Nestled at the back of Angel station, The Islington Metalworks is a unique venue for hire in London.The building was originally used to stable the horses that pulled the trams for London Transport. We hold a wide variety of functions including club nights,concerts, exhibitions, fashion shows, conferences,film shoots and corporate parties and is a very popular wedding venue in London. We are fully licenced with catering team and kitchen on site.
Just like all the great moments of the game, unforgettable events need iconic locations. Based at the world-famous O2 Arena, this theatre of football can hold a 700 strong squad. Split over two floors, the Main Floor and Upper Mezzanine, these flexible spaces can be adapted to provide a more intimate and private event - which will hopefully keep the press at bay after you score a last-minute worldy. TOCA Social create nights out that go down in legend, and no ‘where were you moment’ would be complete without some world-class food and drink. Choose from one of our premium food and beverage packages tailored to your tastes and don’t forget to indulge yourself in TOCA’s dedicated immersive Sweet Finish dessert room - this Eton Messi would make Willy Wonka proud. So if you’re looking to play, dine and score, this one-of-a-kind event space is ready. All under the iconic dome of London’s O2 Arena. Build a game-winning package that fits your needs or let their legendary events team guide you through your journey. So have a browse, dig out your shooting boots and dream big!
The Den - 200 pax standing / 80 pax theater / 60 pax cabaret - conferences, breakfast meetings, drinks reception, corporate parties, product launch, screenings, Summer & Christmas parties The Terrace - Inside & Outside space - 25 pax seated / 35 pax standing (additional 35 with outside) / 20 boardroom - creative meetings, workshops, training days, Summer drinks reception, product launches, filming & photography The Boardroom - Stylish 14 pax meeting room The Black room - 8 pax meeting room
Our venue boasts an exposed brick backdrop, an abundance of natural light and a stunning hanging garden of tropical plants. The spacious layout includes a cocktail bar, lounge area and separate dining space, as well as a covered summer terrace. The building started life over 150 years ago as a brewery and later as a mechanic's workshop. We've lovingly restored it back to its full potential, keeping many of the original period features. These details, along with the beautiful natural light, offer a stunning backdrop for photographs. It's a place so full of character that you'll never forget it. From birthdays to weddings to product launches, our beautiful period backdrop, green foliage and banging cocktails will help bring your event to life.
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.
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.
Comprises of two main spaces and a restaurant space. On the ground floor the Concert Hall, a multi-purpose 1200 capacity dedicated events space and upstairs the Theatre, a 700 capacity tiered seated venue with jaw-dropping, original Art Deco features. The Bar + Kitchen is on the mezzanine level in between the two floors with a 300 standing capacity. Each space can be hired individually or the venue can be hired as a whole for a complete takeover.
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
Nestled amongst Hackney’s Victorian buildings and overlooking the bustling streets of East London, we are Dalston’s only rooftop oasis, offering spectacular views over the London skyline. Once a forgotten rooftop space, then an impromptu pop-up bar, Dalston Roofpark has grown into London’s most versatile rooftop venue – offering the latest acts of the music scene to bottomless brunch, sunrise yoga sessions and everything in-between. Newly refurbished for Summer 2022, our vibrant and creative space has reopened with new interiors, an even better sound system, and – most importantly – the same electric atmosphere.
Spanned by a spectacular glass roof, the National Maritime Museum is a meeting of classical 19th-century grandeur and innovative modern architecture, it is the ideal space for award shows, gala dinners and product launches, with a capacity of up to 550 for dinner and 1000 standing. The Streets are an optimal space for receptions and pre-dinner drinks while your guests view the varied and amazing exhibits. On warm evenings, receptions can be hosted under the adjacent stone colonnades with sweeping views across Greenwich Park. The grounds offer the opportunity for larger outdoor evening events and our meeting rooms offer smaller group facilities in the daytime.
