Many of our institutional venues are generous in size, making them great choices for large scale events, though we do have some smaller meeting room-style spaces that lend themselves to smaller, more intimate gatherings. We also have a great mix of both historic and modern spaces, meaning there is something to cater to every taste.
Tottenham Court Road
Set within an award-winning modernist building in London’s West End, Congress Centre offers exceptional value. Here are just a few reasons why you should consider the venue for your next event: 1. An unbeatable central location Two minutes’ walk from Tottenham Court Road Underground and a short walk from Oxford Street, Covent Garden and Soho. 2. Great value for money Say no more! 3. Flexibility A choice of 16 different air conditioned conference, meeting and event spaces of varying sizes, most with natural light, ideal for large conferences (up to 500 seated), receptions (850 standing), launches, exhibitions, fashion shows, receptions, dinners and awards ceremonies, as well as smaller meetings and events. 4. Quirkiness The venue is set within an architecturally renowned 1950s’ modernist building which provides a striking backdrop for any event. 5. Hi-tech facilities State-of-the-art AV equipment, plus experienced technicians if required. 6. Fabulous food & outstanding service Repeat bookings are a high proportion of the venue’s business thanks to terrific in-house catering and a dedicated events team. 7. You’re in good company This gem of a venue has hosted events for a large number of corporate clients including Apple, Barclays, Coca Cola, John Lewis, Microsoft and Yahoo!, as well as public sector organisations such as the NHS. Day delegate rates from £49 + VAT per person Room hire rates from £300 + VAT
Omeara is an ode to the late night escapade, inspired by the undiscovered haunts of Central America. The bar serves an array of cocktails, craft beers and wine – with our unparalleled collection of tequila leading the charge. Street food vendors directly next door can provide amazing events catering and the space has a very impressive late license. Included in the hire is the main bar downstairs as well as mezzanine bar, terrace & Omeara Live (our state of the art music venue). If you're looking for more space then The Siding can be tagged on brining capacity to 750.
With an interior lovingly crafted by set designer Dick Bird (Royal Opera House, Royal Ballet) Omeara Live is a truly magical discovery nestled beneath a railway arch just minutes away from London Bridge Station. As a Live Music venue the space is 320 capacity and boasts a high spec PA and lighting rig. For a standing drinks reception/party capacity is 250 and theater style presentation/screening up to 90 capacity. The space has an impressive late license and an array street food vendors on site who can supply amazing events catering. Additional spaces can be added to Omeara for larger capacity events including Omeara Cantina Terrace & Mezzanine (100 capacity), an adjoining stand alone private event space, The Siding (150 capacity) or Omeara Cantina including the terrace (250 capacity).
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.
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?
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.
Arundel House is owned by the International Institute for Strategic Studies and is perfecty situated just opposite Temple underground station. With great views over the river Thames, Arundel House is the perfect venue to host your conference, dinner or drinks reception. Our conference facilities have just undergone a major refurbishment in January 2013 and state of the art technology installed. The rooms are light and spacious and stylishly decorated.
Embodying all the elegance and grace of the Edwardian era, this period venue exhibits immense light and sophistication, creating a simply breath-taking effect for your event. The Lindley Hall is an iconic venue in central London providing the perfect setting for any occasion. The venue has capacity for up to 700 guests and is entirely flexible; perfectly suited to a truly unique event.
21 Arlington Street, a beautiful, elegant Grade II* listed property. This unique venue in London was originally built in 1740 for Richard Boyle - 2nd (and last) Viscount Shannon. Centrally located in London’s West End, 21 Arlington Street is just a few steps from the Ritz Hotel. The three private rooms available are situated on the first floor, with the main Boardroom overlooking Green Park. Perfect for private dinner parties, receptions, business meetings, product launches and filming. Not available after 11pm.
Off the Strand
About The RSA House Just off the Strand, the stylish Georgian home of the Royal Society of Arts is a highly versatile venue. Its Great Room – think domed-glass ceiling and period paintings – has movable seating that enables it to host events ranging from conferences to gala dinners. The striking and spacious Vaults can also be used for drinks receptions, meetings and dinners. In total, the venue has 11 spaces to choose from, and all come with the latest AV kit. It's also worth noting that the venue has a new coffee shop, Rawthmells that's ideal for casual business meetings.
