Featured in well connected, much sought-after areas of the city and able to accommodate a vast range of different budgets and capacities, we are confident that we have the church venue that is right for you.
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.
Since our founding by Benedictine monks, hospitality has always been at the heart of the Abbey. We have held royal weddings, state occasions, and every coronation since 1066. Now you can hire one of our stunning historic spaces for your next event.
In the heart of London’s vibrant East End, an inspiring destination for private, corporate and charity events. A truly unique venue, Hawkmoor’s beautifully restored Baroque masterpiece, offers a magnificent backdrop with several versatile spaces. Impress your guests with our 300-year-old Nave, with its soaring Tuscan columns it's the perfect space for up to 600 guests, while our vaulted Crypt is perfect for those more intimate events for up to 250 guests. Within easy reach of Liverpool Street and Aldgate East Station, This is a memorable setting for drink receptions, banquets, meetings, dinners, conferences and exhibitions, concerts, filming and other events for between 10 and 600 guests.
A centre of hospitality and welcome since it’s origins as a priory in 1106.Conveniently located in on the South Bank in vibrant London Bridge, the Cathedral is a historical masterpiece boasting the oldest example of gothic architecture in Central London. The Parish has been home to many notable historical figures including William Shakespeare, John Harvard and Charles Dickens. Today, the Cathedral’s doors are open to all. With eight versatile spaces to hire and two spacious outdoor areas, offers clients a unique opportunity to hold events from intimate to spectacular from 6 to 800 guests. Our experienced events team offer a personalised service, working with you and our range of accomplished suppliers to deliver events of all shapes and sizes including receptions and dinners, meetings and conferences,concerts fashion shows and more.
A venue with a fascinating history that dates all the way back to 1719. Originally built as a small Huguenot chapel, it has accommodated many different East London congregations over the years eventually becoming part of Christ Church in 1887. Charles Dickens was a regular visitor in the 1800s using the building for public readings of his works and in 1888 the Match Girls held their famous strike meetings here as they prepared to protest against working conditions at the nearby Bryant and May factory. Magnificently renovated into a diverse venue space; it boasts high ceilings and windows to bathe the room with natural daylight. A recent restoration and makeover has seamlessly combined the contemporary Spitalfields style with the heart of a national heritage building.
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.
Located in the heart of Clerkenwell, the Crypt on the Green offers a magnificent venue for exhibitions, wedding receptions, wine tastings, conferences, live performances and much more. With vaulted arches, exposed brickwork and parquet flooring, this unique and versatile space is bound to help make your event unforgettable. We have 4 spaces available to hire, so whether you're looking for a party location for 300 guests or a small meeting space for 10, we've got something on offer for you. This unique venue is located at the heart of Clerkenwell, one of London's most attractive, historic & accessible areas, and is situated within walking distance of Farringdon and Angel tube stations. Please note, the Crypt on the Green is not available on Sundays!
Wasing Park offers a range of outstanding facilities for unique events including meetings and conferences, retreats, birthday parties, anniversaries and team building activities. Less than an hour from London and close to Reading, it boasts historic buildings including a boutique hotel with 26 en-suite bedrooms. On the Estate are stunning lakes, a Woodland Venue and a Secret Walled Garden both available on a ‘dry hire’ basis for the larger corporate event. Wasing is the perfect exclusive use venue to host events of any size, whether it’s a dinner party for 20, a wedding for 140, or a festival for 20,000.
A beautifully distressed chapel, Asylum is a grade II listed building built in 1826, bombed in WWII. The present use of the chapel is as a flexible space which can be hired for photographic and film shoots, exhibitions, theater, weddings and funerals. A unique venue in South East London for weddings, corporate events, press shows and private dinner parties.
The Lighthouse is one of London’s newly refurbished venues, situated at the heart of Camberwell on Camberwell Road. First opened as The Regal Cinemas in 1940, changed to the ABC Cinemas in 1961 then later bought and managed by Gala Bingo, the venue has played host to a number of events and shows such as “Billy the Kid” and “Wicked, Wicked”. Following on from its recent refurbishment by its new owners, the Grade II Listed Building now boasts of a splendid and classy, yet modern Art Deco, which is suitable for the use of most events and even community functions. This venue is one that has started creating a huge buzz in London’s Venues sector, with modern and state of art facilities to host a huge array of events, shows and functions.
Vout-O-Reenee's is a unique hand painted and designed venue in London, a surreal space. Venue for hire in London, Tower Bridge. Vout-O-Reenee's is a hidden gem for a launch or party, small or large. A full cocktail bar . 2 record decks, projector, microphone, performance area, piano, 2 music systems. Vout-O-Reenee's is a Private Members Arts club + gallery with full facilities. An outdoor terrace/smoking area. Free parking weekdays after 5.30/6.30 in the area and all day weekends. In the Crypt of a Pugin designed listed Church.
