Blank canvases are without doubt the most versatile venue style on offer, keeping the possibilities truly endless and allowing you to let out your creative side when it comes to planning your next event. Though all of the venues featured in this section come in a finish that is neutral or minimalistic enough to be tailored to suit your own requirements, there is still a surprising amount of variety, from converted warehouses to contemporary apartments, and photographic studios to vast halls. Due to the very nature of their adaptable style, blank canvases are used for a broad range of events, including fashion shows, product launches, conferences, parties and press events, though they are a particularly popular choice for wedding receptions, since they give you the scope to transform the space into your dream venue, and so we invite you to browse our collection of venues to hire in London and let your imagination run free!
Portico Rooms Located on the first floor of the South Wing, the Portico Rooms are a spacious and versatile suite of rooms offering a contemporary and elegant location for your ceremony. With original features, natural daylight and uninterrupted views of the London skyline, the Portico Rooms offer a stylish and versatile backdrop. Included in the hire are two private balconies, which offers uninterrupted views of our famous Courtyard on one side and the River Thames on the other, providing a truly stunning setting for exclusive photography. Morning Ceremony Access from 10:00-12:00 Venue Hire Fee: £2,500+VAT Afternoon Ceremony Access from 14:00 – 16:00 Venue Hire Fee: £2,500+VAT Navy Board Rooms Steeped in history and dating back to the 18th century, the Navy Board Rooms are an impressive suite of rooms with a distinctive sense of charm and heritage. Climbing the grand, sweeping Nelson Staircase is an experience in itself, as each flight is a one-off architectural work of art. Entering the main space, marble fireplaces and wooden floors create a grand atmosphere, with large sash windows offering panoramic views across the River Thames. Originally home to the Navy Board, overseeing British naval affairs around the globe, the Navy Board Rooms are now a hugely popular venue. The interconnecting rooms offer wonderful natural light, original features and great flexibility. Morning Ceremony Access from 10:00-12:00 Venue Hire Fee: £1,500+VAT Afternoon Ceremony Access from 14:00 – 16:00 Venue Hire Fee: £1,500+VAT Photography One of the fantastic benefits of having your wedding at Somerset House is the opportunity to have photographs in our famous Edmond J Safra Fountain Court with its dancing fountains (seasonal). Included in your hire is a 45 minute slot, following the ceremony, for photographs in our iconic Courtyard. The perfect backdrop for your day. Please note that as an arts and culture centre open to the public, we cannot confirm what might be happening in the Courtyard or around the rest of the public areas at Somerset House at that time. We have a very exciting and constantly expanding public programme, which sees lots of different installations, exhibitions, artwork and public events all over the site. It’s a huge part of what makes us Somerset House. There are also occasions where essential works need to take place on the building and these instances are out of our control. Add a Sit-Down Reception Available as an add-on for the Afternoon Ceremony only. Currently available for up to 15 guests. Option 1: Portico Rooms While you and your guests are taking your photos in the beautiful Edmond J Safra Fountain Court, and enjoying a drink on our River Terrace, our suppliers can transform this space into the perfect sit down dinner. Venue hire: additional £7,000+VAT. This extends your guest access to 22:00, venue clear by suppliers by 23:00. Includes a private area of our River Terrace between 16:00 – 17:30 Option 2: Seamen’s Hall If you would like to host your sit down reception in a different space at Somerset House then the Seamen’s Hall, located on the ground floor of our South Wing, with marble floors, imposing Corinthian columns and huge windows, would be the perfect option. Entered via central doors from our stunning Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court, the Seamen’s Hall leads directly out onto our exclusive River Terrace, a section of which is included in the hire, offering panoramic views of the Thames and surrounding iconic London landmarks. Venue Hire: additional £8,000 + VAT. This will give suppliers access from 18:00, guests from 18:30-22:00 and venue clear by 23:00. Includes a private area our River Terrace between 16:00 – 18:30 Sit-Down Reception Only If your ceremony is already booked then this is the perfect option for your celebration. Currently available for up to 15 guests. Option 1: Portico Rooms Located on the first floor of the South Wing, the Portico Rooms are a spacious and versatile suite of rooms offering a contemporary and elegant location for evening events. With original features and uninterrupted views of the London skyline, the Portico Rooms offer a stylish and versatile backdrop for your sit down reception. Venue hire: £8,000+VAT. This will give suppliers access from 17:30, guests from 18:30-22:00 and venue clear by 23:00. Option 2: Seamen’s Hall Located on the ground floor of the South Wing, the Seamen’s Hall has marble floors, imposing Corinthian columns and huge windows, making it the perfect space for evening gatherings. Entered via central doors from our stunning Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court, the hall leads directly out onto our exclusive River Terrace, a section of which is included in the hire, offering panoramic views of the Thames and surrounding iconic London landmarks. With original period features including black and white marble flooring, it offers an air of expansive elegance, lending itself beautifully as an evening venue. Venue Hire: £9,000+ VAT. This will give suppliers access from 18:00, guests from 18:30-22:00 and venue clear by 23:00.