Bellavita Academy is a bright gallery and a spacious 100sq meters venue, that combines modern art with light and space. Located only 5 minutes away from Tower hill, the space is ideal for corporate conferences, meetings and training sessions. The venue is fully equipped with a brand new kitchen, perfect for team building activities, cooking classes, wine tastings & supper clubs events. Whether you need an entertaining and dynamic team building or a venue for a product's launch or private celebrations, we will host your event properly. We provide additional services that add the extra touch: from breakfast meetings to all-day events, our quality food & drinks will transform your corporate or private receptions into unforgettable events. Our chefs can prepare the best tailor-made solutions, our fine selection of wines spoils you by choice, our sommeliers can support your delegates thoroughly. Enjoy booking with us: throughout the entire process we will provide a single point of contact delivering our highest standard of services.
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.
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.
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.
We are delighted to offer the opportunity to hire Elder Street. Previously, the space has been used for client workshops, networking events, product launches and parties, conferences and private dining. The spaces available for hire include our beautiful vertical garden and courtyard, The Undercroft, The Workshop, Upper Lobby, Canteen and Kitchen.
?Whenever you have to plan a large-scale event, it’s not easy to stay organised. While you might start out well, it’s easy for time to get away from you and for everything to start to unravel when you hit the first bump in the road. Not every event goes according to plan, so staying organised can help you to weather anything that’s thrown your way and stay on track to have a successful event. We’ve put together 8 tips for staying organised when planning any event.
Have an Objective
The first thing you need to understand when event planning is what exactly you need to achieve. What type of an event is it? What is it setting out to accomplish? Knowing your end goal in-depth will help you come up with a solid plan. This is the time to set your objective, because it will be too late to change it later on. Why you are planning this event will also come into this, knowing its purpose will help you to define what it is you need to do.
Start a To-Do List
This is something that will evolve over time. Many people have multiple checklists for every aspect of their event, but at the beginning, you’ll need to start with one. Write down the major tasks that you need to achieve and work out from there into the smaller details and those things that can only be done closer to the time. Having everything written down gives you a sense of organisation, even if at the beginning it looks like a bit of a jumble. The main thing is, it’s no longer just in your head.
Create a Timeline
Depending on the event, you might not actually have that much time to get everything prepared. This is why you’ll need to create a deadline for each of the major tasks, as well as a timeline for everything else. By following this, you’ll be able to keep your planning on track. For example, one of the first things you’ll need to do is look at venue. While there are many institutional venues for hire in London, they are very popular for events, so you’ll need to choose and hire one for your event as soon as you possibly can. With your venue sorted, it will then help you to plan the rest of your event.
Have a Back-Up
While writing everything down on paper is a good start, utilising some of the many online project management tools available means that you can easily edit, update and move tasks around within your overall plan. You will be able to break everything up into different sections and have access to it across multiple devices, so no worries if you’ve forgotten your planner! You’ll still get the satisfaction of being able to tick off each task as it’s completed, but you’ll also be able to store all of your notes beside each section so you can refer back easily to any information for may need. Having everything stored in one place will be invaluable as times get busier.
Break Things Down
Once you know all of the major tasks that you have to complete before your event, and a timeline to have them done by, it’s time to break these down into their separate parts. Make each large task into smaller goals, and then split these down further. You’ll soon see that everything becomes much more manageable. By setting a deadline to each of these, you’ll have a working plan for each day until your event. Of course, you’ll be adding to your daily list as you go along, and different things will crop up, but by using this as your basis you’ll be able to stay organised no matter what.
If you can, delegate some of your work out. Planning a large event all by yourself is a mammoth task, and as you’ll likely still have your other everyday work to manage, it can be difficult to stay on top of everything. By delegating out some of the work, you’re not only taking the pressure off of yourself, you’re allowing some of your colleagues to be able to step up and become involved in a large project. Showing that you can manage a team and bring the complete event together will be beneficial to you in the long term.
Never underestimate the power of a tidy desk. As things start to get more and more hectic, you’ll soon find post-its and files covering every spare available inch. Having a tidy desk policy will help to declutter your space and your mind. The same goes for your email inbox. Don’t let it get out of hand but organise all of your mail into different folders where it is easily accessible. You’ll be amazed at how much more in control you’ll feel when everything is in order.
It’s easy to feel burnt out when planning an event. This is why having a switch-off routine can help you to decompress after a long day. Whether it’s tidying your desk so it’s ready for you the next morning, lighting some candles when you get home or listening to some music, we all need to relax in the way that suits us best. While you might be focused on planning, it’s easy to forget about what you need. Eating well and getting some fresh air everyday can help you to stay stress free and will make the whole planning experience a much more fulfilling one.
No matter what type of event you’re planning, staying organised helps everything to run smoothly. By having an up to date task list, a set of deadlines, and some solid delegation skills, you’ll be well on your way to making planning an event seem like a breeze. Time to get that checklist out and get organising!