In this section you can browse our extensive collection and choose from some of the most unique and versatile event spaces, all of which are available for competitive prices and can be found in fantastic locations throughout East, West and Central London for any number of different occasions.
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.
**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.
Two beautiful venue/meeting rooms in an old church school building, 5 minutes walk from London Bridge Station. Comes fully equipped with furniture, projector & screen. This space is suitable for Away Days, Conferencing and Meetings Please note that we have no availability for evenings or weekends.
Old Street's bespoke venue; Interior design, bright, exposed brick, big windows, high quality sound system, central, breakout rooms, commando sockets for photography. As well as dry hire, we can also create a fully bespoke service for your event - everything can be arranged internally such as catering, barista coffee, professional photographer, event staff, sound technician, etc on request..Please note we do not host private events, parties or celebrations due to the fact we are situated within a residential building. .About the venue: Set up to address the lack of properly equipped affordable studio and workshop spaces for wellness, personal development professionals and photographers. The spaces are used for meetings, workshops, photo and video shoots. Our white studio has high speed hard wired internet for streaming and video conferences. Our vision for was to create a beautiful, well-designed space that would be a home for personal growth and development. One of our recent clients described it as ‘the third facilitator’ in her workshop and we hope that you will feel that way too. We’re proud to give 10% of profits to our sister venue The Arc Centre in Islington which is a local community project.
Hawker House is our huge indoor food and drink warehouse in Canada Water. It can fit up to 2,000 people indoors, with an additional 1,000 capacity space in the summer months when we open our huge outside area, aka the Land of Bamboo - our own tropical tiki paradise. Hawker House is the perfect versatile event space for conferences, exhibitions, awards ceremonies, product launches, parties and LOADS more. The venue is split across two rooms, meaning you can hire one side of Hawker House for smaller groups of 200 up to much larger whole-venue takeovers. Hawker House is the perfect alternative space for large scale conferences. With 1500 square metres of transformable space and a capacity of up to 550 theatre style with an additional further 4 breakout rooms, our brilliant Canada Water warehouse provides a unique urban backdrop, with an unbeatable operations team delivering slick service and catering for all your needs. We believe in work hard, play hard and can offer fantastic after parties to round off your conference, complete with DJs and delicious cocktails. Expect world beating street food and service in a memorable venue. The incredible warehouse space has nine brilliant bars, ten world beating street food traders and loads of extra room for you to play around with, including optional pool and beer pong tables. Hawker House is a short walk away from Canada Water Overground and Underground Station, and is only a short distance from London Bridge, Borough and Canary Wharf. **Venue does not allow consumer ticketed events**
A unique ground floor, blank canvas showroom event space based in Central London, W1, 3 mins walk from Tottenham Court Road Underground Station. Available for dry hire and ideal for Press Shows, Product Launches, Photography Shoot, Samples Sales, Business Seminars & Presentations. The venue ground floor access, ideal for loading and unloading.
Safehouse 1 and Safehouse 2 are stripped back Victorian houses in the heart of Peckham. Featuring exposed brick walls and interesting textures throughout the houses they are perfect for a variety of uses - from exhibitions, shoots, private parties and theatre. They have loading bays outside, and there is paid parking in Copeland Estate next door. Safehouse 1 features a garden area which is great for private views at exhibitions.
A bright and airy creative space located on the canal, in central Hackney Wick and alongside the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. White Post Cafe is a contemporary, multi-use space. It has a large Atrium venue adjoining. The interior is totally unique and captures the rich artistic live/work vibe in Hackney Wick. We are an ideal venue for product launches, corporate events, party bookings, wedding receptions, music gigs, and late night events. The venue can either be hired or space reserved. Available for wet/dry hires. Weekend - wet hires upwards of £3500 (100 plus people) Photo shoots Film shoots Talks Gatherings Business parties/celebrations Live music gigs and DJ club nights Creative meetings
PLEASE NOTE: The Ditch dry hire rate starts at £550+VAT per hour/ £5,000+VAT per day The Ditch is the untouched basement of the original Grade II listed building. Over a dozen interconnecting rooms with original features, exposed brickwork and pipes, fireplaces and stoves provide a unique and intimate setting for events. Although it has an abandoned aesthetic, The Ditch has full production capabilities and remains as flexible and responsive as the rest of the building. It can be transformed to create an immersive setting for memorable product launches, creative fundraising events, unique receptions, conference breakout spaces and even dining.
