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London School of Economics


May 26, 2015

Fully functional space for small groups to large conferences of 1000 people, and everything in between.

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Conference facilities of 8 to 1000 people

Full additional services to hand (AV, catering, staff)

LSE is located in the heart of central London, its global reputation draws students and academics from across the world and it frequently plays host to many of today’s leading world figures through the Public Lecture Programme . The facilities available to hire at LSE range from the Peacock Theatre , a 1,000 seat West End Theatre, through tiered lecture theatres for 400 and 200, our two innovative Harvard-style theatres for 60, six modern flat-floored teaching rooms for 120 to a range of smaller seminar rooms for 20-50 people and more traditional committee style meeting rooms. Our venues are located around LSE’s Houghton Street campus, from the New Academic Building on the corner of Lincoln’s Inn Fields to our academic facilities in Clement House on Aldwych. Our buildings are accessible with excellent transport links. As well as having academic-style facilities suitable for meetings, seminars or training courses, we are an excellent venue if you are holding a large high profile debate, lecture, or press event.

Events held at LSE benefit from the latest AV equipment with in-house support, a range of catering services and an experienced Event Services Team who will be available to give advice and assistance at each stage, from initial enquiry right through to the successful completion of the event itself.

Availability of rooms

We hire out our facilities when they are not in use for LSE teaching and events, so for larger events we mainly deal with  evenings, weekends and vacations – see Vacation dates for more information. Smaller meetings (for up to 30 people) can be accommodated during the working day throughout the year including term time.

Contact Us

If you would like to discuss holding an event at LSE please get in touch by phoning 020 7955 7087, emailing event.services@lse.ac.uk or completing the booking enquiries form.


Small meeting & Committee rooms (capacity 8-40)

LSE has a number of boardroom, seminar and classroom style meeting rooms for 8-40 people available to hire year-round. There is a suite of 4 modern meeting rooms, seating up to 12 people in each on the top floor of the New Academic Building, all of which enjoy spectacular views over London, use of a communal lounge and roof terrace area. Alternatively, a recently refurbished suite of more traditional wood panelled committee rooms with built-in AV equipment are available for meetings of 8 – 18 people.

The Vera Anstey Room seating up to 40 which is suited to events, such as board meetings, committees and seminars. It can also be adapted to provide a venue for press conferences, presentations and lectures to a small audience. The room combines elegant, boardroom-style furnishing with a full complement of audio-visual and presentation equipment with a small ante-room, often used for delegate registration, and in which our caterers can provide finger food and drinks receptions for up to 30 people


A dedicated conference space at LSE, available to hire year-round. A versatile and interesting venue with a calm relaxed ambiance. The flexible meeting area, accommodating up to a maximum up to 50 theatre style can be set up for the specific requirements of your event; up to 30 boardroom or U-shape, 32 classroom style or 30 cabaret style with an area for serving catering and refreshments. A spacious social area, elegantly furnished with comfortable sofas provides space for networking and more informal discussion and breakout sessions. The Cabinet of Curiosities separating the two areas always provokes interest and curiosity among delegates with its unique collection of unusual objects. There is also a private boardroom, seating up to 8, often used in conjunction with the main space for one-to-one or breakout sessions.

Teaching rooms (capacity 30-80)

LSE’s campus has a range of teaching rooms of between 30-80 which are available for hire evenings, weekends and during vacations. We can often accommodate short day time meetings in slots around teaching during term time. Rooms of this size are generally theatre style (chairs with folding writing arms) or classroom style (rows of tables and chairs facing forwards). All teaching rooms are fully equipped with AV facilities such as whiteboards, visualisers and PC/Projection systems. These rooms are ideal for training sessions, small presentations, company or association meetings or any event requiring an academic environment. Catering, such as teas, coffees and sandwich lunches can be served in these rooms.

Harvard Theatres (capacity 60-70)

LSE’s New Academic Building features two Harvard style theatres, with a tiered horseshoe layout and seating in executive chairs to facilitate full audience discussion and participation. The theatres include built-in AV equipment; Visualiser, PC and 2 projectors and screens and microphones.

Lecture theatres (capacity 120-130)

LSE has a choice of flat-floored lecture theatres in either classroom or theatre style seating up to 120 and a tiered lecture theatre for 130. These are commonly used for careers presentations, company meetings or small conferences. Lecture theatres are available for hire at weekends and during vacations only, though enquiries for evening meetings and short bookings (1-2 hours) on teaching days during term time can be considered. As with teaching rooms, lecture theatres have data and video projection equipment built-in, as well as visualiser, white board and screen. Other AV and presentation equipment is available to hire.

