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Galleries for Hire in London

London is full of art. That's why we've listed our favourite galleries for hire here. Get your work appreciated in one of these amazing venues.



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  • Galleries for Hire - Gallery Different
    FitzroviaGallery Different200 People

    Gallery Different provides an excellent events space. We have ground and lower floor gallery spaces of 1200 and 800 square feet respectively. We are a commercial gallery with a schedule of shows, but are available to hire for receptions, parties, launches, press days and more. The gallery rates for hire are £3,500 per week or £1,000 per day for the ground floor. You can also add the lower gallery to you booking (see separate listing.)

  • Galleries for Hire - Bolton's Restaurant

    The Venetia Room is the perfect spot for small private event

  • Galleries for Hire - 41 Portland Place
    Marylebone41 Portland Place50 People

    The Exhibition Area is perfectly suited for all types of pop-ups, whether you're running a restaurant, a designer boutique, or showcasing works of art. One of the functions of this room is to serve as a catering space, so it adapts very successfully to food service pop-ups or refreshment bars. A Central London blank canvas space, with white walls, high ceilings, in built picture hanging lines and ample lighting makes it an ideal space for displaying items; showcasing Art and new product launches.

  • Galleries for Hire - The Insurance Hall

    An impressive room by any standards. Spacious with plenty of natural daylight and full of impressive, iconic period features of oak panelling and magnificent stained-glass windows, detailing a history of insurance companies from the past. The Great Hall is perfect for conferences, presentations, AGMs and awards ceremonies. The space is fully equipped with an automated blackout system, lobby reception area, adjustable lighting, 13ft front projection screen and features a fixed stage and minstrel gallery.

  • Galleries for Hire - Noho Showrooms
    FitzroviaNoho Showrooms80 People

    Located three minutes from Oxford Circus, the Noho Showrooms provide a shop front window gallery space located on one of Fitzrovia's premier streets. Noho Showrooms provides the perfect blank canvas space for pop-ups such as pop-up restaurants, brand and fashion launches and art exhibitions.

  • Galleries for Hire - Business Design Centre
    IslingtonBusiness Design Centre1500 People

    Ideally located in the centre of venue and covering over 2000m2, the Mezzanine has an exceptional abundance of light and has the perfect space for large exhibitions, awards evening dinners, gala dinners, large conferences and more. It's proximity to the breakout rooms makes the space ideal for a conference to run alongside a large exhibition.

  • Galleries for Hire - The National Gallery
    Trafalgar SquareThe National Gallery300 People

    The Trafalgar Room at the National Gallery offers a bright and spacious solution for all event needs from conferences, meeting and product launces to receptions and dining from 10-300 guests. With an abundance of natural daylight and stunning views across Trafalgar Square this versatile event space provides a flexible and creative area for both live and hybrid events. Positioned within easy reach of our stunning collection, a truly inspiring setting for your guests.

  • Galleries for Hire - Smith's of Smithfield
    ClerkenwellSmith's of Smithfield40 People

    With beautiful views across the London rooftops, you can enjoy a selection of smaller and larger plates, cocktails and wine. With an all year round terrace perfect for sunny summer afternoons or cozy winter evenings. Smiths is the ultimate destination for your event in Farringdon.

  • Galleries for Hire - Studio Spaces
    WappingStudio Spaces1600 People

    Studio Spaces is a vast and spectacular warehouse event space which is spread over 8000sqft and located in the vibrant St Katherine's Dock area of East London. With its industrial charm and elegant interior finishes this unique venue hosts a diverse range of event productions; from brand experiences, stylish conferences and tech summits. Studio Spaces is rapidly becoming a favourite location amongst producers of conferences and seminars who are looking for something a little more up to date than the standard hotel offerings.

  • Galleries for Hire - Fitzroy Square House
    FitzroviaFitzroy Square House200 People

    This 1st floor space in a beautiful Georgian townhouse designed by Robert Adams is the perfect location for smart events. The centrally located building offers two spacious and versatile rooms with large Georgian sash windows over looking Fitzroy square. There are a range of possibilities for this space, from dinners to pop up events. Please note: We do not accept bookings for any type of art exhibitions.

  • Galleries for Hire - Noho Studios
    FitzroviaNoho Studios160 People

    The West End's most versatile pop up gallery space - perfect for exhibitions and performances. Only a two minute walk from Oxford Circus, Noho Studios offers a prime location ground level shop window space with its own entrance directly into 2,000 sq ft of open plan gallery space with high ceilings, characterful white brick arches and white walls that provide the perfect pop up art gallery or exhibition space. Located around all the galleries in Fitzrovia and only a stones throw from Soho, the location, style and layout of Noho Studios makes this gallery space hard to beat.