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.
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.
Situated in the heart of Borough, we have converted a Victorian diary factory into a range of cutting-edge event spaces. 79 Borough Road forms part of Ministry Venues and is modern in design but retains the industrial character of the original building. Featuring This versatile venue features a host of spaces that can be booked exclusively or independently giving the flexibility to accommodate a plethora of events. Blank canvas events space Luxury cinema State-of-the-art meeting room suite Private studio Stunning bar and garden
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.
Unrivalled riverside exterior spaces at the centre of London's vibrant South Bank, the Riverside Walkway, Parks and Gardens is an ideal location for experiential events, consumer facing brand activations, sampling and cultural events. We have a variety of sites along the riverside offering a range of exciting locations. Our outdoor event spaces offer high footfall and diverse audiences which include local businesses, residents, Londoners enjoying dwell time and national and international South Bank visitors. To access our outdoor venue hire brochure please follow the link below: http://coinstreet.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/CSCB-Outdoor-venue-hire-brochure.pdf
Unfortunately we do not accept private party bookings This light-filled space is a versatile environment for your next event. Featuring stunning views of the City skyline and Shard, and nestled close to Borough Market, the Penthouse is conveniently located a few minutes walk from London Bridge Station. A true haven in the heart of London, the Penthouse has a laid back refined vibe and offers ultimate privacy in the heart of London Bridge. A generous space with areas for breakout, two balconies and stunning floor to ceiling windows. The team at the Menier Penthouse can provide a range of catering options for your event - from breakfast pastries and buffet lunches to fully staffed champagne and canapé receptions. Catering, AV hire, DDR etc all available to meet your event requirements. A popular space for corporate events, training days, product launches, away days, filming and photo shoots. The striking setting of Menier Penthouse has made it popular with many high street, and high end, brands and it has featured in major publications in the UK and internaitonally. Capacity: 60 people Max Setups Available: Theatre style / Banquet / Cabaret / Boardroom Stats: 263sqm internal space + 67sqm of open terraces. 2.7m ceiling height. Kitchen and bathroom. Private lobby with lift access. Facilities: kitchen/toilet/separate green room available on request Access: 3 minute walk from London Bridge Tube/ loading bay directly outside property/ lift opens directly into space Additions: 65" Screen, Sound System, Microphones, Stage, Lecterns, Flipcharts, Beanbags
Studio Spaces is rapidly becoming one of London’s finest Warehouse events venues. Comprised of three unique, contemporary film and photographic studios. This former factory retains its industrial charm. High specification finishes and stunning architectural features bring the character while 8000 sq ft of space brings the flexibility. Live shows, launches, on-trend conferences, parties and weddings – Studio Spaces has played host to them all, either in one studio or all three. With several client parking spaces, loading access on the ground floor and The Warehouse boasts a drive-in entrance. Capacities: Entire Venue: Reception: 1650 / Sit Down: 506 / Theatre: 725 / Area in m2: 790 Black Studio: Reception: 450 / Sit Down: 144 / Theatre: 180 / Area in m2: 250 White Studio: Reception: 200 / Sit Down: 80 / Theatre: 120 / Area in m2: 140 Warehouse Studio: Reception: 700 / Sit Down: 278 / Theatre: 455 / Area in m2: 370
Showing your work is always nerve-wracking, especially if it’s a gallery opening dedicated solely to your art. It can be hard to know where to begin with something like this, which is why having a good checklist is so important.
