About Athena

This award-winning versatile venue in the heart of Leicester is a blank canvas space suitable for private and corporate applications large and small, such as gala dinners, awards ceremonies, conferences, exhibitions and more. Athena boasts a flexible and experienced team who will be on hand to assist in all aspects of your event, such as securing suppliers and providing technical assistance, so you can trust that you'll be in good hands. Boasting art deco architecture, the grand spaces inside offer a one-of-a-kind experience for guests numbering anywhere between 30 to 1,000. So, whether you're hosting an intimate drinks reception or organising a concert, Athena can accommodate your needs.

The largest space within Athena is the Cinema Suite, a grand hall that can seat up to 1,000 guests. With tiered seating, a lighting rig, state of the art sound system and stage, this is ideal for conferences, shows and presentations. On the top floor, you'll find the Gallery, another tiered space suited to slightly smaller events of up to 300 guests. Benefitting from a bar, two ten-foot wide projectors and exciting lighting capacities, this is perfect for award ceremonies, dinner dances and more.

Adjacent to the Cinema Suite, the Deco Lounge makes an ideal reception space or breakout room. Alternatively, hire this space exclusively for a drinks reception and enjoy your own private dual aspect bar, making use of the plasma screen for displaying images and videos. Those after stellar views might be interested in the City View Lounge which looks out over the city centre and is suited to more intimate events like private dinners of up to 40 guests.

There are fully inclusive packages available for all types of events, ensuring all details are taken care of from drinks and bar staff to entertainment and music. Catering is provided in-house by the team of talented chefs who will be happy to supply delicate canapes, a large buffet or decadent seated dinner depending on your event.

Venue Facilities
Caterer not restricted
Dance floor
Exclusive Hire
Live show or stage show

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Venue Hire Cost
Venue Type
Party venue
Venue Style
Blank canvas, Cool, Creative, Fun, Modern, On trend, Quirky and unusual

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Athena Awards Dinners


Athena Queen Street, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE1 1QD

0116 262 6556


Testimonials For Athena

National House-Building CouncilAUGUST, 2023

Athena is Leicester’s hidden gem. We at NHBC were desperately searching for a large capacity venue in the Midlands area, and Athena not only ticked all of our boxes, but it’s also added extra value through its unique (yet accessible) layout and facilities. From proposal right through to execution the Athena team were great to work with, very flexible and helpful at all stages. The service and quality of food on the night was excellent and the location is perfect as well. We look forward to another successful event this year with Athena. 

Nikki Frankland

Elior AwardsJULY, 2023

I just wanted to write to you and all the team at Athena to thank you for your contribution to a fantastic awards event on Friday, the evening was a tremendous success. We received amazing feedback from our guests and if it wasn’t for all your hard work and dedication the event would of not been possible.

Justin Johnson, Head of HR Operations

England Netball Golden Globe AwardsJUNE, 2023

We have used the Athena for our annual Golden Globe Awards event for two consecutive years and found it to be exemplary for service, quality and value for money. Nothing was too much trouble for Hira and her team who helped to make both events the resounding success they were. I have no hesitation in recommending the Athena to anyone considering holding a corporate event in Leicester.

Yvonne Bacon

02 / Telefonica Awards eventNOVEMBER, 2022

Just wanted to drop you a line to say a very BIG thank you to you and your team for once again helping us to deliver not one but two brilliant events. It has been stated that the Awards event was 'the best ever yet'. This success is purely down to all the teams involved, as a venue, everyone was totally committed, friendly and their 'nothing was too much bother' attitude was a trait in all who work at the Athena. Thank you again and looking forward to working with you in the future.

Hannah Murphy


Can I park at Athena?

Yes, Athena has a car park located behind the venue on Queen Street. Additional spaces are available in the NCP car park on Rutland Street (LE1 1TQ) and tickets for this car park can be validated within the venue for the price of £8.00 for 24 hours pf parking. Private venue hire car parking will be managed by signage and car park attendants.

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Can I view Athena?

Yes, all you need to do is call the office on 0116 2626556 between 9am - 5pm and one of the team will book you in for an appointment

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Are there cloakroom facilities available?

Yes, free cloakroom facilities are available at the venue.

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Do you have AV on site?

Yes, the venue provides full sound, lighting and AV package as standard in general room hire.

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Do you have accommodation on site?

No, there is no on site accommodation, but there are multiple hotels within walking distance of the venue.

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Do you have on site catering?

Yes, there is a dedicated team of talented in-house chefs who will cater for all of your guests including allergies and dietary requirements.

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What is your booking procedure?

To confirm the date, the venue requires a signed contract and a deposit. Payment terms are agreed in the contract.

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Can we set up the day before the event?

Yes, but at an additional cost.

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What is the capacity?

It can offer a capacity of 1,900 standing, 1,200 theatre style or 1,000 dining maximum. It can also cater for events of 150 guests upwards.

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Can I get Wi-fi at the venue?

Yes, the venue is equipped with super-fast complimentary fibre Wi-Fi

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Is it possible to hire spaces in conjunction?

All spaces can be hired privately or in conjunction to work as breakout rooms, reception spaces and more.

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