Blank canvases are without doubt the most versatile venue style on offer, keeping the possibilities truly endless and allowing you to let out your creative side when it comes to planning your next event. Though all of the venues featured in this section come in a finish that is neutral or minimalistic enough to be tailored to suit your own requirements, there is still a surprising amount of variety, from converted warehouses to contemporary apartments, and photographic studios to vast halls. Due to the very nature of their adaptable style, blank canvases are used for a broad range of events, including fashion shows, product launches, conferences, parties and press events, though they are a particularly popular choice for wedding receptions, since they give you the scope to transform the space into your dream venue, and so we invite you to browse our collection of venues to hire in London and let your imagination run free!
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.
Situated in the heart of Borough, we have converted a Victorian diary factory into a range of cutting-edge event spaces. Ministry Venues - Borough is modern in design but retains the industrial character of the original building. Featuring This versatile venue features a host of spaces that can be booked exclusively or independently giving the flexibility to accommodate a plethora of events. Blank canvas events space Luxury cinema State-of-the-art meeting room suite Private studio Stunning bar and garden
Nestled at the back of Angel station, The Islington Metalworks is a unique venue for hire in London.The building was originally used to stable the horses that pulled the trams for London Transport. We hold a wide variety of functions including club nights,concerts, exhibitions, fashion shows, conferences,film shoots and corporate parties and is a very popular wedding venue in London. We are fully licenced with catering team and kitchen on site.
In the centre of Canary Wharf, a modern, stylish and unique venue in London.This 27m-high domed glass space, designed by Cesar Pelli, hosts conferences, gala dinners, receptions, product launches, weddings and Bar Mitzvahs. The Gallery above the main floor, can be hired separately for press releases, wedding ceremonies and private drinks receptions. In addition, the Promenade Room is perfectly suited to boardroom meetings, press conferences or a VIP/artist green room.
Set against the backdrop of Somerset House’s iconic 18th Century façade and with breath-taking views across the Thames, the River Terrace is one of our most exclusive spaces and the perfect location for up to 500 people for a standing reception. Perfect for summer parties, you can invite your guests to a private barbecue expertly planned by one of our caterers or simply enjoy a drinks reception while the London landmarks light up your event. The River Terrace is a glamorous alfresco London setting to entertain guests in the warmer months and the stunning Seamen’s Hall is included in your hire as a wet weather contingency, with a capacity of up to 200, along with seasonal jumbrellas should the British weather prevail. The Seamen’s Hall, located on the ground floor of the South Wing, with marble floors, imposing Corinthian columns and huge windows, is perfect space for receptions, private dinners and other evening gatherings. Entered via central doors from our stunning Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court, the Hall leads directly out onto our exclusive River Terrace, a part of which is included in the hire of the Seamen’s Hall, offering panoramic views of the Thames and surrounding iconic landmarks. With original period features including black and white marble flooring, it offers and air of expansive elegance, lending itself beautifully as an evening venue.
Located in the heart of Clerkenwell, the Crypt on the Green offers a magnificent venue for exhibitions, wedding receptions, wine tastings, conferences, live performances and much more. With vaulted arches, exposed brickwork and parquet flooring, this unique and versatile space is bound to help make your event unforgettable. We have 4 spaces available to hire, so whether you're looking for a party location for 300 guests or a small meeting space for 10, we've got something on offer for you. This unique venue is located at the heart of Clerkenwell, one of London's most attractive, historic & accessible areas, and is situated within walking distance of Farringdon and Angel tube stations. Please note, the Crypt on the Green is not available on Sundays!
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Abbey Road Studios is as iconic as the legendary artists that still record here everyday. From the Beatles to Jay Z, countless masterpieces by the greatest musicians in the world have been recorded in the famous studios for decades. Studios 1 and 2 are also available for hire and suitable for an array of corporate and private events from lavish private dinners and receptions to conferences, award shows and live performances. Abbey Road also offers once-in-a-lifetime immersive experiences, including a bespoke Record a Song Experience which offers the opportunity to record in the famous studios. Whatever your vision, Abbey Road is a one of a kind setting.
