Whether you're a local Londoner or a first time visitor to the city specifically for your event, all of our featured venues to hire in London are well connected via good nearby transport links and sit within enviable locations in popular areas of Central, East and West London. Our top picks also come in all sorts of sizes, with venues that offer both partial and full hire, meaning there’s something for every budget.
The 7th Floor of Ace Hotel London Shoreditch offers a super-functional, 6,000 square foot rooftop consisting of 6 separate meeting and event spaces — offering cinematic views with wide windows dolling out dreamy views of Shoreditch, the Gherkin and Greater London perfect for gatherings of all kinds: • Wedding Ceremonies, Receptions & engagement parties • Corporate meetings and conferences • Private dinner parties • Product launches and showcases • Standing receptions • DJ’s & Dancing • Film & Photo Shoots
A unique blank canvas event space in the heart of Kensington and Chelsea. Spread over Ground Floor and Lower Ground Floor, with a 5200 sqft off street loading bays, this venue provides the flexibility you need to create ideal bespoke events. The boards to the windows have been taken down which provides natural light flooding into the ground floor space, ideal for photo shoots and other projects. Additonally, there are multiple sources of 63 amp 3 phase electricity creating a unique studio for photo/ film shoots.
Grow is carved out of an old sausage factory and transformed into a unique bar, kitchen and creative event space. Located in a yard in the heart of Hackney Wick and backing onto the canal, it was built by a small local team and is operating as an experiment in ethical and sustainable business. We can host birthdays, Christmas parties, workshops, pop-ups, team building, art/music/magazine/PR launches and community events. We have outdoor space/indoor space, stage, projector and bar and kitchen.
Strand, Central London
The Vaults at RSA House are ideal for large standing receptions, unique celebrations and evening parties. Originally designed as river-front warehouses, these fully restored Vaults offer a striking contrast to the splendour of the rooms above. The Durham Street Auditorium is a purpose built theatre ideal for screenings, conferences and meeting. It was built on the last remaining stretch of 18th century cobbled roadway which was part of a tunnel beneath the House leading down to the Thames. The DSA can accommodate up to 70 people. The RSA is an enlightenment organisation that seeks to understand and enhance human potential located in the heart of the West End. Throughout its history, the RSA has extended a welcome to others looking for a place to discuss their ideas. This tradition continues, with the Great Room, Durham Street Auditorium and Benjamin Franklin Room and our more intimate rooms providing the perfect backdrop to dinners, conferences and workshops. Recently awarded Best Historic Venue or Livery Hall at the London Venue Awards, 2018.
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Vout-O-Reenee's is a unique hand painted and designed venue in London, a surreal space. Venue for hire in London, Tower Bridge. Vout-O-Reenee's is a hidden gem for a launch or party, small or large. A full cocktail bar . 2 record decks, projector, microphone, performance area, piano, 2 music systems. Vout-O-Reenee's is a Private Members Arts club + gallery with full facilities. An outdoor terrace/smoking area. Free parking weekdays after 5.30/6.30 in the area and all day weekends. In the Crypt of a Pugin designed listed Church.
Oui 2 Rooms is a multi-award winning blank canvas showroom event space venue, available for dry hire and situated in the heart of Central London W1 - 3 minutes from Oxford Circus Underground Station. The Venue is ideal for Press Shows, Product Launches, Photography Shoots, Sample Sales & Business Seminars/Meetings. Oui 2 Rooms has ground floor access, ideal for loading and unloading.
Overlooking Soho Square, our 18th century townhouse blends period features with a contemporary twist. The venue has multiple floors that have been refurbished to a high standard. With high ceilings, views overlooking the square and bright light rooms, this venue has everything to suit press events, product launches, pop-up shops, networking receptions, meetings and events. Our spaces are available for hire as single meeting rooms, entire floors or multiple floors.
Whether you are planning a conference, special celebration, wedding, or corporate away day, the Horniman Museum has the ideal space for you. The Horniman offers a totally unique venue for hire in London, just a short train journey from London Bridge, but set in idyllic 16 acres of landscaped gardens in Forest Hill. Choose from an elegant Grade II listed Victorian Conservatory, or sleek and contemporary Pavilion or intimate Bandstand, all boasting stunning views of the London skyline.
