Max Standing 500
Max Banquet 250
350 King's Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 5UU
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.
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Flight Gallery at the Science Museum
Max Meeting 0
Max Standing 400
Max Banquet 350
Exhibition Road , London, SW7 2DD
Dining reaches giddy heights in the Science Museum’s eye-catching Flight Gallery. Set in an authentic replica of an aircraft hangar, tables can be laid out beneath Amy Johnson’s ‘Gipsy Moth’ or Alcock and Brown’s ‘Vickers Vimy’ (the first aeroplane to cross the Atlantic) so that guests can get up close and personal with the icons of aviation history. To take the experience further, there’s an adjacent 3D simulator which can take guests on an aerobatics display with the Red Arrows, while the Launchpad gallery offers an interactive option for a pre-dinner drinks party. Receptions are available for 400 guests, and 350 can be hosted for a dinner dance.
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Max Meeting 500
Max Standing 800
Max Banquet 500
The Mermaid Puddle Dock Blackfriars , London, EC4V 3DB
With a handy location next to Blackfriars station, sweeping views across the Thames and a stack of versatile and well-equipped spaces, this striking venue ticks some important boxes for organisers. Its 600-seat auditorium has a huge stage with easy street access for loading as well as ample breakout space. The first-floor exhibition and meeting facility Newgate Suite holds up to 33 stands and can also be broken down into four smaller meeting rooms. The stylish River Rooms have an open-plan layout, contemporary furniture, LED lighting and dark wood floors. There is room for 500 guests on the upper level and 200 on the lower.
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The Churchill War Rooms
Max Meeting 120
Max Standing 350
Max Banquet 120
Clive Steps King Charles Street , London, SW1A 2AQ
The Churchill War Rooms, located in the Treasury building’s basement in Whitehall, is arguably the most historically important site in wartime politics and a suitably weighty venue for high-powered meetings. It is from here that Churchill directed much of WWII and many of the artefacts on display are exactly as they were left when the war ended in 1945 – down to the remains of a charred cigar. Meeting facilities comprise the HCA Auditorium, enhanced by discreet but modern AV facilities, the atmospheric Harmsworth Room and intimate Switch Room, which combine to hold drinks receptions for 400 guests.
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Max Meeting 200
Max Standing 500
Max Banquet 140
Dorney , Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 6QP
Forty-five minutes west of central London, on an island between the Thames and Jubilee rivers, is Grade I-listed Tudor manor house Dorney Court. Available to hire for dinners and meetings, the 500-capacity Coach House comes with a private courtyard in which large marquees can be erected, taking the total up to 1,000 guests. The numbers can be much greater if you have a marquee set up elsewhere in the grounds. The Great Hall has been hosting banquets since the 15th century, while the well-tended gardens are set up for teambuilding activities and moments of respite from a day’s conferencing. Dorney Court works with caterer Absolute Taste for events.
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The Cumberland Hotel
Max Meeting 350
Max Standing 400
Max Banquet 240
Great Cumberland Place , London, W1A 4RF
Set near the top of Park Lane, the four-star Cumberland Hotel combines upmarket service with contemporary style. The first hotel in London to introduce direct-dial telephones in all its bedrooms back in the 1920s, its trail-blazing ethos continues today. A very business-focused property, it has 26 well-equipped function suites and an impressive 1,019 bedrooms. The largest meeting space is the Ocean suite, able to host 350 theatre-style or 400 for a reception, decked out in the hotel’s trademark pared-back and funky style. The Carbon Bar is perfect for exclusive parties of up to 400 guests, and private events can also be held at the hotel’s restaurant, The Brasserie at The Cumberland.
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River Rooms at The Mermaid
Max Meeting 150
Max Standing 500
Max Banquet 320
The Mermaid , London, EC4V 3DB
The Mermaid’s River Rooms are located next to Blackfriars station on the north bank of the Thames. After a refurbishment in 2013, the upper and lower levels are now styled with an open-plan layout, contemporary furniture, LED lighting and dark wood floors. Panoramic windows span the length of the spaces, framing views of the Thames, including the Tate Modern, Shakespeare’s Globe and The Shard. Popular for receptions, private events, dinners and Christmas parties, the spaces are self-contained, and can be hired individually or together. For late-night dancing, the Queenhithe can be booked until 2am.
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Rowhill Grange Hotel & Spa
Max Meeting 160
Max Standing 160
Max Banquet 150
Wilmington, Kent, DA2 7QH
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.
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Tylney Hall Hotel & Gardens
Max Meeting 120
Max Standing 120
Max Banquet 117
Ridge Lane, Rotherwick, Hampshire, RG27 9AZ
With its 66 acres of grounds, Tylney Hall is a picturesque venue for conferences, banquets and corporate entertainment. Highlights include: the baronial Tylney Suite, with its oak panelling and minstrels’ gallery; the Chestnut Suite, a party space with adjacent reception area, bar and cloakroom; and the self-contained Hampshire Suite, which has a private garden. Outdoor activities are a speciality here, including treasure hunts, clay-pigeon shooting, falconry and archery.
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Max Meeting 45
Max Standing 120
Max Banquet 90
Babington , Radstock, Somerset, BA11 3RW
As the country outpost of the Soho House members’ clubs, Babington House is the quintessential rural retreat for fashionable townies. Set in 18 acres of Somerset parkland, the club, hotel and spa delivers laidback chic throughout 33 individually designed bedrooms and seven stylish event spaces. In the main house, the Orangery is the largest option for private dining, seating up to 90, while the Log Room can seat 36 at a long table. These two rooms interconnect and can be opened up to accommodate 120 guests. Smaller spaces include the peaceful Library, Pool Room and Study, while a cinema accommodates 45 for screenings. Leisure facilities are also impressive, with the Cowshed spa offering an indoor pool, gym, sauna and steam room alongside treatment rooms. Outside, there’s an open-air pool, tennis courts and croquet. Exclusive hire is a popular option for weddings.
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