Troxy first opened its doors in 1933 and ever since then our beautiful art deco building has played host to some of the capital’s most extraordinary events. Our adaptable spaces have been used for major music awards, live concerts, audiences with celebrities, TV shows, live sporting events, exhibitions, awards ceremonies, Christmas parties, conferences and exclusive film screenings. Our brilliant clients come to us not just for the unique vintage features but also our brave and flexible management team, who work tirelessly to make each occasion special. Our grand staircases welcome guests through the front door before they move through to the period interior with its illuminated art deco features, there’s a natural gravitas in the DNA of our building that modern venues cannot match. Troxy’s spaces can also be configured in many ways. Anything is possible, from dinner-and-dance occasions to events where brand exposure is key. Whatever your needs, there will always be a way to make your awards ceremony stand out.
Central London's most versatile, multi-faceted venue, supporting Grassroots music. 229 is a multi-purpose entertainments venue which hosts gigs, club nights, awards ceremonies, comedy and fashion events, gala dinners and weekend festivals. The venue includes 2 event spaces and a Green Room. Some of the acts to have played at 229 include Kings of Leon, Paul Weller, Pet Shop Boys, Florence and the Machine, Biffy Clyro, Seasick Steve and Foals to name but a few. Managed under the umbrella of the charity, International Students House (ISH), 100% of the profit made by 229 goes directly back support our mission. We believe every young person should have the opportunity to succeed whatever their background. Together with our university partners and supporters, we provide scholarships opportunities, a home and a social programme to enable students to succeed while giving them a place to belong.
3 warehouse spaces perfect for a range of creative activities. We host media productions, rehearsals, art projects, and exhibitions. We are located in the heart of East London in a vibrant creative area which is easily accessible by overground. Each space has versatile features ranging from natural light venues, to rooms which can be blacked-out. We also have access to a lovely outdoor area right on the river bank which can be booked upon request.
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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.
The venue is made of up of two stunning Victorian railway arches, reception bar, main hall and mezzanine level and is a perfect venue to host live streaming and hybrid events, product launches, fashion shows, award ceremonies and dinners – and a whole host of others. With incredibly fast internet connections, in house lighting, AV and sound equipment, we can make your event a resounding success. A fully customisable blank canvas space with a team on hand to cater to your every requirement.
Situated in the heart of West London, just 5 minutes from Earl’s Court station, Refettorio Felix at St Cuthbert’s is a charming and elegant space to hold your special event. Following a lovingly completed renovation by award-winning interior designer Ilse Crawford, Refettorio Felix offers a warming and inviting ambiance, ideal for a wide range of different functions. The hall, with its enchanting pendant lights, high ceilings and calming décor acts as a blank canvas for you to build your plans from. The raised stage and excellent acoustics lend themselves wonderfully to host performances, speeches and panel discussions, and Refettorio Felix invites you to inhabit the space creatively. With space for up to a maximum 100 seated guests in the main hall, this is a delightfully informal atmosphere encouraging you and your guests to enjoy themselves and relax. The fully-eqipped, professional-standard kitchen can support a variety of catering needs, from a simple drinks reception to a plated service dinner, and the venue has had great experience hosting some delicious and exciting supper clubs. Booking your wedding with Refettorio Felix would not only bring joy to your special event but also be doing good for the local community. With all fees supporting their community dining project and charity, your event would help give back to those less fortunate, including rough sleepers and vulnerable people. For more information on the kinds of events Refettorio Felix at St Cuthbert’s can host, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Presenting to an audience might be something that you love doing – or it might fill you with nerves. Either way, it’s not easy to keep your audience engaged, no matter how good of a speaker you are. However, by following a few simple tips, you can make the whole experience a breeze.
Writing Your Presentation
First things first: you have to write your presentation. It might be tempting to just turn up on the day and talk naturally, but very few people can do this well in the amount of time that they’re given. We’ve got 5 top tips for you to follow:
We’ve all sat through ‘death by slide deck’ presentations before, but there’s one simple way for you to avoid this. Planning. Before opening a single slide, plan out exactly what it is you want to do, and get all of your main points down on paper or in a text document. A great way to do this is by making a mind map of the main points to show how they are all linked together. Only then should you start on your slides.
Rule of Three
The rule of three indicates that an audience will only remember three things from your presentation, so know what you want these to be from the very start. While it’s tempting to show off your range of knowledge, it’s just not possible for people to take it all in while remembering the most important facts.
