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 events of all sorts. 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 suitable for Weddings, exams, AGM’s, conferences, fashion shows, filming, boxing, banquets and exhibitions The Small Hall serves as an ideal ancillary to functions in the main hall or as a charming venue in its own right, the versatile. Small Hall has capacity for up to 50 people and can be used for any manner of events. The Duchess of York Suite and the Blue Room, which are ideal for more intimate gatherings or as an extension of the Main and Small 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. Suppliers We have a network of recommended partners, including photographers, DJs, Entertainment, florists and AV however our clients are welcome to use their own suppliers if they prefer. Twitter Facebook Everyone Events
Unfortunately we do not accept private party bookings This light-filled space is a versatile environment for your next event. Featuring stunning views of the City skyline and Shard, and nestled close to Borough Market, the Penthouse is conveniently located a few minutes walk from London Bridge Station. A true haven in the heart of London, the Penthouse has a laid back refined vibe and offers ultimate privacy in the heart of London Bridge. A generous space with areas for breakout, two balconies and stunning floor to ceiling windows. The team at the Menier Penthouse can provide a range of catering options for your event - from breakfast pastries and buffet lunches to fully staffed champagne and canapé receptions. Catering, AV hire, DDR etc all available to meet your event requirements. A popular space for corporate events, training days, product launches, away days, filming and photo shoots. The striking setting of Menier Penthouse has made it popular with many high street, and high end, brands and it has featured in major publications in the UK and internaitonally. Capacity: 60 people Max Setups Available: Theatre style / Banquet / Cabaret / Boardroom Stats: 263sqm internal space + 67sqm of open terraces. 2.7m ceiling height. Kitchen and bathroom. Private lobby with lift access. Facilities: kitchen/toilet/separate green room available on request Access: 3 minute walk from London Bridge Tube/ loading bay directly outside property/ lift opens directly into space Additions: 65" Screen, Sound System, Microphones, Stage, Lecterns, Flipcharts, Beanbags
Elephant & castle
Not available: Friday & Saturday evening Situated just a stones throw from London Bridge in the trendy Elephant and Castle area, 103 Gaunt Street is one venue, six unique spaces. The venue benefits from a 24 hour license, outdoor space, award winning AV systems and full event management solutions. The venue features six unique spaces that all have their own identity: The Courtyard – 331m2 heated courtyard with outside bar, tables & chairs The 103 – Double height reception space with aerial walkway, LED screen & projection options The Box – Production heavy featuring, six towering speaker stacks, 4K HD plasma Projectors and screen & an extensive lighting rig The Lounge – opulent seating area overlooking The 103 with own bar and facilities Two other exciting spaces. The venue is hired exclusively as one unit on a 24 hour period hire and our events team is on hand to put together your bespoke package for you.
Beautifully renovated church in the heart of the city dating back to 1550 and King Edward VI. The world famous painter Vincent Van Gogh, during his stay in London in the late 1800’, visited the Church many times as he was drawing the magnificent old building that was destroyed in the Blitz. This hidden gem is incredibly central, yet secluded, located on Austin Friars and away from the busy roads. In fact is just a few minutes walk from Liverpool Street, Moorgate and Bank Underground Stations. The Dutch Hall is Grade II listed building and strikes a perfect balance between stunning original character and contemporary design features. There are four event spaces, which can be used individually or in combination offering great flexibility and versatility for a wide range of events. The Great Hall, the Van Gogh Room, the Library and the Outdoor Garden There are a number of ways you could use the space to gain maximum impact, best discussed on a viewing. Pricing Daytime events – from 8am to 5pm Price include early access and time to de-rig and clear the venue afterwards For events starting really early we strongly suggest to set up the day before, please check availability and additional costs with your Event Manager. The Van Gogh Reception Room – £1,950 plus VAT perfect for small and medium theatre and cabaret style meetings – from 50 up to 120 people seated or 200 standing (AV included) The Great Hall – £2,450 plus VAT Wonderful and spacious room that can cater for large conferences up to 200/250 guests – (additional AV and lighting needed) Whole building– £2,950 plus VAT if you need flexibility and space for your guests, using one room for refreshments and the other for the main