The most work obviously comes before that actual event, but don’t be daunted! Give yourself plenty of time and you’ll have it all organised in no time.
As with any event, planning is key. Write a checklist of everything that you need to do, along with the dates that you need to get them done by. Knowing what date you want your opening to be on is the first step, but don’t advertise this until you have confirmed the venue.
Choose your Artwork
Part of the planning process for a gallery opening is knowing what paintings/ sculptures/ photographs that you are going to display. This isn’t always easy. While you might know what your best pieces are, it can be hard to choose from the rest of your work. That’s why it’s good to start from a theme. If there is one piece of art or a series that you want to be the focus, develop a theme around them. While there may be some other pieces you want to display, if they don’t fit with this theme, set them aside. Work on the name of the exhibition that you will be using on all of your promotional material. Choose artwork that will be a range of prices, so that there is something for everyone.
Where you hold the exhibition is key to the success of the opening. Make sure that it is not in an awkward location to get to, allows catering, and that there is plenty of room for both people and artwork. While cosy spaces can be intimate, you need to think about how many people might attend before you commit to a smaller space. Vacant spaces for hire in London mean that you can find something truly unique that can fit your needs and the theme of your art. If you go for a more traditional gallery space, talk to them and find what their code of conduct is and whether your ideas will be suitable. Communication with the curators will be key.
Refreshments will be expected at a gallery opening, so make sure that you can provide them. Canapes and wine are the traditional, but if that doesn’t fit with your style, then mix it up a little bit. There’s nothing wrong with craft beer can cocktail sausages, so long as it doesn’t look out of place!
Once the planning is well underway, you’ll need to start promoting the event. Now is the time to get a catalogue together and printed. Have a poster for it that you can use to advertise on social media as well as physically. Make sure that the details on your website are all up to date. No one wants to Google you only to see previous works and no mention of your opening.
Hang Your Work
Supervise the hanging and placing of your work, so that you know that everything is in the right place. Depending on the venue, you might need to get volunteers in to help you transport and move artwork for you.
Get a good night’s sleep before the opening - and try and relax! At this stage, there’s nothing more that you can do, so congratulate yourself on your organisational skills.
On the Day
It’s the day of the opening and it’s all come together wonderfully! Now you just need to get through the event and sell some artwork.
Know What to Say
You’ll be expected to make a speech of some kind, so make sure you have prepared this in advance. Even if someone else is hosting, a few words of thank you are still appropriate. You will have people asking you questions about your pieces, so make sure you know what to say. Don’t make it up on the spot but be able to delve into the technique and emotions of any of your pieces.
Talk to Reviewers
Talking to reviewers and bloggers will help to get your name out there so be polite and give them your time, answering any questions that they might have about your work and it’s meaning. Try and get their details so you can add it to your mailing list and look up their review.
It’s important that you get yourself out there on opening day and talk to as many people as possible. Get the people you know to introduce you to others and take yourself around the gallery. It will surprise you how many potential buyers there will be, and they will all want to talk to the artist.
It’s over and everything went smoothly, but you’re not done yet! While you can relax, there are still a few things to keep working on.
After the event, it’s important to email out thank yous or send cards to everyone who made it a success. Let them know that you appreciate all that they have done to make the event what it was. Send an email out to your entire mailing list thanking everyone for attending.
Keep Your Catalogue Up to Date
With any luck, you’ll have sold a few pieces straight away! It’s important to keep your online catalogue up to date, so potential buyers won’t be disappointed if they get in contact with you directly.
While the opening is over, you want to keep up interest in your work for as long as possible. Blog about the show immediately afterwards and post on social media every time you sell a piece. If you get reviews, make sure you share them to keep up the buzz.
When it’s all on you, hosting a gallery opening is hard work, but it’s worth it to see the whole thing come together. Keep calm and follow a good plan, and you’ll soon see the benefit of all of your hard work.