Venue Review: Church HouseWritten by Paul Nov 19 2014
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Church House Conference Centre - SW1P 3NZ
Situated in the heart of Westminster in a building designed by Sir Herbert Baker and completed in 1930 sit Church House, home to the General Synod of the Church of England. Thankfully when the Synod isn’t in session this magnificent building is rented out to the great unwashed for meetings, conferences & events. But don’t think that this is just a sideline to the main show, the venue has won numerous awards for its excellence, C&IT best UK conference centre 2013 & Venue Verdict Gold 2013 to name but a few.
The venue houses 19 different events spaces, from the capacious Assembly Hall (seating 664 theatre style or 372 for a sit down lunch/dinner) through to the numerous smaller boardrooms. Not content with one large space there’s also the Hoare Memorial Hall that takes 270 in theatre style or the Harvey Goodwin Suite, which can accommodate 180 in the same format. Unlike some other religious venues in London Church House has no problems with guests having a knees up, and as such there’s a superb wine menu to accompany their delicious food options from in-house caterers Kudos. With all this space and expert catering/AV facilities the venue is perfect for large corporate events, AGMs in particular spring to mind, or any events where copious amounts of breakout spaces are required.
Given the venues ownership rates are competitive, but the given the high demand for venues like this so close to Westminster and London prices in general don’t expect to be paying next to nothing. At the same time don’t let the ‘church’ moniker put you off, the venue is a million miles away from a typical church hall. Instead it’s a fully fledged corporate events venue, catering to FTSE 100’s, government departments and high profile events on a daily basis, and receiving great feedback in the process.