London is lucky enough to be filled with some of the best venues and most unique event spaces around, making your lives easier when it comes to event planning. Whether you’re organising a private or corporate event, the wide array of London venues for hire means you’ll be able to find something perfectly suited. With Canvas, you can find all the best venues in London in one place. From large conference spaces to small meeting rooms, and from the coolest birthday party spots to alternative wedding venues, we can help. London is far from boring, and that’s exactly how your event should be too.
Originally a barrel-vaulted bargehouse linked directly to the Thames, the are now our most modern and adaptable events space. Spread over the ground floor and mezzanine level of the South Wing, this network of rooms have been reinvented as home to Somerset House’s most celebrated exhibitions and hosts annual exhibitions such as Photo London and the London Design Festival, as well as one-off shows curated by Somerset House’s in-house team. The is one of our more exclusive spaces, rarely available for private hire, when available the mezzanine level is an impressive space for large-scale dinners and receptions, while the whole of the Galleries offers a spectacular space for press days and conferences. Its dramatic steel and glass feature staircases, hardstone flooring and bright walls introduce a contemporary and urban element to this historic space. Offering the flexibility of a blank canvas space, the can be transformed and are also the perfect backdrop for catwalk show and fashion presentations.
This state-of-the-art building, home to English National Ballet, provides the perfect stage for any event, rehearsal, or filming/performing arts production, with top-end equipment, highly trained staff and easy tube and road access. Our creative facilities at the Mulryan Centre for Dance accommodate a range of different types of hire, including our versatile Holloway Production Studio (with a full fly tower), four 15m x 15m rehearsal studios with sprung floors and built-in sound systems, an acoustically treated music room, a roof terrace, as well as numerous office spaces, meeting rooms, kitchens and changing rooms. English National Ballet at London City Island is a creative hub that is secure, accessible, customisable, and serviced by leading technicians to help you get the best from the space for your needs. Our spaces are ideal for: Auditions Rehearsals Performances Meetings and conferences Training and team building Product launches Filming & photoshoots Corporate receptions and dinners Please note: English National Ballet is open to hire for public-facing events (e.g. ticketed exercise classes), but these need to be checked early on in the enquiry process to ensure no duplication or conflict of interest with the charity's own public courses and events. Please contact us to discuss your enquiry. We are also currently unable to take bookings for single evening events such as parties & dinners. Holloway Production Studio Capacity: 500 standing 250 theatre/dining/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 for filming, product launches/brand activations, conference and diners. Rehearsal Studios Capacity: 100 standing 50 seated This venue offers a number of large rehearsal studios, 15 x 15 x 5.5m in size, acoustically treated and featuring state of the art harlequin flooring. The studios are not only world-class rehearsal spaces but also make the perfect space for a variety of events, photo/film shoots & workshops. The 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 75 classroom/seated Our Wigoder Gallery is a Mezzanine is a bright, welcoming Mezzanine space situated on the first floor of the English National Ballet’s Dance Centre. The floor to ceiling shuttered windows gives the area lots of natural light throughout the day whilst also remaining a private space. This space is 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 boardroom style 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 building once formed part of the London Gaslight and Coke company. It was badly bomb damaged during the 1940s London Blitz and shortly after demolished and rebuilt in the early 1950s. It later became a textile factory, car park (yes, really!!) and later a theatre rehearsals studio space. It is now a location for filming, photography, launches and events. Features include: Electric blackout blinds, 3 Phase Electrics, Changing and Make up room complete with light-up mirrors, steamer and hanging rails. There are two rooms upstairs for either clients, extras or a green room. The venue has two entrances, one of which is a secret entrance for events and immersive theatre productions. Outside there is a court yard and parking space. It is an ideal place to shoot cars and furniture, with a giant shutter ensuring easy access and loading.
The Fellow is a discreetly stylish hidden gem of a pub just around the corner from the grandeur of the new Kings Cross station. With a focus on the finer things and some wonderful spaces to enjoy them in, The Fellow is the ideal place to gather your gang together to celebrate an engagement, a birthday or a Friday!