Central London's most versatile, multi-faceted venue, supporting Grassroots music. 229 is a multi-purpose entertainments venue which hosts gigs, club nights, awards ceremonies, comedy and fashion events, gala dinners and weekend festivals. The venue includes 2 event spaces and a Green Room. Some of the acts to have played at 229 include Kings of Leon, Paul Weller, Pet Shop Boys, Florence and the Machine, Biffy Clyro, Seasick Steve and Foals to name but a few. Managed under the umbrella of the charity, International Students House (ISH), 100% of the profit made by 229 goes directly back support our mission. We believe every young person should have the opportunity to succeed whatever their background. Together with our university partners and supporters, we provide scholarships opportunities, a home and a social programme to enable students to succeed while giving them a place to belong.
Set against the backdrop of Somerset House’s iconic 18th Century façade and with breath-taking views across the Thames, the River Terrace is one of our most exclusive spaces and the perfect location for up to 500 people for a standing reception. Perfect for summer parties, you can invite your guests to a private barbecue expertly planned by one of our caterers or simply enjoy a drinks reception while the London landmarks light up your event. The River Terrace is a glamorous alfresco London setting to entertain guests in the warmer months and the stunning Seamen’s Hall is included in your hire as a wet weather contingency, with a capacity of up to 200, along with seasonal jumbrellas should the British weather prevail. The Seamen’s Hall, located on the ground floor of the South Wing, with marble floors, imposing Corinthian columns and huge windows, is perfect space for receptions, private dinners and other evening gatherings. Entered via central doors from our stunning Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court, the Hall leads directly out onto our exclusive River Terrace, a part of which is included in the hire of the Seamen’s Hall, offering panoramic views of the Thames and surrounding iconic landmarks. With original period features including black and white marble flooring, it offers and air of expansive elegance, lending itself beautifully as an evening venue.
Our Underglobe space is situated directly beneath the Globe Theatre – right in the belly of the beast. By day it houses Globe’s Shakespeare exhibition, but at night it comes alive as one of London’s exclusive hidden events spaces. With a sweeping staircase, private mezzanine and secret river-side entrance we can happily host up to 350 guests seated and 450 standing for exclusive Gala dinners, award ceremonies or decadent wedding parties. Complete with a full-sized model oak tree and full sound, lighting and projection systems, the Underglobe has everything your event needs to go off with a bang. Our Underglobe becomes an even more magical space during Christmas, with a new theme every year, this 2020 our guests are immersed in a secret underground forest lay covered in snow. Welcome to a magical evening of feasts, fairy tales and enchantments! With lunchtime packages starting from £75+VAT per person, and evenings from £110+VAT, our festive packages include everything you need for your party. Please note that the Underglobe is only available for evening events.
Positioned between The Green Room restaurant and BFI IMAX, Green Space is a blank canvas, dry hire opportunity that offers a secluded garden type venue perfect for corporate outdoor events, large installations, busses and large vehicles, outdoor press launches and company team building. Situated two minutes walk from Waterloo station and visible from Waterloo Bridge, it’s an enclosed, adaptable and over 850m² grassy canvas in a highly desirable central London location - making it ideal for destination or ticketed events.
