Welcome to Free Word. Interested in exploring the political and cultural power of words? Join us at an upcoming event or read about the themes we explore.

Venue Hire

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We have a variety of attractive and functional spaces for hire. Our 4 meeting rooms are bright, comfortable and flexible, and suit groups of 4 to 20. Our lecture theatre accommodates up to 90 people for talks, presentations and performances. Larger events, launches or parties for up to 200 guests can be held in our bright and airy hall.

Free Word Centre is fully accessible in all public areas. Our fully accessible toilets are located on the ground floor.

Free Word have an active Environmental Policy. Please see our hire pack for tips on making your event more environmentally friendly.

Catering is available for events and meetings of all sizes from our on-site café.

For more information please download our hire pack and price list and technical specification.

Large Spaces

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Free Word Hall

Free Word Centre’s Hall is a beautiful, light and airy space which is perfect for book launches, drinks receptions and informal conferences. The Hall is used during the day and as flexible working and meeting space for Free Word’s Associates.
If you’d like more information about hiring the Free Word Hall, please contact our Building Manager, Tim: tim@freewordcentre.com

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Free Word Lecture Theatre

Free Word Centre’s lecture theatre is the ideal venue for presentations, readings, performances and speeches for an audience of up to 90 people. This attractive, intimate space has hosted everything from poetry readings to album launches.
If you’d like more information about hiring the Free Word Lecture Theatre, please contact our Building Manager, Tim: tim@freewordcentre.com

Meeting Rooms

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The Sassoon Beer Board Room

The Sassoon Beer is the centre’s largest meeting room. A large light space, it is suitable for board meetings, presentations and could be used for classes or tutoring sessions. The Sassoon Beer can seat up to 18 delegates when set up board room style.

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.

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The Garvin Room

The Garvin is a small meeting room for around 6 people. It is also a great space for one to ones or interviews.

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

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The Hetherington Room

The Hetherington is suitable for meetings of up to 8 people.

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

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The Astor Room

The Astor is our second largest room and is perfect for meetings and presentations and can seat up to 12 delegates.

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

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Part of Wanderlust

Your Perfect Translated Summer Read

Wanderlust: Great Literature from Around the World

Lose yourself in great stories from around the world as our Wanderlust series goes digital for July! We’ve got a quiz to guide you to your perfect Summer Read with the latest translated titles; what are you waiting for?

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Explore - Highlight

Introducing our new Director, Roma Backhouse

  • By Sophie Freeman
  • 30th June 2016

We are excited to announce that Roma Backhouse will succeed Rose Fenton in September 2016. Free Word will continue to work internationally to bring communities, organisations and individuals together through the belief that words change lives.