The Top 10 Event and Conference Venues in the UK
Here in the UK we are lucky to have a variety of truly unique event and conference venues, each offering something slightly different. Although it must be said that London is home to a lot of these venues, the rest of the UK also provides some interesting alternatives to the capital including countryside castles and woodland retreats.
Having printed t-shirts for many events organisers we at Printsome know how important a venue is to the success of an event. Someone a lot smarter than me once said, “you can only make a first impression once.” It might have been David Beckham. The best corporate events will engage the participants and help achieve the intended goal. A good example of this is when weapons manufacturer, BAE Systems, held a brand planning conference in the London War rooms. Which seems a good place to start.
10. The War Rooms, London
As mentioned before, the War Rooms were used by BAE for a brand-planning day and was a great success. The size of the rooms makes this a perfect location for smaller businesses with an interest in developing strategies or military background.
9. Battersea Power Station, London
Also on the banks of the River Thames stand the iconic chimneys of the decommissioned Battersea Power Station. Out of action for over 30 years it was put on the open market in 2012 and is now being redeveloped into housing and retail space. In the mean time the Grade II listed building has held events for a number of brands and organisations.
8. Sea Life Aquarium, London
Again based next to the Thames, The London Sea Life Aquarium can be hired out for corporate events, dinners and networking events. After a £5 million refurbishment in 2009, the aquarium officially became a Sea Life Centre, complete with underwater tunnel and shark walk.
7. Museums, London
Along with many other museums in London and the rest of the UK, The Science and Natural History Museums also open their doors to events and conference organisers for corporate dinners and meetings. Both museums offer a number of spectacular spaces with a wide variety of sizes to cater to all types of events.
6. Craig Y Nos Castle, Wales
Nestled in the Brecan Beacons National Park, Craig Y Nos is a Victorian country house with a number of function rooms and facilities for conference organisers. The setting of the castle lends itself to events for which nature and tradition are integral themes with incredible views of the surrounding parkland.
|5. Woburn Centre Parcs, Bedfordshire
Centre Parcs is a chain of holiday parks with centres all around the UK. They all offer a variety of conference spaces, but Woburn is the most modern and up to date having just undergone a £250 million redevelopment. The new complex has a 75-room luxury hotel, 625 self-catering lodges and is just 50 minutes on the train from central London.
|4. The Computer Laboratory, Cambridge University
The world famous Cambridge University has a number of conference centres around the city. The Computer Laboratory, Cambridge’s most modern building, is perfect for technology events or conferences. Although the building is new, the department has been around for years and was the first to offer a Computer Science degree back in 1953. This would be a great setting for a conference on technology and innovation.
|3. The Eden Project, Cornwall
Opened in 2001, The Eden Project is one of the biggest tourist attractions in the southwest and a centre for environmental education. The striking biomes make for a truly magical setting with each replicating a different climate and eco-system from around the globe. The Eden Project offers a number of packages and solutions for conferences and events organisers to cater to all needs and wants.
|2. Glasgow Conference Centre, Scotland
Situated in Scotland’s largest city, the conference centre offers a wide range of conference and exhibition spaces along with a four star hotel, all under one roof. The iconic building is sometimes lovingly referred to as the Armadillo by locals and is part of the recent regeneration of the docklands area at the heart of Glasgow.
|1. Lords Cricket Ground, London
Absolutely bursting with tradition and class, Lords Cricket Ground is one of the most spectacular sporting venues in the world. Known as the home of cricket, Lords has a number of interesting conference and event locations including the Long Room, the Media Centre and the Roof Terrace. With a mixture of modern and traditional spaces within the grounds, Lords has the facilities to cater to events of all sizes.