Auditoria & venues with tiered seating

If you're searching for the ideal London venue for your next product launch, screening, conference or seminar, the capital is filled with an unrivalled selection of auditoria and venues with tiered seating. Ensuring the perfect set up for large scale o

Updated on 05 June 2018

When you’re organising seated events for large groups it sometimes helps to book an auditorium or a venue with tiered seating. Product launches, for example, always benefit from guests being able to properly see and hear the focal point. In London and the UK there are a whole host of auditoria or venues with tiered seating and Squaremeal.co.uk has a list of the best available. London’s top theatres are a natural choice, offering the benefit of raked seating with bags of architectural character. Then there are the major cinema chains, which have venues dotted across town, with a concentration in the buzzing West End. The advantage with cinemas or venues with screening room is, of course, the use of cutting-edge screens, many with 3D. You’ll also find some of the best conference centres and museums also offering tiered seating, great for an AGM. There’s even the odd stadium for really big meetings.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter

Studio Tour Drive, Leavesden, Hertfordshire, WD25 7LR

The studios that brought Harry Potter to the big screen can be booked for events. Among the spaces are the Great Hall, a range of interior sets including the Gryffindor Boys Dormitory (housed inside a sprawling studio), and the Platform 9¾ experience. The green screen area enables guests to recreate scenes from the films – such as flying on a broomstick – while experts who worked on the films can be brought in to speak and reveal behind-the-scenes secrets.

Max Meeting 30
Max Standing 1200
Max Banquet 480
Troxy

Troxy

490 Commercial Road , Limehouse, London, E1 0HX

Troxy opened its doors in the 1930s as a grand cinema. Today, it’s an impressive events hub that retains its Grade II-listed art deco features. AV facilities are a strong point, with hi-spec sound, flexible staging options and a permanent lighting system on offer. Combined, they deliver for concerts, fashion shows and awards ceremonies. The main space is also well suited to indoor sports events, corporate dinners and Christmas parties.

Max Meeting 1100
Max Standing 1500
Max Banquet 720
Twickenham Stadium

Twickenham Stadium

Rugby House, 200 Whitton Road, Twickenham, London, TW2 7BA

When it’s not flooded with rugby fans, the England national stadium operates as a venue for corporate and private events. Spaces include the 1,200-capacity Rose Suite and the Live Room auditorium that has retractable tiered seating operated at the touch of a button. The South Stand conference centre got a £300k AV upgrade in 2016, and more recently had a refurbishment of its carpets and a reduction of its pillar sizes. The most unusual space for a sporting venue is the Twickenham Cellar, where 14 guests can feast on seven courses and fine wines. Three VIP areas have floor-to-ceiling windows that maximise views of the pitch, while the England Changing Rooms have been completely modernised. Group tours and guest speakers can also be arranged.

Max Meeting 300
Max Theatre 1270
Max Standing 1350
Max Banquet 1020
Barbican Conference Centre

Barbican Conference Centre

Silk Street, Barbican, London, EC2Y 8DS

Europe’s largest arts and conference venue boasts world-class facilities. The tiered Barbican Hall and Barbican Theatre have good sight lines, fine acoustics and adjoining foyers. Three auditoria are also on offer, with adjacent conference suites. Elsewhere, a trio of banqueting rooms can be used together – a popular combination being the Conservatory and Garden Room (a plant-filled oasis). The Exhibition Hall has a versatile 1,800sq m of space.

Max Meeting 170
Max Theatre 1950
Max Standing 2000
Max Banquet 350
QEII Centre

QEII Centre

Broad Sanctuary, Westminster, London, SW1P 3EE

This purpose-built Westminster venue is no stranger to high-profile clients. Its 32 event spaces hold up to 2,500 delegates, and conferences and exhibitions work well here. A major refurb, including a renovated façade, new breakout spaces and improved lighting, was recently completed. We’re big fans of the Churchill, whose slightly raked seating means everyone gets a good view. The larger rooms work well for banquets and drinks receptions.

Max Meeting 2500
Max Theatre 1300
Max Standing 1200
Max Banquet 930
Aures London

Aures London

18 Leake Street, Waterloo, London, SE1 7NN

Trailblazing AV is the USP at new Waterloo venue Aures London. In an exposed-brick arch, its ambition is to offer total-immersion events that hit all five senses. Fifty speakers already deliver full surround sound, while an intelligent lighting system permits projection mapping and holograms. There’s even a scent-delivery system. Accessed via Banksy’s graffiti tunnel beneath Waterloo station, load-ins are straightforward. Alongside the main space, there’s an Urban Garden for smaller events and the Link Tunnel works on its own for stand-up receptions.

Max Theatre 120
Max Standing 250
Max Banquet 70
Kensington Conference & Events Centre

Kensington Conference & Events Centre

Kensington Town Hall, Hornton Street, London, W8 7NX

Versatile interiors and a handy location off Kensington High Street attract a loyal client base to Kensington Conference & Events Centre. Its mainstay is international conferences, as well as fairs and exhibitions, but dinner dances are also popular. The Great Hall can be hired along with two foyers and four breakout rooms. For more intimate board meetings, the Council Chamber has leather-topped desks, with individual microphones. 

