Cook books are more popular than ever and if you’re looking to release one of your own into the market, you’ll want to make a big impact with a great launch party. The first step in planning any successful event is of course securing the right venue, with all of the following being fantastic choices.
White Rabbit is found within a Victorian archways that has been converted into a multi-purpose event space. The studio is comprised of 7000 square feet altogether and comes neutral enough to make your own mark but not without its own distinct touches of character, including the arched ceiling and exposed brickwork that portray its historic beginnings and bring charm to the venue. With a good capacity of 500, there’s plenty of space for guests, and in terms of reachability, it is located within the popular East London area of Shoreditch, just minutes from both Old Street and Shoreditch High Street stations.
The Cookhouse is a modern open-plan kitchen and dining space, and as such it specialises in food related events such as tastings, demonstrations, cooking masterclasses, chef’s table dinners and as a filming/photography space for cook books and TV shows. With an intimate capacity of just 20, you could focus on making the experience much more personal and hands-on and perhaps invite some prominent names within the industry to really help your book launch with some good backing. Alternatively, the small space allows you to simply gather with your nearest and dearest for a more low-key affair to celebrate your success.
Jenus Social is a modern and flexible event space found in Islington. In addition to the sleek main area, hire comes with the use of the onsite kitchen, which is finished to a high, contemporary standard, meaning this is another venue that has good links to the world of food and drink. The team will happily work with you to create a bespoke event that meets your every need, ensuring a stress-free day when the launch itself arrives. The nearest tube station, Holloway Road, is just a stone’s throw away, with Highbury and Islington also close by.
Rosenfeld Porcini offers 3000 square feet of space, split across 2 floors. It’s another highly contemporary venue that can be tailored to suit your particular needs, yet it still has a sense of presence in thanks to the clean architecture and pillars which help set the tone for a professional event. There’s a fully functioning kitchen, should you wish to prepare some samples from your book for your guests to enjoy, and a generous capacity which allows for up to 300 guests to attend. Its location in the vibrant area of Fitzrovia is well served by good transport links including Tottenham Court Road, Goodge Street and Oxford Circus.
Also found in Fitzrovia is Darren Baker Gallery on Charlotte Street, a modern space that once again offers 2 different floors, both of which are spacious. Whilst the ground floor feels bright and airy courtesy of the floor-to-ceiling windows flooding the space with natural light, the lower floor has a more intimate, atmospheric vibe, with the wooden flooring and brickwork throughout the building bringing character. All-in-all, the venue offers a maximum capacity of 200 and is just a 3 minute walk from Goodge Street tube station, making it easily reached from throughout London.