Have you ever been required to attend a meeting or conference? Has it been in a dull, typical meeting room in an equally dull hotel or conference centre? There are so many meeting and conference venues on the market that tick these boxes, and it is very likely that your heart sinks when your boss announces that there is a company meeting coming up and you are all expected to attend. What springs into your mind? A hot, stuffy room with blank walls and a horrible patterned carpet to hide any dirty marks? Limp or stale sandwiches for lunch with lukewarm tea and coffee?
Well, times have changed, even though your boss’s concept of a meeting room may be firmly set in the 90’s. There are so many unique and unusual venues which have opened their doors for business in the past 20 years, which are providing a whole new way of holding a meeting or conference. Gone are the dull, stuffy rooms, gone are the awful carpets and also gone is the very poor catering. Of course, if you heart is set on one of these you can still find them, but we have unearthed a plethora of stunning venues which are sure to make your next event exciting and successful and boost attendance.
Here is our top ten picks of unusual meetings and conference venues in London:
For smaller meetings for up to 70 people, Interchange has been designed to inspire. Brainstorming, product launches and panel discussions work really well here.
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This is a massive “new” venue in East London which started life as the Press and Broadcast Centre for the 2012 Olympics. A whopping 37,000 sq ft of space with a capacity of 950 seated theatre style offers endless opportunities for any large scale event. Added to this they boast award winning catering, so kiss goodbye to soggy sandwiches here!
For more information on Events Here
In recent years, cinemas have undergone a big transformation – no longer are they the dark and dingy places we would go to watch a film and eat popcorn – the transition has brought a totally 21st century experience and they have opened their doors to corporate business too. Most have large screening rooms for a few hundred and also some smaller, much more intimate screening rooms too. All of the screens have top notch AV facilities and make perfect locations for small or large conferences with great foyer break out space.
For more information on Curzon Cinemas
Space and Icons
If style is what you are after, then this venue has it all. Set in trendy Clerkenwell, you would be forgiven for thinking that you had walked into an exclusive showroom. It is not a big venue, with a capacity of up to 42 in the main conference, but everything about the venue is fabulous. Definitely worth considering this one for your next event.
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Formerly the London Film Museum, Riverside Rooms boast some of the best views of London. Sitting on the south bank of the Thames, you get a fantastic view of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye, but you can also watch the boats going up and down – a minor diversion from the reason you are there! Suited to meetings and conferences, product launches, press days and of course corporate entertaining.
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Trinity Buoy Wharf
Heading east, Trinity Buoy Wharf is a simply amazing space. One of the most unusual meeting and conference venues, it sits on a 3 acre site, with more than 16,000 sq ft of outside space overlooking the Thames, so it lends itself to a myriad of events. It has it’s own pier which means that your guests, delegates, attendees can arrive by boat!
For more information on Trinity Buoy Wharf
20 Cavendish Square
Bang in the heart of London’s West End, 20 Cavendish Square is a fascinating mix of Georgian architecture and contemporary interior. Each of the meeting rooms is equipped with state of the art AV and each of them is wheelchair friendly. Suitable for meetings, workshops, large scale conferences, seminars and evening receptions.
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For a more cutting edge venue, Hackney House ticks all of the boxes. Set in the heart of Tech City and laid out over three floors, it is suited to any type of corporate event. Worth considering for your next event
For more information on Hackney House
Coin Street Neighbourhood
If social enterprise is more your bag, then Coin Street ticks every box. All profits from the conference centre are ploughed back into the local community. What’s more, they boast amazing environmental credentials, making it one of the most sustainable venues in the capital. Meeting and conference rooms range from a capacity of boardroom for 10 to theatre style for 170, reception style 250. They even have a fab roof terrace overlooking the river for after work drinks.
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Whilst our focus has been on more unusual meeting and conference venues, there is a new breed of hotel on the block now too:
Formerly the Sea Containers House which remained empty for many years, The Mondrian was the brainchild of the Morgan Hotel Group. It opened a couple of years ago and offers a totally different experience to traditional hotels. Whilst the meeting and conference spaces are on the Lower Ground floor, what they lack in natural daylight, they certainly make up for in facilities and decor. With a capacity of up to 275 in this Studio Floor, there are also other smaller rooms and of course the amazing rooftop cocktail bar which is also available to hire.
For more information on The Mondrian