SMITHS’ is an iconic all-day dining concept with 4 floors in the heart of the City. We are a popular and unique Private Dining and Exclusive Hire venue with our many floors, flexible spaces and an experienced event team working with guests to organise any occasion, be it a Business Meeting, Corporate Private Dinner, Birthday or Wedding. We also offer Cocktail Making Classes and a Beef Butchery Masterclass, ensuring guests are always offered a unique and enjoyable ‘SMITHS’ experience.
**Please note, our capacities will be reduced until September 2021** The Stage day rate: £165 Per Hour+ VAT/evening rate: £260 Per Hour+ VAT Cinema Hire Starting Price: £200 Per Hour + VAT An alternative to the traditional with cutting-edge facilities, mouth-watering menus and bespoke themes. 3 boutique cinemas 3 blank canvas venue spaces Mezzanine gallery Lower cafe gallery Boardroom Livestreaming A five-storey Shoreditch landmark, Rich Mix are able to tailor their spaces for anything. Corporate events, conferences and private dinner parties. Photo shoots, fashion shows and book launches. Weddings, Ceremonies, Christmas parties and Summer Balls. Their creative events team can make it happen. And brilliantly, all profits contribute directly to their work as an arts charity.
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.
Based in the seriously cool Coal Drops Yard, a 5 minute walk from King's Cross, hicce is a restaurant by day but can transform into a unique, modern event space. With use of the flagship Wolf & Badger store, we open up the Atrium for bigger parties and can get creative when entertaining your guests, offering cocktail masterclasses, wine or whisky tastings and lots more! We have a private dining room for more intimate parties or to be used as a breakout space and the main restaurant housed at the top of the building. With a beautiful sun trap terrace which faces west, you're almost guaranteed the best sunset spot in the city.
15 Bateman Street is the perfect venue for all types of exhibitions, events and launches, pop ups or shoots. Our classic shop front leads to a deceptively large two floor space, with a unique and stylish interior. We are located in the very heart of Soho's theatre and restaurant district. This is a space that exudes character, and is the perfect backdrop to create a story for your clients or guests. With our experience as a commercial art gallery, we are the ideal location to display your new product or line - our custom lighting system can be arranged to best display your products. Create a story for your patron within which to experience your company ethos as they move throughout the different spaces of our venue. Our space is both versatile and dramatic to create an immersive experience of your brand for your viewers.
With a capacity for 120, this space is perfect for private networking, reception events and summer BBQs. The contemporary museum space comes with the added benefit of a private courtyard that features a beautiful living plant wall which adds to the venue’s atmosphere and acts as the perfect backdrop for summer parties. The indoor modern and contemporary museum space offers great versatility and in addition, allows guests to explore the inspiring exhibition galleries or enjoy a curator-led museum tour.
What was once a long abandoned building is now a luxury innovation & creativity hub in the heart of London’s technology cluster. The Trampery Old Street, has meeting spaces for every occasion, from meetings for four to functions for 200. Our expertise in design has created this sumptuous new space with high performance event facilities, and our expertise in the sociology of innovation enables it to bring people together in ways that positively reinforce the development of new ideas. The Ballroom can hold up to 200 standing or 160 theatre style. The space is filled with natural light.
Swingers City offers two 9-hole crazy golf courses with three incredible street food vendors, five cocktail drenched bars and a two-storey clubhouse. Swingers is totally unique and outrageously fun, making it the ideal venue for a host of occasions ranging from birthday parties, your team Christmas party, team building, client entertaining or simply a night out for a group of friends. Swingers City is based on a 1920's golf-club set in the bucolic English countryside. Step into the secret world of our old-school clubhouse, rolling greens, lush foliage and unparalleled hospitality. The venue is a stone's throw away from the Gherkin in the heart of London. Here is our other site: West End
It is the outrageous fun of Ping Pong, combined with state of the art facilities and reputation for hosting well executed events that sets Bounce apart as the ultimate conference and corporate party destination in London. Located just 3 minutes walk from Old Street station, the vast 12,000sqft main Space offers flexible layout options ranging from 100 capacity theatre style set up through to 400 capacity standing reception events. A perfect place for all events: Conferencing - Team building - Private parties - Networking - Award nights - Hybrid events - Meetings - Away days - Product launches - Christmas parties Day Delegate Packages start at just £40 + VAT. The venue also features a luxurious private room, available for exclusive hire. It is an ideal setting for groups of 50-90 standing. Ideal for smaller conferences, meetings and social events this versatile space can also be set up theater, cabaret or boardroom style. Hiring the room for up to six hours includes: Three Ping Pong tables and a Beer Pong table - Private cocktail bar, mixologist & bar seating - In-house music of your own choice - UV lighting and iridescent artwork - 40” LCD screen & 7ft projector Exclusive areas at Bounce include a variety of opportunities for you and your group to enjoy everything we have to offer for a longer period of time in your own dedicated space, while still being able to soak in the electric atmosphere from our main bar. Perfect for groups of 30-60 guests.
