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.
Located in the centre of Shoreditch, this venue couples the grandeur of a Grade II listed Baroque styled building, with a laid-back personalised service, forming the perfect alchemy. 436 square meters of event space which can accommodate any size event from intimate boardroom meetings to large, upscale events or dinners in the ballroom with a private entrance. Our event spaces include... Upper 5th Shoreditch, with a panoramic view overlooking the City of London skyline Jailhouse Bar, including the original former prison holding cells Screening Room, which can seat up to 176 people 2 lane Bowling Alley & Playroom Chambers Suite, which can be partitioned into 5 individual spaces Judge & Jury Restaurant, set in the former courtroom within Old Street Magistrate’s Court Private Dining Room
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.
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 second largest arena in London and is known best for being a live entertainment venue. It is London's best connected arena, with travel links like no other venue in the south of England, bringing us within easy reach for up to 16.5 million customers each year. Having been at the forefront of the music and live entertainment world for 80 years, this renowned Grade II listed building also has the ability to cater for all types of corporate events for up to 12,000 guests. With 2655 square metres of uninterrupted floor space, it provides great flexibility for your imagination to run away with! This versatile space can be used as a full auditorium for large scale events or as a draped short hall with the use of our in house draping system, allowing to create a blank canvas ballroom. The various layouts can accommodate huge conferences from 1,000 - 12,000 delegates in a theatre style layout, 1,400 for a corporate dinner dance or awards ceremony in a banquet set up and anything from a product launch, to an exhibition or a production heavy fashion show. The arena floor and ceilings have adequate loading limits, along with a mother grid and catwalks for rigging equipment so you can be as creative as you want! With our team of experts on hand to help you make your ideas become a reality, the possibilities are endless. For those looking for a space much smaller, we have some great lounges which are perfect for hosting conferences for up to 200 delegates - Please do have a look at our downloadable documents for further information.
The Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith is a legendary live venue, which has hosted global superstars from world famous musicians and comedians. We are now available to book for a diverse range of private hire and corporate events, from awards ceremonies, dinners and weddings, to cutting-edge product launches and fashion shows. The Hammersmith Apollo comes as a full hire only. High and low season rates are available.
Giant Robot is our epic eating and drinking rooftopia in the heart of Canary Wharf. Sitting at the east end of London's biggest roof garden, the 700 capacity indoor venue is complete with four sensational street food traders, three brilliant bars, floor-to-ceiling windows with panoramic views, and a huge wraparound terrace for outdoor sunshine feasting in the summer months. Combining futuristic with retro and industrial with luxury, expect an epic spaceship engine room meets art-deco cruise liner. Our mighty mothership is the perfect space for groups small or large - sip on delicious cocktails with sunset views up on The Deck - our magnificent mezzanine - or throw a whole - venue takeover with giant cocktails, craft beers, wonderful wines and fantastic food. Whole Venue Exclusive: 700 capacity - Hire out the full venue and get exclusive access to four traders, three bars and a wrap-around terrace with panoramic views The Deck: 150 capacity - Book your own semi-exclusive section of Giant Robot with The Deck - accommodating up to 150 people. You'll get access to the outdoor terrace and a private section of our island bar Area Bookings - If you're after a smaller spot, we take online area bookings of 10 people and upwards. **Venue does not allow consumer ticketed events**
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.
Electric is an iconic, theatrical structure, a venue that is characterful with a contemporary twist. The huge ground floor Main Room and stage are overlooked by a beautiful mezzanine – the Circle Bar, and ideal for live shows with a 1500 capacity and standing receptions of 1700. Electric an ideal setting not only for corporate parties, but also conferences, award ceremonies, dinners, product launches, away days, wedding receptions, bar mitzvahs, filming and much more. Electrics Main Room can accommodate 320 guests seated cabaret style for awards or gala evenings and 180 dining, whilst it also lends itself to smaller numbers of 250 – 800 when the mezzanine isn't in use. We use only the best caterers around for all of our events. We work closely with a number of preferred caterers who all offer fresh, modern and creative catering whilst upholding traditional service values. The entire team are all self-confessed foodies and continuously provide superb food made only from the finest sustainably sourced ingredients. Our contemporary menus suitable for anything from exquisite canapés and formal dinners through to themed bowl food and innovative conference options are sure to tantalise the taste buds and leave your guests coming back for more. As well as exceptional food, we also provide both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages alongside a beautiful array of wonderful cocktails. With ideas from classic favourites through to ingenious mocktails, they’re sure to add the finishing touch to your event. FAQ's Does Electric host birthday parties? No, Electric will not host a birthday party for any age. Can we hire Electric at the weekend? Daytime hire at the weekend is limited due to regular live and club events in the evening, but always ask and we will try and accommodate. Night-time hire is reviewed case by case and always worth asking. Does Electric have preferred suppliers? Yes, although we will always work with the client to ensure the event works best for their needs if they wish to consider outside suppliers. Is parking available? Pay and Display bays are available behind the venue on Buckner Road. They are free after 5.30pm. Is loading access easy? Please direct all deliveries to Buckner Road, for our rear entrance. Flat access to both stage and the main floor. Does Electric provide furniture for events? We do not own any tables or chairs - these must always be hired. Is internet provided at the venue? Internet access is available throughout the venue. Virtual tour (you can use the numbered buttons at the side of the screen to jump between the floors)
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 velodrome, with its iconic sweeping roof and the fastest track on the planet made sporting history during London 2012 but this special venue offers more than just cycling. Sure to inspire and impress, it’s also a show stopping base for your next conference, exhibition or meeting.
