The Design Museum's atrium provides a dramatic triple height space with stunning overhead views of the original hyperbolic, paraboloid roof, made with 25 tonnes of copper. This iconic and incredibly versatile space is contemporary in design and ideal for drinks receptions, award ceremonies and seated dinners. Host intimate events on just one floor, or make use of all levels for up to 800 guests standing.
The Hall is located in the lower ground floor of Japan House. This space has been designed to high standards in order to be a multi purpose space for events. The black tiered seating is optional as it can be retracted and stored, enhancing this room's prefect white canvas features. This space is ideal for dinners, drinks reception and awards ceremonies.
Bounce was designed with two main purposes. Conferencing and socialising. Our luxurious venue boasts a 40ft Gin palace bar, 17 bespoke ping pong tables and a 52 cover, open pizza counter restaurant. Whether it's a corporate social, birthday, get together or your office meeting. Bounce is a one stop shop for all your needs. With a capacity of 550 standing our main space is also excellent for exclusive hires. The entire space for you and your team.
Dabbers Social Bingo is a versatile entertainment venue that is able to cater to all of your needs. Whether you're hosting a Christmas party, a Birthday party, a product launch, or just a party with colleagues, Dabbers is the space for you. The unique design is sure to delight and amaze your guests! Dabbers has a fully functioning kitchen and can cater for all or your needs. With an excellent selection of craft beers, cocktails and a carefully selected wine list, you're sure to never go thirsty!
This outstanding location is composed of an industrial space with high ceilings, on-site catering facilities, and offices. The Interior industrial space is complemented by a long outdoor courtyard overlooking the canal. This blank canvas space is perfect for Pop Up events, brand launches, Christmas and Summer parties. The venue is versatile and can be tailored to suit the need of any event. With a substantial onsite carpark and loading areas to accommodate large production setups.
The words ‘unusual’ and ‘unique’ get thrown around a lot when talking about venues, so what does it actually mean. At Hire Space we like to think we’re experts in finding the places that really do those words justice. London is full of brilliantly unusual venues, from places that you never thought you could hire for events, brand new spaces that you haven’t heard of yet and venues that truly have the wow-factor.
But remember, don’t judge a book by its cover - it’s not all about looks. Venues can set themselves apart by their ethos, whether it’s charity work, environmental credentials or working with the community, there are a huge variety of reasons why a venue is ‘unusual’.
There’s a piece of history on every corner in London. From museums filled with ancient artefacts to royal palaces steeped in grandeur and venues that celebrate iconic London transport, these architectural wonders provide beautiful backdrops for events with fascinating stories to boot. London has seen it all and lived to tell the tale. That's why so many of its buildings hold such great heritage and have a real story behind them - like Southwark Cathedral, which has been lingering around since AD 606, or The Asylum in Peckham, whose stained glass windows and little else survived the Blitz bombings.
Sometimes it's the little details that count and the design of a venue can really set it apart. London is full of brilliantly designed venues, from ones made entirely from glass, to ones that have the coolest staircases and wall art.
London sure knows how to party, and with late-night soirees aplenty always underway, it's a supply and demand thing when it comes to on-trend venues. Hidden behind unsuspecting doors, down secret stairways and underground you'll find a plethora of speakeasy bars, you just have to know where to find them.
Choosing an unusual venue has a lot of positives but it’s always useful to think about potential problems before you commit. The nature of unusual venues means they are frequently historic or heritage, and often have a primary function aside from being an events venue. This means there may be restrictions in terms of food and beverage, noise levels and decoration or production.
Make sure you have a very clear list of what you require for you event that you can ask the venue manager before you make any final decisions. It can be really tempting to get carried away when you find a venue that has the wow-factor, so make sure you have something that brings your mind back to the practicalities. Asking the venue manager early also allows them to make allowances or provide alternatives that might serve as a compromise - communication is key here.
Fits with brand values/message you are trying to get across i.e. green space for green company. Consider: Type of business Event goal Event mood board Company mission statement Brand characteristics What is your brand known for?
Keep best practices in mind and assess practical aspects of hosting the event in this space Don’t sacrifice space or your audience’s comfort Natural light: affects mood, engagement & productivity of event goers - have break out areas with natural light
Unusual venues have the power to truly deliver the wow-factor that guests are looking for, all in a handy package. That doesn't mean you have to forgo the decoration just because the interior speaks for itself - build on the wow-factor with design that complements the unusual features of the building.
Whilst an unusual venue might not allow you to totally transform a space, you can still create a cohesive event with nods to the history, architecture or ethos behind it, whether it's in the catering or the drinks.
Get in touch with our Venue Expert team to find your perfect event venue.