Converted Victorian railway in East London. The space covers 2400 sq ft Used at night as a nightclub (evenings) and live streaming video production studio (day time). As a music venue we work with London promoters like Bodyhammer, Sisu, EatYourOwnEars, BabaYagasHut, ThirtyThreeThirtyThree, Serious, Parallel Lines and Upset The Rhythm. We've hosted everything from James Blake's private party to The London Jazz Festival and H&M corporate parties. If you want a raw, intimate experience in East London without compromising on sound and production then this is the spot for you. The space is setup for broadcast quality live streaming. Fully equipped with pro broadcast equipment, studio lighting, moving heads, smoke machine, sound desk, pioneer CDJ's, 1210 turntables, range of studio and live mics. See separate 'room' below for more details and photos on this service.
Sizona Location, is a 2,000 square feet spacious Architect designed minimalist apartment in the heart of London EC1, located near Old Street, Angel and Clerkenwell. Ground floor courtyard garden and design conscious interior. Set over 2 levels, this popular converted warehouse has a contemporary and loft appeal, with interior and exterior patio slab paving stones, exposed brick walls and a mix of modern and retro interiors.The building exterior has a classic London warehouse look with easy access. Together with the fully opening glass doors leading to a patio area, this exciting location is suitable for product launches, filming and photo shoots plus dinners, corporate events, cocktail parties, workshops and screenings. Feel free to inquire 8 am - 8 pm Mon - Sun Tel: + 44 7956 279338 PLEASE NOTE: WE DO NOT CATER TO PRIVATE PARTIES INCLUDING ANY BIRTHDAY PARTIES FOR MORE THAN 10 PERSONS. THIS IS AN EVENT VENUE FOR BUSINESS RELATED, PRESS, FILMING/PHOTO SHOOTS AND CREATIVE EVENTS ONLY.SOME PRIVATE EVENTS ALLOWED. WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO TAKE BOOKINGS ON SHORT NOTICE AT EXCELLENT RATES. PARKING IS ALSO AVAILABLE.
Located at 62–64 Southampton Row HELLO LOVE is a contemporary retail experience and changeable story space that gives artists and brands a place to co-create and present. The venue is spread between a ground floor and basement and is ideal for Pop-Ups, Product Launches, Sample Sales and Press Days Large floor to ceiling windows present an immersive experience to the steady flow of traffic between Holborn, Russell Sq. and the British Museum.
Paddington, Edgware Road
Overlooking Paddington's Grand Union Canal, Lockhouse is an all-day hangout that specialises in craft beer, artisan cocktails, classic burgers, Louisana-style po'boys, fresh salads and a delectable brunch and coffee menu. Lockhouse can cater for: *Private Events for up to 300 standing *Meetings, Training Day, Private Parties on the Mezzanine with Flat Screen *Masterclasses in Cocktails, Beer, Spirits and Food Pairing *Weddings & other occasions *Corporate Bookings *Tour Groups *Breakfast Meetings *Wrap Parties *Filming and Photoshoots
The Old Parish Hall is a large, blank canvas space perfect for your next event, whether it’s for a photo shoot, a wedding, corporate event, private party or gallery showing. Re-launched in August 2017, this former Edwardian parish hall has been restored to its former beauty and character. Located in Hackney in East London it is a unique venue in London. * Huge 220 sq metre event space * 6m high barrel-vaulted ceiling with excellent natural light * Supporting reception area with professional kitchen * Wheelchair accessible with lift and ramp * Available for day & evening hire We are a charitable initiative whose aim is to make osteopathy accessible to all. We provide osteopathy on a pay-what-you-can basis, to help those that cannot. We also offer our patients low-cost wellness classes as part of our bid to improve the health and wellbeing of the local community. All other activities within, such as weddings, photo shoots and event hire, help to fund our charity.
We are a 150 capacity, multifunctional events space situated in the heart of London, Europe’s largest creative hub. Our community is comprised of the best in the Music, Film & TV, Tech & Fashion industries and we service them along with a multitude of external clients. We’re designed to be highly versatile to cater for the niche requirements of the top tier in both the creative and corporate industries. Some of our regular clients include Apple, Amazon, Sony Music, BBC, Channel 4, Beats 1 Radio and The British Heart Foundation amongst many others. We’re here for music events, artist showcases, panel discussions, art exhibitions, community workshops, presentations, private parties, Q&A’s and corporate away days. Our events are a platform for both the top tier and the underground. We have personalities, visionaries, legends, next big things, ideas, inspiration, diversity and substance all rolled into a calendar of events that are designed to engage, entertain and inspire. We have a fully licensed bar and bespoke catering facilities, and a dedicated event team to guide your event from conception to completion.
