17th June 2014

Conferences can be so predictable, so it's little surprise we find so many Hire Space customers hoping to inject some extra life into events by choosing a quirky conference venue. Get in touch and we'll find you exactly the right kind of unique, large-scale London space for your corporate meeting. In the meantime, venue expert Laura Richards delivers five of her favourite quirky conference spaces.

1. Gracepoint

button at Gracepoint Brand new and beautiful, Gracepoint is one hot north London conference space. The venue used to be Essex Road's famous Carlton Cinema, before a brief spell as a bingo hall. It now returns to its former theatre-style glory as originally envisaged by famous architect George Coles.

What makes Gracepoint so quirky is its blend of styles; Egyptian embellishments, French Renaissance flourishes and Art Deco ambience are all in the mix. Just because the space takes on a classic look, though, doesn't mean it's not state of the art. With a 26ft-deep stage and capacity for 900, conferences can remain contemporary.

2. Electric Brixton

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At Hire Space, we book bright and bold conferences in this famed Brixton gig venue. With lighting and sound good enough for some of pop, rock and electro's finest performers, conferences at Electric Brixton are a turbo-powered assault on the senses. The jaw-dropping theatrical setting will dazzle, and there's room enough for 1,500.

3. Forman's Fish Island

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For something off the beaten track, Forman's Fish Island in Hackney Wick is well worth a punt. The venue provides a truly quirky setting and a sanctuary from run of the mill conferencing. The building purposefully resembles the shape of a darne of salmon, no less. And if that doesn't do it for you, how about a break-out roof terrace overlooking the Olympic Park? Those combined should guarantee full attendance for your event.

4. St Ethelburga's

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Affordable and intimate, St Ethelburga's is a City chapel with serious style, making for a curious curveball as your next conference venue. Corporate events here are totally unique, and while the church may not be the most technological conference setting, it provides views of The Gherkin and The Heron Tower, as well as a bedouin tent break-out area that's quirky by its very nature.

5. Ivory Vaults

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Opt for medieval opulence by planning a conference in the cellars of Grade II-listed Ivory House. The unforgettable underground vaults have a distinct look all of their own and will put your corporate event on the map for sure. If you fancy making the event a bit more informal, you can throw in a banquet and even a rabble of medieval court jesters. Who ever said conferences had to be boring?

If you need a bit of help finding a conference venue that's out of the ordinary or if you feel the need to keep it traditional, Hire Space is happy to help. Stop by the website or give one of our team a call to talk through exactly the kind of event you're hoping to host.