London: buyers' top venues for meetings

Four industry experts show that, whatever the scale or style of event, London has the venue to fit the bill

The Brigade, London
The Brigade, London

As featured in C&IT's Venue London guide

 

Brief: An exciting training venue for 50 members of staff

Response: Mark Ivackovic, head of account management, Zibrant

The Brigade on Tooley Street, near London Bridge, opened in late 2011. It is an inspirational option for training, not only for its design and facilities, but also its ethos. A partnership initiative between De Vere and the PWC consultancy, it provides opportunities for people who have been at risk of, or who have experienced, homelessness to undertake a six-month apprenticeship to gain the qualifications and mindset to find sustainable employment. There is meeting space for 50 delegates, excellent catering and a range of cookery-themed activity programmes to round off the event.

Brief: A discreet, high-end board meeting for ten people

Response: Stephanie Hawkins, team manager, Banks Sadler

Halkin Hotel, London

The Halkin Hotel, which is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary, has a lovely modern, boutique feel, offering quiet glamour, chic interiors and a tranquil ambience. Private dining is available for post-meeting sustenance at the award-winning Thai restaurant, Nahm, and although there is only one main meeting room, this will ensure that the session is discreet. The venue itself is beautifully serviced, offering a truly five-star experience for the guests and, being set on a quiet road in Belgravia, the location and surrounding area also have a luxurious, secluded feel.

Brief: Central London venue with accommodation for a divisional meeting for 200 delegates

Response: Simon Thompson, director and co-founder, Conferences Group

Victoria Park Plaza hotel, London

The Park Plaza Victoria is centrally located and easily accessible for delegates arriving by train or tube. The conference space is modern and flexible, and contained within a designated conference centre over two lower ground floors. With 15 conference rooms, the venue can offer plenty of break-out space. Bedrooms are contemporary, spacious and set up with the business traveller in mind. The venue offers the opportunity to upgrade VIPs to studios or apartments, and the terrace can also be used for a small evening drinks reception.

Brief: An annual staff conference for 1,000 delegates with great AV

Response: Chris Doggart, head of technical production, George P Johnson

ICC London Excel

London Excel's ICC London provides everything you need for a large annual conference. Primarily it's the flexibility of the space that allows you to demonstrate your creativity and achieve your production ambitions in a way that few other London venues can. The Capital Suite provides a great space for break-outs. The Capital Hall works well as an exhibition or catering venue, and the Auditorium offers a flexible blank canvas space for large-scale AV productions. The space can easily accommodate the main keynote address and then be switched for a stunning evening party.

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