main bar. Perfect for groups of 30-60 guests.
Unit 1 Gallery | Workshop is a 1,800sq ft West London exhibition space and event venue available for exclusive hire. With white walls, wrap-around window frontage flooded with natural light and benefiting from its own exclusive entrance at street level, Unit 1 Gallery | Workshop is a blank canvas ideally suited for your next event. We are located Near Latimer Rd. In close proximity to Holland Park/Kensington as well as White City. We are the ideal venue for a wide range of events, including: Pop Up Shop / Product Launches/ Talks / Fashion Events / Drink Reception / Photo Shoots / Book Launch / Product Launch / Sample Sales / Corporate Event / Private Events / Conferences. We can accommodate the following capacity (Estimates based on 1,800 square footage ): Cocktail party standing: approx. 200/250 Cocktail party standing and seated: approx. 150-200 Banquet/ Cabaret style: approx. 90-130 Theatre/ Auditorium style: approx. 150- Conference style: approx. 40/50 Classroom style: approx. 70-85 Receptions style: approx. 130-140 Equipment & Facilities: 1800square meter/ open-plan space *Upstairs Studios and Exterior for marquee and parking by separate negotiation Approx 40 meters of wall hanging space Exclusive street level entrance Wi-Fi Internet Guzzini LED track lighting system On-site storage facilities Kitchenette Private gated parking space for 1 vehicle (for additional costs)
When the UK went into lock-down in March 2020 there was only one thing you could be sure of – the events industry would be on hold for a little while. But as the lock-down was extended and virtually everyone was in quarantine, the industry had to start coming up with clever ways of interacting with their audience. Live streaming events aren’t brand new since Covid-19, but they’re becoming incredibly popular methods of getting social while maintaining social distancing. If you’re looking to organise your first live streaming event, look no further than Canvas. We’re here to help you from idea conception to choosing a venue.
Hire a venue
Some event organisers assume that hosting a live streamed event might mean they don’t have to hire a venue. This can definitely be the case for low-key events between colleagues – if you don’t require a slick and smart presentation, you can save some money hosting from your home or office. But if you’re sharing your event on social media, or if it’s ticketed, you’ll want to hire a venue and work together to create your event. Your venue manager will be experienced with the technology required, and can help you set up your live streaming event to make it as successful as possible, even if you have limited knowledge of what to do.
The other benefit of hiring a venue is that it will be a relatively controlled environment. If you’ve ever been on a conference call you’ll know how distracting it can be when one person has a lot of noise in the background. By hiring a venue you’ll be secure in the knowledge that your background will be professional, you won’t have a lot of noise in your environment, and you’ll have all the technology and support that you’ll need.
Find a purpose
What’s the purpose of your live streaming event? Loads of different event types can work really well when streamed live, so the purpose will predominantly depend on what event you’re actually organising. If it’s a virtual wedding, it’s to celebrate with any loved ones who can’t be with you on your special day. If it’s a virtual product launch, it’s to share new ideas with a large audience.
When it comes to corporate live streaming events, if you have your audience in mind, why not send them a survey to find out what they’d like to see at your live streaming event? Have a think about what outcome you’d like from the event as well. Are your goals financial or more about exposure? They’re probably both, but it’s a good idea to take some time to think about what would need to happen for you to consider your new live streaming event a success.
Choose a live streaming platform
There are lots of live streaming platforms out there, so it can be a bit overwhelming to start deciding which one is right for you. Firstly, who is your audience? Do you work together and tend to use the same video conferencing platform for every meeting? Or are you hoping to attract outside viewers? If so, it’s a good idea to choose a platform that they can download for free or better yet, that they already have on their devices. If you’re not sure what platforms are popular currently, ask your survey recipients which platform they’d prefer to use. Some are totally free and some aren’t, so make sure your budget has space for any costs you’ll need to pay.
If you’re working with a venue for your live streaming event, ask the venue manager about the live streaming platform they tend to use. In the case that you’re using their technology and staff, it’s a good idea to stick to their preferred platform as well, to avoid technical difficulties on the day.
