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  • Large Event Venues in London - Twickenham Stadium
    TwickenhamTwickenham Stadium650 People

    The Live Room is Twickenham Stadiums state-of-the-art auditorium. The space makes for a perfect venue for a seated dinner, product launch, conference or live music performance. The space has large load in bays, making it a great space for car product launches. The room has retractable bleacher seating, and full in-house audio-visual equipment and projector screen for presentations. In addition to the retractable bleachers, there are chairs available that can be arranged in any way, making this one of our most flexible and impressive event spaces.

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  • Large Event Venues in London - The Bloomsbury Big Top
    BloomsburyThe Bloomsbury Big Top1400 People

    The Bloomsbury Big Top is an award winning, iconic, multi-purpose events venue based in the heart of London. This Christmas season from the 1st to the 20th of December look no further than Cirque Shanghai at The Bloomsbury Big Top. This Christmas party package never fails to stun guests, and keeps everyone talking long after the party season is over. The Bloomsbury Big Top is the perfect space to host any event from corporate Christmas parties to award dinners. Contact us for a bespoke quote today.

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  • Large Event Venues in London - Evolution London
    Battersea ParkEvolution London5000 People

    Evolution London is an inspiring blank canvas space, designed specifically with events in mind. Our experienced team and in-house suppliers will support you in tailoring the venue specifically to your event requirements, with resident caterers Moving Venue on hand to create innovative menus, and technical partner Encore onsite with a pre-installed, high-spec production package. This large-scaled venue can play host to a wide range of events, including awards ceremonies, conferences, dinners, fashion shows, product launches, parties, charity events, exhibitions and televised events.

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  • Large Event Venues in London - indigo at The O2
    North Greenwichindigo at The O21597 People

    One of London's most sought-after live event spaces, indigo at The O2 is the ultimate venue to give your live music, corporate or private events a world-class feel. indigo at The O2 offers total flexibility. The dynamic space can be changed from a conference venue into an open plan exhibition space or private dinner venue, all with an in-built main stage, in-house AV support and a separate VIP Lounge. Sitting under the roof of an iconic London landmark its is a popular venue choice in London for Christmas parties, private hire, club nights, variety shows, gigs, comedy, gaming and more.

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  • Large Event Venues in London - Glaziers Hall
    London BridgeGlaziers Hall180 People

    Located on the River Thames and offering stunning views of the City, the River Room with its five floor to ceiling glazed arches is a beautiful setting for your dinner or reception. The River Room can accommodate up to 100 guests for a seated luncheon or dinner and up to 200 guests for a canapé reception. A very versatile and flexible space, the River Room is used for conferences, seminars, exhibitions, product launches, filming, photo shoots, AGM's, presentations, auctions, networking events, press conferences, receptions and dining. Fully colour adjustable lighting and all the AV you need

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  • Large Event Venues in London - Shoreditch Town Hall
    Old StreetShoreditch Town Hall772 People

    The Assembly Hall is an ideal location for corporate dinners, product launches, conferences, talks and other events. The high ceilings, Italian marble panelled walls, Matcham style balcony and glorious architectural features give the Assembly Hall a distinctive feeling of grandeur and elegance. The option to include the Balcony allows for a full capacity of 772 theatre style, while removable seating on the stalls level maintains the room's versatility and has full production capabilities, making a seamless transition from ornate Victorian hall to suit any event requirements.

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  • Large Event Venues in London - Roundhouse
    CamdenRoundhouse 1800 People

    The Main Space at the Roundhouse, which is renowned for its stunning architecture, is an exclusive and unique venue ideal for large events such as awards ceremonies, gala dinners, fashion shows, celebrations and more. Make use of our extensive sound and lighting packages that are inclusive of venue hire, worth over £13k! The Roundhouse is so versatile with the ability to really make it your own whilst keeping the history of the iconic building. Bring your event ideas to life at the Roundhouse to truly wow your guests, whether it be carousels or aerial acts, bring us your ideas!