Large lecture theatres (capacity 220 -1,000)

All the larger theatres feature sound systems, data and video projection and a range of other AV and presentation equipment. These rooms are most commonly available at weekends and in the daytime and evening during vacation. Short meetings (1-2 hours) can sometimes be accommodated in gaps in the teaching schedule.

Peacock Theatre

The Peacock is LSE’s own West-End Theatre seating up to 1,000. The venue is ideal for company AGMs, presentations or conferences and is perfect for staging high profile events. The large stage can provide a platform for a debate or lecture, while a presentation can be enhanced by a full complement of audio-visual equipment, including data and video projection and a built in sound system. The Peacock’s two stylish bars can be used to cater for your delegates, or as a post-event reception venue. We can provide all the services and staff you need to put on a large-scale event in a self-contained venue, including ushering staff and experienced technicians. This combines to make the Peacock a sound choice of venue for a presentation or lecture-style event to a large audience in Central London. For information on hiring the theatre or holding events in this venue please contact Sam Gaid, Peacock Theatre Manager on 020 7955 7808 or e-mail s.gaid@lse.ac.uk

Old Theatre

Seating up to 450, the Old Theatre is an academic lecture theatre with a raised stage and is ideally suited for lectures, debates and presentations. It features a built in sound system, visualiser and data projection facilities. The semi-circular auditorium provides a venue where the audience can feel involved in the proceedings. Meetings and lectures held in the Old Theatre often provoke the lively atmosphere of debate and enquiry associated with the LSE. It is also the ideal venue for plenary sessions for weekend conferences, when used in conjunction with the School’s various seminar rooms.

Hong Kong Theatre

The main lecture theatre in LSE’s Clement House, the Hong Kong Theatre provides an ideal plenary room for weekend conferences, or an evening lecture venue for an audience of up to 220. The theatre is a converted banking hall and is spacious, light and has wood-panelled walls and a marble-floored foyer. Computer presentations can be delivered effectively using the built-in projection system and the room also features a visualiser. Given its proximity to the Royal Courts of Justice, the Hong Kong Theatre is a preferred venue for legal organisations giving presentations and press conferences as well as lectures and conference sessions. The Hong Kong Theatre is a smart, accessible venue which offers a modern contrast to the more traditional academic surrounds of the Old Theatre.

Moot Court

The Moot Court Room is a flexible space located in the New Academic Building’s Department of Law. The room holds up to 35 people and is most commonly used for mooting by Law students. It can also be used for meetings, training sessions, small-scale events and seminars. The in-ceiling camera is available to record proceedings and the room is fully equipped with AV facilities.

New Academic Building

Follow this link for more details on the New Academic Building

32 Lincoln’s Inn Fields

LSE’s newest building, 32 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, is a redeveloped Grade II listed building which overlooks London’s largest public garden square. It includes 2 Harvard style theatres accommodating up to 50 people, a conference room for 28 people and new seminar and  teaching rooms accommodating 18 -33 people suitable for small conferences.

LSE Residences (Capacity 12 – 200)

Conference facilities are also available at two of LSE’s Residences: Bankside House located on London’s South Bank and Rosebery Hall in Islington. For further details of these facilities please see www.lsevenues.co.uk  or contact venues@lse.ac.uk


New Academic Building

Available to hire evenings, weekends and vacations:

  • Sheikh Zayed Theatre (400-seater tiered lecture theatre)
  • The Wolfson Theatre(130-seater lecture theatre)
  • Thai Theatre (Harvard style tiered lecture theatre seating 61)
  • Alumni Theatre (Harvard style tiered lecture theatre seating 70)
  • 2 flat-floored lecture theatres seating up to 80
  • 4 lecture rooms seating up to 50
  • Seminar/breakout rooms seating up to 32

The Thai Theatre in the New Academic Building

Available to hire year-round:

  • 4 executive meeting rooms seating 12 committee style, located on the top (8th) floor of the building with a roof-top terrace and views across central London


The building, which is aiming to be one of the most environmentally friendly in the area, also features a moot court and catering space for a variety of events.

History and Redevelopment

Originally known as Stewart House, it was built at the turn of the 20th Century and designed by Sir Henry Tanner, Chief Architect for HM Office of Works, for the Public Trustees Office. Following an international design competition, LSE appointed the award winning architects Grimshaw (architects of the Eden Project, Cornwall) to transform this building into a landmark teaching and research space which will be used to accommodate LSE academic activities and enable the School to grow its student numbers.


If you are interested in receiving further details or would like to arrange a time to view the New Academic Building please contact event.services@lse.ac.uk with your contact details or call 020 7955 7461

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