Tottenham Court Road
Set within an award-winning modernist building in London’s West End, Congress Centre offers exceptional value. Here are just a few reasons why you should consider the venue for your next event: 1. An unbeatable central location Two minutes’ walk from Tottenham Court Road Underground and a short walk from Oxford Street, Covent Garden and Soho. 2. Great value for money Say no more! 3. Flexibility A choice of 16 different air conditioned conference, meeting and event spaces of varying sizes, most with natural light, ideal for large conferences (up to 500 seated), receptions (850 standing), launches, exhibitions, fashion shows, receptions, dinners and awards ceremonies, as well as smaller meetings and events. 4. Quirkiness The venue is set within an architecturally renowned 1950s’ modernist building which provides a striking backdrop for any event. 5. Hi-tech facilities State-of-the-art AV equipment, plus experienced technicians if required. 6. Fabulous food & outstanding service Repeat bookings are a high proportion of the venue’s business thanks to terrific in-house catering and a dedicated events team. 7. You’re in good company This gem of a venue has hosted events for a large number of corporate clients including Apple, Barclays, Coca Cola, John Lewis, Microsoft and Yahoo!, as well as public sector organisations such as the NHS. Day delegate rates from £49 + VAT per person Room hire rates from £300 + VAT
An iconic, multi-award winning live music venue, a working church, a centre for those experiencing homelessness, and also a beautiful building with many flexible spaces for hire - all inside a gorgeous, Grade I listed building! Our experienced and supportive team will help plan your event from booking to load out, whether it be a long term rehearsal, one off workshop or a public event. *Please note: we are not able to host private parties, including wedding receptions.* The Chapel The Chapel itself is the most well-known space at UC. Home to many famous gigs over the years, this space is also great for corporate events, ceremonies, large-scale meetings, and film and photoshoots. The Chapel is octagonal in shape with ground floor and balcony seating in the original wooden pews (seated capacity of 900). Our bespoke stage sits underneath the beautiful stained glass, rose window and our unique Henry Willis organ. The Chapel can be hired through our all inclusive gig package, or by an hourly rate as a dry space hire. For more information on the Chapel, please see the attached package of tech specs and venue information, as well as the floor plan. Sunday School Hall The Sunday School Hall is a beautiful period hall with an internal balcony on three sides. It has a high ceiling, original wooden beams, and cast iron pillars. This space is most suitable for long term hires and is hired exclusively - set, props and equipment can be left in place overnight. On short notice, the Sunday School Hall can also be hired for shorter term hires, or evening event hires (standing capacity of 200). For more information on the Sunday School Hall, please see the attached floor plan. Upper Hall Originally built as a lecture hall, the high ceilings, wooden floor, and medieval style features lend to its atmosphere. It's a great space for meetings, away days, photoshoots, as well as auditions and rehearsals. As this space acts as our bar when there is a gig in the Chapel, it is only available in the evenings on short notice and not available for exclusive hires. If available, the Upper Hall is also a great space for intimate gigs (standing capacity of 180). For more information on the Upper Hall, please see the attached floor plan. Lower Hall The Lower Hall is a great, multi-purpose room on the lower level of the building with large windows and a flexible space great for auditions, meetings, and workshops. The Lower Hall can also be hired in the evenings for weekly dance classes, choir rehearsals, or other evening activities (recommended maximum capacity of 40). This hall is not available for exclusive hires. For more information on the Lower Hall, please see the attached floor plan. Committee Room The Committee Room is our smallest room, but still full of the same beauty and unique features as the other halls. This space is used as our dressing room for gigs, and as such is often only available for half day, morning hires (recommended maximum capacity of 30). For more information on the Committee Room, please see the attached floor plan. Please be in touch with us to discuss your potential hire and rates! We are accustomed to a multitude of different kinds of events, rehearsals, and other hires, and are very willing to help you decide on the best room for your needs.
Newly opened flexible and inspirational state of the art conferencing and event space. We can cater for all types of conferences, meetings and more. From a small space for interviews, therapy sessions and similar to conferences for 220 people or exclusive venue hire for up to 500 people and many combinations in between. Our onsite catering team can provide sit down intimate private dining, large scale buffets and bespoke menus or choose from our range of menus for elegant simplicity.