Waterloo, Southbank, Southwark
This is an exciting new event space under Waterloo Station set within a beautifully restored 2,000 sq ft exposed brick arch. Our connects inspires people to achieve wellbeing through art, technology and immersive experiences. We power immersive events, performances, exhibitions and research for creative brands and organisations. Situated in a beautifully restored exposed-brick arch, the venue is a heady mix of urban graffiti culture and futuristic immersive technology . It is the perfect blank canvas venue for innovative events, Christmas parties, screenings, product launches, conferences or corporate parties. Included in your venue hire: Exclusive use of the whole venue Available access 7 days a week, licensed until 2am on weekends Use of audio – Full 54 speaker surround system and DJ Booth with Pioneer Pro DJ equipment Use of venue lighting system High-speed Wi-Fi 3 phase power Ground floor, street level access and loading Additional requirements: Security staff Venue technician Post-event professional cleaning Additional services available: Furniture hire Additional breakout areas HD projectors and screens DJs and entertainment Team building activities – graffiti workshop Videography and photography Bespoke branding opportunities, including print and original graffiti artwork Full bar set-up with a range of drinks packages Catering
An iconic Grade II Listed deconsecrated chapel in the heart of London’s West End, Stone Nest is an atmospheric and exclusive venue in a prestigious location. The building benefits from a 2am licence and is highly adaptable for a range of cultural and corporate activities including rehearsal, filming, private events, dinners, fashion shows, exhibitions, celebrations, ceremonies and launches. The 19th century Norman Style Welsh Chapel (1888) is composed of a galleried central space with an umbrella dome, a large basement bar, and attached manse. After many years at the heart of the London Welsh community, the chapel closed for worship in 1982. In 1985 it was transformed into the legendary Limelight nightclub. Our clients have included Alexander McQueen, Chapman Brothers, BFI, BBC, Netflix, Isabel Marant, Agi & Sam, Nike, Alexandra Moura, Champion, Grey Goose, Famous Grouse, Viktor & Rolf, Midnight Madness, Annabel Dining, Disney, London College of Fashion, Sophia Webster, MO Film, Central St Martins, Heist Gallery, Bourne & Hollingsworth, Nokia, Brown’s Fashion, Kitbag, Tomb Raider, Johnnie Walker, Wingstop, Creative Review and many more.
An ideal destination for hosting events. Located just 500m away from Farringdon tube station, making it an easy-to-reach location from across Central London and from further destinations. Right in the heart of London, this venue has four spaces to welcome events such as conferences, seminars, meetings, workshops, team away days, and evening networking events. Each space boasting individual features such as large Georgian windows allowing lots of natural light and a bright atmosphere in both our Boardroom and Workspace. Our Auditorium has lots of open space and the added advantage of a dedicated and exclusive break out space for breakout sessions or for those all-important networking opportunities. Event Spaces: Workspace: Available 8am - 8.30pm. Capacities: Theatre 50, Workshop 35, Boardroom 24. A/V: Video-Tile screen, 2 handheld mics and speakers, and videoconferencing. The Auditorium and Break-out Space: Available 8am-9pm. Capacities: Theatre 80, Workshop 64, Boardroom 30. A/V: Ceiling hung projector, video conferencing, 2 x handheld mics, 4 x lapel mics. The Boardroom: Available: 8am - 8.30pm. Capacities: Boardroom 18. A/V: LED TV Screen and video conferencing facilities. The Café and Demonstration space: Available: 6pm-8pm. Capacities: Standing 120, Theatre 50. A/V: Microtile screen wall, 2 lapel mics and 2 handheld mics. We understand how crucial choosing the right venue is for ensuring an excellent delegate and event experience. That’s why we offer: Event management: Our expert Events team can support you to manage all aspects of your events. Free Wi-Fi: Anyone using our building facilities has free access to our Wi-Fi broadband connection. Catering: We can arrange any requirement you may have for catering through our preferred suppliers Audio Visual: We have a full audio-visual package included in the room hire, including HD projector, HD screens, Laptops, Speakers, Microphones, Videoconferencing, Recording and Streaming options. Audio Visual technical support is also available on request Stationery: All rooms come with stationery – white boards and flipcharts are available Competitive pricing: We offer competitive venue hire and catering pricing without compromising on quality!
