Some have been specifically designed to function primarily as an outdoor venue, whilst others provide a blend of both indoor and outdoor spaces. Some even come with the ability to cover the outdoor space, just in case that temperamental British weather we alluded to earlier decides to play up. So be it for business or pleasure, delight your guests by choosing a venue that is anything but run-of-the-mill.
**Situated in the Heart of Covent Garden and a stone's throw from the Seven Dials, The Stables is a purpose-built Event venue/gallery, spanning 2 floors and enclosed Courtyard** The Stables has 2 frontages; on Earlham Street and Shelton Street so your visitors will have superb visibility and access. The venue itself is 4,500Sq/Ft over two floors with an outside Courtyard (versatile space away from the hustle and bustle) but also allows delivery access for easy loading in and out with a total capacity of 380pax. With a blank canvas feel you can create any event around your brief, whether it is for a launch party or corporate event or exhibition it will be a space that can be transformed to wow your guests. The venue boasts in house, top of the range AV equipment, F&B facilities and parking/ loading bays.
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.
Based in an iconic building with a rich history, Battersea Arts Centre is a unique venue with a number of flexible spaces for events of all sizes. With an eclectic mix of historical architecture and theatrical flair, the venue provides everything you need to make your event last long in the memory. Battersea Arts Centre hosts a wide variety of events; from weddings, award ceremonies, parties, location filming and conferences. Capacities of largest rooms in the venue (multiple spaces available): Grand Hall: Event Seating: 600 Cabaret: 500 Dining: 350 Standing: 800 Council Chamber: Event Seating: 160 Cabaret: 150 Dining: 120 Standing: 200 Boardroom: 40
A sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Petersham Nurseries Covent Garden offers a unique lifestyle destination in the heart of central London. Two restaurants, a delicatessen, florist and lifestyle shop are all united by Floral Court, offering a variety of opportunities to suit any occasion. The Petersham is an opulent setting for any event. Sweeping windows, Genoese chandeliers and a private terrace, perfect for a drinks reception or grand entrance. With moveable furniture and a creative team, the space is versatile and an impressive backdrop for all occasions. Take ove the full venue and enjoy drinks in the private dining space and garden, before pulling back the curtains to reveal the beautiful main dining room where long banqueting tables will be dressed for your feast. During dining, the private dining room can be transformed once more to provide the perfect space for dancing the night away. Ideal for a wedding reception to follow a choice of licensed ceremony spaces across the site or any style of celebration. Groups of 12-36 seated and 40 to stand can enjoy the beautiful private dining room, within the main restaurant. Made private by heavy curtains, your guests will be welcomed through their own terrace entrance. The room is drenched in light, with floor to ceiling windows and garden doors which open onto to Floral Court.
Ideally located just a short walk from Liverpool Street Station, Spitalfields Conservatory offers a unique space for a lasting impression and a key talking point for any event. Tiered seating looks onto a focal video wall alongside ample floor space. The transparent ceiling coupled with vast glass windows allow for an abundance of natural light. Perfect for presentations, drinks receptions, away days and more, the Fora events team will be happy to discuss your ideas and requirements. This venue can also provide bespoke packaged live streaming services, allowing for your event to reach thousands across the globe.
Built on historic foundations at the very heart of the capital, is London’s working arts centre - home to the UK’s largest creative community and one of London’s best loved public spaces. It is also so much more than a building, it is a global platform for creativity, dedicated to nurturing and empowering ideas, backing newness and championing openness. The venue offers 12 impressive blank canvas event spaces, suitable for staging events of all styles and sizes. From season to season, our cultural programme is ever changing, offering a myriad of opportunities to enhance your event and provide guests with an unforgettable experience at . Venue spaces include: the Edmond J Safra Fountain Court, Embankment Galleries, Portico Rooms, Navy Board Rooms, East Wing, West Wing, Seamen's Hall, River Terrace, Lightwells and Deadhouse, Lancaster Rooms, River Rooms and the Screening Room. Download their exclusive Summer and Christmas package offers below and enquire today.
