Meeting Venues In London

Unique and unusual meeting rooms and venues to hire in London and the M25

Churchill War Rooms, London

Churchill War Rooms

Max Capacity 120

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.

This venue is accredited by VisitBritain’s ‘We’re Good To Go’ campaign.

Kempton Park Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue, Sunbury-On-Thames

Kempton Park Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue

Max Capacity 600

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.

This venue is accredited by VisitBritain’s ‘We’re Good To Go’ campaign.

HMS Belfast, London

HMS Belfast

Max Capacity 110

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.

This venue is accredited by VisitBritain’s ‘We’re Good To Go’ campaign.

The Kia Oval, London

The Kia Oval

Max Capacity 850

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.

Twickenham Stadium, London

Twickenham Stadium

Max Capacity 1200

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.

This venue is accredited by VisitBritain’s ‘We’re Good To Go’ campaign.

Sandown Park Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue, Esher

Sandown Park Racecourse, A Jockey Club Venue

Max Capacity 800

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.

This venue is accredited by VisitBritain’s ‘We’re Good To Go’ campaign. 

QEII Centre, London

QEII Centre

Max Capacity 1300

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.

This venue is accredited by VisitBritain’s ‘We’re Good To Go’ campaign.

CentrEd at ExCeL London, London

CentrEd at ExCeL London

Max Capacity 400

CentrEd at ExCeL is a brand new state-of-the-art conference, meeting and training facility that’s part of our award-winning venue portfolio.

Wellcome Collection Venue Hire, London

Wellcome Collection Venue Hire

Max Capacity 154

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.

This venue is accredited by VisitBritain’s ‘We’re Good To Go’ campaign.

Harlequins FC, Twickenham

Harlequins FC

Max Capacity 910

The Twickenham Stoop Stadium has been home to Harlequins, the world-famous rugby club, since 1963. The Stoop is located in the heart of Twickenham and over the years has been redeveloped into a unique and excellent venue for conferences and events, which makes The Stoop the perfect venue for all types of events.

This venue is accredited by VisitBritain’s ‘We’re Good To Go’ campaign.

Watford Football Club, Watford

Watford Football Club

Max Capacity 300

Watford Football Club, based at the impressive Vicarage Road stadium provides the perfect backdrop with any conference or event. The 12 spectacular suites, and 18 Corporate boxes with a capacity from 2 to 250 delegates, with versatile event spaces overlooking the pitch.

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Every day thousands of business meetings take place across the capital, and you probably hire business meeting rooms in London for everything from weekly departmental get-togethers to important meetings with new clients.

People fly in from around the world to do business in London, and setting the right tone to impress is largely down to choosing the right type of venue, how you structure your agenda and how you come across to the attendees.

London is one of the best locations when it comes to hosting important meetings and cost effective meeting room hire, because the sheer diversity of unique venues available to you is truly staggering.  Finding an unusual venue should be the first thing on your priority list if you want to organise a successful private meeting, but here are a few more top tips to ensure you impress your clients.

Top Tips for Hosting a Successful Business Meeting in London

Choosing the right location is key, and it very much depends on the sort of meeting you’re organising and the people you have invited.  If it’s an important private business meeting with new clients, getting away from your own offices and finding somewhere to ‘wow’ them is often a good way to go. 

For larger meetings you might consider more spacious venues such as the suites available at the Kia Oval or Twickenham Stadium, both vast and iconic sporting venues which would make an ideal place to host your meeting.  Part of the trick with picking the right venue is finding somewhere where the venue staff are experienced at handling the sort of event you’re hosting, and the teams at these venues have ample practice at hosting corporate events and professional meetings.

Set Up Well in Advance

If you’re the one chairing the meeting, make sure you’re there well ahead of everyone else in order to set up.  To ensure your meeting goes smoothly you don’t want to leave anything to chance, because a nasty surprise mid-meeting could spoil your composure.

One advantage to hosting your meeting in on of our unusual meeting rooms is that they have everything you need already to hand.  The best venues will be able to provide you with good wifi coverage and any sound or projector equipment you might need.  Arranging for refreshments to help keep delegates happy is also essential.  At a venue such as the Churchill War Rooms, staff can provide you with a selection of menus in advance, with everything from finger food and teas to full three-course meals, to ensure you set up the right catering options beforehand.

Stick to the Agenda

There’s nothing worse than being trapped in a meeting which has strayed so far off the agenda that it shows no signs of ending.  It’s always worth sitting down beforehand and drawing up a bullet-point list of each item you want to tackle with some timings, then once your meeting has started you can work through them in a logical order. 

Knowing beforehand what outcome you want from your meeting is crucial, as it will focus your mind.  Keep your points direct and succinct – people lose focus if information is not delivered in bite-size chunks.

Begin on Time, Wrap Up Early

People will thank you for calling an early halt to proceedings.  If people had expected to spend an entire morning in a meeting and suddenly find they have been given early release, they will almost certainly be grateful and more likely to think positively about how proceedings went. 

This can be a particularly useful trick if the attendees have come to the city from further afield or even overseas, and want to combine work with pleasure.  If you’ve hosted your meeting in an unusual venue such as one of the luxurious suites aboard HMS Belfast, it might even give them some free time to explore before they have to return to the office.  As one of the capital’s main tourist attractions and with its historical significance, a meeting and tour aboard HMS Belfast could give you and your clients a chance to further seal relationships once the talking is over.

Ultimately, the success of your meeting is all down to planning and much of that planning can be delegated if you choose a really high-quality venue.  Managing some of London’s most unusual and eclectic venues, Lime Venue Portfolio can help you find the perfect London meeting rooms for your important meeting.  Staffed by some of the most highly experienced individuals in the hospitality and corporate entertainment industries, the teams behind our venues can arrange bespoke packages covering everything from room hire and equipment down to refreshments and stationery – everything you could need to guarantee your meeting is a success.

For more information on these or any other of our handpicked venues, simply get in touch with our professional events team today.