Located on Kensington High Street is a stunning listed Art Deco building. The ground floor is a social retail space, offering a range of high quality Japanese goods and a coffee stand; on the first floor, there is a Japanese restaurant and a Tatami Room; and on the lower ground floor, a Gallery, a Hall and a Library. We provide a unique and prestigious backdrop for a variety of events, with an interior that has been transformed into a stunning contemporary space offering an ideal canvas to engage with clients and activate brands in an iconic setting. With a busy programme of exhibitions created in Japan that focuses on art , technology and design, which can be hired exclusively to enhance any event. The spaces available for hire are suitable for a variety of events, ranging from drinks receptions for 170 guests, conferences for 140 or dinner for 100, to small boardroom meetings for 12 guests. Our diverse rooms are available for hire to organisations, bodies and companies whose activities support and promote Japanese culture, society and business. The Tatami Room has a maximum capacity of eight guests for meetings. As per Japanese custom, shoes are to be removed before taking a seat in this room. The Library has a maximum capacity of 12 guests for boardroom style meetings. The Hall has a maximum capacity of 180 guests for a standing drinks reception. The Hall and Library are fully equipped with Ultra HD screens/projector - perfect for screenings, presentations and branding opportunities. All catering is externally provided – please ask us about our list of preferred suppliers.
Last minute availability: We are pleased to inform you that our Main Auditorium has become available for hire week commencing 6th September 2021. Please contact the team for further details regarding hire option and offers. Sadler’s Wells is a world-renowned dance, performance and events venue. Sadler’s Wells provides a contemporary, vibrant and inspiring venue for conferences, workshops and performances. The venue can hold private and corporate events from 12-1500 guests in rooms including the main auditorium, a studio theatre and various meeting/conference suites. This smart and modern venue has natural daylight, fully integrated state of the art AV with in-house technical staff, air conditioning and free Wi-Fi internet throughout. Our experienced Events team provides dedicated event management ensuring smooth delivery and success. Clients also benefit from in-house catering providing a wide range of fresh, seasonal menus for a variety of occasions. Sadler's Wells has played host to prestigious companies including Sony Music, KPMG, The Guardian, TEDx and many others. We would be delighted to host your event at Sadler's Wells.
This newly refurbished Art Deco space is available to dry hire for a variety of different events. The room supports theatre, cabaret, board and committee room layout styles. The room has an adjoining reception area and ticket booth with private entrance, with a small food preparation kitchen for bar refreshments and a space for setting up a cloak room, with nearby gents, ladies and inclusive toilets.There is also a larger food preparation kitchen opposite the hall accessible for caterers. Furniture: 20 rectangular folding (seat 6-8) / 20 circular folding (seat 8-10) / 250 chairs. Accessibility: Level entrance from Acre Lane. Fixed induction loop included. Accessible toilet. There is a new large 3 x 3 60" Display Video Wall (4008mm x 2263mm) available on the stage wall in the hall for customers to use for presentation. Recently installed on the 7 October. The hall also has free guest Wi-Fi available to use. In addition to the Assembly Hall you can also bolt on hiring the Courtyard during summers month for a guests reception on Friday & Saturdays from 5pm until 9pm only.
This incredible space in The Shard does a pretty good job of speaking for itself – up on the 24th floor of the tallest building in the UK, it boasts some incredible views that manage to sit just under the clouds, meaning perfect visibility out over the Thames. TOG worked really hard to give the space in The Shard a distinctly different, relaxed feel, plus it’s more versatile than you think; it has event space for up to 200 people and has hosted everything from mini golf to cocktail fountains and poker tables. In addition to this, there are 8 meeting rooms, ranging in size from 5 - 70 person.
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.
Barbican, Old Street
FARE is located in the Moorelands building, an old turn of the century textile factory, in the heart of Clerkenwell. It is situated on the junction between Old Street and Goswell Road, just a 5 min walk away from the Barbican and 10 min walk away from the Old Street roundabout. FARE is split across two floors, with both levels having a unique character and design. The upstairs level has high ceilings and benefits from large crittal windows on either side that flood the space with natural light. The industrial aesthetic gives the space a modern, relaxed, vibe. The upstairs restaurant hosts an Italian restaurant and cafe, that focuses on pizzas, pasta, all day coffee and aperitivo cocktails. Upstairs also benefits from a large courtyard area that is very busy during the summer months and can also be used for events. Other features included are a large marble topped horseshoe bar and pizza oven. We can accommodate a total of 75 standing and 42 seated not including use of the courtyard. The industrial aesthetic continues into the large, downstairs events space. The white washed walls are adorned hanging plants and the pavements allow for a good amount of natural light. The space also benefits from it’s own bar area and wine cellar, ideal for parties. The space is intended for multi-functional use; anything from board meeting, brand activation to weddings. The space has an open window into the large kitchen, making it ideal for private dining. The space also contains a large and well lit Wine Cellar along with a fully functional cocktail bar at the further end of the space, which is ideal for arrival and/or after dinner drinks. We can hire in AV equipment and all furniture is fully moveable. We can accommodate 85 people standing and 80 people seated including use of the Cocktail bar area. With all types of catering available from coffee and tea service with pastries to canapé and bowl food and 4 course set menus, FARE is the ideal venue for every event. We have already worked with a number of companies including Instagram, KeepCup and Pernod Ricard. So get in touch and see what we can do for you.
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.
