Best venues for post-event drinksWritten by Paul Nov 18 2014
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Best venues for post-event drinks
Before taking up the helm as blog captain/coffee maker at wefindvenues.com I spent 5 years in the glamorous team building industry. To this day I maintain that the best activity for building great teams isn’t a costly treasure hunt or chocolate making event, but simply having a drink together. Having a few jars is a national pastime for us Brits, and after a long day of meetings or conference what better way is there to unwind than with ‘a few quiet drinks’ with colleagues.
So here’s our selection of London conference & events venues with great bars -
Kia Oval There are two givens in every conference room at the Kia Oval, firstly there will be natural daylight & stunning views, secondly there will be a bar. Like in most British sporting venues beer plays a big a role, the sport often merely acts as a conduit for it’s mass consumption. This means that post event you can stay within your conference room for drinks. Most rooms have access to the stands as well should the weather be nice. Alternatively there’s the Corinthian’s Roof Terrace, a stunning space with 360 degree views of the capital and, of course, a bar! Ideal for summer parties & bbqs.
One Whitehall Place The Royal Horseguards hotel, London has a delightful outdoor Terrace that provides a secluded haven to enjoy al fresco dining, or simply a quiet drink. Away from the hustle and bustle of London life, the Victorian hotel's exterior provides a stunning backdrop - perfect for watching the sun set over the London skyline. The Terrace at The Royal Horseguards Hotel, London is available for hire all year round, weather permitting, for small groups from as few as 10 people. A perfect spot for a summer barbecue, the Terrace can also be sectioned off as required, making it a most flexible outdoor venue.
HMS President Few venues can offer the setting that HMS President has, but then again few venues are boats. Located on Victoria Embankment (well strictly speaking it’s in the Thames) opposite the OXO Tower the ship can can accommodate conferences of 260, dinners for 240 and there’s also a dedicated boardroom for 20. The real jewel in the corwn of this venue is the two outside decks that offer good sized spaces for summer drinks receptions and events. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a post-conference cocktail on a summers evening while watching the sun set over London.
Andaz Hotel If there’s one thing the Andaz Hotel in Liverpool Street isn’t short of it’s bars & restaurants. There are 14 meeting and event spaces which are complimented by a restaurant, a brasserie, a sushi bar, a champagne bar and a traditional pub. Each venue is open to the public and has it’s own identity, in fact there’s virtually nothing to remind you that you’re actually in a hotel. Aside from these spaces there’s two great private drinks/dining space, The Studio, which features an open kitchen, and the magnificent Masonic Temple, which was boarded up in WWII and only uncovered when the building was being converted into a hotel a few years back.
Fable Bar The latest offering from rapidly growing Drake & Morgan chain, the Fable is located a short walk from Farringdon Station. Set over 3 floors the venue offers flexible hire options, from private space to whole floors, you can even take the entire venue. As a fully functioning bar/restaurant you can hire space on a minimum spend and there are plenty of sumptuous food platters and party packages available
The Trafalgar Not a year goes by when one of the numerous London magazines won’t do a piece on London’s best rooftop cocktail bars. At the forefront of almost every one of these articles is a picture taken at the Vista Bar, atop The Trafalgar Hotel in Trafalgar Square. I suppose it’s easy to see why, the views are simply amazing, stretching across the square and uninterrupted for as far as the eye can see. Inside the hotel, which is the only non-branded boutique Hilton, there’s a well appointed boardroom for 20 delegates.