Number 90 Bar and Kitchen is a unique and stunning venue for hire in London, a converted warehouse in Hackney Wick. This multi purpose venue compromises of a restaurant and a bar in addition to a spacious canal side terrace. A perfect venue for catering the followings occasions; weddings, conferences, corporate events, art exhibitions, gigs and private parties in East London. Number 90 is a very spacious venue, with high ceilings and a lot of character through its hand-crafted wooden decor. WEDDING PACKAGE STARTING PRICE - £25K MONDAY TO THURSDAY AVAILABILITY FOR CORPORATE FUNCTIONS
An immersive 5,000-square-foot club-bar and street food diner concept, that offers a variety of environments including private rooms and a karaoke lounge. The venue has the capacity to accomodate up to 360 guests, so more than ideal to organize any type of private event.
The Princess is located in the beautiful Primrose Hill, just 5 minutes away from Chalk Farm tube station. The venue has been recently renovated and has re-established itself as a warm and welcoming local with great food, quality drinks and a laid back atmosphere. Set over three floors that include an elegant dining room on the first floor, lower-ground floor bar a garden room and the Banksy beer garden is the perfect location for weddings, private parties and corporate events.
The Kool Hub is a versatile and flexible space, perfect for holding the best retail events and brand experiences in the heart of the London Fashion District. 100 sqm with a wide flexibility of formats suitable for all kinds of activations. All the look and feel can be customisable for your brand and we offer a event production services to support you with areas like catering, furniture and hospitality. Thanks to our partnership with the Beer Merchant Tap, we can accommodate in the same building reception drinks, outdoor seating catering, beer tastings, post event party... During the COVIP-19 H&S requirements dictated by the Local Authorities, the capacity of the showroom would be 20 pax.
City of London
The Grubstreet Author is a collection of luxurious new event spaces created and operated by the team behind London¹s leading event venue The Brewery. The venue is situated on what was once the notorious Grubstreet, an area renowned for bohemian writers and industrial print houses.This colourful history has provided the inspiration for the venue, offering a setting that is full of character, rich in history whilst still catering to the needs of a modern event. The assortment of spaces allows Grubstreet to host a range of events for 20 to over 100 attendees in an environment that sparks imagination and excitement. Dining at The Grubstreet Author is an experience all to itself with inspired cooking that thrills with robust flavours and intriguing ingredients. The passion for food is in harmony with the wine, seeing distinctive bottles paired alongside individual dishes. As the choice for corporate events, conferences, product launches, meetings, birthday parties, weddings or private dining there is no alternative to The Grubstreet Author that can offer such exacting levels of quality and service in a truly jaw dropping surrounding.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS VENUE DOES NOT ACCEPT PRIVATE PARTIES Hinde St. Studios is located a stone's throw away from Bond Street, in a beautiful, atmospheric Georgian townhouse. The studio offers a flexible event space serving as a blank canvas, ideally suited for your press days, product launch or pop up. It's traditional and elegant elements are highlighted in an abundance of natural daylight. The high ceilings ornate with Wedgwood details, original wood floors and a hint of Provence, provide the perfect setting for your event. This is a dry venue so you have complete flexibility for your catering arrangements.
The Garden Museum, located on the banks of the River Thames, opposite Westminster and the Houses of Parliament is a stunning and unique venue in London that can cater for private dinners, weddings, corporate drinks receptions, corporate dinners, fashion shows, exhibitions and product launches. Dedicated to the art, history and design of gardens, the Garden Museum offers a traditional church space with soaring pillars and beautiful vaulted ceilings alongside the brand-new, contemporary Sackler Garden, offering sought-after outdoor space and providing an oasis from the bustle of city life.
