About this space

Situated in a private courtyard in the heart of Shoreditch, First Option is a versatile 2000 sq ft converted Victorian zip and suspender factory that has served as a highly acclaimed hire location for over thirty years. The studio is designed specifically for film, TV and stills, but is also a great event space.

First Option comprises a 1000 sq ft split level space adjoining a 500 sq ft bespoke kitchen together with a smaller 230 sq ft prep kitchen. Within the main studio space - accessible via a spiral staircase - is an additional 204 sq ft mezzanine with 30 ft of built-in desks and worktops, ideal as a production office or as a storage/ holding area.

Both the studio space and the main kitchen have high pitched roofs, with exposed Scotts pine roof trusses and sanded wooden floors. Our fabulous main kitchen has marble and wooden worktops, along with many features designed specifically for shooting purposes; including a mobile island with built-in hob, and a glass lighting balcony, an extremely useful feature when shooting in the kitchen which minimises the need for lighting cranes.

The studio is ideal for shooting daylight and has an abundance of natural light from both the north and the south, but also can achieve almost full blackout.


Capacity

Standing

Standing

up to 100

Dining

Dining

up to 85

Boardroom

Boardroom

up to 50

Classroom

Classroom

up to 100


Event offers and packages

Christmas Party Offers

Christmas Party Offers

Christmas Party - Sunday to Thursday for 40 guests
£2250 total
Christmas Party - Sunday to Thursday for 50 guests
£2700 total
Christmas Party - Fridays & Saturdays for 100 guests
£3700 total
Start at 8 am and open till 11:30 pm (with clearing allowed till 01:30)
Corporate Hospitality Offers

Corporate Hospitality Offers

Dry Hire Corporate Package
£4080 total
Use of the Studio from 9 am to 11:30 pm
No corkage fee
100 Standing - 85 Seated
Wedding Offers

Wedding Offers

Dry Hire Wedding
£3600 total
Use of the Studio from 9 am to 11:30 pm
No corkage fee
100 Standing - 85 Seated

Prices

Monday
8:00 – 22:00
from £2500 hire fee
Per session
8:00 – 22:00
from £2500 hire fee
Note: All prices include VAT.
The studio is available to hire from 8 am until 10 pm, but our standard duration of a booking is 10 hours.

Clients can hire the whole day, but it will come at an additional cost. Each additional hour is charged at 10% of the day rate if booked in advance.

Send me a message through Tagvenue for a bespoke quote that's right for your event.
Mentioning your budget will help me propose the best option for your needs.
Tuesday
8:00 – 22:00
from £2500 hire fee
Per session
8:00 – 22:00
from £2500 hire fee
Note: All prices include VAT.
The studio is available to hire from 8 am until 10 pm, but our standard duration of a booking is 10 hours.

Clients can hire the whole day, but it will come at an additional cost. Each additional hour is charged at 10% of the day rate if booked in advance.

Send me a message through Tagvenue for a bespoke quote that's right for your event.
Mentioning your budget will help me propose the best option for your needs.
Wednesday
8:00 – 22:00
from £2500 hire fee
Per session
8:00 – 22:00
from £2500 hire fee
Note: All prices include VAT.
The studio is available to hire from 8 am until 10 pm, but our standard duration of a booking is 10 hours.

Clients can hire the whole day, but it will come at an additional cost. Each additional hour is charged at 10% of the day rate if booked in advance.

Send me a message through Tagvenue for a bespoke quote that's right for your event.
Mentioning your budget will help me propose the best option for your needs.
Thursday
8:00 – 22:00
from £2500 hire fee
Per session
8:00 – 22:00
from £2500 hire fee
Note: All prices include VAT.
The studio is available to hire from 8 am until 10 pm, but our standard duration of a booking is 10 hours.

Clients can hire the whole day, but it will come at an additional cost. Each additional hour is charged at 10% of the day rate if booked in advance.

Send me a message through Tagvenue for a bespoke quote that's right for your event.
Mentioning your budget will help me propose the best option for your needs.
Friday
8:00 – 22:00
from £2500 hire fee
Per session
8:00 – 22:00
from £2500 hire fee
Note: All prices include VAT.
The studio is available to hire from 8 am until 10 pm, but our standard duration of a booking is 10 hours.

Clients can hire the whole day, but it will come at an additional cost. Each additional hour is charged at 10% of the day rate if booked in advance.

Send me a message through Tagvenue for a bespoke quote that's right for your event.
Mentioning your budget will help me propose the best option for your needs.
Saturday
8:00 – 22:00
from £2500 hire fee
Per session
8:00 – 22:00
from £2500 hire fee
Note: All prices include VAT.
The studio is available to hire from 8 am until 10 pm, but our standard duration of a booking is 10 hours.

Clients can hire the whole day, but it will come at an additional cost. Each additional hour is charged at 10% of the day rate if booked in advance.

Send me a message through Tagvenue for a bespoke quote that's right for your event.
Mentioning your budget will help me propose the best option for your needs.
Sunday
8:00 – 22:00
from £2500 hire fee
Per session
8:00 – 22:00
from £2500 hire fee
Note: All prices include VAT.
The studio is available to hire from 8 am until 10 pm, but our standard duration of a booking is 10 hours.

Clients can hire the whole day, but it will come at an additional cost. Each additional hour is charged at 10% of the day rate if booked in advance.

Send me a message through Tagvenue for a bespoke quote that's right for your event.
Mentioning your budget will help me propose the best option for your needs.

Catering

In-house catering

Allows external catering

Approved caterers only

BYO alcohol allowed

Can provide alcohol

Kitchen facilities available

Can provide halal

Can provide kosher

Complimentary water

Extensive vegan menu

Extensive gluten-free menu

Complimentary tea and coffee

Buyout fee for external catering


Space features

Wi-Fi Wi-Fi

Natural light Natural light

Parking available Parking available

Projector

Flatscreen TV

Whiteboard

Flipchart

Audiovisual (AV) equipment

Conference call facilities

Air conditioning

Disabled access

Storage space

Accommodation available

Lighting balcony

Two fully fitted kitchens

Natural lighting rig

Private courtyard

On site parking

3 Phase power

100Mb fibre optic connection for live broadcast

full blackout

24 hour security


Venue welcomes

Own music equipment /DJ

VIP events

Enhanced security events


Rules of the space

On Fridays and Saturdays, loud music can go until 23.30 with quiet clearing until 1.30 am.

We are dog-friendly - feel free to bring your pets over!


Built circa 1870 and renovated in 1986-87, First Option is a 1790 sq ft film, TV, photography and event space. The split level studio is 1000 sq ft and adjoins a 500 sq ft bespoke kitchen built by one of the last cabinet makers of old Shoreditch. There is a second smaller prep kitchen of 230 sq ft on the ground floor, which is obviously invaluable when filming in the main kitchen.

The balcony is an amazing feature when shooting in the large kitchen, meaning that lighting cranes aren’t so essential. Both the studio and the main kitchen have high pitched roofs and exposed Scotts pine trusses. Original Crittal windows line the Victorian brick walls to provide an abundance of natural light from the north and the south. Blackout blinds cover all windows and both skylights in the studio.


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