  • Galleries for Hire - Meraki London
    FitzroviaMeraki London45 People

    Disappear behind the wine shelf, revealing a secret entrance to The Living Room! Guests will descend the stairs to the hidden bar below, featuring eye-catching tropical wall treatments, a mixture of lush, velvet seating in rich jewel-tone colours and the bar's signature caves, artistically built into arched brick walls. The Living Room has it's own private bar, informal seating & table areas with surrounding mingling space. Also includes a separate sound system to play your own music and private WC facilities. Ideal for drinks & canape receptions, corporate networking and Christmas parties!

  • Galleries for Hire - Wallacespace Clerkenwell Green
    ClerkenwellWallacespace Clerkenwell Green10 People

    The Flax room is light and bright with space for up to eight people around a table. The space works well for smaller board meetings, training or workshops. All of our meeting rooms are flooded with natural daylight, flexible in layout and come fully equipped with AV facilities, equipment and stationery. We're told that it's our people and how we do things that make the real difference. We look for reasons to say 'yes' and understand that it's the small things that make the real difference. Our people are meeting space experts and will work with you to ensure your day runs like clockwork.

  • Galleries for Hire - The Prince Of Wales Brixton

    POW is a large multi-use venue with a two-tier outdoor roof terrace. All of our spaces attract high profile private hire from leading supermarkets to film publishers, we can cater for most types of events/hires. Our spaces are especially great for private parties, product launches, networking events and drinks receptions. Our 1920s Art Deco dancehall has unique features, full audio visual install and Funktion-One sound system. Our terrace has views across the South-London skyline and Windrush Square and is also kitted out with speakers and more.

  • Galleries for Hire - Bermondsey Social Club
    BermondseyBermondsey Social Club120 People

    Bermondsey Social is a unique space set under a railway arch in South Bermondsey. An Ideal spot for private parties, club nights, corporate events, Christmas parties, Birthday parties and much more BSC boasts to have one of the best outdoor areas south of the river along with a state of the art light rig and amazing DnB sound system. We can accommodate up to 120-140 guests for events and have staging on site should you need it for a live band to play or to present an award. We also have a projector and screen. Our License is till 4am 7 days a week.

  • Galleries for Hire - October Gallery
    BloomsburyOctober Gallery70 People

    Located on the second floor, this large naturally lit room has wooden flooring, excellent acoustics, a Bechstein Grand Piano and projection / sound facilities. This space is great for lectures, workshops, viewings, film screenings, dramatic performances or rehearsals and small functions. Please note, prices listed are for an occupancy of between 1 and 20 people. Additional guests will incur a small charge, which must be purchased additionally.


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How many galleries are there in London?

London is bursting with cultural institutions, and art is one of the city's most vibrant creative scenes. In fact, there are thought to be around 1,500 permanent exhibition venues here, ranging from the world-famous Tate Modern to smaller independent galleries!

That means that if you're planning an event and are looking for an art gallery to hire, you're in luck. It won't be hard to find one that's perfect for your needs.

Why hire a gallery space?

It goes without saying that art galleries in London provide the perfect space for art exhibitions, private views, and music launches. But you may not realise that galleries are also fantastic venues for all sorts of occasions, from client events to private parties. Here are some of the main benefits of hiring a gallery to host your event in.

  • Atmosphere. Art galleries usually have good lighting and sound systems, so they make it easy to create a unique and atmospheric setting for your event.
  • Can be adapted to suit any need. Gallery venues are very flexible spaces that can be used for a variety of events.
  • Experienced. Galleries are used to holding art exhibitions. This means they're experienced hosts that will be able to provide you with the facilities and support to make sure your event runs smoothly.
  • Location. London has excellent transport links, so a London art gallery will be easy to get to with plenty of transport options nearby.
  • Price. Galleries can be hired for a very reasonable price, making them a great option for those on a budget.

What events can you hire a gallery for?

For artists, hiring an art gallery in London is a great way to showcase work to the public. But galleries are similarly well-suited to a private or corporate event. Here are some event types that London art galleries work especially well for.

Networking events

Art galleries make excellent networking venues. They're naturally laid out in a way that allows guests to move around and chat freely, and this relaxed atmosphere is perfect for breaking the ice. In fact, because galleries are often associated with art and culture, they provide a particularly fitting backdrop for a creative networking event. If you're looking for a laid-back and intimate networking venue, you'll love Gallery Different near Goodge Street tube station, with its warm wooden floors and floor-to-ceiling windows. On the other hand, if you're looking for somewhere more formal, you can hire a space in the iconic National Gallery itself! Surrounded by world-famous works of art and grand décor, your guests certainly won't be short of things to talk about.

