London is a bustling hub of entrepreneurial action, deals are closed and business is conducted 24 hours a day. Organisations are constantly looking for ways to impress clients, investors and customers with unusual pitches and exceptional proposals in memorable surroundings. London has a lot to offer in the way of interesting venues for business meetings, from the functional to the luxurious. It is vital, when searching for the perfect space to host a meeting, to consider the desired outcome and what might be required to achieve that success. For some purposes it may be necessary to consider practicalities such as wireless internet access, conference phone calling facilities, interactive whiteboard or large screen for a presentation.
It may be equally important that the venue is centrally located or easily accessible by transport links including airports. The reason for the meeting may be to welcome, persuade or impress a client or investor and so a luxurious or extraordinary setting and even refreshments may be necessary. Fortunately, in London, the range of venues available to hire for meetings, conferences or events is broad and all-encompassing.
Many hotels offer meeting rooms, business suites and facilities with a high level of service and quality. Some examples include:
The Bloomsbury Hotel
16-22 Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3NN
Centrally located in London’s theatre district, The Bloomsbury has 15 meeting rooms available all around 2800 sq ft, a number of which can be arranged in different ways from theatre to banquet to board room. Facilities include internet, parking and audio/video capabilities.
Holiday Inn, Regents Park
Carburton Street, London, W1W 5EE
A great location for tourist attractions such as Madame Tussauds with 12 meeting rooms, the largest of which has a capacity of 500. Business packages include lunches, projectors, internet and a dedicated IT technician.
Another popular option is to host meetings and conferences in museums or on academic campuses; many offer excellent amenities in beautiful surroundings:
The Royal College of Surgeons of England
35-43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PE
A historical building with spaces for hire including lecture theatres with audio visual facilities and wood panelled banqueting rooms.
Museum in Docklands
West India Quay, London E14 4AL
A unique and interesting venue in Canary Wharf – the centre of London business, offering galleries and function rooms as well as dining and drinking options.
To make an impact on clients, it may be necessary to choose a more distinctive venue to create a remarkable experience. Here are some examples:
Shoreditch Town Hall
380 Old Street, London EC1V 9LT
A grand Victorian assembly hall presiding imperially over London’s trendiest, most up-and-coming artistic district, Shoreditch, the Town Hall has spaces for hire with capacities of between 12 and 500, including ‘The Mayor’s Parlour’, ‘The Council Chamber’ as well as a labyrinth of basement rooms full of character.
ODEON Whiteleys – The Lounge
Whiteleys of Bayswater, Queensway, London W2 4YL
Whiteleys is a chic shopping centre and its Odeon Lounge cinema hires out screens; ideal for lending a dash of luxury and style to a presentation or screening. A full menu and waiter service is available as well as wireless internet and of course, top of the range audio visual equipment with technicians on hand.
The London Eye
For a genuinely unforgettable place to conduct business and wow clients, consider hiring a pod on the iconic London Eye, with awe-inspiring views of the city. Private ‘capsules’ are available for hire and corporate packages are offered which can include refreshments such as champagne and activities including wine tasting.
To compare and contrast potential places for meetings, it is worth browsing the wide selection online. It is possible to enlist an agency to find the ideal space for a particular event or conference; many have an excellent range of venues.
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