Creative Meeting Venues LondonWritten by Paul May 19 2015
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Creative Meeting Rooms in London
Unless you’ve been asleep over the last few years you will have noticed a shift in the world of meetings & events venues. We see multi-national behemoths such as Google, Facebook & Apple invest eye-watering sums developing awe-inspiring meeting rooms, with incredible themes and features. From grass floors and space hopper seating, through to ball pits and even tree houses, there are no lengths companies won’t go to in order to ignite the spark of their employees imaginations. We see this filter down away from creative companies into the general masses. The most common request we now hear is for somewhere that is unique or interesting, and natural day is a must. Mid-range hotels have suffered as their beige, underground conference bunkers become undesirable.
Wallacespace, Clerkenwell Set up by a former trainer who was fed up with uninspired venues, Wallacespace has set the standard for creative spaces. The rooms are light, bright and airy, furniture is interesting and comfortable. There is a commune like ethos throughout the venues, they believe food can be key to productive meetings and serve up fresh lunches from an open kitchen, with a changing daily menu. Delegates mix with others during mealtimes, which can be taken when ready, rather than at set times. There are numerous breakout areas throughout too should you wish to split the group for workshop sessions. If you feel peckish then food points with nutritious (and not so nutritious) snacks, smoothies and soft drinks are dotted about. Rates aren’t particularly cheap but you really do get everything included.
Impact Hub, King’s CrossImpact Hub is one of many growing startup incubators come shared offices. They have a variety of spaces on offer, from smaller boardrooms with chic brick walls and Scandi furniture, through to the larger gallery space which is perfect for networking events and conferences.
The Hospital Club, Covent Garden Created as a joint venture between Microsoft founder Paul Allen and Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics, the Hospital Club was designed to support the creative industries. This is evident in the array of event spaces they have on offer, which includes and functioning TV studio, luxury cinema/screening room and a white space gallery. There are numerous smaller, and very well appointed, spaces for meetings and private dining which are themed around forests, music, the theatre and sci-fi.
Rainmaking Loft, London Another venue that was built to cater for London’s ever growing startup scene. Set in Katherine’s Dock, the venue offers just one event space for conferences of up to 150 delegates. With views over Tower Bridge, state of the art AV and design led furniture (think stage made of pallets) this is one space that is sure to inspire.
The Gherkin, London One of London’s most iconic venues, The Gherkin doesn’t need to offer funky furniture or themed rooms, it inspires creativity through it’s amazing views across London. Up in the dome is a unique event space with more natural daylight than any other venue in London and suitable for receptions of 260, conferences of 100 and dinners of 140. On the floor below you’ll find two private dining/meeting rooms seating 18 or 30 guests. There is also the very cool Club Lounge, equipped with sofas and soft furnishing, and capable of hosting drinks receptions for 70 guests.
etc Marble Arch The latest offering from rapidly growing venue chain etc, Marble Arch has the look of a uber-cool Shoreditch loft, while being located on the slightly less cool Edgware Road. Similar to Wallacespace etc believe rigidity stifles creativity so food/drink outlets litter the venue, meaning delegates can break when they are ready, not when the venue is. Kitchens are open and serve restaurant quality food with daily changing menus. Rooms are functional and well equipped, with daylight in all of them. The public spaces are large and plentiful, meaning you’re not obliged to take breakout rooms should you wish to split the delegates into work groups.
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