Top London Conference Venues 2017
Love ‘em or loathe ‘em, the chances are you’ll have to go to one at some point in your professional career. The conference industry amounts to a substantial slice of the event industry pie, as there are over 1.3 million business events held in the UK a year across 10,000 different conference venues. Figures show that in 2015, the average budget of an event in the UK was £65,943 - phwoar!
The capital (unsurprisingly) the number 1 EMEA City when it comes to meeting events and activity, meaning that competition is fierce for London conference venues. When it comes to choosing one for your next event then, doing plenty of prep in ample time is key. Let’s face it, if you’re going to be plumping up those sorts of figures for an event such as a conference, you want to give it a fighting chance at success. While they are often necessary, conferences can sometimes have a tendency to run on the...well, dull side (it’s a family-friendly blog after all). In order to attract delegates and engage your audience, you need to select a venue that really packs that extra wow factor.
In short, when it comes to conference venues, London event organisers should base all other details around the setting and should choose the venue well. Of course, you should factor in logistics and ensure it’s in a good location for your audience. A great conference venue will have first rate AV production support and excellent catering options - but what else do you need to make sure the site is interesting enough to entice delegates who are paying to come and are therefore expecting a top-notch do?
The Barbican is the biggest arts and conference centre, so if you’re looking for a real showstopper, this is a perfect choice. There are plenty of different rooms that are well equipped to provide delegates with an experience to remember, while a dedicated events team and technician are available to help with every stage of the planning. One of the most prolific large conference venues in London, this grand venue has the capacity for 800 – 1943 people, so whether you’re conference is large or small, it’ll be one that stands apart from the rest in when held here.
Views over Regent’s Park? Tick. Modern rooms with amenities and mod-cons for hosting conferences? Tick again. If you’re looking for central London hotel conference venues, this venue is a fab spot for conferences and corporate events, fusing stylish modern interior with a traditional building and a high standard of service that will make planning and hosting an event here nice and easy.
There are times when you need to give your event that extra something; maybe you want to up the ante from last year’s conference, or perhaps you want to show up an arch rival competitor (we won’t judge). For times when you really need to elevate your offering, this award-winning event space is one of the most unusual conference venues in the city. Guests can enjoy warm hospitality whilst taking in breathtaking panoramic views over London, resulting in a standout event no matter how large or small.
If you want a traditional conference venue that screams refinery, class and elegance, the Grade II listed One Moorgate Place fits the bill. Dating back to 1893, this characterful building now has both contemporary and classic rooms that can be used to host a range of conferences and corporate dos - no wonder it’s one of the most exclusive conference venues in central London.
Take your conference to new heights (we couldn’t resist!) with Altitude 360°, a dramatic, top-floor event space located in Millbank Tower. One of the most unusual conference venues London has to offer, Altitude 360 provides plenty of bang for your buck. Panoramic views await delegates who attend conferences here, and in terms of amenities, this space has all the multimedia, catering and corporate hospitality you could need to host a first-class event.
Baden Powell House is an event planner’s dream, filled with contemporary AV facilities, award-winning catering, versatile rooms and reception spaces as well as a dedicated events team who can assist with your brief. The main event hall can host up to 300 guests, perfect for big scale conferences, and there are panoramic views to be enjoyed from the rooftop gardens. Stylish and versatile, this is one of the most exciting conference venues central London has available.
Dynamic, vibrant and located in one of London’s most sought-after areas, Battersea Evolution is a purpose-built event space that is flexible enough to host a range of events. Perhaps the most invigorating of London’s many large conference venues, Battersea Evolution has the capacity for 4,000 conference attendees, so whether you want to have an off-the-wall, unique event or something more traditional, this space has room enough for it all.
The BCS is located in The Chartered Institute for IT in Covent Garden. Looking for a spot to host a conference that blends chic modernity with traditional charm? There are flexible spaces that can host all sorts of conferences, and all manner of requests can be catered to by the events team here. Our favourite feature? The windows in the atrium, which provide incredible views out over the city.
BMA House, an idyllic grade II listed venue, ticks all the boxes when it comes to planning an event that exudes traditional London charm. BMA House can host both large and small conference venues in London, as there are 29 event spaces in total, including outdoor areas, which give you lots of versatility when it comes to arranging both the conference itself and any entertainment and socialising you may wish to arrange.
The East Wintergarden makes a great venue for just about any conference; there are spaces that suit a gathering of 20 guests, and rooms that comfortably seat 500 for larger scale conferences. Centrally located in Canary Wharf, this event venue is perfect for welcoming international visitors as it’s well connected by public transit.
Some final pointers - when it comes to choosing conference venues in London, don’t be afraid to get creative! If delegates have the option of whether or not to come, picking the perfect venue is just one way you can make sure yours is the corporate event of the calendar year!