If you need a good sized space to hold a conference in London then look no further than the following top picks, all of which would more than fit the bill.
Studio Spaces E1 is a great place to start if the venue you are seeking is a blank canvas that would allow you the creative freedom to put your own stamp on the style and décor for the occasion. There are 3 spaces available in all; the Black Studio, The White Studio and Warehouse. These can either be hired out on an individual basis or used as a whole package, depending on your needs, but all are linked via a spacious kitchen/lounge that makes for a great prep area. Located on a quaint cobbled street, its nearest transport links include Tower Hill, Wapping and Shadwell.
Banking Hall is well worth considering if you want the setting itself to be more than just a simple backdrop and rather something of a highlight of the event in its own right. This vast and impressive space is finished in an Art Deco style – which is very much on trend at the moment – and is framed by towering marble columns that can’t fail to both impress and delight. The maximum capacity is a generous 800 and these many guests can make use of the close proximity to Bank tube station, which can be found just a convenient 2 minute walk away.
With 3 floors and various interlinking areas combining to offer more than 70,000 square feet of event space all under one roof, Saatchi is certainly not short on options. Each of the galleries found here benefit from high ceilings, wooden flooring and adjustable Barasol lights (which cleverly replicate natural lighting, ensuring that the spaces always feel bright and airy). As a blank canvas, it can be kitted out however you see fit to accommodate your guests, of whom there is ample space for up to a total of 1500. The nearest train station is Victoria, at just under 20 minutes, but Sloane Square tube station can be reached in just 4.
Found in the heart of Soho, Wardour Street Gallery is a contemporary art gallery that offers spacious, immersive event space for a wide range of uses. Its slick, professional look with high ceilings, reflective black floors, simple white walls and cutting edge architecture make it ideally suited to a conference with a sense of flair and sophistication. With ample space for up to 500 guests, and nearby tube stations including Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square and Oxford Circus all reached well within 10 minutes, it’s an equally practical choice as much as it is a stylish one.
White Rabbit is located within Victorian archways that have been converted into a flexible and modern event space, without sacrificing the various period touches that retain its distinct charm and appeal, such as the high curved ceiling, wooden flooring, exposed brickwork and characterful arched doorways. With 7000 square feet of space on offer in all, this multi-purpose studio can accommodate up to a generous 500 guests. It is also easily reached from across the city, with Shoreditch High Street and Old Street stations just 5 and 8 minutes away respectively.