Best Unusual or Unique Venue – 500+ attendees
Alexandra Palace is a venue like no other and has been innovating and entertaining visitors since 1875. Built as the ‘People’s Palace’, this remarkable seven-acre Grade II listed building and park remains one of London most iconic destinations. From the advent of Victorian leisure time through to the development of theatre, cinema, television and live events – Alexandra Palace continues to be central to the story of entertainment in Britain.
Over a 150 year history it has been the home of extraordinary events – the first high definition television broadcast in 1936, The Rolling Stones in 1964, the ground breaking 14 Hour Technicolor Dream in 1967, The Brit Awards in 1993 and in 2017 Spotify’s already legendary Who We Be Live showcase.
Our capacity is over 10,000sqm with nine spaces and 196 acres of parkland offering unprecedented panoramic views of London and our event spaces can host anywhere from 10 to 10,000 people.
Harrow School is undeniably a venue immersed in historic value. Covering 260 acres of North West London Harrow School opens its doors as a truly unique and exclusive Events venue. Private Parties, Weddings and Corporate Events are all within our capability. We are excited by new enquires and exclusive projects, aiming this year to increase our pop up events and onsite Christmas workshops. Both the Enterprises’ Events and Filming Businesses have established longstanding client retention with a number of local companies returning each year. Private and public tours regularly take place on the hill with guests enthusiastic to see our collection of iconic buildings. The Speech Room, War Memorial and Old Schools offer a real insight into the school’s past. At Harrow School Enterprises we pride ourselves on excellence, in both our venue presentation and customer service. We aim to deliver an occasion that meets all expectations. With over 400 years’ of history, beautiful landscaped gardens and incredible views over London, Harrow School is the ideal historic venue for a memorable and unique Event.
Hawker House, in Canada Water, is one of London’s most unusual event spaces and through the creative vision of its event team, has established itself as one of London’s alternative and unique venues.
Previously an unused warehouse, Hawker House, has become the London event planners go-to-venue for a unique event space for large scale conferences, exhibitions, award ceremonies, product launches, experiential events or parties.
The venue is completely unique to anything else on the London venue scene, Hawker House has its own identity which sets its self apart from any other London space. Just a short walk from Canada Water station, Hawker House is a street food mega-market with multipool rooms and spaces – each totally unique – with kitsch décor and quirky styling – every small detail has been thought of.
Unlike any other venue in London, Hawker House offers casual street-food dining with food venders from all around the world and can cater for all dietary requirements. Resident venders featuring at Hawker House include; Ink, Yum Bun, Mother Clucker, Born and Raised, Chin Chin, Petare, Salt Shed, Up In My Grill, Yumplings and Club Mexicana.
Madame Tussauds London
Madame Tussauds London, with its historical charm, was founded in 1835 on Baker Street and has been on its current site on Marylebone Road since 1884. Since the last century, it has been an events venue hosting the likes of Queen Victoria and her family for afternoon tea. It has kept up to date with the latest faces in pop-culture, music, sport, fame and history and in turn, the venue itself has been given the ‘red carpet’ treatment.
Madame Tussauds isn’t just an unusual venue for hosting excellent corporate and private events. It has extra elements and takes guests on a journey through history and popular culture. Its roster of talent is constantly being updated and improved with bigger and better exhibitions year on year.
At Merlin, the fun and the magic is at the heart of all we do across our business. For events, we want to work with the client as closely and carefully as possible to ensure they and their guests have the best event and as much fun as they can at Madame Tussauds. We strive to make the pre-event planning simple, streamlining the process for them and giving them a dedicated, experienced events manager.
Pavilion at the Tower of London
The stunning Pavilion at the Tower of London can accommodate up to 1,200 guests for receptions, and between 300 and 700 guests for conferences and seated dinners. There is no other venue in London which has such a distinguished backdrop or capacity to match The Pavilion.
The Pavilion is innovatively designed and built to fit in with the historic surroundings and offers a magnificent interior that emulates the regal splendour of the Tower’s rich history. The marquee also has an angled roof so that views of the Tower are not obstructed.
The versatile yet elegant marquee is set amid the private garden of the Tower of London’s Northern Moat. The installation provides an amazing space for a variety of events including summer and Christmas parties, charity dinners, conferences and award ceremonies.
The Pavilion is like no other event space in London. Being situated in the shadow of one of London’s most iconic landmarks, The Pavilion is guaranteed to leave guests lost for words. It’s unique in its position and its design and being in situ for only 10 weeks each year, offers real exclusivity within, what is already, a very special location.
The National Gallery
The National Gallery is one of the most visited and best loved art galleries in the world, having enjoyed a long and unique history. As a true icon of the capital, the Gallery has worked with a variety of different clients for corporate and private events, filming and wedding receptions.
With a world-class collection of art, architecture of the highest national importance, and event spaces that range from historic picture galleries to contemporary blank canvas spaces, clients benefit from a great deal of choice, returning for repeat events to experience something new each time.
The National Gallery employs an innovative approach to continually refresh its venue hire offer, providing new event spaces – with two brand new outdoor spaces launching in 2018 – interactive tours and experiences, and regular cultivation events that have previously centred on concepts such as immersive events and wellbeing.
The expertise and excellent customer service of the Events Team has allowed the National Gallery to adapt its building into a fully operational events venue. By working collaboratively, and pursuing new ideas of working, the Gallery is able to bring a wide variety of events to life, cementing the National Gallery’s reputation as an outstanding unique venue.
Wimborne House JJ Media
Wimborne Lounge pulls inspiration from the 1920’s, with Parisian lights hanging proudly above our espresso bar, a fully refurbished lounge and spaces that span from industrial basement to sumptuous rooftop. Our studded velvet booths allow clients to relax and work freely throughout the day, feeling like they have an escape from studio life. The lounge area transforms into a romantic event space, allowing guests an intimate event with a difference. Our dedicated team a on-hand to offer consultation, advice and their years of experience in offering 360 event planning support.