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As you know, the team here at Venues and Events International take pride in our venue expertise. With this in mind, Kelly Stevens, who recently published an article following site inspections to the big smoke, felt inspired to share more of her insights into some of her favourite venues in London with some top tips on why they’re perfect for meeting and event organisers…

  1. The Curtain – Shoreditch

Located in the heart of Shoreditch, this five-star hotel is a meeting planners dream. It has everything from quirky restaurants, a live music venue, a members club and even its own screening room.

Whether you’re organising a glamour awards ceremony, holding your monthly board meeting, or wanting to impress with a new innovative product launch, The Curtain has every type of event space you could need.

Meeting rooms:

  • Ballroom – 140 theatre / 120 dinner / 350 standing reception
  • LP – 160 standing reception / 60 seated cabaret
  • Screening Room – 35 seated / 80 standing reception
  • The Courtyard – 24 dinner / 35 standing reception
  • Boardroom – 20 boardroom style
  • The Private Dining Room – 20 dinner / 28 standing reception
  • Green Room – 100 standing reception
  • Billy’s – 100 drinks and snacks / 100 exclusive hire
  • Imperial – 30 dinner

Accommodation & Amenities

  • 120 guest rooms and suites
  • Rooftop pool and lounge
  • 24-hour gym
  • Treatment rooms

Kelly’s top tip: The screening room is one of my favourite rooms (maybe because it has it’s own cocktail bar and popcorn machine) but more so because the space allows for that intimate feeling that’s ideal for film screenings of perhaps a new product or service you want to showcase to select clients.

https://thecurtain.com/

  1. Six Storeys – Soho

Did you know that Six Storeys in Soho used to be a bank? Another meeting planners dream, as it’s since been transformed in a beautiful events space with room for up to 300 delegates across six unique floors and is guaranteed to impress. is a former bank, turned bar and events space on Soho Square. With room for 300 guests across six unique floors, a townhouse takeover at Six Storeys is guaranteed to impress.

Meeting rooms:

  • The Loft – 50 seated / 80 standing reception
  • The Study – 24 dining / 50 standing reception
  • The Decantery – 24 dining / 50 standing reception
  • The Lounge – 20 dining / 50 standing reception
  • The Parlour – 20 dining / 50 standing
  • The Lobby Bar – no need to book!

Accommodation & Amenities

  • No accommodation on site
  • Catering
  • In house AV

Kelly’s top tip: If it’s cocktails you’re after post-work dinner with colleagues or even treat clients to a posh evening out. With a 50-strong cocktail list and an extensive selection of wine and beer you’ll be set for the evening.

https://www.sixstoreys.com

  1. Harrys Dolce Vita – Knightsbridge

 So, perhaps not your all singing all dancing meeting space, but Harry’s Dolce Vita in Knightsbridge has a true Italian charm with delicious food, cocktails, stylish décor and promises to give your guests a night to remember.

If it’s traditional Italian you’re after, then Harry’s Dolce Vita is the venue of choice for you. Their Executive Chef, Diego Cardoso, has created a menu full of unfussy Italian classics bursting with flavour, sourcing his ingredients from specialists in their field, working directly with Italian suppliers and importers.

Kelly’s top tip: Stylish and simple, Harrys is great for casual business lunches // dinners. If good wine is a must for the occasion (some clients choose the venue based on their love of fine wines!) then Harry’s has an extensive selection to choose from. The menus also change seasonally which keeps everything fresh & tasty. Group dining for up to 14 guests in the beautifully elegant Canaletto Room can also be a great option if privacy is something that’s required.

https://www.harrysdolcevita.com

  1. Kimpton Fitzroyformally the Principal Hotel

Kimpton Fitzroy London has recently acquired the Principal London which underwent a fantastic transformation where its contemporary features promise to provide elegance for any event.

  • Ballroom – 180 seated / 400 standing reception
  • Carrington – 40 seated / 40 standing reception
  • Grant – 40 seated / 40 standing reception
  • Carrington + Grant – 80 seated / 90 standing reception
  • Eliot – 12 seated
  • Moore – 8 seated
  • Forster – 8 seated
  • Keynes – 50 seated / 80 standing reception
  • Bell – 20 seated / 30 standing reception
  • Woolf – 30 seated / 40 standing reception

Accommodation & Amenities

  • 334 bedrooms
  • City Views
  • Restaurant + Bar
  • Coffee House + Afternoon Tea Lounge
  • Hosted Evening Wine Hour
  • Fresh Squeezed Juice
  • Specialty Rooms + Suites
  • Concierge Service
  • Business Centre
  • Same-day Dry Cleaning and Laundry
  • Umbrellas Available
  • Express Check In + Check Out

Kelly’s top tip: If it’s character charm and sophistication you’re after then this is the venue for you. As you walk through the doors of the Kimpton London, you automatically feel pulled into its history with its original architectural features that it creates the perfect setting for any event.

https://www.kimptonhotels.com/hotels/us/en/fitzroy-london-hotel-uk

  1. Novotel London Blackfriars

The perfect mid-scale hotel for business meetings. Not only is the hotel contemporary and elegantly designed, it’s just a few minutes from the City on the Southbank location where you can add a little culture to the business trip.

