Just because you’re holding a small conference, doesn’t mean you don’t still want to have an interesting setting in which to hold it. If that’s the case, here are some great venues suitable for conferences, without a standard office block in sight.
Electricity Showrooms is a traditional pub on the ground floor with a quirky twist courtesy of the various fun props that adorn the walls. Below this, you can find a slick, modern cocktail bar, complete with a light up dancefloor and a 12am licence (1am on Fridays and Saturdays), ideal should you wish to lay on some kind of entertainment or after-party for your attendees. There is an onsite catering and bar team – as well as a fully functioning kitchen – so organising refreshments should also not pose a problem. Sitting between Hoxton and Old Street stations, it’s well connected to the wider city.
28 West is a stylish lounge bar that offers the option of full private hire, large parties and table bookings, meaning there’s plenty of scope no matter the scale of your invite list. This riverside venue in the heart of Canary Wharf boasts lovely views out cross the Thames, with Canary Wharf tube station itself being reachable on foot within just 10 minutes. Wooden flooring, exposed brickwork and plush seating areas create a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere, whilst the arcade style games bring a sense of fun and ample opportunity to unwind.
The Hoxton Distillery at The Macbeth is a multi-purpose event space dating back to the turn of the century, with various ornate touches found throughout that hark back to its past. There are 3 floors on offer in all, with spaces coming in a range of different sizes, layouts and capacities. These can be hired either on an individual basis, or combined if you would prefer to have free roam of the entire venue. Found close to Hoxton Square in the heart of the popular area of Shoreditch, the nearest transport links include Liverpool Street, Old Street and Hoxton.
Also found in Shoreditch, 71a is a gallery and event space with a whole range of different uses. Having hosted everything from film screenings to parties, you get an idea as to just how flexible an offering it really is, with the main space simple enough in its finish to be adapted to suit your individual needs. That’s not to say the venue is lacking in character however, with areas of exposed brickwork and various other touches bringing that extra charisma. All-in-all, there’s a screening room, gallery and workshop, with a separate bar and lounge, adding up to offer a total capacity of 150.
The Canvas Café is another venue that benefits from great flexibility in thanks to the various different spaces it has on offer. These spaces include the bright and airy ground floor, which has its own fully licenced bar; the New York style garden, ideal as a breakaway space; the spacious and highly adaptable basement level, and the A3 licenced fully-equipped kitchen should you wish to organise any catering for your guests. Despite these various spaces inside, there is an intimate capacity of just 70, making it easier to retain that personal touch. Known as a creative space, it can be found just a stone’s throw from the bustling and ever vibrant Brick Lane.