Product launches

Galleries provide an interesting and unique setting for product launches, especially when it comes to companies that want to be associated with art and culture. Galleries have a lot of experience changing their configuration and look to suit different exhibitions. This makes them a fantastic space for creative events like product launches where you really want to make your mark and ensure you create a memorable experience for your guests. The Bankside Gallery just a stone's throw from the South Bank is a great option for product launches, as it's a well-located venue with a clean white aesthetic that can be easily adapted to suit any need.

Parties

Galleries provide the perfect backdrop for a stylish and elegant party as they're usually packed with atmosphere. They might be spacious with high ceilings, or you might find them underground with a raw industrial feel. This makes them ideal for all kinds of celebrations, from private parties to work Christmas parties. If you're looking for something a little different, then the Hoxton Arches in trendy Hackney is definitely worth considering. Based in a beautifully converted railway arch with a striking arched ceiling made of exposed brick, this venue is simply made for hosting unique and memorable parties.

Conferences

Galleries can also make ideal conference venues. They're usually well-lit, have a sound system that's capable of handling large numbers of people and often have multiple rooms allowing people to network between sessions. The famous National Portrait Gallery is one of our favourites for corporate events like this. It has a range of atmospheric rooms that provide plenty of breakout space for delegates to mingle and network surrounded by renowned works of art, as well as a well-equipped lecture theatre perfect for your main stage.

Trade shows

Galleries are designed to accommodate a flow of guests who want to travel through the space to experience all the art being exhibited. This makes them well-suited for use as trade show and exhibition venues, where you also want your guests to be able to mill around and approach all the stands on offer. When it comes to trade shows, we love The Gallery at Old Billingsgate. Bright and airy with high glass-panelled ceilings, it has all the exhibition space you need to let your delegates mingle and explore the stands to their hearts' content!

Team building days

Looking for a team building venue? Galleries provide a relaxed but stimulating environment that encourages creativity and collaboration. Plus, there's always the added bonus of being able to explore some top-notch art at the same time! If you're looking for the perfect venue for your team building day, then we recommend the Gallery, Courtyard & Kitchen at October Gallery. Carry out team building games and activities in the gallery space before bonding over a sit-down meal in the kitchen and catching some rays outside in the spacious courtyard.

Private dining

Private dining in a gallery is a truly unique experience. Many art galleries have rooms that can be hired for grand private dinners, lunches and other functions – what better way to impress your guests? The National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery both boast several stunning function spaces that make for an atmospheric dining experience. And they're right in central London too, with the National Gallery dominating the iconic Trafalgar Square!

How much does hiring a gallery cost?

You can expect to pay anywhere from around £500 to £5,000 for a day's hire. That said, the exact cost of hiring an art gallery in London will depend on a number of factors, including the size of the space, the location and how long you plan to hire the space for. Gallery venues will usually also be cheaper if they're hired during off-peak times, for instance in the evening, so that the public can still access the gallery to view works of art during the daytime. To get a clearer idea of how much you could expect to pay, have a browse of our top galleries available to hire in London above. Or, to get an accurate quote for your event, just get in touch with the gallery venues you're interested in via their venue profiles on Hire Space.

What to consider when hiring a gallery in London

When you're looking for a gallery to hire in London, there are a few things to keep in mind.

Location is key

It's important that your guests can easily travel to and from your event. Galleries are often located in areas that are easy to get to with good transport links. However, when you're picking the ideal location for your event, make sure that you bear in mind where your guests will be coming from. If they're travelling from outside London, an art gallery near a mainline train station like Kings Cross could be a good choice. As far as venues near Kings Cross are concerned, we love The Gallery - Tileyard London with its high-spec AV facilities, breakout spaces and licensed bar.

Similarly, if you know that most of your guests are based in West London, there's nothing to stop you from hosting your event closer to their neck of the woods. If you're looking for a cheap gallery to hire in West London, we bet you'll like the bright and contemporary Millennium Art Gallery. Prices start at just £20 per hour, which is excellent value for a venue near West Kensington tube station!

Size matters

Galleries come in all shapes and sizes, from small and quirky spaces to large warehouses. You can even hire lavish rooms in world-renowned institutions such as the National Gallery – hiring one of the opulent rooms here, like the Central Hall, will be ideal for corporate events where you're looking to impress.

