London is absolutely full to the brim with unique and unusual conference venues, and meeting spaces that make a wonderful place to hold all sorts of different occasions. Having collected together the very best of them here in this section, we invite you to browse our portfolio and let your imagination run free. We have the most unique venues to hire in London.
From the coolest and most exclusive nightclubs to quirky blank canvas galleries, themed venues to cool chill-out spaces, and just about anything else in between; you name it and we’ve got it. The vast popularity of these top picks makes them hotly coveted however, so you’ll want to snap up a booking fast before you miss out.
Sometimes the notion for something totally out of the norm grabs you, and such a setting is especially great for those who want to help their event stand out from the crowd.
The building once formed part of the London Gaslight and Coke company. It was badly bomb damaged during the 1940s London Blitz and shortly after demolished and rebuilt in the early 1950s. It later became a textile factory, car park (yes, really!!) and later a theatre rehearsals studio space. It is now a location for filming, photography, launches and events. Features include: Electric blackout blinds, 3 Phase Electrics, Changing and Make up room complete with light-up mirrors, steamer and hanging rails. There are two rooms upstairs for either clients, extras or a green room. The venue has two entrances, one of which is a secret entrance for events and immersive theatre productions. Outside there is a court yard and parking space. It is an ideal place to shoot cars and furniture, with a giant shutter ensuring easy access and loading.
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.
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 Wi-Fi 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
Last minute availability: We are pleased to inform you that our Main Auditorium has become available for hire week commencing 6th September 2021. Please contact the team for further details regarding hire option and offers. Sadler’s Wells is a world-renowned dance, performance and events venue. Sadler’s Wells provides a contemporary, vibrant and inspiring venue for conferences, workshops and performances. The venue can hold private and corporate events from 12-1500 guests in rooms including the main auditorium, a studio theatre and various meeting/conference suites. This smart and modern venue has natural daylight, fully integrated state of the art AV with in-house technical staff, air conditioning and free Wi-Fi internet throughout. Our experienced Events team provides dedicated event management ensuring smooth delivery and success. Clients also benefit from in-house catering providing a wide range of fresh, seasonal menus for a variety of occasions. Sadler's Wells has played host to prestigious companies including Sony Music, KPMG, The Guardian, TEDx and many others. We would be delighted to host your event at Sadler's Wells.
BMA House – modern events with heritage, placing sustainability at the heart of everything we do. A beautifully bright and spacious Grade II listed building designed in 1911, our magnificent venue boasts 22 unique and versatile spaces, all fitted with cutting edge AV technology. A strong balance between the old and new is at the heart of our offer. New technology, new thinking on nutrition and new ideas about what an event space can be merge with real heritage and a proven track record to create the story of BMA House today. From small meeting rooms to full conferencing spaces for up to 320, it is a favourite for Conferences, Meetings, Award Ceremonies, Summer, Parties and Weddings. We’re incredibly passionate about our food. Healthy meetings being our ethos with delegates’ wellbeing at the forefront of all menus, our talented chefs have created mindfully nutritious menus which focus on sustaining concentration and nourishing delegates with wholesome food. We are also fully stocked on ideas for any event or individual requiring vegan or vegetarian dishes. Located in the heart of Bloomsbury just a stone’s throw away from mainline stations Euston and Kings Cross, our superb location suits both national and international conferences.
**Situated in the Heart of Covent Garden and a stone's throw from the Seven Dials, The Stables is a purpose-built Event venue/gallery, spanning 2 floors and enclosed Courtyard** The Stables has 2 frontages; on Earlham Street and Shelton Street so your visitors will have superb visibility and access. The venue itself is 4,500Sq/Ft over two floors with an outside Courtyard (versatile space away from the hustle and bustle) but also allows delivery access for easy loading in and out with a total capacity of 380pax. With a blank canvas feel you can create any event around your brief, whether it is for a launch party or corporate event or exhibition it will be a space that can be transformed to wow your guests. The venue boasts in house, top of the range AV equipment, F&B facilities and parking/ loading bays.
Clerkenwell, Farringdon, Smithfield
Previously a vestry within St. Sepulchre’s Parish, The Vestry is a new wave cocktail & wine bar concept a stone’s throw from Smithfield Market. The Vestry is available for full and partial private hire for buffets, drinks, two to three course dining, wedding receptions, corporate hire and more. With a range of meeting packages for corporate clients during the day and events packages for those afternoon, evening & late-night parties - you'll find everything you need with us.