We are Colomba, a studio in the sky in the heart of Camden Town. A versatile event / class / dance space, we’re a bit tricky to describe but easy to fall in love with. We host our own classes, workshops and events and we’re also available for hire. Colomba, a room to create. The details: - · Rectangular space: 73. 5 sm (792 sq ft) · Oak Floor top/second floor (no lift) · The studio is approximately 11m x 6.7m · Ceiling height 8ft (2.4m) with central beam at 7.5ft (2.25m) · Windows on 3 sides, amazing views! · Professional sound system · Lighting options · Capacity: 26 for yoga/movement/dance lesson 45 for seated workshop 45 social event · Folding chairs available · One long table/bench 2 m x 0.5 m · One table 1.10 m x 0.65 m · Small Kitchenette: fridge, sink (no oven) · Central heating · Shared toilets · WiFi
One Alfred Place is a business private members club on the edge of Bloomsbury and on the doorstep of the superbly connected Tottenham Court Road and Goodge Street tube stations. Offering 10,000 square feet of venue hire, the club is flooded with natural daylight, illuminating the bespoke furnishing and contemporary styling. Reputable for being 'a better way to do business', it is a hub for corporate and conference venue hire. Offering a range of modern, well-lit board rooms and spacious meeting rooms for you and your clients needs. Smaller groups can enjoy the use of our varied boardrooms and meeting rooms, all with light filled spaces and contemporary artwork. For larger events we have the Store Street conference and event room. This is a relaxed lounge space ideal for standing parties of up to 120, theatre-style for 100 and private dining for up to 70. If you are set on a sociable event like a significant birthday, or want to bring all your colleagues together, then you can hire our restaurant and bar area. To learn more about venue hire, or to book a tour, please contact our Events Manager Ashley Nixon on 020 7000 1999 or book a tour.
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 Mayfair Gallery is a great clean and modern space for a variety of events, like product launches, press days, corporate dinners, and many more. This gallery provides the perfect blank canvas space, ideal to build your own brand and personality. The venue is located in a great centrally located area close to Bond Street, Oxford Street and Regent Street with easy access all year round.
If you are looking to take your event beyond the ordinary and into the unknown, this unique subterranean space, rich in atmosphere and character, is the ideal location. Our most atmospheric space lies hidden from the public gaze, one level below our famous fountains. Running along three sides of The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court, the Lightwells are a long-time favourite of location managers for major film and television series. The Deadhouse, meanwhile, runs directly beneath the Fountain Court, and its eerie wall memorials help lend this underground tunnel an ambience all its own. Descending the stairs from the courtyard, you will discover the unique architecture and unexpected hidden depths of Somerset House, with secret nooks and crannies, this fascinating space is perfect for creative and surprising events with an edge.
The City Centre is a unique architectural gallery celebrating the City of London's architectural heritage and its exciting future developments. At the heart of the venue is Piper's Model of the Square Mile, allowing guests to explore the City's skyline from a unique perspective. Centrally located near the historic Guildhall, a short walk from Bank, Moorgate, and Mansion House stations. Our event spaces are fully equipped with AV and our in-house catering team is pleased to offer a fantastic range of seasonal menus for breakfast, daytime and evening events. Our spaces are available for full-day hires (9am – 5pm) and half-day hires (9am – 12:30pm / 1:30pm – 5pm) as well as exclusive hire of the whole venue for breakfast and evening receptions. Boardroom (Fixed set up, seats a maximum of 18 people) Conference Room (85 Theatre style, 48 Workshop style, 36 Cabaret style, 30 Boardroom, 25 Horseshoe) Exclusive Whole Venue Hire of the Model Room & Gallery (120 standing reception)
The Bike Shed is Shoreditch's newest unique venue, boasting four large redeveloped Railway Arches spanning 12000sqft with a 30m private road. All arches have been renovated to the highest standard, whilst keeping original features & providing a blank canvas for private events. Available for dry hire are arches 3 & 4; each have underfloor heating, shiny concrete floors and multiple 3 phase power feeds. Perfect for product launches, shoots, private parties, music videos, fashion shows and more. Features: - J-rail Hanging system - Motorised truss system - Underfloor heating - Hot & cold water points - No corkage fee - External caterers welcome
Curating an art exhibition is hard work,
after all, you have to get a group of artists together and anything that has
the word ‘collaborative’ in it is never going to be easy! Yet when it all comes
together, you’re not only producing a collection of powerful artworks that will
speak to those who view it, you’re also publicising the individual artists in
their own right. If you have an idea for an exhibition, then the best way to
start organising is by jumping straight in.
