The Sugar Store is a dedicated events space on the ground floor. With striking pitch pine columns and original shuttered windows It is a perfect blank canvas that can be adapted to suit dinners for up to 200, receptions for up to 300, exhibitions and daytime events. With onsite event lighting available it is a popular space for corporate dinners, conference events and Christmas parties in London.
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 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 Museum Galleries provide a fascinating event space, surrounded by the backdrop of the museum collection. The Galleries can host sit-down dinners for both corporate and private events, or up to 500 people for a cocktail reception. The pricing is for 630-930pm with additional hours at £1000 each and events can go on until 2am.
The Ivory Vaults is an event venue with a difference, we host a variety of theatrical productions, all with an interactive twist. Ideal for any corporate party, drinks reception, gala dinner or private party. Each spectacular event theme has been drawn from current trends and has been devised to play on the location with its exclusive historic atmosphere. With all bespoke production done in house, this is the ideal venue for a unique experience. The Ivory Vaults is also available as dry hire allowing flexibility for your event.
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.