If you’re looking for space in Shoreditch it doesn’t get much more centrally placed than this. Just North of Shoreditch High Street you’ll find our multi-purpose warehouse. There's 3,450 sq ft in total available: with four rooms to act as a perfect blank backdrop to your event
This original Town Hall is located just a three minute walk from the tube station, Bethnal Green - only one stop away from the financial district. The hotel is renowned in the filming industry and extremely popular for weddings, meetings and parties. We can also cater for all types of business meetings, product launches, corporate events and private parties. With three separate events spaces this historical hotel gives you plenty to choose from. There's also 97 bedrooms with four different sizes to choose from and plenty of different styles - not one room is the same! Our rooms are popular for green rooms, photography, interviews and small boardrooms.
The largest in our suite of studios, the West Wing is an an L shaped space, with a generous 3m ceiling height and large historic windows which flood the room with natural light, and can be used for any purpose. Our in-house events team can be on site to assist with adapting the space to suit your event. Ideal for team building, meetings and seminars, this space is available for full day into evenings. Use the studio for staff training, workshops or meetings during the day and convert it to a cocktail reception, or even host one of our cocktail making classes for your group at the end of the day. The West Wing is suitable for all types of dining experiences. The current home to Le Petit Chef, and a host of other pop up dining experiences, we work closely with our partners to provide high end dining. Available for private hire and in partnership with our in house team. The Aviation studio can be hired for a range of business requirements, with AV systems available, and in-house catering on request. Perfect for an intimate reception, Aviation has the facility for a fully operational private cocktail bar, or can be used as a blank space for any type of event. The studio can be used for pop up shops and dining. It is situated next to our commercial kitchen, and features a separate entrance from the street if required. The most compact of our studios, but still a versatile space, the Palm Tree studio is perfect for small team meetings, interview space, or a relaxed board meeting. Great for intimate events, or exclusive product launches, this studio is flexible for any type of event. The perfect sanctuary for a private dining experience, or pop up shop, the Palm Tree studio benefits from a separate street entrance, which can be used if required.
The velodrome, with its iconic sweeping roof and the fastest track on the planet made sporting history during London 2012 but this special venue offers more than just cycling. Sure to inspire and impress, it’s also a show stopping base for your next conference, exhibition or meeting.
The London EDITION offers a range of luxurious contemporary event spaces that are the ideal stage for high-end corporate and private events - from film premieres and product launches to board meetings and investors’ dinners. Studio 2 is extremely versatile and can accommodate a variety of set-ups tailored specifically for each individual event. With a maximal capacity of 80 standing guests, you can hire the space for unforgettable standing receptions, parties, formal dinners and presentations. A boardroom set up, Studio 1 is perfect for meetings, private lunches and intimate dinners up to 12 guests.
With an interior lovingly crafted by set designer Dick Bird (Royal Opera House, Royal Ballet) Omeara Live is a truly magical discovery nestled beneath a railway arch just minutes away from London Bridge Station. As a Live Music venue the space is 320 capacity and boasts a high spec PA and lighting rig. For a standing drinks reception/party capacity is 250 and theater style presentation/screening up to 90 capacity. The space has an impressive late license and an array street food vendors on site who can supply amazing events catering. Additional spaces can be added to Omeara for larger capacity events including Omeara Cantina Terrace & Mezzanine (100 capacity), an adjoining stand alone private event space, The Siding (150 capacity) or Omeara Cantina including the terrace (250 capacity).
Networking is all about meeting people, sharing who you are, what you do and what value you can have to others. Simply turning up, eating a couple of canapes in the corner and laughing at a few jokes isn’t going to quite cut it at a networking event. Their entire purpose for being is to get you to connect with others in your field, make valuable connections for your business and for your own personal growth.
Networking events can be a little boring for some, but they’re incredible opportunities… when they’re done right.
You really don’t want to do this by halves – a perfectly planned and executed networking event in London can place you at the forefront of your industry. And who doesn’t want to be considered an industry leader? So, get it right and check out some of the best networking venues in London above!
Planning a networking event can be a little different to just planning Janice’s leaving party. It takes some fine tuning and careful consideration to get it right. Don’t panic though, we’re here to guide you through the process with our simple steps.
Step 1: Define your purpose
Networking events happen for a whole host of reasons, but the best ones are usually quite focused in a niche area. You’ll need to consider who and what your networking event is for. Is it for a specific industry, maybe even a specific section of a specific industry? Is it for high-level executives or middle management… or maybe both? Knowing what the focus is and who will be there helps you to plan the event seamlessly.
