Offering competitively priced dance studio hire that is suitable for a range of different budgets, our venues are all featured in fantastic locations throughout the length and breadth of London, making them easily reached via public transport from both in and out of the city. Take a look and start planning your next event today.
Folklore is a superb live music venue and bar in the heart of Hoxton - 186 Hackney Rd. is an incredible corner spot with Shoreditch just 10mins walk, Hoxton overground less than 5 and bustling Columbia Rd. and Brick Lane a few paces away. Gorgeous raw brick walls, rustic up-cycled bar and candle-lit interior will have you instantly in love with the front bar, with a secret 100 capacity live music space in the back to keep guests dancing til late. Events are our pride and joy - our personable, friendly and experienced approach to private and promoted parties has seen hundreds of successful events take place under our roof. Birthdays, welcome homes, club nights, live music promotions, product & brand launches, fashion shows, film locations, showcases, screenings, or just an old fashioned knees-up - we can handle a lot! We have secure storage with separate entrance if required; internal and external catering can be provided and our beautiful venue is licensed until 1/3 a.m. We're always looking for new ideas and connections - get in touch!
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.
Canning Town & Star Lane
Only available for midweek hire. A new institution for the arts based in the heart of East London's, Canning Town. Home to music and creative studios and a 550 capacity state-of-the-art performance space. https://www.instagram.com/fold.ldn/?hl=en
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
Situated on the first floor of a Grade II Listed warehouse in close proximity to London Bridge Station. Available for events, meetings, photoshoots and filming, the space features plush soft furnishings, a cornucopia of plants and period details, and large sash windows. The space will be a talking point for your guests and provides the perfect backdrop for events both corporate and otherwise. In addition to numerous areas of soft seating there is a 14 seat table for business meetings and lunches, a small kitchen and 3 toilets.
Sadler’s Wells is a world-renowned dance, performance and events venue. Sadler’s Wells provides a contemporary, vibrant and inspiring venue for conferences, workshops and performances. The venue can hold private and corporate events from 12-1500 guests in rooms including the main auditorium, a studio theatre and various meeting/conference suites. This smart and modern venue has natural daylight, fully integrated state of the art AV with in-house technical staff, air conditioning and free Wi-Fi internet throughout. Our experienced Events team provides dedicated event management ensuring smooth delivery and success. Clients also benefit from in-house catering providing a wide range of fresh, seasonal menus for a variety of occasions. Sadler's Wells has played host to prestigious companies including Sony Music, KPMG, The Guardian, TEDx and many others. We would be delighted to host your event at Sadler's Wells.
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.
Affordable venue hire in Islington A short 10-minute walk from Angel station. Our 3000sqft internal space is divided into a workshop space, main event hall ad a kitchen. We have been home to personal development workshops, coaching conferences, R&D sessions for theatremakers and yoga teacher training. All rooms benefit from floor to ceiling windows, giving plenty of natural light. We're a social enterprise. All bookings fund our community work in Islington. Our spaces: Main Hall, £60p/h: Projector, large screen, surround sound speakers. Capacity: 100. Our light and airy main hall is the ideal venue for your next conference, away day, workshop, private function or corporate event. It’s an affordable space with a projector, large screen and surround speakers. Full use of the kitchen is available for an extra charge. Kitchen, £25p/h: Why not have your next supper club at Arc? Fully fitted kitchen. Two ovens, two hobs/cookers, two fridges, dishwasher. Suitable for cookery classes, food workshops, catering, food preparation. Flexible Workshop Space, £40p/h: Floor to ceiling windows, projector, sound system. Capacity: 30 Flexible seating/table arrangement. This small venue can be used as a meeting room, training room, workshop room or conference room. Floor to ceiling windows give the room refreshing natural light, and the room has a projector is for pitches, presentations and training days. Meeting Room, £15p/h Capacity: 4 Private and safe. Suitable for meetings and interviews or use as a box office, cloakroom, or green room when you hire the Community Hall. Whole venue: You can rent the whole venue: the meeting room, kitchen, workshop space and community hall. Price on request. Additional Extras: You get high speed WiFi and tables and chairs for up to 100 guests for free, but we also offer catering, hospitality packs, full PA system, stage, lighting, event marketing, photography, videography and more. Flip Chart £10 Projector and screen £25 Laptop £10 Portable speakers £10 PA system and microphones £25 Teas and coffees £3 each Stage £100 Discounts available for charities & Packington residents. By hiring our venue you directly support our community work.
