Most Unusual or Unique Venue over 250
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MOST UNUSUAL OR UNIQUE VENUE – over 250 reception style
An ambitious feat of engineering has lifted Cutty Sark 3 metres into the air above her dry dock creating a truly awe-inspiring event space underneath her hull unlike any other event space in the world. Up to 270 guests can dine directly underneath the 963 tonne ship suspended above them, with natural daylight flooding through and event lighting reflecting off her copper hull. The world’s largest collection of Merchant Navy figureheads decorates one end of the space, forming an incomparable backdrop to any band or DJ. The ship has four additional unique event spaces for the guests to enjoy. Clients can enjoy drinks on the Weather Deck enjoying break taking sweeping views across the River Thames of the Isle of Dogs and central London. The Master’s Saloon on the Weather Deck offers a private dining experience for 10 using the very table the Captain would have used to entertain guests at port. The ‘Tween deck with its bowed floor, interactive displays and rocking benches all providing the illusion of being at sea offers an experiential reception space. The Lower Hold deck is home to the only historic ship theatre in the world and is available for awards, presentations and speeches.
About to celebrate its 15th year as the UK’s only permanent -5°C ice bar, ICEBAR London is the central attraction of Mayfair’s Heddon Street Food Quarter.
Since their inception in 2005 they have seen fourteen fantastic annual incarnations, from underwater adventures, to super-sized cupcakes and a full-size food truck, rock’n’roll heroes and a tongue-in-cheek play on tourist London complete with punk Trafalgar Square lions and Banksy-inspired ice art in the walls.
Their latest theme, Valhalla Calling, draws its inspiration from the myths of the Norse Gods, Odin, Loki and Thor, the monsters of Ragnarok, the final war at the end of the world, and the fabulous hall of Valhalla where Odin feasts every night with the bravest warriors who have fall in battle.
An event at ICEBAR London is a uniquely memorable experience and the perfect venue for parties, product launches, private dining, Christmas celebrations, meetings and corporate events.
When it comes to London’s coolest venues, there’s cool and maybe even super-chilled, but no one else in town will ever be as cool as -5°C!
The Kia Oval is, at its heart, a cricket ground with a rich sporting history which spans over 179 years. This includes the first FA cup final, the first international rugby game, and many incredible cricket moments. However, in recent years, The Kia Oval has also become known as one of the fastest growing and finest conference and events venues in London. With over 73 rooms and a mix of modern and traditional, we can offer something for every taste. We bring together our experience in world class hospitality and a dedicated and flexible events team to deliver fantastic events with outstanding food. As a client from Beneficial Life states “when I have two MD’s coming up to me and saying it’s the best event they have been to, I think that says it all.”
Lord’s Cricket Ground
Owned by Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), Lord’s is one of the most famous cricket grounds in the world – uniquely traditional and modern, with the Victorian Grade II*-listed Pavilion and award-winning J.P. Morgan Media Centre. Both of these iconic buildings can be seen from the recently constructed Warner Stand, which opened in 2017.
Lord’s is proud to host 16 characterful event spaces, accommodating between 10 and 500 delegates.
Lord’s is also home to England’s first ICC Women’s and Men’s Cricket World Cup wins and England’s heroes have created a legacy at Lord’s which will forever be remembered. You can safely say no-one has ever witnessed sporting occasions quite like these ones before and events held at Lord’s will leave a lasting impression.
The significant investment in improving the facilities at Lord’s shows the ambition and desire to continually improve the customer experience. In particular, the quality of the in-house catering, combined with award-winning service, makes Lord’s a cut above the rest.
The unique environment and experience at Lord’s give guests something to talk about. These iconic spaces combined with the history of the ground and flexibility on offer, ensure that Lord’s is a unique and perfect choice for any event.
SEA LIFE London Aquarium
SEA LIFE London Aquarium is the City’s largest aquarium, being widely-enjoyed by many for more than 20 years. Sitting on the bank of the River Thames, it has been running since 1997 and is able to accommodate up to 750 guests. The venues construction was an incredible use of an otherwise abandoned space and it has seen countless renovations and upgrades since. The new Coral Kingdom is most recent; a particularly colourful and interesting additional to the impressive space.
Being London’s only underwater venue makes it genuinely one-of-a-kind as a choice for hosting events, including conferences, award ceremonies, corporate parties, private dinners and more. The attractions variety of areas are opened to explore and provides a unique, mesmerising atmosphere at any event.
Creating fun and unforgettable experiences is what Merlin Events is driven to do. Its team strives to deliver without exception and take on every request they receive. They work closely with the client and listen to their ideas and objectives. Pre-event planning is made as simple as possible through streamlining the process and always providing a dedicated, experienced events manager.
With its 360° views of the London skyline, large capacity spaces and seasonal activities, Skylight, perched atop the iconic Tobacco Dock, is one of London’s most imaginative and exciting destination bars.
Offering terrific scope for corporate parties, networking events and product launches, this beautiful destination bar transforms with the seasons to become an urban lawn club in the summer months and a neon-lit icy wonderland in the winter. Summer visitors can get competitive on the croquet and pétanque lawns, while in the winter guests can enjoy Europe’s only real ice rooftop ice-rink.
Organisers benefit from the planning skills of the experienced Tobacco Dock team and are able to choose from a range of packages to create the perfect event. Available for both full and shared hire, this stunning rooftop bar has capacity for 600 guests. Delicious catering options are carried out by our street food partners, or our in-house catering team, Tobacco Dock Food.
Come and play!
Union Chapel has been an inspiring space for events since 1992. Renowned for remarkable acoustics, the warmest of welcomes and a magical atmosphere.
Last year we had over 200 public events. These events support the conservation and development of our remarkable building, which is also home to an inclusive church and a homelessness project.
The varied programme has music at its heart, with performances from the likes of Bjork, Amy Winehouse and Elton John over the years. We also have a plethora of comedy, spoken word, film and community events.
Events at Union Chapel are a little bit different. Audience members can sit in a pew and enjoy a mug of tea. In the café there’s delicious food cooked by people being supported in their recovery from homelessness. And there’s spectacular architecture for a backdrop. That said there’s also crumbling brickwork, outdoor loos and damp corners, problems that every event here helps us to improve. Our profits go back into looking after this venue, a venue truly like no other.
ZSL London Zoo
Where else in London can you enjoy a Summers day watching Costa Rican Humboldt penguins speed past whilst sipping on a delicious cocktail or devouring mouth-watering bowl food in Tiger Territory to a backdrop of a majestic Sumatran tiger?
With a range of unique venues, we host the full spectrum of events; from conferences and gala dinners to summer parties and weddings. Of the 12 venue spaces we have, 6 are based in our animal enclosures, where our guests can experience evening receptions and summer parties up close and personal with our wonderful animals to create long-lasting memories. With complimentary access to the Zoo and a range of exciting add-ons such as unique animal encounters and private Zoo tours, we try and inject some fun into all our events.
In the last year, we have relaunched our brand, made our catering options healthier and more exciting, introduced a new microsite and hosted ‘Into the Wild’, a party for our clients to celebrate all of this to tie in with our refurbishment https://youtu.be/az7X8QoXwvw
We take pride in working at the Zoo for its uniqueness, its values, its incredible events and for what these events mean to keeping our conservation projects going.