London is lucky enough to be filled with some of the best venues and most unique event spaces around, making your lives easier when it comes to event planning. Whether you’re organising a private or corporate event, the wide array of London venues for hire means you’ll be able to find something perfectly suited. With Canvas, you can find all the best venues in London in one place. From large conference spaces to small meeting rooms, and from the coolest birthday party spots to alternative wedding venues, we can help. London is far from boring, and that’s exactly how your event should be too.
Our venues are located in the Grade II listed Millbank Tower offering something for every event. The Millbank Media Centre on the Ground Floor is a versatile space with its own digital cinema and outdoor terrace, whilst SKYLOFT is a popular warehouse style venue with exposed reclaimed brickwork and wooden floors. In contrast Altitude 360 offers a modern, bright and highly original space with our famous 360° views of the capital.
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.
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.
A versatile and modern venue for any special event from 5 to 500 guests. Our onsite catering and events specialists, Sliced Events, can cater for your personal requirements from stylish weddings, intimate dinners, private parties, corporate functions, conferences, examinations and more. We have four newly refurbished event spaces available for hire.
Barbican, Old Street
FARE is located in the Moorelands building, an old turn of the century textile factory, in the heart of Clerkenwell. It is situated on the junction between Old Street and Goswell Road, just a 5 min walk away from the Barbican and 10 min walk away from the Old Street roundabout. FARE is split across two floors, with both levels having a unique character and design. The upstairs level has high ceilings and benefits from large crittal windows on either side that flood the space with natural light. The industrial aesthetic gives the space a modern, relaxed, vibe. The upstairs restaurant hosts an Italian restaurant and cafe, that focuses on pizzas, pasta, all day coffee and aperitivo cocktails. Upstairs also benefits from a large courtyard area that is very busy during the summer months and can also be used for events. Other features included are a large marble topped horseshoe bar and pizza oven. We can accommodate a total of 75 standing and 42 seated not including use of the courtyard. The industrial aesthetic continues into the large, downstairs events space. The white washed walls are adorned hanging plants and the pavements allow for a good amount of natural light. The space also benefits from it’s own bar area and wine cellar, ideal for parties. The space is intended for multi-functional use; anything from board meeting, brand activation to weddings. The space has an open window into the large kitchen, making it ideal for private dining. The space also contains a large and well lit Wine Cellar along with a fully functional cocktail bar at the further end of the space, which is ideal for arrival and/or after dinner drinks. We can hire in AV equipment and all furniture is fully moveable. We can accommodate 85 people standing and 80 people seated including use of the Cocktail bar area. With all types of catering available from coffee and tea service with pastries to canapé and bowl food and 4 course set menus, FARE is the ideal venue for every event. We have already worked with a number of companies including Instagram, KeepCup and Pernod Ricard. So get in touch and see what we can do for you.
St Martin’s has a series of stunning spaces available for hire. With our enviable Trafalgar Square location and profits that support our charitable work, St Martin’s ticks all the venue hire boxes. Our beautiful Crypt and Gallery both have stunning 18th century architecture. Combined they can hold up to 500 guests standing. St. Martins Hall & Lightwell feature neutral, modern, architectural design and three meeting rooms full of natural daylight. Our in-house catering team offers a range of options from canapés to a full sit down meal for up to 200 guests, or canape for up to 500. Whether you are looking for a quick meeting, a full company wide AGM, a dinner or maybe considering filming in our historic venue, get in touch.
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.
Originally a barrel-vaulted bargehouse linked directly to the Thames, the are now our most modern and adaptable events space. Spread over the ground floor and mezzanine level of the South Wing, this network of rooms have been reinvented as home to Somerset House’s most celebrated exhibitions and hosts annual exhibitions such as Photo London and the London Design Festival, as well as one-off shows curated by Somerset House’s in-house team. The is one of our more exclusive spaces, rarely available for private hire, when available the mezzanine level is an impressive space for large-scale dinners and receptions, while the whole of the Galleries offers a spectacular space for press days and conferences. Its dramatic steel and glass feature staircases, hardstone flooring and bright walls introduce a contemporary and urban element to this historic space. Offering the flexibility of a blank canvas space, the can be transformed and are also the perfect backdrop for catwalk show and fashion presentations.