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  • Large Event Venues in London - Printworks London (Created by Venue Lab)

    HSBC stands for 'High Speed Bagging Company' and once housed a huge production line for the insertion of CDs, magazines and leaflets into the newspapers by hand. At 2,244 sq. m, this is the largest open floor space within the printworks complex. Hire of HSBC also includes a number of smaller offices overlooking the space, ideal for production teams and smaller meetings. Max capacity - 2,500 66m (L) x 35m (W) x 5m (H) 2310 sq.m

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  • Large Event Venues in London - Royal Horticultural Halls
    WestminsterRoyal Horticultural Halls1500 People

    The Lawrence Hall is perfect for art and other exhibitions boasting natural daylight and 1600 sq meters of blank canvas floor space. The Hall is available for long term lets in school holiday periods. Also suitable for shell scheme events and fashion shows.

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  • Large Event Venues in London - Troxy
    Tower Hamlets Troxy3100 People

    The multi awarding venue boasts an impressive list of clients. Events range anywhere between exams to experiential cinema. In particular the east London space is well suited to large meetings, award shows, corporate receptions & parties. Clients have full use of all other areas, including the foyer for registration, the White room for a breakout space and 9 backstage rooms. Troxy offers a flexible approach to clients in both catering and AV arrangements. All professional caterers and production companies are permitted, as well as existing extensive in-house AV facilities & tech team.

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  • Large Event Venues in London - Electric Brixton
    BrixtonElectric Brixton1700 People

    The main room boasts a theatrical structure which makes the space both characterful and contemporary. The huge ground floor space and stage is overlooked by a beautiful mezzanine. The space is ideal for live shows of up to 1500 people capacity and standing receptions of 1700. It is an excellent setting for product launches and corporate parties. The main room can accommodate 200 guests seated cabaret style for an awards dinner or gala evening. Please enquire with Hire Space to get started on building your bespoke quote. Please note we do not hire the venue for Birthday Parties.

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  • Large Event Venues in London - Rennie Vaults at London Bridge
    London Bridge Rennie Vaults at London Bridge 80 People

    Looking for a quirky and unique venue then the Monster Bars are perfect! Built within the vaults of London Bridge these are really versatile event spaces. Their exposed brickwork, freaky decor and 2,000 years of history provide the perfect backdrop for your event. Perfect for product launches, networking events, drinks reception, movie nights, team building events, birthday parties and celebrations and many more. Scary screenings, spooky Halloween nights fancy dress parties all welcome too!

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  • Large Event Venues in London - The Crystal
    Royal DocksThe Crystal270 People

    A modern 270 seater auditorium, presenting an excellent space for screenings and award ceremonies. A highly sought after space, including state of the art audio/visual equipment. Ideally located, the auditorium works well as a plenary room, well positioned with breakout and catering areas nearby, allowing a natural flow for your event.

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  • Large Event Venues in London - East Wintergarden
    Canary Wharf East Wintergarden 1000 People

    From awards dinners and live conferences to product launches and exhibitions - East Wintergarden is a uniquely flexible space, known for it's stunning architecture and expansive interiors, which lends itself perfectly for all kinds of events. All spaces are flooded with natural daylight and each can be tailored to your specific requirements, come complete with contemporary furniture, a range of catering options and wide range of technical production. With 1,000 person standing capacity, and upto 600 guests seated, the Main Hall is our largest space, ideal for events with large guest numbers.

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  • Large Event Venues in London - Alexandra Palace
    LondonAlexandra Palace800 People

    The Panorama Room is strategically positioned within the venue next to our largest hall, meaning it can be hired alongside other spaces or as a stand along room. With the ability to cater up to 500 to 800 delegates for a conference, it also has an outdoor terrace with stunning panoramic views of London, which is ideal for post-conference drinks and canapés. There is plenty of natural daylight that gives a light, airy atmosphere in their room. This space is a blank canvas that can be decorated or themed in any way that you please to help create a personalized environment.

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  • Large Event Venues in London - London Transport Museum
    Covent GardenLondon Transport Museum400 People

    As Covent Garden's original flower market, the Galleries at London Transport Museum provide a unique space for any event from breakfasts to award ceremonies to product launches to panel discussions. Guests are immersed in two floors of London's rich transport history including interactive exhibitions, early tube carriages and our ever-popular Elizabeth Line driving experience. Surround by our collection of iconic red buses, the space can host up to 150 guests for seated dinners and 400 for standing receptions. Choose one of our carefully selected caterers to create bespoke menus

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What is a large event venue?

The term ‘large’ is fairly ambiguous in its nature, however for us, a large event venue is a space which can typically accommodate around 400+ attendees. Anything smaller than this we wouldn’t necessarily consider a ‘large’ space.

