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

The Africa Centre presents unconventional spaces for successful 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 but “budget-conscious” venues for hire that adapt to all type of functions. Discover new ideas of unconventional venues for your corporate and private events.

Arch 29


Own direct and secure access, kitchenette area, and 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).

** Access to the mezzanine floor is by stairs only.

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 £100 is applied to all bookings and all prices exclude VAT (20%). 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

Here is what you get from booking your event with us:

– 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

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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