10 Apr 2013
5 Unique Meeting Venues in London
Travelling to London just for business or corporate events can often leave you very little time to really enjoy the city, specially if it's a hectic schedule. I know, you'd much rather be sipping coffee in a quaint café in Covent Garden or casually strolling through the luscious, tranquil grounds of Hyde Park. But meetings and conferences don't need to hideaway from the spectacular sights of London. Why not make the most of your trip and what the city has to offer by combining business with pleasure. Get creative and host your clients or colleagues in one of these swanky boardrooms surrounded by London's inspiring history and nature. And remember, there's always an equally classy London serviced apartment close by to complete your all-round memorable trip.
Here's our top 5 unique London venues for your next business meeting:
1.Tower of London
Take yourself back to the 11th century and journey through the Normandy, Medieval, and Tudor periods of British history at of one of our country's most prestigious fortresses. Accommodating corporate events, conferences and meetings in its number of its available towers and prestigious meeting and banqueting rooms, this versatile venue can cater for 6 to 150 people. You can even wrack your brains in the setting of the crown jewels in the Jewel House – if you are able to resist the distracting glare from the diamond-crusted pieces that is.
Within close proximity to the Tower of London are the popular Times Square Apartments. This busy area is one of the main financial districts in the capital and offers several shops, bar and restaurants, as well as great transport links.
2. Churchill War Rooms
Walk in the footsteps of Winston Churchill into the Cabinet war rooms - the very room that he pondered over war strategies and directed the stages of the Second World War. Capturing the backdrop of war life, this branch of the Imperial War Museum has many underground rooms that once housed and sheltered the British military and government. They have a capacity ranging from 20 to 350 people and offer a number of corporate packages that can be complemented by expert speakers, private tours and team-building events.
St Johns Apartment offer one and two bedroom apartments near Lambeth bridge and is located less than a 15 minute walk away from the venue.
3. St Paul's Cathedral
This world-renowned Cathedral is the living embodiment of British heritage and religion. can hold 2 to 75 people for meetings and conferences, and parties up to 350 for events and receptions. The Wren Suite (pictured above) is a popular choice, boasting a mix of historic splendour and comfort embedded in Christopher Wren's fine masterful design, with modern facilities such as integrated back projection and a PR system. The Crypt and Nelson Chamber rooms are also available but are more suited for pre- and after- dinner entertainment.
Ludgate Square Apartments also features impressive high ceilings and spacious areas, and are just steps away from Ludgate Hill on which the Cathedral sits. For something a bit more luxurious, stay in one of Cheval Calico House Apartment's fantastic St Paul's Two Bedroom Penthouse complete with superb vistas of the cathedral.
4. Hampton Court Palace
Ever dreamt of living in a palace? Ok, so taking up residence in one may not be a feasible acquisition. But sitting down to work in one is in arms reach. Nearly 500 years old, this grand residence and its 65 acres of peaceful gardens remains fit for a king. Having housed the British Royal Family until the 18th century, it has since been transformed into a prestigious hub that hosts several large-scale culture and art events throughout the year. The palace's chambers, halls, galleries, and even kitchens are available for conferences and meetings, and its outside marquee can cater for a whopping 450 guests. You can climb the King's stairs to the King Guard Chamber or take a breathtaking boat ride to The Little Banqueting House.
The beautiful Georgian building of Craven House Apartments is a stones throw from the palace and overlooks the serene landscape of Bushy Park. In the popular residential district, Kingston upon Thames, Marina Place Apartments is located on the picturesque marina and is within a 10 minute drive or a 30 minute scenic walk through Hampton Court Park. These serviced apartments propose an opportunity to lavish the natural beauty that borders the immediate central London locations, as well as being close to transport links.
5. London Dungeons
If there's something to celebrate and it's down to you to book a party to remember, this venue could be exactly what you need to create an eclectic night of history, horror and humour. Having re-located within London's vast network of underground torture chambers last month, the London Dungeons are now situated in Westminster and are certainly something to scream about. This vicinity can be tailored to suit your needs and party hours, and can cater up to 150 people for parties and networking events or 65 people for dances and dinners. Having a lengthy lunch break? Pop outside for an instant view of the Thames, or take advantage of your close proximity to the EDF Energy London Eye.
And if you manage to dodge decapitation and surface to the streets alive, your blissful stay at our five-star Plaza On The River Apartments is within a 10 minute riverside walk. Westminster Bridge Apartments is on the dungeon's doorstep, located within just a 2 minute walk from it and the surrounding attractions (EDF Energy London Eye, Big Ben and the SEA LIFE Aquarium).