The White Collar Factory is a striking new 15-floor building near Old Street roundabout. This contemporary space makes the most of lots of natural light, with a large lounge perfect for product launches and presentations with capacity for up to 350 people. In addition to the event space, this venue has 8 meeting rooms ranging in size from 4-30 people.
The Fellow is a discreetly stylish hidden gem of a pub just around the corner from the grandeur of the new Kings Cross station. With a focus on the finer things and some wonderful spaces to enjoy them in, The Fellow is the ideal place to gather your gang together to celebrate an engagement, a birthday or a Friday!
The HAC is an exceptional and thoroughly unexpected peaceful venue; a historic 18th century mansion set in a six-acre garden yet located just minutes from Moorgate and Old Street stations in the heart of the City of London. The Honourable Artillery Company estate compromises of three main areas: Armoury House, a Grade II-listed Georgian manor house, the hidden five-acre historical lawn of the Artillery Garden; the Prince Consort Rooms, a large converted contemporary drill hall with its own entrance and terrace. Armoury House Inside Armoury House, several elegant rooms are available for hire, including the atmospheric oak-panelled Long Room, which is one of London's most stunning venues for a private dinner, reception or party. When you approach Armoury House, an instant impact is made from the impressive building and its original features including large cannons, and stone entrance steps. Inside, stained glass windows overlook the central staircase and, on the ground floor, you’ll find the Ante Room and Queens Room (each with capacity for up to 60 guests). Both spaces benefit from large, front-facing windows and plenty of natural daylight. Prince Consort Rooms The Prince Consort Rooms offer a contemporary space inside a historic and prestigious venue with a dedicated entrance designed for you and your guest's privacy. The neutral decor means this room can be transformed into any themed or styled event you envision. Artillery Garden The Artillery Garden is ideal for sporting events, rugby, football and cricket are played on the lawn every year. The HAC’s Artillery Garden is also available to host private and corporate events such as drink receptions, summer parties and training or team building days. The HAC’s Events Team – alongside its renowned catering partners, Searcys – work to organise and cater for events of all shapes, themes, and sizes. With years of experience, their skill and uncompromising dedication to excellence ensures occasions run seamlessly, from start to finish.
The Grade I listed building is nearly 200 years old and a true icon of the capital. With twenty two different event spaces that include both contemporary and historic event venues, available for daytime and evening events, as well as options for outdoor and indoor entertaining, the venue offers an unparalleled amount of choice for corporate events, private parties and wedding receptions for between 2 and 1200 guests. With beautiful picture galleries, a dedicated conference suite and options for late night dancing until 2am, this is a breath taking venue for all occasions, located at the very heart of London just off Trafalgar Square.
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
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. The Petersham is an opulent setting for any event. Sweeping windows, Genoese chandeliers and a private terrace, perfect for a drinks reception or grand entrance. With moveable furniture and a creative team, the space is versatile and an impressive backdrop for all occasions. Take ove the full venue and enjoy drinks in the private dining space and garden, before pulling back the curtains to reveal the beautiful main dining room where long banqueting tables will be dressed for your feast. During dining, the private dining room can be transformed once more to provide the perfect space for dancing the night away. Ideal for a wedding reception to follow a choice of licensed ceremony spaces across the site or any style of celebration. Groups of 12-36 seated and 40 to stand can enjoy the beautiful private dining room, within the main restaurant. Made private by heavy curtains, your guests will be welcomed through their own terrace entrance. The room is drenched in light, with floor to ceiling windows and garden doors which open onto to Floral Court.
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
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.
The Royal Foundation of St Katharine is a unique venue located in East London, in walking distance from Canary Wharf and with great transport links to the City of London financial centre. We have a range of facilities, which includes 9 beautiful meeting rooms for groups from 2 – 70 in number and the Yurt Cafe in our Precinct. Our meeting rooms vary in style from the listed Georgian house, to the modern and contemporary rooms refurbished in 2019. Many of our meeting rooms have natural light, and look onto our beautiful garden. High speed unlimited WiFi is available free of charge throughout and we provide complimentary AV equipment to suit each groups conference or meeting requirements. We can organise and host celebration dinners and special events such as wedding receptions, birthdays and garden parties. With such unusual and beautiful buildings and grounds we are an ideal filming location for productions of any size. Home cooked and freshly prepared every day, all of our food is made on site. We provide appetising and wholesome food for all our meeting and conference guests, with every effort to provide fair trade produce where possible. THE YURT CAFE Run by The Royal Foundation of St Katharine our Yurt is a beautiful and unique space for receptions, parties, dinners, networking events, talks & seminars within 5 minutes of Bank and Canary Wharf. We have a expert team of chefs who can provide catering for all occasions. Available for hire in the evenings from 6pm.