Ultimately, it's important that you choose a space that is big enough to accommodate your event but not so big that it feels empty. Many galleries will give you the choice between hiring the whole venue for exclusive use or hiring just a room or two, so this will also give you some extra flexibility when it comes to adapting your event space to suit the number of guests attending. Once you have an idea of what capacity you're looking for, we recommend that you visit any venues you're considering. That way, you can get a feel for its size and atmosphere before you commit to hiring it.

Flexibility is key

Most galleries are very flexible when it comes to their configuration, which means that they can be adapted to suit your event. Galleries are largely designed for your guests to move around the space, so they'll often need very little adapting if you're looking to host a drinks reception or networking event.

However, if you're hosting a conference, you might like theatre-style seating and a stage. Many galleries will be able to provide you with these elements, but it's worth checking before you commit to hiring a space, so that you can be sure it will be able to accommodate your event.

Similarly, ask your venue what opportunities there are to include your branding throughout the space. Galleries are usually very accommodating when it comes to this, but it's worth getting the full picture of what your event could look like before you sign any contracts.

Prices and what's included

Galleries available to hire in London can be very reasonably priced, especially if you're booking early or hiring during off-peak times. However, prices will still vary depending on the size of the space, its location and sometimes even the time of year. It's important to get a few quotes so that you can compare prices and find the best deal for your event.

The price of hiring a gallery will usually include the use of the space itself, as well as basic furniture such as chairs and tables. However, it's always worth checking what's included in the price so that you can budget for any additional costs. For example, if you're hiring an art gallery for a conference, you might need to pay for AV equipment if the gallery doesn't have any in-house. That brings us onto…

Suppliers

Some galleries are available to hire on an all-inclusive basis, but many will operate on dry hire, meaning that the gallery will only include the space itself in the hire cost and not other elements like catering or branding. If this is the case, you'll be responsible for sourcing suppliers yourself. Often, your gallery will be able to give you a list of suppliers who’ve worked at the venue before, so it’s worth asking about this when you’re enquiring about hiring the space. This can be helpful if you're not sure where to start when it comes to choosing things like caterers or entertainment.

However, don't be afraid to think outside of the box if you're looking for suppliers that can make your event truly bespoke. There’s a whole host of experiential suppliers that specialise in creating unusual and memorable event experiences for your guests. These cover all sorts of weird and wonderful activities, ranging from scavenger hunts to mix-your-own cocktail bars and experiential workshops. For instance, we love Sixth Sense Catering, which will wow your guests with one-of-a-kind food experiences like neon candy floss and dragon's breath popcorn!

Style

Galleries come in all sorts of styles, from traditional to modern. Make sure you choose a space that reflects the style of your event.

For example, if you're hosting a formal corporate event, a traditional gallery that feels luxurious and exclusive could be just the vibe you're looking for. On the other hand, if you're hosting a more creative event, such as an art exhibition or a launch party, then a more modern or quirky space might be preferable.

If you're looking for a traditional gallery, we'd recommend starting in central London with big institutions like the National Gallery or the National Portrait Gallery. But if you're looking for something a little bit more unusual, you might find you have more luck searching a little further afield, such as East London. Remember that the experience of your event begins with your guests' journey to the venue, so the feeling of the location you choose should have almost as much sway as the venue itself!

How to find the perfect gallery for your event

Ready to find the right gallery in London to host the event you're dreaming of? It's actually really easy. Here's what you'll need to do.

1. Collate your event details

First, draw up all the details about your event, including the type of event you're hosting, what kind of space you need and how many attendees you'd like to accommodate. Put these in order of priority to give you a good idea of what is simply nice to have and what is absolutely non-negotiable.

2. Pinpoint some locations

Next, do some research and settle on two or three areas within London that you think would be well-suited to hosting your event. Remember to focus on where your guests will be coming from, the transport links and whether the area has the vibe you're looking for.

3. Find your ideal gallery

Now that you've narrowed down your criteria, you can find a venue that fits. You can browse the venues we’ve listed above, or use our search function to find a great venue for your needs. Just use the filters to narrow down the options by location, budget and more.

With all of these things in mind, you'll be sure to find the perfect gallery for you. If you want more information on locating the ideal venue in London, read our complete guide to venue finding. Or, if you want assistance finding the best gallery for your event, feel free to get in touch and we'll be happy to help. Happy venue hunting!

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The UK's thriving creative scene centres around London and its many art galleries and exhibition venues. Strong communities exist in Shoreditch, Peckham and Soho, but professional and amateur art is on display throughout the city. What's more, a gallery for hire in London can make the perfect backdrop for any event. Click through to a gallery's profile to receive a quick quote. Or, if you need some more options, use the "Ask a Venue Expert" feature. You'll receive tailored venue suggestions to suit your brief, and all for free.

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