The Gillian Lynne Theatre’s auditorium is available for daytime hire from 9 am-11 pm on Tuesdays and 9 am to 1 pm all other days. This sizeable auditorium makes a perfect venue for many events that require a captive audience; from a conference to award ceremonies, company announcements and product launches, your AGM or a press launch. Graduation ceremonies are well suited to this space as well as educational seminars. It benefits from front of house areas which work well for break out options too. With new seating, the modern auditorium is practical and comfortable. There are 1,071 seats across 2 levels in the Stalls and Dress Circle.
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.
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.
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.
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
Situated on the first floor of a Grade II Listed warehouse in close proximity to London Bridge Station. Available for events, meetings, photoshoots and filming, the space features plush soft furnishings, a cornucopia of plants and period details, and large sash windows. The space will be a talking point for your guests and provides the perfect backdrop for events both corporate and otherwise. In addition to numerous areas of soft seating there is a 14 seat table for business meetings and lunches, a small kitchen and 3 toilets.
A sought after garden venue in central London, a minute from Piccadilly Circus. St James's Southwood Garden is a hidden oasis of calm and tranquility. Shaded by tall trees, with the Sir Christopher Wren church of St James and Jermyn Street buildings offering an impressive historic back drop. This unique venue is ideal for summer parties, drinks receptions, sculpture exhibitions, fashion shows, and stills photographic shoots. Suitable for up to 150 guests, with a well appointed professional kitchen on site.
Due to its size, layout, and unique physical features, Hoxton Arches is well suited to a wide range of events such as product launches, fashion shows, photography shoots & filming, performances, indoor markets, receptions and parties. The space can be hired bare-bones, with props, decorations, and other required items brought in, or our event managers can be employed to outfit the space to your specifications. Also, as we are closely connected with the contemporary art world, there is an option to hang original artwork on the walls in order to provide a stunning visual backdrop to your event. Originally created as an exhibitions venue, Hoxton Arches is ideally suited to the display of both 2D and 3D artworks. The venue comprises of over 2,000 square feet of hanging space, with most walls measuring over 10 feet in height. The entire space is fully fitted with adjustable flood lighting, matte white walls and grey concrete floors throughout. Hoxton Arches is available to hire for short-term exhibitions and events, or for longer periods subject to availability. Pricing for hire is determined on an ad-hoc basis as each event is unique and tailored to a wide range of requirements. Please contact us for details.
Every night, 2 piano vocalists and accompanying musicians form up to a 6-piece band playing a non-stop repertoire of live music requested only by you, the audience. Write your song requests on the slips provided for the musicians to perform as their set list for the night. Whether you want to Brunch to the beat at London’s loudest brunch, celebrate special occasions with dinner and bottomless prosecco or join us for drinks until the early hours with live music until 1am Monday to Wednesday and 3am Thursday to Saturday, we've got you covered. Semi exclusive and private hire available.
is the latest project by the team behind two of London’s foremost cultural institutions, Oval Space and The Pickle Factory. This space has been designed as a blank canvas, set in an industrial but polished setting. The venue comprises of 3 unique areas, a sprawling, blank canvas main room, a roof terrace with breakout containers, and a brandable cocktail bar event space. The venue also features breakout rooms on the 1st floor. The versatility and multi-faceted nature of is bound to whet the appetite of any ambitious event producer, whether they’re planning a product launch, conference or live music gig. Moreover, the venue can boast to be one of the most environmentally sustainable in the country, with a ban on single-use plastics the first step in ‘Oval Green’ a cross-venue initiative to create spaces that deliver unforgettable experiences minus the carbon emissions. All hires include a projector and screen, sound and lighting packages, chairs, staging, lectern and a dedicated event manager.
Affordable venue hire in Islington A short 10-minute walk from Angel station. Our 3000sqft internal space is divided into a workshop space, main event hall ad a kitchen. We have been home to personal development workshops, coaching conferences, R&D sessions for theatremakers and yoga teacher training. All rooms benefit from floor to ceiling windows, giving plenty of natural light. We're a social enterprise. All bookings fund our community work in Islington. Our spaces: Main Hall, £60p/h: Projector, large screen, surround sound speakers. Capacity: 100. Our light and airy main hall is the ideal venue for your next conference, away day, workshop, private function or corporate event. It’s an affordable space with a projector, large screen and surround speakers. Full use of the kitchen is available for an extra charge. Kitchen, £25p/h: Why not have your next supper club at Arc? Fully fitted kitchen. Two ovens, two hobs/cookers, two fridges, dishwasher. Suitable for cookery classes, food workshops, catering, food preparation. Flexible Workshop Space, £40p/h: Floor to ceiling windows, projector, sound system. Capacity: 30 Flexible seating/table arrangement. This small venue can be used as a meeting room, training room, workshop room or conference room. Floor to ceiling windows give the room refreshing natural light, and the room has a projector is for pitches, presentations and training days. Meeting Room, £15p/h Capacity: 4 Private and safe. Suitable for meetings and interviews or use as a box office, cloakroom, or green room when you hire the Community Hall. Whole venue: You can rent the whole venue: the meeting room, kitchen, workshop space and community hall. Price on request. Additional Extras: You get high speed WiFi and tables and chairs for up to 100 guests for free, but we also offer catering, hospitality packs, full PA system, stage, lighting, event marketing, photography, videography and more. Flip Chart £10 Projector and screen £25 Laptop £10 Portable speakers £10 PA system and microphones £25 Teas and coffees £3 each Stage £100 Discounts available for charities & Packington residents. By hiring our venue you directly support our community work.
