Best Historic Venue or Livery Hall 2018
Museum of London Docklands
Opened in 2003, the Museum of London Docklands tells the story of the port, river and city focusing on trade, migration and commerce in London, making it an events destination like no other. Located in Canary Wharf’s only Grade I listed building, events held at the converted Georgian sugar warehouse are set to the stunning backdrop of London’s River Thames with the futuristic skyline of the capital’s financial district towering overhead.
The hospitality team at museum are a dedicated group of experts and all have a huge passion for London and its history. The museum offers a totally inimitable experience which draws inspiration from the beating heart of the capital. Whether clients are looking for an exclusive dinner for 10 guests or a large scale reception for 1,000, they can rest assured knowing the Museum of London is on hand to deliver an experience they will never forget.
RSA House is the home of the charitable organisation known as The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. With rooms offering unique stories, that have been updated to meet modern day requirements, whilst still retaining all their charm and character, it’s a popular choice.
Individuals, many of whom are fellows of The RSA, are a key source of business.
We have an entirely unique offering, in particular as an exclusive use venue, which appeals greatly for Weddings.
Menus change with the season and are designed to satisfy customer’s demands, whilst ensuring ingredients are carefully sourced to allow for the best quality and value.
Our approach to customer service is warm, relaxed and bespoke, placing the client at ease from the moment they enquire with us.
We are part of several consortiums including Unique Venues of London. This helps us monitor our competitors and guide us on what to promote and how to be innovative with our special offers.
We have strong relationships between The RSA, CH&Co and our other preferred suppliers that we believe underpins what makes us a unique venue, along with our outstanding history and high quality product
Grade I listed Skinners’ Hall is a unique scheduled ancient monument, situated in the hustle & bustle of the Square Mile, and home to the Skinners’ Company for over 700 years. The current Hall dates from 1670, having been rebuilt following the devastation of the Great Fire of London, and survived World War II with bomb damage only within what is now known as the Old Court Room. Skinners’ Hall today is a perfect blend of being a modern and adaptable event venue whilst remaining an historical masterpiece in architecture, artwork and artefacts. Located within walking distance of Bank station, London Cannon Street and London Blackfriars, during the week Skinners’ Hall is full of inspiring conferences, corporate networking, charity fundraising dinners, and even the occasional wine tasting. Whilst we host the occasional corporate event on a weekend, throughout the year Skinners’ Hall is a popular venue for weddings, birthday parties & golden wedding anniversaries.
Stationers’ Hall and Garden
Stationers’ Hall is one of the few remaining Livery Halls in the City of London (conveniently located near St Paul’s Cathedral) and is available for hire for commercial and private events seven days a week. The four magnificent inter-linking rooms, as well as the beautiful secluded garden, means that the Hall is extremely versatile and flexible and attracts local business as well as industry related clients, many of whom return to the Hall on a regular basis.
It is at the heart of the City and very much part of London history, both past and present.
The Hall belongs to, and is used regularly for their own events, by The Stationers’ Company. There are a number of ways in which the Company supports training, education and welfare. The contributions to their charities generated from commercial lettings is vast.
The Hall is very much a centre of excellence. We have hand-picked all our suppliers from our caterers – Chester Boyd, to ITA* Venues – sales and marketing leaders and Eclipse – leaders in the AV world. By working alongside such expertise, we consistently raise the bar and exceed customer expectation year on year, as reflected in our annual sales performance.
The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple
Situated on the banks of the River Thames, Middle Temple is one of the ancient Inns of Court, and has been at the heart of the legal system since it was first built in the mid sixteenth century. It boasts one of the finest examples of an Elizabethan Hall in the country, where the soaring double hammer beam roof and stately wood panelled walls provide a dramatic backdrop for any event. Surrounded by beautifully manicured lawns and gorgeously blooming flowers, Middle Temple can cater for all events from large garden parties of 700 guests to smaller private dining evenings of 20, in a selection of spaces that each provide a glimpse into the fascinating past of this historically important venue. Ancient artifacts are on display everywhere – from original oil paintings to suits of armour and coats of arms. Follow in the footsteps of history and let the magical atmosphere of Middle Temple charm your guests and create a stunning event that will linger in memories for decades to come.
The Law Society
113 Chancery Lane, within easy reach of the City and West End, is home to the Law Society and has been at the centre of the legal world since 1832. Behind the magnificent pillared portico of this fully accessible Grade II* listed building lies a treasure trove of elegant rooms, perfect for weddings, dinners, celebrations, training, meetings and parties for up to 250 guests.
Clients choose us for many reasons – the prestige and elegance of the venue, the welcome of the dedicated reception team; the soundproofed rooms, the links with our long serving team. We undertake a constant programme of renovations to always present a pristine venue.
A critical success factor is the creativity of the chefs and the skill of our front of house team.
Although 180 years old, 113 Chancery Lane has the latest event technology and facilities.
We attracted 41% first time clients this year using a partnerships with marketing agents; a well optimised website and an effective key account strategy.
Our testimonials and 55% repeat business show we know how to deliver amazing events.
The National Gallery
The Grade I listed National Gallery is one of the most visited and best loved art galleries in the world. Having been in existence for nearly 200 years, the Gallery has enjoyed a long and rich history, and as a true icon of the capital has worked with clients from a variety of different sectors.
With elegant picture galleries and blank canvas spaces, including daytime conference facilities, clients have the opportunity to embrace the contrast of hosting contemporary events in a historic venue.
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 – and hosting regular cultivation events that have previously centred on concepts such as the immersive, Halloween and wellbeing.
The expertise and excellent customer service of the Events Team has allowed the National Gallery, which launched venue hire in July 2015, to adapt its building into a fully operational events venue. By working collaboratively, and pursuing new ideas of working in a historic venue, the Gallery is able to bring a wide variety of events to life, cementing the National Gallery’s reputation as an outstanding historic venue for all.
Tower of London
Founded by William the Conqueror in 1078, the Tower of London is one of the world’s most famous fortresses, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As the home of the Crown Jewels, the famous Yeoman Warders and legendary ravens – the Tower of London is steeped in incredible history and offers a range of spectacular event spaces for meetings, dinners or drinks receptions.
Celebrations in the vaulted Wakefield Tower can spill out onto the Battlements, treating guests to a stunning panoramic backdrop of Tower Bridge and the River Thames, while the iconic White Tower offers an unforgettable experience for drinks receptions.
The versatile New Armouries is suited for any large drinks reception or dinner, accommodating up to 240 guests while The Armouries’ second-floor Meeting Suite combines ancient history with state-of-the-art audio-visual technology, making it perfect for hosting conferences or large meetings.
Larger events can take place in the Tower’s sweeping moat, which has previously accommodated an ice rink and food festivals for up to 2000 guests.
No visit to the Tower is complete without a glimpse of the world-famous Crown Jewels – treating guests to a private viewing of its collection of 23,578 gemstones adds a truly special touch.