If you’ve been tasked with organising a prestige conference for your corporate delegates in London, the pressure is on to find a truly outstanding venue to wow your guests. Your job as an event planner is to locate a suitable conference venue that’s close to the city’s famous landmarks and tourist attractions. Look no further, here are 5 fantastic venues inspired by Function Fixers London venues specialists, that should be on your shortlist.
- Courthouse Hotel, Shoreditch
Shoreditch has a colourful history and is a favourite with tourists, offering boutique shops, independent cinemas, buzzing bars and exciting nightlife. The Courthouse Hotel is a Grade II listed building and was originally the Magistrates Court and Police Station. It’s a property of historical significance with architecture in the Edwardian baroque style. There’s a classically elegant lobby and a magnificent new terrace – the Shoreditch Sky Terrace – located on the 5th floor.
The hotel specialises in conferences, and The Chambers is a fully equipped conference centre with suites that can be set up to accommodate 150 people. This space is also used for auctions, balls and gala dinners. The hotel has two fine restaurants and a private dining room, plus three stylish bars, set within the original old courthouse building.
- Montcalm London Marble Arch
The Montcalm London Marble Arch is just a stone’s throw from some of the most exclusive addresses in the city. Regent Street, Mayfair, Marylebone, Oxford Street, Edgware Road and Hyde Park. At the Montcalm, you’ll find magnificent décor, 153 stylish bedrooms and 14 elegant suites.
Workshops, seminars and company conferences are held and the Grand Ballroom which has enough space for up to 600 delegates. This state-of-the-art venue has one of the fastest broadband speeds in London, which makes it a superb webcasting and conference facility. The hotel also has two gourmet restaurants and a Champagne Bar. Why not enjoy a proper English Afternoon Tea at The Crescent Restaurant … pass the cucumber sandwiches, please.
- Riverside Rooms
Situated in the heart of London at County Hall on London’s Southbank, Riverside Rooms provides a stylish, modern setting for business meetings, conferences, networking events, dinners and cocktail parties. With parquet flooring, traditional oak panelling and beautiful natural light, it’s a stunning venue.
What’s more, for anyone who’s not been to London before, it offers wonderful views of the Palace of Westminster and the London Eye. It’s ideally located near Waterloo, Embankment, Charing Cross, and Westminster stations.
- Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard, London
Between the 34th and the 52nd floor of Renzo Piano’s iconic building, The Shard, is the beautifully elegant Shangri-La Hotel. The hotel is just across the river from The City of London, and is only a 15-minute river taxi ride from the Canary Wharf business and commercial hub.
Relish a refreshing cup of Chinese tea at TING on level 35, or head up to Shangri-La’s contemporary GONG bar on level 52 for a fabulous cocktail. The darkening London sky and twinkling city lights way below are the perfect antidote after a busy day. All rooms have floor to ceiling windows that showcase the vibrant city of London.
The hotel offers state-of-the-art conference facilities and services that cater to the highest level of international business as well as diplomatic and social gatherings. Overlooking the River Thames and the City of London, Ren is an ultra-modern private function room with space for up to 140 delegates. In summer, after a few laps of the indoor infinity pool on level 52, why not explore the bustling Borough Market and take in the galleries of Tate Modern. Oh, and Westminster Abbey is also within easy reach.
- RIBA – Royal Institute of British Architects
RIBA Venues, the events and conference facilitators of the Royal Institute of British Architects, is located at 66 Portland Place, right between the buzz of Oxford Street and the peace and quiet of Regent’s Park. Major train and tube stations, Baker Street, Harley Street and Madame Tussauds are all nearby.
The Royal Institute of British Architects’ building was opened in 1934 as the headquarters of RIBA, and today its event spaces are equipped for a variety of functions that include business meetings, conferences, dinners and wedding receptions. There are also three fabulous terraces all with glorious views of London.
RIBA provides conferences for as many as 400 delegates, and the fully-equipped and tiered Jarvis auditorium provides a perfect setting. Surrounded by carved limestone walls and floor-to-ceiling windows, Florence Hall is another space for business meetings, networking, AGMs, workshops, or the launch of a new product. RIBA’s meeting rooms for hire total 23 in all.
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