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.
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.
This eclectic venue features custom lighting by Patrick Woodroffe, a full bar and state-of-the-art sound system, making it ideal for receptions, film screenings, high end dinners, drinks receptions, corporate meetings, fashion shows, product launches and play backs. Room hire from £1,500 with a minimum spend of £5,000 in Food and Beverage No private birthday parties under the age of 25
Gillett Square Dalston Hackney. A large outdoor public event space suited to music or theatre performances, screenings and experiential marketing events. Located in the heart of Dalston town centre, a thriving night time location, off road, with nearby parking.
Situated in the City of Westminster, Porchester Hall’s Grade II listed classic art deco design and understated elegance make it a sought-after venue for a variety of events. The grand entrance to the Hall is ideal for reception drinks and leads guests up the elegant staircase with its ornamental bronze and wrought iron banisters, striking marble walls and crystal chandelier. From the stairway, guests are led through to the Main Hall, which is the very essence of grandeur and opulence. Porchester Hall is ideal for weddings, charity galas, conferences, fashion shows, filming, boxing, banquets, exams, private parties, concerts and much more. The main hall’s grandeur and versatility have seen it play host to concerts from the likes of Ed Sheeran, Amy Winehouse, Kylie Minogue and Pink Floyd; broadcasts such as Beyoncé‘s ‘Black Is King’ and Monty Python’s ‘The meaning of Life’; as well as countless legendary parties. The Small Hall, Duchess of York Suite and the Blue Room are all ideal for smaller events, or as extensions and ancillaries to the Main Hall. Catering We work with a carefully selected group of caterers to provide you with a wonderful selection of menu choices to suit all cultures, tastes and budgets. For flexibility, we also offer a dry-hire option, along with corkage and cash bars. Suppliers We have a network of fantastic recommended partners, including photographers, DJs, entertainers, florists and AV, however our clients are welcome to use their own suppliers if preferred.
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 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.
Situated in the heart of Borough, we have converted a Victorian diary factory into a range of cutting-edge event spaces. 79 Borough Road forms part of Ministry Venues and is modern in design but retains the industrial character of the original building. Featuring This versatile venue features a host of spaces that can be booked exclusively or independently giving the flexibility to accommodate a plethora of events. Blank canvas events space Luxury cinema State-of-the-art meeting room suite Private studio Stunning bar and garden
If you are looking for a unique, raw and beautiful venue in Central London, then look no further... We are able to offer an exciting atmospheric space in London’s fast moving South Bank and Bankside areas. A vast, untouched four-storey warehouse, the venue is a blank canvas with tremendous scope, often transformed by creatives for atmospheric exhibitions, immersive performances and interactive events. It is also a unique setting for press launches, fashion shows, staff motivation events, filming and photo shoots. The venue has a range of different spaces, each offering unique features and quirks; rooms can be used on their own or in combinations depending on event requirements. Our venue is owned by Coin Street Community Builders, a social enterprise located along on the South Bank. Coin Street has a dedicated Community Team who rely on the money raised from these commercial spaces to create a fun, safe and exciting place to work and live. Please note that the space is not suitable for weddings, private parties or large-scale music events. FULL VENUE HIRE ONLY. Please contact Sarah Witt to receive a venue brochure, installation guide, or come and see the venue for yourself!
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.
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.
Fantastic gallery space in the heart of London Showcasing the best photography, contemporary design, architecture and issue-based art exhibitions, drawing large audiences along London's South Bank. We primarily hire for public exhibitions but can consider private/daily events where availability and suitability allow. With floor to ceiling windows overlooking the River Thames, our gallery is a bright, airy, open space, and highly visible to visitors on London’s prime cultural trail between Southbank Centre, Hayward Gallery and Tate Modern. We are friendly, accessible and want to offer an open space to raise awareness for key social issues, showcase the work of both established and emerging artists, as well as highlight that art is for everyone to enjoy! Please contact Sarah Witt to come and view the gallery or discuss your exhibition in more detail. See our complete exhibition brochure in the Documents section.
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.
