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  • Dry Hire Venues in London - The Bloomsbury Ballroom
    HolbornThe Bloomsbury Ballroom 280 People

    Seated banquets for up to 280 guests. We also offer dry hire events with preferred list of outside caterers.

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  • Dry Hire Venues in London - The Steel Yard
    CityThe Steel Yard450 People

    Our three Arches combine to create a flexible event space for over 800 people to move seamlessly around the venue, with the spaces being reset as the day or evening activities evolve. Our largest area, Arch 1 features a flexible staging solution, extensive lighting, audio and AV fixtures, powerful WIFI and a scalable LED video wall display. Arches 2 & 3 host our main and VIP bar areas, allowing for a private entrance if required. Our mezzanine floor can be used as a cloakroom or a professional kitchen for catered events, set-up with extractor fans.

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  • Dry Hire Venues in London - OXO2
    South BankOXO2400 People

    OXO2 is absolutely ideal for a wide range of wonderful events for up to 400 standing or 200 seated for dinner, including parties, product launches, dinners and fashion shows! Drinks and dinner are provided by their award-winning caterers and every event comes complete with the spectacular sight of OXO2's unique panoramic view across London and the Thames. Dry hire is also possible.

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  • Dry Hire Venues in London - The Travel Café
    WaterlooThe Travel Café50 People

    The venue is suitable for events and parties, alcohol license until 11pm. You can either dry hire the space and bring own drinks, or have minimum spend in the venue,

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  • Dry Hire Venues in London - Simmons| Bank
    Bank , Monument , Liverpool street Simmons| Bank 80 People

    Space is available for dry hire for filming.

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  • Dry Hire Venues in London - October Gallery
    BloomsburyOctober Gallery120 People

    Perfect for dinners and banquets; (dry hire) Seating for up to 65 dinner guests Access to high specification kitchen and purpose built bar area Seating can also be arranged outside in the courtyard

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  • Dry Hire Venues in London - East Wintergarden
    Canary Wharf East Wintergarden 1000 People

    Set in the heart of Canary Wharf is the spectacular East Wintergarden; a modern, stylish venue designed by the internationally- renowned architect Cesar Pelli. This architecturally- striking 27m- high domed glass space is nestled among the iconic towers of Canary Wharf and enjoys panoramic views of the surrounding skyline. Flexible and uniquely designed to host glamorous gala dinners, cocktail receptions, product launches, international conferences or private events such as weddings, the East Wintergarden can accommodate between 50 to 1000 guests.

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  • Dry Hire Venues in London - Troxy
    Tower Hamlets Troxy3100 People

    The Grand Hall on the ground floor is the largest space within the Troxy. It provides an incredible setting for one of a kind weddings. The Troxy provides full flexibility, is available for dry hire, and can host Asian and cultural weddings. There are catering options available or you can bring your own. The Troxy benefits from 1930s Art Deco original features and a spendid high ceiling ensuring a memorable event for all attendees for large wedding receptions. It is perfect both for the dinner and dance with a late license available. Venue hire rates may vary based on catering requirements.

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  • Dry Hire Venues in London - Oui – 89 Great Titchfield Street, Fitzrovia, London

    Great space for events whereby dry hire or corporate events can be held here. Day builds can happen and we've housed everything from furniture companies, sample sales, press shows, beauty events, tech launches etc.

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  • Dry Hire Venues in London - The Hellenic Centre
    MaryleboneThe Hellenic Centre250 People

    Available for dry-hire, this white-walled gallery space allows for creative flexibility to create totally unique environment, ideal for pop-up restaurants, temporary hospitality houses or shops showcasing clothing, accessories, and interiors.

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  • Dry Hire Venues in London - SEA LIFE London Aquarium
    SouthwarkSEA LIFE London Aquarium750 People

    For a truly unique back drop the Aquarium works well for filming or photography available out of hours. Filming can take place after hours throughout the attraction. The space is available for dry hire in this instance

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  • Dry Hire Venues in London - Bar Rumba
    LondonBar Rumba450 People

    A fantastic space located minutes from Picadilly Circus, which includes 2 bars and of course, a large dance-floor area. The venue is perfect for parties and clubbing, as well as networking drinks or corporate events. Bar Rumba is available for exclusive hire until late on a minimum spend basis. It is also available for hire at a reduced rate any day until 10pm.

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  • Dry Hire Venues in London - O'Neill's Wardour Street

    Photo shoot, commercial and non commercial filming, student filming, independent movies, dry hire for filming.

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  • Dry Hire Venues in London - Conway Hall
    CamdenConway Hall400 People

    With a capacity 400, our Main Hall retains its period features and is fully accessible by wheelchair. Using our four HD cameras and state-of-the-art equipment, upgraded in August 2020, we can record or livestream your event to any online platform. We can also host Hybrid physical/virtual events such as conferences (with in-person and remote delegates) and talks or presentations with Q&As. This space suits any event or function requiring a large stage and floor area in a central London setting.

