Best Venue for Screen & Sound 2018
Ham Yard Hotel – Theatre & Dive Bar
Firmdale Hotels opened its eighth London property, Ham Yard Hotel, on 1st June 2014.
Set on a three-quarter acre site in the heart of bustling Soho, Ham Yard represents the biggest and boldest venture so far in terms of event space, however the jewel in the crown is the 190 seat state-of-the-art Theatre which has been designed and equipped to the highest professional standards.
The walls are lined with electric blue wool, with striking tangerine orange leather seats and bright fuchsia pink silk curtains framing the stage. As well as a top tier balcony, there are 2 beautifully designed green rooms with mini bar, shower, sofa and desk. The Theatre also comes complete with a private drinks space, the Dive Bar which is named in honour of a 3ft neon lit lady diver, which hangs on the far wall alongside cascading Kit Kemp designed Rick Rack wall fabric, framed by mud bead chandeliers and 10 foot high orange spiral press.
By achieving a rare balance of striking design, beautiful interiors in Kit Kemp’s signature style, comfort, purpose built logistical elements, and constantly updated state of art technology, Ham Yard Hotel Theatre truly is London’s Best Space for Screen & Sound.
IET London: Savoy Place
IET London: Savoy Place is recognised as one of London’s leading venues for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) events; as a global engineering hub with connectivity at its heart, the Institution is at the forefront of technical, digital and design led operations.
Following a two-year £30million refurbishment, instigated and designed with the future in mind, IET London: Savoy Place is equipped with an advanced digital fibre core infrastructure embedded throughout the building which ensures the standard tech offering is superior and, most importantly, well placed to cope with future technology trends and client expectations. Total floor space was also increased by one third.
A 500MB bandwidth, available up to 2GB capacity, allows numerous events to run concurrently through Wi-Fi (2000 IP address and multiple VPNs). Streaming capabilities also mean the two lecture theatres can be linked, increasing the capacity of the number of guests able to view a conference or event to 626.
Recent digital upgrades in 2017 included replacing 100-inch LED walls with a 140-inch projector wall in the Exhibition Room and Watson Watt, which also features added PIP (Picture in Picture) software, whilst recent sound investments included multifunctional Mobile Dante mic rack for the flat floor spaces.
May Fair Theatre
Located within The May Fair Hotel, the May Fair Theatre is one of the capital’s largest private screening rooms. It is also one of London’s most impressive presentation spaces, with high-definition projection systems, THX quality spectacular sound, stage and stunning décor throughout. Adjacent to the Private Dining Room, it is the perfect space for film premieres, live theatre screenings, annual general meetings or product launches – an integral part of the hotel’s meetings and events offering. An extremely versatile venue, we firmly believe the May Fair Theatre is a great choice for this award category.
The BFI IMAX
The BFI IMAX proudly host’s the largest IMAX screen in the UK which is over 20 metres high and 26 metres wide, with a luxury 498 seated tiered auditorium and incredible transformation potential for any size event from in screen experiences to full venue hire. The venue has been presented by ODEON and UCI Cinemas since 2012.
Perfectly located outside Waterloo station, the venue is extremely accessible using any multiple forms of, making it very easy to bring attendees together for events, also benefiting from no restrictions for any accessible requirements.
We work closely with our award winning catering to tailor luxurious menu’s, innovative canapes, season lunches, and themed serving stations to fulfil whatever the requirements are.
The BFI IMAX encompasses everything you need for an event. From state of the art audio-visual technology, professional catering facilities and staffing, a spacious bar area that can offer beers on draft, on-site coffee shop and multiple versatile spaces throughout the venue.
A further advantage is that the building is fully customisable, from the colour scheme for lighting, poster displays throughout the building and even the wrapping of the entire building, you can turn one of London’s most iconic venues into your own.
The Hospital Club
Founded in 2004, The Hospital Club facilitates members of the creative industries to connect, collaborate and create in the heart of London. The seven storey building in Covent Garden houses a TV Studio, a gallery, a 36 seater screening room, various meeting and events rooms and a purpose built performance space. In 2014 we added 15 boutique bedrooms, offering a home away from home for our guests and members.
As a creative hub, we have all the facilities needed to host the perfect event, whether it’s a board meeting for 12, a conference for 120, private dinners or a preview screening. h Club London is a one-stop-shop for our clients. From initial enquiry to the event day, each client will have a dedicated event manager who will oversee all aspects of the booking. Nothing is ever too much for our team who will always go above and beyond.
What gives us the edge over our competition is our state of the art technology and in house technicians in our TV studio, screening room and performance space. There is no other event venue that can offer these facilities under one roof and have the knowledge and talent of our team.
Walthamstow Assembly Hall
Walthamstow Assembly Hall is a Grade II listed arts, live music and recording venue in the heart of Walthamstow London, with world-renowned acoustics and an impressive history of performances and recordings. Walthamstow Assembly Hall is Forest Venues flagship venue.
In 2017 the Assembly Hall was rebranded as WAH17 which is what is was originally known as in the 1980s. With 35% of London’s grassroots music venues lost since 2007. We have launched a program of music and cultural events that highlights the history and heritage of the hall.
We are very excited about being given an opportunity to put ourselves forth for the Best Space for Screen and Sound as it is the perfect award to sum up our historic world renowned acoustic Hall in the heart of Walthamstow that we call WAH17. We hope this award could potentially encourage more long lasting relationships with clients, new connections in the event industry and most importantly to make people aware of the true beauty and innovation that WAH17 has to offer.