Situated in the heart of West London, just 5 minutes from Earl’s Court station, Refettorio Felix at St Cuthbert’s is a charming and elegant space to hold your special event. Following a lovingly completed renovation by award-winning interior designer Ilse Crawford, Refettorio Felix offers a warming and inviting ambiance, ideal for a wide range of different functions. The hall, with its enchanting pendant lights, high ceilings and calming décor acts as a blank canvas for you to build your plans from. The raised stage and excellent acoustics lend themselves wonderfully to host performances, speeches and panel discussions, and Refettorio Felix invites you to inhabit the space creatively. With space for up to a maximum 100 seated guests in the main hall, this is a delightfully informal atmosphere encouraging you and your guests to enjoy themselves and relax. The fully-eqipped, professional-standard kitchen can support a variety of catering needs, from a simple drinks reception to a plated service dinner, and the venue has had great experience hosting some delicious and exciting supper clubs. Booking your wedding with Refettorio Felix would not only bring joy to your special event but also be doing good for the local community. With all fees supporting their community dining project and charity, your event would help give back to those less fortunate, including rough sleepers and vulnerable people. For more information on the kinds of events Refettorio Felix at St Cuthbert’s can host, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Once the headquarters of Vidal Sassoon, the venue has geographical glamour and thoroughly contemporary interiors. Featuring six rooms split across three floors, this flexible space comprises pristine white walls and a modernist edge that is ideal for brand activations, drinks receptions, press days, retail activations, conferences, pop-ups and experiential events. The venue benefits from an additional private entrance to its primary entry on Brook Street. Set in the heart of London’s West End, the venue is steeped in Mayfair’s history of elegant sophistication. The venue is situated directly opposite Claridge’s, one of the world’s most cherished hotels, and is conveniently located just 2 minutes’ walk from Bond Street Station. Additional Information • Unique entertaining area, suitable for a wide range of events. • Multi purpose use and blank canvas operating opportunities. • Private and self contained • Shopfront/Gallery space • 6 Separate Rooms • Screening Room • Kitchenette • 4 Washrooms • 3,544 sqft of event space • Ample branding opportunities (both front and back entrances) • Available for short or long term rentals. Prices start from £2000 per day and increase with amount of rooms used.
Folklore is a superb live music venue and bar in the heart of Hoxton - 186 Hackney Rd. is an incredible corner spot with Shoreditch just 10mins walk, Hoxton overground less than 5 and bustling Columbia Rd. and Brick Lane a few paces away. Gorgeous raw brick walls, rustic up-cycled bar and candle-lit interior will have you instantly in love with the front bar, with a secret 100 capacity live music space in the back to keep guests dancing til late. Events are our pride and joy - our personable, friendly and experienced approach to private and promoted parties has seen hundreds of successful events take place under our roof. Birthdays, welcome homes, club nights, live music promotions, product & brand launches, fashion shows, film locations, showcases, screenings, or just an old fashioned knees-up - we can handle a lot! We have secure storage with separate entrance if required; internal and external catering can be provided and our beautiful venue is licensed until 1/3 a.m. We're always looking for new ideas and connections - get in touch!
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.
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)
Room hire from £1,500 with a minimum spend of £5,000 in Food and Beverage No private birthday parties under the age of 25 This eclectic venue features custom lighting by Patrick Woodroffe, a full bar and state-of-the-art sound system, making it ideal for receptions, film screenings, high end dinners, drinks receptions, corporate meetings, fashion shows, product launches and play backs.
A basement venue that has hosted some of the best live music events and club nights London has had to offer. Perfectly suited in size, location and decoration for any private hire.
Safehouse 1 and Safehouse 2 are stripped back Victorian houses in the heart of Peckham. Featuring exposed brick walls and interesting textures throughout the houses they are perfect for a variety of uses - from exhibitions, shoots, private parties and theatre. They have loading bays outside, and there is paid parking in Copeland Estate next door. Safehouse 1 features a garden area which is great for private views at exhibitions.
The Tab Centre is a historic building situated in the heart of Shoreditch. Its ivory-coloured grand hall is graced with elegant pilasters and a wrought-iron balustraded gallery. The Main Hall is a bright open blank canvas space, perfect for XXX and can accommodate up to 140 guests. The gorgeous new secret garden, a true hidden gem of Shoreditch, is great for Corporate BBQ or Drink Receptions, or even as a break out space for Team Meetings, Filming hires and Corporate events! We also have a number of smaller spaces for up to 50 people, great for workshops, rehearsal spaces and training sessions. We have a full service kitchen on site, as well as a fully kitted out, dedicated recording studio for any required event too. We are also wheelchair accessible throughout the building. As a charitable organisation, the venue’s profits go to running the centre’s community projects, so hiring the centre is also giving back!
If you are looking for the perfect venue for your event and can’t seem to find the one that matches your vision, then a blank canvas space might be exactly what you need! These can be set up and decorated exactly as you want them to be. When you have a certain idea in mind of how you want things to look, sometimes it’s best to just take a blank canvas and start painting! They still come in all different styles and sizes, which will impact on the overall look of your event, but with so many blank canvas spaces for hire in London, there’s one for every occasion.
Due to the versatility of these spaces, you can really tailor them for any of your needs. There’s no end to the type of events you can hold in a space that you have complete control over. Yes, it might mean a little bit more organisation, but in our opinion, it’s totally worth it.
Using a blank canvas venue has become a really popular option for wedding receptions in recent years. It’s a way that you can really express your individuality as a couple by making it completely bespoke to what you both want. It’s incredible how some of these venues can be turned into the perfect place for a reception. Whatever the focus of your day is, be it food, dancing, or just the fact that all of your friends and family are in the same room, a blank canvas can let you have your reception exactly the way you want it to be.
