- Ann-Marie Rossiter
The Best Venues in London That All PAs Should Know About
Being a personal assistant means you’ve got to be prepared for anything and remain cool, calm and collected no matter what. Trying to organize business trips can be a tough task especially in unknown cities that you may not have visited yourself. Don’t panic; at HeadBox we’ve got you covered with the venue side of things. Your little black book just got a whole lot bigger.
Whether you’re looking for inspiring meeting spaces, quirky party venues, impressive private dining spots or creative workshop spaces the city of London has it all. The question is, where to start? Begin your search with our shortlist of the best venues in London, tried and tested by multiple HeadBox customers.
The Snug; image courtesy of HeadBox
Get out of the board room
Meetings are an essential part of any business, so finding the right space can be crucial to getting the most out of your team. Steer away from the usual soulless board room or the coffee shop around the corner and check out the spaces below. Changing up a meeting’s setting can increase curiosity, leading to more productivity, creativity and efficiency!
MeWe 360 can be found in the buzzing center of Soho, just a short walk away from Piccadilly Circus tube station. This modern space can accommodate up to 10 delegates for a boardroom style meeting and is filled with tons of natural light and high ceilings to create an ideal working environment. Right in the heart of London, you won’t be short of restaurants, bars or cafes to visit once the hard work is out of the way.
The Games Room, The Ampersand Hotel
The Ampersand Hotel in South Kensington has a unique space available to hire for a meeting. A stone’s throw away from South Kensington tube station and short cab ride from Victoria station, the location is perfect for those who wish to stay central. The Games Room can accommodate 32 delegates for a seated reception, ideal for larger corporate meetings or 50 delegates for a standing reception, which is perfect for any large presentations or workshops. What’s more, you’re right around the corner from some of London’s most famous museums to peruse at your leisure on your lunch or after your session.
Renowned for their beliefs that happy environments increase creativity and productivity, PerkBox has opened up their very own Happiness Lab, offering a quirky twist on the classic meeting spaces available for hire. Situated right next to Blackfriars Tube station, this space can accommodate up to 30 guests for a seated boardroom style set up, making it the perfect venue for meetings, brainstorms and team building days.
The Snug meeting room can be found in The Hari Hotel in the center of Belgravia. This private room is ideal for any boardroom style meeting for up to 12 delegates, with its homely fireplace and luxurious sofas creating the perfect relaxed atmosphere. There are plasma screens and complimentary Wi-Fi on hand throughout the day so you’ll have the tools you need for a successful meeting. Once you’ve finished up, you have approximately 3 meters to travel before you can pitch up in their delicious restaurant or bar to unwind after a hard day's work.
The Greenhouse, The Clubhouse 8 St. James's Square Mayfair is home to The Clubhouse, which opened its doors back in 2012 with the aim of creating a place filled with inspiring and innovative meeting spaces. With its huge interactive screen spanning an entire wall of the space, The Greenhouse does not disappoint. The screen wall enables you to create engaging, interactive presentations that will captivate your delegates. And at only a short distance from the iconic Piccadilly, this stylish venue will be sure to impress your guests.
Everyman Cinema; image courtesy of HeadBox
It’s Party Time
Organizing a team night out is the perfect opportunity for everyone to blow off some steam and to get to know each other outside of the working environment. Whether it’s to impress your clients, a Christmas soirée or your company celebration, it’s hard to find something that will please everyone. Lucky for you we’ve put together some of London’s unique party venues that will tick all the right boxes.
Evening Hire, Dandelyan, Mondrian London The Dandelyan at the Mondrian Hotel overlooks the River by Blackfriars Bridge and is the ideal space for any private party. This London party venue is available to hire for up to 180 guests for a standing drinks reception, and as a previous Winner of the Best New Cocktail Bars at the Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards back in 2015, you’ll be well taken care of! Dandelyan is a unique Venue that will make sure that your party is epitome of glamour and sophistication.
The Everyman is a unique brand of boutique Cinemas which can be hired exclusively as a quirky party venue in the heart of London. The Everyman at Canary Wharf has a large bar area ideal for your guest’s arrival drinks before leading the party into the individually designed theaters that can host up to 110 guests. The comfy sofa seating and in-chair waiter services will make your party utterly unforgettable.
Exclusive Venue Hire, Sarastro Along the infamous Drury Lane on the outskirts of Covent Garden is Sarastro, a Turkish Meze restaurant available for private hire. This eccentric spot, crammed full of oddities and curiosities, makes for a completely original party venue. Opening it’s doors back in 1996, this established venue is decorated head to toe in extravagant opera boxes, golden drapes and assorted stage props. It can seat up to 100 guests for a seated reception and 225 guests for a standing drinks reception.
