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About this room

The two-storey museum was completed in 1874 and houses the world’s first Universal Testing Machine – built to test the strength of steel girders and other building materials. This 44-foot-long hydraulic press provides an iconic focal point for the main ground-floor space. Other pieces of machinery are scattered throughout the ground and basement floors.

The Machine Room

The Machine Room is our ground floor space which boasts wooden floorboards, natural light and stunning original features. This room houses the Testing Machine, as well as a number of other large and small mechanical objects.

The Office

The ground floor Office has been kept as the proprietors of the Testing Works used it. It features 19th century writing materials, book cabinets and mechanical specimens. It is an ideal location for period shoots.

The Basement

The Basement offers exposed brickwork and a range of backdrops. Of particular interest for filming and photography is a long corridor with recesses along one side.

The Basement also contains a small green-room, toilets, and kitchenette facilities.




up to 50

Starting prices

Hire Fee


6:00 - 0:00

from £150 Per hour

*All guide prices are inclusive of VAT

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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


Temporary event notices (TENs) available

Room features

Natural light Natural light

Storage space Storage space



Flatscreen TV



Audiovisual (AV) equipment

Conference call facilities

Air conditioning

Disabled access

Accommodation available

Parking available

Venue welcomes

Ticketed events

Own music equipment /DJ

VIP events

Enhanced security events

Rules of the space

The space is also available for intimate events, however, it is filled with valuable objects so please get in touch to discuss suitability.

Please note that this space is a museum, containing delicate objects.

The Testing Works are situated just south of Blackfriars Bridge. This is an incredible unique space, which houses original Victorian engineering machinery.

Ideal for photography and small film shoots.

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