Conference Venues for Hire in London

Conference Venues for Hire in London

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Top Conference Venues in London

Searching for conference venues in London but aren’t quite sure where to start? Not to worry - Here at Tagvenue, our aim is to help you find the best conference space in the city. We know that organising a conference is no mean feat and getting it right requires a great deal of planning and organisation. Whether you’re looking for a large conference event space, a corporate seminar venue, or a convention room hire, our extensive collection of conference facilities in London will make planning your next event a breeze. Using our venue finder, you’ll find all the city’s most popular conference centres and venues in London in just a few clicks!

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Conference Spaces in London Hire Guide

If you are planning a conference for the first time or simply want to keep up with the latest trends. Read our conference trends to make the most of your conference venue.

  • Industrial, unusual or alternative conference spaces - trendy and diverse conference hire is one of this year's hottest trends in London as they drive interest and make great talking points.
  • Interactive or hybrid events - digital conference facilities accompanied by a live blog, online visual chat or webcast, or combined with a film screening, swap meet, picnic, or concert.
  • Immersive events - conferences boasting personalised name badges, branded cocktails and drinks receptions or swag bags that make for a richer and more memorable event experience for your delegates.
  • A focus on attendee engagement at the conference venue - think live streaming, video conferencing, audience polling, event hashtags, and on-site bloggers.
  • Impressive event technology - business conference venues with dedicated event apps, real-time social media integration, special keynote audio webcasts, touchscreen technology, online contests, real-time language translations, and innovative digital graffiti walls that are a surefire way to blow attendees away.
  • Green events - eco-friendly conference centres, with touches like recycled paper, local organic materials and green values, that demonstrate a company’s CSR credentials that can inspire guests.
  • The right mix of famous and little known guest speakers - Well known keynote speakers will help draw crowds, while little known but interesting ones who can offer great insights will help you save some money. (Pro tip: the best conference places often have special areas during breakout sessions, where guest speakers can mingle with attendees and keep the discussion going.)

Check out our top tips and tricks for planning a successful conference in London:

  • First and foremost, the selection of your conference theme and agenda are pivotal to attracting potential registrants. It’s also vital to book the best guest speakers from early on. A well-thought-out theme not only unifies your ideas but also assists in identifying suitable guest speakers and expo partners, as well as potential marketing avenues.
  • If you want to secure sought-after Central London conference venues, including options in Westminster and East London, start browsing and finalising your booking months before the event
  • Equally essential is the choice of the right conference venue. Opt for an attractive location, whether it's a conference space near Heathrow or one of the many conference venues in London, such as London conference centres, seminar venues, or conference halls. The right location can significantly enhance attendance.
  • Utilise social media to generate buzz, boost attendance, and keep your event top of mind well after its conclusion. Be sure to maintain clear, written agreements when renting conference halls or collaborating with vendors to prevent unexpected surprises.
  • Coordinate all event details by walking through your itinerary as your attendees would. Being well-prepared is key, so communicate effectively with vendors and arrive at the venue early, allowing ample time for setup and last-minute checks of technology and equipment, including computers, internet connections, and projectors.
  • In terms of programming, a combination of on-stage discussion panels and individual speakers adds variety and depth to your conference. Schedule regular breaks, especially for half-day or full-day sessions, with breaks every 60–80 minutes being the ideal range. Additionally, maintaining a precise schedule is crucial, ensuring that guest speakers are well-informed about their allotted presentation time and accounting for the necessary stage transitions and technical setup.

Whether you’re an educator looking for a theatre-style academic venue in Central London, a conference manager searching for conference venues in East London, or simply hoping to find top conference facilities in London in the best locations, we can recommend something that suits your needs. A venue can make or break an event, so it’s important to read up on how to choose a conference venue before you start your search for space.

