In 2002, the Cabinet War Rooms took over and restored large areas of the Whitehall site. The meeting facilities now include a number of historic period rooms including a 120-seat auditorium enhanced by discreet but modern audio-visual facilities and air conditioning. Rooms are available for corporate or private hire, both daytime and evening.
Banqueting and Dinner venues in London
Unique and unusual Banqueting and Dinner venues to hire in London and the M25
From World War II to Korea, HMS Belfast has been looking after our nation since 1938. Now, moored next to the iconic Tower Bridge, it’s protecting the quality of our nation’s events.
The Kia Oval, located in the heart of London, is a world class sporting venue with excellent conference and event facilities. Each room is flooded with natural daylight and boasts outstanding views of the famous Oval wicket. With a mix of modern and traditional rooms ranging in size, the Kia Oval is suitable for a variety of events.
Troxy is a versatile events space which is flexible in both approach and size. Originally opened in the 1930s as a grand cinema, many of the original Art Deco features remain in this Grade II-listed venue. Refurbished within the last few years, this unique space now combines extensive front of house facilities with original character.
Jump on board for a unique event in the heart of Covent Garden! Originally a Victorian flower market, London Transport Museum provides three fascinating spaces for hire. Daytime guests can enjoy the latest meeting technology and complimentary museum access.
The QEII Centre is the largest dedicated conference, exhibition and event space in Central London. The venue offers world-class facilities and versatile spaces for up to 2,500. Conventions, dinners, awards, exhibitions, Christmas parties, receptions, product launches; The QEII can do them all, hosting over 400 national and international events a year.
Pennethorne’s Bar is the latest opening at the iconic Somerset House. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the all-day wining and dining destination now offers a private dining room for exclusive, desirable and stylish events.
Purpose-built in 1889, Roux at Parliament Square is the perfect Westminster conference venue which offers flexible rooms to cater for any occasion.
First class catering for your event is provided by Roux kitchen, fronted by Michel Roux Jnr and Head Chef Steve Groves, winner of MasterChef: The Professionals 2009.
Awarded Best Sporting Venue for Events 2018, Twickenham can effortlessly cater for large-scale business conferences with state-of-the-art AV, private dinners and social receptions or meetings. In all there are 34 dedicated spaces and rooms, many providing attendees and delegates with excellent facilities and a wealth of flexible interior space.
Situated within iconic skyscraper Tower 42 in the City of London, Jason Atherton's City Social features Art Deco-style interiors against the backdrop of the breathtaking London skyline.
Located on the 24th floor, Michelin-starred City Social is a show-stopping venue for a private party or private dining experience.
Somerset House is a large Neoclassical building situated on the south side of the Strand in Central London, overlooking the River Thames, just east of Waterloo Bridge. There are twelve venues available for your meeting, conference, dinner, reception or party.
Trinity House, the headquarters of the General Lighthouse Authority, has been located in Trinity Square on Tower Hill since 1796. An historic venue, just 50 metres from Tower Hill tube station, it offers a suite of five elegant rooms suitable for civil weddings, lunches, dinner parties, drinks receptions, board meetings and training courses.
Located in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the National Maritime Museum is the world’s largest maritime museum and is filled with inspirational stories of exploration, trade and adventure at sea. Spanned by a spectacular glass roof, Neptune Court is a meeting of classical grandeur and modern architecture, an ideal backdrop for large events.
Wellcome Collection is a venue for the incurably curious. Its event spaces are flexible and contemporary with ultra-modern AV facilities in an unrivalled Central London location. Spaces include a tiered auditorium ideal for daytime or evening events and the Atrium, ideal for drinks receptions or product launches.
The Victoria and Albert Museum is based in South Kensington. The Victorian building has many extraordinary rooms and spaces which offer exceptional possibilities for entertaining for evening events in a prestigious Central London location.
The London Dungeon attraction is one of the best-loved themed venues in London, telling the story of some of the capital's most infamous moments in history.
This is the ultimate alternative fun venue, a unique combination of real history, horror and humour perfect for dinners, parties and networking events between 50 and 150 guests.
For centuries, Hampton Court Palace has played host to gala celebrations, festive banquets and historic meetings. Today, your guests can step onto this inspiring stage and experience the soaring state rooms, grand staircases, cobbled courtyards and gorgeous gardens of one of the greatest palaces ever built.
Madame Tussauds London is an award-winning themed venue which has been hosting parties for over fifty years. A large venue in Central London, Madame Tussauds can host events for up to 1,000 guests and is extremely popular for high profile celebrity launches.
Cutty Sark is one of the world’s most famous ships and is the last surviving tea clipper, the fastest and greatest of her time. She stands as a glorious monument to the age of sail and to all those who lost their lives in the merchant service. Situated on the shore of the mighty Thames River the ship provides commanding views over Canary Wharf.
Rising from the banks of the River Thames in the heart of London stands a striking historic building which is a key part of the city's heritage. Old Billingsgate now accommodates three versatile event spaces to feed your imagination, and has hosted some of London's most prestigious events, from sparkling film premieres to dazzling award ceremonies.
The O2 is the finest and most technologically advanced entertainment space within the UK. Split into 5 key areas; The O2 arena, indigO2, the British Music Experience, Live Quarter and London Piazza, are of which all totally versatile and unique. The possibilities of the type of show, presentation, conference or special event that can be staged here are endless.
