Design innovation, new architectural experiments, futuristic technology – a lot is happening in the hospitality industry. The question to ask yourself is why be satisfied with the ordinary, especially when it’s a business or family event you’ve been looking forward to!
Across the United Kingdom, traditional hotels are reinventing their event management capabilities and new hotels are setting the bar high for everyone else to follow. These brilliant new venues can add the much-needed dash of splendour to your events. From wedding banquet halls that make your guests say ‘wow’ to business conference halls equipped with the best from the world of technology; these venues offer you what it takes to create a memorable event.
Let’s tell you more about these venues and why you might choose one of these for your all-important business and personal events.
London Metropolitan University
The London Metropolitan University, called London Met, has three campuses in the city. The unique architecture of the university is only a starting point; the list of reasons why you might want to host your next business event here is extensive. Expect a large range of venues suitable for all kinds of business events, along with world-class support services at London Met.
The Roding Building at the Holloway Road campus was completed as recently as spring 2018. Choose from 11 event spaces within the building for your business meetings, conventions, brainstorming sessions, creative and collaborative exercises, training and seminars. Functional furniture, the best of audio-visual equipment and internet connectivity along with accompanying breakout spaces on three floors all make the Roding Building one of the most talked about new venues in the UK.
The Tower Building, with its large number of rooms, is another hotspot for business events. Examination rooms, seminar rooms, PC suites, tiered lecture halls – there’s an option for all your multifarious business event needs. Then there’s Graduate Centre; spread over two floors, with a 90-guest capacity theatre, reception space for hosts to greet coveted guests and with modern room architecture and adaptable furniture.
For large-scale business events such as conferences, visit the Great Hall. Its Victorian architecture provides a stellar backdrop for your high profile events. Recent renovations and refurbishments have been done to retain the old-world charm and adding the indispensable features that a modern day business events venue must offer. The venue can accommodate 400 guests standing and 300 in a theatre-style layout. Also, there’s Rocket Café Bar, the perfect space for more informal gatherings for 350 guests, extendible to accommodate 600 guests by combining the adjoining courtyard.
De Vere Selsdon Estate
Historic character, royal architecture and modern facilities come together at Selsdon Park Hotel & Golf Club.
Merely 13 miles from London, the Selsdon Park Hotel & Golf Club captures everything ‘beautiful’ in its quintessential Surrey countryside setting. Sprawling over 205 acres, the venue offers a dreamy and surreal setting for your all-important business and personal events.
The De Vere Selsdon Estate is a coveted venue for intimate family and social gatherings too, perfect for weddings, christenings and Christmas parties. For any events with less than 150 guests, there is the Terrace Suite, with its intricately sculpted ceilings and oversized windows and views over the beautiful estate gardens. The Sanderson Suite is another exquisite option; its ornate windows and gilded chandeliers will win your guests’ hearts from the moment they step inside. For larger gatherings, check out The Cedar Suite, located in the mansion house.
All these suites are equipped with modern day business facilities. Ask the events team for all the flexibility you need – whether it’s an event host, dedicated events managers or special menus for international guests. Also, check out the outdoor spaces, such as The Secret Gardens of De Vere Selsdon Estate for hosting team-building activities and weekend retreats. In total, you can choose from 18 different event spaces within the De Vere Selsdon Estate; that is a grand choice to have.
Leonardo Hotel Edinburgh Capital
You don’t need to go too far to enjoy the tranquillity of the Scottish countryside with the convenience of the city. Located in the West end of Edinburgh, Leonardo Hotel Edinburgh Capital is a modernistic and super stylish hotel, it’s affordable yet an exquisite venue for hire. Its proximity to Edinburgh Airport and easy connectivity via direct city centre bus routes make Leonardo Hotel Edinburgh Capital a hotspot for business events.
The hotel offers you a choice of seven meeting rooms, spread over a total of 335 square meters. It’s a really flexible venue to hire in terms of the space you require for events; with the capacity to offer snug settings for intimate gatherings and spacious surroundings for events with extended guest lists. Talk to our team for the best arrangements for a corporate celebration for up to 350 guests and business conferences with a similar number of attendees.
The Edinburgh Capital is one of the most recent additions to the esteemed list of Leonardo Hotels. Expect dedicated service for all your events and enjoy the world-class facilities on offer. High-speed WiFi, advanced sound systems and audio-visual equipment, screen set-ups and beamer systems make all the meeting rooms in the Leonardo Hotel Edinburgh Capital worthy contenders for hosting your next event.
Sprowston Manor Marriott Hotel & Country Club
Where better than a stately manor as your chosen venue for your next business event? Located close to the famous Norman cathedrals and churches of Norwich, Sprowston Manor Marriott Hotel & Country Club is a fusion of traditions and modernity evident in the architecture, style and ambience of the hotel. The prime location of the Sprowston Manor and its luxurious rooms will make an entire event experience memorable for every guest.
With 12 meeting rooms spread over a total space of 932 square meters, Sprowston Manor Marriott Hotel & Country Club has the answer to all your event venue requirements. The smallest of these meeting rooms (Somerleyton Room) offers intimate settings for a 40-60 member guest list. Its bay windows overlook the beautiful Manor Garden, which makes a breath-taking setting for wedding receptions. The Suffolk Suite, with its original wood panelling, is the perfect venue for gatherings of up to 100 people attending a prestigious wedding ceremony. The largest of them is the Norfolk Suite Marquee which can accommodate 500 guests.
All meeting rooms are equipped with the best of technology, from innovative network equipment to state-of-the-art audio-visual aids. Organisers can depend on the famous Marriott catering service to serve delectable snacks and refreshing drinks to delegates. The two AA Rosette Restaurant 1559 provides the perfect setting for more formal dining; enjoy a seasonal menu and an excellent international wine list.
DoubleTree by Hilton London Docklands Riverside
Are you ready to savour the sophisticated ambience of London from a riverside location? Welcome your delegates and clients to DoubleTree by Hilton London Docklands Riverside, and treat them to an event they will remember for years to come. The signature chocolate chip cookie of the hotel welcomes guests into a world where they remain at the centre of everything that happens; perfect for your esteemed guests.
The hotel’s range of spaces for hire is extensive. For a very intimate gathering of 14 or fewer guests, The Snug is an exquisitely furnished space where your guests can enjoy Columbian delicacies and innovative drinks. For a quieter setting,The Library is ideal for a family gathering of up to 30 guests.
For your grand celebrations and high profile business meetings, there are a total of 14 meeting rooms in the hotel. Go for a meeting room overlooking the riverside for a superb setting which also works well for important family events. Or choose a barbeque on the terrace for an unforgettable and informal business event. The largest of these meeting rooms can accommodate 350 guests. DoubleTree by Hilton is reputed for offering customised solutions for your events, taking care of all your special requests.
Trust the experienced events management team at DoubleTree by Hilton London Docklands Riverside to make your events successful and stress-free. The hotel’s recently refurbished rooms bring together the reputed Hilton style and modern amenities and offer luxurious and pampering stays for 24 hour delegates. The hotel offers complimentary back and forth ferry service to the Canary Wharf Pier too.
Look beyond conventional hotels and their routine conference halls for your special business meetings, conferences and award ceremonies. The five venues presented in this guide offer you the best of architecture, style, equipment, catering and service to make your events seamless and stress-free. Make your upcoming events more memorable by choosing one of these brilliant venues and challenge the routine of ‘ordinary and undifferentiated’ events.