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Looking for a unique, cool venue to create a one-of-a-kind event? Dry-hire event venues offer the ultimate blank canvas to design your ideal space and make it your own.

These flexible modern spaces enable you to put your own stamp on the decor, catering, entertainment, and more for a completely customised and unusual event. Dry-hire event venues give you the freedom to be as creative, quirky, or trendy as you want.

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The Big Space at Sugar Studios

South Warehouse
Greenwich Beach Morden Wharf Road
Tunnel Avenue (SE10 0PA)

Located in North Greenwich, Just a 15-minute walk from North Greenwich station, The Big Space at Sugar Studios is a versatile venue perfect for a variety of events. This expansive…

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30-64 Pennywell Road (BS5 0TL)

Introducing DOCUMENT, an industrial 3,000-capacity venue, a creative hub, and art space set in a former document storage facility in the centre of Bristol.  Spanning a total of 3,500 sqm across…


Hoxton Docks

53-55 Laburnum Street (E2 8BD)

Hoxton Docks is a fascinating canal side venue for hire in London. The ex coal storage facility must be one of the most unique venues in London. Found on the…


RIDA Haggerston

330-331 Stean Street (E8 4ED)

RIDA Haggerston is an industrial event space with a total space of 10,000 sq ft. The venue comprises 2 studios and a kitchen and some outsidespace.  Both Studio A and…


Silverworks Island

Silvertown Square
Connaught Bridge
North Woolwich Road (E16 2BU)

Introducing Silverworks Island, a pioneering open-air cultural hub in the heart of London. Formerly the historic Royal Docks, it has been revitalised into a vibrant centre for creativity, music, and…

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83 Rivington Street

83 Rivington Street (EC2A 3AY)

Uniquely located in a disused railway yard in Shoreditch, 83 Rivington Street is a large, multi-purpose venue with 13,000 sq ft of event space and an open-air garden. 83 Rivington…


The Engine Rooms

82-92 Great North Road
East Finchley (N2 0NL)

The Engine Rooms is an extraordinary event space nestled in the leafy neighborhood of East Finchley, North London. It has quickly gained popularity as a premier destination for businesses, friends,…

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Blank canvas venue

Kings Road Creative Pop-up Space

Kings Road
Chelsea (SW3 4NX)

First-floor Event/Exhibition space in the heart of King’s Road, Chelsea, the epicentre of London’s art and fashion scene, buzzing with energy. Within a 10-minute walk from Sloane Square tube station…


The Light Bar

Aldgate (E1)

Formerly a Victorian Power Station, the Light Bar offers industrial style warehouse space spread over two floors. This unique venue has very high ceilings, plenty of natural daylight and a…

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Competitive rates

The Tab Centre

3 Godfrey Place
Shoreditch (E2 7NT)

The Tab Centre is the only historic blank canvas hireable venue in London’s fashionable Shoreditch, on the edge of the Square Mile. This grand hall has elegant pilasters and a…

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The Pelligon

43 Bank Street (E14 5AB)

The Pelligon is a unique and stylish venue within a spectacular 27m high arched glass atrium. The venue  boasts 682 sq meters of patterned marble floor, steamed beech wood wall…

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Bottle Factory

12 Ossory Road (SE1 5AN)

Constructed in 1895 and used by the renowned J Mills & Sons company, The Bottle Factory stands as a distinctive and historically significant workplace with some unique spaces available to…


St Mary’s London

Wyndham Place
London (W1H 1EA)

St Mary’s London is a stunning Grade 1 listed building available for hire for a wide range of events. The building boasts a prestigious, light and spacious main room and…

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Experiential events


6 Marble Arch (W1H 7AP)

Beyond being a mere venue, Frameless is an unparalleled space that offers absolute flexibility for hosting a diverse range of events. Our in-house creative team leverages our technological prowess to…


Whitechapel Gallery

77-82 Whitechapel High Street
London (E1 7QX)

Housing 3,600 square metres of beautiful and versatile spaces including light and airy studios and large brick-exposed Galleries as well as a purpose-built auditorium, the Whitechapel Gallery is ideal for…


Bankside Vaults

1 Invicta Plaza
London (SE1 9UF)

Located on the Southbank adjacent to Blackfriars Bridge and Blackfriars Station, Bankside Vaults is close to the Tate Modern and St Paul’s Cathedral. Having served different purposes in the past,…


Porchester Hall

Porchester Road,
London (W2 5HS)

Porchester Hall is a Grade II listed art deco venue in Bayswater, London available for hire for events. The venue is perfect for private parties, weddings, fashion shows, Christmas parties,…


Hackney Bridge

Units 1-28, Echo Building
East Bay Lane (E15 2SJ)

Hackney Bridge is a multi-purpose, canalside venue that is home to creative coworking studios, independent retail stores and dedicated event spaces. Its street food kitchen features an array of cuisines and,…


Need a blank space to create your concept? Choose a dry-hire venue!

Whether you need a really interesting backdrop to show off new products, want to create a magical experience for a corporate party, or simply want to control costs, we source the best dry hire and blank canvas venues in London and will find the perfect option for you.