The Tab Centre is a historic building situated in the heart of Shoreditch. Its ivory-coloured grand hall is graced with elegant pilasters and a wrought-iron balustraded gallery. The Main Hall is a bright open blank canvas space, perfect for XXX and can accommodate up to 140 guests. The gorgeous new secret garden, a true hidden gem of Shoreditch, is great for Corporate BBQ or Drink Receptions, or even as a break out space for Team Meetings, Filming hires and Corporate events! We also have a number of smaller spaces for up to 50 people, great for workshops, rehearsal spaces and training sessions. We have a full service kitchen on site, as well as a fully kitted out, dedicated recording studio for any required event too. We are also wheelchair accessible throughout the building. As a charitable organisation, the venue’s profits go to running the centre’s community projects, so hiring the centre is also giving back!
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
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 a publisher tasked with marketing a book, or a self-published author looking to promote your new work, you’ll understand just how vital a book launch is. Getting the crowds there and buying the book, be it fiction, non-fiction, or poetry, is a vital start in getting the sales needed to be successful. To make your book launch truly special, you need to make it as enticing as possible.
The first way to do this is through the venue that you choose to hold it in. While libraries and book shops are the obvious choices – and do work well – finding a unique venue that is a little bit out of the ordinary can intrigue your potential audience so much that they make a point of attending your launch. After all, if you regularly go to book launches, it becomes easier to skip the odd one unless it really grips you. This is particularly true for any press you are hoping will be in attendance. Hosing your book launch in a café, bar, or even one of the church venues for hire in London, can give your event an added gravitas. An interesting venue hints at an interesting book.
If you are traditionally published but organising your own launch, it’s important to ask your publisher about the help that they offer authors. They may give you some marketing materials and other goodies to hand out, as well as advertising the launch through their channels. If you are self-publishing, then get in contact with your local arts centre to see if you could collaborate. Maybe there is another author looking to launch a book at the same time as you. If so, you could join up for the event. This will not only mean splitting costs, but you are much more likely to gain a larger audience – who might buy two books instead of one! Coordinating with as many people as possible is always advised. The arts community generally wants to promote each other and is always willing to help a new author.
Who to Invite?
The more people you can get attending your launch, the better. Encourage friends and family to come along and support you, as well as those from your writing group if you have one. You can even print flyers and put them in your local cafes and arts centres. Getting the press involved is always a good idea. Have press kits made up and don’t be shy about getting interviews arranged. You can also invite book bloggers and reviewers to the launch to encourage them to write about the book and generate even more publicity.
Have a Bookseller
Make sure that you are in contact with a reliable local bookseller from the very beginning. You need to make sure that they can source the book, or that you can get all of the copies directly from the publisher. The book selling needs to be able to look after itself on the night as there will be times when it will be quite busy. You, whether you’re the author or the publicist, are going to have your hands full with the rest of the event, so you need to be confident that all of the sales will be going smoothly.
Getting the word out there is the key to any successful book launch. After all, no one can come if they don’t know that it’s happening. Social media is very important for writers now, and the author needs to use this to his or her full advantage. Making a Facebook event, promoting it, taking pictures when the cover is revealed. Anything and everything they can to promote their new work. Bloggers have already been mentioned. Many would be happy if an author wanted to go on what’s known as a ‘blog tour’, answering questions about their book and writing process or even their favourite authors. Whatever the blogger wanted in exchange for some promotion for their new book. Don’t forget about the importance of the phone call or even the text message. If an author reaches out in person to ask people to attend, then they’re much more likely to get a positive response.
Think About Your Audience
Some refreshments are expected, make sure that you have someone taking care of this. It usually includes wine or soft drinks – there’s no real need to offer anything more. Just something for the audience to sip while they chat and mingle with others. When the author gives a reading, it shouldn’t be too long. There should also be no long winded explanation about how they found themselves writing the book. Brief is best, give the audience a taste, but don’t bore them. After that’s done, the author needs to be prepared to sign copies of the book and talk to the people who have so kindly turned up to the launch. Time needs to be spent showing how much you appreciate the turnout. Too many authors spend the time talking only to their friends – it’s important to mingle with the people that you don’t know but who obviously have an interest in the book. At the same time, it’s important that you enjoy yourself. This is your night after all and it’s time to take the time to revel in its success. This is true whether you are the author – or just the organiser.
Launching a book is an exciting time for any author. Whether it’s your first book or your fifth, the launch is just as important to get right every time. By choosing a truly unique venue and advertising the event well in advance and to as many people as possible, you are sure to have a launch night to remember.