Park Village Studios, also known as the Old Riding School, was built in 1892 as an indoor riding arena to serve the residents of the Nash Houses of Regent’s Park. Protected by English Heritage, its eclectic history includes housing elephants, giraffes and a brown bear named ‘Spitfire’, when nearby London Zoo was bombed in WW2. Park Village Studios is situated metres from the Gloucester Gate entrance to Regent's Park. Offering 7,000 sq ft of flexible event space over three distinctive areas, the studios have been converted to provide a stunning setting for film, photography and a wide array of events - from workshops, weddings and product launches to film screenings, large scale conferences and brand events, complete with break-out rooms and state-of-the-art AV and production. STUDIO 1: Studio 1 is the centrepiece of Park Village, a 2,700 sq ft double-height converted Victorian riding arena. At one end, a beautiful cast-iron spiral staircase leads to the original decorative viewing gallery and The Stables. At the other, a J-shaped infinity cove provides an eye-catching backdrop for 3D mapping, projections and set-dressing possibilities. Studio 1 has full blackout and daylight options, as well as flexible lighting set-ups from the steel rigging. Perfect for large numbers and big production builds. STUDIO 2: Studio 2 is a more contemporary space used for product launches, presentations, as a gallery, a break-out area or catering set-up for larger events when exclusively hiring the building. With drive-in vehicle access, an open kitchen and its own Styling Suite, Studio 2 is an ultra-flexible events space. The mezzanine area above Studio 2 comes as part of the rental of this space. STUDIO 3 (THE STABLES): With its high-vaulted wooden beamed ceiling and elegant tiles, Studio 3 (The Stables) offers a pleasing contrast to the other studio spaces. At 1,300 sq ft it benefits from excellent natural light, with the option of full blackout. The space includes a large entrance lobby, accessible via an industrial staircase built over the original horse ramp. It can be hired individually for drinks receptions, workshops, screenings and conferences or used as a breakout room when exclusively hiring the building. FEATURES, FACILITIES & SPECS: Features: - Former Victorian riding school - English Heritage protected - Vaulted ceilings - Vintage tiling - Reception area - Drive-in access - Four separate entrance options - Natural light / black out options - Outdoor garden / smoking area Facilities: - Full-service commercial kitchen - preferred caterers list available - Three parking spaces - Two separate make-up rooms, with classic styling stations - Can provide chairs, tables, flipcharts and other conference equipment - Flatscreen TV Specs: - State of the art audio and PA system - Full HD projector (6K Lumens) - Lecterns, screens and wireless microphones - 1 Gig Ultra-fast wifi throughout the building - 3 phase power CAPACITIES: Studio 1: Standing - 300 Theatre - 225 Banquet - 175 Cabaret - 140 Studio 2: Standing - 100 (140 with mezzanine) Theatre - 80 Banquet - 75 Cabaret - 75 Studio 3 (The Stables): Standing - 100 Theatre - 100 Banquet - 100 Cabaret - 80
ARCH 29 offers contemporary and innovative space for events. With 2,840 sq. feet spread across the ground and mezzanine floor, the arch is perfect for a wide range of functions such as product launch,talks, screenings, corporate events and more. The venue is available for Dry Hire and provided without any extra features – This is a great option for organisers who want a fabulous location while controlling every aspect of their event from business to catering. The Venue is centrally located with great transport links from Southwark station, Waterloo station, London bridge, Blackfriars and Elephant and Castle. Total capacity for the venue cannot exceed 150. Total capacity standing: 75 (ground floor) / 75 (mezzanine) Total capacity seated: Theatre 50 / Cabaret 40 (mezzanine) Theatre 50 / Cabaret 40 (ground floor) Late events: Evening events must conclude by 11pm Monday -Saturday and by 10pm on Sundays due to residential properties in the vicinity
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.
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.
Bishopsgate Institute has been awarded the "Good to Go" accreditation from Visit England, meaning our venue is Covid-secure. Contact us to learn more about our safety measures. Our Grade II* listed building is a haven in the city, where culture, heritage and learning meet. Renowned as a central hub for public events for 125 years, Bishopsgate Institute is also a remarkably atmospheric location for private and corporate events. From the moment you step across the threshold, the originality of the building is clear. Our venue combines elements from the Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts movements, along with typically Victorian motifs. Every one of our rooms is full of individual character and steeped in history. Our spaces are suited to any event you might have in mind, and our flexible rooms have capacity for between 4 to 500 people. Set on the edge of the City of London, you can find us just two minutes’ walk from Liverpool Street Station.
An monolithic, industrial style space situated in the heart of Tottenham, the Archives offers a range of hire options in a unique setting. Perfect for filming, activations, dry / wet hire, community and corporate events, this historic building has something for all occasions. The Warehouse / Ground Floor @ The Archives The Warehouse offers 15,000 square feet of hire space with 4.5 metre ceiling heights, perfect for set builds and large-scale events and productions. A blank-canvas venue, with vehicle access and load in / out capacity, its heavy industrial aesthetic lends itself well to filming, activations and installations. The Falconry / Fifth Floor @ The Archives Situated on the fifth floor of The Archives, the Falconry offers panoramic views of the area in a one-of-a-kind industrial setting. With 4.5 metre ceiling heights, service lifts, red brick walls and huge amounts of natural light, the space can accommodate everything from pr
The Pickle Factory offers 255 sqm in a slightly askew rectangular shape, with white walls throughout. Steel beams across the ceiling facilitate rigging equipment overhead and the frosted skylights allow natural daylight to pour through: this is your ideal intimate blank canvas, ready for dressing & transforming by the imaginative minds of location managers, wedding planners, pop-up stores or restaurant operators - and anyone in need of an intimate reception space.
