West London’s premier event spaces Our refurbished Victorian foundry with 5 interlinking spaces and 2 large secluded courtyards are available for all occasions. Featuring natural brickwork, high ceilings with exposed beams, wooden floors, large windows and skylights that allow for abundant daylight. While retaining its original features, this location also benefits from all the modern components to create the perfect event. Studio 1: 200 standing / 130 theatre / 100 seated Studio 2: 220 standing / 140 theatre / 120 seated Studio 3: 150 standing / 50 theatre / 60 seated Studio 4: 450 standing / 300 theatre / 220 seated Studio 5: 450 standing / 300 theatre / 220 seated Courtyard 1: 200 standing Courtyard 2: 200 standing / 70 seated
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
The Depository is a 6,500 sq/ft industrial warehouse based in Stoke Newington and the birthplace of the original 'Dragons Den'. The location is set over four floors with a variety of textured walls and different floors, as well as large windows offering a great natural daylight. The ground floor originally housed horse stables, and is dark and atmospheric with a spiral staircase and original lift shaft. The first floor has a mezzanine floor and dilapidated, peeling walls, while the second and third levels have more of a loft feel with original polished oak floorboards and a mixture of glazed and texture brick walls. The warehouse provides the perfect setting for corporate away-days, and there is also the chance to combine is with use of The House Next Door (on enquiry) which is, funnily enough, situated next door! The location is always decorated with an array of ever-changing, unique props and we also have colorama stands available at your convenience. The industrial lift is in full working order and there is also the facility to black out the whole location. PLEASE NOTE: WE WILL NOT HIRE THE VENUE FOR 18TH OR 21ST BIRTHDAY PARTIES. THIS IS A CORPORATE EVENT AND WEDDING VENUE. THIS VENUE HAS NOISE RESTRICTIONS SO NO MUSIC EVENTS OR PARTIES.
Paddington, Edgware Road
Overlooking Paddington's Grand Union Canal, Lockhouse is an all-day hangout that specialises in craft beer, artisan cocktails, classic burgers, Louisana-style po'boys, fresh salads and a delectable brunch and coffee menu. Lockhouse can cater for: *Private Events for up to 300 standing *Meetings, Training Day, Private Parties on the Mezzanine with Flat Screen *Masterclasses in Cocktails, Beer, Spirits and Food Pairing *Weddings & other occasions *Corporate Bookings *Tour Groups *Breakfast Meetings *Wrap Parties *Filming and Photoshoots
Gabeto is The Cuban Spirit of Camden Market. This recently refurbished restaurant and bar combines class and cool with amazing interior design that’s perfect for Instagram! From high-level dining booths to eclectic retro furniture fused with naturally elegant period features and funky, local inspired art – Gabeto is Camden’s trendiest events venue. Set over 2 floors with outdoor terrace space ,Gabeto is one of the most flexible and highly sought after events spaces in the market. From product and car launches to fashion shows and intimate high-end dinners, our expert team can create your bespoke event and be on hand to make sure it goes exactly to plan.
North West London
We combine the best eat drink play experiences to cater for any type of private event. The team are on hand every step to plan an amazing event in our unique spaces. From drinks receptions, conferences, meetings to experiential brand activations and full venue takeovers for up to 2500. Along side our exclusive drinks you a can choose from any of our curated street food inspired vendors covering cuisines spanning the world to cater for you and your guests. Full venue takeovers also include exclusive use of a VR experience and Axe throwing, great for an experience within your event.
The Function Room at Jones & Sons is an amazing 1100 sq ft space with its own bar, Dj system and AV set up. We seat up to 80 people and hold 150 standing, the venue is perfect for weddings, birthdays or celebrations of all types.
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.
**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.
Located in South West London, directly across the road from Parsons Green Underground Station, Darlings Green is a furniture showroom by day and anything you want it to be by night. The space is ideal for any event from birthday parties to corporate events, workshops to fashion shows. The venue is available from 6pm every night of the week, when the furniture is packed away to reveal an exquisite blank canvas for your event. Standard hire hours are 5pm-12am, with the hours between 12am to 4am up for discussion. Flooded with natural light and decorated according to the latest trends, the main event space is a formidable rectangular expanse with high ceilings and industrial accents. Usually, just one side is offered as it can house a substantial amount of people. However, utilising the second half of the space is possible upon discussion with the proprietors. There is no access to the mezzanine area as this is a working office. Running along the wall under the windows is a long stage area, two steps high - a natural place to house a band; a DJ; a speaking podium or indeed an exhibition area. Leading off the tiled entrance area, is a functioning kitchen and double toilet facilities. Darlings Green boasts a unique monochrome tiled bar with a classic brass top. Marble and brass shelving and a neon sign asking "What's your poison?" frame the bar area nicely and provide a terrific backdrop to any photos on the night. Perfect for the Gram! To customize the space event more, it is also possible to remove the 'Darlings of Chelsea' signage on the Scandinavian wood panelling and erect signage or props specific to your event.