St Martin’s has a series of stunning spaces available for hire. With our enviable Trafalgar Square location and profits that support our charitable work, St Martin’s ticks all the venue hire boxes. Our beautiful Crypt and Gallery both have stunning 18th century architecture. Combined they can hold up to 500 guests standing. St. Martins Hall & Lightwell feature neutral, modern, architectural design and three meeting rooms full of natural daylight. Our in-house catering team offers a range of options from canapés to a full sit down meal for up to 200 guests, or canape for up to 500. Whether you are looking for a quick meeting, a full company wide AGM, a dinner or maybe considering filming in our historic venue, get in touch.
Mail Rail at The Postal Museum is an award winning venue in Farringdon, Central London. Available for exclusive unique venue hire, our inspiring venues are suitable for all corporate, experiential and private events. Mail Rail is an immersive subterranean venue which has maintained many of its original fixtures including exposed brickwork, vaulted ceilings, archways and authentic railway features. This industrial event space also contains a mini exhibition gallery with numerous interactive displays for guests to experience during their event. Highly adaptable it can be hired for product launches, award ceremonies, corporate events and gala dinners. The unique 275 capacity venue also provides guests with an exclusive opportunity to enhance their event experience with an underground miniature train ride through the secret 100-year-old Mail Rail tunnels.For more than 100 years, Mail Rail was hidden from view. Now you have the chance to experience the secret space for yourself – the ambition, dedication and ingenuity that makes it truly unique space.
Built in 1826 on its own ‘island’ in the heart of the capital, One Marylebone opened its doors in 2008 and quickly rose to become one of the leading event spaces in the Capital. The Soane Hall is the jewel in the crown of One Marylebone; at over 27 feet in height, the prestigious space is both impressive in size and beauty. Opulent mosaics and stained glass windows evoke everlasting elegance. The first floor contemporary and light Galleries are the perfect setting for pre-dinner drinks or can be used on their own for a multitude of events. Able to host standing receptions for 800 and sit down dinners for 350 or more intimate parties for under 100, One Marylebone is one of London’s most flexible and unique venues
BMA House – modern events with heritage, placing sustainability at the heart of everything we do. A beautifully bright and spacious Grade II listed building designed in 1911, our magnificent venue boasts 22 unique and versatile spaces, all fitted with cutting edge AV technology. A strong balance between the old and new is at the heart of our offer. New technology, new thinking on nutrition and new ideas about what an event space can be merge with real heritage and a proven track record to create the story of BMA House today. From small meeting rooms to full conferencing spaces for up to 320, it is a favourite for Conferences, Meetings, Award Ceremonies, Summer, Parties and Weddings. We’re incredibly passionate about our food. Healthy meetings being our ethos with delegates’ wellbeing at the forefront of all menus, our talented chefs have created mindfully nutritious menus which focus on sustaining concentration and nourishing delegates with wholesome food. We are also fully stocked on ideas for any event or individual requiring vegan or vegetarian dishes. Located in the heart of Bloomsbury just a stone’s throw away from mainline stations Euston and Kings Cross, our superb location suits both national and international conferences. BMA House has decided to remain a COVID-conscious venue for the foreseeable future. This means we will be allowing extra space in our rooms, encouraging breaks outside and fresh air whenever possible, extra ventilation, encouraging face-coverings to be worn in meetings and enforcing face-coverings to be worn around all communal areas, and additional precautions to keep guests and staff safe such as track and trace, temperature checks and vaccine passports/proof of negative tests where applicable. Please note these may be subject to change based on the current climate and you will be notified immediately of any changes.
The Old Brewery is a south east London private hire hidden gem. With stunning copper features influenced by our Naval and brewing heritage, our dining room and outside terrace offer a unique experience for your party needs. With views of the Royal Naval College, Cutty Sark and Canary Wharf outer-terrace is perfect for celebratory drinks and canapes, plus our dining rooms elegance and grandeur allows the perfect backdrop to dance the night away.Impress your guests by hosting your event in a UNESCO world heritage site.
