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Whole Venue at First Option Location Studio

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38 Kingsland Road, Shoreditch, London, E2 8DD Show map
Old Street Station (850 yd)
Crystal V.

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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
up to 100
Dining
up to 85
Boardroom
up to 50
Classroom
up to 100

Event offers and packages

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

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

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.

Cancellation policy

Flexible

If a cancellation is submitted at least 7 days prior to the event, then the guest will receive a full refund.

If a cancellation is submitted less than 7 days but at least 24 hours prior to the event, then a cancellation fee equal to 50% of total hire cost shall be payable to the venue.

If a cancellation is submitted less than 24 hours prior to the event, then a cancellation fee equal to 100% of total hire cost shall be payable to the venue.


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
Natural light
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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