Architecture As Stunning As Your Content
Clients choose Tobacco Dock because its architecture is a catalyst for creativity. Whether a software user conference, a global product launch, a fashion show or an immersive consumer festival, brands and their agencies love the contrast between our flexible heritage building and cutting-edge experiential design and content.
Combine this with an award-winning team, entirely focused on the success of your event, and you have an unbeatable combination.
Tobacco Dock delivers an exceptional customer experience that inspires the world’s leading brands and organisations and their agencies to create their most compelling, memorable and effective events. The venue offers the convenience of flexible, high specification spaces within a historically rich atmosphere.
In recognition of the quality of our service we have been honoured with a trophy cabinet full of awards over the last few years including Gold for Best Summer Party Venue, Silver for Best Customer Service at a Venue and Bronze for Best Catering at a Venue in the 2021 London Venue Awards and 3 Golds in the 2022 Eventex Awards for Best Venue, Most Versatile Venue and Best Outdoor Venue for our rooftop bar, Skylight. Most recently, we've scooped the Gold for Best Events Venue in the 2023 Micebook Awards, Gold for Best Large Scale Events Venue and Silver for Best Conference Venue (+500 Theatre Style) in the 2023 Conference and Venue Awards. We brought home 2 Bronze awards for Best Large Scale Venue and Best Venue Team and Gold for Best Venue with a View in the 2023 London Venue and Catering Awards.
Keep your eyes peeled as we add to the trophy cabinet!
A selection of recent awards
Meet the Team
When you hold an event here, not only do you enjoy the use of world-leading events facilities and spaces, but you are also looked after by one of the most talented teams in the industry. We’d like to invite you to Meet the Team!
Our leadership team supports everyone at Tobacco Dock to deliver an outstanding experience for our clients, to nurture relationships with our partners and suppliers and to deliver our vision of being the destination of choice for creative events in the UK.
Rising from account manager to Director of Sales in just six years and now Tobacco Dock's Commercial Director, Charlotte isn’t just an inspirational leader, she’s our Queen of Data – analysing trends to ensure we’re exploiting every opportunity to host creative events and experiences.
Your first point of contact when you enquire about an event at Tobacco Dock. Our sales team will advise you on all aspects of your event – optimal guest flow, the spaces that best accommodate your requirements and how our supplier partners can make your creative vision a reality. A fully consultative process up to handover to the Event Operations Team.
Catherine helped set up the Science Museum’s daytime conferencing offering and moved on to work for Woods Quay, where she sailed with clients up the Thames. Back on dry land in her role at Tobacco Dock, she excels in helping clients build their perfect event, identifying the ideal spaces and finding the right suppliers.
Cat’s six years’ event experience was punctuated by a year flying as Cabin Crew, when she travelled the world and learnt how to deal with tricky clients, crawl through smoke-filled spaces and even deliver babies! Having worked on everything from music festivals to brand launches, she’s excited to be working in a unique space with world-recognised brands.
Super creative Kathleen comes to us with a wealth of experience in working with global brands across the fashion, beauty and F&B industries. Specialising in PR / marketing launches and celebrity talent deals in her previous role, her passion is for live events and creating a great experience for attendees and clients alike.
Once your event is contracted, the Event Operations Team guide you through the process of delivering a successful event from health and safety advice to supplier selection and make the entire planning process as seamless as possible.
Senior Event Operations Manager
Backgrounds don’t come more wide-ranging than Alice’s, with form in everything from museum and gallery curation to live music events and premises licensing. As a previous hirer of the venue, she’s here to support clients through the process of breathing life into their ideas.
Event Operations Manager
With an extensive background in music events and working with unusual venues, Charlie has plenty of practice at building compelling attendee experiences. Part of the Event Operations team, his favourite part of the job is helping clients to use the spaces in unexpected and exciting ways.
Event Operations Manager
After a degree in Events at Leeds, Kirsty made her start in the industry working agency-side on everything from corporate music events to awards dinners to speedboating championships. Her experience means she has a deep understanding of our clients’ needs and how we can make things work for them.
Keeping both our 200 year old, Grade 1 listed building and cutting-edge tech infrastructure in world-class order is no mean feat and our Venue Operations Team focus on ensuring our facilities are maintained in tip-top condition and also lead on our capital and sustainability investment.
From luxury imports to tech launches, Tobacco Dock has been at the centre of hosting all manner of commodities for over two centuries. The listed timbers and curved brick vaults have witnessed trade deals, a tiger attack, sleep deprivation challenges and Victorian tasting days not to mention world-class conferences, consumer shows and product launches.
Built in 1812 as a hub for precious cargo arriving from the New World, such as wine and, of course, tobacco, Tobacco Dock originally spanned 70 acres. Now occupying just two-fifths of the original site, this Grade 1 listed building still offers a generous 57 spaces over 16,000 sqm.
Over the years Tobacco Dock has had many different identities, from storage facility to shopping centre. Since its relaunch in 2012, Tobacco Dock has developed a reputation as being the destination venue in London. Let's see what the next two centuries bring!
How to find tobacco dock
Tobacco Dock is located in the heart of East London’s thriving enterprise zone, within striking distance of Central London and straightforward to reach by public transport, lying between Wapping (Overground) and Shadwell (Overground and DLR) stations, as well as plenty of nearby bus stops (routes 100 and D3).
canary wharf dlr
wapping rail Station
tower hill station
Our Grand Entrance
"Regardless of your department, Tobacco Dock offers the opportunity to partake in a huge variety of projects whilst working with world leading brands on innovative and industry leading events. Tobacco Dock has provided me with the tools and support to succeed and significantly progress my career and in turn I am now delighted to be able to offer the same to our rapidly growing team. All employees benefit from mentorship, regular appraisals and development opportunities with a focus on encouraging growth and celebrating achievements."
Join our team
Be a part of something extraordinary!
At Tobacco Dock we are proud to have a team as unique as our spaces, who strive to deliver an exceptional customer experience that inspires the world’s leading brands and organisations to create their most compelling, memorable events.
Here at Tobacco Dock we've a wealth of experience and know-how when it comes to events, so we'd love to share some of our thoughts and tips with you.
Mentorship – Your Career’s (not-so) Secret Weapon
Whether you’re looking for practical insights and wisdom, networking opportunities, strategies to enhance your personal development or even just a boost to your confidence in the workplace, mentorship offers immense...
Food tastes better when you share it
We’re always looking for more ways in which we can help our clients hit their eco and CSR targets. In the past events have been heavy consumers, in particular where...
🌺 🌆Blooming delicious! Last week, our expert mixologist, Sebastian created the Skylight Sunset for a florist clien… https://t.co/RCh6NuLPoH
20 Sep, 2021