Elephant & castle
Not available: Friday & Saturday evening Situated just a stones throw from London Bridge in the trendy Elephant and Castle area, 103 Gaunt Street is one venue, six unique spaces. The venue benefits from a 24 hour license, outdoor space, award winning AV systems and full event management solutions. The venue features six unique spaces that all have their own identity: The Courtyard – 331m2 heated courtyard with outside bar, tables & chairs The 103 – Double height reception space with aerial walkway, LED screen & projection options The Box – Production heavy featuring, six towering speaker stacks, 4K HD plasma Projectors and screen & an extensive lighting rig The Lounge – opulent seating area overlooking The 103 with own bar and facilities Two other exciting spaces. The venue is hired exclusively as one unit on a 24 hour period hire and our events team is on hand to put together your bespoke package for you.
Located in central London directly opposite Borough station, this beautiful event space boasts double heighted ceilings, stunning feature piece bar, 'bookcase' wall features decorated with books, ornaments and coloured tiled floor. The unique terrace triangulated between some the most iconic landmarks London has to offer features panoramic views of the Shard, St Pauls and the Tate Modern. It also includes full tech set up, an additional break out room on a mezzanine area, prep kitchen, tea/coffees and option of additional 16 person boardrooms if needed. Perfect for any occasion with a full concierge team at hand with on site catering available too. This venue can also provide bespoke packaged live streaming services, allowing for your event to reach thousands across the globe.
Awarded the London Building of the Year by the Royal Institute of British Architects, the £25 million Saw Swee Hock Centre offers a set of versatile, modern, blank canvas Central London spaces available for your Conference, Lecture, Film Screening, Reception, Party or Night-Club Event. Just a few minutes walk from Holborn, with capacities ranging from 10 to 1000 guests the Centre's fully accessible, temperature-regulated spaces are perfect for your corporate and private events, 7 days a week.
We can take bookings from April 2021Our state-of-the-art new home in London City Island opens up multiple opportunities for creation, collaboration, commercial activity and engagement. With four large rehearsal studios, our full height fly-tower Production Studio, social spaces and meeting rooms, English National Ballet has a home to be proud of and to grow in. Our home is the cultural anchor in London’s newest neighbourhood, London City Island. A space where we can share practice, generate ideas and create extraordinary experiences for our audiences and partners. We have excellent transport links, served by the Jubilee and DLR lines at Canning Town – 20 minutes from central London and only five minutes from Stratford, where the new Sadler’s Wells, V&A and London College of Fashion are opening. Once Crossrail opens in late 2019 there will be another fast link to Canary Wharf and Stratford. Our new home has been designed by award-winning architects Glenn Howells Architects. At 93,000 square feet, it is four times the size of our previous buildings. These world class facilities will not only fulfil our needs now, but for generations to come, inspiring and developing the dancers, choreographers, costume-makers, musicians, participants and audiences of the future. The Production Studio Capacity: 500 standing 500 theatre 350 dining 250 cabaret The Production Studio is a blank canvas and can be a productive technical theatre space, an engaging conference or training space, and can transform into a magical hospitality space. With a full height fly tower and a stage space to match London's largest theatres, the Production studio offers a technical space in which to rehearse and produce performances. It is incredibly versatile and can also be used as a dining space, presentation and training venue and for showcasing brands and organisations. The Rehearsal Studios Capacity: 200 standing 100 seated We have four large rehearsal studios, 15 x 15 x 5.5m in size, acoustically treated and featuring state of the art harlequin flooring. Our studios are not only world-class rehearsal spaces but also make the perfect space for a variety of events. Highly suitable for workshops, training sessions, a drinks reception, castings, film and photography and a whole range of other hospitality events. Our studios feature dance mirrors and ballet barres on 3-4 walls (which can be covered if requested) speakers, a 55" screen, a piano which is included within the hire, and lots of natural light from the floor to ceiling windows. The Mezzanine Capacity: 175 standing 100 classroom 75 seated 70 cabaret The Mezzanine is a bright, welcoming space situated on the first floor of the English National Ballet's new home on London City Island. The iconic floor to ceiling shuttered windows gives the area lots of natural light throughout the day whilst also remaining a private space. It is highly suitable for workshops, training sessions and can be used together with the Bickle room to bring the capacity up to 200 standing. This Mezzanine also makes a wonderful setting for a drinks reception and is a highly versatile space for a range of hospitality events. The Bickle Room Capacity: 60 standing 30 seated The Bickle Room is a welcoming space situated on the first floor of the English National Ballet's new home on London City Island. This room makes a great breakout space when hired together with the Mezzanine but can also be used on its own for workshops, training sessions and meetings.
