• The Canvas Brick Lane

The Canvas Café is a social enterprise not-for-profit café and creative venue that facilitates the launch of new, creative ideas that improve the lives of our community.

FAQ: venue hire for events

 What’s the space to hire?

It’s our basement space here at 42 Hanbury Street, E1 5JL.  A multi-functional, creative area that is perfect for meetings, parties, away-days, conferences, talks, films, theatre, yoga, pop ups and supper clubs.

 What equipment do we have?

  • A large cinema screen
  • A high definition projector which connects with an HDMI cable (we have an adaptop that works with Macs)
  • Flip chart and pens
  • Microphone and basic sound system
  • IPad for playing Spotify (you’ll need your own login)
  • Basic LED stage lights
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Tables and chairs for up to 35 people
  • 12 yoga mats

Disabled access?

Unfortunately not, as we’re in an old building.  However, we hope to be able to create disabled access as we grow.


There is on-street parking on Hanbury Street, that’s free after 7:30pm, or 2:30pm on Sundays.  You can also find metered parking just further up Hanbury Street if you drive East from the cafe.

Alternatively, there is a large car park on Brick Lane opposite the gated entrance to the Truman Brewery.  They charge approximately £10 per day.  Exact Location : 91 Brick Lane, E1 6QL.

Can you provide catering?

Our delicious food is homemade on site, and is locally and ethically sourced. We can provide a variety of catering options for your event and we are more than happy to work with you on specific catering requirements. Here is an example of what’s on offer.


Homemade breakfast muffins, fresh orange juice and a sharing bowl of fruit for £5 per head.

Add sourdough free-range bacon or fried egg sandwiches for an extra £4.50 per head


You have the option of pre-ordering from our menu, which includes sourdough sandwiches, homemade soup, fresh salads and frittatas - or, we can provide platters of homemade sourdough sandwiches, homemade vegan hummus and fresh vegetable crudites and plates of homemade cakes for £10 per head. Add a large homemade savoury pie to share and a fruit bowl for £15 per head. Includes filter coffee and loose leaf tea.

Nibbles & Cakes:

If you’re looking for some sharing platters, we make delicious homemade vegan hummus, which we serve with fresh crudités and our amazing sourdough bread, with oil and vinegar. We pair these with our homemade cakes for £7.50 per head.

Our homemade cakes can be sugar-free, gluten-free, vegan and raw or if you’re looking for something more traditional, we can create a chocolate Guinness cake, coffee and walnut cake, chocolate brownies, white chocolate and blueberry muffins… whatever would work best for your event.

Other options:

Our wines can be available at a discounted rate if pre-ordered. For example, our bottles of house wine can be pre-ordered at £17 per bottle (usually £19.50), and prosecco at £22 per bottle (usually £25).

How do I go about booking the space?

Drop us an email at hello@thecanvascafe.org

What time slots are available?

  • We can offer weekday full day hire (9am – 5pm), weekday half day hire (9am – 1pm, or 1–5pm), and weekday evening hire (5-9pm).
  • At weekends, we can offer full day hire (10am – 5pm), half day hire (10am – 1pm, or 1-5pm), or evening hire (5-8pm). 

Can I hire the space later or earlier than your opening times?

The venue opens 9am – 9pm Tuesday to Friday, and 10am – 8pm weekends.  However, we can offer it outside these hours for an extra hourly rate; just ask when you send in your booking enquiry.

How much does it cost?

We have various hire options, which range from straight hire per session to minimum spends and 50/50 splits on tickets.

Please note our rates are higher at weekends as these are our busiest café hours, and the basement is usually used as café seating at weekends. We are also unable to offer discounted rates at weekends, for the same reason.

Email hello@thecanvascafe.org with a short description of your event, and we’ll be back in touch with the best hire options for you.

What do I get for my hire charge?

Exclusive use of all facilities, plus daytime weekday bookings also receive filter coffee and loose leaf tea (2 rounds for half-day bookings, and 3 rounds for full-day bookings).

What are you terms for payment?

We require all hire charges to be paid at least 7 days’ in advance, following an emailed invoice.

Any catering charges may be paid after the event, but in some cases we will require a 50% deposit on large catering orders.

Please note our cancellation policy:

A non-refundable 25% deposit is required to secure your booking. If the booking is cancelled with more than 7 days' notice, we can refund the remaining 75% hire charge. If the booking is cancelled with less than 7 days' notice, we can refund 50% of the 75% hire charge. If the booking is cancelled with less than 24 hours' notice, we are unable to refund any of the hire charge.

Who is eligible for discount on hire?

We offer discounts on hire to charities and social enterprises, or community projects that aren’t profit-led.

 What is your capacity?

This depends on the layout of the space.

  • Away day / training day: 25/30
  • Conference / theatre show / talk: 35/40
  • Reception / party: 45/50

 Do you serve alcohol?

Yes, our alcohol license runs from 11am to 1am.

What other licenses do you have ?

We are able to play live music, and screen films in the basement, as long as the films are offered free of charge to the public.

Do you accept BYOB events ?

We would always prefer it if you used our bar.  However, we can host BYOB events for a surcharge, providing you clear up after the event.

If I’ve booked the space, can I bring my own food and drinks ?

Please talk to us if you’d like this.  We would always prefer it if you used our cafe and bar, but we judge each case individually so please just ask.

Will you promote my event ?

Every event is offered an event page on our website, and if it’s a public event, this is then promoted on our social media channels.  We also send out a fortnightly newsletter, and have a fortnightly printed programme of events available to take away from the cafe.  We also have a large events blackboard in the cafe, advertising a months’ worth of events.

However, we are not able to offer more than this as we’re a small team with a wide range of events here ; we try to provide the same level of service for each event we host.

Do you host birthday parties ?

Yes we do, for a minimum spend per hour. 

FAQ : our menu

Is the menu at The Canvas Cafe entirely vegan?

No, but all our food is free range and ethically sourced.

What allergies do you cater for?

Everything on our menu is homemade.  We try to always offer vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free, gluten-free, and nut-free options.

Do you serve soya and almond milk?

Yes we do, for a 30p extra charge for milk-based coffees.

Can we order celebration cakes, and if yes, do you deliver?

Yes, we can take bookings for homemade whole cakes, and we’ll work with you to create your perfect option.  Please give us 72 hours’ notice.  We’d prefer a telephone order on 0207 018 1020, or you can also email hello@thecanvascafe.org

We can deliver within a 10 minute walk of our café.

Do you have a brunch menu?

Yes, on the weekends, 10am – 5pm.

Any other FAQs?

Do you have any outside space?

Yes, our garden is out the back, and can seat around 12 people, and hold about 20 for a drinks party.

We close our garden at 10pm for late-night events.

Do you have any noise restrictions?

For parties and music events, we have a maximum volume to avoid disturbing our neighbours who live above us.  Don’t worry, this isn’t really quiet, it’s just to avoid any problems late at night.

 We do have neighbours living above us, so we do ask for you to leave the venue quietly after 10pm.