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London’s Top 5 Cultural Venues to Hire for Events

At the centre of all things art, music, architecture, food, and literature, Londoners are forever in the midst of both innovation and tradition. With ample opportunity for historical exploration, several cultural venues across the city have opened their doors for event hire. Whether you’re looking to book an artsy away-day for your company or an elegant night at the museum, we at Hire Space have curated some of our favorite cultural spots in London to surely take notice of.

The Wohl Room, The National Gallery
The Wohl Room, National Gallery

The National Gallery is one of the most visited and best loved art galleries in the world. The venue itself is located in the very heart of central London with an iconic building overlooking Trafalgar Square. Choose from a variety of spectacular picture galleries for hosting dinners for up to 300 guests or simply dance the night away until 2 am. The Gallery’s Wohl Room is exceptionally popular, containing the venue’s most fantastic gold-framed collection of Venetian paintings and is lavishly decorated with green damask walls and a spectacular glass roof.

2. Royal Horticultural Halls

Lindley Hall, Royal Horticultural Halls
Lindley Hall, Royal Horticultural Halls

The Royal Horticultural Halls’ Lindley Hall offers an outstanding backdrop to any event, including receptions, product launches, corporate events and banquets. Take advantage of the Hall’s stunning glass-vaulted ceiling for an abundance of natural light, or opt for full black out. The modern facilities ensure this beautiful period venue is totally flexible. Quotations are bespoke depending on various factors such as seasonality or event time.

3. Barbican Centre

The Barbican Theatre, Barbican Centre
The Barbican Theatre, Barbican Centre

The Barbican Centre was developed in the Brutalist style of architecture, like the famous National Theatre. It is a performing arts centre, the largest of its kind in Europe. Though quite large, The Barbican’s Theatre is an unusually intimate space with no seat located more than 20 metres from the stage and excellent sight lines for all delegates. There is a dedicated personnel as well as state-of-the-art audio/visual equipment.

4. BFI Southbank

NFT1,BFI Southbank
NFT1, BFI Southbank

BFI Southbank is one of the trendiest spaces in London with an incredible cinematic heritage. Comprising 4 auditoria and stylish reception spaces, including a riverside restaurant and bar and the capacity for a full venue takeover, BFI Southbank can cater for your Awards Show, Conference, Screening, Launch Event and Exhibitions of all sizes. Screenings are what BFI Southbank is known for, and this venue couldn't be better set up to host your screening for you. NFT1 is a premiere venue in London if you are looking for an iconic location steeped in film history, excellent audio-visual support, and unrivalled screening and presentation capabilities.

5. IWM London - Imperial War Museum

Orpen Boardroom, Imperial War Museum
The Atrium, Imperial War Museum

With the remodeled daytime meeting and conference rooms, IWM London provides the perfect showcase for events big and small, traditional and low-key or high profile and inspirational. This impressive space is called The Atrium and was designed by Foster + Partners.  The Atrium contains some of IWM's most important exhibits, including dramatically suspended aircraft.

So, whatever you had in mind for your next event, our top picks of cultural and historic venues in London are sure to inject an element of history and style into your meeting, conference, away-day or gala dinner. Get in touch today if you'd like to know more about these venues and how Hire Space can help you start planning your next event.


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