In the heart of Covent Garden and set in London’s original flower market, has three unique event spaces available for hire. The interactive Museum Galleries can be hired before public opening for naturally lit breakfasts under the Victorian glass roof, and after hours for memorable evening events. Guests enter through the immersive World City Walkway and then have exclusive access to two floors of London’s rich transport history. Highlights include an iconic collection of red Routemaster buses, early Tube carriages and an Elizabeth Line driving experience. The quintessential backdrop is complimented by integrated branding opportunities and bespoke menus delivered by some of London’s finest caterers, carefully selected due to their excellence. The Galleries can accommodate up to 150 guests for a seated dinner, 500 guests for standing receptions and 200 guests for seated breakfast events. The Cubic Theatre is a purpose-built auditorium featuring 121 distinctive moquette seats, perfect for conferences, training sessions and film screenings. A high-spec short throw projector ensures slick presentations, whilst a DCI/DCP projector and Dolby Digital surround sound offers a full cinema experience. The adjoining Foyer can be used for registration, catering and breakouts with great branding opportunities. All guests are welcomed to visit the Galleries, making for inspiring breaktimes. Smaller celebrations are welcomed to Canteen. Situated at the front of the Museum, Canteen has views over Covent Garden piazza and is flooded with natural daylight. Featuring decommissioned furniture from the London Underground network and the Museum’s vintage poster collection, Canteen is perfect for informal gatherings, small cocktail receptions and networking events.
6 Fitzroy Square is a venue for hire in London, a magnificent space centrally located in Fitzrovia. This unique venue in London is set in a Georgian building designed by Robert Adam, offering two grand Georgian rooms with vast Georgian windows overlooking Fitzroy Square. The venue also has a small kitchen and store room available with special request. This is an appropriate private dinner party venue, venue for pop ups, lectures, small theatre groups, dance & yoga workshops and more. PLEASE NOTE: We do not accept bookings for any type of art exhibitions or installations.
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 in the heart of London’s West End, The Photographers’ Gallery offers an impressive, stimulating and contemporary environment to host a variety of events. We have a range of flexible packages and spaces available for hire, including three state-of-the art galleries with a programme of internationally acclaimed exhibitions. Our versatile audio-visual equipped studio is ideally suited to daytime meetings, presentations, product launches, and corporate events. The Photographers’ Gallery is also available for exclusive evening hire. Its bold design, unique exhibitions and tailored hospitality ensure an exceptional guest experience. Standing capacity is 100 per floor (depending on exhibition layout) - maximum standing capacity is 350 for a full building hire. Studio Day Hire: Monday - Friday. Gallery, Studio, Cafe Evening Hire: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. Studio & Cafe from £500 +VAT. Galleries from £1000 +VAT. The Photographers' Gallery is not available for exhibitions, parties, fundraising activities or publicly promoted events.
You need to hire a venue. You have an event coming up, and it’s your job to make sure that every aspect of it goes to plan. We all know that a venue can make or break any event, whether it’s a corporate meeting or a birthday party. The search is always on for the top unique venue in London that will give your guests an experience that they’ll never forget. Yet finding the right venue for you comes with its own set of questions that need to be answered. To help you, we’ve laid everything out that you’re going to need to consider when finding the perfect London venue for your event.
London prices can vary dramatically when it comes to venues, so knowing how much you have to spend will help you to narrow down your choices. Depending on your budget, you could be looking at some stately homes for hire or an historical venue to really wow your guests. You might even start looking at the range of ballroom venues for hire in London.
On the other hand, if your finances have been a bit stretched this year, there are loads of alternative options that still provide the promise of an amazing event. Many London pubs are not only quirky and unique, they also operate on a minimum spend basis. This means that so long as your guests spend a certain amount at the bar, then the venue hire won’t cost you a penny. As well as this, hotels can offer conference rooms at great prices for corporate events, so it’s worthwhile shopping around to find the best deals. Once you have a figure in mind that you can spend, you’ll be able to start your search.
The type of event you are hosting will of course have an impact on the type of venue hire that you are looking for. If you are planning an exhibition, you’ll be looking for a venue that has enough room for all the sellers, such as a bespoke exhibition space or conference hall. If you are planning a hen party, you might be looking more at a member’s club or even searching for a space where you can host a specific activity to do like a cookery class or wine tasting. The style of the event will determine the type of ambience that you are looking for in your venue hire. Whether it’s chic, sophisticated, rustic, or relaxed, knowing the theme of the event and the feeling that you want your guests to have when they arrive will help you find the perfect venue.
With so many fantastic areas of London to hire venues, it can be difficult to narrow it down! The most straightforward way to do this is to consider where all your guests are travelling from. The less they have to travel to get there, the better, so try and keep within a certain distance away. You’ll also have to look at transport links to and from the venue as well, particularly if you are looking into venue hire for a large group. Different areas of London will also be more or less expensive, so if you need to save some pennies, it might be best to look outside of Soho, although there are always bargains to be had!
