Conway Hall opened in 1929 and named in honour of Moncure Daniel Conway, anti-slavery advocate, outspoken supporter of free thought and biographer of Thomas Paine. The venue is Grade 2 listed and offers hirers various event spaces, especially the Main Hall with its highly-regarded acoustics. The venue is unique for providing a central London location and a building with character, steeped in history, combined with cutting-edge AV facilities. Owned by Conway Hall Ethical Society, a charity, the building is famous for being the birthplace of humanism, as well as hosting the longest run of classical concerts in the UK (which started in 1880 at the Society’s previous site), jazz concerts in the 1930s, a rare UK appearance from Muddy Waters and gigs by Crass and The Cure in 1970s, as well as many other concerts, including James Blake and La Roux, and events of all kinds since. Today, Conway Hall is a popular, accessible, venue for location filming, conferences, presentations, concerts, talks, fashion shows, weddings, awards ceremonies and brand activations. Previous clients include: BBC • Yamaha • Netflix • Evening Standard • Snowline Media • Ted Baker Penguin Books • Bloomsbury Festival • Guardian Live • Tate • EMAP
Step upstairs from the happy hurly-burly of The Clarence and into your very own Cabinet room in the shape of the spacious and luxurious Bull Dog Bar. It’s named for Churchill’s favourite dog but there’s nothing of the kennel about this place – it’s stunningly decorated and equipped with all you could need for work or play including sound system, fast free WiFi and plenty more besides. What’s more, our dedicated events team know just how to get the best out of it for any event you care to mention. Get in touch to find out how they can create a bespoke event of easy grandeur just for you.
Park Village Studios, also known as the Old Riding School, was built in 1892 as an indoor riding arena to serve the residents of the Nash Houses of Regent’s Park. Protected by English Heritage, its eclectic history includes housing elephants, giraffes and a brown bear named ‘Spitfire’, when nearby London Zoo was bombed in WW2. Park Village Studios is situated metres from the Gloucester Gate entrance to Regent's Park. Offering 7,000 sq ft of flexible event space over three distinctive areas, the studios have been converted to provide a stunning setting for film, photography and a wide array of events - from workshops, weddings and product launches to film screenings, large scale conferences and brand events, complete with break-out rooms and state-of-the-art AV and production. STUDIO 1: Studio 1 is the centrepiece of Park Village, a 2,700 sq ft double-height converted Victorian riding arena. At one end, a beautiful cast-iron spiral staircase leads to the original decorative viewing gallery and The Stables. At the other, a J-shaped infinity cove provides an eye-catching backdrop for 3D mapping, projections and set-dressing possibilities. Studio 1 has full blackout and daylight options, as well as flexible lighting set-ups from the steel rigging. Perfect for large numbers and big production builds. STUDIO 2: Studio 2 is a more contemporary space used for product launches, presentations, as a gallery, a break-out area or catering set-up for larger events when exclusively hiring the building. With drive-in vehicle access, an open kitchen and its own Styling Suite, Studio 2 is an ultra-flexible events space. The mezzanine area above Studio 2 comes as part of the rental of this space. STUDIO 3 (THE STABLES): With its high-vaulted wooden beamed ceiling and elegant tiles, Studio 3 (The Stables) offers a pleasing contrast to the other studio spaces. At 1,300 sq ft it benefits from excellent natural light, with the option of full blackout. The space includes a large entrance lobby, accessible via an industrial staircase built over the original horse ramp. It can be hired individually for drinks receptions, workshops, screenings and conferences or used as a breakout room when exclusively hiring the building. FEATURES, FACILITIES & SPECS: Features: - Former Victorian riding school - English Heritage protected - Vaulted ceilings - Vintage tiling - Reception area - Drive-in access - Four separate entrance options - Natural light / black out options - Outdoor garden / smoking area Facilities: - Full-service commercial kitchen - preferred caterers list available - Three parking spaces - Two separate make-up rooms, with classic styling stations - Can provide chairs, tables, flipcharts and other conference equipment - Flatscreen TV Specs: - State of the art audio and PA system - Full HD projector (6K Lumens) - Lecterns, screens and wireless microphones - 1 Gig Ultra-fast wifi throughout the building - 3 phase power CAPACITIES: Studio 1: Standing - 300 Theatre - 225 Banquet - 175 Cabaret - 140 Studio 2: Standing - 100 (140 with mezzanine) Theatre - 80 Banquet - 75 Cabaret - 75 Studio 3 (The Stables): Standing - 100 Theatre - 100 Banquet - 100 Cabaret - 80
Here at The Montague, we are lucky to have a wonderful outside area overlooking peaceful gardens. If you are looking for a unique way to celebrate you summer party or make the most of the festive season in London then our themed Ski Lodge or Beach Bar is the place to be! From mid-November, our famous Ski Lodge transforms into a winter wonderland complete with everything you need to get into the festive spirit. In the summer, join us on the Wood Deck at our incredible pop-up Beach Bar, complete with real sand, summertime cocktails and delicious BBQ food. This space is perfect for large parties and tailored to your requirements - call us and let us create an experience that you and your guests will always remember.
