World Cup 2018 Screenings

It’s World Cup year and we are already getting our hopes up for an England win, this is the year, we can feel it! If you want to get your team together and cheer England on (or any other country that you may support) you can hire The Brewery for a private World Cup screening. We have a selection of spaces available for hire that can host parties from 30 – 700 guests, the packages are all inclusive and you can see what is included below. If you would like more information or would like to check availability then please get in touch here.

The Knowledge Guild: Game-Changers: People, Ideas & Inventions That Disrupted The World

The first Knowledge Guild conference of the year saw us welcome a group of inspiring individuals who threw out the rule book and changed the game for the better.

The fascinating speakers included Lord Sebastian Coe, President of the IAAF, Olympic Champion & Chairman of London 2012; Marc Koska, inventor of the K1 Auto-Disable Syringe responsible for saving countless lives; Lorraine Heggessey, CEO of The Royal Foundation & first female Controller of BBC One; and Ade Adepitan, TV presenter & Team GB Wheelchair Basketball player. You can watch the highlights video here to see what they said.

The Brewery, on London’s Chiswell Street, has announced Milena Gorska as wedding and private event planner.

Milena joins from, One Aldwych, London, where she was groups & events executive and responsible for executing bespoke weddings and social events. Having also previously worked in event management roles at Intercontinental, London Westminster, Milena brings a wealth of creativity and flair for special occasions to her new role at The Brewery.

Working alongside senior members of The Brewery’s team, Milena will manage and oversee the delivery of all weddings and private events held at the venue, from new enquiries and conversions to supporting throughout the event planning process. Milena will also be responsible for the development of The Brewery’s dedicated wedding brand ‘Proposal’, working alongside the creative director on all marketing activity and continuing to establish the venue as market leaders in tailored service.

James Varah, commercial director at The Brewery commented; “This year has been one of growth for the whole team at The Brewery and Milena will no doubt make a fantastic addition to an already strong group. Milena’s experience and passion will bring a new approach to the delivery and strategic direction of weddings and private events and we are excited for couples to experience a Brewery inspired wedding.”

Milena Gorska, wedding and private events planner at The Brewery added; “I’m really excited to be starting a new journey at The Brewery. The quality of service and the dedication of the team made it an obvious choice for me. I’m looking forward to working with the venues impressive roster of suppliers to deliver incredible experiences for our couples and guests.

The Brewery and Speakers Corner get disruptive for Knowledge Guild – Game-Changers: People, Ideas & Inventions that disrupted the world

Last night (Monday 26th February), The Brewery and Speakers Corner welcomed event professionals and budding disruptors to the first Knowledge Guild showcase event of 2018. The latest installment in the highly anticipated series celebrated the people, ideas & inventions which changed the world.

Compered by former Sky News anchor and current BBC World presenter Samantha Simmonds, the thought-provoking evening explored the movers and shakers from the worlds of sport, health and culture as well as the visionary leaders who’ve thrown out the rule book and found another way to play the game.

The evening consisted of a panel session with double Olympic champion, former MP and chairman of the London 2012 Olympics Lord Sebastian Coe as well as much-loved television presenter and former Team GB wheelchair basketball player Ade Adepitan, creator of the K1 auto-disable AIDS treatment and co-founder of Star Syringe Marc Koska and the first female controller of BBC One, Lorraine Heggessey.

The 180-strong audience were treated to personal accounts from those who have influenced, shaped and fundamentally changed the society we live in today. The evening highlighted the importance of pushing boundaries, using new approaches and facing challenges head on. From Lord Coe’s accounts of running one of the world’s most logistically complex planning processes, the Olympics, to Ade Adepitan’s personal journey of overcoming his disability to become an elite athlete and Marc Koska’s persistence in the face of enormous bureaucratic red tape to save over 14 million lives.

At the end of all the Knowledge Guild events, guests and speakers share stories during a Q&A session, before delving into the post event reception and networking opportunity. Guests also enjoyed a drinks reception and a bowl food menu, designed by The Brewery especially for the event. Dishes included beetroot gnocchi, miniature fish and chips, chicken tikka curry and winter spiced cheesecake.

The Knowledge Guild is a partnership between The Brewery and Speakers Corner, offering a mixture of world-class speakers and exceptional individuals discussing pertinent topics in a panel discussion.