Max Meeting 732
Max Standing 800
Max Banquet 500
Cineworld Enfield

Cineworld Enfield

Southbury Leisure Park, 208 Southbury Road, London, EN1 1YQ

Around the corner from Southbury station, Cineworld Enfield is a massive 15-screen complex with capacity for up to 488 people. The venue is spread out over three levels, with screens on the ground and second floor, and a 75-capacity bar on the first floor. The venue works well for private film screenings (3D or 2D) and conferences, as well as live screenings of sporting events, opera and theatre, not to mention interactive gaming events. Any of the screens would make a great setting for a product launch or event requiring PowerPoint presentations (with plug-and-play connectivity). Buffets and bowl food can be served up by the venue’s preferred caterers.

Max Meeting 519
Max Standing 0
Max Banquet 0
Queen Mary University of London

Queen Mary University of London

327 Mile End Road, Mile End, London, E1 4NS

This east London university offers a wide range of event spaces across its four London properties. At Mile End, in the attractive Queens’ Building, you’ll find one of our favourite spaces, The Octagon. The Grade II-listed event space adds Victorian character to gala dinners and to high-profile conferences. A host of tiered-seating lecture theatres make finding the right spot for a presentation easy, while campus bedrooms are available during the summer.

Wellcome Collection

Wellcome Collection

183 Euston Road, Fitzrovia, London, NW1 2BE

The purpose-built Wellcome Collection Conference Centre combines light, modern spaces with a prime location. The venue’s state-of-the art event space features a helical staircase that connects delegates to the fascinating Medicine Now gallery and Reading Room – excellent for drinks receptions – and the Library. Elsewhere, the Henry Wellcome Auditorium is best suited to presentations, and there are a number of smaller meeting rooms and breakout areas.

Max Meeting 154
Max Theatre 161
Max Standing 390
Max Banquet 80
Sadler

Sadler's Wells

Rosebery Avenue, Clerkenwell, London, EC1 R4TN

This international dance venue has partnered with video agency Streaming Tank to provide live streaming, webcasting and encoding packages. The main auditorium comes with state-of-the-art sound and lighting, while retractable seating makes the Lilian Baylis Studio a versatile alternative. Movable acoustic walls do the same for the Mezzanine Level. Groups can enjoy private pre-show and interval drinks receptions in the modern Pina Bausch Room.

Max Meeting 1500
Max Theatre 1500
Max Standing 350
Max Banquet 120
London Transport Museum

London Transport Museum

Covent Garden Piazza (south east corner), Covent Garden , London, WC2E 7BB

A striking and characterful venue, the London Transport Museum is in a prime location on famous Covent Garden Piazza. Its galleries make an impressive backdrop for evening receptions and dinners, mixing old and new interiors with displays of iconic transport posters and original artwork. The purpose-built Cubic Theatre is well suited to conferences and presentations, with state-of-the-art AV and a breakout area for registration and catering.

Max Meeting 100
Max Theatre 88
Max Standing 310
Max Banquet 110
IET London: Savoy Place

IET London: Savoy Place

2 Savoy Place , Covent Garden, London, WC2R 0BL

The refurbished Savoy Place offers increased capacity and cutting-edge tech. We like the idea of the Kelvin Lecture Theatre – with its original mahogany paneling – for presentations and product launches. Check out the Turing Lecture Theatre upstairs for a more contemporary feel. Our favourite spaces are the Riverside Room and Maxwell Library, which have fine views over the Thames. The Johnson Roof Terrace is made for summer parties.

Max Meeting 50
Max Theatre 451
Max Standing 330
Max Banquet 330
Roehampton Venues

Roehampton Venues

Roehampton Lane, Putney, London, SW15 5PH

The Roehampton portfolio now includes Elm Grove, a new-build conference centre a short train ride from Waterloo. It joins 18th-century Grove House and Parkstead House, adding contemporary spaces and state-of-the-art facilities to the group offer. Its main Oak Suite can be divided into three and features keypad-controlled AV. A pair of smart boardrooms work well as breakout spaces, while the top-floor Lime Tree Suite has scenic city views and its own terrace.

Max Meeting 140
Max Standing 200
Max Banquet 100
British Academy

British Academy

10-11 Carlton House Terrace , St James's, London, SW1Y 5AH

The former residence of prime minister William Gladstone is now home to the British Academy, which under its venue moniker, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, offers 11 rather grand event spaces for hire. Period features contrast with abstract art and up-to-date tech, providing rooms ready for modern business needs. In 2016, the venue added the book-lined Lee Library to its lineup of spaces, which lends its regency character to evening dinners.

Max Meeting 125
Max Theatre 80
Max Standing 200
Max Banquet 100
Cineworld Fulham Road

Cineworld Fulham Road

142 Fulham Road, London, SW10 9QR

Located on the same stretch of Fulham Road as the many bars and restaurants on ‘Chelsea Beach’, this West London Cineworld has six screens and capacity for up to 337 people. It also houses two licensed bars – holding up to 150 and 100 delegates respectively. The venue works well for private film screenings (3D or 2D) and conferences, as well as live screenings of sporting events, opera and theatre, not to mention interactive gaming events. Any of the screens would make a great setting for a product launch or event requiring PowerPoint presentations (with plug-and-play connectivity). Buffets and bowl food can be served up by the venue’s preferred caterers, in either of its two bars.

Max Meeting 337
Max Standing 0
Max Banquet 0