Meeting rooms:

  • Abbots – 12 Boardroom
  • Bishops – 50 Theatre
  • Friars 1 – 15 Theatre / 16 Banquet
  • Friars 2 – 15 Theatre / 16 Boardroom
  • Friars 3 – 15 Theatre – 16 Boardroom
  • Priory – 10 Boardroom
  • Templars – 60 Theatre / 28 Boardroom
  • Friars 1+2+3 – 100 Theatre / 50 Banquet

Accommodation & Amenities:

  • 182 guest bedrooms and 10 disabled accessible rooms (33 connecting rooms)
  • Indoor heated swimming pool, sauna and fitness centre
  • Southbank location and a 15-minute walk to St Paul’s, Tate Modern and the London Eye.
  • Late check-out up to 5pm
  • Currency exchange

Kelly’s top tip: With an international cuisine, their Jamboree Foodfest & Bar is the place to take your taste buds on a journey. As they say… take on the Raging Bull, dance with The Jerk or have a fling with the Morris Major. Intrigued? You’ve got to try to find out and we bet your delegates would like to take on this experience.

https://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-7942-novotel-london-blackfriars/index.shtml

  1. London Croydon Aerodrome

The Hallmark Hotel London Croydon Aerodrome is in an incredibly convenient location with easy access to central London – just 12 miles away and only 15 minutes by train from East Croydon Station.

The hotel provides great value, premium accommodation just outside London for both business travellers to the south-east of England or families looking to be thrilled at Chessington World of Adventures or Thorpe Park. It’s perfectly located for conferences, presentations, team-building, training sessions and board meetings with five events suites with everything you would require for a successful meeting.

Meeting rooms:

  • Event Suites – 5 rooms from 20 – 200 delegates
  • The Amy Johnson Suite – 200 standing reception / 80 Cabaret
  • The Flight Deck Suite – 80 standing reception / 35 Cabaret
  • The Dakota Suite – 120 standing reception / 50 Cabaret
  • The Hurricane Suite – 40 standing reception / 30 Theatre
  • The Spitfire Suite – 40 standing reception / 30 Theatre

Accommodation & Amenities:

  • 110 guest rooms including 3 suites
  • Free Wi Fi internet access throughout the hotel.
  • Free on-site parking.
  • The Hallmark Grill
  • 24-hour room service

Kelly’s top tip: Accessibility is always one of the first things to consider when organising a meeting or event is accessibility. Croydon is a major commercial centre and stands on the A23 main London to Gatwick route, which provides easy access for delegates with the added bonus of only being 15 minutes train journey from central London.

https://www.hallmarkhotels.co.uk/hotels/hallmark-hotel-london-croydon-aerodrome/

  1. Edwardian The May Fair Hotel, London

There are 5-star luxury hotels, and then there is The May Fair: an icon of expressive contemporary design, bringing together boutique attention to detail with grand hotel service. A legendary luxury hotel with a glamorous past, The May Fair was first opened by King George V in 1927 and offers over 400 luxury hotel bedrooms, including 12 of the capital’s most memorable hotel suites, a discreet spa, Mediterranean-inspired restaurant and the quintessential London Casino.

On offer there is the May Fair Bar, breath-taking Crystal Room and opulent Danziger Suite, which between them have played host to some of London’s most extravagant society events.

Meeting rooms:

  • Crystal Room – 260 Theatre style / 120 seated cabaret
  • Danziger Suite – 220 Theatre style / 120 seated cabaret
  • The Atrium – Meeting space / breakout area
  • Meeting Rooms – 11 rooms with varying capacities
  • Mayfair Theatre – up to 201 guests / 8 metre screen

Accommodation & Amenities

  • May fair Bar
  • May fair kitchen
  • May fair Terrace
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Private dining room
  • May fair Spa
  • May fair Gym

Kelly’s Top Tip: If you really want to give your guests that ultimate wow factor, I suggest using the Mayfair Theatre with its huge 8 metre screen and such comfortable seats (supreme Italian leather trimmed with armrests and fold out tables). This setting provides a really inspiring platform for multimedia presentations or a new product launch.

www.themayfairhotel.co.uk

As a team we’re always looking to find new venues, keep on top of the ones that are already out there and share this insight with our clients to help find them the perfect venue for their next event. If you want to know more on how Venues and Events International can support you with your next meeting, get in touch.