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 riverside venue’s new campaign Events with Personality has been designed to show how events can be enhanced by the venue’s personality and its team . As well as a new website and show reel, there is also a live chat function.
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Max Meeting 140
Max Standing 200
Max Banquet 180
Stroude Road , London, TW20 9UR
Located within half an hour’s drive of central London & Heathrow airport in what was once the heart of Royal Windsor Forest, the Grade I-listed Great Fosters is a genuinely distinctive property. Dating back to 1550, it boasts immaculately preserved Elizabethan architecture, a 15th-century Tithe Barn, internationally renowned gardens & a choice of event spaces. 2008 saw the opening of the self-contained Coach House, which has three bespoke meeting rooms, a conference lounge & 22 bedrooms. The beautiful Orangery, with its tall arched windows & adjoining conservatory, is another secluded space, surrounded by 50 acres of gardens. Main house reception rooms are characterised by Jacobean chimney pieces, antique furnishings & fine art, while 44 bedrooms range in style from the traditional to the contemporary. Both the intimate restaurant & Tithe Barn provide stunning backdrops for dining.
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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 500
Max Standing 400
Max Banquet 320
Church Street , Sheffield, Yorkshire, S1 1HG
Don’t be deterred by the deceptively unassuming entrance. This Grade II-listed building is one of the most prestigious and talked-about venues in Sheffield. The 500-capacity home of the Hallamshire Company of Cutlers (the only livery hall outside London) celebrates the distinguished face of Sheffield’s steel-making past throughout a series of imposing hallways and grand ballrooms. With a wide sweeping main staircase, marble busts, enormous chandeliers and beautiful wood panelling, its richly decorated rooms create an impressive sense of occasion. The Main Hall is the most atmospheric space, with room for up to 320 guests for dinner, while the Drawing Room, Goodwin Room and Osborn Room can accommodate 150, 50 and 20 delegates for meetings. Located in the centre of the city opposite the cathedral, the hall is easily accessible from the M1. Kudos is a listed caterer at this venue.
As well as hosting the 378th prestigious annual Feast Sheffield, the Kudos venue’s head chef, Jamie Whiteley, has received a World Master Chefs Society medal. The event celebrates the skills and promise of industry professionals and was attended by Deputy PM Nick Clegg.
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Max Meeting 120
Max Standing 120
Max Banquet 117
Ridge Lane, Rotherwick, 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 260
Max Standing 500
Max Banquet 240
Brook Street , London, W1K 4HR
Claridge’s is a byword for timeless glamour – whether you’re dining in Michelin-star Fera or sipping champagne in the bar. Things are no different in the five-star hotel’s event spaces, some of which have been recently refurbished. The listed Ballroom’s chandeliers and silver palate add elegance to dinners and conferences, while its reception makes pre- or post-event drinks easy. Our favourite room is the French Salon – quite the spot for long-table business meetings.
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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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Max Meeting 2223
Max Standing 0
Max Banquet 450
2 Lanyon Place , Belfast, Belfast, BT1 3WH
With a programme featuring international singers, comedians and theatre companies, Belfast Waterfront is firmly established as one of Northern Ireland’s leading venues for entertainment. The main auditorium plays host not only to award-winning performers but also large-scale conferences – it holds over 2,000 people for both business and arts events. Projection facilities, full audiovisual co-ordination, infra-red receivers for those with hearing difficulties and wheelchair access are all available. Alongside the main auditorium are 14 comfortable meeting rooms, exhibition facilities and a studio seating up to 380. The in-house catering team can organise cocktail and canapé receptions, banquets and breakfast meetings, though there’s also an on-site restaurant with views of Belfast and the River Lagan for more casual bites. A hotel next to the Waterfront provides accommodation with ample parking facilities.
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Max Meeting 100
Max Standing 100
Max Banquet 120
Castle Combe, Nr Bath, SN14 7HR
The Manor House is a five-star country house hotel and golf club, set in 365 acres of Cotswolds countryside. Of its spaces, we like the vaulted Dunstanville Suite which leads to a couple of sun terraces with fine valley views. The interconnecting boardrooms, Gorges and Saxam, look out across the property’s lawns and beyond, suiting private dinners as much as meetings. Ask too about the Potting Shed, a new treatment room.
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Max Meeting 130
Max Standing 180
Max Banquet 130
Tower Hill , London, EC3N 4DH
This grand Georgian venue has five function rooms and fine views towards the Tower of London. There’s a distinctly nautical feel to the decor, which features maritime paintings, ship models and the brass bell from the royal yacht Britannia. Our choice space is the Court Room, with a ceiling fresco by Pre-Raphaelite artist William Holman Hunt. Pick the Library for banquets and take the adjoining Pepys Room as an entertainment space.
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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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Max Meeting 300
Max Standing 1600
Max Banquet 150
Ministry of Sound, 103 Gaunt Street , London, SE1 6DP
Ministry of Sound has nearly 20 years of experience in hosting corporate events. Its spaces range from the multilevel 103 – great for a drinks reception – through to The Box, where a world-class sound system takes production-heavy events to the next level (awards ceremonies, conferences and dinner dances are a no-brainer). The covered and heated Courtyard is the ideal spot for welcome drinks or for use as a breakout zone.
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Max Meeting 45
Max Standing 120
Max Banquet 90
Babington , Radstock, 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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