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The heart of King's Cross: venue hire at House of Illustration


About House of Illustration

Founded by Sir Quentin Blake and opened in July 2014 at the heart of the King's Cross regeneration area, it is the place to see, learn about and enjoy illustration in all its forms; from advertisements to animation, picture books to political cartoons and scientific drawings to fashion design. A registered charity, House of Illustration identifies and promotes new illustration talent, commissions new work and has a pioneering illustrator-led education and outreach programme.

‘Another gem to add to London’s bottomless jewel box of art' - Simon Schama

The building

The beautiful nineteenth century brick building was designed by Lewis Cubbit, who also designed King’s Cross railway station and the granary that is now Central Saint Martins. It is home to our three galleries and studio, making us a unique event space with changing exhibitions,  located in the heart of King’s Cross, on Granary Square.

The area

Granary Square is a buzzing new development. Arts students, media professionals and residents mix beside the fountains and in the new Gas Canister Park – with the canal as a scenic backdrop – and plenty of restaurants and coffee shops. The restored Victorian warehouses give Granary Square it’s unique character and – at the cultural centre of this redevelopment – is House of Illustration.


The South Gallery

Situated on the ground floor of the building, the South Gallery is airy and full of natural light by day, and elegantly lit by up-lighting by night. It is equipped with climate control and inbuilt AV facilities.

Recommended for: conferences, away-days, book launches and evening receptions. Also available for filming and photography. 


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Hourly hire rate: £250 +VAT (2 hours minimum booking required).

As part of our public gallery space, bookings for the South Gallery are subject to availability - please get in touch with your requirements. Please also note that full-day bookings of the South Gallery are only available on Mondays.


The Clore Studio

The Clore Studio at House of Illustration, a well-appointed and versatile room on the lower ground floor.

Recommended for: creative workshops, seminars, photoshoots, use as a green-room and for filming and photography.


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The Clore Studio may be hired on its own or as a breakout space for events in the South Gallery.

Hourly hire rate: £70 +VAT.



Please note that bookings must include time for take-down. Hire fees include exclusive use of the space(s), cloakroom facilities, and the services of an event manager. House of Illustration works with a list of approved caterers, technicians and other suppliers, which can be provided on request.

Guided tours can be arranged and quoted for on a case by case basis, along with access to the shop.

Getting here

House of Illustration is 2½ hours from Manchester, 4 ½ hours from Edinburgh, and 3 hours from Paris. King’s Cross and Euston stations are nearby with excellent London Underground connections as well as national and international rail services. 


Our building is wheelchair accessible. The South Gallery is on the ground floor and the Clore Studio is on the lower ground floor, serviced by a lift.


Free wifi is available throughout the building

Filming and Photography

We welcome hires from film and production companies.

To watch an episode of Minnie's Fashion Challenge produced by Disney Channel UK and filmed in House of Illustration's South Gallery and Clore Studio, click here.



We would like to extend a huge thank you to the team at House of Illustration. They were incredibly helpful and accommodating in making sure everything went to plan.
- Jeremy, Embassy of Belgium

We had a wonderful evening. House of Illustration is such a wonderful space and you were all very welcoming. Lovely and very helpful volunteers.
- Celia Washington, Director of Kathmandu Arts

We just wanted to say thank you so much for all the help and support last night. We had a marvellous evening and it was a privilege to be in that lovely space you work in and share that with so many people. We are extremely grateful for all the team's hard work and help last night.
- Roy Johnson, UK Sales Manager at Quarto Publishing

To find out more about gallery venue hire at House of Illustration please contact Valentina Zunino, Venue and Events Co-ordinator / 02036962020