Venue of The Week: The Oval Space

As far as venues go, there are few more versatile than Oval Space.

Located in the East End between Shoreditch and Bethnal Green, the Oval Space boasts five thousand square feet of unpillared event space, waiting patiently to transform itself into whatever needs its clients can dream up. This ‘blank canvas space’ originated as a music venue, and has hosted the likes of Thom Yorke, Iggy Azalea, Jeff Mills, and Nina Kraviz.

Today, however, the Oval Space has acquired a vast variety of functionalities. It is regularly used by brands and corporations for product launches and experiential events, with clients including Adidas, Lloyds Bank and John Lewis. Since its inception in 2012, Oval Space has evolved into a hub for art, creativity and variety, playing host to the London Craft Beer Festival four years in a row, as well as TEDx conferences and fashion markets, offering a truly flexible set up from corporate private hire venue to outside cinemas, boxing rings or yoga gyms.

Over several busy years, The Oval Space has become a ‘one stop shop’ for its clients, where all your event needs and requirements are catered for under one roof. Indeed, if the venue itself is a blank canvas, the paintbrush and easel are also handed to you if you require them! There is state-of-the-art sound and lighting set up throughout the venue, and super-fast Wi-Fi.  The onsite team of expert event staff, as well as in-house tech and production teams offer impeccable personable support to turn your imagination into reality!

All of this is available in one of the most iconic locations London has to offer. The striking view over the decommissioned Victorian gasworks of Bethnal Green is not quickly forgotten. Indeed, the view from the South Terrace of the sunrise over the industrial landscape has become a unique London clubbing experience.

However, Oval Space’s West Terrace is no less memorable. This plant filled, wooden decking clad sun trap was refurbished in 2016 and has become one of London’s most treasured al fresco spots. With space for a hundred guests, the terrace is equipped with roof cover, heating, lighting, speakers and an extraction barbeque.

The total capacity of Oval Space is dependent on its use. As a music venue, the capacity is as high as one thousand people. As a conference, around four hundred. However, there is another option for those either in need of a smaller space or desiring extra capacity. Located directly across the road from Oval Space is its sister venue: The Pickle Factory. As well as possessing state-of-the-art sound and lighting, The Pickle Factory also offers a private courtyard, a kitchen, and a green room, with a total standing capacity of two-hundred. Available as part of the hire or separate to Oval Space, The Pickle Factory can either supplement its big sister’s events or take on smaller ventures itself.

The ascent of Oval Space to one of the most sought-after venues in London shows no sign of slowing. Earlier this year the disused car park immediately outside the venue was raised and remodelled, with management now in conversation with the council about the potential of using this extra space for events. Its ever-growing reputation is not only demonstrated by the plethora of events that take place at Oval Space, but also by the awards the venue is up for. These include nominations for the Best Party Venue, Best Venue With A View, and Most Versatile Venue.

If you’re interested in having an event at the Oval Space, get in touch. If you can dream it, they can do it – and they probably already have!

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