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  • Dry Hire Venues in London - Shoreditch Studios
    ShoreditchShoreditch Studios350 People

    Shoreditch Studios is a dry hire warehouse event space catering for up to 350 guests. The premises consist of two adjoining railway arch studios with exposed Victorian brickwork, high ceilings, contemporary white infinity coves, green rooms, a small kitchen, mezzanine lounge and a spacious outdoor courtyard. The versatile dry hire venue can be transformed for various events including art exhibitions, bar mitzvahs, birthday parties, Christmas parties, conferences, corporate functions, fashion shows, hackathons, pop-ups, product launches, training events and weddings. Ask for a bespoke quote.

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  • Dry Hire Venues in London - Camden Assembly
    Camden Camden Assembly250 People

    Great space for dry hire daytime events

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What is a dry hire venue?

Dry hire venues are places where you can hire just the space, without the other elements that can sometimes be included in venue hire, like catering, AV or branding. This is perfect when you want to provide your own refreshments, when catering isn't necessary or when you simply want more control over all the individual parts of your event. There are many popular dry hire venues in London, offering everything from large event spaces to intimate meeting rooms. Whether you're looking for a venue for a private party or a corporate event, there is sure to be something that fits your needs.

Dry hire vs. wet hire: what's the difference?

When you hire a wet hire venue, you are usually hiring the space as well as other services that come with it, like in-house catering, AV or branding. The venue manager will help to plan your event to your requirements, which means you won't have to source and coordinate multiple suppliers. This will take much of the stress and hassle out of organising your event. Wet hire venues are also known as 'all-inclusive.'

On the other hand, when you hire a dry hire venue, you are only hiring the actual space. This gives you much more control over your event, as you can source and coordinate all the different suppliers yourself, such as choosing your own caterers. Dry hire venues are perfect when you want to create a unique event or when you have specific requirements that need to be met. While many venues will operate as only dry hire or only wet hire, others will offer a choice between the two.

Having said that, nothing is ever cut and dry and you'll find there's a lot of variety in terms of what dry hire venues offer and how they work. For example, some dry hire venues will just provide an empty room, while others will include furniture. Similarly, wet hire venues may not be able to provide everything that you need for your event, so it's important to clarify what exactly is included before you hire a venue for your event.

What are the benefits of choosing a dry hire venue in London?

Dry hire venues in London come with a whole host of benefits. Here are the main ones.

  • Give you more control. With a dry hire venue, you can source and coordinate all the suppliers yourself, which gives you a lot of flexibility when it comes to planning your event. This is especially useful if you have specific requirements, as you'll be able to source suppliers that can meet those requirements exactly.
  • Great for creating a unique event. Dry hire venues also offer plenty of scope for individuality, allowing you to really make your event stand out from the crowd. You can hand-pick all the suppliers you want to work with, from caterers to AV companies, to create a completely different experience from all the other events that have been held at your venue.
  • Keep a closer eye on your budget. You'll have more control over how your budget is spent, as you'll be choosing suppliers that meet your needs and budget. This means you can choose to spend more on those elements of your event that are most important to you, and less on those elements that aren't.
  • Can be more affordable. Dry hire venues offer more affordable pricing than many other kinds of venue (although remember, this is largely due to the fact that suppliers aren't included in the price as they are with wet hire).
  • More flexible. Dry hire venues also tend to be more flexible than all-inclusive venues, as they're not tied to any one supplier. This means they don't have just one fixed way of working and are often more open to trying new things. Are there any downsides to choosing a dry hire venue in London? While there are plenty of great benefits that come with dry hire venues in London, there are also a few potential downsides that you should be aware of before making your decision.
  • More work for you. One of the main disadvantages of dry hire venues is that they require more work from you as the event organiser. You'll have to source and coordinate all the different suppliers yourself, which can be time-consuming and stressful.
  • Costs can add up. Although dry hire venues are often more affordable than all-inclusive venues, this doesn't mean your event as a whole will be cheaper. You'll need to factor in the cost of all those external suppliers when you're calculating your budget, and this can sometimes make events in dry hire venues more expensive than in all-inclusive venues.
  • Less time to enjoy the event on the day. As you'll be coordinating your suppliers, you'll have more work to do on the day of your event. This will make it harder for you to find the time to switch off and enjoy it.

What types of dry hire venue can you find in London?

There's a wide range of dry hire venues in London, including party venues, conference spaces, and exhibition halls. However, you'll often find that dry hire venues come into their own the most when you're looking to host a completely bespoke event that's going to create a unique and memorable experience for your guests. For that reason, they're particularly useful for events like product launches, fashion shows, gala dinners and weddings.