We are an organisation that is dedicated to health and wellbeing, to transforming what can feel like intractable problems that face us as human beings. Our creatively designed spaces in Clerkenwell boast state of the art facilities, including therapy rooms, kitchen, a seminar room, games and sound studio, and an Ofsted-approved children’s centre. We take special pride in our building. Each space at Body & Soul is unique and can be arranged to meet your needs. You can dream up the perfect boardroom or recreate a sitting room; we have chairs, round or rectangular tables, sofas and bean bags. Every penny you spend hiring our spaces is directed to providing support for some of the most marginalised and vulnerable people in the UK. By choosing us, you’re getting a fantastic space and you’re helping us make the world a better place.
The East Wintergarden in the centre of Canary Wharf is a modern, stylish and unique venue in London.This 27m-high domed glass space, designed by Cesar Pelli, hosts conferences, gala dinners, receptions, product launches, weddings and Bar Mitzvahs. The Gallery above the main floor, can be hired separately for press releases, wedding ceremonies and private drinks receptions. In addition, the Promenade Room is perfectly suited to boardroom meetings, press conferences or a VIP/artist green room.
The London EDITION offers a range of luxurious contemporary event spaces that are the ideal stage for high-end corporate and private events - from anniversary dinners 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.
London's opulent Art Deco event space, located on the stunning Bloomsbury Square, this venue is in the Georgian inspired Victoria House. With 10,500 square ft of events space, we offer a complete serviced venue and with 3 beautifully restored areas. We can accommodate up to 700 standing, 280 for dinner or 500 for conferences. With full air conditioning, Wifi, parking, disabled access, sound and lighting system, event management service, exclusive 24 hour hire periods to meet all of your requirements.
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
This newly refurbished Art Deco space is available to dry hire for a variety of different events. The room supports theatre, cabaret, board and committee room layout styles. The room has an adjoining reception area and ticket booth with private entrance, with a small food preparation kitchen for bar refreshments and a space for setting up a cloak room, with nearby gents, ladies and inclusive toilets.There is also a larger food preparation kitchen opposite the hall accessible for caterers. Furniture: 20 rectangular folding (seat 6-8) / 20 circular folding (seat 8-10) / 250 chairs. Accessibility: Level entrance from Acre Lane. Fixed induction loop included. Accessible toilet. There is a new large 3 x 3 60" Display Video Wall (4008mm x 2263mm) available on the stage wall in the hall for customers to use for presentation. Recently installed on the 7 October. The hall also has free guest Wi-Fi available to use. In addition to the Assembly Hall you can also bolt on hiring the Courtyard during summers month for a guests reception on Friday & Saturdays from 5pm until 9pm only.
in Kings Cross is a truly unique space that blends architecture from 1800s with a sophisticated modern-day development. Originally built in the 1800s as the first example of social housing, the original building is a characterful brick building that now sits inside TOG’s workspace, giving a one-of-a-kind aesthetic and an industrial feel. The ground floor offers space for 300 people within pared-back, relaxed surroundings, while the incredible roof terrace, dotted with original chimney pots and brickwork, offers incredible views and space for 40 people. In addition to the large event space, this building has 9 meeting rooms ranging in size from 4 person to 100 person.
Uniquely located between London’s Angel, Kings Cross, Clerkenwell & Old Street, Anomalous Space is an Art Deco showroom turned studio and event venue. Situated within a Georgian Townhouse it provides a charming and homely alternative to modern spaces. With three distinct rooms available there are options for a wide range of business events, social gatherings and work focused meetings. A_SPACE is our large open plan studio, situated on the ground floor of a Georgian Townhouse. Set back from the road with accessible entrance, off-street loading and a range of facilities, it offers a dynamic space for a variety of uses. B_SPACE is our collaborative workspace which shows off tonnes of natural light, located upstairs, ideal for work-related activities such as training days, meetings and presentations, as well as film and photo shoots. C_SPACE is our co-working office with opportunities for short and long-term desk hire. Hire times are flexible so feel free to inquire on +44 (0) 207 837 3025. Powered by renewable green energy all spaces have a range of seating options, plenty of natural light, superfast broadband ideal for hybrid events and live streaming, integrated audio-visual equipment and airplay connectivity throughout. Due to its flexible nature Anomalous Space is perfectly suited to a wide range of events. From workshops, meetings, presentations, training sessions, team building activities and focus groups through to pop up events, product launches, games nights, live broadcasts, photo/video shoots, castings or even for use as a film location or central London production base. A_SPACE and B_SPACE can be hired separately or combined to enhance the offering and adaptability of events. The venue’s homely feel makes it the perfect environment for collaboration and creativity. Our experienced studio team will be always ready to help in making sure the space matches your requirements, ensuring safety and suitability.
