Venues for Award Dinners in London
Venues for Award Ceremonies in London
Who doesn’t love dressing up for an evening of glitz and glamour? Award ceremonies were back in fashion in 2015 and look to continue in 2016. Whether it be a corporate awards evening celebrating staff, suppliers and customers, or an association awards ceremony with companies vying to take home coveted prizes these events are great fun and big business. London has numerous superb venues and in this blog we are going to look at some of the larger spaces available to hire for awards events.
Tobacco Dock This is one of London’s most unique venues, an old Victorian tobacco warehouse situated on the Ornamental Canal and a short walk from Shadwell DLR. The venue has more spaces than any other I have ever visited, the largest of which can accommodate a dinner for 1300 guests in a character packed room. Guests can enjoy reception drinks on one of the covered walkways, or down in the Vaults on a colder evening. For 2016 the venue now boasts an in-house catering operation, with a kitchen onsite providing everything from street food to fine dining menus.
Troxy Head a few minutes east from Tobacco Dock and you’ll reach Troxy, an Art Deco cinema turned events venue. Built in 1933 the venue is packed with character, and with an impressive built in stage state of the art sound & AV system it is perfect for hosting award ceremonies. On the ground floor the seats can be cleared to allow 780 guests to dine on round tables. Troxy offers some keen prices and a wide range of catering options making it worth the small jaunt from Central London for your next event.
Troxy set for an awards dinner
The Great Room at Grosvenor House Few venues in London are more iconic or renowned as the Great Room. Originally opened as an Ice Rink (the Queen learnt to skate here) it was converted into a ballroom in 1935 and is known as one of the largest and most grand in Europe. The venue plays host to numerous high profile awards ceremonies throughout the year, such as the official BAFTA dinner and The Q Awards. The prices do make the eyes water slightly, however for a sense of occasion and prestige the venue has limited competition.
Porchester Hall At the other end of the pricing scale to Grosvenor House is Porchester Hall in Bayswater. While it may be cheaper Porchester Hall still offer history and grandeur. Built in 1929 it was designed specifically as an public events venue for the local community. The hall is panelled with English Oak & Walnut throughout, and features 10 impressive chandeliers. It's good value thanks to being under council ownership, being the meeting place for Westminster City Council, and can accommodate dinners for 450 guests complete with a built in stage set.
The Porchester Hall ready for a dinner event
The Brewery For those needing a City based venue The Brewery offers a number of unique spaces dating back to 1750. The Porter Tun is the venues largest space seating up to 700 guests for an awards dinner, and the room comes complete with a state of the art sound system and LED lighting. Catering is all in house, which should keep the costs down, and there are a further 8 rooms for receptions and entertainments.
Intercontinental Hotel at The O2 It may be the new kid on the block but the new Intercontinental Hotel at London’s O2 Arena packs an impressive punch thanks to it’s monumental 3013SqM Ballroom, which is the largest pillar free ballroom in Western Europe. Drinks receptions can be hosted in the pre-function area, which boasts stunning views across Canary Wharf through 10m high windows. For those looking to host large numbers the hotel can accommodate banquets for 2400 guests on round tables or 1600 guests in a cabaret style layout.
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