Some venues in London and beyond are much larger than others, such as ExCeL London, Business Design Centre and Tobacco Dock. Every large event venue is best suited to different event types and styles, depending on an array of factors, such as location, layout, and of course, size. You wouldn’t be able to deliver a product launch with 2000 guests in a space that can only accommodate a few hundred people.

There are plenty of large venues in London for all kinds of events, so it’s certainly worth taking the time to explore the options and work out what will be the best option for you and your guests.

Why are large event venues popular?

Many companies love to run huge events to bring communities together, deliver the greatest impact, attract new customers, reach as many people as possible and inspire and encourage people to engage in some sort of activity. This could be trying out their new product, celebrating a great achievement by attending a high-profile award ceremony, or connecting with like-minded people at large-scale conferences and exhibitions filled with educational content or experiences. It could also be a high-tech hybrid or virtual experience.

Many companies also like to throw huge parties for their customers, team and stakeholders, with a lot of exciting entertainment and food and drink. Large events stand out and can be extremely impressive if executed well, which is why they’re so popular.

No matter what kind of large event a planner wants to hold, the most important thing is to find a great venue which can seamlessly deliver the vision. For many companies, there is a ‘bigger the better’ mentality, so it’s important to find a venue to match the scale that the client is trying to achieve.

There are many considerations to keep in mind when looking for venues to rent for large events in London, which we’ll cover below.

What kind of events can I hold at a large venue?

Typically, large event venues work really well for exhibitions, multi-track conferences, award ceremonies, product launches, parties, brand activations, the list goes on! Any event that aims to bring a large amount of people together for a unique and impressive experience works well in a large space. Many venues also offer large outdoor areas, making these spaces perfect for weather-dependent events such as summer parties or the ethereal wedding of dreams!

What are the best large event venues in London?

There are so many large venues for events in London that it’s hard to pick! We’ve broken it down into areas so that we can mention our top picks of large event venues in the city. Check them out below. Warning: may cause severe event inspiration!

The best large venues in South London

South London has a plethora of large venues available for hire for all kinds of events. For example, you could host a spectacular award ceremony at the iconic Twickenham Stadium. For dining experiences, you could plan a large affair at the Kia Oval, or for an edgy underground party or brand activation, try Clapham Grand, Ministry of Sound or Brixton’s Phonox.

If you’re after a large conference venue, we like Evolution London nestled in leafy Battersea Park, or the swanky Chelsea Harbour Hotel. Or, for a truly beautiful and quintessentially British wedding, Hampton Court Palace is a no-brainer.

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The best large venues in North London

When you think of the words ‘large events’ and ‘North London’, the first thing your mind conjures up is probably scores of crowds chanting and celebrating at Wembley Stadium. Whilst this is certainly an extremely popular venue in North London, there are plenty of other famous settings that will suit your large events perfectly. Alexandra Palace is another iconic venue, perfect for everything from exhibitions to summer parties on the lawns, as well as Lord’s Cricket Ground.

For a unique twist on a conference or drinks reception try the various spaces at London Zoo, or check out the Zoo’s neighbour Regent’s Park for large indoor and outdoor venues throughout the leafy gardens. For a spectacular setting ideal for a large dinner or reception, check out Grand Junction or Roundhouse for a unique performance setting.

For a more corporate feel that has plenty of potential for injecting creativity, the Business Design Centre is the one to beat. For a large seminar or awards ceremony with a twist, try Vue Islington!

Browse our other North London venues for inspiration!

The best large venues in East London

Trendy East London also offers its fair share of large venues for all kinds of events. Canary Wharf’s East Wintergarden offers a stunning architectural treat for the eyes and will certainly impress your guests. Host a conference with a view at Pergola on the Wharf or Tower Hotel, a party or brand activation of dreams at Tobacco Dock and Tanner Warehouse, or a grand exhibition at Shoreditch’s iconic Troxy.

For an edgy blank canvas space perfect for a large product launch, PR event or any other creative venture, Oval Space, Studio Spaces, Woolwich Works and Hoxton Docks are all great options. Famed for boxing, York Hall offers a unique backdrop for all kinds of events from large exhibitions to fashion shows, as does Shoreditch Town Hall. And of course, you can’t mention large East London venues without mentioning the vast purpose-built centre, ExCeL London.

