Conference Venues LondonWritten by Paul Jan 06 2016
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Conference Venues in London
What makes the perfect conference venue? A difficult question when you think about it and the answer is ultimately dependent on the individual event requirements, however there are broad factors which make some venues more suitable than others. These include not only having a large conference suite, but also having plentiful breakout spaces for seminars as well as good spaces for serving refreshments and networking. A good free wifi connection is also a must in our book for anyone trying to do business in the 21st century so that needs to be included. Elsewhere, accommodation is beneficial but not essential so we will consider hotels and non-hotel venues, natural daylight is a ‘nice to have’ but not a sticking point. Finally transport links are a high priority, however this being a London based blog all venues are within 5mins walk of a tube or rail station.
So here’s a run down of London’s perfect conference venues!
Park Plaza Victoria Victoria is currently undergoing a £4bn regeneration project, which will see 3million sqft of retail and office space added to the area. At the heart of the project sits the Park Plaza Victoria, a hotel designed with conferences in mind. The venue meets all our criteria bar the natural daylight. There’s a good sized conference suite that can accommodate 550 delegates and is surrounded by a large foyer and interconnecting breakout spaces, which are perfect for exhibitions and catering. On the floor below there are 3 spaces available, however when divided up can be used to create 11 individual breakout spaces. Elsewhere the hotel offers a handful of rooftop suites with balconies that are great for drinks receptions, as well as 299 well equipped bedrooms. Basic wifi is free and the hotel is a 2min walk to Victoria Station. With one of London’s best rated Italian restaurants onsite (Tozi) and numerous shops and bars within a few minutes walk delegates are unlikely to get too restless during their stay here.
Grange St Paul's The Grange St Paul’s is the flagship 5* hotel from this London based family run chain, located just a stones throw from the iconic cathedral. It’s layout makes it ideal for large conferences where organisers run the risk of losing delegates. The 23 meeting room are laid out over two floors, with the flagship space (Wren & Shakespeare) seating up to 800 delegates. A large foyer offers ample opportunity for catering & exhibitors and the hotel even boasts a private nightclub for hire. For those seeking some daylight there’s the Sky Bar on the top floor of the hotel offering stunning views across St Paul’s, and thanks to a clever retractable roof and walls the space can be used year round for private dining or drinks receptions. For residential conferences & events there are 433 bedrooms, a spa with an 18m swimming pool, 3 bars and 3 restaurants, including an outpost of Benihana where chefs will prepare and cook fresh Japanese steaks & sushi at your table.
Picture of the Sky Bar at London’s Grange St Paul’s Hotel
etc 155 Bishopsgate etc have carved out a name for themselves as the leading providers of innovative conference & event spaces in London. One of their most recent offerings is 155 Bishopsgate by London’s Liverpool Street Station. The venue is designed for exclusive hires and is proving very popular indeed. The company build venues with organisers and delegates in mind, with plentful natural daylight, interesting and healthy food offerings, free pour coffee machines running all day, and good AV facilities built in, therefore they meet all of our criteria. The largest space seats 550 in a theatre style or 350 in cabaret, thanks to clever use of space saving semi-circular tables. There’s also an additional room which seats 150 and can be divided into 2 spaces. A great feature of this venue is the enormous Galleria space, which houses numerous tea & coffee stations, catering stations, relaxing furniture, a video wall, and as it’s centrepiece a unique Arktura lighting installation.
Tobacco Dock For organisers seeking a less corporate venue and somewhere with a bit of character then Tobacco Dock meets all of our criteria above and then some. This former bonded tobacco warehouse has been converted into one of London’s most extensive and flexible event venues offering 30+ unique event spaces and there are more under construction. Don’t let the ‘warehouse’ vibe put you off, all the rooms are well presented and easily accessible from the two large walkways that span the building, and which themselves offer great space for catering, exhibitions & displays. The largest space, the Great Gallery, seats 1500 for a conference and comes with the Little Gallery for catering. Situated just a 5min walk from Shadwell DLR station the venues benefits from a 1GB wifi connection. For those requiring accommodation construction is due to start on a hotel opposite the venue later this year.
Photo of the Galleria and Arktura lighting system at etc Venues 155 Bishopsgate
Rooms on Regent’s Park Slightly removed from the hustle & bustle is Rooms on Regent’s Park, home to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. This is a venue of two halves, offering traditional wood-panelled spaces such as the Nuffield Hall (320 theatre style) or the Council Chamber (80 theatre style), as well as 14 modern meeting rooms seating between 10-80 delegates. Additionally there is a 229 seat tiered lecture theatre with built in stage and AV systems. It’s only a short stroll to Baker Street or Marylebone Stations and wifi is free throughout the venue.
Imperial College London Hosting an event that requires 200 breakout spaces? Imperial College is our go to destination for those needing multiple spaces or with tight budgets. Being a university the prices offered are fantastic and with a full time professional conference team there’s no difference in the service received compared to corporate venues or hotels. There are three campuses, Paddington, Hammersmith & South Kensington, with the latter having the Great Hall the venues largest space for up to 740 delegates. The remaining 199 rooms are a mixture of lecture theatres, seminar rooms, classrooms, and even a small number of historic spaces in the universities two listed townhouses on Queen’s Gate & Prince’s Gate.
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