This unique venue in London is a heritage building nestled in the trendy central neighbourhood of Hoxton, making it ideal for weddings, corporate and conference events, as well as host to drinks receptions, brand engagement, away days, private dining, workshops, cinema and festivals. Following a multimillion pound redevelopment project, the Museum has two brand new studio spaces for hire, as well as technically and aesthetically enhanced heritage spaces. The museum’s expansive green spaces, rare in zone 1, are ideal for outdoor teambuilding and spring networking receptions.
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!
Consisting of 2,000 square feet open plan space with large, bright windows overlooking the quirky, industrial looking buildings and architecture in Clerkenwell, Farringdon. The studio offers the perfect location for inspiring workshops, corporate functions, conferences, meetings and many many more. We offer catering but feel free to provide your own. We are flexible with budgets.
A space for artists and communities with two studios available for hire. Each space features a flexible configuration and can be used for rehearsals, filming, photo shoots, meetings, presentations, conferences, workshops, community classes, performances, R&Ds as well as private events. Big Space – Up to 50 seated, up to 60 standing, recommended up to 30 for workshops and classes. Dimensions: L 12.3m x W 7.3m x H 2.9M Studio – Up to 20 seated, up to 25 standing, recommended 12-15 for workshops and classes. Dimensions: L 7.52m x W 6.55m x H 2.9M
The Lighthouse is one of London’s newly refurbished venues, situated at the heart of Camberwell on Camberwell Road. First opened as The Regal Cinemas in 1940, changed to the ABC Cinemas in 1961 then later bought and managed by Gala Bingo, the venue has played host to a number of events and shows such as “Billy the Kid” and “Wicked, Wicked”. Following on from its recent refurbishment by its new owners, the Grade II Listed Building now boasts of a splendid and classy, yet modern Art Deco, which is suitable for the use of most events and even community functions. This venue is one that has started creating a huge buzz in London’s Venues sector, with modern and state of art facilities to host a huge array of events, shows and functions.
ROSEBERY LOFT SPACE 3,000 open plan industrial loft space and is located in the heart of Clerkenwell and adjacent to Exmouth Market, which is a daily pedestrianized street with an open-air street food market. Furthermore the immediate surrounds are home to a plethora of shops, restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs providing an exciting and urban district for creative businesses to thrive. The property is situated within a short walking distance of Farringdon, Kings Cross, Chancery Lane and Angel Stations.
In the heart of London’s design district, this beautiful space is a versatile option for an event of any kind. Elegant, curved sky lights invite glorious natural light, and bi-fold doors open the space onto a sun-soaked terrace. A fully-equipped bar is there to ensure your guests are refreshed and energised for the occasion and a connected meeting room is the perfect prep space. Our experienced events management team is there to help you curate the perfect event, from customising our versatile spaces; to catering, hybrid-technology and cleaning. Whichever way you choose to gather, Fora makes room for the extraordinary The space comes fully kitted out with more tech/AV than you can shake your microphone at. Whether you’re planning drinks, a conference, an away day or gala, you’ll have everything you need to host an event that people will remember.
