Want to host an event that really stands out from the pack? Blank canvas venues are empty shells that give you the freedom to make a space your own. They’re perfect if details are your thing because you can add a personal touch by sourcing your own caterer and by adding your own theming and styling. From industrial-chic warehouses to stripped-back photo studios, London’s best blank canvas spaces are in demand for pop-up events, product launches, large parties and weddings. So what are you waiting for? Check out our list of London’s most sought after blank canvas venues today.
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Blank canvas venues give you free reign to bring the vision you have for your event to life. Able to accommodate almost any request, these spaces mean you can really let your imagination run wild. On the lookout for a New York-style loft, creative studio space or the perfect place to pitch a marquee? Our friendly team is happy to give personalised venue recommendations, whether you’re after a chic gallery space for a corporate drinks reception, outdoor party venue for the perfect pop-up dinner or a refurbished railway arch for a product launch that really packs a punch. So what are you waiting for? One of London’s best blank canvas venues is only a couple of clicks away!
When hiring a blank canvas venue, keep in mind:
your budget (know where you can splash out and where you can cut costs)
your guest list (whether you’re planning a meeting for 15 people or a birthday bash for 300, it’s important to choose a venue that’s just the right size for the number of guests you anticipate)
the venue’s location (north, south, east or west London) and accessibility (parking, connections to public transport, disabled access)
the venue’s rules regarding drinks (some venues provide the drinks while others charge corkage)
the venue’s catering options and licences (like whether the venue has an alcohol licence or can cater to special dietary requirements)
the venue’s sound system and acoustics
the venue’s heating/cooling system (you may need to bolster existing facilities with heaters in winter or fans in summer)
entertainment options (don’t forget to speak to the venue manager about what you’re planning, whether it’s hiring a live band or setting off fireworks)
what is and isn’t included (check which spaces and facilities are included and what furniture and equipment you can use, as well as who’ll supply linen, cutlery and service staff)
the fine print (some venues may require you to hire security or kitchen porters of their choice, or penalise you if the clean up is unsatisfactory)
the set up (blank canvas venues often allow you to go in early and spend a long time setting up, which really helps to create an event that surpasses expectations)
any cancellation fees
Tips and tricks for hosting an event in a blank canvas venue:
choose a blank canvas venue that fits in with your theme (do you need an all-white venue for a Winter Wonderland-themed wedding or a cutting-edge concept space for a networking event with creative types?)
alternatively, to keep planning low maintenance, hire an amazing or unusual venue that’ll blow everyone away
if your blank canvas space is large, get creative with your decor (larger pieces will make a bigger impact)
Blank canvas venues in London can be hired by the hour, with the average price ranging between £14 to £50. A daily hire starts at £100 and can go up to £600. Remember that the prices may vary depending on the duration and the day and the time of the hire, as well as the equipment available at the venue. (All data from Tagvenue.)
Depending on the type of venue you’re hiring, there will be different equipment available. Many blank canvas venues are studios, and may come with lighting equipment, backdrops and light stands. Some venues will also offer sound systems, A/V equipment and WiFi. If you need any particular equipment to be available for your event, make sure to reach out to the venue manager to ask about the details before you make your final booking.
If you’re looking to organise a unique event where you need a fully customisable venue, a blank canvas venue will be the best choice for you. Since those kinds of venues come in all shapes and sizes, they can be used for corporate events, such as product launches or pop-up stores, or team-building workshops. A blank canvas venue would also be perfect for throwing a memorable birthday party, a baby shower, or a hen night. If you’re looking for a unique wedding experience, a blank canvas space will be best to bring your vision to life.
Here at Tagvenue we offer only the best blank canvas venues out there, but we know that some are better than others, so here are our top picks:
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