Once one of the grandest civic buildings in London, is a magnificent Grade II listed building in the heart of one of the most vibrant areas of the capital. Now a flagship arts, community and live events venue, the space boasts a number of stunning and unique spaces perfect for a range of events. The Assembly Hall is an ideal location for corporate dinners, product launches, talks and other events. The high ceilings, Italian marble panelled walls, Matcham style balcony and glorious architectural features give the Assembly Hall a distinctive feeling of grandeur and elegance. Once the original Vestry Hall, the Council Chamber is the most architecturally significant space, featuring an original highly ornate moulded ceiling, floor to ceiling columns and stained glass windows. Located on the ground floor, the Council Chamber is a flexible space ideal for parties and receptions, conferences, launches and talks and can be hired as a singular room, breakout, or complemented by the Mayor's Parlour, the adjacent space. The Committee Rooms, with their distinctive period features, Edwardian fireplaces and an elegant buttressed ceiling and located on their own corridor are ideal for private parties, networking drinks, receptions, meetings and breakout spaces. A unique venue in London perfect for product launches, conferences, fashion shows and dinners. As an arts venue with a programme of non-traditional theatre, it has established itself as a key part of the east London cultural landscape. With eight stunning spaces, hireable in a number of configurations, clients can create events that are completely unique, guaranteeing a creative and innovative brand experience for guests, just five minutes’ walk from the City of London.Learn more about all of our spaces for hire, for a bespoke quote or to arrange a site visit, please get in touch with a member of our dedicated events team.
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.
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.
South West London
Tara Theatre is an awarding-winning gem available for venue hire in London. Just 10 minutes by Rail from Waterloo. Step through the Indian front door of our Edwardian terrace into a world of elegant fusion, providing a unique setting for any event. Theatre – plush seats, soaring ceilings and exposed brickwork combined with state-of-the-art technical facilities, perfect for private parties, launch events, conferences, weddings and receptions. Studio – an abundance of natural light and smooth oakwood floors, ideal for meetings, workshops, rehearsals, seminars and more. Foyer & Patio-Garden –a charming haven for parties and events with a café/bar.
Over 3500 SQFT of blank canvas space in the City of London. Situated in the heart of the City, a short walk from Bank, underneath Cannon Bridge Station, The Steel Yard has been extensively refurbished and offers a new experience to The Corporate market. The Steel Yard comprises of two beautifully restored Victorian railway arches featuring a reception bar, main hall and mezzanine. The venue offers excellent production potential with in-house lighting, sound and AV to make your live and virtual events memorable. Importantly, it also offers one of the fastest internet speeds out of all of London’s venues, presenting opportunities in this current climate to communicate to your clients, staff and key stake holders effectively. Managed by Oxygen, the venue offers an exciting blank space supported by an expert team of production specialists to help transform the space to your exact needs, whether it be hosting dinners, award ceremonies, drinks receptions, conferences, exhibitions or fashion shows and product launches, together with Oxygen and the Steel Yard you will have a truly successful event that achieves your goals. The venue is loved by the corporate market for its flexibility to promote and raise company brands. There is a wealth of options to make the venue your own through branding on the columns, within the arches and along the bars. The venue can also provide bespoke packaged live streaming services, allowing for your event to reach thousands across the globe.
A unique private lounge and terrace located in the heart of London's Design District Clerkenwell. This truly bespoke top floor event space with a lovely view of the city comes fully furnished, with a full AV set up, attached meeting room with screen (additional meeting rooms available if required), feature piece bar and beautiful terrace included in the hire. It is the perfect space for conferences, away days, networking events and workshops. This venue can also provide bespoke packaged live streaming services, allowing for your event to reach thousands across the globe.
Boasting unrivalled panoramic views across London, The Skyline London is the latest addition to London’s best roof top dining and drinking experiences. Indulge in authentic Italian dining whilst enjoying an eclectic mix of beverages crafted by talented mixologists. Revel in the intoxicating atmosphere, and fill up your camera roll with images of the best view in the capital. Take in the breath-taking views of the Tower of London, Tower Bridge and the River Thames whilst indulging in your favourite cocktail and sumptuous food.
Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery was the country retreat of Sir John Soane, one of the most influential architects in British history. Pitzhanger reopened in 2019, following a three-year £12M, award-winning conservation project to restore it to Soane’s original designs. Set in the picturesque grounds of Walpole Park, the Manor offers the feel of a countryside escape in central London, a short 8 minute walk from Ealing Broadway Underground station. Offering an exquisite range of styles for hire, from neo-classical suites to Georgian rooms with garden views to contemporary gallery and restaurant spaces, Pitzhanger is perfect for weddings, events, photography and filming. Civil ceremonies are licensed across varied spaces within the Manor and our adjacent Soane's Kitchen restaurant space can accommodate drinks and dancing to follow, ensuring that your perfect wedding day can start and end at Pitzhanger. We make filming and photography easy, offering a range of historic features, beautiful gardens and clean modern spaces. We work with first class partners who will help to deliver a memorable experience. Our approved suppliers can shape and customise events - from uplighting and floristry through to creating fully hybrid events to welcome guests joining from home or abroad.
A centre of hospitality and welcome since it’s origins as a priory in 1106.Conveniently located in on the South Bank in vibrant London Bridge, the Cathedral is a historical masterpiece boasting the oldest example of gothic architecture in Central London. The Parish has been home to many notable historical figures including William Shakespeare, John Harvard and Charles Dickens. Today, the Cathedral’s doors are open to all. With eight versatile spaces to hire and two spacious outdoor areas, offers clients a unique opportunity to hold events from intimate to spectacular from 6 to 800 guests. Our experienced events team offer a personalised service, working with you and our range of accomplished suppliers to deliver events of all shapes and sizes including receptions and dinners, meetings and conferences,concerts fashion shows and more.
?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.