After a long break it was time for our sister venue The Grubstreet Author to be reintroduced to you by our lovely Business Development Manager Katrina Wallace !
The Grubstreet is a collection of luxurious event spaces created and operated by the same team as the The Brewery on Chiswell Street. It is located in the same building as The Brewery but has a different (and private) entrance on Milton street. It is situated on what was once the Grub Street, an area renowned for bohemian writers and this rich history has provided the inspiration for the venue.
Key Facts about The Grubstreet Author:
✅ Three different spaces with different atmospheres
✅ Perfect for small conferences, product launches, screenings (yes we have a little cinema room) intimate weddings , drinks receptions or even as a VIP area.
✅ Can host 20 to 120 guests
✅ Can be used in conjunction with the main Brewery
✅ Speakeasy vibe
The Sample Room
The Sample Room is the first of our spaces and is the room where back in the days the latest alcoholic creations were tried and tested before being unleashed on the general public 🍺🍻
It is now the perfect space for drinks reception, breakout rooms, private parties, product launches or networking events 💻🖌
✅ Can host 70 guests standing (120 when used alongside The Pasteur Room)
✅ Integrated PA System (4 x DAD Ark 106MP Speakers)
✅ Inclusive coloured LED Lighting
✅ Fitted metallic bar with glowing neon
✅ Soft Furnishings
The Pasteur Room
The room is named after the famous French chemist Louis Pasteur who visited The Brewery on Chiswell Street and The Grubstreet Author in 1871 to investigate the problem of beer fermentation.
What can be better than to host your events in the very room where the humble pint was perfected 🍺?
The room can host up to 66 guests for dinner or up to 120 guests when used alongside the Sample Room. The industrial and traditional elements of the room as well as the tin tiled roof and burnt iron chandelier make it the perfect space to host a private dinner and will add character to any drinks reception or conference.
✅ Inclusive Coloured LED lighting
✅ Integrated PA system
✅ can host 66 guests dinner style and 120 when used alongside the Sample Room
Before being lost to time The Cutting room was the place where workers would gather to watch a picture together at the end of the week. Now restored to its former glory and with the latest technology The Cutting Room is the perfect space for screenings, teammeetings and even small conferences 💻📝🍿
✅ 48 fixed seats
✅ 98 inch screen
✅ Immersive LED lights
If you would like to know more about The Grubstreet Author, get in touch with our Sales team at email@example.com or check our Instagram page for the latest news and pictures about our unique space (Instagram: here)
After a slightly unexpected seventeen month break, The Brewery has sprung back to life, with a jam packed schedule of incredible events. It’s hard to put into words how exciting it’s been, to once again hear sounds of laughter, music and engaging discussions ringing out across the venue. Our much loved concierge, Eddy, couldn’t wait to dust off his bowler hat, and get back into our courtyard, welcoming guests, both old and new, into their events.
We are completely committed to playing our part in the safe return of events, making sure that we’re doing everything we can to protect both our staff and guests. We have introduced a range of on-site measures including proof of vaccination or a negative test to enter, masked staff and enhanced cleaning schedules. You can read our full list of safety measures below or download them here.
For our very first event back love was in the air, as we celebrated the wedding of Carolyne and Oliver, in The Sugar Rooms. It was such an honour for us to reopen with this special occasion and welcome sixty of the couples closest friends and family to the venue. The lucky guests got to feast on a beautiful wedding breakfast and canapes designed and cooked by our Executive Chef, Andrew Connor, and his team. It’s been a real joy for our kitchen team to be back crafting delicious menus for guests to enjoy, rather than beans on toast at home!
As August came to a close we recognised the individuals and organisations that display outstanding commitment to the LGBT community, when we hosted The British LGBT Awards. This fabulous, high energy event was attended by over 650 guests, including a range of popular celebrities and influencers, and received global media coverage. Its nights like this one, that remind everyone at The Brewery why we love events so much. It wasn’t just the guests having fun, we were having the time of our lives.
