Whether you're a local Londoner or a first time visitor to the city specifically for your event, all of our featured venues to hire in London are well connected via good nearby transport links and sit within enviable locations in popular areas of Central, East and West London. Our top picks also come in all sorts of sizes, with venues that offer both partial and full hire, meaning there’s something for every budget.
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.
The Mayfair Gallery is a great clean and modern space for a variety of events, like product launches, press days, corporate dinners, and many more. This gallery provides the perfect blank canvas space, ideal to build your own brand and personality. The venue is located in a great centrally located area close to Bond Street, Oxford Street and Regent Street with easy access all year round.
Shoreditch / Hoxton
MOTEL blends Mid Century design, Victorian Architecture and 21st Century technology to deliver the perfect East London venue for your event. A hidden gem in the heart of the evolving landscape of Shoreditch, our generous and open spaces have hosted a diverse range of clients and brands including ADIDAS, LVMH, NORTH FACE, KAPPA, BATHSTORE, NIKE, BURBERRY and many more. With over 4300 sq ft of ground floor space, let MOTEL bring your project home in style. KEY POINTS: 100MB WI-FI, LIVE STREAM POSSIBLE, DRIVE IN ACCESS, LIMITED PARKING AVAILABLE, BLANK CANVAS
A unique ground floor, blank canvas showroom event space based in Central London, W1, 3 mins walk from Tottenham Court Road Underground Station. Available for dry hire and ideal for Press Shows, Product Launches, Photography Shoot, Samples Sales, Business Seminars & Presentations. The venue ground floor access, ideal for loading and unloading.
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. Day hire: Monday - Friday. Evening hire: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday. The Photographers' Gallery is not available for exhibitions, parties, fundraising activities or publicly promoted events.
The building once formed part of the London Gaslight and Coke company. It was badly bomb damaged during the 1940s London Blitz and shortly after demolished and rebuilt in the early 1950s. It later became a textile factory, car park (yes, really!!) and later a theatre rehearsals studio space. It is now a location for filming, photography, launches and events. Features include: Electric blackout blinds, 3 Phase Electrics, Changing and Make up room complete with light-up mirrors, steamer and hanging rails. There are two rooms upstairs for either clients, extras or a green room. The venue has two entrances, one of which is a secret entrance for events and immersive theatre productions. Outside there is a court yard and parking space. It is an ideal place to shoot cars and furniture, with a giant shutter ensuring easy access and loading.
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.
Strand, Central London
The Vaults at RSA House are ideal for large standing receptions, unique celebrations and evening parties. Originally designed as river-front warehouses, these fully restored Vaults offer a striking contrast to the splendour of the rooms above. The Durham Street Auditorium is a purpose built theatre ideal for screenings, conferences and meeting. It was built on the last remaining stretch of 18th century cobbled roadway which was part of a tunnel beneath the House leading down to the Thames. The DSA can accommodate up to 70 people. The RSA is an enlightenment organisation that seeks to understand and enhance human potential located in the heart of the West End. Throughout its history, the RSA has extended a welcome to others looking for a place to discuss their ideas. This tradition continues, with the Great Room, Durham Street Auditorium and Benjamin Franklin Room and our more intimate rooms providing the perfect backdrop to dinners, conferences and workshops. Recently awarded Best Historic Venue or Livery Hall at the London Venue Awards, 2018.
Tap & Bottle is an idyllic two story wine bar sitting in a beautiful grade II listed building, above the bustling Flat Iron Square. For parties up to 90 guests you can private hire the whole space inclusive of smoking terrace with plenty of seating or for max 30 guests the top floor private room is perfect. For larger events we can host up to 150 guests with the extension of our Flat Iron Square mezzanine (please enquire for image of mezzanine).
Oval Space is an amazing warehouse-style venue finished to a very high standard that offers 5,000 square feet of unobstructed event space, with the iconic backdrop of the Bethnal Green Gas Holders. Two terraces frame the venue on the West and South side, providing a summer reception space and / or BBQ garden with a striking view. Although it is full of unique features, Oval Space offers a fantastic blank canvas, making it a venue of choice for an extraordinarily wide range of events.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS VENUE ONLY ACCEPTS CORPORATE EVENTS PERFECT FOR GAMING EVENTS, EXHIBITIONS, PRODUCT LAUNCHES AND EXPERIENTIAL Due to council restrictions we cannot hire the venue later than 23:00. Guests should be offsite by 21:30. The venue will not accept the following: Warehouse (rave) parties, Loud music events, or late evening events. NOTE: This space is partially outside and exposed to the elements. A totally unique, atmospheric and historic 9000 sq/ft venue, deep in the heart of Clerkenwell. Nestled within the hub of London's design and creative district, lies a prison built in the 17th Century, this 130 standing venue has a long turbulent history. It was one of the busiest prisons in Victorian times, and well known for its attempted inmate escapes, as well as being used as an air raid shelter during the Blitz. The cavernous, segmented chambers hold the infrastructure to cater to almost any type of event, offering space that it is impossible to find elsewhere in popular post codes for commercial events in London. Where else can you offer exhibitors packaged up space in individual prison cells?
A space to be brilliant. Our fabulous Forum space consists of a tiered seating area with a connected break out events space, next to our beautiful Palatino Bar. State of the art silent disco technology, as well as HD projection screen, so guests can sit and watch screenings / discussions / presentations. The event space is openly connected to this seating so is perfect for anyone looking for a presentation space with another area to move onto drinks and networking. . The event space is openly connected to this seating so is perfect for anyone looking for a presentation space with another area to move onto drinks and networking.