When hiring a conference space, be sure to keep in mind:

  • Your budget - are you looking for a budget conference hall, a mid-range hotel with conference rooms, or a premium business conference facilities close to the city centre? The cheapest conference spaces in London can be hired for as little as £300 per session, or at per person rates between approximately £30-£60, while the most exclusive and largest conference halls can rise to over £10,000. Depending on your group size, budget, and location, affordable conference venues offer a range of different prices and payment strategies including straight hire fees, or fees per hour, day, and session. When searching for the ideal venue, make sure the prices being offered fit within your budget alongside providing a fantastic place for your event.
  • A convenient location - This is of vital importance to the success of your conference. Consider that you may have attendees with disabilities and ensure that the facilities are fully-equipped with ramps, lifts, and wide gangways. As well as that, check for nearby public transport access, as well as parking (ideally free) facilities, you may also want the venue to be near restaurants and hotels, in case your attendees are travelling from afar, or that your conference will last more than a day.
  • The type of venue - Your choice of venue is, in essence, an extension of the image and ambience you wish to create at your event, so it’s important to make the right choice. Expecting a lot of guests and trying to make a big impression? Take a look at an auditorium, theatre, or hall. Holding something more intimate with a chilled-out atmosphere? Try a meeting room, cafe, or dining room. Making the right choice of venue will put everyone at ease and ensure your event begins on the front foot.
  • The number of attendees you anticipate - This is especially important to get right as you don’t want a sparsely populated venue killing the atmosphere of your event, or an overcrowded room causing a hubbub and creating an uncomfortable setting. With this in mind, choosing a venue for your conference that will just about accommodate the number of people you expect will help create a lively atmosphere that also appreciates everybody’s need for space and comfort. In London, you'll easily find both large conference venues and smaller conference rooms!
  • Your event date - aim to book your conference venue ASAP – this means a year or more in advance for large or more complex events. This doesn’t mean that smaller, less complex events should be booked at the last moment; however, you should try and put the wheels in motion around one to three months ahead of the date.
  • The facilities you require - It’s likely that you’ll need some extra services and amenities at the conference space you hire in London, so look for well-equipped, professional venues. This can be technological equipment such as computers, WiFi, and microphones, or presentation aids including projectors, flipcharts, and board markers/stationary equipment. Also consider the other spaces that are available in the venue, such as outdoor areas or function spaces for breaks, as well as kitchen facilities and dining rooms.
  • The time of your event - This will have a large impact on the attendance figures for your conference, so it’s important to try and select a time where all your guests will be available. If you’re able to do so, speak with potential attendees beforehand to try and figure out the best time to hold the conference.
  • Public transport - - As previously mentioned, the accessibility of your event is incredibly important, which therefore makes the need for efficient public transport a must. You may have guests coming from distant locations if you are hosting an international conference, so be sure to check for nearby airport and railway access, especially if you're considering conference venues near Heathrow. Furthermore, make certain that local transportation within the city, whether it's Westminster, East London, or another district, is readily available and conveniently located in close proximity to your London conference venues, which can include options such as London conference centres, seminar venues, or conference halls.
  • Catering - Before the event you may want to consider choosing a conference venue that offers their own in-house catering, or use an external one. While using a venue that provides catering will make your life easier, it’s of paramount importance to be sure that they’ll provide a menu that takes into consideration every guests dietary requirements alongside offering a variety of options. External caterers may give you more to think about logistically, but can provide easier and cheaper food options that fit with the needs of you and your guests.
  • Cancellation policies - Should you or the conference room need to cancel, make sure you are clear on what the policies are for doing so. If you think you may need to cancel, some venues will charge fees or keep a certain percentage of the event price, so it’s important to have these established at the beginning of your event planning stage. Should the event venues cancel, make sure you have some back-up venues that you can contact in the case of needing a venue switch.
  • Onsite technical support - Ask the venue manager whether there will be someone available on the day of the event for technical support.
  • Lighting - Decide whether you want to spotlight guest speakers or facilitate two-way communication by ensuring both the stage and audience arae well lit.
  • The timing - Ask the venue manager how long in advance you’ll hve access to the venue before your conference is scheduled to start and how quickly you need to be packed up and out of the venue at the end of the conference.

