Hire "budget-conscious” venues for hire that adapt to all type of functions.

The Africa Centre presents unconventional spaces for unique and memorable events.

Conveniently situated in the multiculturally vibrant borough of Southwark, The Africa Centre has for over 50 years been a place for celebrating African creativity, entrepreneurship and intellectual leadership.


The Centre offers exclusive and competitively priced venues for hire. Our spaces can easily adapt to all types of functions and activities. Explore our exciting and unconventional venues for your corporate and private events.

Our Spaces

– Arch 29 –



This space has its own direct and secure access and contains a kitchenette area, and two toilets. It is split over two floors, ground 14m x 8.5m (1,205 sq. ft) and mezzanine 8.5m x 10.5m (1,044 sq. ft).

Please note that access to the mezzanine floor is by stairs only (see pictures).

The Arch 29, Old Union Yard, Union Street, SE1 OLR, London


Monday to Sunday

Elevator / disabled access

Not provided

Dry Hire

List of approved suppliers available

Available for evening events

Application for Temporary Event Notice required

Wireless Internet

High-speed internet available


Photoshoot, film screening, workshop, pop-up, corporate






Monday to Friday


Friday 6pm to Sunday Midnight

Half-day (4 hours)£450.00£550.00
Full day (8 hours)£800.00£900.00
*Exhibition (12 hours)£1,100.00£1,200.00

Hourly rates on request. A deep cleaning fee of £50 is applied to all bookings and all prices exclude VAT (20%). *For bookings more than 8 hours or if you are a charity or other community group, please get in touch to discuss your requirements.

Prices listed are excluding VAT.


Maximum capacity

75  standing / 65 seating

Ground floor

Maximum capacity

75  standing / 65 seating

– Bespoke catering solutions supported by our preferred suppliers’ list

– Furniture & equipment (projector, TV, Flipchart) hire (POA)

– AV support in partnership with our preferred supplier (POA)

– Wi-Fi for you and your guests

– Bespoke staffing solutions including attendance and security professionals (POA)

– Opportunities to promote your event 

– Additional cleaning as required


**POA – Price on Application

Arch 29

This space is also suitable for hosting press releases, product launch events, pop-ups, and photoshoots etc.

Equipment Hire


£1/ foldable chair up to 35

£2 for 36 and above (other chairs available on request)


£10 for entire hire




**Read our terms and conditions

Trestle table x3

£5 per table for entire hire

COVID-19 - A Message from The Africa Centre

In view of the current situation regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) and to ensure the safety of the public and staff at The Africa Centre, our offices will be closed until further notice. 

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