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.
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.
If you are looking for the perfect venue for your event and can’t seem to find the one that matches your vision, then a blank canvas space might be exactly what you need! These can be set up and decorated exactly as you want them to be. When you have a certain idea in mind of how you want things to look, sometimes it’s best to just take a blank canvas and start painting! They still come in all different styles and sizes, which will impact on the overall look of your event, but with so many blank canvas spaces for hire in London, there’s one for every occasion.
Due to the versatility of these spaces, you can really tailor them for any of your needs. There’s no end to the type of events you can hold in a space that you have complete control over. Yes, it might mean a little bit more organisation, but in our opinion, it’s totally worth it.
Using a blank canvas venue has become a really popular option for wedding receptions in recent years. It’s a way that you can really express your individuality as a couple by making it completely bespoke to what you both want. It’s incredible how some of these venues can be turned into the perfect place for a reception. Whatever the focus of your day is, be it food, dancing, or just the fact that all of your friends and family are in the same room, a blank canvas can let you have your reception exactly the way you want it to be.
Product Launch/Press Day
If you are launching a new product or having a press day, the set-up of the room is one of the most important aspects that you need to consider. This is why blank canvas spaces can be so useful. You can place the product exactly how you want, organise your audience to be where you need them to be, and decorate the space so that it is a true representation of your company. The press will also appreciate the effort that you’ve gone to and will enjoy being in a venue that is a bit different from the norm.
If your team needs to get out of the office and get to work on a new project, then using a blank canvas can help you to get your thoughts in order. As you can set it up in whatever way you want, and it will bolster your creativity and help you to get the results that you need. A change in venue can really help productivity, and there’s nowhere better than a space that you have free reign over.
Conferences can be tricky to organise, and many conference halls have their own special quirks when it comes to layout, and what you can and can’t do. With a blank canvas, the set-up is down to you and your team. You can have a stage wherever you need it, and chairs arranged however you want. In fact, you might not even want chairs at all! This all makes for a conference that is truly innovative, and that people will remember.
Having a birthday party, particularly if you are going for a themed one, is a great use of a blank canvas space. After all, you can decorate in any way that suits you, and really go to town on your theme! This type of venue is also great for a more subdued party that you don’t want to happen in a noisy bar or club.
Things to Remember
When deciding to go for a blank canvas venue, there are certain things that you need to keep in mind when organising any event there. While they can be much the same as some other venues, you need to remember that while the space is there for you to use how you want to, there will be rules, which means planning!
Collaboration can sometimes be the key to success for many different events. When it comes to blank canvas spaces, discuss with the managers what you are looking to do, and collaborate with them! They will have likely hosted many different events in their space before, and so will have contacts for a lot of local people from where you can hire tables and chairs, decorations, food, the lot!
Décor at a blank canvas is all down to you, so don’t forget about it! As so many of these spaces have their own unique look, not everywhere will need a lot of decoration. Sometimes the features that they already have will be exactly what you need for your event. Make sure it’s something you consider carefully before foregoing however. After all, unless you have done it on purpose, you might not want your blank canvas looking too, well, blank!
Catering is going to be one of the major considerations when hiring a blank canvas venue. Does the venue have a kitchen area to heat food? If not, you’ll need to let your caterers know what is going to be expected of them. Most will be used to working in all different types of venues, so getting the food that you want shouldn’t be an issue. Just ensure that you contact caterers early to book them for your date.
A blank canvas venue can really be used for almost any event you can imagine. Due to their versatility, you can let your imagination go wild. There’s really no end to what you can achieve when you have a really unique space for you to organise your event it. All that’s left is to get planning!