Best Event Venue over 1000
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BEST EVENT VENUE – over 1000 attendees
Alexandra Palace Theatre & East Court
Alexandra Palace Theatre and East Court has reopened in December 2018 following a £27 million restoration. The restoration project represented the biggest investment in the venue for a generation and has resulted in a truly unique space – opened to the public 80 years after it last closed its doors.
Originally opened in 1875, Alexandra Palace Theatre was a home for spectacle and delight, where audiences were entertained by pantomime, opera, drama, ballet and music hall. The restoration has breathed new life into the space, welcoming a new generation of audiences. In a short space of time, Alexandra Palace Theatre has established itself as one of the city’s most exciting and unique event spaces.
Central Hall Westminster
Central Hall Westminster (CHW), with its imposing Grade II* listed building, is an iconic feature of the London skyline. Designed by architects, Henry Vaughan Lanchester and Edwin Alfred Rickards, the venue is architecturally and historically significant, containing the largest self-supporting domed ceiling in Europe, ornately-designed staircase based on the Paris Opera House and numerous period features throughout. Other notable elements include the 32ft, 4731-pipe organ in the Great Hall, built by Hill & Son in 1912, giant marble pillars on the first floor and its magnificent VIP balcony which overlooks Westminster Abbey. A purpose-built meeting place since 1912 to commemorate the death of Methodist founder John Wesley, CHW is central London’s largest conferencing and events venue. Today, over 800 events are held every year including concerts, television broadcasts, graduation ceremonies and conferences. Hosting events is integral to its identity, having originally been used as a public meeting space for the Methodist Church. It offers 25 varied rooms and spaces for events of all sizes from the smallest meeting rooms to the magnificent Great Hall with a capacity of over 2,200.
InterContinental London – The O2
InterContinental London – The O2 is one of the newest and most impressive conference venues located on London’s vibrant Greenwich Peninsula The gem within the venue is The Arora Ballroom, UK’s largest pillar-free ballroom which can accommodate up to 3,000 delegates It combines state-of-the-art facilities and a specialist in-house audio-visual team providing bespoke advice, taking events to the next level. Since January 2018 till date, the Arora Ballroom held 27 events for over 1,000 guests in its successful first quarter of trading with the average spend of £400,000 to £1 2 million. It has resulted in repeat events for global companies of over 1,000 guests including Alteryx, British Recorded Music Industry (BRIT) running for third consecutive years, West Ham United Football Club awards and Quirk’s Media to name a few. The hotel teams provided expert advice to help them decide the best solutions and did lose sight of delivering event ideas and authentic experiences that made the attendees feel good – which was expected from the events such as creating a menu with vegan options and going an extra mile and provide a wine matching.
With a total floor space of 80,000 square feet, three unique spaces and the ability to host up to 2,500 people, the possibilities for creativity are endless at Old Billingsgate! Each individual space has a distinct feel, and this, along with being such a large and versatile space means we draw in a range of events – from high-end car launches to fitness exhibitions. A week at Old Billingsgate can begin with a gala dinner for 1000 in The Grand Hall and end with a wrap party for 2,500 in all three spaces!
There aren’t many venues located in such a prime city-spot that can host 2,500 guests. We have the potential to accommodate a full day conference and exhibition in The Grand Hall and The Gallery, with a drinks reception on The Terrace and the opportunity to delve down to The Vault for a gala dinner and dancing long into the night with our 3am licence.
We have a beautiful, large, historic building in a stunning position in the City of London. This, mixed with a team who are passionate not just about events, but events at Old Billingsgate, we think is the perfect combination.
The QEII Centre is central London’s leading large events venue, hosting more than 400 events every year for up to 2,500 delegates. The variety of events held at QEII ranges from conferences, exhibitions and global association meetings, to fashion shows, product launches, dinners and awards ceremonies. Customer service is at the heart of QEII’s offering, whether it’s the digital team creating bespoke apps, the award-winning caterers creating sustainable menus that excite guests, or every member of the team going above and beyond to make each event a resounding success.
The 2018/19 financial year has been QEII’s best year to date, forecasting a year-on-year financial growth of 9% with a projected turnover of circa £15.67m.Over a 6-year period, there has been a growth rate of 63%, and the centre’s net economic contribution to the UK economy in the past year has been £145million, and its GVA to London alone was £110.9million.
Royal Lancaster London
The newly renovated, Royal Lancaster London has an enviable location in the heart of the capital, with unbeatable views of the cityscape. It is one of Europe’s leading conference and banqueting venues and can host up to 3,000 delegates.
A recent £85 million refurbishment of the entire hotel saw aesthetic, technological and environmental improvements to the venue’s 14 meeting rooms and two larger suites, plus a complete refurbishment of the kitchen facilities. Royal Lancaster London is renowned for offering the best of sustainable British fine-dining, and its customisable menus to suit all occasions and dietary requirements.
Flexibility is one of the venue’s key strengths, with purpose-built event spaces which can be utilised as required by the client. Full AV and technological support is available 24/7.
Customer service begins long before the event, with facilities such as the Senses Room, Banqueting Sampler Menu and a fully informative website. The dedicated and highly skilled events team are on-hand throughout to ensure every conference runs smoothly.
Royal Lancaster London is renowned for its green credentials and this has proved a huge draw for many clients with like-minded CSR goals who prefer an environmentally aware service.
The O2, now in its twelfth 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 another 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. Once again we’ve been first choice for clients to launch new events; the venue’s infrastructure allows for them 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.
With capacity for 10,000 guests, Tobacco Dock really comes into its own when hosting large-scale events.
Our 57 different spaces are highly adaptable and can be used in a variety of combinations to allow for creative and innovative events. Our flexible spaces, paired with our outstanding WiFi provision, AV capabilities, impressive list of preferred suppliers and exceptional team, means that Tobacco Dock has wide-ranging appeal. We hosted 198 events last year, including conferences, product launches, corporate parties, consumer food and drink events and fashion shows.
Our in-house catering team, Tobacco Dock Food, can work with the most demanding of briefs and regularly fulfil service times of just 20 minutes for 1,000 diners. Our data communication options are second to none – reliable and cost effective with many upgrade options such as hard-wired lines, WiFi upgrades, streaming, closed networks and personalised Splash pages. Our standard WiFi provision is hefty – over 3GB bandwidth and able to simultaneously support up to 8,000 devices