Make an impact at your event with AR


Augmented Reality, or AR as it is commonly known, is changing the way people see events- quite literally. Offering a new world of opportunities for brands and exhibitors, by adding computer-generated elements such as video, graphics and sound to a person’s view of reality, AR enables event organisers to create a completely immersive environment for their attendees. Customisable, suitable for most businesses, and a sure-fire way to enrich the attendees’ event experience, AR is a tool which has the potential to make your event a big hit.

Better still, the latest innovations in mobile technology mean that more people have access to AR apps on their handsets, and there’s no need for headsets or trailing cables that we associate with similar tech, such as VR.

AR may be trending in the events industry, but how can it be utilised by event organisers to enhance the experience for their attendees? Here are just a few examples.

Take your attendees on a journey

By using AR, you can transport your attendees wherever you wish, without leaving the event venue! This is particularly useful when promoting a location, as seen in an instalment for Cambridge University which allowed visitors to the photo booth to ‘appear’ on campus, and even enabled them to walk around the venue.

Give attendees more information

Events and stands can get busy, so how can you give your attendees the opportunity to find out as much information as possible, without the need to speak to a representative? Certain AR apps can identify objects or sources at the event, and consequently unlock more relevant information online. This results in the attendees having a wealth of information at their fingertips that they may never have had the chance to see using their eyes only.

Encourage your attendees to visualize

AR is perfect for enabling your attendees to visualize something that isn’t physically there. Ideal for those exhibiting products that would otherwise be impossible to show or transport, brands can augment their products without the handling costs and transportation that would otherwise be involved!

Transform sponsorship opportunities

Anything is possible in an augmented world, which is incredible when it comes to sponsorship opportunities. Want a larger-than-life banner scaling across high, impossible to reach ceilings? This may not be possible, or practical, in reality but, with the use of AR, (almost) anything is possible!

Market your event with AR

Through the use of AR technology, you can market your event before, during, and after the event. Custom Snapchat geo-filters are ideal for promoting your event, appearing on your attendee’s social media accounts for 24 hours to promote your event in a really fun and interactive way.

Navigate attendees around your event

No matter how good a map is, sometimes navigating your way around a busy event can be challenging, and if a last-minute change means a stand has to move, what use is a map anyway? Indoor GPS technology for large events is just around the corner, meaning AR technology can be utilised to navigate your attendees around an exhibition, complete with virtual signage!

The Brewery is ideal for tech-based events where large numbers of delegates need to connect via handheld devices, and we’re proud to offer unrestricted bandwidth throughout the venue, making it the perfect space for any interactive technology or product demonstrations. So much is possible with AR technology, and The Brewery is the perfect event venue to execute your vision.

If you’re looking for the perfect event space in London, contact us today.

How to create an industrial style wedding


The industrial wedding trend has been hugely popular in recent years; ideal for stylish, modern couples who want to show their individuality and break free from the more traditional venues and themes. Industrial style weddings are great for those wanting to get creative and put their own stamp on the day, and are equally as effective as a setting for a more minimalistic theme. Here are our tips on how to create the perfect backdrop for a wedding which, whichever style suits, exudes industrial chic.

Choosing a venue for your industrial wedding


Industrial design bulbs


The beauty of an industrial wedding is the freedom it gives you when picking a venue. There’s no need to stick to the traditional venue options, as unusual spaces and unique locations are the best choice for this style of wedding. Think empty warehouses, galleries, factories and loft spaces- these locations work as the perfect blank canvas to add your own personal style, and often feature great characteristics such as exposed brick walls, industrial lights and metal pipes which make for perfect photo opportunities. Try to avoid venues which are too ornate- the more simplistic the better when it comes to this trend.

Many industrial locations are available for ‘dry hire’, which means you’ll need to organise everything apart from the space, including catering, furnishings, bar and decorations. There are, however, venues which offer an industrial space but can also take care of everything else too, for a much more stress-free wedding planning experience!

Industrial wedding décor



When it comes to decorating your wedding venue for an industrial theme, anything goes. Mix and match your decorations for a real quirky feel, or keep everything simple for a minimalistic, clean look.

Using metals throughout your décor will really bring your theme to life. Think mis-matched candlesticks and metal table numbers, which will really help to tie the whole theme together. Introduce copper to your décor for an edgy but very fashionable take on the industrial trend.

Strings of lights look breath-taking in industrial spaces, but rather than pretty, twinkling lights, opt for Edison bulbs, which will fit the theme perfectly. Drape them above the dance floor, or create a stunning backdrop by covering an exposed brick wall.

