24th December 2013

"Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable."

George Bernard Shaw's quote contains plenty of wisdom but we really feel it should read "without art AND canapes." After all, every one knows that nothing goes with Picasso like a cucumber sandwich or a mini quiche. Throw in a glass of wine and you have the ideal setting for your next function, book launch or party. James Roche brings you five London Art Galleries for your next event!

Stour Space

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Located opposite the main Olympic Stadium on the River Lea, Stour Space is a popular public exhibition and meeting space but it's not just because of the wonderful views on offer.

Finding a venue flexible enough to cater to the specific requirements of your event is usually the number one concern of our clients but with Stourspace, you needn't worry at all. This space can be easily transformed to host a range of events, from corporate conferences and entertainment to wedding receptions and private screenings. The cafe along the river terrace can also be hired, providing a fantastic culinary option for film shoots and exclusive events.

The Gallery at 81 Leonard Street

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Situated in the heart of Shoreditch, it doesn't get much cooler than 81 Leonard Street.

Ideal for drinks and birthday parties, product launches, networking evenings and client gatherings, this versatile events space is a 1,600 square foot gallery of endless possibility.

This renovated warehouse possesses its own sense of style and charm. Spacious, yet inviting, this venue is highly regarded within the events industry and is available for exclusive hire through Hire Space.

October Gallery

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A candidate for gallery of the month, both figuratively and literally, this striking venue in Central London has three unique spaces available for hire.

Housed within an impressive three-storey Victorian building, the October Gallery boasts a gallery, courtyard and kitchen on the ground floor, a theatre showroom on the second floor and the resplendent Club Room for intimate gatherings and conferences.

Fine art works, fine spaces and fine company - we'll deliver on the first two, you can take care of the rest.

National Portrait Gallery

There's not much we need to say about this venue that the accompanying pictures don't already - this is a venue built for the big occasion.

Utilising three floors of prime gallery space, this world renowned venue can cater for up to 1,000 people and its dedicated, expert events team are always on-hand to ensure that your evening runs like Swiss clockwork.

If you don't quite know that many people but would still like to take advantage of the magnificent facilities available, why not hire a set space within the building? With options including the prestigious Lerner and Victorian Galleries, as well as the Portrait Restaurant (featuring views of Whitehall and the London Eye), the hardest part will be picking which one to go with. Whichever way you go, you can't go wrong with any of the spaces available at this splendid venue.

Gallery SO

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Like 81 Leonard Street, this Brick Lane venue is located within a refurbished warehouse and simply oozes style and charm.

While always atmospheric, the mood created within this venue is dependant on the type of art works on display and style of event staged. Hire the venue and the choice is yours!

The art world is forever evolving but one thing that will never fall out fashion is the outside courtyard, a feature also available when hiring this space. Come and be inspired - book Gallery SO today!

There you have it! We live in a city full of terrific cultural venues and event spaces, so why not take advantage of it by booking a venue with us? Our taste in art may be questionable, but the spaces mentioned above are certainly not. For more information, check out our website.