As far as business travel is concerned, London leads the world. Thanks to the city’s 6 airports connecting to more international destinations than any other city, a record 3.7 million foreign business travellers visited the UK capital in 2015, according to official data from the Office for National Statistics.
If your company is inviting overseas visitors and clients to business meetings, conferences or corporate hospitality events, you couldn’t wish for a more strategically positioned or attractive destination than London. And with such a wealth of impressive tourist-friendly venues at your disposal, why wouldn’t you take the opportunity to show off everything our capital has to offer?
At Best Venues London, we have literally thousands of all kinds of venues on our database and an experienced, professional team to help you find the perfect corporate venue to impress your guests from abroad. Here are just 5 exciting places in London that are worth considering:
Going up… With flexible event space for up to 600 guests, situated at the top of Millbank Tower in the heart of Westminster, Altitude 360 is a premier Central London venue that combines business with sightseeing. There are unrivalled 360 degree views of London’s most iconic landmarks including the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye and the River Thames.
And up… Located at 20 Fenchurch Street in the City of London, in a majestic skyscraper more affectionately known as the Walkie Talkie building, The Sky Garden is the capital’s highest event space boasting breathtaking views across London in luxury contemporary surroundings.
There are 3 separate event spaces uniquely designed for corporate events and private dining. The City Garden offers fabulous north facing views, with event space for up to 250 guests for standing receptions. The Vinoly Room at Fenchurch Restaurant is one of the capital’s best private dining rooms, able to cater for up to 16 guests for press breakfasts, business lunches and evening events. The whole venue is available for exclusive hire for 450 seated guests or 750 standing.
Going down… One of London’s newest and quirkiest venues, just a stone’s throw from Farringdon railway station, The Postal Museum is a subterranean event space that has to be seen to be believed. The impressive, industrial blank canvas event space boasts vaulted ceilings, exposed brick work and an immersive underground train ride through 100-year-old secret tunnels!
The venue will hold up to 275 people and can be adapted for any event including product launches, award ceremonies, corporate functions and private dinners.
Going back in time… Opened only recently, historic Grace Hall at 147 Leadenhall Street in the City of London is an elegant Art Deco Hall with 4 beautiful flexible event spaces for private or corporate hire holding a total of 600 guests.
Grace Hall itself is all classic columns, sweeping marble and high ceilings for events with up to 350 guests. The Archives is a stylish secluded space for smaller meetings and business events for up to 60 standing guests. The Director’s Observatory on the 1st floor is perfect for more intimate gatherings of up to 80 standing guests, while The Grace Below is an atmospheric basement bar for hospitality gatherings.
Going out… The world renowned Kew Gardens just 30 minutes from Central London offers much more than the Royal Botanic Gardens. In addition to the undeniably breathtaking beauty of the outdoor spaces, there are several fantastic event venues for hire.
They include Cambridge Cottage, an elegant former royal residence, the light and airy Orangery, Nash Orangery and the contemporary Prince of Wales Conservatory, the Orangery Conference Room, the bespoke Sir Joseph Banks Building for daytime and evening events, and the unique Marianne North Gallery for dinners, receptions and networking events. The piece de resistance is Kew’s Victorian Temperate House, complete with tropical plants and trees from all over the world.
With a magnificent choice of historic and modern event spaces available, Kew Gardens offers a unique and unforgettable setting for any corporate occasion.
For more information on any of these venues, or to help you find the ideal London venue for your next corporate hospitality event or business function, please get in touch with our friendly venue finders who are waiting for your call on 020 7186 8687.