Dry hire simply means you are hiring the space only, giving you the ability to create your perfect event. Dry hire venues in London are increasingly popular for events and parties, from warehouse wedding venues to grandiose banquet halls for hire, we have the venue for you.
Located right behind the Tate, this space is now the relocation of the previous Gallery. Ever wondered what it might feel like to be in a creative New York Loft. Well wait no longer, and come and experience it right from London.
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.
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
Bishopsgate Institute has been awarded the "Good to Go" accreditation from Visit England, meaning our venue is Covid-secure. Contact us to learn more about our safety measures. Our Grade II* listed building is a haven in the city, where culture, heritage and learning meet. Renowned as a central hub for public events for 125 years, Bishopsgate Institute is also a remarkably atmospheric location for private and corporate events. From the moment you step across the threshold, the originality of the building is clear. Our venue combines elements from the Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts movements, along with typically Victorian motifs. Every one of our rooms is full of individual character and steeped in history. Our spaces are suited to any event you might have in mind, and our flexible rooms have capacity for between 4 to 500 people. Set on the edge of the City of London, you can find us just two minutes’ walk from Liverpool Street Station.
Noho Studios is the West End’s most versatile blank canvas events and exhibition space. Perfect for product launches, pop ups, photo shoots, dinners, exhibitions, screenings, receptions and presentations. Only a two minute walk from Oxford Circus, Noho Studios offers a shop window space and fully brandable frontage with direct access into 2,800 sq/ft of event space with high ceilings, characterful white brick arches and white walls that can be tailored to suit any type of function or event.
The Woolff Gallery is a fantastic venue for all types of exhibitions, events and launches, pop-ups or shoots. Situated in Fitzrovia the 2-floor gallery has an airy feel on the ground floor, with an influx of natural light from the large, street-level windows, and a large basement/lower ground floor which is an ideal exhibition, film or lecture space.
Our venues are located in the Grade II listed Millbank Tower offering something for every event. The Millbank Media Centre on the Ground Floor is a versatile space with its own digital cinema and outdoor terrace, whilst SKYLOFT is a popular warehouse style venue with exposed reclaimed brickwork and wooden floors. In contrast Altitude 360 offers a modern, bright and highly original space with our famous 360° views of the capital.
This newly refurbished Art Deco space is available to dry hire for a variety of different events. The room supports theatre, cabaret, board and committee room layout styles. The room has an adjoining reception area and ticket booth with private entrance, with a small food preparation kitchen for bar refreshments and a space for setting up a cloak room, with nearby gents, ladies and inclusive toilets.There is also a larger food preparation kitchen opposite the hall accessible for caterers. Furniture: 20 rectangular folding (seat 6-8) / 20 circular folding (seat 8-10) / 250 chairs. Accessibility: Level entrance from Acre Lane. Fixed induction loop included. Accessible toilet. There is a new large 3 x 3 60" Display Video Wall (4008mm x 2263mm) available on the stage wall in the hall for customers to use for presentation. Recently installed on the 7 October. The hall also has free guest Wi-Fi available to use. In addition to the Assembly Hall you can also bolt on hiring the Courtyard during summers month for a guests reception on Friday & Saturdays from 5pm until 9pm only.
26 Leake Street is a raw, unique and multi-purpose space underneath Waterloo Station. Arches 1 and 2 offer a cmbined footprint of over 4,000 square feet. The imposing arches and revealed brickwork create a stunning blank canvas for experiental events.
Ideal for either sit down or stand up events - such as private parties, drinks receptions and networking events. The 1st floor room is a private space with it's own bar and separate entrance. It can do up to 45 for a meal and up to 90 standing. The whole pub can also be hired exclusively, with double the capacities. With different menus available and a great selection of draft and bottled beers, wine, cocktails and softs, we're confident we can tailor the event to your needs.
Exceptionally well located directly opposite Reading Station, Fora – Reading exhibits great design and attention to detail. With it's beautiful open event space creating the perfect backdrop for evening networking and drinks events.
