Five of the best... UK blank canvas venues

As corporate clients continue to search for innovation in their events and incentive venues, C&IT chooses five of the best 'blank canvas' spaces from across the UK.

Lambert's Yard, Leeds
Lambert's Yard, Leeds
  • The Venue at the Royal Liver Building, Liverpool

    The Venue at the Royal Liver Building, Liverpool

  • The Gallery, Riverbank, Nottingham

    The Gallery, Riverbank, Nottingham

  • Loft Studios, London

    Loft Studios, London

  • Lambert’s Yard, Leeds

    Lambert’s Yard, Leeds

  • Corn Exchange, Edinburgh

    Corn Exchange, Edinburgh


Corn Exchange, Edinburgh

Erected in 1909 as a Corn Exchange in Edinburgh’s original agricultural quarter, this listed building was restored as a venue in 1999. Conveniently situated in the west of the city, the space offers seven rooms that can be hired out individually or together, depending on the type of event. With its largest space catering to 3,000 delegates for a reception, the Corn Exchange has established itself as an events institution in Edinburgh. The venue offers food from Prestige, with different menus available to cater for all events.

Riverbank, Nottingham

Situated in a picturesque location along the banks of the River Trent, the Riverbank bar and restaurant has been hosting a wide range of events and functions since it opened five years ago. Featuring a modern, 250-capacity bar and 110-seat restaurant, with a separate Gallery function room that can hold up to 80, the venue offers bespoke menu options for different events. An impressive outdoor terrace area complete with wild-flame heaters and sunken, wind-free enclaves can also be used throughout the year.

Loft Studios, London

A boutique studio complex in West London, Loft Studios is set in a converted Victorian factory. The venue boasts a combination of original period features, high-vaulted ceilings and modern innovations. With more than 17,500 sq ft of space, five interconnecting rooms and secluded courtyards, it makes an ideal ‘blank canvas’ space for any event. The catering team offers a range of menus, specialising in ethically and sustainably sourced ingredients.

Lambert’s Yard, Leeds

A stone’s throw from Leeds railway station in the heart of the city centre, Lambert’s Yard’s second floor offers a blank canvas for a range of events. The venue, which can accommodate 150, provides facilities including a fully licensed bar and state-of-the-art A/V equipment. The catering service offers a selection of bespoke menus to meet the needs of any event.

The Venue at the Royal Liver Building, Liverpool

Located on the banks of the Mersey, The Venue at the Royal Liver Building provides a large blank canvas space for meetings, conference and events, with panoramic views across the city. With gallery rooms decorated in a contemporary style, the venue offers a range of opportunities to add branding and customisation. Its meeting spaces are suitable for up to 120 guests theatre style, and it also features a boardroom that can seat 21.


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