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.
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.
Lumiere London is excited to announce the opening of their new studios in Underwood Street, 7 minutes walking distance from Old Street Station (Northern Line, National Rail). The Victorian Loft features plenty of daylight and a bohemian style that is peaceful and cosy. the perfect place for intimate meetings, receptions and any event that wants to break free from the boring meeting room mould. A unique, versatile warehouse loft space, with original features perfect for your corporate workshops, seminars, receptions and everything else your imagination can muster. Practically located in Old Street (Zone 1) the space is perfect for corporate events, product launches, celebratory dining experiences, fashion, photography and editorial. Completely refurbished, the building has a modern reception providing a large communal area, two passenger lifts, cycle storage facilities, air condition and wheelchair-friendly access and bathrooms.
Our venues are located in the Grade II listed Millbank Tower offering something for every event. The Millbank Media Centre on the Ground Floor is a versatile space with its own digital cinema and outdoor terrace, whilst SKYLOFT is a popular warehouse style venue with exposed reclaimed brickwork and wooden floors. In contrast Altitude 360 offers a modern, bright and highly original space with our famous 360° views of the capital.
AMP Studios are situated on the Old Kent Road in 2 railway arches with a spacious courtyard and pavilion. They are an ideal location for many types of events, from private parties, wedding receptions, product launches, exhibitions, rehearsals, community groups, exercise classes and theatre. The covered courtyard area is perfect for alfresco dining and drinks receptions and is great even in wet weather! There is a large loading bay on site so vehicles can drive directly in to unload, and vehicles can even drive inside the arch if required. The courtyard space is ideal for accommodating street food vans or outside games, and there is also a back courtyard for caterers to set up if you prefer. We have lots of tables and chairs on site which are available to use for your events, and similarly these can be stored in the back courtyard if you need the space clear. A perfect versatile venue for a range of events!
The venue compromises of a purpose built ground floor event space for up to 180 theatre. Meeting rooms on the sixth floor of the building for up to 25 boardroom and great views. Along with an exclusive Lounge and Balcony with stunning views over London’s skyline that can work for up to 75 for a drinks reception. A unique venue with spaces that are flexible for holding corporate conferences or for private hire, weddings and exclusive riverside evening parties. 58VE is easily accessible via tube, rail, bike or river with Blackfriars only a 3 minute walk away.
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.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS VENUE ONLY ACCEPTS CORPORATE EVENTS PERFECT FOR GAMING EVENTS, EXHIBITIONS, PRODUCT LAUNCHES AND EXPERIENTIAL Due to council restrictions we cannot hire the venue later than 23:00. Guests should be offsite by 21:30. The venue will not accept the following: Warehouse (rave) parties, Loud music events, or late evening events. NOTE: This space is partially outside and exposed to the elements. A totally unique, atmospheric and historic 9000 sq/ft venue, deep in the heart of Clerkenwell. Nestled within the hub of London's design and creative district, lies a prison built in the 17th Century, this 130 standing venue has a long turbulent history. It was one of the busiest prisons in Victorian times, and well known for its attempted inmate escapes, as well as being used as an air raid shelter during the Blitz. The cavernous, segmented chambers hold the infrastructure to cater to almost any type of event, offering space that it is impossible to find elsewhere in popular post codes for commercial events in London. Where else can you offer exhibitors packaged up space in individual prison cells?
With an industrial yet modern look, in Shoreditch offers a tech-themed venue with a double-height ceiling and lots of natural light. Panels, pitch events, networking meet-ups and presentations are supported by high spec AV throughout, including wired and wireless casting options, 6 microphones, catch-box, record out capability and a SONOS system you can control. Half day and full day bookings available.
Uniquely located between London’s Angel, Kings Cross, Clerkenwell & Old Street, Anomalous Space is an Art Deco showroom turned studio and event venue. Situated within a Georgian Townhouse it provides a charming and homely alternative to modern spaces. With three distinct rooms available there are options for a wide range of business events, social gatherings and work focused meetings. A_SPACE is our large open plan studio, situated on the ground floor of a Georgian Townhouse. Set back from the road with accessible entrance, off-street loading and a range of facilities, it offers a dynamic space for a variety of uses. B_SPACE is our collaborative workspace which shows off tonnes of natural light, located upstairs, ideal for work-related activities such as training days, meetings and presentations, as well as film and photo shoots. C_SPACE is our co-working office with opportunities for short and long-term desk hire. Hire times are flexible so feel free to inquire on +44 (0) 207 837 3025. Powered by renewable green energy all spaces have a range of seating options, plenty of natural light, superfast broadband ideal for hybrid events and live streaming, integrated audio-visual equipment and airplay connectivity throughout. Due to its flexible nature Anomalous Space is perfectly suited to a wide range of events. From workshops, meetings, presentations, training sessions, team building activities and focus groups through to pop up events, product launches, games nights, live broadcasts, photo/video shoots, castings or even for use as a film location or central London production base. A_SPACE and B_SPACE can be hired separately or combined to enhance the offering and adaptability of events. The venue’s homely feel makes it the perfect environment for collaboration and creativity. Our experienced studio team will be always ready to help in making sure the space matches your requirements, ensuring safety and suitability.
Shoreditch / Hoxton
MOTEL blends Mid Century design, Victorian Architecture and 21st Century technology to deliver the perfect East London venue for your event. A hidden gem in the heart of the evolving landscape of Shoreditch, our generous and open spaces have hosted a diverse range of clients and brands including ADIDAS, LVMH, NORTH FACE, KAPPA, BATHSTORE, NIKE, BURBERRY and many more. With over 4300 sq ft of ground floor space, let MOTEL bring your project home in style. KEY POINTS: 100MB WI-FI, LIVE STREAM POSSIBLE, DRIVE IN ACCESS, LIMITED PARKING AVAILABLE, BLANK CANVAS
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.
Enter Nola’s apartment through a secret door in our public bar Sweetwater. Here you will be greeted by Nola our host, follow her directions down a long apartment corridor to find yourself immersed in a hidden Speakeasy boasting world class cocktails, bold patterns, big bar, small stage area, piano and a whole host of curiosities. This is a space you will not forget in a hurry. In-house catering available from the incredible Pomelo restaurant - bowl food/canape's (please enquire for sample menus).
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
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. With such unusual and beautiful buildings and grounds we are an ideal filming location for productions of any size. 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.
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.
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.