Blank canvas venues

For those who prefer to take care of everything when organising an event, a blank canvas venue is often the best option and London is home to a pretty fantastic array of these spaces. SquareMeal’s range of blank canvas venues in London spans north, south, east and west and offers a range of spaces including large studios and art galleries, each offering great versatility and excellent facilities for events of any nature.

Updated on 13 August 2018

Blank canvas venues


The Yard Shoreditch

The Yard Shoreditch

The Yard Shoreditch
Max Meeting 320
Max Standing 400
Max Banquet 150

89 1/2 Worship Street, London, EC2A 2BF

Stripped down to its post-industrial essentials, this converted warehouse’s cool looks befit its hip east London location. The blank-canvas space comes with advanced lighting, surround-sound systems and trussing. The space can handle music videos, branded consumer events, conferences and big corporate bashes with equal aplomb. For such events, the site layout makes logistics easy, as does the team’s black book of top-notch suppliers.

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The Bloomsbury Ballroom

The Bloomsbury Ballroom

The Bloomsbury Ballroom
Max Meeting 500
Max Standing 570
Max Banquet 300

Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, London, WC1B 4DA

The 1920s home of the London Cabaret Club is well set up for large-scale private events. Cars can pull right up to the Grade II-listed building and Holborn tube is close by. The main Ballroom has a built-in stage beneath tall ceilings and art-deco windows, and AV is included (six large screens and projectors). The adjacent Rose Room can stand alone with its own large bar, while the Long Bar is much as it sounds, and a useful breakout space or green room.

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The Worx

The Worx

The Worx
Max Meeting 220
Max Standing 1000
Max Banquet 220

10 Heathman's Road, London, SW6 4TJ

With nearly 3,000sq m of space to play with on a campus of nearly an acre, this industrial-feel venue has nine large, contemporary rooms leading off from a central courtyard and restaurant. All spaces have high ceilings and provide a blank canvas for a range of events, from themed parties to teambuilding. Conferencing clients include Rolls-Royce, Google and Yves Saint Laurent. The space is used for shoots, so lighting, stage and AV are easily arranged.

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East Wintergarden

East Wintergarden

East Wintergarden
Max Meeting 600
Max Standing 1000
Max Banquet 500

43 Bank Street, Canary Wharf , London, E14 5AB

This arched glass atrium in Canary Wharf soars above 682sq m of marble floor with vast windows looking out towards the waterfront. As well as hosting parties, the venue is suited to exhibitions, product launches and automotive showcases. The 4m x 3m LED screen and sound-absorbing acoustics will please conference bookers. The Gallery suspended above the main floor can be hired on its own, and the multimedia Promenade Room will suit smaller groups.

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The Ballroom, South Bank

The Ballroom, South Bank

The Ballroom, South Bank
Max Meeting 1500
Max Standing 1800
Max Banquet 1100

Upper Ground, London, SE1 9PU

Pitched behind the National Theatre, this 1,765sq m venue offers bookers a blank canvas in an accessible location, complete with a star-lit ceiling and fitted stage. By day, it works as a conference facility, while at night the venue transforms into a space for glamorous banquets and drinks receptions. Food and drink is prepared by Fusion Hospitality in an on-site kitchen. The temperature-controlled space permits events across November and December.

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15Hatfields

15Hatfields

15Hatfields
Max Meeting 330
Max Theatre 60
Max Standing 550
Max Banquet 230

15 Hatfields, London, SE1 8DJ

15 Hatfields is one of London’s most sustainable venues. Its spaces are best suited to conferences and meetings, though canapé receptions and product launches are also popular. The largest rooms can host theatre-style meetings for groups when opened out into a single space. HD video conferencing, AV and super-fast wi-fi mean that live streaming, gaming and tech events are well catered for. Environmentally friendly touches include organic, locally sourced catering.

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The Postal Museum

The Postal Museum

The Postal Museum
Max Meeting 150
Max Standing 275
Max Banquet 150

Freeling House, Phoenix Place, London, WC1X 0DA

Opened in September 2017, The Postal Museum is a semi-subterranean venue with a rich history. Up top, the contemporary museum building suits presentations or networking events. Down below, Mail Rail – a blank-canvas space with vaulted arches – was once a depot for a secret mail railway. Trips on miniature trains around the original network and platforms make a memorable add-on to corporate, experiential and private events.