The UK Jewellery Festival and The Decameron, Enotria&Coe’s annual wine tasting, were both fantastic showcase events for their respective industries. The variety of rooms at the Brewery, provided lots of space for exhibitors, to show off the latest styles, and flavours to their trade customers. Across the two events there were over 800 attendees, with the guests of Decameron getting to try our brand new Poke lunch menu, which was a perfect accompaniment to the late summer sunshine outside.
It’s always great to see familiar faces, and we once again welcomed back the wonderful team from Bamboo Events. Bamboo have produced some of the most creative events we’ve seen at The Brewery over the last few years, and they didn’t disappoint again. The room popped with colour and the guests responded by having a brilliant time and had the room shaking when they hit the dancefloor till late into the night. Anyone who works in events knows that positive feedback is our lifeblood, and we were ecstatic to receive such a glowing review from the event organiser. We couldn’t resist sharing this little snippet:
“The Brewery really is such a special venue and one we love working at. No other venue in London offers such exclusivity with our own private courtyard, amazing function rooms and incredible food. However, I strongly believe it’s the people behind the building who make the venue one of our favourites. We really do appreciate and feel that each and every one of you really want to help make sure our event is the best it can be. “
Our new AV partners, Encore, got to flex their technical muscles when we hosted our first truly hybrid event. Using the technology, we now have available in house, they were able to connect events simultaneously happening in London and Belgium. This included streaming a live DJ set to both events to enjoy during their after party. We may still have some restrictions keeping us apart but we can still use the technology available to bring us closer together.
As you can see we’ve been busy bees over since we reopened just over a month ago, and this is just a small selection of all the events that we have hosted. It’s great to be back in business and we would love to have the opportunity to host your event.
Get in touch with our Head of Business Development, Faye Loader, and we can arrange a site visit or call to discuss your requirements for the remainder of 2021 and the future.
There is no point denying it: 2020 has been a very tough year, but a few days before the first lockdown, something extremely exciting happened for The Brewery: we were awarded Business Events Venue of the year 2020 by Visit London. This first award allowed us to be nominated as a finalist in the Visit England Excellence Awards in May 2020 and guess what? We won it too!
Winning this award, especially in the middle of the pandemic, has been extremely rewarding for the entire Brewery team who always work tirelessly to provide a flawless visitor experience. It recognises business events venues that demonstrate an excellent understanding of the market, exceeding the expectations of their clients and have a strategic plan for future development within this area, with clear goals.
As part of the selection process, a judge from London & Partners came for a site visit of The Brewery, and met with our Marketing Executive and Senior Business Development Manager, who showed him around and talked him through everything there is to know about the venue: the history, the events we organise, food and beverage, our plans for the future… He also met with our Food Director and had a full tour of the kitchen. The judge was very impressed with our excellent levels of service, incapable spaces and the cleanliness of them, the quirky touches we have around the venue and also loved our sister venue, The Grubstreet Author.
The whole Brewery team is absolutely delighted and this is testament to all the hard work that goes into delivering exceptional events on a daily basis, something we can’t wait to get back to doing from the 14th August 2021!
Hi Andrew, can you tell us a bit more about you and your passion for food?
Growing up I always had a passion for food…. Both eating it and cooking it! I loved getting involved as a toddler at my nans helping her prepare all the fresh vegetables and watching how she put it all together…Isn’t that how all every good chef story starts?! Fast forward a decade or so and I decided to get stuck into a kitchen as a career path. I managed to combine this with my love of travel and worked in various hotels around France and Greece bouncing between ski seasons and the sunshine for several years whilst progress my skills, knowledge and position in the kitchen. After many good years I decided it was time to come back to the U.K.
I’d always fancied the idea of working on the events scene and delivering customers a special experience so I joined a company where I could do just that. I spent 10 years catering from everything from small personal weddings to the Brit Awards, even feeding the royal family on several occasions. I ended my time as the Executive chef of a beautiful historic wedding venue in Hertfordshire. After several years here I just missed the buzz of London’s events scene. I was fortunate at the time that the Brewery were recruiting a Head Chef, I joined, things quickly progressed …the rest as they say is History’.