The best colour schemes for an industrial wedding



Understated colour palettes work best for industrial weddings- pale pinks, pastels and ivory create the perfect contrast to the industrial, unpolished setting. If you want to add a punch of colour, using a single shade such as yellow or magenta will add a modern and stylish ‘pop’ against the more rustic backdrop.

Using lots of greenery and foliage throughout the venue is an easy way to introduce a botanical vibe, whilst maintaining a simple and modern look which will complement your chic, industrial theme.

Industrial weddings at The Brewery

Occupying the site of the former Whitbread brewery, The Brewery is an obvious choice if you’re looking to organise an industrial themed wedding. Licensed to hold civil ceremonies in every room, choose the Porter Tun with its exposed timber roof and brick walls, or The Smeaton Vaults which was originally used for storing beer and is complete with copper pipes around the walls. Each room offers unique features which really set the venue apart from the rest. Not only is the venue truly unique, we also have a dedicated wedding planner at hand to take care of every detail of your day, no matter what the theme!

If you’d like to find out more about hiring The Brewery for your wedding, get in touch with us today.


4 tips for planning an exhibition or trade show

It’s no secret that planning an exhibition or trade show can be a stressful process. From securing the right venue to ensuring you attract enough exhibitors and attendees, planning a large-scale event can present a few hurdles along the planning process.

That being said, providing you are well organised and give the planning plenty of time, an exhibition can be extremely valuable, and encourage a wealth of new relationships and success stories.

Here are our top four tips for planning and organising a successful exhibition or trade show:

1. Timing is everything

Picking the date for your exhibition or trade show will dictate everything that comes after, so this should be at the top of your list of priorities. You’ll need to choose a time of year that is likely to attract the largest number of attendees, so avoid busy periods such as the summer holidays and over Christmas. You’ll also need to think about your suppliers and when they may be busy- many suppliers will have already committed to other events such as weddings, so avoid peak wedding season.

2. Get the venue right

Once you have your date, you’ll need to find the perfect venue to hold your expo. There are so many factors to consider, so bear in mind the following as a guide:

Accessibility: The location of your venue is so important when it comes to attracting attendees. Ensure that there are accessible links to public transport and that they can travel there easily by car, rail or plane. (Remember, it’s likely that some of your attendees will be travelling from overseas!)

Your attendees and exhibitors will also appreciate your venue being centrally located near restaurants and other amenities, as this will maximise the potential to network into the evenings.

Suitability: Ideally, choose a venue that can adapt to your vision, as well as align with the image you are trying to project. Consider your sponsors too- will there be any other events going on that may clash with any of the brands involved? Can the venue brand the event for you?

Accommodation: Make sure that the venue has plenty of accommodation close by, preferably within walking distance. This is important for the exhibitors in particular, who may need to attend your event over a number of consecutive days.

Facilities:  To make sure your event runs smoothly, before booking a venue, check that it has all the facilities you need. This includes audio-visual equipment, breakout areas, and a good wi-fi connection. You should also ask whether there will be any technical support during the event.

Catering: Although most venues will provide onsite catering, make sure they can accommodate special dietary requirements and allergies, as well as providing a bespoke menu. This will really set your event apart from the many others that your attendees are likely to visit.

3. Publicise well

Good promotion is key when planning a successful conference or trade show. It’s likely that your target audience are inundated with hundreds of other event invitations, so you’ll need to work hard to draw them into yours. Utilise social media using Twitter and Facebook and ensure your registration is simple. Try using hashtags to promote your event- good hashtags are short and include the year of the conference. Share news about your upcoming event in regular blog posts, and make sure you leverage your sponsors at every opportunity.

4. Get feedback

While in the planning stages of your event, you should be thinking about how you can get feedback on the day so that you can improve the next time round. For years, surveys have been common place after events have finished, but consider live polls on the day, or set up a QR code to a short survey at the event to get instant feedback.

The Brewery offers a versatile exhibition venue, located in the heart of London. With a number of both large and small rooms, each has a different capacity to facilitate an exhibition of any size. Not only do we offer a dedicated exhibitor co-ordinator to assist you with the planning, we can also provide a specially designed exhibition menu, as well as AVC audio-visual support and promotional staff to ensure everything runs smoothly.

If you’re planning an exhibition or trade show, get in touch with us today to see how we can help you bring your vision to life.