While you might have a general idea of the price, style and location you are looking for in a venue, there are a few more things that you will need to consider before making any final decisions.
London is a busy place, and as venues become well known, they are snapped up really quickly. You’ll need to start looking well in advance for your event, particularly in busy seasons. For example, if you are looking for a garden venue or summer party venue in the summer, these are going to book up really quickly, as it’s their busiest season. If you have left things a little to the last minute, you can always look into some more unusual venues such as blank canvas or creative spaces. It might not be what you were looking for initially, but these venues have their own unique style that can really make an event pop.
View the Potentials
While you’re searching to hire a venue, don’t forget about the importance of viewing them in person. That way you can see what the size of space means in real terms, and you can decide if the ambience is right for you and your group. You can also meet the manager in person and ask them any questions you might have. Viewing a number of venues for hire before deciding will make all the difference.
Parking and Amenities
We’ve already mentioned transportation as an important aspect when booking a venue for hire in London, but you will also need to consider what the parking arrangements available for guests who are driving. There’s nothing worse than driving around trying to find a venue so this is something that you’ll need to communicate in advance. You’ll also need to look at the different amenities available in the venue. Is there disabled access available as well? It’s these things that can really make or break the venue hire decision.
Hiring a venue in London can be daunting, but with the great list that Canvas Events provides, all the stress can now be a thing of the past. Having a plan with all of your ideas for the perfect venue hire written down will help you to find the perfect one for whatever event you are hosting – every single time. Event hire doesn’t have to be difficult, just follow our top tips and you’ll be able to find great spaces for any occasion.
London is a fantastic city for venue hire and event for one brilliant reason: there are so many to choose from. Whatever type of event you’d like to organise, there will be a perfect venue for you and your budget. The main factors that will impact the price of your venue is the location, how many people are coming, and the facilities you need the venue to provide. If you need to save some money, it’s worth thinking about which of these factors are the least important for your event. For example, if you’re hosting a conference in London, you’ll need a venue that can provide all your amenities and has the capacity for a lot of people, so maybe you’d look for a venue in Zone 2 to make it less expensive. With a press night, having a central location is crucial, so you could potentially save money on the services the venue will provide. All of our venues are very knowledgeable when it comes to events, so it’s always worth getting in touch with them directly through Canvas if you are looking for more information.
If you’re working with a limited budget for your event, choosing a dire hire venue can often save you some money. A “dry hire” is when you just pay for the use of the space, and provide the catering, drinks and entertainment yourself. It’s a great option if you know in advance that you’d like to organise your own refreshments – but depending on the caterers you choose, going “dry hire” isn’t always cheaper once you add up all the separate costs. You can also consider finding a venue with a minimum spend rather than a hire fee. That means you get a free venue, as long as you spend over a minimum amount in food and drinks. Some affordable venues for hire can offer dry hire, wet hire and minimum spend, so you have the option to calculate which would be least expensive for your event.
Do you need to find a venue “today near me”? You’re in the right place! All you need to know is where you’d like to host your event and the type of event you’re having, and we’ll show you all the venues that will be right for you. If you’re in a rush, we recommend calling the venues to get an answer as quickly as possible – all the spaces we work with list a phone number that goes directly to the event organiser, so they’ll be able to let you know whether they have availability. We’ve got lots of amazing spaces and you’ll probably be spoilt for choice, so use the Wishlist function to make a shortlist of all your favourite venues. You can even send them a bulk request so you don’t have to type the same email twenty times.
When you’re organising an accessible event, you want to make sure the space you choose has as many accessibility features as possible. Think about the guests you might be welcoming, and whether they may be using a wheelchair, a service dog or a hearing loop. All of these facilities will help you include as many people as possible in your event. It’s important that not only the venue is disability-friendly, but it’s great if it’s located near an accessible Tube or bus station as well. Hiring a venue with accommodation can help those who are travelling from outside of the city, and quick transport to major railway stations and airports is a great bonus. When you’re searching for an accessible venue for hire on Canvas, make sure to select “Venue Specs” and you can filter venues by their facilities.
Sometimes everyone wants to let their hair down and have a great night out past midnight, so why wouldn’t you want to be the host! However, late licenses and closing times in London can make that a bit complicated. The good news is that if you’re searching for a venue on Canvas, you don’t need to worry about organising the licenses yourself. Once you’ve chosen your London location and event type, just hit “Licenses” on the search page and select “Open past 12am” or “Late license” for a list of all the spaces that would love to host your late night party.