A new cinema in London's culturally vibrant East End. Our screens can be hired for private events from bespoke birthday parties to corporate presentations. Three of the screens in this unique venue are equipped with their own bar area, making it easy to look after your guests or clients.
The Pickle Factory offers 255 sqm in a slightly askew rectangular shape, with white walls throughout. Steel beams across the ceiling facilitate rigging equipment overhead and the frosted skylights allow natural daylight to pour through: this is your ideal intimate blank canvas, ready for dressing & transforming by the imaginative minds of location managers, wedding planners, pop-up stores or restaurant operators - and anyone in need of an intimate reception space.
An iconic, multi-award winning live music venue, a working church, a centre for those experiencing homelessness, and also a beautiful building with many flexible spaces for hire - all inside a gorgeous, Grade I listed building! Our experienced and supportive team will help plan your event from booking to load out, whether it be a long term rehearsal, one off workshop or a public event. *Please note: we are not able to host private parties, including wedding receptions.* The Chapel The Chapel itself is the most well-known space at UC. Home to many famous gigs over the years, this space is also great for corporate events, ceremonies, large-scale meetings, and film and photoshoots. The Chapel is octagonal in shape with ground floor and balcony seating in the original wooden pews (seated capacity of 900). Our bespoke stage sits underneath the beautiful stained glass, rose window and our unique Henry Willis organ. The Chapel can be hired through our all inclusive gig package, or by an hourly rate as a dry space hire. For more information on the Chapel, please see the attached package of tech specs and venue information, as well as the floor plan. Sunday School Hall The Sunday School Hall is a beautiful period hall with an internal balcony on three sides. It has a high ceiling, original wooden beams, and cast iron pillars. This space is most suitable for long term hires and is hired exclusively - set, props and equipment can be left in place overnight. On short notice, the Sunday School Hall can also be hired for shorter term hires, or evening event hires (standing capacity of 200). For more information on the Sunday School Hall, please see the attached floor plan. Upper Hall Originally built as a lecture hall, the high ceilings, wooden floor, and medieval style features lend to its atmosphere. It's a great space for meetings, away days, photoshoots, as well as auditions and rehearsals. As this space acts as our bar when there is a gig in the Chapel, it is only available in the evenings on short notice and not available for exclusive hires. If available, the Upper Hall is also a great space for intimate gigs (standing capacity of 180). For more information on the Upper Hall, please see the attached floor plan. Lower Hall The Lower Hall is a great, multi-purpose room on the lower level of the building with large windows and a flexible space great for auditions, meetings, and workshops. The Lower Hall can also be hired in the evenings for weekly dance classes, choir rehearsals, or other evening activities (recommended maximum capacity of 40). This hall is not available for exclusive hires. For more information on the Lower Hall, please see the attached floor plan. Committee Room The Committee Room is our smallest room, but still full of the same beauty and unique features as the other halls. This space is used as our dressing room for gigs, and as such is often only available for half day, morning hires (recommended maximum capacity of 30). For more information on the Committee Room, please see the attached floor plan. Please be in touch with us to discuss your potential hire and rates! We are accustomed to a multitude of different kinds of events, rehearsals, and other hires, and are very willing to help you decide on the best room for your needs.
A versatile and modern venue for any special event from 5 to 500 guests. Our onsite catering and events specialists, Sliced Events, can cater for your personal requirements from stylish weddings, intimate dinners, private parties, corporate functions, conferences, examinations and more. We have four newly refurbished event spaces available for hire.
Located in the Brunswick just off Russell Square, the historic cinema was recently refurbished to the highest technology and design specs. All screening rooms have Sony 4K projectors, making it the ideal venue for hire in London for film premieres and galas. The largest theatre-style auditorium (Renoir) seats up to 147 and includes a separate VIP balcony. We also have intimate screening rooms seating up to 30. There are bars on all three levels of this unique venue in London. The entire ground-floor can be used for premiers and drinks receptions hosting up to 150 people.
