If you’ve ever organised a corporate event, you’ll know that it’s no mean feat. Getting it right involves a great deal of research and planning. With multiple factors to bear in mind, a successful, smooth-running event depends on the right venue.
Luckily, London is home to some of the best conference venues and event spaces in the UK. We’ve compiled a list of the top corporate meeting venues in London so you don’t have to spend time searching for the perfect venue. From Shoreditch to Westminster, all locations are reachable by public transport and all offer wifi access. Whether you’re looking for a large conference centre or convenient meeting rooms, we’ve got you covered.
Finding the right venue involves juggling several factors. First, the venue must accommodate the right number of attendees and have suitable meeting spaces with the right equipment and facilities. The location should also have good transport links (not usually a problem in busy London!) and sufficient parking if required.
If you’re hosting a drinks reception or a conference of several days, it’s important to think about food and beverage options, as well as accommodation if required. The overall cost, including any additional fees (important to keep an eye out for hidden costs) will also determine your venue hire.
The venue you ultimately pick will also be determined by the type of event you’re hosting. Some of the events companies hold at corporate meeting venues might include:
Let’s see what London has to offer.
1. De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms: a stunning art deco space offering different types of meeting space
The Grand Connaught is a great place to start. Centrally located, it offers small, medium and large meeting rooms, accommodating most corporate events. With various boardrooms that are ideal for breakouts, each is equipped with projectors and high-end AV facilities to ensure that meetings run smoothly. There’s also a professional, in-house audiovisual team on hand to deal with any tech issues that may arise.
The spaces have been praised for their copious natural light, catering options, reasonable prices and wheelchair access. All rooms have slightly different sizes and capacities, and companies will be allocated spaces best suited to their specific requirements.
2. The Hub on the Square at Arboretum: a fun, quirky space in the West End
Just a short walk from Covent Garden, this is a popular contemporary space complete with high ceilings, natural light and plants. This refurbished space is ideal for networking events, workshops and in-house meetings alike. There’s a meeting room and a mezzanine on offer for breakouts and catering options available. Arboretum also offers its Main Lounge as a larger meeting space if required.
3. 30 Euston Square: a historic venue in central London combining Victorian grandeur with stunning spaces and views
Housed in a Grade II listed building, 30 Euston Square is an award-winning venue just a short walk away from busy Euston Station. With a choice of 18 contemporary spaces, their meeting rooms can cater to a variety of events, including six boardroom styles, a training room for 50 cabaret style, or a lecture theatre hosting up to 80.
Whether you’re looking for a conference space, an exhibition location, or an awards ceremony venue, 30 Euston Square has got you covered. They also offer a corporate membership programme, which offers a range of benefits including discounts on event spaces and room bookings.
4. The Brewery: a versatile event venue with a range of meeting spaces and state-of-the-art technology
This venue is continuing the tradition of the Whitbread Brewery, which has been at the heart of London’s entertainment for centuries. From intimate spaces for smaller groups to spaces accommodating corporate discussions involving over 1,000 attendees, the Brewery can cater to any preferred meeting layout or size.
Located in the heart of trendy Shoreditch, The Brewery is close to Liverpool Street, Moorgate and Barbican stations, ensuring great transport links—also served by several bus routes. Managing to be both cool and professional at the same time, the Brewery is a must-visit for corporate events in London.
5. The Mermaid London: a range of flexible meeting spaces and excellent catering options on the banks of the Thames
The Mermaid is a modern, multi-space venue with an inspiring backdrop of the river. It has nine event spaces, and exclusive use capabilities to host up to 2,000 attendees for larger events. The Mermaid is a great blank canvas space: it can host seated dinners, drinks receptions and exhibitions. It’s a highly flexible venue for your corporate event, situated conveniently next to Blackfriars station.
6. The Big One at The Corner London City: an ideal location for smaller groups
A quirky space in buzzing East London, the Big One can be dressed up or down for corporate events, hosting in-house meetings and networking events alike. It boasts great reviews and customer satisfaction online, emphasising the helpful team on hand and seamless organisation. With projectors, AV facilities, speedy wifi, private dining options and conference facilities, it has everything you need for a successful corporate event.
7. Close Creative Studio at The Foundling Museum: the ideal space for a small corporate event in the heart of Bloomsbury
Close Creative Studio is a purpose-built event space housed in the Georgian, Grade II-listed building of the Foundling Museum. With top-of-the-range in-house AV facilities, breakfast options, event management and complimentary museum access for attendees, this corporate venue is brilliant value for money.
8. The Barbican Centre: one of the largest conference centres in Europe
When it comes to London conference venues, you can’t get much more impressive than the world-famous Brutalist Barbican. There’s a range of packages and offers available for corporate venue hire including the iconic Hall, seating 500-1943 attendees and easily accommodating conferences, AGMs, graduations and product launches. With a vast range of auditoriums, conservatories, terraces and rooms available, you won’t be short on choices!
9. St Mary’s London: a spectacular and versatile event space in West London
St Mary’s is a truly impressive venue, with its newly renovated AV system, soundproof walls, spacious feel and three breakout rooms. It’s a brilliant blank canvas for your corporate away day, with plenty of adaptability and facilities on offer. In addition to its accessibility by public transport, there’s paid parking available nearby.
10. The Elizabeth Room at No. 6 – a light and airy space that can be adapted to your specific event needs
Whether you’re hosting a screening, a conference, a Christmas party, or an exam, the Elizabeth Room can cater to your requirements. With music speakers available, loud noise permitted and BYO alcohol allowed, it’s a great option for a company shindig. It’s equally suited to a more serious event, with nine meeting rooms and state-of-the-art technology onsite.
Whatever event you’re hosting, whenever you’re hosting it, it’s never too early to start planning—and you can use TravelPerk’s event management checklist to make sure you’re ticking all the boxes. If you feel you could benefit from support with the organisational side of things, TravelPerk can help with the book and management of your event, taking the administrative weight off your shoulders. You pick the venue, let TravelPerk take care of the rest!