If you're booking an event and you need to accommodate for up to or over 1,000 guests in a venue and you don't necessarily need to them to be seated theatre-style, this is the squaremeal.co.uk selection for you. In and around London there are huge variety of venues that will hold 1,000 seated guests.
London's top sports venues are a natural choice, be it a football or rugby stadium, a cricket ground or one of the country's well-known racecourses, there's the space you need to make a large-scale event go off without any problems.
There are also a number of hotels in central London's West End and the City, that have enough space for 1,000 sit-down guests. Hotels, in particular, are very well equipped for conferences, product launches or gala dinners, with well-trained, dedicated events teams.
Don't forget to have a look at our selection of arts venues available for hire too, be it a music, theatre or one of the cinema chains' venues dotted across the capital. Many of them can do 1,000 theatre-style, 1,000 stand-up, or 1,000 tiered seats.
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Alexandra Palace Way Wood Green , London, N22 7AY
With its distinctive Victorian facade, Alexandra Palace is one of London’s most recognisable buildings. Built in 1873 as a public centre for recreation, the ‘People’s Palace’ is a versatile venue set within 196 acres of parkland with panoramic views of the City. The selection of impressive halls and function rooms totalling 11,000sq m provides a magnificent backdrop for conferences, large-scale exhibitions, product launches and concerts. Accommodating from 10 to 10,400 delegates for a stand-up reception, it can also comfortably seat 5,000 in one of London’s largest banqueting halls. The venue is easily accessible from Wood Green tube station and has free parking for 1,500 cars.
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Ally Pally has a trio of summer packages available this year, ranging from £45pp to £75pp +VAT. All three include a Pimms reception on the South Terrace, a DJ, BBQ, strawberries and cream, and a cash or account bar. The £55 package includes half a bottle of wine and mineral water per person, while the £75pp deal includes this, plus two hours of unlimited beers, wine and soft drinks. Marquees are available on request.
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Max Meeting 1120
Max Standing 150
Max Banquet 150
John Wilson Street, London, SE18 6QQ
A former cinema, this well-equipped art deco building in Woolwich is located right by the Thames and can be hired for private screenings, conferences and banquets. The modern venue comprises four event spaces, the largest of which is The Highway, a state-of-the-art 1,120-seater auditorium that features top-notch AV facilities for event filming and broadcasts. The Path offers the same layout and facilities on a smaller scale for 370, while The Avenue makes an impressive backdrop for dinners of 150 guests. The train station is nearby and the ferry terminal is also within close proximity, making the venue easily accessible for events.
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Max Meeting 400
Max Standing 500
Max Banquet 380
Whitehall , London, SW1A 2ER
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.
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Max Meeting 1100
Max Standing 1500
Max Banquet 720
490 Commercial Road , 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 1000
Max Standing 2000
Max Banquet 1000
Coram's Fields, 93 Guilford Street, London, WC1N 1DN
The Bloomsbury Big Top in Coram’s Fields brings 2,500sq m of event space to this leafy part of London each Christmas. Best suited to large-scale dinners and conferences, the venue has also catered for fashion shows, weddings and concerts. It’s a temporary structure, but the Big Top’s team deliver an experience you’d expect from a quality permanent venue. It comes with a thermostat-controlled heating system, carpets, posh loos and on-site catering.
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Max Meeting 295
Max Theatre 2500
Max Standing 300
Max Banquet 950
Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX
This landmark cultural centre comprises the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Hayward Gallery. While the latter two are being refurbished (they are set to reopen early this year), the Festival Hall is open for business and makes an impressive space for big conferences and product launches. St Paul’s Roof Pavilion on the sixth floor is good for smaller groups, while the Weston Roof Pavilion suits relaxed business gatherings with striking views.
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Max Meeting 1623
Max Standing 1500
Max Banquet 504
The O2 Peninsula Square , London, SE10 0AX
Designed as a music venue that could also meet the needs of corporate event organisers, indigO2 combines clubby interiors with an easily adaptable design. Outside its annual programme of gigs, the intimate venue, housed within The O2, hosts an array of corporate events. Seating up to 1,623 delegates theatre-style, it suits large conferences and presentations. Smaller events can be accommodated in the ground-level space, which seats 840 delegates for meetings or 504 guests for banquets and awards ceremonies. As you’d expect, lighting and sound equipment are kept bang up to date. Hospitality packages are available for gigs, in conjunction with the adjoining Gaucho at The O2 steakhouse.
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Max Standing 200
24-26 Leicester Square , London, WC2H 7JY
This venue will reopen fully refurbished at Christmas 2018.
When Odeon’s fully refurbished flagship isn’t hosting high-profile premieres, or the annual London Film Festival, it’s available for private events. The multi-million-pound redesign has entirely transformed the venue. Not only is the cinema now a luxe one, it has also renewed branding opportunities in its central 800-capacity theatre-style premium venue. This is the place for receptions, conferences, award ceremonies and parties. The art deco-style cinema can also offer intimate screening experiences in the further four new rooms.
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Max Meeting 20000
Max Standing 6000
Max Banquet 1600
Peninsula Square , London, SE10 0DX
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.
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