Need a spectacular setting for your next event? Look no further than these venues which are anything but ordinary.
1. Novotel London Canary Wharf, London
The Shard, the City and Olympic Park are just some of the notable sights that you can spot from Novotel’s flagship skyscraper hotel in Canary Warf. The ultra-modern restaurant, bar and roof terrace on the top floors enjoy 360-degree views of London’s skyline. There are also nine fully equipped meeting rooms, a state-of-the-art gym and swimming pool, making it a special destination for both leisure and business travellers.
2. The Principal St David’s Hotel, Cardiff
All rooms come with a view at The Principal St David’s Hotel. It has eight modern meeting and events spaces to choose from, each boasting beautiful views over Cardiff Bay’s waterfront. The hotel also benefits from excellent transport connections and is only two hours from London. Free, superfast Wi-Fi with a maximum bandwidth of 1Gb comes as standard.
3. Gleneagles, Perthshire
The 850-acre estate in Scotland has recently unveiled a unique new meeting and events concept. Ochil House comprises six exclusive-use spaces inspired by the design of original private members clubs. The design team also created a range of ‘inventor blue prints’ that pay homage to great Scottish inventions for the rooms; the aim being to inspire and stimulate conversation. Exclusive use of Ochil House benefits from further outdoor breakout lawns, while individual rooms can also be booked privately.
4. County Hall Westminster Bridge, London
Whether you are having a conference or an intimate private dinner, County Hall has 68,000 sq ft of multi-use event space over two floors, ready to be transformed to your requirements. The location of the etc. venue is a big draw too. Situated on the Southbank of the Thames, it has not one but two of London’s renowned landmarks in its vicinity – the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye. It’s also just a short stroll away from Westminster and Waterloo stations.
5. York Marriott Hotel, York
With views towards the historic York Racecourse, the Marriott Hotel has 11 event rooms and 10 breakout rooms, with a capacity of up to 190 guests. Day delegate rates begin from £29, while you also have access to a meeting services app and free Wi-Fi. The hotel is only a 30-minute walk from York too, should your guests like to explore the medieval city.
6. Grange Holborn Hotel, London
Delegates are greeted with uninterrupted views of London at the stunning penthouse-level Sky Bar at the Grange Holborn Hotel. Near Covent Garden and in between the West End and the City, the five-star hotel is ideally placed for business meetings, private events and conferences. There are 14 spaces in total to pick from, the largest of which has a capacity of up to 450. All benefit from an in-house PA system and audio-visual equipment.
7. The Lowry, Greater Manchester
The multi-purpose arts venue on the Salford Keys scores highly for its unusual architecture, diverse spaces and waterside vistas. The Compass Room in particular stands out with its floor to ceiling windows, as does the Andrew and Zoe Law Galleries where delegates can network amongst the artwork. If your delegates need a respite, they can explore the nearby Imperial War Museum North or Old Trafford football stadium.
8. Macdonald Aviemore Resort, Scottish Highlands
Sometimes you just can’t beat a venue in the countryside, and with enviable views of the dramatic Scottish Highlands, Macdonald Aviemore Resort is one of the most spectacular. Only two hours from Glasgow and Edinburgh, the resort, which has more than 400 hotel rooms, is available for exclusive use. Inside, you’ll find a 650-seat auditorium perfect for conferences, seminars or film showings, while the 1000m² Osprey Arena can host up to 1,150 people – a popular choice with blue-chip organisations.
9. Park Regis, Birmingham
The newest four-star hotel in Birmingham is home to a sky-high meeting and conference room with panoramic views across the city. Opening in mid-June, the space truly is a blank canvas and can be customised and dressed to suit any event, from a working lunch to a cocktail party. The breathtaking views combined with the versatility of the space makes for a seriously impressive venue. All this and it’s right in the heart of Birmingham city centre too.
10. Pennyhill Park Hotel & Spa, Surrey
An impressive 19th-century country house set in 123 acres of woodland, Pennyhill Park is a tranquil oasis only 25 miles from central London. It has a variety of spacious meeting rooms to suit your needs, many of which have access to the hotel’s manicured grounds. There’s even a world-class pitch and indoor training facilities, making it an ideal setting for events such as team building days.