Step 2: What will you do?
Networking is so much more than just sticking people in a room and letting them get on with it, and there are many different forms it can be moulded into. You can have a structured, formal event or something a little bit more casual. This is where the first step should help – if you know who you’re catering for, you should be able to figure out what will work best.
Step 3: Budget
Yep, it’s the dreaded budget again. It’s so important though – really, it is. You don’t want to start planning venues or anything until you know how much money there is in the kitty for it. If you do, you maybe just end up disappointed that your dream venue is actually out of your price range. Networking events can be done on pretty much any budget – lower budgets would mean kissing goodbye to any formally catered sit-down meals (unless you had your guests pay for themselves, which is always an option).
Step 4: Venue
We always think finding the right venue is super important, and we admit we might be a little biased on that one, but for networking events it really does matter. The venue needs to fit with the purpose, format and people that will be there. Renting a great big hall for a bar social doesn’t really work, does it? So, take our advice and choose your venue carefully. Our great selection of networking venues for hire should give you some inspiration if you’re stuck.
Step 5: The date
We know what you’re thinking: you’re thinking the weekend is the best time, right? Nope, sorry to disappoint you but your dreams of not cutting into work time might not work out. It’s actually better to have an event midweek. Whilst we all love our jobs, employers can’t assume that people will be willing to give up their weekend for them. Oh, and it’s best to avoid the high season for your industry because, of course, this is when people will be super busy. One more thing: maybe avoid the summer months too when lots of people are likely to be on annual leave.
Step 6: Promote
Networking events can be a little different to other events, mostly because you might not have a set guest list. Having people register to attend is much more common with these types of things, so you’ll need to promote your event online and via email to the relevant companies and individuals that you want to attend.
Step 7: Meet and greet
We wouldn’t blame you for assuming that organising a killer event plus your killer invite list would lead to the magical sparks of friendship all by itself, but the reality is that you’ll need to keep things on track. Have a plan about how you’ll mingle with the guests and keep them talking. You can even have a few games so you can all get to know each other.
Informal but not too informal, cocktail parties are a classic networking format because they get people circulating easily. Add in a few canapes and nibbles, and job’s a good’un.
Down the pub
It’s not a standard networking venue, but there are so many bar social networking venues London-wide so it would almost be rude not to. If your guests are already familiar with each other, a bar social might be a bit more appropriate. An informal networking event, you can get a bar or pub venue and have everyone sit, chat, and eat nibbles.
Talking over a fancy dinner, complete with a bit of wine and a yummy chocolate dessert, might work well for your networking event. You can go for the formal wedding breakfast-style seating or check out some of our more casual dining venues with traditional wooden tables and a cosy feel. Either way, food, drinks and laughter are always a good mix at a social event.
If you want to organise a networking event to remember, you’ll want to choose a memorable venue. Whether it’s a day-long event in a large, corporate space, or an intimate evening gathering, you’ll find the perfect space on Canvas. Have a think about how many people you would like to attend, and whether you’d like to provide drinks and catering. When you’re using the Canvas search function, you can specify the capacity you’ll need as well as other details, so you know all of the venues we’re showing you will be perfect for your event.
The first thing you need to organise a networking event is an idea, and then a date. Who is your networking event for, and in what industry? Are your guests mainly located in London, or will they be traveling from all over? These questions can help you decide what kind of venue you want, and where that venue should be. For networking events in the arts, for example, it’s great to choose a location around Soho or Fitzrovia, as many arts professionals are based there. If your guests are travelling from out of town, it’s useful to be near a large transport hub.
For the perfect networking event you’ll need the perfect mix of people. It’s useful to include guests at different stages in their careers, and in complimentary industries or companies. Depending on the style of networking event you are organising, you might want to consider making it a ticketed event to ensure your guests are relevant to your event.
There are lots of reasons to organise or attend a networking event – it might be to broaden your own contacts for future work opportunities or recruitment, or it may just be to meet other professionals in your field. Some networking events are specifically for potential clients to meet a range of businesses who may bid for their custom in the future.