In the heart of London’s vibrant East End, an inspiring destination for private, corporate and charity events. A truly unique venue, Hawkmoor’s beautifully restored Baroque masterpiece, offers a magnificent backdrop with several versatile spaces. Impress your guests with our 300-year-old Nave, with its soaring Tuscan columns it's the perfect space for up to 600 guests, while our vaulted Crypt is perfect for those more intimate events for up to 250 guests. Within easy reach of Liverpool Street and Aldgate East Station, This is a memorable setting for drink receptions, banquets, meetings, dinners, conferences and exhibitions, concerts, filming and other events for between 10 and 600 guests.
Battersea Arts Centre is a unique London venue with an eclectic mix of historical architecture and theatrical flair make our building ideal for those looking for something a little different. We host a wide variety of events; from beautiful weddings and fun parties to location filming and conferences. Capacities of largest rooms in the venue (multiple spaces available): Grand Hall: Theatre: 600 Cabaret: 600 Dining: 350 Standing: 800 Council Chamber: Theatre: 160 Cabaret: 150 Dining: 120 Standing: 200 Boardroom: 40
Our state-of-the-art new home in London City Island opens up multiple opportunities for creation, collaboration, commercial activity and engagement. With four large rehearsal studios, our full height fly-tower Production Studio, social spaces and meeting rooms, English National Ballet has a home to be proud of and to grow in. Our home is the cultural anchor in London’s newest neighbourhood, London City Island. A space where we can share practice, generate ideas and create extraordinary experiences for our audiences and partners. We have excellent transport links, served by the Jubilee and DLR lines at Canning Town – 20 minutes from central London and only five minutes from Stratford, where the new Sadler’s Wells, V&A and London College of Fashion are opening. Once Crossrail opens in late 2019 there will be another fast link to Canary Wharf and Stratford. Our new home has been designed by award-winning architects Glenn Howells Architects. At 93,000 square feet, it is four times the size of our previous buildings. These world class facilities will not only fulfil our needs now, but for generations to come, inspiring and developing the dancers, choreographers, costume-makers, musicians, participants and audiences of the future. The Production Studio Capacity: 500 standing 500 theatre 350 dining 250 cabaret The Production Studio is a blank canvas and can be a productive technical theatre space, an engaging conference or training space, and can transform into a magical hospitality space. With a full height fly tower and a stage space to match London's largest theatres, the Production studio offers a technical space in which to rehearse and produce performances. It is incredibly versatile and can also be used as a dining space, presentation and training venue and for showcasing brands and organisations. The Rehearsal Studios Capacity: 200 standing 100 seated We have four large rehearsal studios, 15 x 15 x 5.5m in size, acoustically treated and featuring state of the art harlequin flooring. Our studios are not only world-class rehearsal spaces but also make the perfect space for a variety of events. Highly suitable for workshops, training sessions, a drinks reception, castings, film and photography and a whole range of other hospitality events. Our studios feature dance mirrors and ballet barres on 3-4 walls (which can be covered if requested) speakers, a 55" screen, a piano which is included within the hire, and lots of natural light from the floor to ceiling windows. The Mezzanine Capacity: 175 standing 100 classroom 75 seated 70 cabaret The Mezzanine is a bright, welcoming space situated on the first floor of the English National Ballet's new home on London City Island. The iconic floor to ceiling shuttered windows gives the area lots of natural light throughout the day whilst also remaining a private space. It is highly suitable for workshops, training sessions and can be used together with the Bickle room to bring the capacity up to 200 standing. This Mezzanine also makes a wonderful setting for a drinks reception and is a highly versatile space for a range of hospitality events. The Bickle Room Capacity: 60 standing 30 seated The Bickle Room is a welcoming space situated on the first floor of the English National Ballet's new home on London City Island. This room makes a great breakout space when hired together with the Mezzanine but can also be used on its own for workshops, training sessions and meetings.
The Garden Museum, located on the banks of the River Thames, opposite Westminster and the Houses of Parliament is a stunning and unique venue in London that can cater for private dinners, weddings, corporate drinks receptions, corporate dinners, fashion shows, exhibitions and product launches. Dedicated to the art, history and design of gardens, the Garden Museum offers a traditional church space with soaring pillars and beautiful vaulted ceilings alongside the brand-new, contemporary Sackler Garden, offering sought-after outdoor space and providing an oasis from the bustle of city life.
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.