Subplot 57 is a multi-functional space located beneath the Leaf & Groove book and record shop on Dartmouth Road in Forest Hill.


The venue can be hired as an event venue with or without a bar from 10am right through until midnight, either by the hour or for a set period. Prices vary depending upon the time of day and the facilities you require.

Party Hire with bar         

Party Hire runs from 7pm to 11.30pm, with everyone out strictly by midnight. We require at least three weeks notice to book a party and a deposit of £200. As long as the terms and conditions of party hire are met then the deposit is fully refunded within seven days of the event. See T&C #21 for full details. We provide two members of staff, glasses, and a bar with drinks available to purchase from the short menu. The short menu contains more than 35 different brands of gin, at least six wine options and a range of bottled and canned beers and soft drinks as well as other spirits. We can either charge all guests individually as they order like a typical bar, or if you want to stand the cost of the bar we will charge just one card for all drinks sold, except in this situation, individuals will not be permitted to run a ‘tab’. Party hire is limited to 50 people.

Party Hire without bar  

Hire is available to those who wish to bring their own drink. You’ll have to man the bar yourself although one member of staff will be in the venue the entire time to help manage your evening. Glasses are made available, as is use of the glasswasher, ice will be chargeable. The price is £250 to hire the space from 7pm to 11.30pm, with everyone out strictly by midnight. There is also a £200 deposit, fully refunded on satisfactory fulfilment of T&Cs. Party hire is limited to 50 people.

Space hire                          

Space can be hired either by the day or by the hour, no bar or use of the bar is included or permitted. The charge is £50 per day (10am-5pm) or £10 per hour during standard shop opening hours. Events running outside the standard opening hours of Leaf & Groove are charged at £30 per hour (5pm to 10pm only) Space hire is limited to 25 people.

Regular Events                 

If you wish to run a regular event, such as our Philosophical Think & Drink nights, then we are open to discussion about how it might work, but generally speaking a regular event open to the public will have a minimum 8 night run and be charged at £9-£19 per hour depending upon the time, number of attendees, and likely uptake at the bar.