Get your technology ready
Whether you’re accustomed to hosting live streaming events or if this is your first, there are some basic pieces of equipment you’ll need. Depending on whether you’re hosting something elaborate like a live streamed concert, or more along the lines of a virtual meeting, your requirements will be different. Working with an experienced venue is a really good way to make sure you’ll have all the right tech, so check in with your venue manager for advice on what technology will be useful. Remember if you have speakers or artists joining the live stream remotely, they’ll also need all the right equipment.
Make sure you talk to your venue manager about their wifi, as it will need to be super speedy to cope with live streaming at a high quality. There’s nothing more frustrating than watching an event online that lags or keeps cutting out, so high-speed internet is vital.
The of the amazing benefits of organising a live streaming event is it allows many people to join in the fun, including people who may not have been able to come to the event in person for accessibility reasons. Make the most of this by ensuring your live streaming event is accessible for people with varied requirements. There are several companies who can provide software that adds live captions or subtitles to live streamed events for deaf or hard of hearing guests. You can also include audio descriptions for blind and low vision attendees.
Practice, practice, practice!
Technical difficulties are the number one thing that are going to put your guests off, or encourage them to leave half-way through, so it’s always wise to do a demo or test run. Make sure you know how to work all of the equipment, and it’s good to have some back-up options if that’s possible. You’ll want to make sure the sound and video quality are both good, so have a friend join your test event on different devices to check it works across multiple technologies.
Before you host your live stream event or video, it’s a good idea to plan your content. If you’re used to hosting events it can be tempting to talk off the cuff or make it up as you go along, but the pressure of hosting an event live that will be accessible to watch later can make even the best host go blank. Make sure you know the points you want to hit and have a list of them in front of you. If you’re working off slides you could consider sharing the screen with your attendees. Once you’ve hosted your event, don’t forget to embed the video onto your website so it can be accessed in the future. Some of your guests may not have been able to make the live event (it can be tricky to juggle other commitments or different time zones) so it’s a good idea to make sure it’s available for them to watch afterwards. Alternatively, some attendees who really enjoyed your live streamed event may want to share it with their friends and co-workers, so you’ll gain a bigger audience if it’s online permanently.
Before the Coronavirus pandemic there wasn’t a big push to try lots of different types of events over video or live streaming; the most common were meetings, webinars, and live concerts. Now we’re looking to a new normal in the events industry and event organisers are trying just about every style of event over video. From virtual weddings, baby showers and hen dos, to digital conferences, expos and corporate events, to online birthday parties, award ceremonies and product launches. Once you know what kind of event you’re organising, just find the perfect venue through Canvas and they can help make your next live streaming event idea a reality.
The main benefit of hosting a live streamed event is that it is relatively easy! Although it can be tempting to get caught up in needing top of the range equipment, if you’re hosting to a small audience or to your colleagues, all you need is a smart phone and access to a social platform such as Facebook Live, YouTube Live or Instagram Live. For public events, it’s best to work with a venue or company who can help you with the technology. Live streamed videos tend to pull a larger audience than pre-recorded videos, and audiences normally watch for longer and engage more. It’s also a great way of building up your online content, as you can share the video on your social platforms and embed it into you website for subsequent viewing.
If you haven’t hosted an online or live streamed event before it can be a bit daunting, especially if you don’t know where to start. By partnering with one of Canvas’ live streaming venues, you can be sure you’ll be in the hands of an expert. Your venue manager will be familiar with live streaming for a variety of events and will be able to help with the technology requirements, creating a professional atmosphere and setting up a test run or demo.
Aside from audio-visual capabilities, the most important thing you’ll need is a super speedy and reliable internet connection. Cutting out halfway through would be a live streaming event organiser’s worst nightmare, so make sure you can rely on the WiFi to keep your video sharp and your audio clear. If you have a number of remote contributors it’s a good idea to check in with them in advance and check their internet connection is good too. Doing practice runs of your event is a great way to iron out all the creases with your technology before the big day.