AMP Studios are situated on the Old Kent Road in 2 railway arches with a spacious courtyard and pavilion. They are an ideal location for many types of events, from private parties, wedding receptions, product launches, exhibitions, rehearsals, community groups, exercise classes and theatre. The covered courtyard area is perfect for alfresco dining and drinks receptions and is great even in wet weather! There is a large loading bay on site so vehicles can drive directly in to unload, and vehicles can even drive inside the arch if required. The courtyard space is ideal for accommodating street food vans or outside games, and there is also a back courtyard for caterers to set up if you prefer. We have lots of tables and chairs on site which are available to use for your events, and similarly these can be stored in the back courtyard if you need the space clear. A perfect versatile venue for a range of events!
A dance recital is always fun. Being able to show off what your dance group can do, what you’ve choreographed, and what you all work so hard doing can give you a real boost. Yet it’s not an easy thing to bring together. What with all the time spent in rehearsals, it can be easy to forget what all needs to be organised. That’s why we’ve come up with these top tips to follow to ensure that you get everything ticked off of your list.
Choose a Theme
When deciding to produce a dance recital, the first thing that needs to be discussed with your committee is what theme you are looking to have. This will decide the music as well as the venue choice and costume design. Without it, you won’t know what type of dance to choreograph for your groups of dancers. While each part of the recital can be different, it should all come under one overarching theme that your audience can recognise and that you can promote easily. This can be anything that you want it to be but needs to be decided upon early.
Music and Choreography
Careful attention should be paid to the range of dancers and their individual skills and talents. A recital is about making everyone shine to the best of their ability so this needs to be remembered when choreographing and choosing the music. It can be a range of modern and classical songs of course, but remember to not stray too far away from your overall theme otherwise your audience will be in for a shock.
Choosing a venue for your recital should be straightforward. Afterall, you know how much space you need, and how much of an audience you are expecting. Theme is again important when considering venue as there are such an array of dance studios available for hire in London. These vary considerably from the ultra-modern to the more traditional in style. The staging of course needs to be thought of. Is there enough room backstage for costume changes and props? Consider the lighting as well. Is it adequate for what your performance needs? The last thing that you must insure when looking at venues is if it is free not only for your recital, but for the many rehearsals that will be needed beforehand. You will need as much time in it as you can get. It also helps if it is not too far for everyone to travel to, as all of the dancers will be spending considerable time there!
Costumes need to be thought of and prepared early on in the planning stage. Not only do they all need to fit, but they need to be 100% ready to go in plenty of time so that you can have full dress rehearsals. Lots of hiccups can occur at this stage so not only do you need to consider how much time everyone has to change and how difficult the outfits are to get on, you’ll also need to think about whether hair and make-up will need to change as well. Always have a reliable seamstress or tailor on hand to help if any last-minute costume mishaps occur.
For a dance recital, volunteers are essential. Not only can they help greet the audience and ensure that everyone is seated on-time, they will also be able to help with valuable work backstage. From changing sets to helping with costume changes and even lighting, having a reliable crew can make or break a recital. Your volunteers and any paid crew need to be recruited early so that they too can be involved at the all-important rehearsal stage.
Once you have the basics sorted, it’s time to advertise your event. Take to social media, run a competition to win tickets, and send out emails to all of your loyal followers inviting them to come along. This is where your theme will come in well, as you can use it to advertise your event in a really effective way. Don’t forget about the power of word of mouth either. Everyone in the recital should be spreading the word to everyone they know so that you’re not left with an empty audience on the big night.
If you can garner some interest, sponsors can help boost your costume budget if you agree to advertise for them. The way to do this is to include them on all of your promotional material. Not only online, but any banners or flyers as well, and especially on the programmes that are given out to the audience. Sponsorship can really make putting on a recital worthwhile and can help with any eminent cash-flow problems before the event.
These are a must for the night of. Everyone wants to be able to look at a programme and have an idea of what to expect throughout their night. You need to get these designed and printed well in advance and ensure that there will be copies for everyone who is attending. Triple check the proofreading so that none of the dancers get their names spelt wrong.
Let Everyone Relax
With all of this talk about rehearsals, and the big recital night looming, it can be difficult to remember that everyone needs a little bit of down time. In the days leading up to the recital, make sure that you don’t keep the dancers too late. The need time to unwind and relax so they can give their best performance. The same goes for you. It’s important to take some time away from organising and just enjoy the experience.
Organising a dance recital is no easy task, but once you have the basics sorted, the rest will all come together. Don’t neglect advertising your recital in the panic of rehearsals, and you’re sure to have a full-house of very excited patrons to see all of your hard work pay off.