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Written by Luke Bull
March 7, 2023
London's best dry hire venues
Dry hiring a venue in London is a great way to stay on top of costs and exercise control over the kind of event you're planning. For those who don't know, dry hire refers to a venue that provides space, without any extras: things like catering, entertainment and audiovisuals will not be included in the dry hire price. So, if you're looking for an economical venue hire price, or just want to outsource your event extras, dry hire is a great option.
To help you with your event, we've visited some of London's top venues that also offer dry hire, and collected them in this list. If you decide you want to book one, let us know and we can help you with that, too.
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1. Style and substance in a converted dairy factory. Set in Borough, Ministry Venues is one of the most flexible dry-hire venues in London
In the heart of thriving Borough, this Victorian former dairy factory is one of the most unusual dry-hire venues in London. Modern meets industrial chic with a variety of blank canvas spaces that you can truly make your own. The space can accommodate many different events, with a bar and garden available.
Depending on the space you choose, Ministry Venues Borough can facilitate 100 theatre-style guests or 200 standing guests, or small spaces for 10. The outside space can accommodate 400 for larger events.
2. As London’s largest livery hall, Plaisterers’ Hall is one of the most historic dry-hire venues in London you can use for a wide variety of occasions
Only a few minutes away from London’s striking St. Paul’s, Plaisterers’ Hall is a fantastic choice for those seeking large and small dry-hire venues in London alike. You can throw everything from a lavish banquet to a low-key meeting.
With a sustainable outlook to their events, Plaisterers’ Hall offers a variety of spaces from the Great Hall to the smaller 16-person Mott Room. With space for up to 550 standing guests, you don’t need to feel constrained when putting your own twist on the event rooms.
3. With a capacity of 500, Kenwood House provides dry-hire venues in London for every size of event
Whether for a wedding reception or a business event, Kenwood House is one of the dry-hire venues in London with impressive style. Set in North London’s Hampstead Heath, this Georgian villa has a capacity for up to 500 standing guests or 120 at a sit-down event.
The meeting and conference spaces can host 60 guests, while the Green Room will easily accommodate 50. You can make the space exactly what you want it to be surrounded by period features and the greenery outside - it feels like a world away from busy London!
4. The V&A Museum of Childhood makes for one of the most unique dry-hire venues in London for corporate gatherings
The Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood might not be your first thought when it comes to dry-hire venues in London. However, this well-known location is an ideal place to host your next corporate event. The Marble Floor is a large venue with versatility at its core, set in a Grade II listed building in London’s East End. With visual impact created both by the building and the artwork, you can accommodate up to 1000 guests for a standing event.
This makes it a great choice for large training days, away days, workshopping with colleagues, or having a company conference.
5. Troxy’s Grand Hall is one of the most fascinating art deco dry-hire venues in London. Especially great for those seeking flexibility
Situated on Stepney’s Commercial Road, this mainstay is good for those seeking flexible dry-hire venues in London. The impressive Grade II listed art deco building draws you in, and the rich history enchants you. Dry-hire venues like this aren’t on every corner, and Troxy has only hosted live events since the early 2000s.
Awards ceremonies and product launches can be accommodated, among other types of conferences and events. Whatever you need, the Grand Hall can be your blank canvas for a great live event.
6. With seven options for dry-hire venues in London, you can take in views of the Thames while enjoying your event at Glaziers Hall
Situated in a 19th-century warehouse, dry-hire venues in London don’t come much more flexible than this. With seven corporate spaces available, you can host up to 500 guests in unique surroundings. You can host everything from your London-based AGM or conference to product launches and staff training days. There is plenty of trained staff on hand to help you, but you still have full scope to create the look and feel you want at Glaziers Hall.
7. When it comes to unique dry-hire venues in London, Village Underground is a real hidden gem
Village Underground in London is a creative space that could only belong in this incredible melting pot of a city. Made up of tube carriages that have been given a makeover, London dry-hire venues like this are sure to turn heads. With a variety of dry-hire options available, the carriages are supplemented with shipping containers and warehouse space.
Playing host to a huge range of events, everything you pay goes towards the programming of the venue - so you can feel good while throwing an event to remember in industrial chic surroundings.
8. Combine dry-hire venues in London with art: in the heart of London’s swanky Kensington and Chelsea, enjoy exclusive gallery hire at Gladwell & Patterson
From the striking monochrome windows to the stunning paintings within, London’s Gladwell & Patterson is a dry-hire venue for 12 to 100 guests. The gallery has been established for over 250 years, and now it is the ideal location for meetings and private events.
You can enjoy a dry-hire event in the Main Gallery or the intimate Upper Gallery, which only accommodates 12 guests. Whether you are seeking a quiet space with friends or a board meeting, this is one of those unique and charming dry-hire venues in London that will surely add to your event.
9. This Georgian townhouse will sweep you away from the city: check out RSA House when seeking dry-hire venues in London
Dry-hire venues in London blending history and modernity can be hard to find - but iconic architecture meets contemporary design at RSA House. This central London venue has period features that easily blend with the modern technology you need. With high ceilings, bright spaces upstairs and vaults below, you can accommodate up to 220 guests.
Surrounded by the bright lights of the West End, there are 11 different meeting rooms available for you to use as working spaces or for board meetings, giving you full flexibility when you need it.
The best dry hire venues in London
Looking for the best dry hire venues in London? You've come to the right place. We've rounded up all the top venues near you, so whatever sort of event you're planning, these spaces have what you're looking for – all for a flat fee. Big, small, outdoor, indoor - whatever you can imagine, we can make it happen. Have a look at these London venues and get some ideas for where to have your next event.Match with venues
The best dry-hire venues in London
The Natural Kitchen Tudor Street - Deli
Blank Canvas Venues - The Hydraulic Power Station
Putney Studio - Studio 1
Oxford House - Chapel
BYOC Camden - Exclusive Venue Hire
Behind The Bike Shed - Arch 3 & 4
Shoreditch High Street
Discount Suit Company - Main Bar
Fenchurch Restaurant at Sky Garden - Fenchurch Restaurant
Icetank - Exclusive Venue Hire
Tottenham Court Road
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How to hire a dry hire venue in London
We know that finding a venue the old-fashioned way (where you trawl the internet, contact 10 venues or set your heart on one, only to find that they're out of your price range and not even available on your dates) is a pain, and there are a few pitfalls between you and booking your perfect dry hire venue. Getting the venue finding process down to a professional art is what we’ve made our mission ever since we took on the events industry. We often get asked the same questions, so here's what we recommend to quickly and easily hire a space in London.
For dry hire venues in London, you're spoilt for choice. Here's an extra special one that we vouch for:
Fenchurch Restaurant, Sky Garden – Dine with one of the best views of the city.
There really is no one answer to this question: so many variables come into play when understanding the cost of exclusive hire of a dry hire venue. How many guests are you planning for? Is the venue for the day, an afternoon, or the night? The good news is that you can find a venue for pretty much any budget (okay, almost any budget). Instead of letting the venue dictate the price, our advice is to be proactive and set a budget that you feel comfortable with – this way the right venues can reach out to you through HeadBox.
There are lots of ways to book a London dry hire venue. You can do the old-fashioned thing and pick up the phone, or email the venue directly. Unfortunately, lots of venues are busy and may not get back to you in time. That's where we come in. Give us your enquiry and we'll reach out to the best dry hire venues in London and let you enjoy your free time. Easy.