event The Library – £850 plus VAT if booked alone - £500 if added to the other rooms if you need a private meeting room for up to 12 people with Plasma TV, Wi Fi and AV connections The Outdoor Space (weather permitting) - £500 plus VAT – only in conjunction with the hire of the Van Gogh or the whole building. This price includes: Hire fees Expert Venue Managers Top network of accredited suppliers Cloakroom and cleaning staff High Speed Wi-Fi throughout the building (more speed available at extra cost) Health and safety paperwork Brand new toilets facilities Kitchen use for caterers including all the equipment Van Gogh room only equipment including: Hidden natural screen up to 2m x 2.5m Overhead projector with connections at the front and back of the room Brand new PA System with microphones BOSE surround Digital system for Blu-Ray and Presentations Up to 100 comfortable chairs plus sofas Permanent oak wood Bar and Buffet station Brand new wooden and Perspex lectern Three 2m x 1m stage EVENING EVENTS – from guests arrival 6pm onwards Please note the hire fee include set up time and clear time We can cater for seated dinners from 50 up to 200 people and receptions drinks up to 750 guests. Reception Drinks – 6pm to 10pm Great Hall - £5,900 plus VAT Van Gogh Reception Room - £4,900 plus VAT Both venues - £6,400 plus VAT Dinners/Late evenings – 6pm to 12am Great Hall - £6,900 plus VAT Van Gogh Reception Room - £6,400 plus VAT Both venues - £7,900 plus VAT Late finish? We charge £1,000 plus VAT per hour after 12am This price includes: Hire fee including all day set up and plenty of time to clear the venue afterwards Expert Venue Managers Top network of accredited suppliers Toilet Attendants Water and Electricity Cloakroom Top security team Health and safety paperwork All day rate We do allow full day hire subject to availability and description of the event. Please ask your event manager for a bespoke quote. Late Licence We are delighted to have a late Licence that will allow all our guests to stay late and enjoy themselves if they wish. Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday till 12am Thursday, Friday and Saturday till 2am Please note additional charges will apply after 12am Additional costs You need to consider Catering, Lighting, Visual and Sound for your event. The Van Gogh room needs minimal production and can be transformed really easily into a beautiful room. Extra lighting and some theming is required. The Great Hall can be used as it is, with the internal lighting on. However, to bring the room to its splendor it needs additional atmospheric lighting and Sound system which can be obtain from our capable suppliers. Catering We have a full list of great caterers that can cover every type of events, big or smalls. They can offer a Michelin Star dinner for that important award ceremony or serve a very special sandwich lunch at the staff meeting with affordable prices. We are proud of working with these specialists and we’ll be delighted to help and assist in gathering quotes tailored to your budget. Accredited suppliers We work with a list of fantastic accredited suppliers who know the building well and can help with all your needs. If you would like any guidance on which ones are best suited to your event, we happy to help. In the mean time please see attached the full list of suppliers, including websites and numbers. Please do remember that everything can be tailored to your preference and budget. We are always able to get the best quote from any suppliers on our list. Damage Deposit We will require a damage deposit prior access to the venue to safeguard the Grade II Listed building from any damage that may occur during your event. This fee is Exempt of VAT and fully refundable once the venue is returned in its original state. Fee range from £500 to £2,000 depending on the size and complexity. Night Tube London Underground will keep open, on Fridays and Saturdays, some of the biggest Tube Lines in London, including the Central Line. This would mean your clients would be able to leave after midnight without rushing back in order to catch the last train home. In fact with the Underground open all night, there isn’t a limit on when they’ll be able to catch a train from either Liverpool Street or Bank Station. More information and maps click here Access Monday to Saturday – 08.00 – 00.00 An earlier start and later finish is possible but need to be agreed in advance and additional charges apply If you need any more information or to arrange a viewing, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
The venue offers a huge variety of event spaces and facilities including bars, lounges, a restaurant, screening room and gallery, alongside state-of-the-art TV production facilities. Whether it’s a small video conference, a large product launch or a private dinner we’ll bring the same energy and passion and attention to details. Meeting and conference rooms start from 8 people capacity right up to sit down dinners for up to 120 and drinks receptions for up to 300 people.