Do you struggle with what to feed people at your work events? Sometimes when you hire a venue, the catering is always the same old, same old. What you really want is to bring something brand new to the table. With so many dry hire venues in London, you can bring in your own caterers, or even challenge your work colleagues to cook for the group themselves! If you’re at a loss for ideas on how to spice up the corporate lunch time, them look no further, we might have exactly what you’ve been looking for.
A good food truck can sometimes be hard to beat. There are so many in the city, that you can go for whatever type of food takes your fancy. This way you can keep your staff on their toes, and they can even try new cuisines. Not only will it get everyone talking, but there is something that’s really endearing about a food truck. It encourages camaraderie between colleagues and if it’s a nice day, you can all sit outside to eat. Cuisines such as Vietnamese have become really popular to try.
While everyone is encouraged to buy organic, who can say that they have eaten a fully organic meal? Well, there are plenty of caterers that can fix that problem. Everyone is happy when they have some delicious food in front of them, but it’s also a chance for them to learn more about where their food comes from, and of course fair trade. Can your work mates taste the difference in the organic produce they’ve been served?
Is there a local restaurant that you’ve been dying to try? If so, why not bring them to your work event and get them to serve you up a lunch time meal? Not only is it great for the restaurant, you all get to try some of their food. Your colleagues will be intrigued by somewhere that is truly local to you, and that makes for a happy lunchtime.
International Food Day
As a change, why not get everyone you work with to bring in a different dish that represents their country? Workplaces are generally multicultural, so this is a great way to learn not only about different cuisines, but about the places where your colleagues, or your colleagues’ ancestors, were born. You can have some on main meal duty and others on dessert. The results should be an interesting combination to say the very least!
No Meat Monday
For health reasons, and for environmental, it’s encouraged to cut down on the amount of meat that we consume. That’s why No Meat Monday was invented. As a change from the status quo, why not hire a vegetarian or vegan caterer to feed you all at your event? Many people might be surprised at the sheer variety and taste of food without meat in it, and of course, it keeps lunchtime a little different from the norm, which is what you’re looking for.
Build Your Own
Everyone likes putting together their own plate of food. Which is why caterers that specialise in things like tacos are loads of fun. They provide the ingredients, and you make your meal. The combinations that people come up with might surprise you. For dessert, something similar can be done only with crepes or pancakes. Everyone can even make their own on a hotplate. Nothing quite gives you satisfaction like making for own food, and it will create a talking point.
No Waste Meal
Environmental causes are a hop topic right now, so why not invest in a caterer that has a zero-waste policy? You can feel better about where your food budget is being spent, and they can talk to everyone at the meal about how they’ve come up with zero waste solutions, and why it’s so important. This gives a little introspection into what we eat every day, and how much of it we end up throwing away.
If in doubt, it’s best to order one of everything. Having a variety of food stations at your event means that even the pickiest of eater will be happy, and your colleagues will get to try a whole rage of cuisines and tastes. If it’s set up like a buffet, where everyone helps themselves, then people can taste a little bit of whatever they want to, without committing to a full plate.
If you want to go upmarket, consider hiring a restaurant to give you a small tasting menu at lunchtime. Not only will you feel like you’ve entered a Michelin starred restaurant, your employees will thank you for really thinking about what they eat, instead of the usual stale sandwiches. A tasting menu is a whole new experience that many might not have had before, which makes this lunchtime idea,all the more special.
Pizza and Beer
Run out of ideas? Do your colleagues really just want to go to the same fast food place they go to every Friday? Why not just keep it relaxed and have some pizza and beer? You can go fast food or artisan, off-licence or craft beer, it doesn’t matter. Sometimes, people just want a bit of comfort food at a work event, and everyone will be more than happy to get started on that Friday feeling.
If you are going for a dry hire venue for your next work event, then you have free rein on the catering. There are loads of options to choose from, but it should fit with the type of event that’s being held. Hopefully out of these 10 catering ideas, there’s something that’s right for you and your company.