20 of The Best London Conference Venues 2024

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Hosting a conference in London can enhance the visibility and prestige of your event. As a general rule, the city’s reputation can attract more sponsors, exhibitors, and media coverage.  Sometimes a hotel conference space just won’t work for you, so if you are planning a mid-size conference, here are 20 of the best London conference venues:

Olympia London

Olympia London is famous for it’s four huge exhibition halls, but there is something else at foot at this iconic venue.  A brand new conference centre will be open for business in 2026. The conference centre will seamlessly integrate with the four renowned exhibition spaces, boasting its own entrance on Hammersmith Road complete with contemporary reception and registration zones.  Whether you’re hosting theatre-style conferences, product launches, or fashion shows, the new conference centre will offer complete adaptability to accommodate any event format you require or for more intimate gatherings, a selection of smaller meeting rooms will be available, featuring flexible seating arrangements, all conveniently linked to a spacious breakout area.

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CentrEd atExCel London:

CentrEd at ExCeL boasts 29 training rooms with movable walls, allowing for customisation to accommodate up to 400 delegates. This versatility enables the creation of numerous smaller spaces tailored to your requirements, be it for breakout sessions, seminar venues, or catering areas.  Each room is equipped with cutting-edge technology, featuring ceiling-mounted data projectors, flipcharts, and screens for seamless presentations in every space.

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Convene Sancroft St Pauls

Located amidst the historic London landmarks of Paternoster Square, Convene Sancroft, St. Paul’s stands out as an exceptional venue renowned for its grand scale. Spanning across two floors, this venue encompasses 45,000 square feet and offers seven distinct meeting rooms. Among them is a remarkable 900-person plenary room, distinguished as the largest single above-ground meeting space in the City of London. With a capacity to host up to 1,200 guests, it promises an unparalleled experience for gatherings of all sizes.

133 Houndsditch

Nestled within the City of London, Convene 133 Houndsditch presents a vast conference and exhibition venue spanning an impressive 49,000 square feet across two floors. Boasting 14 versatile meeting rooms, including a majestic grand hall capable of hosting up to 700 guests, along with seven smaller rooms ideal for expansive event breakout areas.

This venue showcases internal balconies on both floors, complemented by linear color-changing lights in the gallery space, offering a distinctive branding opportunity. Adding to its allure is a diverse art collection featuring works by local London artists. Convene 133 Houndsditch offers a customizable white box space, enabling personalized client and event branding, along with in-house catering featuring customizable options and private dining tailored to each event. Additionally, it provides cutting-edge in-room A/V technology supported by an onsite team, along with dedicated hospitality resources to ensure a seamless event experience.

The Brewery:

Located in the heart of the City of London, The Brewery offers a variety of event spaces suitable for conferences. Their largest room can accommodate up to 600 delegates.

Queen Elizabeth II Centre:

Situated in Westminster, this venue is known for hosting large conferences and events. It has several spaces that can be adapted to accommodate different delegate numbers.

Business Design Centre:

Located in Islington, this venue has a range of flexible event spaces suitable for conferences of various sizes. It’s well-suited for medium-sized events.

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Kings Place:

Situated near King’s Cross, Kings Place has a variety of event spaces, including a hall that can accommodate up to 400 delegates. It’s known for its modern architecture and versatile facilities.

The Mermaid London:

This venue in Blackfriars offers a range of event spaces, including a large auditorium and a riverfront terrace. It can cater to conferences with varying delegate numbers.

Congress Centre:

Located in the West End, Congress Centre offers a selection of rooms suitable for conferences, with the largest one accommodating up to 850 delegates.

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City Hall:

Situated in Royal Victoria Docks, City Hall, formerly called The Crystal is one of the world’s most sustainable venue with conference facilities for up to 270 delegates. It’s an excellent choice for those interested in sustainable events.

The Roundhouse:

This iconic venue in Camden was originally a railway engine shed and has been transformed into a space for live events. Its circular design and unique architecture provide a memorable backdrop for conferences.

Alexandra Palace:

Known as “Ally Pally,” this historic venue offers stunning panoramic views of London and has various spaces suitable for conferences of different sizes. The Great Hall can accommodate up to 5,000 delegates.

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Science Museum:

The Science Museum in South Kensington offers a range of unique event spaces, including the IMAX theater, the Wonderlab, and the Energy Hall, which can be used for conferences and presentations.

Shakespeare’s Globe:

Host your conference in a space inspired by the legendary playwright himself. Right underneath the iconic theatre on the banks of the River Thames, the Underglobe offers a unique and historic atmosphere.

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Bounce, Farringdon:

For a more unconventional conference experience, consider Bounce, a ping pong and gaming venue. It offers private rooms for conferences with a playful atmosphere.

OXO2, Southbank:

OXO2 is situated on the eighth floor of the OXO Tower Wharf, offering panoramic views of the River Thames, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the City of London. Its prime location makes it easily accessible for delegates.  OXO2 features a versatile event space that can be adapted to suit various conference formats. It can accommodate up to 400 delegates in a theatre-style setup or up to 200 for a banquet. The venue can also be divided into two separate spaces for smaller events or breakout sessions.

 

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Glaziers Hall:

Glaziers’ Hall is situated along the River Thames, near London Bridge, and offers beautiful views of the river and the city skyline. Its central location makes it easily accessible for delegates. The venue is housed in a historic building with a rich heritage. It serves as the headquarters of the Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass, a Livery Company in the City of London. Glaziers’ Hall offers a variety of event spaces that can be used for conferences, meetings, and corporate events. The largest space, the Banqueting Hall, can accommodate up to 250 delegates in a theatre-style setup.
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Kent House:

Kent House is situated in the heart of London, near Hyde Park Corner and Buckingham Palace. Its central location makes it easily accessible for delegates and offers excellent connectivity to the rest of the city.The venue is housed in a beautifully restored Victorian townhouse that exudes historic charm and elegance. It offers a unique setting for conferences and events. Kent House offers a range of event spaces suitable for conferences, meetings, and corporate events. The venue’s largest space, the Rutland Wing, can accommodate up to 300 delegates in a theatre-style setup.

 

Somerset House:

Somerset House is centrally located in London, in the Strand area, making it easily accessible for delegates. The venue is set within a stunning courtyard and is surrounded by beautiful architecture. The venue offers a variety of event spaces suitable for conferences, meetings, and corporate events. These spaces range in size and capacity, catering to both intimate gatherings and larger conferences.

These venues offer a departure from “traditional” conference venues and should help to create a memorable experience for your attendees.  For more help on finding the best London conference venue, contact us today.

 

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