Commissioned by James I in 1622 as an entertaining space for court masques, Banqueting House dazzled London’s high society when it opened. You can almost feel the spirit of courtiers who partied beneath the magnificent Rubens-painted ceiling of the Main Hall. This space is an awe-inspiring sight when set for a candle-lit dinner, but the room is also perfect for receptions of 500 and awards dinners for 380 guests. Once enjoyed as a drinking den by James I, the vaulted Undercroft below is an atmospheric space for a cocktail reception or after-dinner party. A list of approved suppliers provides everything from flowers to furniture.Venue review of Hampton Court Palace
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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.
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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Here we have an award-winning major events venue in the capital of Scotland. In 2013, the venue was expanded, creating the Atrium and the Lennox Suite. The latter features an impressive moving floor that can transform the 1,600sq m event space from a flat-floor hall to a raked auditorium, an arena or a tiered cabaret setup. A string of attractive suites are where to look if you have seminars or exec-level meetings on the mind. The CSR conscious should pay attention to the venue’s Plan-it Green programme, which among its various strategies promises energy efficient lighting, heating and cooling options.
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Built in 1789, Stoke Park became the UK’s first ‘country club’ in 1908 and has offered first-rate hospitality ever since. James Bond has played a round on its championship golf course (in both Goldfinger and Tomorrow Never Dies) and there’s world-class tennis each year with the Boodles championship. Nine function rooms offer fine views of its Capability Brown grounds. For special occasions, the Fountain Room looks across a private terrace to a fine water feature.
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