A flexible ground level, non-height restricted, open air space nestled between BFI IMAX, South Bank’s National Theatre and the ITV London Television Studios. Two minutes from the Riverside Walkway, this unique 5,097m2 site is ideally located in the heart of the South Bank. With seven metre gated access straight onto site from the road, Doon Street Car Park has played host to a variety of structures for launch events, parties ad theatres, including double-decker marquees and Spiegeltents. It has been temporary home to The Room on The River, smart’s Urban Stage, La Soiree and Crazy Horse, amongst others. To access our outdoor venue hire brochure please follow the link below: http://coinstreet.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/CSCB-Outdoor-venue-hire-brochure.pdf
Beaconsfield Gallery Vauxhall (BGV) is a unique and atmospheric venue housed in the former Lambeth Ragged School opened in 1851. Built on Victorian philanthropy, the school has been transformed into a stunning contemporary art gallery and versatile blank canvas event space. BGV has three very individual event spaces and a courtyard garden that capture the best of London design. Our distinct spaces can be hired out separately, in combination or as a whole. We are available to hire for corporate events, photo-shoots, filming, conferences, wedding receptions and private parties. Located in Central London we are situated close to excellent transport links and have several on-site parking spaces for clients. The Upper Space With its 7 metre high white walls, original stepped wooden floor and large arched windows, the Upper Space is a spectacular room full of natural light. This large, impressive space is ideal for ceremonies, conferences, product launches and corporate hospitality. Facilities include a lighting rig with spots, up lighting and a projection balcony with broadband capability. The whole space is fitted with underfloor heating and has single and 3 phase electricity. Capacity: Standing:150 / Seated:100 / Area:1600 sq ft The Lower Space Perfect for smaller and more intimate events such as dinners, meetings and workshops. The Lower Space has white walls, an original Yorkstone floor, cast iron pillars and large windows providing excellent natural light. The Lower Space can be hired on its own but is included in any hire as this is where the toilets are located: x2 Gents, x2 Ladies and x1 Wheelchair access. Facilities include down-light spotlights with dimmers and 6 double sockets. Capacity: Standing:150 / Seated:100 / Area:1300 sq ft The Arch Space An atmospheric space suitable for large events, the Arch Space has exposed brick walls, a state-of-the-art invisible infrared heating system and sprung wooden floor (painted grey). Its urban aesthetic complements the period features of the Upper and Lower Spaces and its stunning, cavernous capacity makes it ideal for product launches, fashion shows, distinctive sit-down dinners and film shoots. Facilities include single and 3 phase electricity. Capacity: Standing:500 / Seated:400 / Area:3150 sq ft The Courtyard Garden The secluded, plant-filled Courtyard Garden is an oasis from the hustle and bustle of the surrounding area. Ideal for summer parties, receptions and al-fresco events, this tranquil space is available to hire in conjunction with any of the 3 spaces. Along with benches we have a large retractable all-weather canopy. It is possible to erect a marquee or park food trucks in this space.
Built in 1826 on its own ‘island’ in the heart of the capital, One Marylebone opened its doors in 2008 and quickly rose to become one of the leading event spaces in the Capital. The Soane Hall is the jewel in the crown of One Marylebone; at over 27 feet in height, the prestigious space is both impressive in size and beauty. Opulent mosaics and stained glass windows evoke everlasting elegance. The first floor contemporary and light Galleries are the perfect setting for pre-dinner drinks or can be used on their own for a multitude of events. Able to host standing receptions for 800 and sit down dinners for 350 or more intimate parties for under 100, One Marylebone is one of London’s most flexible and unique venues
A venue with a fascinating history that dates all the way back to 1719. Originally built as a small Huguenot chapel, it has accommodated many different East London congregations over the years eventually becoming part of Christ Church in 1887. Charles Dickens was a regular visitor in the 1800s using the building for public readings of his works and in 1888 the Match Girls held their famous strike meetings here as they prepared to protest against working conditions at the nearby Bryant and May factory. Magnificently renovated into a diverse venue space; it boasts high ceilings and windows to bathe the room with natural daylight. A recent restoration and makeover has seamlessly combined the contemporary Spitalfields style with the heart of a national heritage building.
A brand new townhouse venue in the heart of Covent Garden, opened for the first time in July 2019. The space hosts a rotational art gallery and is available for events, pop-ups and photoshoots. The building is Victorian and was the original office of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's first publishers, The Strand Magazine, so is mentioned in several Sherlock Holmes stories. Brilliant natural light and elegant period architecture make this townhouse a fantastic blank canvas for brands with creative concepts. The large windows and prominent shopfront in a busy area mean that this a fantastic location for retail pop-ups, events and immersive experiences. The venue offers dry-hire, full event packages and everything in between. In July the venue has opened with the first three floors available for hire and a fourth can be used as back of house or for storage. The building totals six floors (3500 sq ft) so there are also opportunities for those with bigger concepts looking for a six floor takeover.