The Bowling Alley, Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch The Courthouse Hotel is a baroque-styled Venue in the heart of Shoreditch. The hotel has a fascinating history as the old magistrate's court, even playing host to the Kray twins before their sentencing in the Jail, now repurposed as a bar. Beneath the hotel lies a hidden bowling alley available for hire exclusively for a private party. With a maximum capacity of 60 Guests, you can get the whole team involved and the competitive spirit buzzing at this quirky party venue.
Victorian Bath House; image courtesy of HeadBox
Wine and Dine
The key to hosting a truly unforgettable private dining event is a show-stopping venue, delicious food, mouth-watering drinks and excellent service. Finding all of the above in one place can be a challenge, so we’ve shortlisted our favorite private dining spots below.
Chef's Private Dining Room, Mews of Mayfair Mews of Mayfair was founded in 2006 and is located in the cobbled courtyard of Lancashire Court, with excellent transport links nearby from Bond Street and Oxford Circus Tube stations. The Chef’s private dining room is the perfect venue to wine and dine up to 28 guests in a truly unforgettable space, decorated from top to bottom with antique maps, original beams and show-stopping chandeliers.
Victorian Bath House The Turkish Baths have been located in Bishopsgate Churchyard for over two centuries now, with the first Bath House opening its doors in 1895. The epitome of decadence, the bath house is available for private hire. Accommodating up to 40 guests for a Private Dining event and just a short walk away from Liverpool Street Station, this is a private dining spot like no other. It’s stunning decor and modern twist on the Victorian-era classics will leave your guests talking for weeks.
Sea Containers Restaurant Private Dining Room, Mondrian London Just a quick walk over the Blackfriars Bridge and you will find The Sea Containers restaurant at the Mondrian Hotel. This intimate venue is said to be inspired by the Golden Age of transatlantic travel and has a private dining room which can accommodate up to 20 guests for a seated reception across two grand golden tables.
Private Dining Room, Buddha Bar The Buddha Bar in Knightsbridge has a stunning private dining room with a max capacity of up to 55 guests for a seated reception. The Buddha Bar can be customized to be as formal or informal as you like in this vibrant event space that’s always going to impress your guests with high-end food and delicious cocktails.
4th Floor Studios; image courtesy of HeadBox
Workshop 'til you drop
It’s no secret that the key to unlocking creativity can be as simple as changing up your environment. So if you’re looking to improve productivity and increase engagement, get your meeting off the ground with a fabulous venue. Workshops are an important way to allow your team to collaborate and help to refocus and revitalize the group. If you’re looking for the perfect workshop space in London, then look no further.
The Gallery, Lumiere London Just a short distance from Southwark station, Lumiere London is a HeadBox favorite, with various spaces available for private hire. The Gallery is ideal for any workshop with a maximum capacity of up to 40 delegates in a boardroom style meeting within a bold, dynamic and contemporary space. Carlos Lumiere, the founder of Lumiere London, is a professional photographer and interior designer so it’s no wonder that The Gallery is furnished to perfection! The Gallery comes fully equipped with everything you might need including on-site technical support, HD Screens, free WiFi, HD projectors, whiteboards and flip charts.
Victorian Loft, Lumiere London Lumiere London is also home to another unique space: The Victorian Loft. This contemporary workshop space in the center of London is a fully equipped studio in a spacious room that can seat up to 40 delegates in a boardroom style set-up, making it the perfect space for any workshop or presentation. The eclectic decor fascinates and inspires, bringing those “think-outside-the-box” ideas to the forefront of the mind.
Whole Studio, 4th Floor Studios 4th Floor Studios is an ideal space for your next workshop or brainstorming session in London. When they opened their doors 8 years ago they were destined to be the home to some inspiring creative workspaces for companies across London. Situated in Whitechapel along Commercial Road, you can hire the whole studio exclusively for any workshops, brainstorms, presentations or meetings. There’s audio-conferencing equipment, HD projectors, screens and video conferencing technology available at your disposal to make sure your event runs without a hitch.
The Crypt can be found just a short distance away from Farringdon tube station right on the edge of Central London. This brick-walled church crypt is an unusual venue, bursting with character and can be completely transformed ready for your Workshop. The Crypt can accommodate up to 300 guests for a standing reception so it is an ideal venue for large conferences, workshops and team presentations.
So there you have it; the best venues in London that all PAs should know about! When it comes to inspiring venues that you may need when organizing a business trip to London, we’ve got you covered. Make sure to check out our website and take a look at our London venues!
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