Ask Yourself Why
The most important first step when it comes to organising a large exhibition, is why you want to do it. What is it about your idea that you believe people need to see? Is there a certain topic that you wish to explore? Or is it just that you think local artists need some more exposure? Are you looking to exhibit a blend of different art, from sculpture, to oil painting, charcoal drawing and visual, interactive art? Whatever your reason, make sure that you have a set of goals planned and written down that you can focus your exhibition towards. This will prevent the work you are curating going off on a tangent that you hadn’t envisioned and help to focus your adverting to your preferred audience.
Choose Your Theme
Choosing your theme is what will bring all of your artwork together. You will need to make it narrow enough that all of the artists have parameters to stay within, but broad enough to allow for unusual interpretations that will encourage the biggest range to apply to be a part of your exhibition. This might be something that you’ve had in mind for a while, or something that you need to come up with now that you’ve decided to go ahead with curating. Whatever the answer, make sure that you ask a few artists what they think of it before releasing an invitation to submit work. It’s always good to get a few opinions on a theme before finalising it.
Get Artists Together
It’s now time to invite artists to join your exhibition! If you know a lot of local artists in your area that you think will fit your theme, ask them directly to submit a few pieces for your consideration. You can also open it to a wider audience by issuing a call on social media. You’ll need to make sure that your vision and theme are clear, and the types of art that you are open to accepting. It’s likely that you will get a large number of submissions, so limit the number of works that artists can submit and give them a date that you will respond to them by. This will prevent any emails asking for updates while you are in the midst of the reviewing process.
Hire a Venue
While you can pitch your event to some well-known galleries, sometimes it’s much easier to hire out a venue yourself. After all, you know that your exhibition is worth seeing, why do you need to go through the hassle of proving that to galleries when you can hire a space that will be completely your own? While you might only be able to keep the exhibition open for a few days, this will be more than enough time to promote, have an opening event, and get interested parties down to view the work. If there’s a time-limit involved, people might be even more inclined to make an effort to seek out the exhibition. There are a huge variety of art galleries for hire in London, all with their own unique atmosphere to them. This means that you’re sure to find the one that suits the artwork that you are curating perfectly, and you can kit it out in whatever way you want.
You need to start to advertise your curated exhibition as early as you can in order to garner interest from all around the art community. It’s important that you develop a solid media plan that includes a press release that can be handed out to all media that attend the opening of the exhibition. Without a good press release, you’re unlikely to get much media coverage. Send a copy of this out to all of your local media. Promoting online and offline are equally important. You should have a poster advertising your exhibition as well as flyers that can be placed in all of the local arts centres. Social media advertising needs to be strategic and well planned in order to reach the largest amount of people possible.
Have an Opening
An exhibition is nothing without its opening. Get all of the artists together, invite some local art critics as well as the general public, and try to make it as grand an affair as possible. The audience will expect you to speak, but keep it short and remember to thank any sponsors you have that helped to bring the exhibition into existence. It’s always a good idea to have some caterers in to serve up canapes to your audience, as well as some wine for them to sip while they mingle and view all of the artwork. Ensure that there are copies of the catalogue available with up to date pricings for any of the work that’s for sale. If you need to, hiring someone who can deal with any prospective buyers is a huge plus and will help the evening to run smoothly.
Curating an art exhibition where a number of different artists come together under one overarching theme is a huge achievement, and you shouldn’t sell yourself short when you’re the one that makes sure it all comes together. Introducing people to new artists and styles of art is its own reward, but you also need to give yourself a well deserved break once it’s all over.