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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.

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Blank Canvas Venues Hire Guide

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

FAQs about Blank Canvas Venues in London

How much does it cost to hire a blank canvas venue in London?

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.)

What equipment is available with a blank canvas venue hire?

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.

What kind of event can I host in a blank canvas venue in London?

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.

What are some of the best blank canvas venues in London?

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:

  • The Old Street Gallery - A versatile venue just minutes away from Old Street Station with over 1000 square feet of space that can be adjusted to your event, The Old Street Gallery is a perfect place for creative events, private functions and many more. Rated 4.8/5 
  • The Factory - This warehouse-turned-venue has everything you need: a simple and neat space, natural light and flexibility. With equipment available for hire, The Factory will be the best place for your next production, corporate event, or unique party. Rated 4.7/5
  • The Menier Lounge - A versatile space in an old chocolate factory will hit all the sweet spots you need from a blank canvas venue. With amazing backdrops everywhere you turn, and floor-to-ceiling windows you will not take a bad photo here. That’s why this venue is ideal for photoshoots, production, as well as corporate events and private parties. Rated 4.9/5



Guests Reviews of Blank Canvas Venues on Tagvenue

Kirsten A.
Booked Film and Photography Studio at Leonard Studio
Andrea was fab, communication spot on, super helpful, space was perfect for what we needed. Would highly recommend her and her beautiful studio.
Booked studio TWO - photo and video at pixel studios - photo and video studios
michal is an amazing guy! he helped me with everything I needed and his studio has great equipment, I highly recommend pixel studios
Sarah S.
Booked Whole Venue at Menier Room
Amazing space. We used it for a fitness event and it was perfect. Really good responses from the team, really helpful on the day and before, and so good that we could leave all our rubbish too straight into big bins. Looks lovely on camera too - amazing light!
Booked Whole Venue at The Studio
Excellent clean space, very accommodating hosts who showed us everything we needed to know. Versatile space which was used for a music video in this case. We are really pleased with our footage! Thanks Derek
Luci W.
Booked Studio 3 at Sunshine International Arts
Lovely sized space to hold my event with access to tables and chairs. Lots of mirrors in the space which was perfect. Communication was good and how to access the venue was clear.
Raj S.
Booked The Warehouse at Low Profile Studios
Great sound system and really great space. They had some additional areas that we were able to be really creative with to make proper use of the space. And in the end it worked out great! Overall great service & terrific value you get for the space & price. Ed & john are great to work with as are the staff on the day of the actual production.
Rocio M.
Booked Studio 61 at Sway
The place was perfect for our party. The waiter was nice and friendly. We got our own DJ. Nice cocktail menu.
Luke S.
Booked Moonchu Hall at China Exchange UK
Beautiful venue, full of light! Very helpful and courteous management team, they communicated throughout the process promptly and acted like an extension bto our own events team. Highly recommended venue for any kind of event!!!

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