Old Street's bespoke venue; Interior design, bright, exposed brick, big windows, high quality sound system, central, breakout rooms, commando sockets for photography. As well as dry hire, we can also create a fully bespoke service for your event - everything can be arranged internally such as catering, barista coffee, professional photographer, event staff, sound technician, etc on request..Please note we do not host private events, parties or celebrations due to the fact we are situated within a residential building. .About the venue: Set up to address the lack of properly equipped affordable studio and workshop spaces for wellness, personal development professionals and photographers. The spaces are used for meetings, workshops, photo and video shoots. Our white studio has high speed hard wired internet for streaming and video conferences. Our vision for was to create a beautiful, well-designed space that would be a home for personal growth and development. One of our recent clients described it as ‘the third facilitator’ in her workshop and we hope that you will feel that way too. We’re proud to give 10% of profits to our sister venue The Arc Centre in Islington which is a local community project.
The Groucho Club, located in the heart of bohemian Soho, has several event spaces available for private hire by both members and non-members alike. It is in the ideal location for private parties, private dinner party, birthdays, weddings, drinks receptions, BBQs, conferences, and meetings. Unique and unusual, this venue is perfect for those looking for a quirky and beautiful venue in a central London location.
Clerkenwell & Social is the perfect location for your private function, corporate event or Christmas party. Situated in St. John Square, Clerkenwell, its eclectic design and literary theme make for an unusual and unique backdrop and with the choice of hiring a number of areas we can cater to any kind of event. We serve up inspiring and unique house infused cocktails and hand-crafted pizzas spread over 2 floors with a large outdoor terrace.
An outstanding versatile event space which is carefully spaced in compliance with government social distancing guidelines. The venue as a whole consists of; The largest covered terrace in the heart of Hackney Central alongside a beautiful garden, 10m cocktail bar and fully fitted kitchen with a 150 seated capacity. A newly renovated lounge under the arch, equipped with a Funktion One Sound System, bespoke lighting and a 5m cocktail bar. Our venue makes for an extraordinary and unique space, perfect for: Drink receptions, Wedding celebrations, Summer & Christmas parties, Corporate celebrations, Networking events, Brand activations & product launches, Talks & presentations, Theater & comedy, Live music, Creative, Film & photo shoots
We can take bookings from April 2021Our state-of-the-art new home in London City Island opens up multiple opportunities for creation, collaboration, commercial activity and engagement. With four large rehearsal studios, our full height fly-tower Production Studio, social spaces and meeting rooms, English National Ballet has a home to be proud of and to grow in. Our home is the cultural anchor in London’s newest neighbourhood, London City Island. A space where we can share practice, generate ideas and create extraordinary experiences for our audiences and partners. We have excellent transport links, served by the Jubilee and DLR lines at Canning Town – 20 minutes from central London and only five minutes from Stratford, where the new Sadler’s Wells, V&A and London College of Fashion are opening. Once Crossrail opens in late 2019 there will be another fast link to Canary Wharf and Stratford. Our new home has been designed by award-winning architects Glenn Howells Architects. At 93,000 square feet, it is four times the size of our previous buildings. These world class facilities will not only fulfil our needs now, but for generations to come, inspiring and developing the dancers, choreographers, costume-makers, musicians, participants and audiences of the future. The Production Studio Capacity: 500 standing 500 theatre 350 dining 250 cabaret The Production Studio is a blank canvas and can be a productive technical theatre space, an engaging conference or training space, and can transform into a magical hospitality space. With a full height fly tower and a stage space to match London's largest theatres, the Production studio offers a technical space in which to rehearse and produce performances. It is incredibly versatile and can also be used as a dining space, presentation and training venue and for showcasing brands and organisations. The Rehearsal Studios Capacity: 200 standing 100 seated We have four large rehearsal studios, 15 x 15 x 5.5m in size, acoustically treated and featuring state of the art harlequin flooring. Our studios are not only world-class rehearsal spaces but also make the perfect space for a variety of events. Highly suitable for workshops, training sessions, a drinks reception, castings, film and photography and a whole range of other hospitality events. Our studios feature dance mirrors and ballet barres on 3-4 walls (which can be covered if requested) speakers, a 55" screen, a piano which is included within the hire, and lots of natural light from the floor to ceiling windows. The Mezzanine Capacity: 175 standing 100 classroom 75 seated 70 cabaret The Mezzanine is a bright, welcoming space situated on the first floor of the English National Ballet's new home on London City Island. The iconic floor to ceiling shuttered windows gives the area lots of natural light throughout the day whilst also remaining a private space. It is highly suitable for workshops, training sessions and can be used together with the Bickle room to bring the capacity up to 200 standing. This Mezzanine also makes a wonderful setting for a drinks reception and is a highly versatile space for a range of hospitality events. The Bickle Room Capacity: 60 standing 30 seated The Bickle Room is a welcoming space situated on the first floor of the English National Ballet's new home on London City Island. This room makes a great breakout space when hired together with the Mezzanine but can also be used on its own for workshops, training sessions and meetings.
