Best Venue with a View 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.
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!
I would like to put HMS Belfast forward as we have just celebrated our 80th anniversary in March, this vessel that has witnessed some of the most significant historical milestones in the 20th century With exceptional 360 degree views of London combining views of tower Bridge and the tower of London with the city Skyline there is no other view like this available on the Thames Steeped in history, HMS Belfast is an inspirational and memorable venue for private dining, meetings, product launches, conferences, Dinners, teambuilding, receptions, parties and more Permanently moored between London Bridge and Tower Bridge, it’s the most significant surviving Second World War Royal Navy warship, offering spectacular panoramic views of London and authentically decorated rooms –each with its own individual character A welcoming atmosphere, first-class hospitality and dishes prepared on board by an expert team of chefs combine to make HMS Belfast a truly unforgettable experience for our guests Our main USP is that we offer free museum access to our delegates offering them the opportunity to journey through the rooms of this floating city HMS Belfast, is truly one of London’s most iconic venues.
Oval Space is a multi-purpose venue with over 5000 square feet of unobstructed statement space, in a unique London setting. Our location adjacent to the iconic Bethnal Green gasholders, along with the volume of space we offer and the versatility of our layout, have helped us become one of the capital’s most in-demand event destinations. Oval Space is used for all kinds of events from corporate functions, product launches, fashion shows, through to small and large-scale stills, TV and film shoots. With a location close to Shoreditch and an experienced on-site management team to help with all aspects of your event, Oval Space ticks all the boxes for corporate functions. Working closely with a preferred list of suppliers, we can furnish all your production needs from AV lighting and draping through to catering, bar management and security.
Sea Containers Events
Sitting on the Thames, our view take in The Shard, The Cheesegrater, St. Paul’s Cathedral, The OXO Tower and the London Eye. You couldn’t be anywhere else but London. Launched in March 2017 and managed by Green & Fortune, Sea Containers Events offers six event spaces on the 12th, 13th and 14th floors of the Sea Containers building on the South Bank. Occupying over 25,000 sq. ft. of floor space, the venue boasts not just one stunning view, but several – each of the six the event spaces feature floor-to-ceiling windows and outside terraces boasting breath-taking views over the Thames and the London skyline.
Searcys at the Gherkin
At 180 metres high, the Gherkin is one of the cities most recognised examples of contemporary architecture. Built by British architect Norman Foster and opening its doors in 2004, Searcys are proud to house the top 4 floors. Searcys event spaces offer unrivalled 360 degree views when hiring for an exclusive event or its new available option of whole floor hire on level 38.
Swan, Shakespeare’s Globe
Swan, Shakespeare’s Globe has been a partner of the iconic Globe Theatre on London’s Bankside for over a decade, overseeing the bar, restaurant and events spaces as well as the theatre’s cafes and tap houses. Chef Director Allan Pickett oversees the menus at Swan, combining his classical French training with his love of British, seasonal ingredients, and delivering restaurant-quality food for our events. Situated on the edge of the River Thames, Swan benefits from gorgeous 180 degree riverside views from the restaurant and private event spaces, which encompass St. Paul’s Cathedral, the River Thames and the City of London. Our spaces also benefit from a unique perspective of the iconic, timber-framed Globe Theatre and the piazza.