The Octagon opens as conference venue

The Octagon, a Victorian library modelled on the Reading Room of the British Library, has been refurbished as a modern conference and events venue serving clients in East London, the City and Docklands. The venue is a beautiful eight-sided, triple-height hall lined with historical books and statues, which sits at the heart of Queen Mary, University of London’s Mile End Campus. It has recently undergone extensive refurbishment to restore it to its former beauty. The new facility boasts a mixture of old world grandeur and elegance, with the benefits of modern AV equipment and superior conference support facilities. Original Victorian features have been retained, including busts and plaques of famous authors and philosophers, and cast iron galleries span the eight walls to ceiling height, displaying historical and rare books. Refurbishment of the Octagon has involved a complete transformation of catering, heating and lighting facilities to allow for total flexibility in the planning of functions and events. The Octagon is 450m2 and accommodates up to 500 people for standing receptions, 200 for banquet dinners and 150 cabaret style. Conference and groups manager Sue Mussett said: “The Octagon is a sophisticated venue, unique in its location and standards of service. We are looking forward to showcasing this venue to the local area, and to anyone interested in organising conferences and events in East London.”

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