The City Thames
The Oyster Shed is one of the City’s finest venues. With an abundance of bookable space during the week and panoramic sun drenched views across the Thames - it is ideal for any event. Offering exclusive hire at weekends, you can happily let all your dreams come true in this beautiful space.
PLEASE NOTE: The Ditch dry hire rate starts at £550+VAT per hour/ £5,000+VAT per day The Ditch is the untouched basement of the original Grade II listed building. Over a dozen interconnecting rooms with original features, exposed brickwork and pipes, fireplaces and stoves provide a unique and intimate setting for events. Although it has an abandoned aesthetic, The Ditch has full production capabilities and remains as flexible and responsive as the rest of the building. It can be transformed to create an immersive setting for memorable product launches, creative fundraising events, unique receptions, conference breakout spaces and even dining.
**NEW TO MARKET RIVER THAMES TERRACE EVENT VENUE** Riverfront Terrace is a brand new, hidden gem venue on the Southbank.. A 3 minutes walk from Waterloo and with unique views of London on our custom built terrace overlooking the Thames.. The perfect venue for summer parties, press events, product launches, as well wedding receptions and private events. The setting cannot be bettered, especially on a sunny day when the light plays on the Thames and the crowds pass by on the embankment.. Book to impress and improve your life NOW! x
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.
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.
The Function Room at Jones & Sons is an amazing 1100 sq ft space with its own bar, Dj system and AV set up. We seat up to 80 people and hold 150 standing, the venue is perfect for weddings, birthdays or celebrations of all types.
Bellavita Academy is a bright gallery and a spacious 100sq meters venue, that combines modern art with light and space. Located only 5 minutes away from Tower hill, the space is ideal for corporate conferences, meetings and training sessions. The venue is fully equipped with a brand new kitchen, perfect for team building activities, cooking classes, wine tastings & supper clubs events. Whether you need an entertaining and dynamic team building or a venue for a product's launch or private celebrations, we will host your event properly. We provide additional services that add the extra touch: from breakfast meetings to all-day events, our quality food & drinks will transform your corporate or private receptions into unforgettable events. Our chefs can prepare the best tailor-made solutions, our fine selection of wines spoils you by choice, our sommeliers can support your delegates thoroughly. Enjoy booking with us: throughout the entire process we will provide a single point of contact delivering our highest standard of services.
A unique ground floor, blank canvas showroom event space based in Central London, W1, 3 mins walk from Tottenham Court Road Underground Station. Available for dry hire and ideal for Press Shows, Product Launches, Photography Shoot, Samples Sales, Business Seminars & Presentations. The venue ground floor access, ideal for loading and unloading.
Located right behind the Tate, this space is now the relocation of the previous Gallery. Ever wondered what it might feel like to be in a creative New York Loft. Well wait no longer, and come and experience it right from London.
St Martin’s has a series of stunning spaces available for hire. With our enviable Trafalgar Square location and profits that support our charitable work, St Martin’s ticks all the venue hire boxes. Our beautiful Crypt and Gallery both have stunning 18th century architecture. Combined they can hold up to 500 guests standing. St. Martins Hall & Lightwell feature neutral, modern, architectural design and three meeting rooms full of natural daylight. Our in-house catering team offers a range of options from canapés to a full sit down meal for up to 200 guests, or canape for up to 500. Whether you are looking for a quick meeting, a full company wide AGM, a dinner or maybe considering filming in our historic venue, get in touch.
The HAC is an exceptional and thoroughly unexpected venue; a historic 18th century mansion set in a six-acre garden yet located just a stone's throw from Moorgate in the heart of the City of London. Inside Armoury House, several of the elegant rooms are available for hire, including the atmospheric oak-panelled Long Room, which is one of London's most stunning venues for a meeting, dinner, reception or party. The Prince Consort Rooms offer a contemporary space inside a historic and prestigious venue with a dedicated entrance designed for you and your guest's privacy. The neutral decor means this room can be transformed into any themed or styled event you envision.
A beautifully distressed chapel, Asylum is a grade II listed building built in 1826, bombed in WWII. The present use of the chapel is as a flexible space which can be hired for photographic and film shoots, exhibitions, theater, weddings and funerals. A unique venue in South East London for weddings, corporate events, press shows and private dinner parties.
Built on historic foundations at the very heart of the capital, is London’s working arts centre - home to the UK’s largest creative community and one of London’s best loved public spaces. It is also so much more than a building, it is a global platform for creativity, dedicated to nurturing and empowering ideas, backing newness and championing openness. The venue offers 12 impressive blank canvas event spaces, suitable for staging events of all styles and sizes. From season to season, our cultural programme is ever changing, offering a myriad of opportunities to enhance your event and provide guests with an unforgettable experience at . Venue spaces include: the Edmond J Safra Fountain Court, Embankment Galleries, Portico Rooms, Navy Board Rooms, East Wing, West Wing, Seamen's Hall, River Terrace, Lightwells and Deadhouse, Lancaster Rooms, River Rooms and the Screening Room. Download their exclusive Summer and Christmas package offers below and enquire today.
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).
in Kings Cross is a truly unique space that blends architecture from 1800s with a sophisticated modern-day development. Originally built in the 1800s as the first example of social housing, the original building is a characterful brick building that now sits inside TOG’s workspace, giving a one-of-a-kind aesthetic and an industrial feel. The ground floor offers space for 300 people within pared-back, relaxed surroundings, while the incredible roof terrace, dotted with original chimney pots and brickwork, offers incredible views and space for 40 people. In addition to the large event space, this building has 9 meeting rooms ranging in size from 4 person to 100 person.
