11 of the Best Blank Canvas Venues

MC Motors is one of the many meetings and events venues viewed by Grass Roots venue consultants...

Set the scene for enhanced creativity with London's most interesting deconstructed spaces which are brought together in our latest blog. 

Here are 11 of the best blank canvas venues...


Landing 42

Maximum capacity 300

London’s highest dedicated events venue with 465 m2 of pillar-free space and floor-to-ceiling windows. The windows have a triple-layer glass ‘skin’ to help with the building’s sustainability, with blinds in between the layers of glass that respond to the sun’s movement, keeping the building cooler. Landing 42 is in the Leadenhall building (‘The Cheesegrater’), 500 ft above the City. Chosen by Zhandra Gomez.


LSO St Luke's

Maximum capacity 450

A beautiful Grade 1 listed venue located on Old Street and home to the London Symphony Orchestra. The main area, the Jerwood Hall, is a converted church from the 18th century and mixes historic architecture with contemporary features creating an incredible blank canvas to build an event. Chosen by Alison Warwick.


Hawker House

Maximum capacity 3,000 

Hawker House is a massive indoor food and drink warehouse situated in Canada Water, close to London Bridge, Borough and Canary Wharf. This quirky space has its own tropical Tiki paradise known as the Land of Bamboo, nine bars and twelve street-food traders. It has a large offering, as the venue can split in two, allowing smaller groups of 200 in one space or whole venue hire with an additional four breakout rooms. Chosen by Kate Tufft.



Maximum capacity 6,000

A creative and remarkable multipurpose venue based in Canada Water. Covering six acres of private, gated land, six event spaces arranged over multiple levels and The Press Halls. All are fully sound proofed. It’s actually the site of the old printing presses that used to deliver the Metro and Evening Standard across London and was, at one-time, Western Europe’s largest print facility. Chosen by Tom Hughes.



Maximum capacity 450

Opening on the 1st February 2019, Illuminate is located on Levels 4 and 5 of the Science Museum. It will be a modern blank canvas with a panoramic window on Level 5 offering spectacular views over London. A welcome new option for West London. Chosen by Alison Warwick.


White Rabbit

Maximum capacity 500

A photography studio and venue in the heart of Shoreditch. Its distinguishing features are the converted Victorian archways. The space is perfect for product launches, press events, corporate workshops and private events. Chosen by Niamh Murphy.


MC Motors

Maximum capacity 350

MC Motors in Dalston is a 557 m2 East London warehouse owned by Castle Gibson. It gives the unique feeling of being on a film set with props displayed throughout and textured walls. A skylit roof allows for natural light to fill the space with an untouched Victorian street running through the middle. Chosen by Savva Hadji-Savva.


Spring Studio

Maximum capacity 220

A smart and stylish set of studios, bar and restaurant located in Kentish Town. The studios can come with a creative agency who work mainly with fashion and luxury brands. Each of the seven studios vary in capacity but some can be combined, and all have wooden floors and natural light. Chosen by Luka Valatkeviciute.


Olympia West

Maximum capacity 5,000

Olympia West is a light and modern space forming a standalone venue at Olympia London. It has a dedicated entrance and is set across two levels which can be used independently or as one. Minimal pillars, natural lighting or the option for complete blackout all contribute to an original option in West London. Chosen by Jessica Weedon.


The Arches

Maximum capacity 800

A short distance from Southwark tube station, The Arches has 2787 m2 of raw brickwork space and an outdoor private courtyard. Hidden near the central spot of Waterloo this vast space is part of the Location House venues and allows onsite catering and parking. Chosen by Tom Lambregts.


Victoria Warehouse, Manchester

Maximum capacity 9,000

We know it's not in London but we couldn't leave it out! Next to the Old Trafford stadium, Victorian Warehouse is a unique industrial blank canvas. It is in an old historic landmark building with six large separated areas. The Cotton Sheds being one of them is set over two floors with eight separate areas with room up to 5,000 people alone. This vast space can host exhibitions, conferences, sporting and music events. Chosen by Natalie Eaton.


About the author

Jessica Weedon

Jessica Weedon is marketing executive at BCD Meetings & Events. Before building her experience at The Stars Group, Betfair and the London Stock Exchange, Jessica earned a degree in International Hospitality Management from Bournemouth University, and a CIM Diploma of Event Management, Marketing and Communications from The Event Academy.

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