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.
Reception Venues In London
Unique & unusual reception 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With over 500 species, 14 themed zones and more than 2 million litres of water, SEA LIFE London Aquarium is home to one of Europe’s largest collections of global marine life. Let the venue take you and your guests on a fascinating journey from the coastline to the depths of the ocean. Discover a magical underwater world filled with a dazzling array of amazing creatures.
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.
indigo at The O2 is based within The O2 at North Greenwich. It's fast becoming one of London's most sought-after venues as it's situated within one of the UK’s most iconic landmarks.
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.
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.
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Receptions in London can be held for all sorts of reasons, from product launches to leaving dos, office parties and entertaining potential clients. Whatever the reason, there are a wealth of amazing London reception venues available to you and any number of ways to customise your company event. But if you want your reception in London to be a little different and stand out in the memory of all attendees, how can you raise the bar above a run-of-the mill corporate reception?
One of the most sure-fire ways of making your reception in London stand out is by picking a theme to structure the evening around. As reception events have become more relaxed and companies want to give staff more occasions to let their hair down, guests are happier than ever to embrace a theme and get into the spirit of the event. Here, then, are just five themes you might choose when hosting your reception events in London…
Four Top Themes to Jazz up Your Corporate Reception in London
A Spot of Sport
There’s always some sporting event in the calendar which you can play off, from Wimbledon to the World Cup. Although it may seem a risky pick and not to everyone’s taste, there are ways you can use a sporting theme which will really add some fun to your corporate reception in London. The capital is famed for its sports teams and venues, so choose somewhere such as the iconic Twickenham Stadium and you’re in for a real treat.
With a maximum capacity of 1,200 there’s no need to cut the guestlist! Enjoy drinks, canapes and bowl food whilst overlooking the magnificent grounds, and perhaps ask guests to embrace the sporting theme by encouraging them to wear some small token to represent their favourite team or preferred sport – it could make for a good conversation starter as attendees start networking.
Add Some 50s Glamour
It was the heyday of the silver screen, and there’s no denying that the post-war glamour has never gone out of fashion. Create a late 1940s/1950s vibe with a touch of vintage and celebrate the best of British at the unique Churchill War Rooms. As such an important location throughout the Second World War, the refurbished cabinet war rooms are the ideal venue for hosting a vintage glamour-inspired reception.
You don’t necessarily need to go as far as stringing up the bunting and polka dots (although it might be fun), but you might encourage guests to dress in classical 50s style and choose a menu of cute canapes and finger food featuring British classics.
Be on Trend
Somerset House provides the exquisite backdrop to Pennethorne’s Bar, one of the capital’s most exclusive venues. It’s also the home of London fashion week, so why not take inspiration from the sophisticated and elegant setting alongside all the buzz, style and vibrancy of the world of fashion – a high glamour theme could really let guests unleash some sparkle in their outfits and indulge in an evening’s fine wining and dining at this iconic landmark.
Pennethorne’s specialises in wines and menus inspired by the Grand Tour of Europe, popular in the Victorian era. Guests can sip luxurious European wines and cocktails al fresco, whilst enjoying a canape and small bites menu featuring dishes from Spain, France and Italy. This is the perfect trendy spot for a glamorous reception in London.
The Name’s Bond…
For suave and sophisticated you cannot go far wrong with a 007-inspired evening reception. All things to all people and one of the country’s most well-loved exports, James Bond’s sharp suits and tuxedos lend themselves very well to a black tie dress code for male guests, while the ladies can have an excuse to don their most elegant floor-length gowns or favourite LBDs. Keep the Martinis flowing and add a few Bond-themed decorations to your London reception venue and it will be a truly memorable evening.
Choose a venue like HMS Belfast if you really want to wow guests with your Bond theme. Enjoy views over the Thames – setting for many a chase scene – and the historic and awe-inspiring nature of this unique venue is sure to impress. With competitively priced reception packages available, this could be the perfect venue to charm guests at your reception in London.
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