At Clive, we’re on a constant hunt for inspiring canvases to create engaging brand events, which means we’re always discovering new and exciting spaces, especially in the capital.
We’re big believers that the right venue can really make or break a guest’s experience, and in turn their perception and relationship with your brand. So, in this edition of Clive’s Top Fives we’re showing off our favourite newbies on London’s venue scene. Why not take a look and get in touch with our venue team to arrange a tour – we’ll even provide the cab and coffee en-route.
Carousel ‘Next Door’, Marylebone
You might recognise the name from the original Carousel restaurant and event space; and we’ve got to admit it, it’s one of our faves.
After successfully wowing us and many of our clients with their scandi-inspired décor and polished concrete floors, the team at Carousel have added to their upstairs/downstairs venue portfolio with a new space located conveniently ‘Next Door’.
The new space follows the same minimalist and sophisticated look and feel and benefits from the catering and infrastructure of the main venue. Next Door comes with floor to ceiling windows along two sides of the venue, making it perfect for highly visual installations, consumer facing activations and pop-up shops. But there’s plenty of opportunity to give the venue a more private feel for high-end meetings, exclusive dinners or standing parties for up to 300 people.
Design Museum, Kensington
It feels like years since we first saw visuals of the Design Museum’s Kensington High Street home, but boy was it worth the wait.
Housed in a 1960s Grade II-listed building, the new Design Museum opened its doors in November 2016. Whilst it remains devoted to architecture and design, its venue offering is now much bigger, better and more impressive.
Choose from the slick auditorium with 200 fixed leather seats and top notch built-in AV facilities or the stunning blank canvas space on the second floor that can accommodate to up to 220 people. Alternatively, hire the grand Atrium of the main museum, which has stunning views of the building’s iconic roof and can hold 450 guests for a standing reception.
Six Stories, Soho
This quirky Soho Town House has been reinvented from the ground up – six stories up to be precise.
Fresh on the block and from the founders of some of our favourite quirky venues including, Tanner & Co. and The Victorian Bath House, Six Stories takes inspiration from the colourful and bohemian history of its Soho Square location.
They say good things come in small packages and this must have been what they meant. Six beautiful individual floors provide private dining rooms, cocktail bars and luxury spaces to accommodate meetings for 10-50 people or lavish receptions for up to 300 guests across all floors.
We’re thrilled to introduce you to our new neighbour and the flagship venue at Southbank’s new Flat Iron Square Development.
Flat Iron Square is located just a stone’s throw from Clive’s offices (that’s between Southwark and London Bridge tube stations for those of you who haven’t paid us a visit yet). The development opened late in 2016 and comprises seven railway arches and a Grade II listed building. There’s plenty on offer with seven food vendors, three restaurants, four street food trucks, five bars and a live music and entertainment venue.
But it’s the live music venue, ‘Omera’ that’s got us in a stir. Founded by Mumford & Sons’ Ben Lovett, the space is made up of beautiful restored brick arches, mezzanine bars, a vintage ballroom and even a roof terrace.
With so many spaces available, the venue is suitable for a variety of event sizes but when used exclusively can accommodate up to 350 guests.
The Curtain, Shoreditch
Ok, so this one is opening ‘very soon’ so you could accuse us of cheating a little. But hey, we thought we’d finish with a little something for you to look forward to.
Given our clients’ appetites for trendy London properties such as Soho House Group, Ace Hotel and The Hoxton, we’re pretty sure The Curtain will be a firm favourite for high end meetings, dinners, launches and parties, when it opens its doors in early 2017.
Details may still be a little hush hush but we can tell you to expect a private members club, 120 beautiful bedrooms, a rooftop swimming pool and more than 6,000 square feet of event space including a private cinema – oh and a ballroom.
It’s the fact that the property is being brought to us by Gansevoort Hotel Group that fills us with such confidence. The company already own two of New York’s hippest hotels and have reportedly invested £70 million in the development, which they’re aiming at ‘forward-thinking technology and media creatives.’