While this seems like a lot to consider, the more answers you can get from the venue manager, the better prepared you’ll be. Covering all your bases by having a solid plan for the day will help ensure your conference is a successful and enjoyable one that attendees remember long after the last PowerPoint slide.

Most popular districts/locations for conferences in London:

  • City of London - London’s historic financial centre, known affectionately as the Square Mile, is a go-to place for outstanding conference venues and facilities. With so much business going on in such a concentrated area, take your pick from a variety of different conference spaces that are modern, stylish, and will see to all your corporate needs.
  • Central London - Including major areas such as Westminster, Mayfair, Leicester Square, and Covent Garden, there’s plenty of unique conference spaces packed within central London. Depending on your location and needs, there’s a whole range of versatile conference venues right in the heart of the capital that can host a range of different meet-ups, both large and small.
  • Shoreditch - Perhaps an unusual choice amongst big businesses and corporations, Shoreditch is an incredibly popular area to do business for smaller companies, startups, and offices. Featuring a range of more relaxed, trendy, and quirky creative spaces, why not combine your gathering with some breakfast or lunch in one of London’s coolest districts?
  • London Bridge - South of the River Thames, there’s a great demand for convenient, comfortable, and easy-to-reach conference venues. It makes London Bridge a prime location due to its proximity to both northern and southern boroughs. Not only that, it’s full of modern meeting rooms that are clean, casual, and capable of holding a range of different conferences and business events.

Most popular conference venues types in London:

  • Theatres - From University lecture theatres, to bespoke conference venues and cinemas, there’s a fantastic range of theatres and large conference rooms on offer in London. Able to comfortably hold large capacities and equipped with large stages, screens, and projectors, these venues are the ideal place to hold events such as product launches, informative conferences, or presentations.
  • Seminar rooms - For smaller gatherings, the range of seminar venues on offer in London will offer all the services you need to make your meet-ups a breeze. Including comfortable seating, television screens, and stationary equipment, you can easily hold conference calls, office meetings, or even interviews in these well-designed spaces.
  • Halls - Popular thanks to their openness and flexibility, hall hire is a way of finding an attractive space with plenty of room, while also being able to stamp your own authority on it. Again, highly popular with corporations or small businesses, these venues are great at showing off new products, announcing business expansions, or creating your own networking event.
  • Cafes & dining rooms - Sometimes a specific conference venue can just feel like too much. The solution? Take your business to one of London’s fantastic cafe venues or private dining rooms, where you can talk over some delicious food and take away the serious atmosphere that can sometimes accompany a more straight-up meeting room. As modern-day workplaces evolve, cafes and restaurants serve as small conference venues, receiving far more bookings for people looking to hold small conferences or office meetings.

FAQs about Conference Venues in London

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

Conference halls or spaces in London cost, depending on the chosen pricing model, on average: £950 hire fee per session, £141 hire fee per hour, and £95 day delegate rate. Prices vary according to the amenities and size of the venue. Small conference spaces, such as conference rooms that can accommodate up to 50 guests, are likely to be cheaper than larger venues.(All data from Tagvenue.)

What are the most popular conference venues in London?

Some of the best London venues for conferences are:

  • Techspace Shoreditch, a tech-focused venue with an industrial yet modern look, rated 4.9/5 by guests
  • The View, a historic venue with modern facilities and a guest rating of 5/5
  • The Royal Institution, offering top-notch conference venues, including a fantastic lecture theatre, rated 4.8/5 on our platform
  • Grand Connaught Rooms, one of the most prestigious conference venues in London with luxurious and well equipped spaces. rated at 4.6/5

Are there any conference venues near Heathrow or Gatwick airport?

Radisson Blu Edwardian Heathrow, 3.2 km from Heathrow airport
Kempton Park Racecourse, 10.2 km from Heathrow airport
Crowne Plaza London Gatwick, 8 km from Gatwick airport
Stockley Park Golf Club, 3.8 km from Heathrow airport

How can I hire a London conference space?

