Free Word Centre Meeting Rooms

Meeting Room Hire Space / Literature and Free Expression Hub

 

Our venue is located on Farringdon Road in the heart of Clerkenwell, Central London, with convenient transport links to Kings Cross and the Islington area. Our meeting rooms are affordable, spacious, and well-equipped, from our conference rooms to our versatile auditorium.

Hearing loops are installed in all our hire spaces, which are easily accessible for wheelchair users.

Please see below for more information on our meeting rooms.

 

Sassoon Beer Board Room 

Capacity: Up to 18 people boardroom style. 30 theatre style. Please contact reception for further layout capacities.

Standard Rate: £60 p/h plus VAT. Minimum hire of two hours.

Charity Rate: £35 p/h plus VAT. Minimum hire of two hours.

In a Nutshell 

The Sassoon Beer functions as a boardroom and flexible, multipurpose space. Our beautifully designed Wiesner-Hager boardroom table is adjustable for classes, rehearsals and conferences. Additionally, the in-built power supplies in the table offer easy access to power for multiple laptops, making this room an ideal option for a large co-working space.

The Sassoon Beer accommodates various set ups, from a small theatre space ideal for seminars (for up to 30 attendees), to exam rooms, rehearsed readings, mindfulness classes and more. If you have bespoke requirements for your booking, the Sassoon Beer could be the perfect fit.

The Perks 

The Sassoon Beer is fully equipped with facilities including Wi-Fi, a computer, a top of the range TV screen, Skype, and a whiteboard. These are all available at no extra cost.

The conference call unit comes with free use of our conference call bridge. These details can be sent out once your booking is confirmed. Callers can dial in free for one-to-one sessions.

*Please note: external calls outside of the conference bridge will incur a small set fee.

A Little Backstory

The Sassoon Beer was named by the Guardian in honour of Rachel Sassoon Beer, the first female editor of a national newspaper. She held the post of editor-in-chief at The Observer from 1891 to 1904, and at The Sunday Times from 1893 to 1901.

If you’d like more information about hiring the Sassoon Beer Board Room, please contact Reception on info@freewordcentre.com or call 020 7324 2570.

 

The Astor Room
Capacity: Up to 10 people.

Standard Rate: £40 p/h plus VAT. Minimum hire of two hours.

Charity Rate: £24 p/h plus VAT. Minimum hire of two hours.

In a Nutshell

Our light and airy Astor room is the perfect space for small board meetings, training sessions, and can also function as a quiet co-working space.

The room boasts natural light and excellent facilities, including a computer, TV screen, whiteboard, and plenty of plug sockets for the use of multiple laptops. All equipment listed is available at no extra cost to hirers.

The Astor offers a spacious yet intimate environment. Writers often gather here for peaceful creative escapes and group discussions. Others have found it perfect for evening classes, team away days and presentations.

The Perks

The Astor is fully equipped with facilities including Wi-Fi, a computer, a top of the range TV screen, Skype, and a whiteboard, all available at no extra cost.

The Astor conference call unit comes with the free use of our conference call bridge, details of which can be sent out upon confirmation of your booking. Callers can dial in free for one-to-one calls. External calls outside of the conference bridge incur a small set fee.

A Little Backstory 

The Astor was named by The Guardian, in honour of David Astor, editor of The Observer (1948 – 1975).

If you’d like more information about hiring the Astor Room, please contact Reception on info@freewordcentre.com or call 020 7324 2570.

 

The Hetherington Room
Capacity: Up to 8 people.

Standard Rate: £20 p/h plus VAT. Minimum hire of two hours.

Charity Rate: £12 p/h plus VAT. Minimum hire of two hours.

In a Nutshell 

The Hetherington is an ideal space for small meetings, with natural light and facilities including a computer, TV screen and whiteboard with pens. All equipment listed is available to hirers at no extra cost.

You’ll find the Hetherington tucked away beside a little library, with a range of books to peruse during tea and coffee breaks. Settle into one of our smaller rooms for meetings, webcam calls and workshops.

The Perks 

The Hetherington is equipped with facilities including Wi-Fi, a computer, a top of the range TV screen, and a whiteboard, all available at no extra cost.

The Hetherington conference call unit comes with the free use of our conference call bridge, details of which can be sent out upon confirmation of your booking. Callers can dial in free for one-to-one calls. External calls outside of the conference bridge incur a small set fee.

A Little Backstory

The Hetherington was named in honour of photojournalist Tim Hetherington, winner of the World Press Photo of the Year 2007 and many other accolades. He directed and produced the ground-breaking Afghanistan War documentary Restrepo.

If you’d like more information about hiring the Hetherington Room, please contact Reception on info@freewordcentre.com or call 020 7324 2570.

The Garvin Room 
Capacity: Up to 6 people.

Standard Rate: £20 p/h plus VAT. Minimum hire of two hours.

Charity Rate: £12 p/h plus VAT. Minimum hire of two hours.

In a Nutshell

Our smallest room, The Garvin, is the ideal space for small meetings and hot desking, with natural light and facilities including a computer, TV screen and whiteboard with pens.

The Garvin is a popular personal working space. It’s perfect for one-to-one meetings, informal interviews and private phone calls.

The Perks

The Garvin comes equipped with facilities including Wi-Fi, a computer, a top of the range TV screen, and a whiteboard, all available at no extra cost.

A telephone is also available with a small flat fee if the hirer wishes to dial out. All other equipment listed is available at no extra cost to hirers.

A Little Backstory

The Garvin was named in honour of James Garvin, journalist, author and editor of The Observer (1908 – 1942). He is celebrated for restoring The Observer to success after a period of financial uncertainty. He is the author of The Economic Foundations of Peace.

If you’d like more information about hiring the Garvin Room, please contact Reception on info@freewordcentre.com or call 020 7324 2570.

 

 

For more information about our rooms and event spaces, please see our hire brochure and tech specifications and pricing list.

Hiring our space not only guarantees you a wonderful venue and excellent service from our experienced team, but also means that you will be supporting our charitable work.

 

More about Free Word:

Free Word is a vibrant venue for writing and free expression. We host events that explore the power and politics of words, and amplify voices that often go unheard. We are also a home to other organisations that champion freedom of expression by nourishing writers, readers, speakers and listeners, including Article 19, Apples & Snakes, Arvon, English PEN, The Literary Consultancy and The Reading Agency.

 

Facilities:
Broadband Connection
Laptop
Projector (PowerPoint)
Screen
Flipchart
Stage
Conference Room
Meeting Rooms
Designated Centre Manager
Staffed Reception
Wi-Fi
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Farringdon Road 60
London EC1M 3HE England GB
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Organisation: Free Word
Capacity (People): Meeting rooms can accommodate from 1 - 18 people. The Sassoon Beer accommodate up to 30 in theatre style. For other layout capacities in the Sassoon Beer, please contact reception.
Price: Meeting Rooms and Event Spaces at charity and standard rates.
Furnishing: Furnished
Layout: Variable.
Disability Access:
Wheelchair Access
Accessible Toilet
Induction Loop
Other Facilities: Water Cooler, Computers, Hearing Loops, Webcam