Below is a list of my top 10 conference venues in London. For me there are three main factors required to make a venue attractive:
- Use of space
If you agree, I’m sure you will appreciate my choices; after working in London for three years I got to know a few venues, and these were the ones I would go back to and why……
1. The Park Lane Hotel
The Park Lane Hotel is great for conferences of up to 90 delegates. With the Tudor Rose room directly linked to the Oak room, your delegates can’t get lost finding their coffee! Private dining can be enjoyed in the Tudor Rose room where guests can tuck into melt in the mouth beef fillet amongst other options. To add to the opulence of the hotel, a little bit of history – the Queen learnt how to ballroom dance here! Why don’t you follow in her footsteps with our Strictly Dance event.
2. The Montague on the Gardens
This is a favourite of mine; the staff are so friendly and accommodating; nothing ever seems too much to ask – absolutely 5 stars for service. The Great Russell suite can hold a maximum of 50 delegates classroom style and although meetings are based in the lower ground, breaks are held in the beautiful and bright conservatory on the ground floor where delicious treats are served to help your delegates get through the day. By incorporating a Treasure Stride team building event, guests can explore the surrounding area whilst getting to know one another better.
3. Radisson Edwardian Bloomsbury Street
4. Radisson Edwardian Mountbatten Hotel
The Radisson Edwardian is my favourite brand of hotels. They have modern décor and great service as standard. The treats that they give out for breaks are the best I have come across: gooey muffins, granola with yoghurt, Yakults and fruit smoothies – there’s something for every diet! The space varies between the hotels; Bloomsbury Street is great for medium sized conferences – the Folio Suite can hold up to 150 delegates classroom style. The Mountbatten hotel is great for smaller events with the Broadlands room holding a maximum of 40 delegates classroom style. Encourage teams to interact and learn more about their strengths with a Facilitated Kinetic Connections activity.
5. Millennium Knightsbridge Hotel
With the venue being based next door to Harvey Nichols, the Millennium Knightsbridge is in a prime location – easily accessed by tube, your delegates will have no problem finding the venue. If you have an event with max 80 delegates you can use the Sloane Suite, and the Beauchamp Suite is just across the balcony if you need a breakout room. The event staff are also helpful and accommodating. This venue would also work perfectly for a team building event for a group of up to 30 guests.
6. The Cumberland (Guoman Hotel)
Located just around the corner from Marble Arch tube station, like the Millennium Knightsbridge, The Cumberland is in a great location. The venue has a mass of rooms but I prefer only to use the venue if there is an event of between 90 and 190 delegates as you will use the Ocean room. Having the Ocean room has its added benefits – like the waterfall feature when you enter the venue which you can have your company’s branding flow through. The catering here is also great; it is buffet style and something for everyone with 4 counters of varied styles of food – delicious! We could organise one of our Maelstromevents here if you had between 60 and 100 delegates.
7. Cavendish Conference Centre
The Cavendish Conference Centre is self contained with in-house AV. Service is excellent – not only do your delegates get great attention and all their needs met, but as an event organiser you get star treatment too. Again, the Cavendish conference centre is in a great location. Just a 10 minute walk from Oxford Circus tube station. This would be an ideal venue if you were organising a conference with Maximillion.
8. Simpson’s in the Strand
An established venue with a great history to it. The Simpson’s in the Strand is in a prime location as the name states – in the Strand! This venue is a bit pricier than the others on the list but the opulence befits the price tag. The food is amongst the best in the city and the service is good. A great place to start and finish an Espionage event.
9. The Mermaid conference and events centre
The auditorium is set up theatre style and can hold 600 delegates. The foyer can be used as your refreshment area and is a great space for delegates to network in. Again, the location of the Mermaid conference and events centre is great with it being very central. There are plenty of other rooms which can be used as break out rooms or as stand alone rooms for events. Ideal for an exhilarating Rhythm Rocks event.
10. The Barbican
A lot quirkier than the others and a lot bigger too, the Barbican is well known and can hold more than 1,000 guests. It has great AV resources and (I quote from the venue themselves) ‘excellent acoustics’. If you are planning on holding a very large conference; the Barbican should absolutely be your first port of call. Fabulous for a film themed Take One team building activity.
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