West London’s premier event spaces Our refurbished Victorian foundry with 5 interlinking spaces and 2 large secluded courtyards are available for all occasions. Featuring natural brickwork, high ceilings with exposed beams, wooden floors, large windows and skylights that allow for abundant daylight. While retaining its original features, this location also benefits from all the modern components to create the perfect event. Studio 1: 200 standing / 130 theatre / 100 seated Studio 2: 220 standing / 140 theatre / 120 seated Studio 3: 150 standing / 50 theatre / 60 seated Studio 4: 450 standing / 300 theatre / 220 seated Studio 5: 450 standing / 300 theatre / 220 seated Courtyard 1: 200 standing Courtyard 2: 200 standing / 70 seated
This stunning 3300 sq ft converted bank complete with period feature ceilings, situated in the heart of Mayfair, is complete with original ornamental ceiling features combined with industrial exposed pipework creating a remarkable contemporary interior. Located in the heart of Mayfair, and a six-minute walk from both Green Park and Oxford Circus, this is a prime location in one of London’s busiest luxury shopping districts. Situated next door to some of the city’s most renowned locations and the most elite brands in the world on New Bond Street and Berkley Square. The gallery provides a unique atmosphere for those looking to host a premium event. The pristine interior of a white space gallery makes it the ideal venue for press and brand launches, conferences, private dining, fashion shows, exclusive parties and memorable functions. The gallery is complete with grey polished concrete floors, white walls and adjustable lighting throughout the space. This venue is well-equipped for your events with a street-level entrance, kitchen area and large professional LED screen.
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!
TT Liquor is a multi-faceted establishment, fronted by a carefully curated liquor store, and featuring a range of flexible spaces throughout, available for a variety of events & meetings. Entering via the store front, head straight to the ground floor Lounge, with it's own bar. This area leads to our 52 seat Cinema which has played host to a wide variety of events from music video premieres to after-work talks. From the Lounge, descend into our subterranean Cellar Bar with a maximum capacity of 120, complete with a bespoke bar menu, banquette seats, a DJ booth, and featuring 4 historic vaults converted into intimate leather booths. The first floor has 3 studios, ranging in size from 250-1000 sqft, which are used most often as classrooms for our cocktail making workshops, although these spaces are noted for their versatility and can be deployed for a wide range of purposes and a variety of events, or for business meetings and workshops. They share the floor with a well-equipped kitchen, perfect for bespoke events, supper clubs, and set menu dining. At the very top of the building, you will find our permanent office and dedicated event organisers. Conveniently placed on-site, they are an experienced team and will happily answer any queries or questions you may have on the day or otherwise – about anything from drinks consultancy to logistical arrangements, to last-minute changes.
The Lyric Hammersmith Theatre has a range of multi-art facilities and entertaining and conference spaces to meet the needs of businesses, communities, individuals and families, with a mix of traditional and modern spaces. We are not your average event venue – we have a Victorian Frank Matcham theatre at our core, our own bar and restaurant space and a modern extension, the Reuben Foundation wing, which was opened in 2015 and houses two floors of facilities including a dance studio, cinema, recording studio, film & tv studio, music rooms and numerous rehearsal and meeting spaces. We regularly host conferences, meetings, office parties, rooftop socials, rehearsals, filming and recording sessions and community events, so get in touch with our Hires & Events team who will help facilitate your activity.
Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery was the country retreat of Sir John Soane, one of the most influential architects in British history. Pitzhanger reopened in 2019, following a three-year £12M, award-winning conservation project to restore it to Soane’s original designs. Set in the picturesque grounds of Walpole Park, the Manor offers the feel of a countryside escape in central London, a short 8 minute walk from Ealing Broadway Underground station. Offering an exquisite range of styles for hire, from neo-classical suites to Georgian rooms with garden views to contemporary gallery and restaurant spaces, Pitzhanger is perfect for weddings, events, photography and filming. Civil ceremonies are licensed across varied spaces within the Manor and our adjacent Soane's Kitchen restaurant space can accommodate drinks and dancing to follow, ensuring that your perfect wedding day can start and end at Pitzhanger. We make filming and photography easy, offering a range of historic features, beautiful gardens and clean modern spaces. We work with first class partners who will help to deliver a memorable experience. Our approved suppliers can shape and customise events - from uplighting and floristry through to creating fully hybrid events to welcome guests joining from home or abroad.
Once one of the grandest civic buildings in London, is a magnificent Grade II listed building in the heart of one of the most vibrant areas of the capital. Now a flagship arts, community and live events venue, the space boasts a number of stunning and unique spaces perfect for a range of events. The Assembly Hall is an ideal location for corporate dinners, product launches, talks and other events. The high ceilings, Italian marble panelled walls, Matcham style balcony and glorious architectural features give the Assembly Hall a distinctive feeling of grandeur and elegance. Once the original Vestry Hall, the Council Chamber is the most architecturally significant space, featuring an original highly ornate moulded ceiling, floor to ceiling columns and stained glass windows. Located on the ground floor, the Council Chamber is a flexible space ideal for parties and receptions, conferences, launches and talks and can be hired as a singular room, breakout, or complemented by the Mayor's Parlour, the adjacent space. The Committee Rooms, with their distinctive period features, Edwardian fireplaces and an elegant buttressed ceiling and located on their own corridor are ideal for private parties, networking drinks, receptions, meetings and breakout spaces. A unique venue in London perfect for product launches, conferences, fashion shows and dinners. As an arts venue with a programme of non-traditional theatre, it has established itself as a key part of the east London cultural landscape. With eight stunning spaces, hireable in a number of configurations, clients can create events that are completely unique, guaranteeing a creative and innovative brand experience for guests, just five minutes’ walk from the City of London.Learn more about all of our spaces for hire, for a bespoke quote or to arrange a site visit, please get in touch with a member of our dedicated events team.
Impress your guests by hosting your event in a UNESCO world heritage site. 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.
A Victorian townhouse in the heart of Soho, London, offering 300sqm of bright, airy, blank-canvas space spread over six floors. Nestled among Soho’s private members’ clubs, hip cafés, bars and shops, the venue has a flexible layout which can be hired in full or in part with a total capacity of up to 150 standing. The venue has an impressive media visibility and has hosted Wallpaper*, GQ, Diptyque, Levi's and Manolo Blahnik, among many other prestigious brands. The characterful townhouse architecture lends itself brilliantly to events for art, design, fashion, food and music and has also been chosen to host private members’ clubs: cognac brand Rémy Martin has returned here twice for a six-week residency. The venues prime location minutes from local institutions like The Ivy, Soho House, the Groucho Club and Quo Vadis make it a unique, not-to-be-missed venue.
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.
Situated in the City of Westminster, Porchester Hall’s Grade II listed classic art deco design and understated elegance make it a sought-after venue for a variety of events. The grand entrance to the Hall is ideal for reception drinks and leads guests up the elegant staircase with its ornamental bronze and wrought iron banisters, striking marble walls and crystal chandelier. From the stairway, guests are led through to the Main Hall, which is the very essence of grandeur and opulence. Porchester Hall is ideal for weddings, charity galas, conferences, fashion shows, filming, boxing, banquets, exams, private parties, concerts and much more. The main hall’s grandeur and versatility have seen it play host to concerts from the likes of Ed Sheeran, Amy Winehouse, Kylie Minogue and Pink Floyd; broadcasts such as Beyoncé‘s ‘Black Is King’ and Monty Python’s ‘The meaning of Life’; as well as countless legendary parties. The Small Hall, Duchess of York Suite and the Blue Room are all ideal for smaller events, or as extensions and ancillaries to the Main Hall. Catering We work with a carefully selected group of caterers to provide you with a wonderful selection of menu choices to suit all cultures, tastes and budgets. For flexibility, we also offer a dry-hire option, along with corkage and cash bars. Suppliers We have a network of fantastic recommended partners, including photographers, DJs, entertainers, florists and AV, however our clients are welcome to use their own suppliers if preferred.