Build a stronger team this year- Host a corporate team building day


Team building days can be the perfect way to discover new ways of working outside of the office. The Brewery can be an ideal venue for a day like this, thanks to the number of state-of-the-art services and features we can offer to help make your team building event unique and interesting for everyone involved.

Audio-visual facilities


Wall with projected lights

If you really want to wow your guests and have them leave your team building event with a lasting sense of inspiration, audio-visual effects may be the way to go. These effects can be anything from visual presentations, video walls and slideshows to light effects, branding and audio equipment for speeches and talks.

At The Brewery, we offer all these services and more with the flair that makes us an AVC Live audio-visual partner. Each of our rooms comes with complementary DB audio PA system and Wi-Fi, and we also offer the hire of equipment to help you achieve your desired visual effects, such as LED screens in a number of shapes and sizes and microphones, to name a few.

A team building day needs to bring people together and get them talking. Visual effects can turn a good day into a great one by engaging an audience beyond words, through the mediums of video and sound.


A subtle way to make a difference to your team building event is through the use of music. No matter what activities or workshops make up your corporate team building day, from icebreakers and quizzes to themed nights, music can make all the difference. It can set the tone of an event, up-beat, motivational, calming or any number of other moods.

What’s more, music can fill any awkward pauses that can occur in between or even during the day’s activities, helping to relax your team and tie the day together.



The Brewery Room Decoration

If you really want to go all out for a team building day, why not theme an event and get everyone involved with an activity like a murder mystery or a fun-filled circus? A team building day needn’t be filled with sitting around a table, if you prefer, it can be more like a social meeting where different departments and teams can mingle and get to know each other outside of an office.

With our fantastic team of event design specialists, we’re able to make whatever event you envision a reality. Our award-winning venue has already provided the venue for a number of fantastic themed events, such as a Polynesian paradise summer party, a Journey to the Moon, and many more. We’d love to add your team building event to the list. Check out all our themed event photographs on our Flickr profile.



Audience during a meeting at the brewery


A team building event is only as good as the team that attends it, so the last thing you want is incomplete attendance. One way to ensure a full house is by choosing a well-known location for your team building day with excellent transport links, both by bus and train, in a central part of the country so that it’s easy to reach, no matter where you’re coming from. It’s also important that the venue isn’t dull, since your team will be spending their day there and won’t want to stare at the same white wall all day.

London is the capital city of the UK for a reason, as it is the place where people come together from all over the country. By holding your team building event at The Brewery, you will be able to offer great access links and a venue that’s steeped in history and culture, with a number of interesting design features to add to the character of your event.

Food and drink

If you’re organising an event that’ll last more than a couple of hours, your attendees will definitely get hungry at some point. Food at The Brewery is designed with your guests in mind. Since it is often one of the most important parts of an event, it’s crucial to make sure that the food stands out.

At a team building event, food also gives attendees something to talk about and make conversation. Our award-winning chefs will create a menu that is tailored to your event and requirements.

If you’re looking to hold your team building event at The Brewery, take a look at our website to find out exactly how we can help you create the perfect event for your attendees and build a stronger team this year.

5 tips for giving wedding favours that your guests actually want


Not only do wedding favours give you the chance to thank your guests for joining you for your big day, they’re also great for getting creative and dressing your tables.  These days, couples are getting more inventive with their wedding favours, but how do you ensure your efforts aren’t wasted and the gifts aren’t left on the tables, or thrown in the bin the next day? Here are our tips on how to choose wedding favours your guests actually want.

1.      Resist the urge to personalise


A weeding tag with the name Paul written on it


Although it may be tempting, personalising your favours with your initials or the date of your wedding is likely to put your guests off keeping and using them after your big day. Although the sentiment is important to you, it may be less relevant to your guests, and a fridge magnet emblazoned with your names may not be at the top of their wish list! If you want to make your favours a little more personal, add your initials or wedding date to the packaging, such as on the ribbons, boxes and bags.

2.      Think practically


Wedding table


These days, with platforms such as the likes of Pinterest, there is no end of imaginative ideas out there when it comes to wedding favours. However wild and wonderful, there is simply no point in spending your money on favours that may look great, but won’t be used by your guests, or even be taken home. Before you press the ‘buy now’ button, sit back and consider whether this is something that you would like to receive yourself. Some of our favourite (and useful) wedding favours have included bottle openers, wine glasses and candles.

If you want to make sure your guests take the favours away with them, edible gifts are always popular. From pots of honey or jam, chocolate truffles, gourmet marshmallows, macarons or individually boxed donuts, edible treats rarely last until the end of the day!