Beaconsfield Gallery Vauxhall (BGV) is a unique and atmospheric venue housed in the former Lambeth Ragged School opened in 1851. Built on Victorian philanthropy, the school has been transformed into a stunning contemporary art gallery and versatile blank canvas event space. BGV has three very individual event spaces and a courtyard garden that capture the best of London design. Our distinct spaces can be hired out separately, in combination or as a whole. We are available to hire for corporate events, photo-shoots, filming, conferences, wedding receptions and private parties. Located in Central London we are situated close to excellent transport links and have several on-site parking spaces for clients. The Upper Space With its 7 metre high white walls, original stepped wooden floor and large arched windows, the Upper Space is a spectacular room full of natural light. This large, impressive space is ideal for ceremonies, conferences, product launches and corporate hospitality. Facilities include a lighting rig with spots, up lighting and a projection balcony with broadband capability. The whole space is fitted with underfloor heating and has single and 3 phase electricity. Capacity: Standing:150 / Seated:100 / Area:1600 sq ft The Lower Space Perfect for smaller and more intimate events such as dinners, meetings and workshops. The Lower Space has white walls, an original Yorkstone floor, cast iron pillars and large windows providing excellent natural light. The Lower Space can be hired on its own but is included in any hire as this is where the toilets are located: x2 Gents, x2 Ladies and x1 Wheelchair access. Facilities include down-light spotlights with dimmers and 6 double sockets. Capacity: Standing:150 / Seated:100 / Area:1300 sq ft The Arch Space An atmospheric space suitable for large events, the Arch Space has exposed brick walls, a state-of-the-art invisible infrared heating system and sprung wooden floor (painted grey). Its urban aesthetic complements the period features of the Upper and Lower Spaces and its stunning, cavernous capacity makes it ideal for product launches, fashion shows, distinctive sit-down dinners and film shoots. Facilities include single and 3 phase electricity. Capacity: Standing:500 / Seated:400 / Area:3150 sq ft The Courtyard Garden The secluded, plant-filled Courtyard Garden is an oasis from the hustle and bustle of the surrounding area. Ideal for summer parties, receptions and al-fresco events, this tranquil space is available to hire in conjunction with any of the 3 spaces. Along with benches we have a large retractable all-weather canopy. It is possible to erect a marquee or park food trucks in this space.
If you are conducting a choir towards their next big performance, then you’ll know how difficult rehearsals can be. When a large group of people get together, it can be tough to get everyone organised and focused on the task at hand. We’ve got 9 top tips for you to help you make the most of that all-important rehearsal time.
Plan the Rehearsal
Like most things, choir rehearsals will go much better if you plan out what you want to do in advance. There’s no use having a vague idea in your head. If you have a certain number of songs that your choir has to get right before a big event, then knowing how you are going to teach them and having a detailed lesson plan for each rehearsal is essential. This can help prevent you from getting waylaid and keep you on track. Knowing that you have a certain amount to get through in each rehearsal means that you – and therefor your choir – will stay much more focused.
Have a Good Rehearsal Space
The space where you rehearse has a great effect on how each practice goes. For one, you need a space that has plenty of room for your full choir and somewhere with good acoustics so you can hear clearly what everyone sounds like. It should also take advantage of as much natural light as possible. No one likes singing in a gloomy room, and this will affect everyone’s mood when they arrive to rehearse. Luckily, there are a good number of rehearsal space venues for hire in London, so you should be able to find one in your area that will suit the needs of your group.
Don’t Forget to Praise Your Choir
While your choir is going to need plenty of constructive criticism while they learn new songs, it’s also important that you give them praise when they are doing something right. Don’t be afraid to single someone out who has been improving in certain aspects either. Giving praise not only boosts the morale of the group, it lets them know that you believe in them and their abilities, encouraging everyone to put their all into every rehearsal.
Explain Why (Be Specific)
To keep your choir practice on the right track, it helps if you explain your requests. If you just ask everyone to sing again, after they’ve already sang the same section five times in a row, you’re much more likely to be met by annoyance. If, however, you let your choir know what it is that you are looking for, and what part of their performance you want to see improve, then you will be greeted with much more enthusiasm. Explaining what you want to hear, the mood that you want to inject into everyone’s singing, and why, helps to involve the choir in your vision.
At the same time, don’t take too long explaining the ins and outs of every song. After all, you’ll have a lot to get through in each rehearsal, so it’s best to spend as much of that time actually singing as possible. Make sure that your choir quickly understands what you mean by your different hand movements, and that they are expressive of the majority of what you want to say to them. This cuts down in digressions and will be something that they can easily follow when you take to the stage.
Take Your Choir Out
One of the best ways to improve your rehearsals is by taking your choir out on a trip to see other choirs performing. By sitting in the audience and viewing them from that perspective, they’ll be able to take in and understand all of the hard work that must have gone into the rehearsing the performance – and are much more likely to come back to their own rehearsal space feeling renewed and energised.
If you conduct a choir, then you’ll know how important a good warm-up is for the vocal cords. This part of the rehearsal needs to be taken just as seriously as the rest of it. Not only will it prevent people from chatting and eating into the limited time that you have for each rehearsal, it will also ensure that no one is liable to cause any damage to their voice. Starting the rehearsal off on a serious note will help this mood to be carried through to the rest of the time that you have together.
Keep Announcements to The End
Just like with the warmup, this it to prevent unnecessary chatter eating into your rehearsal time. If you give all of the announcements that you have at the beginning of the session, then you are likely to be bombarded with questions and have less time to actually get into the business of practicing. Keep your announcements short and sweet and at the very end of the session – these can always be followed up with an email afterwards if anyone does have any questions for you.
Finish with a Flourish
While it’s all seriousness to make the most out of the time you have, its always good to finish off a rehearsal session with a song that your choir knows, loves, and is good at. Letting them really go for it at the end means that everyone leaves on a high note and it reminds them why they joined the choir in the first place. Learning new songs can be intense, so finishing your day off with something that can really be belted out allows everyone to blow off some steam and reminds the choir of just how good they are when they have a song nailed down.
Once you find the perfect rehearsal space for your choir, it all comes down to organisation and discipline to ensure you get what you need out of each rehearsal. It’s always good to inject a little fun as well of course, so that everyone is relaxed come opening night.