For a more cultural approach, Museum of London Docklands has a whole array of versatile event spaces on offer, as does London Stadium and the National Maritime Museum. For more musical ventures, try indigo at the O2 or Canning Town’s FOLD. For an all-out summer soiree, try the HAC.

Here’s our full collection of East London venues to help you with your search.

The best large venues in West London

When it comes to large event spaces, West London has you covered. You could be planning a large-scale exhibition requiring a venue like The Design Museum, Olympia or the ILEC, or a content-driven conference at somewhere cultural like ISH, Science Museum, St Mary’s Venue or London Transport Museum. Maybe you’re planning on tying the knot at a stunning wedding ceremony at the Hurlingham Club, Fulham Palace or the Dorchester.

Or maybe you’re after the perfect space for your award ceremony? Eventim Apollo Hammersmith, Saatchi Gallery or Under The Bridge could be just the ticket. A casual away day for the whole company would fit right in at the Prince or even 100 Wardour Street.

Finally, for the wedding reception of dreams, you can’t beat the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms. Whatever event you’re planning you’re sure to find the perfect backdrop in leafy West London!

Check out our other West London venues for more ideas.

The best large venues in Central London

Last but certainly not least, we have a variety of Central London venues on offer which can all provide suitable homes for your large events of all kinds. For example, a large conference would do well at Southwark Cathedral, The Brewery, The Mermaid or the Barbican Centre. To inject a smattering of historical charm, try Museum of London, Central Hall Westminster, Lincoln’s Inn or Plaisterers’ Hall.

Royal Horticultural Halls, 8 Northumberland Avenue or Somerset House’s Courtyard all make glamorous settings for a high-profile fashion show or product launch, and if you’re after an edgy setting for a music event or brand activation, Steel Yard or world-famous venue Fabric is a winner.

Maybe you’re planning a roaring Christmas party? Bloomsbury Ballroom is an art-deco dream! Browse the rest of our large Central London venues to find your perfect fit.

How much does it cost to hire a large event venue in London?

The cost of hiring a large event venue in London largely depends on many things. The usual considerations when hiring a venue apply, such as time of year, day of the week, location, number of delegates, catering packages, AV requirements etc etc. But when you’re dealing with large-scale events with many moving parts, this is likely to raise the hire cost considerably. To give you some idea, a 1000 pax conference at a popular Central London venue on a sought-after week in the year could cost upwards of a few thousand pounds, depending on the venue.

To keep costs down, consider going for a Day Delegate Rate package, which includes everything each delegate needs. This is not always the cheapest option though, so make sure you do your research and ask the venue for both options (DDR vs venue hire on its own with extras on top). Also consider whether you want to go for dry-hire or wet-hire, as depending on your needs, one may be cheaper than the other. We’ve written a piece weighing up the pros and cons, which may help you when deciding.

Our top tip? It’s always important to be completely up front with your clients and be transparent about the proposed cost. Work with the venue to keep costs down but don’t compromise on quality.

What are the main considerations when looking for a large event venue in London?

Finding the perfect large event venue, especially in a post-pandemic world, can bring its own challenges and considerations. Some of these include:

** Venue layout** - What will the flow look like? When attendees enter the event, will it be obvious where to go and does everything make sense? Is there enough space for registration that attendees aren’t going to have to queue for miles outside the venue? If not, what if it rains?

Inside the venue, you can never have too much signage. Make sure to ask the venue on your site visit exactly where you can put signage and branding. And where will your sponsors go? Are your most important sponsors more visible than others and placed in high-traffic areas?

Make sure you ask for floor plans and get sign off on exactly where everything will be.

Location and transport - If your event is really big, you’ll need to think carefully about how they’ll all get to the venue on the day. For example, if you go for a more rural venue for your conference, how is it going to work if thousands of people are all trying to pile onto infrequent trains and buses? If you choose a Central venue, how will that work if your attendees are battling rush hour on the tubes? Do you have international attendees flying in who need to be close to an airport?

Think carefully about how people will be coming to your event and make it as easy as possible for them. Ensure there are parking spaces, or if they’re more likely to use public transport, consider staggering your arrival times so it’s not so hectic. It’s also a good idea to consider how your attendees will get home. For example, will your award ceremony run past the time that tubes run, causing a lack of Ubers available and people having to resort to walking home? Not ideal.