Looking for the perfect, intimate venue in the heart of central London to hold your next high-end event? Look no further than London’s most prestigious townhouse. Featuring stunning and luxurious interiors, this is the ideal choice for those wishing to run an event in a venue which oozes class, elegance and atmosphere! Our expert events team can help you create your bespoke event. From intimate dinners to small meetings, receptions and talent after parties, the team are on hand to help make your event a true success.
Everyone loves to dress up from time to time, and who doesn’t dream sometimes of what life would be like if they were born in a different era? With a historically themed party, you’re giving your guests the chance to do just that, if only for the day. Whether it’s just for a bit of fun, or as part of a fundraising event, you’re sure to have the crowds flocking in to get their taste of the past. If you follow our 7 top tips to planning a historical party, you’ll be well on your way to organising an event that people will remember for a very long time.
Decide on the Period
Are you looking for something that’s more Renaissance Faire, or Medieval Banquet? A Victorian or Georgian day at the park? Or a military re-enactment? Whatever you’re thinking about, you need to pick a specific time period, and stick to it. A historical party takes a lot of planning, so you won’t have the time to change your mind. Think about what your local area is most famous for historically and work around that. Is there a local historical society that you could link up with to discuss your plans? Having an in-depth knowledge of the era that you decide to go for is always a plus. You’ll also need to think about the type of audience that you want to attract as that may influence your decision.
Choose Your Venue Carefully
Once you know the period of history that you want your event to explore, it’s time to start searching for the perfect venue. Luckily, there are a whole host of historic venues for hire in London, so there’ll be one that will fit with your plans perfectly. From grand houses, to castles, to banquet halls, any type of historical party will be possible. If you are looking for an area for outdoor activities in particular, you will need to make sure that you book your venue early in the year as the summer months tend to book up quickly with different events. The managers of the properties are sure to be enthusiastic about your event, as it’s rare that a party is held that uses these venues in the way they were built for.
Hire Some Experts
With any historical event, it’s necessary to get in some experts to help to guide you. You will want to be as historically accurate as possible, and so hiring people who have studied the period of your interest in-depth will help you to create an event that really allows your guests to step back in time. They’ll even be able to help you come up with more ideas for fun activities on the day. Having them about at the event means that you will have some people who can explain the history to your guests and answer any questions they may have about this period in history.
Details are Important
Attention to detail can make or break an historical event. You want everything to be as correct as possible and encourage your guests to fully immerse themselves in the experience. For example, at a medieval banquet, no forks are allowed! If you are having an event in the Georgian era, teach people about the etiquette of the time and the role that women played. Many will find it difficult and eye-opening to have to wait to be introduced to someone or chaperoned at all times! It is these details that teach us about what our history was really like.
Have Plenty of Spare Costumes
Do you want everyone to dress up at your event? If so, it’s best to have plenty of your own costumes on hand for people to wear. It can be hard for the general public to acquire the right outfits, so you’ll want to be able to keep everyone happy when they arrive and help them to get into character! This is also a great chance to explain the different articles of clothing to the people who arrive, why they were popular, and what difficulties arose because of the way that people dressed.
Have Historical Food and Drink
What’s a party without some food and drink? Of course, at a historically themed party, you’ll need to keep everything that you serve relevant to the time period. Think mead and ale for medieval, and some traditional home-cooked pies for the Victorian era. While not everyone is going to like the food, serving it in a traditional manner is exactly the type of thing that brings these events to life. If you are using an outdoor setting, you can even organise to have a pig on a spit, although this will shock some people!
Activities for Everyone
You will need to have a good idea of the age range of the people that are set to attend your historical event and have activities prepared that will suit all ages. Archery is always popular but having opportunities for people to try their had at traditional blacksmithing, sewing, and other games will keep everyone in high spirits. If there’s plenty to do, everyone is much more likely to stay around for longer. It’s always a good idea to round off the day with a show or other activity that will encourage people to stay. This might be jousting or a parade, but whatever it is, make sure that it’s well advertised when promoting your event.
Everyone loves some history, and what better way to get involved than with an historical party? Whatever era you choose to set yours in, make sure that you plan well in advance and consult with the experts to get all of the details right. It’s a great use of some of our historical landmarks, and if people enjoy it, you might even be asked to organise an historical party every year!