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The visible red-steel frame of the striking 1920s building is softened by greenery, while low lighting adds atmosphere at night. By day, the ground-floor café, which overlooks a cobbled courtyard, is a good spot for group lunches. Inside, the upstairs restaurant and bar can be hired exclusively, but for intimate dinners book the Mezzanine Room. Further spaces include the art deco Gallery Room and the Beaufort Room with its own bar.
The Barcelona Tapas Bar y Restaurante chain brings the authentic taste of Spain to London. Each of the group’s locations (in St Botolph Street, Lime Street and Dulwich’s Lordship Lane) is available
for private hire, providing an upbeat atmosphere with Spanish music, good-quality tapas, Catalan specialities, sangria, beer and an intriguing Spanish wine list. The traditional sharing approach to
eating lends itself well to group events and Barcelona regularly hosts departmental parties and private celebrations. There is capacity for receptions of up to 200, but each location also has
plenty of smaller areas, including a mezzanine floor for 75 at St Botolph Street.
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Part of the Alexander Hotels portfolio, this 19th-century manor house turned boutique hotel also has a conference centre: the Pavilion. The Clockhouse Suite, with its private bar and courtyard, is a good space for banquets and theatre-style conferences. Board meetings work well in The Wicket or Cottage Suite. The Utopia Spa has pools, saunas and steam rooms, and RG’s restaurant serves local produce. Fifteen acres of grounds can be used for team activities.Information on Alexander Hotels & Utopia Spas
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Amberley is one of Britain’s most famous luxury hotels, and with good reason. The 19-bedroom property, situated in the rolling South Downs near Arundel, dates back to 1100 and the reign of Henry I.
Enclosed by a 60ft high medieval wall, it is well suited to private conferences, particularly those requiring tight security – there’s even a portcullis gate. Meeting rooms include the Great Room,
which can accommodate 40 among its tapestries and suits of armour, and the more intimate King Charles Room for groups of up to 12. There is a tree house, which can be hired exclusively, and
delegates can relax on an 18-hole putting golf course, tennis courts or the croquet lawn. More unusual teambuilding activities – such as medieval axe-throwing – are also available. Guests will be
well wined and dined at Amberley’s acclaimed restaurant, which has three AA rosettes.
Set in Victorian railway arches near London Bridge station, wine-tasting destination Vinopolis is also a flexible event venue. Holding as many as 1,250 guests, it offers eight striking spaces, ranging from the imposing brick-clad Great Halls to the clean-cut white space that is The Gallery. This flexible venue lends itself just as readily to weddings and awards ceremonies as it does to conferences, exhibitions and product launches. There are also five restaurants and bars on site for corporate entertaining. Group tastings are, of course, a speciality here – don’t forget to pay a visit to the interactive Wine Tasting Experience.Information on Christmas Parties at Vinopolis
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Set in an attractive Elizabethan property, Langshott Manor is surrounded by a quaint medieval moat. Its Gallery overlooks a secluded garden, while the Boardroom offers access to a private deck. In the oldest part of the hotel, St Peter’s has a log fireplace and oak beams, with views of the grounds and terrace. The venue works well for exclusive-use events: the Mulberry restaurant can host dinners and serves as a fetching meeting space.Information on Alexander Hotels & Utopia Spas
Tucked away in a garden square off London Wall, the red-brick Barber-Surgeons’ Hall occupies one of the City’s prettiest locations. Its centrepiece is the wood-panelled Great Hall, a bright space with elaborate ceilings and huge windows. The Reception Room, Court Room and Charter Rooms are just as well turned out and show off artefacts from the livery company’s long history. A terrace overlooks peaceful grounds and a medicinal garden.
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One of the ancient Inns of Court, Middle Temple stands apart for its unspoilt main Hall, featuring 16th-century heraldic panels, stained-glass windows and a splendid hammer-beam roof. The cosier Prince’s Room comes with an original fireplace and oak-clad walls, while the Queen’s Room has generous garden views (its lawns make a fine spot for summer drinks). Board-level meetings work well within the stained-glass confines of the Parliament Chamber.Venue review of Middle Temple Garden
Middle Temple Hall
An immense space with endless possibilities for corporate use, The O2 arena offers sound and lighting systems on a world-class scale, with tiered seating for up to 20,000 people. Its events team takes an imaginative approach to design and production, and are able to change the configuration of the auditorium to suit individual requirements. A draping system that masks the upper level of seating can, for instance, help create a more intimate experience for between 1,000 and 8,000 guests. The venue hosts a spectrum of high-profile events, including the Brit Awards, the Barclays ATP Tour World Finals tennis and countless concerts.
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The vast Greenwich venue has opened a new VIP area following a £2.6m refurb. The American Express Invites Lounge can hold up to 250 guests, and offers private dining as well as a backstage experience.
This Grade I-listed tea clipper ship – the world’s only surviving model – operates as a venue on the Greenwich riverside. In a feat of engineering, Cutty Sark has been suspended so guests can dine and entertain beneath her copper-clad hull. Elsewhere, the ’Tween Deck exhibition space can be used for receptions, intimate dinners or as breakout space. The main deck has superb views, while the mahogany-panelled Master’s Saloon is great for VIP dinners.Venue review of National Maritime Museum
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Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Madness of King George and The Avengers all used the beautiful Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich as a backdrop. On the site of the birthplace of Henry VIII and
Elizabeth I, the college contains many remarkable areas for entertaining, including the Painted Hall with its stunning baroque ceiling, the atmospheric Undercroft and the Upper Hall, which is a
great platform for presentations and speeches. The former Quarters of the Admiral President is an elegant, stand-alone Georgian building with views over the river. Other facilities include a
skittles alley, a private pier and spacious grounds that can accommodate large marquees.
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It’s played host to politicians, royalty and the glitterati since opening in 1906, but Crathorne Hall Hotel now prides itself on an unstarchy approach to hospitality. Set in 15 acres of gardens on the edge of the Yorkshire Moors, it has 37 bedrooms and a fine-dining restaurant. Round the back, the lawn and adjacent terrace are prime breakout spots. There are also a handful of attractive indoor spaces for entertaining and business. Meeting rooms for up to 120 delegates share the venue’s stately style and are supported by some competitive day delegate rates. The elegant Edwardian Room is our favourite spot for a private dinner.
Crathorne Hall Hotel
Opposite the MediaCityUK complex in Salford Quays, this arts and entertainment hub houses three adaptable theatres, a range of event spaces, a bar and restaurant. The landmark building also has space for the world’s largest collection of LS Lowry paintings. On its fourth floor, the glass-walled Compass Room has its own balcony, while Pier Eight is a flexibile choice for functions. Head to the North and South Rooms if yours is a smaller meeting.