Check out the Tagvenue platform for a range of conference spaces all throughout the city.

  • Narrow down your search results by specifying the number of expected attendees, the conference date, the desired location of the conference venue  and the maximum budget.
  • In case a conference venue with special features is needed, use additional filters to see only spaces with in-house catering, extensive vegan menu, conference call facilities, AV equipment, own music/DJ equipment, onsite parking and accommodation, and more.
  • Compare venue prices, photos, customer reviews and create a shortlist of favourite spaces.
  • Contact the venue managers to organise a space viewing if needed.
  • Finalise the booking online.

Guests Reviews of Conference Venues on Tagvenue

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Sorcha H.
Booked Bessemer Suite at 297 Euston Road
Dilyana and Simon were incredibly helpful and made the process of setting up a conference with very short notice very smooth and straightforward. I would definitely recommend this venue and we will be using it for future conferences and events we host.
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Carlotta Z.
Booked The Victorian Loft+The Chalet at Lumiere London Old Street
Amazing space for a corporate conference/event. Very well decorated, space for people to relax and work whilst listening to the content. Very informal feel which allowed for relaxed yet important conversations. The staff was amazing from start to end and helped with anything we needed on the day. Many guests commented on how great the venue was, too. We'll definitely go back!
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Alice S.
Booked Meeting Room at The Arc Centre
Great open space with the flexibility of changing the room easily. We ordered the breakfast package (unlimited tea, coffee and 1x pastry per person) and this was great value with the tea/coffee being topped up. You also have the use of the kitchen if required. There was also a projector and flipcharts which were useful. Susan and Damien made sure that we were catered for and all requests were met. They were also great at communication before the event and answered all questions. A great experience and our company are keen to use you for future events. Thanks again!
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Mrs P.
Booked Kings Suite at The Rembrandt Hotel
Everything was perfect!! from the first day I made contact, the actual planning, and then the actual day the service was efficient. The staff were extremely helpful on the day of the conference. The food was great and very flavoursome. All in all we had a great event thanks to the Rembrandt Hotel and all its staff, we will be back, and I highly recommend this hotel and venue. thanks to everyone who made this an amazing day possible.
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Alice G.
Booked Sky Loft Westminster View at Altitude London
Staff were fantastic. I was never left running around for anyone and I felt like Kidus really cared about the day running smoothly and we swapped numbers to ensure communication was maintained throughout the day. Sophie came up to check I was happy on the morning of the event which was great since she was my main contact in organizing. Lovely views of course and lots of great feedback on the food. Great that you offer an alternative to fruit and pastries - the bagels went down well with staff.
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GoCardless
Booked Third Floor Conference Room at Body and Soul
The team at Body and Soul were fantastic! They were very responsive and went out of their way to accommodate our needs for the event we were hosting. The space itself was felt spacious with its high ceilings and lots of natural light. We had access to plenty of equipment such as flip charts, whiteboards, projectors and micphones. We were hosting an event that was designed innovate ideas. This space was perfect for that as it fosters creativity with artwork from their programmes. It was also a massive benefit for us knowing that proceedings were going back into running the charity.
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Alisa H.
Booked General Space at Our/London Vodka Distillery
We wanted a venue for our company away day that wasn't your average conference setting so having it at Our/London ticked that box. Following our conference we had a distillery tour and cocktail making and tasting session which was thoroughly enjoyed by all!
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Suzy D.
Booked The Den at The Collective Venues - Bedford Square
A fabulous venue if you're looking for a different space than the usual basement hotel conference room. This is exactly what we were after for a team business planning day involving 35 people. The team at The Den couldn't have been more helpful or proactive in delivering our spec of cabaret tables and breakout spaces, thanks you Alice, Ed and Lydia. We had lunch and afternoon tea scones from Gail's Bakery and have never had such positive feedback from the team! Everyone enjoyed a slightly different sort of buffet lunch than normal with lentil, beetroot and feta salads along with amazing mini quiches, dips and veggie sticks. We haven't heard the end of it yet a week later! I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending The Den.

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