When you think about it, life can be pretty boring. You work, you sleep, you eat pizza in your pyjamas during Netflix marathons, and you occasionally mix things up with dinner, birthday parties, a day out or an away day with work.
But, what if you could experience something out of the ordinary, something…unique? Not so boring anymore, right?
Luckily for you, we’ve got loads of unique and unusual venues to help bring a little pizzaz to your lives. Unique venues and locations are an easy way to spice up a corporate event or private party, so if you’re busy event planning, look no further!
The possibilities really are endless when it comes to what you can do with an unusual venue. Plus, there are so many types of event space too, it just depends what you’re looking for - from unique conference venues for hire in London and unique meeting rooms, to the perfect venues for parties, wakes, weddings and a whole lot more!
We all love a wedding, especially when it’s our own. The thing about weddings is that they can be a perfect snapshot into the personality of the happy couple, and more and more people are opting for something a little…quirkier these days. Alternative wedding venues are a wonderful way to showcase who you are and what you love, while keeping your guests engaged and giving them a little something different from the standard tradition.
Who said conferences have to be dull, drab, boring events that everyone dreads? We certainly didn’t, which is why we’ve got an amazing collection of unique conference venues to give your company conference a dull-ectomy. Engaging, fun twists on the standard soul-sucking of corporate jargon can give you an engaging edge. The perfect option for companies who have their own little personalities, the unique venues of London are yours for the taking.
So, you’re getting married then, eh? Congratulations! Well, now it’s time to let people know about it with a party, because nothing’s official until there’s been a party – that’s what we say, anyway. Engagement parties can be a traditional affair, but sometimes tradition can be tedious, even when we don’t want to admit it. Inject your own style and flair with quirky venues and a theme that screams “this is me”. From the fancy to the kitsch, we’ve got you covered.
Whether it’s Christmas, the end of a conference, or just to say “thanks”, hosting a dinner or party for your staff can make all the difference to morale. Not all companies adopt the standard corporate image, with many agencies and creative companies looking to keep their employees immersed in the reward of tastiness and fun. So, no matter if you’re a small or big company, our funky venues for hire are here to help.
Step 1: Set a date
The first step to any event is to decide when it should be. Whether it’s a winter wonderland wedding reception, a spring conference or a Christmas office party - the date is important. Try to set it when your guests would be most likely to be able to attend and remember that peak times such as summer can be more expensive and book up fast.
Step 2: Find out your budget
This one is pretty simple, if you’re not the one setting a budget then you need to find out how much you can spend. Once you have your overall budget allowance, estimate how much things like food and drink will cost so you’re left with your venue budget.
Step 3: Find and book a venue
Now this is where it starts getting fun, and when we can help the most! It’s time to find the perfect venue for your event. You should have some basic parameters in mind for the venue based on what your event is for. So, think about if you need a larger space, somewhere that offers catering, somewhere with a bar, somewhere pet-friendly, etc. Once you’ve found the venue, take a look around if you can and then put down your deposit.
Step 4: The guest list
Okay, so your venue is sorted, now let’s fill that venue with bodies, preferably ones having copious amounts of fun while in awe at your venue choice, but we digress. Let your guests, employees, delegates or whoever you’re inviting know when and where the event is and what will happen during it. Oh, and don’t forget to make sure you get those RSVPs back, you’ll need them to sort out catering numbers.
Step 5: Dinner, drinks and entertainment
So far you just have a bunch of people in a venue gawking at the walls and we don’t want that, so it’s time to decide what you’re going to offer at your event. If you’ll be serving food or offering wine or an open bar then you’ll need to get those things arranged. For parties and wedding receptions, and other events too really (we’re not judging), you’ll probably need to hire some entertainment for the evening - a DJ always goes over great.
Step 6: Enjoy your event!
That’s it, you’re finished! Well done, we’re very proud of your party planning skills. All that’s left to do now is enjoy the fruits of your labour and go have some fun!
Step 1: Think about the budget
Set your budget before you start looking for your venue. There are quirky venues to suit every budget, and you wouldn’t want to be disappointed if you found somewhere and then couldn’t afford it.
Step 2: Go with your heart
When dealing with unique venues it’s crucial that you ‘go with your gut’, especially if it’s a wedding or party. You can narrow the choices down by facilities and what you need them to offer, but the final choice should give you those “this is the one” butterflies.
Step 3: Act Fast!
Unique and unusual venues can get booked up fast, so once you’ve found somewhere that ticks all the boxes and gets your creatively-charged heart pumping, get on that gas pedal and lock down your booking.