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.
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.
Greenwich Yacht Club boasts 2 unique venues in London with Thames river views. Situated close to North Greenwich tube and the O2 arena this is a great venue for hire in London. It is also a wedding venue in London with a wedding license. It is a popular corporate and conference venue in London and has the ability to cater for Private dinner parties
Asia House is a beautiful Grade II* listed Georgian Town House in central London. Hidden away from the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street and Regent Street, our venue is highly flexible and can accommodate a wide range of events from 2 to 250 guests. The building offers three Fine Rooms in the Regency style of architecture with high decorative ceilings, and marble fireplaces on the 1st floor, two smaller meeting rooms on the ground floor, a 10-12 seat boardroom with plasma screen, and one unique purpose-built exhibition spaces.
PLEASE NOTE THIS VENUE ONLY ACCEPTS CORPORATE EVENTS PERFECT FOR GAMING EVENTS, EXHIBITIONS, PRODUCT LAUNCHES AND EXPERIENTIALA totally unique, atmospheric and historic 9000 sq/ft venue, deep in the heart of Clerkenwell.Nestled within the hub of London's design and creative district, lies a prison built in the 17th Century, this 130 standing venue has a long turbulent history. It was one of the busiest prisons in Victorian times, and well known for its attempted inmate escapes, as well as being used as an air raid shelter during the Blitz. The cavernous, segmented chambers hold the infrastructure to cater to almost any type of event, offering space that it is impossible to find elsewhere in popular post codes for commercial events in London. Where else can you offer exhibitors packaged up space in individual prison cells? ---- Due to council restrictions we cannot hire the venue later than 23:00. Guests should be offsite by 21:30. The venue will not accept the following: Warehouse (rave) parties, Loud music events, or late evening events. NOTE: This space is partially outside and exposed to the elements.
Portico Rooms Located on the first floor of the South Wing, the Portico Rooms are a spacious and versatile suite of rooms offering a contemporary and elegant location for your ceremony. With original features, natural daylight and uninterrupted views of the London skyline, the Portico Rooms offer a stylish and versatile backdrop. Included in the hire are two private balconies, which offers uninterrupted views of our famous Courtyard on one side and the River Thames on the other, providing a truly stunning setting for exclusive photography. Morning Ceremony Access from 10:00-12:00 Venue Hire Fee: £2,500+VAT Afternoon Ceremony Access from 14:00 – 16:00 Venue Hire Fee: £2,500+VAT Navy Board Rooms Steeped in history and dating back to the 18th century, the Navy Board Rooms are an impressive suite of rooms with a distinctive sense of charm and heritage. Climbing the grand, sweeping Nelson Staircase is an experience in itself, as each flight is a one-off architectural work of art. Entering the main space, marble fireplaces and wooden floors create a grand atmosphere, with large sash windows offering panoramic views across the River Thames. Originally home to the Navy Board, overseeing British naval affairs around the globe, the Navy Board Rooms are now a hugely popular venue. The interconnecting rooms offer wonderful natural light, original features and great flexibility. Morning Ceremony Access from 10:00-12:00 Venue Hire Fee: £1,500+VAT Afternoon Ceremony Access from 14:00 – 16:00 Venue Hire Fee: £1,500+VAT Photography One of the fantastic benefits of having your wedding at Somerset House is the opportunity to have photographs in our famous Edmond J Safra Fountain Court with its dancing fountains (seasonal). Included in your hire is a 45 minute slot, following the ceremony, for photographs in our iconic Courtyard. The perfect backdrop for your day. Please note that as an arts and culture centre open to the public, we cannot confirm what might be happening in the Courtyard or around the rest of the public areas at Somerset House at that time. We have a very exciting and constantly expanding public programme, which sees lots of different installations, exhibitions, artwork and public events all over the site. It’s a huge part of what makes us Somerset House. There are also occasions where essential works need to take place on the building and these instances are out of our control. Add a Sit-Down Reception Available as an add-on for the Afternoon Ceremony only. Currently available for up to 15 guests. Option 1: Portico Rooms While you and your guests are taking your photos in the beautiful Edmond J Safra Fountain Court, and enjoying a drink on our River Terrace, our suppliers can transform this space into the perfect sit down dinner. Venue hire: additional £7,000+VAT. This extends your guest access to 22:00, venue clear by suppliers by 23:00. Includes a private area of our River Terrace between 16:00 – 17:30 Option 2: Seamen’s Hall If you would like to host your sit down reception in a different space at Somerset House then the Seamen’s Hall, located on the ground floor of our South Wing, with marble floors, imposing Corinthian columns and huge windows, would be the perfect option. Entered via central doors from our stunning Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court, the Seamen’s Hall leads directly out onto our exclusive River Terrace, a section of which is included in the hire, offering panoramic views of the Thames and surrounding iconic London landmarks. Venue Hire: additional £8,000 + VAT. This will give suppliers access from 18:00, guests from 18:30-22:00 and venue clear by 23:00. Includes a private area our River Terrace between 16:00 – 18:30 Sit-Down Reception Only If your ceremony is already booked then this is the perfect option for your celebration. Currently available for up to 15 guests. Option 1: Portico Rooms Located on the first floor of the South Wing, the Portico Rooms are a spacious and versatile suite of rooms offering a contemporary and elegant location for evening events. With original features and uninterrupted views of the London skyline, the Portico Rooms offer a stylish and versatile backdrop for your sit down reception. Venue hire: £8,000+VAT. This will give suppliers access from 17:30, guests from 18:30-22:00 and venue clear by 23:00. Option 2: Seamen’s Hall Located on the ground floor of the South Wing, the Seamen’s Hall has marble floors, imposing Corinthian columns and huge windows, making it the perfect space for 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 section of which is included in the hire, offering panoramic views of the Thames and surrounding iconic London landmarks. With original period features including black and white marble flooring, it offers an air of expansive elegance, lending itself beautifully as an evening venue. Venue Hire: £9,000+ VAT. This will give suppliers access from 18:00, guests from 18:30-22:00 and venue clear by 23:00.
