Venues with Tiered Seating

Written by Paul Sep 01 2014

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London Venues With Tiered Seating

When booking a venue for a large conference organisers can sometimes forget to look at things , quite literally, from a delegates point on view, by which I mean are they able to see the presenter and screens? When getting into the realms of 300 delegates and over it is worth considering a tiered seating structure, which allow for better visibility and acoustics.

Venue Types

Universities - Home to lecture theaters ranging from the very small to the very large. Educational venues often benefit from exceptionally low pricing but have terrific services on offer with built in AV, great catering and, more often than not, a dedicated conference department to look after you. The only thing to bear in mind with these venues is that university business comes first, therefore they are best for out of term time or weekend/evening events.

Theaters/Cinemas - Looking for a venue to host 1000+ delegates? The look no further, these guys have it covered. From the boutique to the gigantic chances are if you can’t find a cinema or theatre to accommodate your event then you’ve invited too many people. Positives include keen pricing, built in AV/PA facilities. Potential hirers must be aware that timings may have to be flexible to take into account films/show and if you’re catering requirements stretch beyond popcorn and hot dogs then caterers will need to be brought in, which can bump the cost up significantly. Venues in this categories have a reverse pricing model to traditional venue in that they are most expensive in school holidays, evenings & weekends.

Rich Mix - One of London’s best value venues, Rich Mix has 3 cinemas with capacities from an intimate 59 through to 181.

Twickenham - Aside from the 82,000 seat stadium, Twickenham also has a well equipped conference centre with an auditorium for 400 delegates.

Dominion Theatre - With a main auditorium seating 2000 there are few events that can’t be held here. Plentiful breakout and foyer space is also particularly useful and the prices are excellent!

Sadler’s Wells - One of London’s premier theatre and dance venues, the main theatre can hold 1500 while the smaller Peacock Theatre in Holborn can take 1000.

Kings Place - Just behind Kings Cross and on the banks of the Regents Canal, Kings Place can hold up to 415 tiered in Hall One.

The Mermaid - Located in the quaintly named ‘Puddle Dock’ The Mermaid served as a theatre from 1959-2003 before being transformed into one of the City’s best conference centre’s, with an auditorium for 600.

Royal Institution - Seating 440 in a very intimate tiered set up, the theatre originally played host to Michael Faraday, whose desk remains to this day. Often seen on the BBC, the Faraday theatre has been used by the great and the good of science, including Stephen Hawking and Brian Cox, to deliver lectures.

ZSL London Zoo - Spend the day surrounded by tigers, elephants and creepy crawlies at this unique venue. The Huxley Lecture Theatre can take 250 delegates and extras on offer include zoo access and animal encounters!

Natural History Museum - Simply one of London’s best known venues with one of London’s least known conference centers. The Flett Theatre can be hired from just £1350 and can take 203 delegates. It is rumored to be getting refurbished in 2014.

Regents College - A prestigious university set within the heart of Regent’s Park, their Tuke Hall seats 370 guests in tiered seating and has natural daylight.

Pullman St Pancras - One of the only hotels in London to boast it’s own theatre, which can accommodate 440 delegates. Plentiful breakout and exhibition space, plus and recently renovated, modern hotel make this a great choice.

30 Euston Square - With 25+ meetings and event space, including a 300 seat auditorium, few venues in London can compete with the facilities at 30 Euston Square. There are even some bedrooms and an exam centre, and all this is a 1 minute walk from Euston Station.

Barbican - With 3 theatres for 600-1950 and 2 cinemas seating up to 280, The Barbican has plenty to offer and at great prices.

Institute of Education - A lecture theatre for 944 which can be hired for under £4000!

Southbank - Two huge auditoriums, which include the Royal Festival Hall that holds up to 2500.

Science Museum - Boasting an onsite IMAX cinema for 414 guests, this iconic venue is certainly worth looking at for conference as well as fabulous evening events.

The Mayfair Hotel - Possibly the most luxurious venue on the list, the 5* Mayfair Hotel has a screening room complete with 201, Italian leather, seats all featuring an audience response system.

Altitude - The Millbank Media Room can take 300 delegates and you have the option of taking lunch or post event drinks on the 29th floor of the Millbank tower in Altitude 360, which offers staggering views across the capital.

RIBA - The Jarvis auditorium has tiered seating for 284 delegates with built in stage, lecterns and AV facilities.

Royal College of Physicians - On the edge of Regent’s Park the RCP has two lecture theatres for 304 and 140 delegates.

Wellcome Collection - Home to the Wellcome trust, which is the worlds 3rd richest charity and best known for funding the Human Genome Project, they have a lecture theatre for 154.