The Depository is a 6,500 sq/ft industrial warehouse based in Stoke Newington and the birthplace of the original 'Dragons Den'. The location is set over four floors with a variety of textured walls and different floors, as well as large windows offering a great natural daylight. The ground floor originally housed horse stables, and is dark and atmospheric with a spiral staircase and original lift shaft. The first floor has a mezzanine floor and dilapidated, peeling walls, while the second and third levels have more of a loft feel with original polished oak floorboards and a mixture of glazed and texture brick walls. The warehouse provides the perfect setting for corporate away-days, and there is also the chance to combine is with use of The House Next Door (on enquiry) which is, funnily enough, situated next door! The location is always decorated with an array of ever-changing, unique props and we also have colorama stands available at your convenience. The industrial lift is in full working order and there is also the facility to black out the whole location. PLEASE NOTE: WE WILL NOT HIRE THE VENUE FOR 18TH OR 21ST BIRTHDAY PARTIES. THIS IS A CORPORATE EVENT AND WEDDING VENUE. THIS VENUE HAS NOISE RESTRICTIONS SO NO MUSIC EVENTS OR PARTIES.
Having previously housed The Wapping Project arts programing, the venue had a 4 million pound investment before being left dorment for several years. Boasting much of the original hydraulic equipment and machinery, the space is bathed in atmospheric pools of natural light, pressure pipes, rusty chains, huge hooks, valves and bare brick walls. The venue is a fantastic space for just about any style of events; Dinners, press days, workshops, car launches, private and corporate parties, the site is ideal for anyone looking for a venue with the added wow factor.
Beaconsfield Gallery Vauxhall (BGV) is a unique and atmospheric venue housed in the former Lambeth Ragged School opened in 1851. Built on Victorian philanthropy, the school has been transformed into a stunning contemporary art gallery and versatile blank canvas event space. BGV has three very individual event spaces and a courtyard garden that capture the best of London design. Our distinct spaces can be hired out separately, in combination or as a whole. We are available to hire for corporate events, photo-shoots, filming, conferences, wedding receptions and private parties. Located in Central London we are situated close to excellent transport links and have several on-site parking spaces for clients. The Upper Space With its 7 metre high white walls, original stepped wooden floor and large arched windows, the Upper Space is a spectacular room full of natural light. This large, impressive space is ideal for ceremonies, conferences, product launches and corporate hospitality. Facilities include a lighting rig with spots, up lighting and a projection balcony with broadband capability. The whole space is fitted with underfloor heating and has single and 3 phase electricity. Capacity: Standing:150 / Seated:100 / Area:1600 sq ft The Lower Space Perfect for smaller and more intimate events such as dinners, meetings and workshops. The Lower Space has white walls, an original Yorkstone floor, cast iron pillars and large windows providing excellent natural light. The Lower Space can be hired on its own but is included in any hire as this is where the toilets are located: x2 Gents, x2 Ladies and x1 Wheelchair access. Facilities include down-light spotlights with dimmers and 6 double sockets. Capacity: Standing:150 / Seated:100 / Area:1300 sq ft The Arch Space An atmospheric space suitable for large events, the Arch Space has exposed brick walls, a state-of-the-art invisible infrared heating system and sprung wooden floor (painted grey). Its urban aesthetic complements the period features of the Upper and Lower Spaces and its stunning, cavernous capacity makes it ideal for product launches, fashion shows, distinctive sit-down dinners and film shoots. Facilities include single and 3 phase electricity. Capacity: Standing:500 / Seated:400 / Area:3150 sq ft The Courtyard Garden The secluded, plant-filled Courtyard Garden is an oasis from the hustle and bustle of the surrounding area. Ideal for summer parties, receptions and al-fresco events, this tranquil space is available to hire in conjunction with any of the 3 spaces. Along with benches we have a large retractable all-weather canopy. It is possible to erect a marquee or park food trucks in this space.
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.