Located in central London directly opposite Borough station, this beautiful event space boasts double heighted ceilings, stunning feature piece bar, 'bookcase' wall features decorated with books, ornaments and coloured tiled floor. The unique terrace triangulated between some the most iconic landmarks London has to offer features panoramic views of the Shard, St Pauls and the Tate Modern. It also includes full tech set up, an additional break out room on a mezzanine area, prep kitchen, tea/coffees and option of additional 16 person boardrooms if needed. Perfect for any occasion with a full concierge team at hand with on site catering available too. This venue can also provide bespoke packaged live streaming services, allowing for your event to reach thousands across the globe.
Chalkney Water Meadows is a unique festival and glamping venue just an hour from London in Essex. Acres of space on the edge of a tree-lined lake provides endless possibilities for activities, on-site catering, sundowners or team building exercises! Dining/Conference Area There are three festival style giant tipis which seat up to 200 guests, acting as a beautiful undercover space for dining / confernce area overlooking the lake. Accommodation Our glamping accommodation at CWM is in the form of luxury “Nomadic” bell tents which can be made up as single and twin occupancy with double bedsteads, or multiple occupancy (max 4 person) with single mattresses on the floor. Our luxury cabins, are situated just a 2 min walk from the CWM offers all your creature comforts on the edge of a beautiful lake.
Maslow's Mortimer House is devoted to exceptional hospitality. Born of a desire to fulfil the modern need for synergy between the personal and professional, we create highly considered, all encompassing environments for a discerning community that wishes to both work and unwind in elevated, yet unpretentious style. Mortimer House is a full-service hybrid hospitality proposition in the heart of London that offers workspaces, member’s lounges, private offices, a public restaurant, event spaces, meeting rooms, a gym, yoga studio and a meditation room. The penthouse-style Loft & Gallery is on the sixth floor at Mortimer House, it’s a vibrant and flexible event space with natural light flooding in from large Crittall windows and comes fully equipped with a screen, projector and PA system. The Loft & Gallery can accommodate a maximum of 120 people for a standing reception and up to 60 guests for a sit-down breakfast, lunch or dinner. It can also accommodate up to 60 theatre style for a panel discussion. The capacity may vary according to set up requirements. This distinctive space features a private balcony for guests to enjoy until 9pm. The Conservatory can accommodate up to 20 guests on one long table and is located just off from the main restaurant dining area (Mortimer House Kitchen) and separated by décor curtains to make this beautiful space exclusive for your guests.
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.
The Bush Theatre is a unique venue in London. It is housed in a beautiful Victorian former library in Shepherds Bush. Situated across the road from Shepherds Bush Market underground station the venue has many multi-purpose spaces available to hire. Available for, corporate and conference meetings, rehearsal space, reading groups, Party celebrations and as a unique wedding venue in London. The whole building went through a 4.3 million pound refurbishment and re-opened its doors to the public in March 2017. The spaces are all wheelchair accessible with lift access.
A space to be brilliant. Our fabulous Forum space consists of a tiered seating area with a connected break out events space, next to our beautiful Palatino Bar. State of the art silent disco technology, as well as HD projection screen, so guests can sit and watch screenings / discussions / presentations. The event space is openly connected to this seating so is perfect for anyone looking for a presentation space with another area to move onto drinks and networking. . The event space is openly connected to this seating so is perfect for anyone looking for a presentation space with another area to move onto drinks and networking.
One side pitched and the other filled with skylights, Studio Jones is a unique and beautiful urban space. Sitting on the top floor of a former doily factory it's rich with texture and photographic backdrops a plenty. The total floor area is 7200sq ft split into two huge spaces, an on-site kitchen and large make up and styling rooms. The space is yours to do with as you please, dress, paint, set build, we give you total freedom so long as you restore the space to its original decor. With in-house catering from our sister restaurant and production catering company Jones & Sons we can take care of everything for you.
Oval Space is an amazing warehouse-style venue finished to a very high standard that offers 5,000 square feet of unobstructed event space, with the iconic backdrop of the Bethnal Green Gas Holders. Two terraces frame the venue on the West and South side, providing a summer reception space and / or BBQ garden with a striking view. Although it is full of unique features, Oval Space offers a fantastic blank canvas, making it a venue of choice for an extraordinarily wide range of events.
Positioned between The Green Room restaurant and BFI IMAX, Green Space is a blank canvas, dry hire opportunity that offers a secluded garden type venue perfect for corporate outdoor events, large installations, busses and large vehicles, outdoor press launches and company team building. Situated two minutes walk from Waterloo station and visible from Waterloo Bridge, it’s an enclosed, adaptable and over 850m² grassy canvas in a highly desirable central London location - making it ideal for destination or ticketed events.
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.
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.
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.