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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:

  • if you’re holding your event outside, make sure to have a plan B in case of rain, and to consider your lighting options (this is key for events that carry on into the evening)
  • 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)

  • break an open-plan space into zones by creating cosy seating areas and making other areas standing room only

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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.