Nestled in the heart of Clerkenwell, the Old Finsbury Town Hall is an art nouveau styled gem perfect for any glamorous affair. Whether it's a seated dinner, or a standing cocktail reception, this characterful venue is the essence of vintage elegance right in the bustling centre of London. This stunning grade II listed building exudes opulence and glamour with its vintage decor and original features. With its dramatic sweeping staircase, stained glass and a grand hall glittering with elegant chandeliers, you and your guests will feel like celebrities for the day. Both versatile and unique, the venue is located just minutes from Angel and Farringdon tube stations. The space is suitable to cater for a variety of functions including dinners, award ceremonies, press conferences, and weddings, and the Old Finsbury Town Hall staff are always on-hand to ensure your event runs smoothly.The building is owned by the Urdang Academy, whose alumni have gone on to appear in some of the top West End shows. All profits made from the venue go towards the Urdang Academy's Student Bursaries Scheme, supporting outstanding talents in the Performing Arts.
26 Leake Street is a raw, unique and multi-purpose space underneath Waterloo Station. Arches 1 and 2 offer a cmbined footprint of over 4,000 square feet. The imposing arches and revealed brickwork create a stunning blank canvas for experiental events.
A purpose built live music venue and nightclub in a converted Victorian railway arch right next to Cambridge Heath Overground station in Bethnal Green. The space covers 2400 sq ft and is much bigger than it looks in these photos. Fully equipped with industry standard PA, monitors, back line, lights, projector and smoke machine - the venue is a perfect place for a party. Many of London's biggest promoters like Parallel Lines, Bird on The Wire and Serious use the space. Recently James Blake booked the venue to host his birthday party. Not only can we host your event but we can also help with booking live music and DJ's as industry rates. Our usual arrangement is a small fee with an agreed bar minimum. This will vary depending on the date and length of your party. The space is also perfect for film screenings, music videos, photo shoots and classes. The 5m arches and tucked away/secret location create a unique environment. Many people say the venue strikes a perfect balance between a warehouse feel and bar ...it's edgy/raw but comfortable and cosy at the same time. We are happy to show you around any time and look forward to working with you.
An iconic, multi-award winning live music venue, a working church, a centre for those experiencing homelessness, and also a beautiful building with many flexible spaces for hire - all inside a gorgeous, Grade I listed building! Our experienced and supportive team will help plan your event from booking to load out, whether it be a long term rehearsal, one off workshop or a public event. *Please note: we are not able to host private parties, including wedding receptions.* The Chapel The Chapel itself is the most well-known space at UC. Home to many famous gigs over the years, this space is also great for corporate events, ceremonies, large-scale meetings, and film and photoshoots. The Chapel is octagonal in shape with ground floor and balcony seating in the original wooden pews (seated capacity of 900). Our bespoke stage sits underneath the beautiful stained glass, rose window and our unique Henry Willis organ. The Chapel can be hired through our all inclusive gig package, or by an hourly rate as a dry space hire. For more information on the Chapel, please see the attached package of tech specs and venue information, as well as the floor plan. Sunday School Hall The Sunday School Hall is a beautiful period hall with an internal balcony on three sides. It has a high ceiling, original wooden beams, and cast iron pillars. This space is most suitable for long term hires and is hired exclusively - set, props and equipment can be left in place overnight. On short notice, the Sunday School Hall can also be hired for shorter term hires, or evening event hires (standing capacity of 200). For more information on the Sunday School Hall, please see the attached floor plan. Upper Hall Originally built as a lecture hall, the high ceilings, wooden floor, and medieval style features lend to its atmosphere. It's a great space for meetings, away days, photoshoots, as well as auditions and rehearsals. As this space acts as our bar when there is a gig in the Chapel, it is only available in the evenings on short notice and not available for exclusive hires. If available, the Upper Hall is also a great space for intimate gigs (standing capacity of 180). For more information on the Upper Hall, please see the attached floor plan. Lower Hall The Lower Hall is a great, multi-purpose room on the lower level of the building with large windows and a flexible space great for auditions, meetings, and workshops. The Lower Hall can also be hired in the evenings for weekly dance classes, choir rehearsals, or other evening activities (recommended maximum capacity of 40). This hall is not available for exclusive hires. For more information on the Lower Hall, please see the attached floor plan. Committee Room The Committee Room is our smallest room, but still full of the same beauty and unique features as the other halls. This space is used as our dressing room for gigs, and as such is often only available for half day, morning hires (recommended maximum capacity of 30). For more information on the Committee Room, please see the attached floor plan. Please be in touch with us to discuss your potential hire and rates! We are accustomed to a multitude of different kinds of events, rehearsals, and other hires, and are very willing to help you decide on the best room for your needs.