3.      Stick to your theme


Wedding table


Coordinating everything at your wedding so that it looks beautiful can be time-consuming, so make sure that you don’t slip up when it comes to the favours. Stick to a similar colour palette and although they don’t have to match exactly, make sure they at least complement the scheme. Tailor your favours to your venue and give your guests something they may need and use on the day. Ornate fans would be a beautiful addition to a beach wedding, while blankets and hot chocolate kits will be appreciated in the colder months.

4.      Express yourself


Wedding flowers


Your wedding guests are attending your wedding because you mean something to them, so expressing your personalities through your favours is sure to go down well. Personal gifts show your guests that you’ve put some thought into the favours, and means they are more likely to take them hope and really appreciate them. There are so many options here- share local produce from your home town, give something associated with your favourite hobbies, or donate to a charity close to your heart on their behalf.

5.      It’s all in the timing


Woman holding a flask with a tag


Once you have chosen your favours, arrange for them to be given out at the best time. Traditionally, they’re given out end the end of the reception, but if you think that some guests are likely to have left by this point, give the favours out when you think most of them will be around.

Whatever wedding favours you choose, make sure they reflect you as a couple. Here at The Brewery, we think that all weddings are different, and should be completely unique. If you’re looking for a wedding venue that can be tailored just for you, our wedding planner is here to help organise the day from the very initial enquiry, right to the last dance.

Want to find out more about hiring The Brewery for your special day? Contact us today, and we’ll be delighted to help.

Get organised – Plan your Summer party


With Christmas decorations only just coming down, and daily routines starting to get back to normal after the manic festive period, it’s no wonder that the thought of planning a summer party in January seems a little premature. Although there’s still a frosty chill in the air, it’s not too early to start planning your summer party to make sure you’re organised for the new year, and that you and your company have a great party to look forward to when the warmer weather rolls around.

Summer parties are great for team morale- not only do they offer a welcome addition or alternative to the usual Christmas parties, they also encourage staff to get outside and make the most of the (hopefully) warmer weather!

Here’s what we suggest you consider when organising your summer party.

Choose a date that works for most of your colleagues


People around a table during summer party at the Brewery


It goes without saying that unfortunately, it’s unlikely that every member of your team will be able to attend your party, regardless of the date you set. However, it’s best to take some time to work on a date that works for most- ideally before the schools break up, or the peak of summer when many members of the team will be planning their summer holidays.  Take a look at your corporate calendar for any events or meetings that could tie in nicely- more employees will be able to attend if they’ve already made space in their busy diary for a work meeting or event.

Once you’ve set your date, send your invitations no later than the spring months- this will give you plenty of time to assess the number of attendees and organise the catering and activities for the right amount of people.

Get the venue right


Summer party decoration at the Brewery


A great summer party is all in the venue. Unlike a Christmas party, careful consideration has to be paid to the venue to make sure there are options for all weather conditions. It’s nice to take advantage of the weather with some outside space, but it’s equally as important to choose a venue that can offer an alternative if the weather takes a turn!

Location is also key. Ask yourself some questions before booking- is the venue easily accessible, with good connections to public transport? It’s unlikely that people will plan to drive to the party, so easy access to train stations is a must.

An opportunity to reward your staff, the summer party should be memorable and enjoyable. A themed party can bring out the best in your colleagues, so consider a venue which can either adapt to your theme with decorations and catering, or even better, throw their own themed parties, which will undoubtedly create an immersive and memorable experience.

Give your team the whole package


Waiters at the brewery during a Summer Party


Not only will providing an all-inclusive ‘party package’ for your guests mean they can relax in the knowledge that they are in for an evening of great food and drink, but it will make things a lot simpler for the party organiser, too!

Get your party guests in the holiday mood with typically ‘summery’ food- BBQs are always popular- and make sure that your caterer is able to provide vegetarian and vegan options if necessary. Your staff should feel that their party has been planned with them in mind, so tailor it to their needs to make sure they feel valued.

This summer, the courtyard of The Brewery will be transported into a traditional garden, right in the heart of London. Perfect for bright summer days and gloomier days alike, the raised clear roof lets the sunshine in, as well as keeping the rain out! With a delicious BBQ and unlimited drinks included until 9pm, The Brewery is the perfect summer party venue for gatherings of all sizes. If you’d like to get ahead of the game and secure your space for our summer party, get in touch with us today.