Tell a Story
No matter how factual the topic of your presentation may be, an audience is always engaged more by a good story. Incorporating personal anecdotes can not only keep you more relaxed, but it will give your audience the chance to really engage with you and what you’re trying to tell them. A story is something that they’re much more likely to remember after they’ve gone home, so make sure that it leads back to a major point in your presentation.
Images are much more important in a presentation than text, so make sure that yours are really relevant to what you’re saying. If you are using infographics, make sure that they are large enough and clear enough that your audience will be able to make out all of the important details. Building your slides around the images you’re using is a great way to ensure it’s not text-heavy.
Particularly if you get nervous when talking to a crowd, or it is your first time presenting, it’s always a good idea if you learn what you are going to say. Don’t just rely on your slides to guide you. Writing it out and learning your presentation will allow you to speak in a more relaxed voice, give you the opportunity to walk around the stage a little instead of being locked to a podium, and will ensure that you look and sound confident – even if you don’t feel it.
On The Day
Once you’ve got what you’re going to say sorted, it’s time to actually present it. However, writing it isn’t the only thing that you have to think about. What you do on the day can decide whether your presentation is a success or not.
Get There Early
Leave yourself lots of time to get there and get set up. This will calm your nerves and let you get comfortable with the layout of the room. There are a wide variety of seminar venues in London and some are really unique! Even if you’ve been in the venue before, the room can look vastly different when set-up for a conference or special event. This will also give you time to test out microphones and ensure that the tech part is working well. Some systems work differently than others so extra time to get everything sorted is always appreciated by technicians.
Know your Tech
One of the worst things that can happen at a presentation is a technology malfunction. That’s why it’s so important to know exactly what will be supported at the event before you attend. If you have a video that you want to play, or a website that you need to access, but there’s no wifi connection, you’ll look like the one that’s made the mistake. Make sure that you have multiple backups of your presentation and anything else you may need, just in case!
Keep to Time
If you’ve been given a time limit, stick to it. You want to leave your audience wanting to know more, not looking at their watch. This will also encourage questions if they are allowed at the end, giving you a chance to engage directly. If you are presenting at a large conference where dinner is served after you present, keep that in mind and try to wrap up quickly.
While you have a time limit, this doesn’t mean that you need to talk fast and flick through your slides at lightning speed. Your pace should be relaxed, and every slide should have something of value that you want your audience to absorb. Speaking too quickly will make you difficult to understand, and while nerves can affect this, practice can beat it. Practise your timing, and you’ll be able to keep your pacing under control.
Easier said than done, but the more relaxed you are, the more relaxed your audience will be. Remember that you are presenting for a reason, so someone thinks that you have something important to say. The audience are all here to see you after all, so speak to them like you would a colleague or a friend. Your time on the stage is over faster than you might think, so instead of succumbing to nerves, focus on savouring the moment.
Whether you’re a presenting pro or a bit of a newbie, there’s always something new that you can learn about engaging your audience in the best way possible. With so many different presentation venues in London, you never know where you might end up, so following this advice might be the key to success!
We love helping event organisers find their perfect venue on Canva, so we built the most advanced search function on the market to make it as quick and easy as possible. London has lots of venues that are able to host presentations, whether it’s for an intimate group, a hybrid event or a conference. Using Canvas will save you time, and you’ll be able to talk directly to venue managers via your email inbox or on the phone.
Whether you’re looking to present to your colleagues or for a ticketed event, there’s some technology that will always come in handy. It’s good to check with your chosen venue whether you’ll need to provide your own laptop, or if they have a computer that is already linked to their presentation screen. If you need to provide your own laptop, it’s good to bring your own cables so you’ll know they’ll be compatible to your technology. If you’re talking to a larger group, you’ll also probably need a sound or PA system - unless you’re very good at projecting!
Definitely! Even though some of your guests may be remote, there are plenty of presentation venues in London that can accomodate hybrid and live streaming events. Hiring a venue can ensure there are no noisy interruptions (i.e children and dogs!) and you’ll be able to rely on a speedy internet connection. Your venue manager will also be able to advise on the right technology and equipment to help your event go smoothly.
Venue costs can vary vastly across London, so it’s good to have an idea of your budget before you start looking. Simple things like equipment costs, location and venue size can impact the cost for hire, so once you know what your budget is you’ll find it easier to make a decision about what amenities and facilities you’ll be able to afford.