Facilities - Do you know exactly what facilities are available to you and do you have it in writing? For example, it’s all good and well noting that there’s a cloakroom but this is useless if you’re not provided with a steward to manage it!

If you go for a dry hire venue option, are there things like kitchens and plenty of power points for your suppliers to be able to do their jobs? Do you have access to storage space?

Are their lifts/ramps around the venue so your event can easily be accessed by wheelchair users?

Access times - Do you know exactly when you’ll have access from and until, the days leading up to the event and the day itself? It’s crucial for you to walk around the venue in the morning and snag your exhibition stands for any issues, so you’ll need to know exactly when you can get in from. Also check access times for your suppliers - your branding guys won’t be happy if they turn up at 6am only to have to wait until the venue manager arrives at 9. Is there a goods lift for heavy equipment/materials?

While we’re on the subject of timings, are there any restrictions? Do you have to stop music or serving alcohol at a certain time because it’s in a residential area? Asking all of these questions is so important for large events and will help avoid any last minute crises.

This is just a taster of things you’ll need to consider when looking for a large event venue in London. It’s a good idea to do your own research too and think about what your event might require and work with the venue team to achieve your goals.

Top 10 tips for planning large events

We’ve discussed a few key things to consider when venue-sourcing for your large event above, so below we thought we’d list a few of our top things to consider when planning the event itself.

  1. Go on LOTS of site visits! We recommend at least once a month on the run up to the event.
  2. Allow a lot of time to plan (more time than you think you need!) and take on extra resources if you can. If your event is really big, we recommend allowing at LEAST 12 months and hiring trusted freelancers and eventprofs to come onboard to help deliver the project.
  3. Find some good suppliers that you can trust. This goes for everything from tech and AV, branding, and catering, to entertainment.
  4. Make sure you’re constantly in conversation with the venue team. By the time the event comes, you’ll practically have them on speed dial. Multi-track conferences and large exhibitions can get confusing so to avoid any miscommunication, this is super important.
  5. When it comes to technology, make sure you do run throughs and ensure your AV partner is familiar with the venue and what you require of them. The pandemic has brought with it a lot of new technology for events, which bring new hurdles to overcome. Make sure you’re prepared and that you know exactly what technology you need for your hybrid or in-person event.
  6. Things will inevitably change or go wrong, so ensure you have a solid contingency plan in place just in case. There are a few safety considerations that don’t necessarily apply as much for smaller events. Things like planning for terror threats and fire safety are paramount when running a large event, and even more simple things like train cancellations/strikes/road closures. Create a plan B, and then a C, D and even E! You can never be too prepared.
  7. Run everything past your client, no matter how small. Have regular check-in calls and ensure they’re happy.
  8. Prepare for the unexpected and prepare to feel overwhelmed. Planning a large-scale event can sometimes feel really daunting but keep pushing through! It will all be ok on the day if you’ve done all the leg work in the lead up.
  9. Make sure you’re constantly updating the budget. Things can go unnoticed, costs can creep up, and especially as there will be lots of different people owning different areas of the event, if the budget isn’t updated regularly this can result in a nightmare. The last thing you want to do is have to go to the client telling them you’re over budget.
  10. Last but not least - make sure your staff office on the day is fully equipped. Make sure you have lots of pens, tape, paper, a printer, portable chargers, clipboards and, most importantly, SNACKS. Keep your walkies charged and make time to pee!

There you have it, our top 10 tips for planning large events! Get in touch with our event experts if you need a helping hand.

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About Large Event Venues in London

London plays host to many large events from annual award ceremonies, conventions and conferences to hackathons, product launches and corporate events. So, it's not surprising that London has opened up an amazing range of large event spaces in recent years, from gala dinner venues with a capacity of 400-500, to iconic conference venues for thousands of delegates.

The Hire Space team have put together some of our top picks of large event venues with the biggest capacities in London. So, whether you're on the hunt for venue hire with catering or a space suitable for live events, you're sure to find exactly what you need here.

Or, if you can't quite see quite what you're looking for, our Venue Experts can give you a call with some advice. Just click below to send us your specific requirements and we'll get back to you with venue options to suit you and your event. We can also negotiate the best pricing and get you the availability you want so that you can spend your time on the finer details of your event. Don't worry, we've got your venue search covered!

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