Mail Rail at The Postal Museum is an award winning venue in Farringdon, Central London. Available for exclusive unique venue hire, our inspiring venues are suitable for all corporate, experiential and private events. For more than 100 years, Mail Rail was hidden from view. Now you have the chance to experience the secret space for yourself – the ambition, dedication and ingenuity that makes it truly unique space. Mail Rail is an immersive subterranean venue which has maintained many of its original fixtures including exposed brickwork, vaulted ceilings, archways and authentic railway features. This industrial event space also contains a mini exhibition gallery with numerous interactive displays for guests to experience during their event. Highly adaptable it can be hired for product launches, award ceremonies, corporate events and gala dinners. The unique 275 capacity venue also provides guests with an exclusive opportunity to enhance their event experience with an underground miniature train ride through the secret 100-year-old Mail Rail tunnels
There are a lot of different cogs that make up the machine that is a theatre production, and all of them need to be well oiled right from the start. It’s not an easy job but seeing a play you’ve produced be performed live to an appreciative audience is a reward that you’ll never forget. Here are our top tips for making yours a success:
Choose A Play You Enjoy
If you are going to be producing or directing the production, you are going to need to really like the play that you’re putting on. After all, you’re going to be seeing an awful lot of it. Whether it’s a musical script, some classic Shakespeare, or a brand-new play by an up and coming writer, you really need to believe in the message that you are bringing to the stage. If you are enthusiastic about it, the rest of the people around you will be too. If you already have a group of actors, make sure that the play you choose suits their tastes and style as well. It’s important that they love it just as much as you do.
Get a Team Together
Putting on a truly great theatre production is no small feat, and you are going to need a large team of creative people behind you to have a chance of being successful. Depending on your budget for the play, will decide whether the majority of these people are hired, or if they are volunteers. If you need volunteers, look to your local universities for those interested in costume design and lighting. Even if you can pay them something, their wages will still work out less than those with more experience.
The pre-production stage is vitally important for any theatre production. This is where you set out your vision for how you want the play to look. It is the time to discuss lighting, effects, and set design as well as costume. Knowing at this stage what is and isn’t going to be feasible will help you to get everyone involved on the same page. This will include a number of meetings as a group, but you might also need individual meetings with certain members of the team to go through how they see themselves working and any extra ideas that they can bring to the table.
Find a Venue
While you might already have a space sorted for your initial rehearsals, you are going to need somewhere for your play to actually be performed. This is a decision that your team needs to be involved in, as different venues will affect how they are able to work. It’s best to choose somewhere that isn’t too far from the rehearsal venue and it will need to be free for a few weeks before the opening night. This is so you can get everything ready and have full dress rehearsals in the actual space that you’ll be in on the night. Luckily, there are a wide rage of theatre production venues for hire in London, so you shouldn’t have any difficulty in picking one out.
Here comes the tough bit, choosing your cast! In order to get the talent that you’re looking for, you’ll need to post your call-outs well in advance so that those that want to try out have time to prepare. You’ll also need to be specific in what you want to see at an audition. How long of a scene will you want, are you accepting a monologue as an audition, is singing a requirement? All of these questions need to be answered in your notice and you’ll need to promote your auditions far and wide. Make sure that you have a comfortable and relaxed venue to hold all of the auditions in to put everyone at ease, and make sure there is a strict time-limit on everyone’s performance!
Once you’ve chosen your cast, the next step is getting them all on board with your vision for the play. In your first meeting, lay out everything that has been decided in pre-production and have some ice-breakers and warm ups to help the cast get to know each other if they don’t already. When it comes to rehearsals, you need to have them regularly on a strict schedule that everyone knows about. They also need to start on time, and most importantly – end on time. Your cast won’t appreciate being held late unexpectedly. By having a strict schedule, you’ll have no problems getting everything perfect.
Sell Some Tickets
With the rush of rehearsals, actually selling tickets for the event can be overlooked. This is another reason why you’ll need extra hands to help out. Advertising and marketing are absolutely key, so having adverts not only online but as printed flyers and in your local newspaper will really help you to get the word out and get tickets sold. Having the teaser video of the cast in rehearsal will really spark people’s interest so this is a great thing to incorporate if you can. Getting a good poster designed is crucial as this will be the most that your audience will have to go on before the big night. Another good idea is to have early bird tickets for sale to encourage people to buy early and secure their seats. This will help to give you some breathing room knowing that you’ll definitely have an audience in attendance.
While putting on a theatre production is hard work, it is also massively rewarding. When you have a good team around you, then trust that they are doing their jobs correctly and marketing and selling tickets. Before you know it, opening night will be here, yet there’s no point in worrying, enjoy it! Going into an event like this with a positive attitude will make a massive difference to the people around you, so make sure you savour the moment.