Swingers West End takes crazy golf back to its seaside roots in a venue that reimagines the faded glamour of the 1920s English Riviera. Located just off Oxford Circus, step out of the hustle and bustle of London's busiest streets and into a quintessential British seaside setting of goof, drinks and fun, where the sun is always shinning. The venue boasts two 9-hole crazy golf courses, four stunning cocktail bars, four of London's best street food vendors and an incredible 3D photo podium. Swingers also have a selection of private hire spaces perfect for corporate parties, birthdays, and Christmas celebrations.
So, you need to organise a tech conference, easy right? Well… not always. Like any big event, there’s a lot of work involved so you’ll need to have a firm plan in place. We’ve put together these 10 steps to help you get the ball rolling!
All too often, planning for a conference is started too late in the game. This means that there’s a rush to organise a keynote and venue, as well as a rush to advertise in time for people to actually show up. What then happens, is that you will be left with an event that doesn’t flow well. Instead of a seamless transition between events, there may be gaps that are too long, and the theme won’t be as cohesive as you’ve had to scramble to get speakers together. If your call for proposals goes out too late, you won’t be able to have the all-important discussions with those interested, and the speakers that are accepted will be left confused as to what they are actually doing on the day.
Pick the Right Team
The organising team for the conference should be made up of a group of people who are excited to get involved. This will take up more of their time than even they will have anticipated, so make sure that they are aware of the commitment. A good mix of new and old staff will merge the advice from past conferences with the enthusiasm new team members bring with them. Remember to diversify the group as well, and have the gender split as close to 50/50 as you can.
Know what your budget is before you start making any grand plans. Tech conferences can eat away a budget really quickly, so you’ll need to be aware of this. If you’ve had previous events, this will be a good basis to start from. Keep an accurate working budget, so you don’t find that you’ve overspent, and can keep tickets in the reasonable price range. Sponsors are crucial to any tech event, so it’s important to get them on board as soon as possible. Show clearly what your event can offer them.
Theme is everything at a modern tech conference. It draws people in and makes them buy the tickets. Create an agenda as soon as you are able so that attendees know what to expect. Keep it as narrow and on-theme as possible. While there will of course be many diverse stands, now is the time to bring these into focus. Make the theme your own, relevant to your company, and with a clear call to action.
The venue might be the single most important aspect of any tech conference. If it’s being held in a stuffy hall, no one is going to want to go, and it will give the impression that the event will be boring. You’ll be looking for modern conference venues in London, something that fits with your theme, with the speaker’s ideas, and will facilitate break-outs and networking. VR will also be important, so ensure that your venue has the right technological capabilities for what you need.
The keynote speaker will be one of the biggest draws to the event, so think outside of the box. Contact people who the audience might not have seen before and contact them early. Schedules fill up fast, and once you have your theme, getting the keynote needs to be next on the list. Always treat them with the utmost respect, and answer all of their questions. The more information that you can give them, the better. Once you’ve found someone you want, let them know as soon as possible and start advertising it – although get their approval of the wording you’re going to use.
This has already been mentioned, but have a plan for the day, and think about your attendees. They are going to be looking for something that they can participate in. No matter how good your speakers are, there should also be something more interactive. Breakouts, and panels with content relevant to the theme will allow the audience to engage further. You’ll need to provide ample time for networking, as a conference like this is an amazing opportunity for everyone.
Offer Food and Drink
A crucial part of any conference is what people eat and drink. If you’re not providing it yourself, people will drift away on their own, and either come back late, or not at all. Meal times are a great opportunity to network and having coffee or even beer on standby will help everyone relax. Make sure that you have a few options for dietary requirements. Having some nut-free, vegetarian, and gluten-free food is always a bonus
Update Your Website
Remember that it’s a tech conference you are organising, and so attendees will expect all of the information to be available online, an online booking system, promotional videos, the works. Advertise your sponsors as well so that they are getting what you promised. Keep all of your social media accounts up to date as well, and have a strong marketing plan and call to action for people to respond to.
After the event is just as crucial as the lead up to it. Continue to engage with attendees, ask them to complete a feedback survey, analyse the data from this and send it back to them. Keep the conversation going. Remember to thank all of the speakers, sponsors and the keynote – sending gifts is appropriate as well. If you have another conference the next year, invite them to attend. If not to speak again, at least a free ticket to participate. The most popular speakers could head a panel, but you need to keep in contact with them, and not just forget about them.
There are a lot of moving pieces when it comes to organising a tech conference, but with a good team behind you and adequate planning, it will all come together. Don’t get stressed and you might have more fun organising than you first thought!