The Natural History Museum is one of London's most iconic venues, with its stunning architecture providing the ideal backdrop for events of all sizes. From the intimate to the spectacular, the museum's variety of spaces will suit any corporate event, private party or wedding. The venue's dedicated team provide expert support to plan and deliver your event.
Located in Sunbury-on-Thames, Middlesex, just 16 miles from Central London, Kempton Park Racecourse offers a unique collection of individual suites that offer beautiful views of the racecourse itself as well as the natural surroundings. Situated less than a mile from Junction 1 of the M3 and with direct trains from London Waterloo to the on-site train station.
Epsom Downs is a truly unique venue for your conference, dinner dance, wedding, product launch, Christmas party and much more. The Queen's Stand & Duchess' Stand both have striking facilities; holding an array of diverse events every year, Epsom Downs is the ideal venue for your event.
Just 25 minutes by train from Waterloo, Sandown Park is set in a picturesque green-belt site in leafy Surrey. Suitable for groups of 10 to over 1,000 people, event success is guaranteed with the venue's wide range of flexible spaces and facilities.
ExCeL is the capital's premier events venue and home to London's International Convention Centre. The venue has been designed to accommodate a wide range of event formats, with organisers able to use different spaces from an auditorium to exhibition space, executive meeting rooms and a dedicated training centre.
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If you’re hosting your banqueting or formal dinner in London, making sure you choose the right venue can be the one thing which makes or breaks the success of your event. There are so many options when it comes to banqueting and dinner venues in London that you might feel a little overwhelmed when narrowing down your choice, but pick an exclusive, unusual venue and you’ll certainly get the evening off to a flying start.
With some of the most creative and unique handpicked venues in London, Lime Venue Portfolio are ideally placed to offer advice and guidance on choosing the right dinner venue for your event. Whatever type of event you are hosting, whatever style you’re going for, here are our four top tips for choosing the perfect London banqueting and dinner venue…
Four Top Tips for Choosing Your London Banqueting and Dinner Venue
Choose Somewhere with Good Transport Links
You may have guests coming from quite a long way away to attend your formal dinner, and they’re more likely to accept the invitation if they know the venue is easy to reach. Choose a very central venue such as the Churchill War Rooms to maximise the number of acceptances, and let guests know in advance where the nearest train and Tube stations are.
The Churchill War Rooms are located less than half a mile from the major hub station of Charing Cross, and just a couple of minutes’ walk from nearby St James’s Park and access to the Tube. There’s also free offsite parking nearby for those who have come by car and plenty of world-class hotels and accommodation nearby. This venue has earned a reputation for fine dining which would do the great statesman himself proud – guests can enjoy complimentary canapes and a glass of Champagne on arrival, while the caterers give a nod to the venue’s proud history with ration book name cards on the tables. Your event is sure to be a victory all round when you choose this venue!
Organise a Clever Seating Plan
We’ve all had dinners where we’re seated next to someone we can’t stand, but we’ve also enjoyed those events when we’re seated beside someone truly fascinating. Making sure your table plan is cleverly devised to ensure the latter will hopefully mean all your guests have a fantastic time at your London dinner event. Try to arrange things so that everyone has someone they’re familiar with to one side and someone new to the other, that way you can ensure the conversation keeps on flowing and people have a chance to network.
If you choose a particularly spacious venue such as the Kia Oval, you can make your guestlist as long as you like. With elegant dining rooms for banquets in the Pavilion, your guests can enjoy a luxury fine dining experience in historic settings, or you might choose to wine and dine invitees in one of the more contemporary spaces of the OCS Stand.
Decide on Some Quirky Cuisine
The food is, of course, central to your event, so making sure you get your fine dining menu spot on is the key to success. We work closely with world-renowned catering company Payne and Gunter, who have been preparing banquets and dinners fit for royalty since 1786 . They take great pride in offering bespoke menus to those hosting banquets in London and work closely with event hosts to tailor their feasts to your specific theme or style.
From canapes and grab food to multi-course fine dining meals and drinks, Payne and Gunter cater for events at the Natural History Museum, Trinity House and the Maritime Museum among others. Hosting your lavish formal dinner at one of these exclusive venues and enjoying the culinary delights from these world-class chefs is sure to make your event a night for your guests to remember.
Build a Good Relationship with the Events Team
Remember that you will be working with the events team at your venue for quite a long time when planning your banquet or dinner, so making sure you get on with them and build a strong rapport is critical to the success of your corporate event. Have some lengthy discussions with them on what theme you have chosen for your evening, what sort of food you wish to serve, any special dietary requirements they need to consider and how you would like the venue and tables to be decorated.
If you’ve chosen to host your banquet aboard HMS Belfast, you’ll find that the events team at this iconic venue are not only extremely experienced in hosting this type of event but are fully committed to ensuring you enjoy a memorable night. This is one of our most unique venues, with staff able to arrange everything down to the finest details. From organising entertainment and finding a toastmaster down to flower arrangements and place settings, the events team will be on hand all evening to see your black tie and tuxedo do runs smoothly.
To book your London banquet and dinner venues or to discover the other incredible bespoke venues we have right across the UK, simply get in touch with Lime Venue Portfolio today.