Unit 1 Gallery | Workshop is a 1,800sq ft West London exhibition space and event venue available for exclusive hire. With white walls, wrap-around window frontage flooded with natural light and benefiting from its own exclusive entrance at street level, Unit 1 Gallery | Workshop is a blank canvas ideally suited for your next event. We are located Near Latimer Rd. In close proximity to Holland Park/Kensington as well as White City. We are the ideal venue for a wide range of events, including: Pop Up Shop / Product Launches/ Talks / Fashion Events / Drink Reception / Photo Shoots / Book Launch / Product Launch / Sample Sales / Corporate Event / Private Events / Conferences. We can accommodate the following capacity (Estimates based on 1,800 square footage ): Cocktail party standing: approx. 200/250 Cocktail party standing and seated: approx. 150-200 Banquet/ Cabaret style: approx. 90-130 Theatre/ Auditorium style: approx. 150- Conference style: approx. 40/50 Classroom style: approx. 70-85 Receptions style: approx. 130-140 Equipment & Facilities: 1800square meter/ open-plan space *Upstairs Studios and Exterior for marquee and parking by separate negotiation Approx 40 meters of wall hanging space Exclusive street level entrance Wi-Fi Internet Guzzini LED track lighting system On-site storage facilities Kitchenette Private gated parking space for 1 vehicle (for additional costs)
PLEASE NOTE: STARTING PRICE £6,000+VAT SUBJECT TO AREAS HIRED NO CLUB NIGHTS LICENSED UNTIL 1:00AM This brand new exclusive event space is ideally located in the middle of The Strand. Finished to a high standard this venue has the perfect balance of a modern contemporary blank canvas venue. The space can accommodate up to 250 people standing and features 2 arches, 2 breakouts, 1 VIP area, a reception area and a kitchen space. The space perfect for product launches, receptions, press days, Christmas parties, experiential activity, private parties, after-parties, exhibitions and much more.
You need to hire a venue. You have an event coming up, and it’s your job to make sure that every aspect of it goes to plan. We all know that a venue can make or break any event, whether it’s a corporate meeting or a birthday party. The search is always on for the top unique venue in London that will give your guests an experience that they’ll never forget. Yet finding the right venue for you comes with its own set of questions that need to be answered. To help you, we’ve laid everything out that you’re going to need to consider when finding the perfect London venue for your event.
London prices can vary dramatically when it comes to venues, so knowing how much you have to spend will help you to narrow down your choices. Depending on your budget, you could be looking at some stately homes for hire or an historical venue to really wow your guests. You might even start looking at the range of ballroom venues for hire in London.
On the other hand, if your finances have been a bit stretched this year, there are loads of alternative options that still provide the promise of an amazing event. Many London pubs are not only quirky and unique, they also operate on a minimum spend basis. This means that so long as your guests spend a certain amount at the bar, then the venue hire won’t cost you a penny. As well as this, hotels can offer conference rooms at great prices for corporate events, so it’s worthwhile shopping around to find the best deals. Once you have a figure in mind that you can spend, you’ll be able to start your search.
The type of event you are hosting will of course have an impact on the type of venue hire that you are looking for. If you are planning an exhibition, you’ll be looking for a venue that has enough room for all the sellers, such as a bespoke exhibition space or conference hall. If you are planning a hen party, you might be looking more at a member’s club or even searching for a space where you can host a specific activity to do like a cookery class or wine tasting. The style of the event will determine the type of ambience that you are looking for in your venue hire. Whether it’s chic, sophisticated, rustic, or relaxed, knowing the theme of the event and the feeling that you want your guests to have when they arrive will help you find the perfect venue.
With so many fantastic areas of London to hire venues, it can be difficult to narrow it down! The most straightforward way to do this is to consider where all your guests are travelling from. The less they have to travel to get there, the better, so try and keep within a certain distance away. You’ll also have to look at transport links to and from the venue as well, particularly if you are looking into venue hire for a large group. Different areas of London will also be more or less expensive, so if you need to save some pennies, it might be best to look outside of Soho, although there are always bargains to be had!
While you might have a general idea of the price, style and location you are looking for in a venue, there are a few more things that you will need to consider before making any final decisions.
London is a busy place, and as venues become well known, they are snapped up really quickly. You’ll need to start looking well in advance for your event, particularly in busy seasons. For example, if you are looking for a garden venue or summer party venue in the summer, these are going to book up really quickly, as it’s their busiest season. If you have left things a little to the last minute, you can always look into some more unusual venues such as blank canvas or creative spaces. It might not be what you were looking for initially, but these venues have their own unique style that can really make an event pop.
