The end of the year isn’t just about Christmas parties unfortunately… it’s often the time that companies have their annual conferences, networking events and want to impress future clients. If you’ve been given the job of planning your business’ next corporate event then check out these ten venues…
For the Whole Company Conference
Situated minutes from High Street Kensington, Kensington Conference Centre is one of the largest event spaces in London. Not only is there The Great Hall which can fit 828 guests but you can also hire The Small Hall, The Council Chamber and a series of committee rooms and civic suites for smaller meetings. There is also an underground car park with space for up to 460 vehicles, which is ideal if you’re hosting a whole company conference and know that people will be travelling from across the country.
Where: Hornton Street Car Park, London W8 7NX, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Kensington Olympia (0.7 miles)
Views of the Thames
As well as hosting private events and weddings, the River Rooms are ideal for corporate events, whether you’re looking to host a sit down dinner, drinks reception (for up to 1000 guests) or an awards ceremony. There are three rooms to hire so you can start with a drinks reception in the Lower River Room, before moving on for the awards in the Upper River Room and then finish with a party in the Queenhithe. And with a stunning view of the Thames as the backdrop you’ll have something to talk about if you find yourself stuck next to the dullest person in the company..
One for the Tech Events
Kings Place nears Kings Cross is home to ten unique event spaces, ranging from Hall One which has space for 480 delegates to the waterside Rotunda restaurant and two art galleries. They also became the first London venue to install a dedicated 1GB internet line, which means that amongst other things it has excellent HD streaming capabilities – they’ve recently hosted several tech events, with each one being provided with a technical crew. Add in the nearby Eurostar and several hotels and you have a pretty fantastic events space.
With its elegant galleries and glazed courtyard, The Wallace Collection makes for the most opulent and distinguished corporate events. It’s perfect for breakfasts (catering comes from the likes of Peyton Events, By Word of Mouth and Rhubarb) and presentations, whilst the recently refurbished Lecture Theatre can host film screenings and talks. After your meeting has taken place your guests can visit the museum which houses a beautiful collection of 18th century French art, furniture and porcelain. Not all business has to be done in a boardroom after all, seal the deal in front of a Rembrandt…
Where: Hertford House, Manchester Square, London, W1U 3BN, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Bond Street (0.4 miles)
AGMs and Exibitions
If you’re looking for a central London venue to host your AGM then the Grade II listed Church House is ideal. Situated next to the Houses of Parliament in the heart of Westminster, venue can host up to 664 delegates in a single space and with an award winning in-house AV team it makes for an ideal place to host product launches. Or combine the four largest rooms to provide 1,100 square meters of space which can be used for exhibitions and shows.
Where: Church House Conference Centre, Dean’s Yard, Westminster, London, SW1P 3NZ, United Kingdom
Nearest station: St. Jame's Park (0.3 miles)
1000 Years of Experience
When it comes to hosting events Westminster Abbey have had a fair few years of experience, we’re talking somewhere around 1000… and have hosted everything from christenings to the crowning of kings and queens. As you’d expect it is full of character and makes for a much more interesting events space than a clinical boardroom. Host a dinner in the Cellarium where the monks use to store their food, entertain guests in the 900 year old College garden or hold a reception in the 13th century Chapter House which was where parliament met in the 14th century.
Where: The Chapter Office, 20 Dean’s Yard, London SW1P 3PA
Nearest station: Westminster (0.3 miles)
Ancient City Guild
The Fishmongers’ Company is one of the Twelve Great Livery Companies of the City of London; their main activity is supporting fish related organisations, which you can probably guess from the name. What might not be as obvious is that you can also host your corporate events at this ancient City Guild. With an enviable riverside location and four rooms to hire including a banqueting hall, you can host everything from a conference to a training day or cocktail party.
If you’re looking for a venue slightly further afield then the RAF Museum which is just 20 minutes outside of central London makes for the perfect venue for your company event. First of all, it benefits from the extra space which means there is plenty of parking space, secondly you can include a tour of the museum in the event and thirdly there are rooms are seriously impressive. You could have a work event in a bar or you could have it in the Battle of Britain Hall with a Spitfire and Hurricane…bound to get your event off to a flying start… yes we went there.
If you’re already planning next year’s summer event, then let us introduce you to BMA House. They have seven unique spaces which can be hired throughout the year, but come the summer their courtyard and garden are highly sought after. The spectacular courtyard features two war memorials; Sir Edwin Lutyen’s Gates of Remembrance to commemorate the BMA members who died in the First World War and the bronze fountain and statues designed by James Woodford as a memorial to the medical men and women who died in the Second World War. The tranquil gardens (fact fans, it is built on the site of Tavistock House, Charles Dickens’ house) are an ideal setting for smaller parties and barbecues.
Where: Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9JP, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Euston (0.3 miles)
Get the Ideas Flowing
Banqueting House is the only surviving Old Palace of Whitehall, it’s home to Rubens’ magnificent ceiling stage which celebrate Charles I reign, unfortunately for Charles it is also where he was executed in 1649… Grisly stories aside, if you’re looking for an event space to seriously impress then you need to check out the Main Hall which use to host royal banquets. We all know about needing to get creative to come up with good business ideas, so hopefully sitting beneath Rubens’ masterpiece in the hall should get ideas flowing…or if nothing else it’s a good talking point so should get breaking the ice.