This past year has been unexpected and challenging, how are you and your team doing ?
We’re doing great, we’ve been able to keep the core of our team together and everyone has returned raring to go. We have always had a very close team of chefs at The Brewery and we’ve been looking out for each other and staying in touch to talk about food and share lockdown recipes. At times it has been really tough seeing the whole industry shut down for so long, but that has just made us even more motivated to come back with lots of exciting new dishes and concepts.
Is there any changes we are going to see at The Brewery or do you have a new approach towards the cuisine?
There was definitely plenty of time to reflect but we were already continually evolving and improving the product before the break, so we are determined just to keep on that path. We have taken the time to find some new suppliers and we are excited about some of the new ingredients and organic produce we now have available to us. Sustainability was something we were heavily focusing on and will continue to do so.
What exciting new food concepts can we expect to see at The Brewery this year?
We aren’t planning to introduce many new concepts until next year. Our focus for the remainder of 2021 will be on delivering the many events we have already booked. That may sound very simple but we are planning to have to be very adaptable in the short term as we are expecting lots of variety in how events are run to suit the needs of the ever changing situation we still find ourselves in. We will be working closely with our event organisers to make sure we are able to shape our menus and delivery to make guests feel comfortable returning to large scale events.
How can you describe the new seasonal menu?
Creating the new seasonal menus is a lot of work, we have to do all the development sessions and then once we have finalised the dishes we then have to write recipe cards and do all the boring stuff like costing them. This can take months and with The Brewery’s opening schedule, we didn’t have the team back early enough to go through this process, so we decided to have some fun. We spoke to the event planners at The Brewery and asked them what their favourite dishes over the last few years have been and we also looked back at some data to see what our clients had chosen. This allowed us to create a ‘Greatest Hits’ menu that features all of these favourite dishes that we have adapted slightly and we have also added a couple of new surprising ones. We can’t wait to start event tastings and introducing these dishes to our clients.
What is your favourite dish on the new menu ?
It is the BBQ sticky rice with Gochujang Puree, marinated tofu, crispy sambal cauliflower, pickled mung beans and pak choi (Recipe here) As we all know reduced meat consumption is increasingly at the forefront of sustainability issues worldwide. I have selected this dish as it showcases how delicious and visually appealing vegetarian food can be. I love South East Asian inspired Cuisine from my younger backpacking days, the food always offered a bold mix of flavours and textures and I just couldn’t get enough of eating all the different dishes from the street vendors.. Authentic simple cooking at its roots, you just can’t beat it! We have taken these influences and made this beautifully appealing dish as one of the vegetarian options for our new Autumn Winter 2021 menu. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
PS. Its easily adaptable to vegan too by substituting the small amount of milk and honey with vegan alternatives…the difference would be minimal in flavour.
Meet Katrina Wallace, our newly appointed Business Development Manager.
Hi Katrina, can you introduce yourself?
Hi, I’m Katrina Wallace, I’m from Belfast and have been living in London for 4 years now – this month is my moving anniversary! I moved to London on a Sunday and started working for The Brewery on the Monday morning – it was very fast and exciting!
Can you please tell us more about your journey at The Brewery?
I started in The Brewery as an Event Sales Executive in 2017, was promoted to Senior Event Sales Manager in 2019 and 2 months ago secured a new promotion as Business Development Manager. In both of my Event Sales roles I converted reactive sales and planned each of my events. Now that I am BDM my role will focus on finding those events that have never been with us at The Brewery and letting them know what The Brewery can do for them 😊
What made you want to move to Business Development?
I wanted to move over to this side of the business to gain experience in a proactive sales role for a company that I already have a wealth of knowledge about. While I’ve been here for 4 years, in my new role there is still so much to learn and conquer! At the minute I am working on becoming an industry expert, specialising in Tech events.
