Some of the arenas are highly contemporary and cutting-edge in style, whilst others have a richer and more immersive quality, and from large scale public gatherings to live music performances, from large conferences to fashion shows, the possibilities are endless, so take a look at the sheer variety on offer and start planning your next event today.
The Science Museum is an amazing exhibition space, with astounding galleries and creative blank canvas spaces, combined to make a unique and inspiring London venue for corporate or private hire. Take advantage of a diverse range of spaces and unparalleled opportunities for accessible, exciting event experiences in the cultural heart of the capital. You can hire: One or more of our ten uniquely themed galleries or brand-new suite of Medicine: The Wellcome Galleries for evening hire, Our 400-seat IMAX Theatre, available for daytime and evening hire and ideal for product launches and presentations. Our new dedicated events space Illuminate, available for day-time and evening hire perfect for meetings and conferences of up to 400 individuals as well as unique evening receptions and dinners. Our recently refurbished Smith Centre which contains a large salon, boardroom, large meeting room and courtyard area. Available for daytime and evening hire.
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.
North West London
We combine the best eat drink play experiences to cater for any type of private event. The team are on hand every step to plan an amazing event in our unique spaces. From drinks receptions, conferences, meetings to experiential brand activations and full venue takeovers for up to 2500. Along side our exclusive drinks you a can choose from any of our curated street food inspired vendors covering cuisines spanning the world to cater for you and your guests. Full venue takeovers also include exclusive use of a VR experience and Axe throwing, great for an experience within your event.
The East Quarter on Level Three is our largest purpose-built event space. It can be customised to accommodate all varieties of events, from conferences and awards dinners to product launches. The space can be used with a capacity of 500 guests for dining, 800 for a theatre style event, and 1,200 for a reception.
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.
?Book festivals are becoming more and more popular, with new literary events popping up all over the place. People certainly seem to have the appetite for it, and nothing draws people in like a famous face on a ticket. But how exactly do you go about organising this type of event?
You Need a Name For Yourself
There is no point in trying to host a large literature festival if you don’t have a base to work out of. These programmes work best if they are hosted from an arts centre that already has a reputation for putting on great shows and events. If you’re just starting out, then start small, and ask local writers to do a reading in a local bar, before you slowly start to build yourself up and start selling out arenas.
You Need Funding
The bane of arts organisations everywhere is the dreaded constant need for funding. This is another reason why having a name for yourself is so important. If no one knows who you are, it’s always going to be difficult to get any money to organise a large event.
The Arts Council
The Arts Council is a great source of money to help you to bring your festival to the next level and start encouraging some big names to attend. You’ll need proof of what you’ve done so far; if you’re not able to prove that you are giving back to the community through your work, you’ll never get funding for your festival from the Arts Council.
Getting sponsors is another way to get the budget you need for the festival that you want to hold. Sponsors will support you so long as you advertise them throughout your programmes and signs for the festival; even on your website and social media. Generally, it’s a really good deal, and one of the main sources of income for festivals
Of course, ticket sales will get you some of your money back, especially if you have a famous face attending. However, the majority of this money is only going to be guaranteed after the festival and so it can never be relied upon. While it might offset some costs, you need to have plenty in the bank before you start hiring out an arena.
You Need a Programme
Once you have the budget to make it happen, you need to start putting together your programme. Everyday of the festival needs to be as full as possible in order to have plenty of events for people to attend. While you should have a few headliners, you should also have lots of people from your local area to take part. This will cut down a lot on travel costs and hotel bills, plus you’ll be advocating local writers.
You Need a Bookstore
A literary festival just isn’t going to work if no one is there to sell the books. You’ll probably already have good links with your local bookstore, but you need to make sure that they are capable of ordering in everyone’s books and selling them at each event.
You Need a Main Act
If you are really looking to bring in a large audience, you are going to need a large name on the bill. Start asking around early in the year for this. Many acts will book out quickly or have their own book tour going on that will either fit with your dates or it won’t. If your festival has been going on for a few years, you might even get people approaching you if they are doing a tour. If your festival has a certain theme, then only target main acts that are going to fit with that. For example, romance authors or authors of colour. Many big names will have a particular price that you need to pay for them to be involved, and some are steeper than you might think, so be prepared for this alongside hotel and flight costs.
You Need a Venue
Once you have your main act sorted, you’re going to need a venue. If you are expecting large numbers, then you’ll need somewhere with a big capacity alongside a stage and good sound equipment. This will most likely be a lot larger than your local arts centre. Luckily, there are a number of large arenas for hire in London, and some of them are just perfect for a literature festival. It’s important that you view more than one so that you can get the feel of each place and decide if it’s right for you, but make sure and book as soon as you can, as dates won’t hold forever.
You Need to Advertise
You won’t have an audience if you don’t advertise. Paper programmes are still popular, and these should be placed in as many cafes and other arts centres as you can. Promoting online is also essential. Making sure that you have a solid social media strategy in place will mean that everyone knows about your festival. After all, if they don’t know it’s happening, then no one is going to book tickets.
You Need Volunteers
The bedrock of every literature festival is its volunteers. Without them most festivals simply couldn’t afford to pay the amount of staff needed to host a large event. They greet the audience, handle setup, take the tickets, and are generally on hand if anyone needs them. Send your call out with plenty of time so that volunteers can be scheduled for the times that suit them. You will also need a training day for them in order to go through all of their duties as well as the all-important health and safety. It’s a great idea to host a night out after the festival is over so that you can thank them all for their hard work.
Organising a literary event isn’t an easy goal to aspire to, but once you‘re established, you’ll be able to pull in big names and start selling out full-sized arenas. Everyone starts small, but with dedication and passion, you can always grow your festival into something truly great.