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Royal Horticultural Halls

Royal Horticultural Halls

Royal Horticultural Halls
Max Meeting 1000
Max Standing 1500
Max Banquet 900

80 Vincent Square , London, SW1P 2PE

On a leafy square in Victoria, a pair of Grade II-listed buildings make up the Royal Horticultural Halls. Built in 1904, The Lindley Hall has recently hosted luxury car shows and major product launches. Gala dinners, conferences and exhibitions are also popular options. As for the mod cons, electronic blinds make near blackout possible. The art deco Lawrence Hall suits exhibitions, conferences and dinner-dances, and is available for private hire.

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Bellavita Academy

Bellavita Academy

Bellavita Academy
Max Meeting 80
Max Standing 130
Max Banquet 50

11c Dock Street, London, E1 8JN

Bellavita Academy is an Italian cookery institute that offers food professionals the chance to attend workshops on anything from pizza dough to pasta. Now corporate groups can get the benefit of teambuilding masterclasses at the bright east London venue too. The Academy also doubles as a modern event space, with the necessary AV kit in place to host conferences and exhibitions, as well as interactive lunches, wine tastings and drinks receptions.

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The Terrace at The Last Drop

The Terrace at The Last Drop

The Terrace at The Last Drop
Max Meeting 120
Max Standing 200
Max Banquet 104

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, 5 Thornton Street, London, E20 2AD

This riverside café in the middle of London’s Olympic Park is a fantastic place to take in the city’s landmarks, while hosting anything from meetings and exhibitions to private parties and product launches. With floor-to-ceiling windows around the room ensuring great views, the Terrace has state-of-the-art kit and a 2am licence. Weather-permitting, you can take your event outside to the patio. Catering and decoration are taken care of in-house.

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Serpentine Galleries

Serpentine Galleries

Serpentine Galleries
Max Standing 250

Kensington Gardens, London, W2 3XA

Kensington Gardens is home to two of our favourite modern art galleries: the Serpentine Gallery and the more recent Serpentine Sackler Gallery. Together, the spaces combine the sense of occasion of a listed building with the coolness of a contemporary art space. The former will host private dinners, while both make formidable spaces for drinks receptions. Come summer, the temporary pavilion is a striking one-off space for standing soirées.

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The Hellenic Centre

The Hellenic Centre

The Hellenic Centre
Max Meeting 190
Max Standing 250
Max Banquet 180

16-18 Paddington Street, London, London, W1U 5AS

This not-for-profit venue occupies an elegant early 20th-century townhouse, and has served as a rehearsal space for blockbuster Les Miserables as well as hosted London Fashion Week shows. It’s also available for private hire. High ceilings and an integrated PA system make the Great Hall & Balcony popular for private dinners and conferences alike, while the Friends & Members Room works best for smaller meetings or as a breakout space.

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ArcelorMittal Orbit

ArcelorMittal Orbit

ArcelorMittal Orbit
Max Meeting 140
Max Standing 270
Max Banquet 140

3 Thornton Street, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, E20 2AD

The UK’s tallest sculpture is home to the world’s longest tunnel slide. Book one of the ArcelorMittal Orbit’s two sky-high event spaces, or its canopy-protected outdoor space, and you can add on the ride of a lifetime for each and every guest. With panoramic city views and a late licence, this is a special venue for business breakfasts through to evening drinks receptions and gala dinners – whatever your group’s mode of departure.

King

King's Venues Bush House

King's Venues Bush House
Max Meeting 395
Max Standing 400
Max Banquet 120

30 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4BG

Once home to the BBC World Service, this Grade II-listed King’s College London property in Aldwych has been refurbished to offer a versatile selection of event facilities. The Auditorium is where large-scale presentations and product launches are best delivered, while its Arcade handles the pre and post drinks. For private dinners, we like the eighth-floor hospitality suite, which has north- and south-facing terraces with views out over the London skyline.

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