What is the favourite part of your job?
My clients! I’ve missed that part of my job so much. I can’t wait to our next showcase or exhibition when I can see so many familiar faces and meet lots of new faces too!
What are, according to you, the best assets of The Brewery for corporate events?
The Brewery has always been a leader. Whether it’s been with our trend setting themes, innovative AV offering or creative food menus, guests always remember their experience at The Brewery. For so many of our corporate clients, this is an important message, as they are also trying to set themselves apart from others.
What are you looking forward to the most for the coming year?
I’m looking forward to seeing the venue full of people and hearing that buzzing noise in the Porter Tun just before the lights go down and an event is about to start! Bring on a busy end to 2021.
Encore, a global leader for event technology and production services, has been newly appointed as the in-house AV supplier at The Brewery, a historic Grade II listed venue in the City of London.
Renowned for its highly flexible, unique event spaces, The Brewery occupies the site of the former Whitbread brewery and hosts meetings and events from 30 attendees up to as many as 1600. With a focus on delivering high-class event experiences, it was vital for the venue to partner with a production supplier who held the same impeccable standards.
Encore have been creating memorable event experiences for decades and have a strong team of creators, innovators and experts who are passionate about delivering real results through strategy and creative, advanced technology and digital solutions for hybrid, virtual and in-person events. With a customer-first mindset and a hospitality focus, Encore was the perfect fit for The Brewery.
James Varah, Commercial Director at The Brewery, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Encore to the team. The Brewery is a unique, historical corporate venue and with that in mind, it’s vital that we work with a highly knowledgeable and trusted technical partner like Encore who can help enhance our clients’ experience in our event spaces.
“We’re always looking at ways to continually improve our offering and be at the forefront of innovation. As industry leaders in both in-person and hybrid event solutions, Encore deliver an unrivalled, expert service to support our customers as we get back to business and reconnect. With their impressive track record for delivering customised solutions for in-person and hybrid events of all shapes, sizes and budgets, we’re looking forward to what we can achieve together for our clients.”
Nik Rudge, Managing Director – EMEA at Encore said: “I’m thrilled that Encore is embarking on this exciting new partnership with The Brewery. Their high-class, historic event spaces offer hugely exciting possibilities for event organisers and meeting planners looking for a unique venue for their next in-person or hybrid event. This enables us to do what we do best – transform events into immersive, collaborative experiences that connect and inspire. It’s an honour to be chosen to be part of this incredible venue’s journey.”
Choosing the right conference venue is the most important first step in planning a successful event, but what are the key things to look out for when deciding on the right venue for you? Here are our top tips for what to consider when choosing your conference venue.
First and foremost, you need to make sure your attendees can access your event as easily and efficiently as possible to maximise attendance.
Local, national, and even international attendees must be taken into consideration, so choosing a location with excellent links to transport hubs, hotels and eateries as well as having ample space for parking is essential.
Centrally located in bustling Shoreditch, The Brewery is ideally located to welcome all your conference guests.
Once you’ve found your perfect venue, you need to ensure it sits within your budget. Make sure you know both the upfront costs, and the price of any extras that may be required.
Finding a venue that can work flexibly with your budget, while avoiding scrimping on the service will put you in good stead to host an unforgettable conference.
Facilities and technology
Having the right facilities and equipment can make or break your conference. Does your venue have the best quality audio and visual technology? Is there a designated in-house team of AV specialists on hand to provide support on the day?
Make sure to add these questions to your checklist when enquiring about your venue. At The Brewery, we pride ourselves on offering the most up to date facilities and technology and have dedicated in-house teams at the ready to help your day run without a fault.
Space, capacity and layout
It’s important to consider just how much space your guests will require. If you need more than one room, ensure they are suitable for your delegates’ needs and don’t forget to check the maximum capacity for each room when planning your day.
If you require small group sessions, enquire about space for breakout rooms or a quiet area to get away from the conference hustle and bustle.