Product Launch/Press Day
If you are launching a new product or having a press day, the set-up of the room is one of the most important aspects that you need to consider. This is why blank canvas spaces can be so useful. You can place the product exactly how you want, organise your audience to be where you need them to be, and decorate the space so that it is a true representation of your company. The press will also appreciate the effort that you’ve gone to and will enjoy being in a venue that is a bit different from the norm.
If your team needs to get out of the office and get to work on a new project, then using a blank canvas can help you to get your thoughts in order. As you can set it up in whatever way you want, and it will bolster your creativity and help you to get the results that you need. A change in venue can really help productivity, and there’s nowhere better than a space that you have free reign over.
Conferences can be tricky to organise, and many conference halls have their own special quirks when it comes to layout, and what you can and can’t do. With a blank canvas, the set-up is down to you and your team. You can have a stage wherever you need it, and chairs arranged however you want. In fact, you might not even want chairs at all! This all makes for a conference that is truly innovative, and that people will remember.
Having a birthday party, particularly if you are going for a themed one, is a great use of a blank canvas space. After all, you can decorate in any way that suits you, and really go to town on your theme! This type of venue is also great for a more subdued party that you don’t want to happen in a noisy bar or club.
Things to Remember
When deciding to go for a blank canvas venue, there are certain things that you need to keep in mind when organising any event there. While they can be much the same as some other venues, you need to remember that while the space is there for you to use how you want to, there will be rules, which means planning!
Collaboration can sometimes be the key to success for many different events. When it comes to blank canvas spaces, discuss with the managers what you are looking to do, and collaborate with them! They will have likely hosted many different events in their space before, and so will have contacts for a lot of local people from where you can hire tables and chairs, decorations, food, the lot!
Décor at a blank canvas is all down to you, so don’t forget about it! As so many of these spaces have their own unique look, not everywhere will need a lot of decoration. Sometimes the features that they already have will be exactly what you need for your event. Make sure it’s something you consider carefully before foregoing however. After all, unless you have done it on purpose, you might not want your blank canvas looking too, well, blank!
Catering is going to be one of the major considerations when hiring a blank canvas venue. Does the venue have a kitchen area to heat food? If not, you’ll need to let your caterers know what is going to be expected of them. Most will be used to working in all different types of venues, so getting the food that you want shouldn’t be an issue. Just ensure that you contact caterers early to book them for your date.
A blank canvas venue can really be used for almost any event you can imagine. Due to their versatility, you can let your imagination go wild. There’s really no end to what you can achieve when you have a really unique space for you to organise your event it. All that’s left is to get planning!
One of the most popular new event spaces that event organisers, party planners and the general public are fully embracing is the blank canvas venue. But what is a blank canvas venue? This diverse and exciting type of venue is a large empty space that can be transformed to accommodate any vision for your event. Ultimately, you book your blank canvas venue in London without entertainment, catering, decoration, furniture or any type of installation and you take control of it all. This gives you complete freedom to exercise your creativity and create an event that fulfils your vision.
Blank canvas venues are now incredibly popular and this is mainly due to the fact that, as the name suggests, you have an entirely blank canvas to work with. This is one of the main benefits of hiring a blank canvas venue in London as it means that you are able to: • Control your budget • Enjoy total brand-ability • Give your event personality • Add as much AV as you need • Have complete control over lighting • Design your own layout • Choose your own deco and furniture • Incredibly versatile • Choose your own catering • Enjoy full management of your event With this type of venue, the world is your oyster when it comes to hosting an event in a way that suits your theming, branding and overall vision.
There are a number of different types of events that can be held at a blank canvas venue in London, including the following: • Weddings • Party • Private dinner • Summer party • Conference • Awards ceremony • VIP experiences • Networking sessions • Graduations • Speaker session • Trade shows • Workshops
It can often be a daunting task to transform a blank canvas event space in London. However, there are lots of ways that you can make the most of a blank canvas setting so that the venue you hire makes a memorable impression. • Add your own branding and draping • Put your event in the spotlight with the best lighting solutions • Divide the space into different sections to create your own drinks area of reception area • Choose impactful table decorations • Pick a theme that suits your even and decorate it accordingly • Add comfortable soft furnishings and furniture Nothing is off limits when it comes to working with a blank canvas venue in London.
If you’ve always envisaged your dream wedding being a certain way, hiring a blank canvas wedding venue in London is a sure-fire way to bring your vision to life. A blank canvas wedding venue will give you the freedom to find the perfect location and put your own unique stamp on your big day! You will be able to tailor every element of your day to your bespoke needs, from setting an itinerary, choosing the perfect caterer and picking out the perfect décor through to hiring your entertainment and styling each element of your day, a black canvas wedding venue is perfect for couples who have a specific vision of how they want their day to pan out.