A place to have fun in what you do and who you do it with. The venues has perfect place for a party of up to 90 guests; MAMA has celebrated engagements, baby showers, Christmas parties, birthday parties, album launches and podcasts. This is the place to see and be seen; a private space at the heart of MAMA with your own secret garden cocktail bar and retractable glass roof for when the summer is at its peak. With food and drink sourced locally and made fresh with love by our award winning chefs, MAMAs is the place for the best boujie event. Located on the Hackney Road in zone 2 a ten minute walk from Bethnal Green underground on the Central Line, a short stroll from Shoreditch and well connected to the routes crossing central London. The place where everyone in London can pass through and feel taken care of by their own MAMA
The UK can be hit or miss when it comes to outdoor events, which is why they are one of the most difficult functions to organise. From food to marquees, umbrellas and sunscreen, it’s hard to know what to expect. This is one event where you’ll really need to keep your cool in order to organise it successfully, but we have a few top tips to help you on your way.
Find the Perfect Venue
The perfect outdoor event needs the perfect outdoor venue. There are a number of really classy courtyards for hire in London, and they are only one option for an outdoor venue. From truly rustic to something more high-end, there’s something to suit every need. Think about what is happening at your event, the space you will need, and the activities that you want to hold. This will determine the type of venue that you go for. If you are expecting a large number of people, parking is also something to take into consideration.
Have a Rain Plan
If it’s the UK, then a detailed rain plan is a must. You never know what the weather will be like, so there needs to be an alternative venue hired out or a large marquee set up where your entire event can be held in the event of a downpour. You need to think of everything when this happens, including music, food etc. Holding it indoors won’t be your first choice of course, but if it does happen it shouldn’t ruin the atmosphere.
Be Prepared for Hot Weather
If all goes well and the rain stays off, you’ll need to consider how your guests will feel in the sun. Temperatures can soar in the summer, and not everyone will be prepared for the heat. Have plenty of water available as well as a supply of sunscreen. There should be a number of shaded areas as well for your guests to retreat to is it all gets too much. This is particularly important to think about when it comes to the timing of events. No one will want to be in the midday sun for very long in summer.
Make Sure it Makes Sense
How difficult is it to organise your event out of doors? Are you finding difficulty getting all of the tech you need set up? Are you having to apply for different permits and licences? Take a step back and consider if it truly makes sense for your event to be outside. There are many venues in London have partial area that is open to the sky, that you can put to use if the weather is good – but still have the majority of the event inside. Sometimes, you have to reflect upon the work it will take and the expense before committing fully.
If your event is going on as the sun starts to set, it’s important that you have enough lighting for the area. You’ll need a lot more than you think to cover the area, so consult with the venue on what they usually suggest. If you’re still not sure, think about moving your event indoors once it starts to get dark. Firepits are a great idea in the summer months that people can gather around, but make sure you are covered by insurance and health and safety!
Ensure there’s Adequate Seating
No one wants to be standing around outside all day, so adequate seating in the different areas of your event is a must have. Whether this is in the form of picnic tables, benches, or even just picnic blankets on the grass, people are going to want to be able to sit back at relax, particularly when there is good weather. Make sure you know what parts of your event will have disabled access, so that you can let patrons know in advance.
One thing about outdoor events, is that amenities are sometimes in short supply. Ensure that there are an adequate number of bathrooms for the amount of people that you expect to attend, and that they are checked and cleaned regularly. Providing supplies such as wipes, plasters and feminine hygiene products is also a great idea to make sure that everyone is well cared for.
You might be considering just hopping behind a BBQ for your event, but it’s probably best to hire caterer. The reason for this is that there are very particular food safety laws when it comes to cooking outdoors and keeping uncooked meat cool. To prevent any incidents, it’s best to leave it to the pros. This way, you and your team can enjoy the event yourselves, without stressing over feeding everyone. Unless you all have a food handling certificate, you won’t be insured to cook even if you want to.
While it’s important to have a lot of bins for guests to use, there will inevitably be a lot of clean up after the event. Unless you are hiring a company to take care of it all, then it’s down to you to make sure that it’s all sorted. This includes getting all of the chairs put away and to arrange for any marquees to be taken down first thing in the morning. It’s a good idea to check back with the venue the next day, not only to thank them but to make sure that everything is shipshape.
An event out of doors might not be easy to organise, but the rewards make it worth it. There is nothing that people like better than the chance to enjoy the sun when it comes out, instead of being stuck in a room all day. Yes, there’s a lot to consider, but you’re sure to have a very happy audience by the end of it.