Selecting a venue for your Corporate Events is one of the first decisions you take for organising an event. Your choice of venue can have a major impact on the success of your event. Irrespective of the size and type of events, you need to find a convenient place with an accessible location. If you select a small event space, the place can quickly become hot, stuffy and uncomfortable. On the flip side, a too large space can appear empty.
The incredible variety of unconventional venues that London offers for Corporate Events that can be overwhelming for even the most seasoned planners. While you may have your own tie-ups with hotels and venues that offer the best rates, trying unconventional venues can take your delegates by surprise, leave a positive impression on them and make your event memorable.
Here are 5 special venues we feel you should try out for your next event:
Business Design Centre Group
Located 10 minutes from Kings Cross St. Pancras International and a short walk from Angel tube station, the Business Design Centre was opened in 1862. Originally built as the Royal Agricultural Hall, the venue opened for business in 1986. It offers a stylish, flexible and convenient solution for everything from business meetings to conferences and exhibitions. The venue comprises 10 meeting spaces able to accommodate small meetings for under 100 guests to conferences for 2,000 delegates. With an exhibition space spanning 6000 square metres, the Business Design Centre’s event capabilities are truly world-class and flexible.
Chelsea Football Club
Yes, you read it right! Chelsea Football Club is one of London’s most fashionable venues for hosting exhibitions, meetings, conferences, and gala dinners. With a variety of superior event facilities, Stamford Bridge is a versatile, sophisticated and well equipped venue in the city. Its 25 function rooms and 60 syndicate rooms offer something for everyone and are perfect for 2 to 1,500 guests. There are also two hotels, four restaurants and bars, as well as a luxurious health club and spa on site.
London’s premier sky venue is a collection of venues in the 118-meter-high Millbank Tower in Central London. Covering over 30,000 square feet of event space, the venue offers stunning 360-degree views of the capital and is ideal for weddings, conferences and meetings or private parties. Altitude 360, one of the venues within the building, can accommodate up to 650 people with flexibility to divide the entire venue into five individual areas and offers stunning views of the London skyline. Skyloft, Millbank Media Centre and Belgravia Meeting Rooms are other event spaces providing a flexible solution for any event.
Central Hall Westminster
Located directly opposite Westminster Abbey, Central Hall Westminster turns out to be the largest conference venue in Central London with over 25 rooms. This Grade II listed building was built in 1912 and has an elegant theatre entrance, marble flooring and huge foyers. The diversity of the meeting rooms in Central Hall Westminster enables the venue to host events ranging from intimate meetings for 5 delegates to a conference comprising 500 people. The venue’s exhibition space can host up to 1,000 guests, while its 1,400-square-metre auditorium can accommodate up to 2,400 delegates.
BMA House is located in the heart of Bloomsbury and provides a unique space for corporate and private events. This Grade II building was designed in 1911 and has been home to the headquarters of the British Medical Association since 1925. Historic elegance with a contemporary twist makes it an impressive setting for corporate events and special occasions. The venue can host everything from small meetings of four to events with 320 guests. You can choose from 25 flexible and professional spaces, including 11 purpose-built meeting and breakout rooms. BMA House is the perfect choice for conferences, meetings, AGMs, charity dinners and award ceremonies, product launches, roadshows and exhibitions.
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