Events come in all shapes and sizes, but sometimes they go large; we would class this as having over 500 delegates. It takes a particular kind of venue to fit the population of a small village. While you may have an idea in mind, our sales team are ideally placed to help you with your selection. In no particular order, here is a quick list of 10 large conference venues in London that we recommend.
1. Glazier’s Hall, London Bridge
Now the home of 3 livery companies, this splendid venue is located next to London Bridge. Its selection of rooms and central location make this a very popular choice. Here you can enjoy fantastic views of the Thames and a variety of breakout spaces which are an interesting mix of tradition and modernity.
2. Old Billingsgate Market, City of London
You would need a conference of epic proportions to fill this space – it has a capacity of 3900! The various sections can be rented separately and it’s location next to the city makes it ideal for companies not looking to travel too far. Even if your event is not in the Main Hall, you will not be disappointed by the other available spaces they are all aesthetically pleasing.
3. Tower of London, Tower Hill
At 930 years old, this is former palace (and prison) is an excellent venue to add a regal touch to your event. Not only can you hire the tower itself (and get a private tour of the Crown Jewels), but the moat is also available for hire. It achieved UNESCO status in 1988 and is the most complete example of a Norman Palace anywhere.
4. Barbican Centre, Barbican
This large example of Brutalist Architecture is otherworldly in appearance and design, this would make a memorable backdrop for your conference (the theatre spaces help too!). There are not only an abundance of auditoriums, but there is also an indoor garden. The whole residential and arts complex is the largest of its kind in Europe.
5. The Mermaid Theatre, Blackfriars
Located next to Blackfriars Station, this central venue has plenty of space for conferences. It was converted to a conference centre after being a theatre in which a theatre production had failed to materialise in 10 years. Practically next door to Blackfriars Station (and the Thames), this venue is simple to get to.
6. Excel London, Royal Victoria Dock
It would be nigh on impossible to use all the space here. It is the one of the largest conference venues in UK. Located close to London Airport, and served by the Skyline and Underground, this venue is highly accessible to both local and international clients.
7. Tobacco Dock, Docklands
In spite of its unhealthy past, this venue benefitted from the money generated by the tobacco trade and has some stunning period features. As the name suggests, this was the main offloading point for smokes in the country; some may muse that smoking is a decadent habit and this building mirrors that.
8. The Kia Oval, Lambeth
Not just for Cricket, this easily accessible venue is one of the oldest stadiums in continuous use; it is also where the final test match of the English season is played. This venue has a diverse selection of spaces: one particularly enjoyable area is an elevated outdoor bar at the Vauxhall end.
9. Lord’s Cricket Ground, St. John’s Wood
Named after the first owner of this club, Thomas Lord, this is the Home of Cricket; it also has the oldest sporting museum in the world. It is here that the ‘Ashes’ started after England’s 1882 defeat. Lord’s celebrated its 200th anniversary at its current site in 2014 and is, of course, available to hire. A tour of the venue is include with the hire.
10. Altitude 360, Millbank
The maximum capacity here is 600 so they just make this list. This building was originally built for Vickers (yes, the manufacturers of the famous machine gun) and was the tallest tower in Britain from it’s opening in 1963 until 1967. The stunning views can help make yours an event to remember.
We use a lot more venues than those listed above and we can help with every element of planning and execution to help ensure that you deliver the best event possible. We can also help with adding conference energisers such as sending you Maori Warriors to teach your delegates the Haka. Contact us for further details. 0203 905 1750 / [email protected]