Dry hire product launch venues

One of the most popular types of event that dry hire venues are used for is product launches. A product launch is all about making a big impact and creating a buzz around your new product, so it's important to choose a venue that will reflect that. Dry hire venues offer you the opportunity to create a bespoke event that's tailored exactly to your needs and that will help you make the desired impact. A blank canvas space like [Village Underground] ( will give you plenty of scope for creativity and flexibility, ideal for a memorable product launch or pop-up event.

Dry hire fashion show venues

Another type of event that's well-suited to dry hire venues is fashion shows. Whether you're hosting a small boutique show or a larger event featuring some of the biggest names in fashion, a dry hire venue can give you the creative freedom you need to host a wow-worthy event. Some of our favourite dry hire venues when it comes to fashion show venues in London include abandoned warehouses, industrial spaces and rooftop terraces. We particularly love Hoxton Arches with its exposed-brick arched ceiling. Able to be hired on a dry or wet hire basis, it's ideal for any kind of fashion show.

Dry hire gala dinner venues

Dry hire venues can also be the ideal choice for grand gala dinners where you're looking to create something for your guests that they've never experienced before. Being able to bring in your own suppliers will allow you to make your gala dinner the event of the year! Some top dry hire venues for gala dinner venues in London include ballrooms, historic houses, and grand hotels. These kinds of venues offer an air of sophistication and elegance that's perfect for gala dinners. However, one of our favourite dry hire options has to be the striking Bloomsbury Big Top, an award-winning, multi-purpose venue that's sure to make an impact on your guests!

Dry hire wedding venues

Dry hire wedding venues are a very popular choice. A wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime event, so it's important to choose a venue that will allow you to really make it your own. Some top types of dry hire wedding venues include outdoor spaces and manor houses. However, we bet you'll love The Bloomsbury Ballroom. This stunning Art Deco events space is located in central London and is full of character, making it the perfect backdrop for a wedding day.

What to consider before choosing a dry hire venue

When choosing a dry hire venue, there are a few things to keep in mind.

  • The kind of event you're planning. First, you'll need to know what kind of event you're planning. If you're looking for a dry hire wedding venue, that will be very different from a dry hire conference venue, for example.
  • The style of space you're after. Dry hire venues come in all shapes and sizes, from large industrial warehouses to historic halls. So, it's important to know what kind of space would suit your event type, brand and the taste of your guests.
  • The number of guests you're expecting. Go through and hone your guest list before hunting for a dry hire venue as they'll all have a maximum capacity. The last thing you want is to be forced to cull your guest list to fit your event into the venue you've booked!
  • Your budget. One of the main considerations when choosing a dry hire venue is your budget. Dry hire venues typically don't include additional costs such as catering, so it's important to factor this into your budget when choosing a venue.
  • The logistics of setting up and clearing away your event. Dry hire venues typically don't offer event management services, so you'll need to organise all the logistics of setting up and clearing away your event yourself.
  • The amount of time you have to plan your event. Dry hire venues will require you to source all your suppliers and deal with the logistics of getting them there on time. So, consider how much time you have to dedicate to the planning of your event before you put it in the diary.

How to find the best dry hire venues in London for your event

If you're looking for the best dry hire venues in London for your event, just follow these simple steps.

  1. Search Hire Space. You can browse the dry hire venues we've listed above or cut straight to the chase by using our advanced search tool. Our handy filters will allow you to find a venue that matches your requirements exactly, from the location to the budget and capacity.
  2. Contact the venues you like. Once you've selected a few top choices, it's a good idea to contact the venues directly via their profile on Hire Space, to arrange viewings. This will help you get a better sense of what each venue has to offer and whether it's the right choice for your event.
  3. Get quotes from suppliers. Dry hire venues typically don't include additional costs, such as catering or AV equipment, in their hire fees. So, once you've chosen your venue, it's important to get quotes from multiple suppliers to ensure you're getting the best deal for your event.

If you're looking for a space for your event that offers plenty of flexibility and creativity, a dry hire venue in London could be the perfect choice. If you need any help finding the best one for your needs, feel free to get in touch with our venue experts and they'll be happy to introduce you to some venues that could be right up your street!

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About Dry Hire Venues in London

Check out our top picks for dry hire venues in London. There are a lot of confusing terms in the venue game: DDR, minimum spend, wet hire and dry hire. It seems pretty instinctive that you would want your venue to be dry, right? But it doesn't actually refer to the state of the room - it's all about the catering.

When a London venue is 'Dry Hire', it means you only hire out the room: no catering, no drinks, just the space on its own. This is perfect for those looking to provide their own refreshments or outside catering, or for when catering isn't necessary. Ideal for Asian Weddings where speciality caterers have been booked, or for food and beverage product launches where you want to stock your own bar, “dry hire” is the right term to be using.

These are our top picks of dry hire venues in London. From beautiful bars for hire in South East London to historic halls and dry hire wedding venues in West London, there's something for every kind of event, no matter how big or small.

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