Hawker House is our huge indoor food and drink warehouse in Canada Water. It can fit up to 2,000 people indoors, with an additional 1,000 capacity space in the summer months when we open our huge outside area, aka the Land of Bamboo - our own tropical tiki paradise. Hawker House is the perfect versatile event space for conferences, exhibitions, awards ceremonies, product launches, parties and LOADS more. The venue is split across two rooms, meaning you can hire one side of Hawker House for smaller groups of 200 up to much larger whole-venue takeovers. Hawker House is the perfect alternative space for large scale conferences. With 1500 square metres of transformable space and a capacity of up to 550 theatre style with an additional further 4 breakout rooms, our brilliant Canada Water warehouse provides a unique urban backdrop, with an unbeatable operations team delivering slick service and catering for all your needs. We believe in work hard, play hard and can offer fantastic after parties to round off your conference, complete with DJs and delicious cocktails. Expect world beating street food and service in a memorable venue. The incredible warehouse space has nine brilliant bars, ten world beating street food traders and loads of extra room for you to play around with, including optional pool and beer pong tables. Hawker House is a short walk away from Canada Water Overground and Underground Station, and is only a short distance from London Bridge, Borough and Canary Wharf. **Venue does not allow consumer ticketed events**
Dinerama, once a former bullion truck yard is now a fantastic two-level, all-year-round, 1,000 capacity venue in the heart of Shoreditch, creating the ultimate food and drink arena. In the Summer we are an open-air playground full of multiple spaces to hire, with retractable roofs in case of summer showers. In the Winter the venue is roofed and winter-proofed so Dinerama is toasty and warm with log-burning fires. With 10 bars serving wine, champagne, brit spritzes, tequila slushies, craft beers from around world and cocktails in every colour of the rum-bow—as well as a host of London’s best street food traders—this is the ideal space to create a fantastic festival-style event, small or large.Whole Venue: 1,000 capacity - Two floors, 10 bars, 10 street food traders and one DJ - all yours. In the summer months we have a retractable roof so rain or shine we have you covered. In the Winter months we are heated roofed and winter proof creating cosy festival vibes.Whole Mezzanine: 500 capacity - Hire out the entire upstairs with exclusive access to all four bars and your own private entrance. In the summer months we have a retractable roof so rain or shine we have you covered. In the Winter months we are heated roofed and winter proof creating cosy festival vibesRum Roof Top: 200 capacity – Book out our tiki-themed rooftop bar, with a private entrance and a killer drinks menu designed around you. We also have a retractable roof so rain or shine we have you coveredChristmas Alpine Ski Lodge: 200 capacity - Book out our upstairs Alpine Lodge for log burning fires, a killer drinks menu and toasty aprés-ski vibes. With its own private entrance, this is a great option for your Christmas partyZephyr Bar: 230 capacity - Our rooftop cocktail bar available for private hire with its own private entrance perfect for up to 230 people. In the summer months we have a retractable roof so rain or shine we have it covered. In the winter we transform into a toasty 50s British cocktail lounge, heated roofed and winter proof suitable for any occasionWinerama: 70 capacity - Get cosy in our twinkly indoor wine bar. Winerama is perfect for smaller events of up to 60 people, serving the best wines from Old and New World vineyardsHouse of Bamboo: 40 capacity - Our secret Tiki drinking den is located in the heart of Dinerama and is the perfect option for intimate parties for up to 40 people. In the summer months we also have a retractable roof so rain or shine we have you covered. **Venue does not allow consumer ticketed events**
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.
?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.