Here at Function Fixers, we have a number dry-hire and blank canvas venues across London and the UK that provide complete flexibility. From intimate unique spaces to large, open rooms ready for your design vision, we can match you with the perfect fit.

Let our experts help you find the ideal blank canvas and transform it into the coolest venue through your own creative direction. Contact us now to discover the many one-of-a-kind dry-hire event spaces we can connect you with!

Working with us will also offer the following benefits:

  • A dedicated team is working on your behalf.
  • Over 35 years combined experience sourcing the best dry hire venues.
  • Event organisation is entirely up to you and your team.
  • Precise clarification of what is (and isn’t!) included in the price (i.e. cutlery, cloakroom services etc.)
  • Detailed instructions on the rules and restrictions to abide by at the venue.
  • A guarantee that we will save you both time and money.

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Carrie Larwood, our managing director, has been helping businesses organise events in London, throughout the UK and across Europe for over 35 years. Get in touch with Carrie today for all of your events needs.

About Dry Hire Venues

In order to help you make your event a success, we’ve put together a brief guide that you can follow to ensure the process of hiring a dry hire or blank canvas venue is as easy and stress-free as possible:

1. Introduction to Dry Hire and Blank Canvas Venues

A dry hire venue is a space that is rented out without any additional services or catering. Unlike fully catered event spaces, dry hire venues give you the flexibility to choose your own vendors and have complete control over every aspect of your event.

The benefits of choosing a dry hire venue include:

  • Cost-effectiveness: You only pay for the venue rental, saving money on catering and service fees.
  • Vendor selection: You can handpick vendors that fit your budget and preferences.
  • Customisation: With no restrictions, you can create a truly unique event experience.

2. Venue Types and Considerations

Dry hire venues come in various forms, including:

  • Halls and community centres
  • Museums and galleries
  • Industrial spaces (warehouses, factories)
  • Studios or
  • Outdoor spaces (parks, gardens)

When selecting a venue, consider factors like:

  • Location and accessibility
  • Capacity and layout
  • Parking and transportation
  • Amenities (kitchen facilities, audio-visual equipment)
  • Availability of desired dates

3. Planning and Logistics

Planning an event at a dry hire venue involves several key steps:

  1. Determine the purpose and theme of your event.
  2. Estimate the expected number of attendees.
  3. Create a detailed timeline, including setup and teardown.
  4. Obtain necessary permits or licences (e.g., alcohol licence, noise permits).

4. Vendor Selection and Management

With a dry hire venue, you’ll need to coordinate with multiple vendors, including:

  • Catering (food and beverage)
  • Audio-visual equipment and lighting
  • Furniture and decor rental
  • Entertainment (DJ, band, performers)

Tips for vendor management:

  • Research and vet vendors thoroughly.
  • Negotiate contracts and payment terms.
  • Create a shared timeline and communication plan.
  • Assign a dedicated vendor coordinator for the event day.

5. Budget and Cost Considerations

Dry hire venues can offer significant cost savings compared to fully catered spaces. However, you’ll need to account for expenses such as:

  • Venue rental fee
  • Vendor costs (catering, equipment rental, entertainment)
  • Staffing (event coordinators, security, cleaners)
  • Insurance and permits
  • Marketing and promotion

Create a comprehensive budget and track expenses to avoid overspending.

6. Legal and Insurance Requirements

When hosting an event at a dry hire venue, you must comply with legal and insurance requirements, such as:

  • Public liability insurance
  • Event permits (depending on the venue and event type)
  • Health and safety regulations (fire safety, accessibility, noise levels)
  • Liquor licensing laws (if serving alcohol)

Consult with the venue and relevant authorities to ensure compliance.

7. Promotion and Marketing

Promote your event effectively to attract attendees and maximise the venue’s potential:

  • Create a dedicated event website or social media page.
  • Leverage social media advertising and influencer marketing.
  • Collaborate with local businesses or organisations for cross-promotion.
  • Distribute printed materials (flyers, posters) in the local area.

8. Day-of Coordination and Setup

On the event day, proper coordination and setup are crucial:

  • Assign dedicated team members for vendor management, guest management, and venue setup.
  • Create a detailed schedule and checklist for the day.
  • Have a contingency plan in place for any potential issues or delays.
  • Ensure clear communication channels among all parties involved.

9. Post-Event Wrap-up

After the event, ensure a smooth wrap-up process:

  • Arrange for proper clean-up and restoration of the venue.
  • Settle vendor payments and any outstanding invoices.
  • Collect feedback from attendees, vendors, and staff.
  • Evaluate the overall event experience and identify areas for improvement.

Dry Hire Venue Booking Checklist:

  • [ ] Define event purpose, theme, and target audience
  • [ ] Research and select a suitable venue
  • [ ] Create a comprehensive budget
  • [ ] Obtain necessary permits and insurance
  • [ ] Book and coordinate with vendors
  • [ ] Develop a marketing and promotion plan
  • [ ] Create a day-of coordination plan
  • [ ] Arrange for post-event clean-up and wrap-up

By following this guide, you can navigate the process of booking and planning a successful event at a dry hire venue while staying organised, compliant, and within budget.

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