Southbank Centre is a world-famous, multi-venue arts centre located on London’s South Bank. It first opened in 1951 and houses a range of event spaces, with capacities ranging from 20 to 2,500. It hosts everything from concerts, conferences, private dinners, screenings, digital talks and evening award ceremonies such as the recent BAFTAs. White Light has been an approved supplier at the venue for two years now and offers its technical services throughout the venue’s various spaces; including the newly refurbished Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room.
Southbank Centre boasts a range of event spaces which not only offer stunning views of the capital, but can also cater for any occasion. These include:
Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room Auditoria
• The 295-seat Purcell Room is an intimate venue and suitable for private events and conferences.
• The 916-seat Queen Elizabeth Hall has outstanding acoustics and the wood-panelling and famous concrete has been revitalised making the space a breathtaking and fresh space to hold conferences, award-ceremonies and Annual General Meetings.
• New production infrastructure and state-of-the-art lighting rigs have been installed. Technical capabilities have been improved for all staged events and production design.
• New backstage facilities include accessible dressing rooms, a newly refurbished Artists’ Bar made brighter by natural daylight, exquisite large roof lights and a newly designed artist’s entrance.
• The beautiful marble and concrete foyer hosts up to 950 people, with outstanding views across the River Thames and an outside terrace overlooking the river. Bathed in natural light during the day and with state-of-the-art new lighting to accommodate various settings for night-time, the space is flexible to host a variety of events such as parties, exhibitions and fashion shows.
• Nineteen pyramid lights have been recreated with sound-absorbing timber linings and new, adjustable lighting strengthen the striking geometry and original interior design.
• The foyer now houses a redesigned larger cafe and bar, and a new interval bar, all designed by award-winning firm Archer Humphryes Architects.
• The foyer furniture includes statement design pieces such as Ercol designed butterfly chairs, Louis Weisdorf pendant lights, Aram tables and bar stools, completed with handmade tiles in the cafe and bar.
• The gallery is open exclusively to hire for private events for the first time in its history and is available for breakfast daily and all day on Tuesdays.
• The gallery opened with a retrospective of photographer Andreas Gursky and from May will present the first London-based survey of South Korean artist Lee Bul.
• During these exhibitions, the gallery is available exclusively for private hire for dinners, launches and parties, allowing unique access to world-class art.
• St Paul’s Roof Pavilion is situated on the building’s sixth floor and overlooks the City of London.
• The West Roof Pavilion offers first class facilities for weddings and events. Alongside offering spectacular views across the Thames as an unforgettable background, additional space is also available for guests by way of a striking rooftop courtyard and balcony.
• Sunley Pavilion and Level 3 Function Room offer the perfect intimate venue space in London. It is ideal to be used as a break-out space for small meetings or even exclusive dinners.
WL at Southbank Centre
WL is an approved supplier to Southbank Centre, offering the very latest technology and expert staff to help deliver unforgettable events. The company recently supported an event at the Southbank Centre where the venue showcased its recently refurbished spaces to over 200 clients.
WL’s Business Development Manager Alicia Earls comments: “We are delighted to work with a venue as iconic as Southbank Centre. It offers clients the complete package, which includes a variety of spaces, a brilliant location and stunning views. Working closely with the Southbank team, we are able to provide bespoke technical solutions on any project of any size, ensuring that every event achieves its potential”.