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. La Goccia is a vibrant restaurant with an open kitchen, wood fired oven, large grill and dining bar. A section of the restaurant offers semi-private dining for up to 30 guests. This space sits under the kitchen, which keeps the atmosphere vibrant and the backdrop exciting. Guests are invited to choose from one of our set menus. La Goccia Bar which features a hand made iron bar is the perfect venue for a standing reception. The short end of the L Shaped space provides a cosy sofa section which can hold up to 30-35 guests standing. Tucked away from the length of the bar, your guests will be invited to use the bar garden entrance exclusively, so the space feels intimate. For larger parties, full hire of the bar can home a maximum of 70 guests. The bar allows for casual seating, lounging and dancing if desired. We have a wonderful in-house Dj that can play for your party, just let us know and we will put you in touch. Your standing party are invited to dine from our canape menu. La Goccia Bar is adjoining to The Shop, which offers seated dining for up to 70 guests or provides an extension to your standing party. Please see our profile for full details.
So, you need to organise a tech conference, easy right? Well… not always. Like any big event, there’s a lot of work involved so you’ll need to have a firm plan in place. We’ve put together these 10 steps to help you get the ball rolling!
All too often, planning for a conference is started too late in the game. This means that there’s a rush to organise a keynote and venue, as well as a rush to advertise in time for people to actually show up. What then happens, is that you will be left with an event that doesn’t flow well. Instead of a seamless transition between events, there may be gaps that are too long, and the theme won’t be as cohesive as you’ve had to scramble to get speakers together. If your call for proposals goes out too late, you won’t be able to have the all-important discussions with those interested, and the speakers that are accepted will be left confused as to what they are actually doing on the day.
Pick the Right Team
The organising team for the conference should be made up of a group of people who are excited to get involved. This will take up more of their time than even they will have anticipated, so make sure that they are aware of the commitment. A good mix of new and old staff will merge the advice from past conferences with the enthusiasm new team members bring with them. Remember to diversify the group as well, and have the gender split as close to 50/50 as you can.
Know what your budget is before you start making any grand plans. Tech conferences can eat away a budget really quickly, so you’ll need to be aware of this. If you’ve had previous events, this will be a good basis to start from. Keep an accurate working budget, so you don’t find that you’ve overspent, and can keep tickets in the reasonable price range. Sponsors are crucial to any tech event, so it’s important to get them on board as soon as possible. Show clearly what your event can offer them.
Theme is everything at a modern tech conference. It draws people in and makes them buy the tickets. Create an agenda as soon as you are able so that attendees know what to expect. Keep it as narrow and on-theme as possible. While there will of course be many diverse stands, now is the time to bring these into focus. Make the theme your own, relevant to your company, and with a clear call to action.
The venue might be the single most important aspect of any tech conference. If it’s being held in a stuffy hall, no one is going to want to go, and it will give the impression that the event will be boring. You’ll be looking for modern conference venues in London, something that fits with your theme, with the speaker’s ideas, and will facilitate break-outs and networking. VR will also be important, so ensure that your venue has the right technological capabilities for what you need.
The keynote speaker will be one of the biggest draws to the event, so think outside of the box. Contact people who the audience might not have seen before and contact them early. Schedules fill up fast, and once you have your theme, getting the keynote needs to be next on the list. Always treat them with the utmost respect, and answer all of their questions. The more information that you can give them, the better. Once you’ve found someone you want, let them know as soon as possible and start advertising it – although get their approval of the wording you’re going to use.
This has already been mentioned, but have a plan for the day, and think about your attendees. They are going to be looking for something that they can participate in. No matter how good your speakers are, there should also be something more interactive. Breakouts, and panels with content relevant to the theme will allow the audience to engage further. You’ll need to provide ample time for networking, as a conference like this is an amazing opportunity for everyone.
Offer Food and Drink
A crucial part of any conference is what people eat and drink. If you’re not providing it yourself, people will drift away on their own, and either come back late, or not at all. Meal times are a great opportunity to network and having coffee or even beer on standby will help everyone relax. Make sure that you have a few options for dietary requirements. Having some nut-free, vegetarian, and gluten-free food is always a bonus
Update Your Website
Remember that it’s a tech conference you are organising, and so attendees will expect all of the information to be available online, an online booking system, promotional videos, the works. Advertise your sponsors as well so that they are getting what you promised. Keep all of your social media accounts up to date as well, and have a strong marketing plan and call to action for people to respond to.
After the event is just as crucial as the lead up to it. Continue to engage with attendees, ask them to complete a feedback survey, analyse the data from this and send it back to them. Keep the conversation going. Remember to thank all of the speakers, sponsors and the keynote – sending gifts is appropriate as well. If you have another conference the next year, invite them to attend. If not to speak again, at least a free ticket to participate. The most popular speakers could head a panel, but you need to keep in contact with them, and not just forget about them.
There are a lot of moving pieces when it comes to organising a tech conference, but with a good team behind you and adequate planning, it will all come together. Don’t get stressed and you might have more fun organising than you first thought!