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Japan House

Kensington

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.

Museum of London Docklands

West India Quay Rd

The Chris Ellmers Gallery is located on the ground floor near the Rum Store. It is a perfect blank canvas that can be adapted to suit dinners for up to 150, receptions for up to 250 or exhibitions. With onsite event lighting available it is a popular space for corporate dinners and Christmas parties in London.

Magazine London

North Greenwich

Magazine London boasts 3,205 sqm of versatile interior space for up to 3,000 people and can extend to accommodate a further 7,000 people across the venue's outdoor showground.

Barge East

Hackney Wick

Barge East is one of the most unique venues in London, boasting so much character - it really is a location and setting to remember! Barge East is perfect for any event - work events, Christmas parties, summer parties, and anything in between, this is a place to make an impression. We would love to discuss your event with you! Perhaps a pirate themed children's birthday party, or a private hen or stag do in our VIP Captain's Cabin, we will make our space work for you. With a capacity of 120 across both the lower & upper decks, we will host an unforgettable event for you.


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!


The Underglobe is situated beneath the iconic Globe theatre on London's picturesque Bankside. By day it plays host to the Globe's Shakespeare exhibition, but as the evening draws in it comes alive as one of London's most exciting hidden event spaces. With an exclusive riverside entrance, private mezzanine level for arrival drinks and a sweeping staircase, the venue also features a built in stage, high-spec sound, lighting and projection systems and a full sized model oak tree. We can host up to 450 guests for award ceremonies, gala dinners, weddings, parties and fundraisers.


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.

Town Hall Hotel

Bethnal Green

The De Montfort Suite is a triple height space with enormous arched windows, stained glass panels and original artwork by Henry Poole. Like the rest of Town Hall hotel, it combines architectural splendour with contemporary design. It features its own kitchen and is suitable for corporate lunches, dinners and events in a space that's sure to impress. Please enquire via Hire Space for pricing.

More about Unusual Event Venues in London...


What does it all mean?

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’.

Heritage

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.

Design

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.

Sssshhh it’s a secret

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.

Five reasons to choose an unusual venue

  1. The wow-factor - One of the most frequent requests we have in a brief is to find a venue with the ‘wow-factor’, something that really impresses their guests and stops them in their tracks. Unusual venues undoubtedly have this
  2. Create memories - Creating a memorable experience for your audience
  3. Something extra - Make use of the venue's unique selling point. Could you include a private gallery tour for example?
  4. Synergy - You can enhance the venue but personalising it to you or your brand, create a balance between the unique features of the building and the story of your event
  5. Heritage venues can contribute to a company’s social contributions i.e. preservation of iconic institutions

Restrictions

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.

Set the Budget

Have a Clear Vision

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?

Don’t Forget the Basics

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

First Impressions Count

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.

Transformation

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.


Perfect for: Brand product launches, business meetings, parties, pop-ups and more.

Get in touch with our Venue Expert team to find your perfect event venue.

About Unusual Event Venues in London


On the hunt for an unusual event venue for hire? Our Venue Expert team has trodden many a city pavement, tracking down a multitude of secret spaces to create the largest venue resource in town. People are increasingly looking for a venue with the 'wow-factor' and we understand the need to impress whether for corporate events and conferences or an exclusive party. London is full of amazing iconic buildings that are available for private hire, from historic palaces steeped in history, to sporting venues, arenas, galleries and museums...the list goes on.


We've chosen a few of the best from the huge selection from across the city to guide your search. If you like the look of one (or more), just enquire directly through Hire Space. If you need more guidance, our Venue Experts can help too, they'll take your brief and handpick venues that perfectly suit your requirements, with best prices negotiated, and all for free. Pulling off a unique, memorable event has never been easier, so get in touch to kick off your search today.

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