Best London Event / Exhibition Venue – 1,000+ attendees 2018
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.
The Barbican is a world leading conference and international arts venues. Located in the City of London, it is capable of holding meetings from 10-2,000 delegates in its fully equipped concert hall, theatres, conference suites and boardrooms.
The Barbican provides a vibrant and inspiring venue for corporate events, conferences, meetings and entertainment. As part of its wider investment strategy we spent £2.2m on a significant refurbishment throughout the Centre last year including its Frobisher rooms and Level 4. The refurbishment is designed to create a stronger connection between the Centre’s main conference and meeting facilities and its arts spaces.
In 2017/2018 we hosted 352 events with a footfall of 143,000 delegates – a 4% and 39% increase from 2016/2017 in each respectively.
City Central at the HAC
City Central is an impressive semi-permanent structure providing a unique and flexible event space in the heart of the City. It is a magnificent space offering over 2,500sqm with a capacity of between 250 to 2,500 guests across two live seasons, summer and winter.
The summer season venue includes a large private garden with an opportunity to extend over the five and a half acres of private outside space. An exciting addition is the funfair which includes a Ferris Wheel, Carousel, Dodgems and Side Stalls.
The winter season venue provides clients with an enormous amount of flexible space. Full production includes innovative lighting, full sound package and a large central stage with dual screens. As is the case with the summer venue, the main space has been fully sound- proofed ensuring audio levels usually known to a permanent venue.
In each year at City Central, Ultimate Experience will deliver between 45 to 50 exclusive events over a total of ten weeks and cater for approximately 30,000 guests. Over 80% of our clients rebook for the following year – so we must be doing something right!
Hilton London Metropole
Here at Hilton London Metropole, we are proud to be one of Europe’s largest conference hotels, with event organisers having the space and flexibility to create the most memorable experiences. We can accommodate conferences for up to 1,600 delegates and host 1059 to sleep, having a huge advantage of everything under one roof. We were delighted to host DattoCon in October 2017, where the event was designed to enhance the profile of our client Datto. The event took over our entire West Wing and utilised our two largest suites – Kings and Monarch. Having spoken to other venues, Datto found we offered the most extensive branding opportunities with branding throughout our West Wing and public areas. What’s more is our in house AV team designed and built a 40ft rocket for an out of this world space theme. ‘Our canvas, your story’ is a perfect example from this event where our dedicated team went above and beyond for Datto and transformed our space, inspiring attendees throughout. Datto praised us for the seamless transition from sales, planning and operations stating we were exceptionally helpful to ensure the event was a great success.
For over 30 years, the QEII Centre has provided a stage for game changers and innovators, hosting world-famous politicians, inventors, actors, philanthropists and royalty. From global conventions for 2,500 delegates to edgy and innovative fashion shows, QEII prides itself on being able to meet any challenge that comes its way.
£12 million has been invested in improvements to meet client needs, resulting in QEII’s highest-ever occupancy levels, increasing numbers of new clients across multiple sectors and high levels of repeat business.
QEII has increased customer touchpoints to create more opportunities for feedback, informing decisions on physical changes to the building, services offered and in-house processes, and customer satisfaction levels are at an all-time high.
QEII is committed to offering excellence in catering, having appointed a head chef with a background in 5-star hotels to create exciting new menus that go above and beyond what’s expected of a conference venue.
Following a five-year refurbishment and rebranding project, the QEII Centre has reimagined what an event venue can be and is attracting a wider variety of clients, from a diverse range of sectors, than ever before.
The O2, now in its eleventh year of operation, is best known as one of the world’s most iconic music and entertainment venues, but the London landmark offers a whole lot more than just this. This past year has been one of the most successful for corporate events, a testimony to the exceptional arena content we deliver year on year that makes The O2 such an aspirational place to hold events. New clients and repeat business have been incredibly strong this year; the venue’s infrastructure allows for both to be ambitious in their event planning, knowing full well we are capable of hosting big name stars, staging and whatever else they might dream up.