Best Conference Venue – over 400 theatre style 2019
Hilton London Bankside
Since opening in 2015, we have already secured a reputation as a world-class venue for hosting conferences and events, achieving both Winner of Europe’s Leading Business Hotel and Winner of Europe’s Leading MICE Hotel at the World Travel Awards in 2018. Our five-star modern facilities are not only aesthetically pleasing but allow flexibility in layout and size, facilitating events and conferences of any size up to 700 delegates. The private entrance and inclusion of lighting colours/AV equipment allow organisers to transform the space to fit the style and branding of any event. The flexible catering that the hotel offers, with a team of banqueting chefs – including pastry chefs – tops off any conference/event with a range of options and bespoke menus, furthering the flexibility of choosing Hilton London Bankside for an event or conference. On top of this, the expertise and hard work of our sales and events staff, along with the wider hotel staff’s attitude to provide the highest level of hospitality and welcome to all our guests, ensure every event is memorable and personal. In summary, we believe that we offer the best conference venue in the UK and deserve to win the award.
Hilton London Metropole
Sometimes size does matter, and in the world of business events and conferences – where the demand from clients is for bigger and better experiences time after time – the importance of scale should not be underestimated.
As the UK’s largest conference and meetings hotel, the Hilton London Metropole truly stands apart from the competition in its ability to deliver expansive, personalised and unique events that our clients and their delegates cannot experience anywhere else.
Today the hotel boasts 42 event spaces and 4,100 square meters of pillar-free space, allowing us to host both intimate gatherings, and conferences of enormous, groundbreaking scale. But it’s not just about the amount of space – it’s what you do with it that counts, and that’s where our market-leading team of events professionals comes in.
Intercontinental London – The O2
InterContinental London – The O2 is one of the newest and most impressive conference venues in London, located on London’s vibrant Greenwich Peninsula The venue’s gem is The Arora Ballroom, the UK’s largest pillar-free ballroom which can accommodate up to 3,000 delegates located within a purpose-built, 4,500sqm conference centre providing the perfect setting for large-scale award ceremonies, exhibitions, conferences, and dinners The ballroom offers immense versatility to adapt to multiple configurations The Arora Ballroom can divide into 14 smaller spaces with 7 5 high ceiling, heavy-duty rigging points, full sound-proofed separation walls and LED lighting The Events and Operations teams have excelled in customer service for clients, including providing bespoke advice, offering a range of audio-visual options, alongside last minute updates from the client required to accommodate delegates satisfaction Also, our professional Executive and Pastry Chefs have carefully designed and delivered innovative concepts The team have offered excellence in service and played a role in making the clients experience memorable such as providing menu tasting. Recently, there were various catering stations in collaboration with our food suppliers and presenting dishes an unusual way by using traditional English items with a modern twist.
Kings Place is a contemporary, purpose built venue in the heart of King’s Cross featuring a diverse and versatile selection of spaces: including two auditoriums, a multi-purpose canal-side function room with private terrace, two private dining rooms, restaurant, art gallery and a number of meeting rooms that can be used individually or as breakouts.
Since opening in 2008, Kings Place has established itself as a leading space for conferences and events; providing all catering, AV and production services in-house from multi-day conferences with exhibition stands to drinks receptions, meetings and dinners. The last 12 months have seen Kings Place continue to grow revenues to report its highest ever events revenue as well as the refurbishment of one the venue’s spaces.
Based in the heart of the City of London, The Brewery is a Grade II-listed building, recognised for corporate events since 1976.
2018 was the most successful year on record for The Brewery hosting over 500 events, 41% of which were conferences and exhibitions.
The Brewery has a series of values: stewardship, inclusivity, integrity and transparency. These values are used to drive service standards and make all staff feel part of the historic traditions associated with The Brewery. The Brewery’s approach is to offer unrivalled, unassuming levels of service, to always be one step ahead of the client, assume the needs of the event and to listen to feedback and adapt.
Last year, a number of new initiatives within the venue’s in-house catering operations led to a customer satisfaction score of 70% with regards to food and beverage at the venue against a national average of 62% (Source BVA BDRC Venue Verdict). This includes a marketplace menu and authentic coffee ground on site.
Following such a successful 2018, The Brewery anticipates that a number of new developments to the facilities and services available at its venue will lead to another rewarding year for its events team.
The Hurlingham Club
A hidden gem…a quintessentially British venue in the heart of London
Set in 42 acres of magnificent grounds on the border of the Thames in Fulham, The Hurlingham Club is a green oasis of tradition and international renown, effortlessly combining timeless elegance with state of the art event facilities.
Steeped in grandeur, the Hurlingham Club is not only a private members’ club, but also a venue for private hire. Home to events such as Fete Champetre and the Aspall Tennis Classic at Hurlingham, The Hurlingham Club is also available for corporate and private events. Guests are always treated with the high level of service which has become synonymous with the Club.
The Club provides a unique space to host gala dinners and award ceremonies, with the magnificent Palm Court offering a stunning entrance for drinks receptions and backdrop for photos, and choice of function rooms catering for 30 up to 1,200 guests; and everything in between.
The Club’s team of highly trained and experienced staff, high class facilities and experience with hosting prestigious events ensure that your guests’ will leave your event with only great memories to behold.
The Kia Oval
The Kia Oval used to be called a hidden gem in conference and events but with an extensive list of repeat clients holding their annual events with us, including Alzheimer’s, Macmillan and SGN, we think hidden may now be an understatement! Our focus as a venue is not only on ensuring we continue our growth but on the customer experience for the 2000 events we hold per year; this experience starts from the moment a client enquires right through to the post event follow up. Each event is one of a kind, and we believe that the service we provide should be too. Our devotion to delivering the best events possible is exemplified by feedback from one of our repeat clients, St Giles Trust. “The staff at the Oval were amazing and super helpful and the food exceeded my expectations. All in all it was a great day and our staff really enjoyed the conference and for our first timers they were in awe of the grounds (I too am still in awe even though I’ve been there a few times).”
With 57 flexible spaces over 16,000 sqm, the versatility and scope of Tobacco Dock makes it ideal for a range of conferencing options. Feedback from clients shows the attraction of our venue lies in our iconic building, the expertise of our team, high level of customer service and creative support we offer.
Due to the unique layout of our spaces, smaller events never feel under-attended, while we’re equally able to comfortably accommodate very large events, with a maximum capacity for 10,000 attendees.
Our dry-hire basis provides clients with the opportunity to create completely original, non-formulaic events. Meanwhile, we have increased our provision for those looking for more straightforward planning for smaller conferences with our comprehensive DDR packages in The Dock Gallery and our newly re-imagined East Dock.
Our large WiFi capacity, with the ability to simultaneously support up to 8,000 devices, makes us a popular choice with clients from the Tech and FinTech industries as well as for live events looking to stream their content.
Our in-house catering team, Tobacco Dock Food, provides award-winning and versatile menus, from sit-down formal banquets to informal street-food options. In 2018 they catered for 171 live days, feeding 120,000 guests and conducted 33 tastings.