The array of available conference spaces at The Brewery are extremely flexible and can be tailored to any size or preferred layout. You can link spaces or create separate areas around the main conference site.
If possible, organise a visit to your venue to visualise how the space can work for you, and to see first-hand the facilities on offer. Many venues (The Brewery being no exception) will have a designated contact from initial enquiry, throughout your planning process. If you cannot visit in person, see if there is a virtual tour available.
Arranging a meeting on site can help to alleviate any concerns and answer any queries you may have about your conference.
You want your conference to be as memorable as possible, and one way to do that is by having delicious food and drink. Keep all of your guests’ content by making sure your chosen venue has inclusive catering options or if not, will allow external catering of your choice.
At The Brewery, our passionate chefs boast culinary expertise and will keep your guests full, satisfied and refreshed throughout your conference. With the additional option of wet hire, you can also offer your guests a fine selection of wines, beers and cocktails and with bespoke menu’s, you can ensure there is something for every taste.
Discover more about food and drink at The Brewery here.
Why hold a conference at The Brewery?
There are countless reasons to host your next conference at The Brewery, including:
Central location in trendy Shoreditch
Excellent transport links
State-of-the-art facilities for both audio and visual needs
One single point of contact when planning your event
Flexible layouts and capacity
Bespoke food and drink options
Variety of rooms to choose from
Our team understand exactly what makes a fantastic event and will ensure the process is as stress-free and seamless as possible for you and your business. From the moment of your initial enquiry, you will have a single point of contact to help you plan and pull together everything you need for your event.
If you would like to host a conference or any other business event at The Brewery, check out our Conferences & Exhibitions Brochure and please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Contact the team today to find out how The Brewery will make your next conference an unforgettable experience.
As the country slowly begins to emerge from what has been a challenging year, we are finally beginning to see the light at the end of the Covid tunnel. But what does this mean for the events industry?
As we emerge into this new era of working and socialising, we break down the key trends you can expect to see in 2021 and 2022:
Hybrid is Here to Stay
Coronavirus saw events and conferences move online, and while this came as a welcome relief to some during periods of lockdown and social distancing, for others there is no replacing the ability to meet in person and network over a cup of coffee or feel that familiar buzz from an events hall.
In 2021, and moving into 2022, we’re likely to see virtual elements included at events, with attendees being able to choose how they prefer to attend based on their own personal circumstances. We now offer hybrid event hosting at The Brewery.
Hybrid provides the best of both worlds, and we can expect to see that used for smaller scale in-person events, all linked together virtually. Smaller events have a more personal feel and allow the opportunity for meaningful networking connections to be made.
Expect to see smaller, local gatherings with talks, panels or presentations broadcast virtually.
There’s no way of knowing when things will truly go ‘back to normal’, and until they do, safety will be very much a priority for event organisers and attendees alike. As social distancing measures are relaxed, we are still likely to see more conscientious seating plans and room layouts to optimise space.
Hand sanitising stations, readily available masks and safety signage are also very much here to stay.
Thinking Outside the Box
Coronavirus has ushered in a new era of communication, and events and conferences will be no different. Organisations will need to come up with creative solutions to make sure they are engaging their audiences and connecting on a personal level.
Providing different ways to consume information, to meet and to network will be a top priority. Covid has shown us, that it can be done, and events will be expected to adapt creatively to their audience’s needs.
Technology & Sustainability
In 2021, many businesses are moving towards more sustainable practises. Conferences and events can have a high carbon footprint, so expect to see eco-friendly technology, a paper usage and waste reduction, and a focus on sustainable materials.
Hybrid events will also mean a reduction in the need for travel, cutting the number of flights, car and rail journeys.
Why Choose The Brewery to Host Your Conference or Event?
Here at The Brewery, we have several different venue spaces, in varying sizes that can be tailored to accommodate your individual conferencing or event needs.
Find out more information about our venue here, or contact us to talk about your conference or event. Our friendly and helpful team are always on hand to help.