Finding the perfect conference venue in London isn’t as easy as you think it might be. London has so much to offer the conference fraternity that the choice of venues can be overwhelming. Matching your brief with the perfect venue can be tricky.
With spring showing its face and summer soon on its way, choosing a conference venue with some outdoor space could give your event the edge. On a hot sunny day, delegates will welcome the chance of outside breaks and be able to take a peaceful stroll at lunch time. Choosing a venue with a garden could make your conference stand out from the crowd.
Here, Dakota Murphey has reviewed 4 of the best conference venues in London with gardens to give you a head start with your research.
Merchant Taylors House
In the heart of the City of London, Merchant Taylor’s is a truly magnificent conference venue in an historic building. With conference space for up to 380 delegates in the Great Hall, this beautiful venue is a real gem in the heart of the City.
The main conference space in the Great Hall has a real sense of grandeur with everything you would expect of this calibre from chandeliers to wood-panelled walls. There are three elegant breakout spaces in the Drawing Room, the Committee Room and the Parlour. The pretty courtyard garden here is a bonus in the City and it’sa nice touch for delegatesto be able to surface for some fresh air on balmy summer days.
The venue offers catering from elevensies and afternoon tea, to a substantial fork buffet lunch. Travel to the venue is easy with Bank Underground Station just 3-minutes’ walk away. There’s no parking, but the Finsbury Square NCP is less than 0.5 mile away (off London Wall).
In the heart of London’s legal quarter, this imposing venue offers historic grandeur and 3-acres of beautiful gardens. Steeped in history, Inner Temple is one of four ancient Inns of Court. It has been,and continues to be, the educational hub and workplace for generations of barristers and judges. The prestigious Inner Temple is available for private conferences and events.
There are five rooms to choose from ranging in capacity from 20 to 600 people. The Elizabethan Main Hall with elaborately carved ceilings and traditional oak panelled walls is the most suitable for seated conferences and holds up to 300 delegates. Smaller delegations can be accommodated in The Parliament Chamber and the Luncheon Room. Expect refined surroundings and impeccable service. Banqueting facilities here are second to none.
The absolute coup at this impressive venue is the stunning expanse of beautifully manicured gardens overlooking the River Thames. As you well know, the type of lighting required at conferences for effective visual presentations can leave delegates feeling the need for some natural daylight. At this venue the spectacular gardens are a welcome retreat for delegates during breaks. Garden marquees are available for hire if your event suits that kind of set up. The nearest tube station (Temple) is a 5-minute walk away, and City Thameslink and Blackfriars Stations are also within walking distance.
For a venue with an unusual outdoor twist, London Zoo offers a variety of conference solutions to suit from 20 to 600 guests. Day delegate packages include an hour complimentary zoo access, and definitely bring an unexpected, refreshing surprise to the day’s schedule. With 36 acres of zoological acres to explore, an hour won’t get your delegates around the whole zoo, but carefully planned break out groups can while away an hour in their preferred zones. London Zoo is an inspired choice for professional events, where the ‘zoo’ breaks are as stimulating as the event itself.
The Huxley Lecture Theatre, perfect for educational presentations, holds 200 delegates. Cateringis available to suit your event, from sit-down meals to buffets or summer BBQs. And by holding your event with London Zoo, you will be directly contributing to conservation projects around the world. There’s parking (subject to availability). The Zoo is within walking distance of Camden Town and Regent’s Park underground stations and a short bus ride from Baker Street tube station.