View the Potentials
While you’re searching to hire a venue, don’t forget about the importance of viewing them in person. That way you can see what the size of space means in real terms, and you can decide if the ambience is right for you and your group. You can also meet the manager in person and ask them any questions you might have. Viewing a number of venues for hire before deciding will make all the difference.
Parking and Amenities
We’ve already mentioned transportation as an important aspect when booking a venue for hire in London, but you will also need to consider what the parking arrangements available for guests who are driving. There’s nothing worse than driving around trying to find a venue so this is something that you’ll need to communicate in advance. You’ll also need to look at the different amenities available in the venue. Is there disabled access available as well? It’s these things that can really make or break the venue hire decision.
Hiring a venue in London can be daunting, but with the great list that Canvas Events provides, all the stress can now be a thing of the past. Having a plan with all of your ideas for the perfect venue hire written down will help you to find the perfect one for whatever event you are hosting – every single time. Event hire doesn’t have to be difficult, just follow our top tips and you’ll be able to find great spaces for any occasion.
London is a fantastic city for venue hire and event for one brilliant reason: there are so many to choose from. Whatever type of event you’d like to organise, there will be a perfect venue for you and your budget. The main factors that will impact the price of your venue is the location, how many people are coming, and the facilities you need the venue to provide. If you need to save some money, it’s worth thinking about which of these factors are the least important for your event. For example, if you’re hosting a conference in London, you’ll need a venue that can provide all your amenities and has the capacity for a lot of people, so maybe you’d look for a venue in Zone 2 to make it less expensive. With a press night, having a central location is crucial, so you could potentially save money on the services the venue will provide. All of our venues are very knowledgeable when it comes to events, so it’s always worth getting in touch with them directly through Canvas if you are looking for more information.
If you’re working with a limited budget for your event, choosing a dire hire venue can often save you some money. A “dry hire” is when you just pay for the use of the space, and provide the catering, drinks and entertainment yourself. It’s a great option if you know in advance that you’d like to organise your own refreshments – but depending on the caterers you choose, going “dry hire” isn’t always cheaper once you add up all the separate costs. You can also consider finding a venue with a minimum spend rather than a hire fee. That means you get a free venue, as long as you spend over a minimum amount in food and drinks. Some affordable venues for hire can offer dry hire, wet hire and minimum spend, so you have the option to calculate which would be least expensive for your event.
Do you need to find a venue “today near me”? You’re in the right place! All you need to know is where you’d like to host your event and the type of event you’re having, and we’ll show you all the venues that will be right for you. If you’re in a rush, we recommend calling the venues to get an answer as quickly as possible – all the spaces we work with list a phone number that goes directly to the event organiser, so they’ll be able to let you know whether they have availability. We’ve got lots of amazing spaces and you’ll probably be spoilt for choice, so use the Wishlist function to make a shortlist of all your favourite venues. You can even send them a bulk request so you don’t have to type the same email twenty times.
When you’re organising an accessible event, you want to make sure the space you choose has as many accessibility features as possible. Think about the guests you might be welcoming, and whether they may be using a wheelchair, a service dog or a hearing loop. All of these facilities will help you include as many people as possible in your event. It’s important that not only the venue is disability-friendly, but it’s great if it’s located near an accessible Tube or bus station as well. Hiring a venue with accommodation can help those who are travelling from outside of the city, and quick transport to major railway stations and airports is a great bonus. When you’re searching for an accessible venue for hire on Canvas, make sure to select “Venue Specs” and you can filter venues by their facilities.
Sometimes everyone wants to let their hair down and have a great night out past midnight, so why wouldn’t you want to be the host! However, late licenses and closing times in London can make that a bit complicated. The good news is that if you’re searching for a venue on Canvas, you don’t need to worry about organising the licenses yourself. Once you’ve chosen your London location and event type, just hit “Licenses” on the search page and select “Open past 12am” or “Late license” for a list of all the spaces that would love to host your late night party.