Tottenham Court Road
The Painting Rooms established in 1904 is a Grade I listed building just off Tottenham Court Road. It is a great venue for photo shoots/press days/talks/dinners and other fashion events. Booking this unique space will give you three rooms over two floors, as well as the use of a small kitchen and two bathrooms.
?First time organising a big meeting? No matter what tips you get from you co-workers, if you’ve been tasked with it, then it’s all down to you. Whether it’s a team get-together, an AGM, or a meeting with Directors form different countries, the basic structure and to-do list will be the same. Use these tips as your basis and relax, we know you’ve got this covered.
Understand the Purpose
Why is this meeting happening? Is it something regular that happens every few weeks or every year? Has it been spontaneously called to discuss a certain issue? Is it a planning meeting? A review meeting?
Understanding exactly what the meeting is for, and the objectives that are to be met by the end of it, is the first step in organising a meeting that will be successful – and not something that will just lead to more meetings. It will also help you to know exactly who it is relevant to invite.
Is Now the Right Time?
Does the schedule for the meeting make sense? If you know that crucial documents will be missing, or a certain member of the company will be out all of that week, consider delaying the date. While many will think that sooner is better, there is no use in having a meeting what doesn’t fulfil its purpose. If you have to organise another meeting for two weeks later, then everyone’s time – including yours – will be wasted.
If this is a new meeting, that doesn’t have a standard agenda, discuss it with the attendees in advance. What do they believe it’s about? What are the key things that they are looking to achieve from it? Is there an important issue that they believe should be added to the agenda, or notes that should be circulated? The more prepared everyone is, the smoother the meeting will be.
Find a Venue
Finding an appropriate venue for your meeting is important. You should think carefully about the location, as no one will want to have to travel very far to attend if they can avoid it. Luckily, there are loads of meeting rooms for hire in London, so finding one won’t be an issue. Preferably, you are looking for somewhere with a lot of natural light, and with enough room that people don’t feel cramped in around a table. If your meeting is going to be a long one, consider a more casual setting where members can be relaxed while they sit and discuss the important matters that have brought them together. This is particularly true if it is a planning meeting, as attendees will benefit from a more creative space to brainstorm ideas.
If you have a detailed agenda, then you’re meeting is much more likely to run smoothly and on time. Preparing a draft of this in advance and collaborating with those attending in case they have anything to add is a good way to start. Having times beside each point, as well as references to documents that are to be reviewed, will keep everyone on track. Send the agenda, and all relevant documents, out a week beforehand. A reminder should be sent the day before as well. Bringing a few paper copies of the relevant documents to any meeting will always be useful, as many people still prefer to annotate by hand.
Appoint a Chair
Having someone chairing the meeting is crucial to ensure that it doesn’t get out of hand. With a chairperson finalising all of the decisions made by the group, as well as moving on the next section of the agenda when appropriate, the meeting will run like clockwork. A Chair makes it more likely that things will keep to time, and any tangents curtailed when not relevant.
The Chair usually has extra notes on their agenda, such as who will be speaking about a certain point, notes to mention certain issues. As well as this, there should be an explanation on what the purpose and objectives are for each part – and what actions need to be decided upon.
If there are no minutes recorded at the meeting, then the meeting never happened. A written record of all decisions taken is vitally important – and will show members what needs to be actioned and for when. The person taking the minutes is generally not a part of the meeting in any other way, but they shouldn’t be afraid to speak up if they require clarification on anything!
Minutes should be circulated to everyone within a week of the meeting for approval, with Points of Action in bold so that everyone knows what they are to do as a result of the discussion.
If the meeting is likely to be a few long one, allowing the attendees to relax is important. Have an organised lunch break, plenty of tea and coffee, and even an evening reception afterwards for everyone to wind down. This is particularly useful if some attendees have travelled from far away to be there. It also provides a great networking opportunity for everyone.
Once everything is organised, there’s nothing more for you to do but relax. You have done all that you can to ensure a successful meeting, and now it’s up to the other members to put your hard work to good use.
Purpose is everything in a meeting, so once you know it, organising will be a breeze. Using these top tips will help you to ask the right questions, and to find the right venue that suits the style of your meeting. Once you’ve done it once, the next time will be easy!
You’d be really surprised how affordable it can be to hire a meeting room in London, even on a regular basis. As workforces are becoming less centralised, many working spaces are offering flexible rates for different meeting requirements and frequencies. If you are considering making a regular booking, it’s worth asking the venue manager whether you can get a repeat discount.
The best location is always going to be the one that’s most convenient for your job. It can be tempting to book in a traditional space in Canary Wharf, but it’s not always logical to get your colleagues to trek across London if you’re normally based in West or North London. Most areas of the city have multiple options for meeting spaces, so try using Canvas to look around your local area, and only broaden your search if you can’t find what you need.
Each venue will offer different rates, amenities, and facilities, so it’s always good check in with the venue manager to ask what will be included. The best venues will include all the furniture and set-up, fast WiFi and AV equipment. If you would like to host a catered meeting, they may be able to offer that for you or have recommendations for local places to get food delivered
Canvas is the perfect place to find your next meeting room hire in London. We have the most advanced filter when it comes to finding a venue, so you know the options you’re seeing will be perfect for you. All of our venues are handpicked, and we have curated shortlists of some of our favourite spaces on the blog if you’d like some inspiration.
We have more than 20 beautiful hotels with us on Canvas that also offer meeting facilities, so it’s best to start there. All you need to do is search for meeting spaces, then select “Style” on the search results page and choose “Hotels”. When you make an enquiry, remember to mention that you’re also looking for accommodation, and if possible provide a rough estimate of the number of guests you’re expecting.