Unique Venue For Hire in East London. Stunning contemporary spaces in the tranquil surroundings of Mile End Park, in the heart of East London. The Arts & Ecology Pavilions are suitable for a wide variety of events, including exhibitions, launches, private parties, wedding ceremonies and receptions. Offered as a blank canvas, you are welcome to bring in your own caterers and we do not charge for corkage. Both buildings have parking and loading space and step free access.
With a capacity for 120, this space is perfect for private networking, reception events and summer BBQs. The contemporary museum space comes with the added benefit of a private courtyard that features a beautiful living plant wall which adds to the venue’s atmosphere and acts as the perfect backdrop for summer parties. The indoor modern and contemporary museum space offers great versatility and in addition, allows guests to explore the inspiring exhibition galleries or enjoy a curator-led museum tour.
**Please note, our capacities will be temporarily reduced due to Social Distancing Measures enforced by the Government in line with the COVID-19 Pandemic** The Stage day rate: £108 Per Hour+ VAT/evening rate: £156 Per Hour+ VAT Cinema Hire Starting Price: £120 Per Hour + VAT An alternative to the traditional with cutting-edge facilities, mouth-watering menus and bespoke theming. 3 boutique cinemas 3 blank canvas venue spaces Mezzanine gallery Lower cafe gallery Boardroom A five-storey Shoreditch landmark, Rich Mix are able to tailor their spaces for anything. Corporate events, conferences and private dinner parties. Photo shoots, fashion shows and book launches. Weddings, Ceremonies, Christmas parties and Summer Balls. Their creative events team can make it happen. And brilliantly, all profits contribute directly to their work as an arts charity.
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.
Curating an art exhibition is hard work,
after all, you have to get a group of artists together and anything that has
the word ‘collaborative’ in it is never going to be easy! Yet when it all comes
together, you’re not only producing a collection of powerful artworks that will
speak to those who view it, you’re also publicising the individual artists in
their own right. If you have an idea for an exhibition, then the best way to
start organising is by jumping straight in.
Ask Yourself Why
The most important first step when it comes to organising a large exhibition, is why you want to do it. What is it about your idea that you believe people need to see? Is there a certain topic that you wish to explore? Or is it just that you think local artists need some more exposure? Are you looking to exhibit a blend of different art, from sculpture, to oil painting, charcoal drawing and visual, interactive art? Whatever your reason, make sure that you have a set of goals planned and written down that you can focus your exhibition towards. This will prevent the work you are curating going off on a tangent that you hadn’t envisioned and help to focus your adverting to your preferred audience.
Choose Your Theme
Choosing your theme is what will bring all of your artwork together. You will need to make it narrow enough that all of the artists have parameters to stay within, but broad enough to allow for unusual interpretations that will encourage the biggest range to apply to be a part of your exhibition. This might be something that you’ve had in mind for a while, or something that you need to come up with now that you’ve decided to go ahead with curating. Whatever the answer, make sure that you ask a few artists what they think of it before releasing an invitation to submit work. It’s always good to get a few opinions on a theme before finalising it.
Get Artists Together
It’s now time to invite artists to join your exhibition! If you know a lot of local artists in your area that you think will fit your theme, ask them directly to submit a few pieces for your consideration. You can also open it to a wider audience by issuing a call on social media. You’ll need to make sure that your vision and theme are clear, and the types of art that you are open to accepting. It’s likely that you will get a large number of submissions, so limit the number of works that artists can submit and give them a date that you will respond to them by. This will prevent any emails asking for updates while you are in the midst of the reviewing process.
Hire a Venue
While you can pitch your event to some well-known galleries, sometimes it’s much easier to hire out a venue yourself. After all, you know that your exhibition is worth seeing, why do you need to go through the hassle of proving that to galleries when you can hire a space that will be completely your own? While you might only be able to keep the exhibition open for a few days, this will be more than enough time to promote, have an opening event, and get interested parties down to view the work. If there’s a time-limit involved, people might be even more inclined to make an effort to seek out the exhibition. There are a huge variety of art galleries for hire in London, all with their own unique atmosphere to them. This means that you’re sure to find the one that suits the artwork that you are curating perfectly, and you can kit it out in whatever way you want.
You need to start to advertise your curated exhibition as early as you can in order to garner interest from all around the art community. It’s important that you develop a solid media plan that includes a press release that can be handed out to all media that attend the opening of the exhibition. Without a good press release, you’re unlikely to get much media coverage. Send a copy of this out to all of your local media. Promoting online and offline are equally important. You should have a poster advertising your exhibition as well as flyers that can be placed in all of the local arts centres. Social media advertising needs to be strategic and well planned in order to reach the largest amount of people possible.
Have an Opening
An exhibition is nothing without its opening. Get all of the artists together, invite some local art critics as well as the general public, and try to make it as grand an affair as possible. The audience will expect you to speak, but keep it short and remember to thank any sponsors you have that helped to bring the exhibition into existence. It’s always a good idea to have some caterers in to serve up canapes to your audience, as well as some wine for them to sip while they mingle and view all of the artwork. Ensure that there are copies of the catalogue available with up to date pricings for any of the work that’s for sale. If you need to, hiring someone who can deal with any prospective buyers is a huge plus and will help the evening to run smoothly.
Curating an art exhibition where a number of different artists come together under one overarching theme is a huge achievement, and you shouldn’t sell yourself short when you’re the one that makes sure it all comes together. Introducing people to new artists and styles of art is its own reward, but you also need to give yourself a well deserved break once it’s all over.