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.
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.
BMA House – modern events with heritage, placing sustainability at the heart of everything we do. A beautifully bright and spacious Grade II listed building designed in 1911, our magnificent venue boasts 22 unique and versatile spaces, all fitted with cutting edge AV technology. A strong balance between the old and new is at the heart of our offer. New technology, new thinking on nutrition and new ideas about what an event space can be merge with real heritage and a proven track record to create the story of BMA House today. From small meeting rooms to full conferencing spaces for up to 320, it is a favourite for Conferences, Meetings, Award Ceremonies, Summer, Parties and Weddings. We’re incredibly passionate about our food. Healthy meetings being our ethos with delegates’ wellbeing at the forefront of all menus, our talented chefs have created mindfully nutritious menus which focus on sustaining concentration and nourishing delegates with wholesome food. We are also fully stocked on ideas for any event or individual requiring vegan or vegetarian dishes. Located in the heart of Bloomsbury just a stone’s throw away from mainline stations Euston and Kings Cross, our superb location suits both national and international conferences.
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 London EDITION offers a range of luxurious contemporary event spaces that are the ideal stage for high-end corporate and private events - from anniversary dinners and product launches to board meetings and investors’ dinners. Studio 2 is extremely versatile and can accommodate a variety of set-ups tailored specifically for each individual event. With a maximal capacity of 80 standing guests, you can hire the space for unforgettable standing receptions, parties, formal dinners and presentations. A boardroom set up, Studio 1 is perfect for meetings, private lunches and intimate dinners up to 12 guests.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
An outstanding versatile event space which is carefully spaced in compliance with government social distancing guidelines. The venue as a whole consists of; The largest covered terrace in the heart of Hackney Central alongside a beautiful garden, 10m cocktail bar and fully fitted kitchen with a 150 seated capacity. A newly renovated lounge under the arch, equipped with a Funktion One Sound System, bespoke lighting and a 5m cocktail bar. Brand new Arch 14 with 5 meter plam tree, island bar, Funktion one sound system and photobooth. Our venue makes for an extraordinary and unique space, perfect for: Drink receptions, Wedding celebrations, Summer & Christmas parties, Corporate celebrations, Networking events, Brand activations & product launches, Talks & presentations, Theater & comedy, Live music, Creative, Film & photo shoots
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.
Ideally located just a short walk from Liverpool Street Station, Spitalfields Conservatory offers a unique space for a lasting impression and a key talking point for any event. Tiered seating looks onto a focal video wall alongside ample floor space. The transparent ceiling coupled with vast glass windows allow for an abundance of natural light. Perfect for presentations, drinks receptions, away days and more, the Fora events team will be happy to discuss your ideas and requirements. This venue can also provide bespoke packaged live streaming services, allowing for your event to reach thousands across the globe.
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.
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.
Folklore is a superb live music venue and bar in the heart of Hoxton - 186 Hackney Rd. is an incredible corner spot with Shoreditch just 10mins walk, Hoxton overground less than 5 and bustling Columbia Rd. and Brick Lane a few paces away. Gorgeous raw brick walls, rustic up-cycled bar and candle-lit interior will have you instantly in love with the front bar, with a secret 100 capacity live music space in the back to keep guests dancing til late. Events are our pride and joy - our personable, friendly and experienced approach to private and promoted parties has seen hundreds of successful events take place under our roof. Birthdays, welcome homes, club nights, live music promotions, product & brand launches, fashion shows, film locations, showcases, screenings, or just an old fashioned knees-up - we can handle a lot! We have secure storage with separate entrance if required; internal and external catering can be provided and our beautiful venue is licensed until 1/3 a.m. We're always looking for new ideas and connections - get in touch!
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.