London is overflowing with creativity and as such has a plethora of live performance venues to choose from. If you want to help yours stand out by selecting one of the more unique offerings, look no further than the following top picks.
Generator features a number of different spaces that have all been designed with adaptability in mind, whilst still feeling distinct. A hostel, a newly refurbished cinema, a café, a bar; it’s got it all under one roof, and each room can be hired on an individual basis as needed, adding up to offer a total capacity of 200. Art installations, bespoke graphics and quirky touches like the life-size London bus in the bar are sure to get your creative juices flowing, whilst the use of reclaimed timbers, hot-rolled black steel and exposed brickwork bring a touch of history.
So much more than just your average café, The Canvas Café boasts a bright, airy and modern ground floor space which comes complete with a fully licenced bar. This leads out onto a New York-style garden area; not to mention the large basement which can be made to suit all sorts of events and the A3 licenced, fully-equipped kitchen, meaning the venue has played host to everything from dinner parties to film screenings. With a slightly more intimate capacity of 70 and good transport links in the surrounding area, this is a great choice for a fuss free venue.
If the setting you are looking for for your live performance event is one that is rich in atmosphere then The London EDITION Basement would be a fantastic option. Everything you need for a successful occasion in terms of both production and entertainment is already found in-house, including custom lighting by Patrick Woodroffe, a state-of-the-art sound system and a fully-stocked bar. There’s a good capacity of 220, with room hire starting from £2000, and local transport links which include Oxford Circus and Tottenham Court Road tube stations.
The Forge is a brilliantly flexible, multi-purpose event space that has an intimate feel in spite of its surprisingly generous maximum capacity of up to 300. There’s a performance area that is great for everything from screenings to workshops, and presentations to music shows; every kind of live event you could need. The interior benefits from plenty of natural light courtesy of the floor-to-ceiling windows, and a friendly, welcoming vibe thanks to the bright, colourful, charmingly mismatched furnishings and the bold artwork that is sure to be a talking point.
W Lounge is a great choice if you need a setting that brings with it its own sense of glamour and sumptuousness. Regularly hosting intense music performances alongside incredible cocktails and an energetic atmosphere, and all sorts of other live events from film screenings to fashions shows, this really is a space to mix, mingle and lounge in style. The discreet door behind the bar leads to a private balcony which overlooks Leicester Square. Speaking of which, the tube station of the same name can be reached in just 3 minutes, as can Piccadilly Circus.