Effective Business Events Blog • January 12th, 2018
Finding and booking the best conference venues and meeting venues in the UK can be a daunting task. This is especially true if you want to be out of London. It’s the holy trinity of capacity, accommodation and location that whittles the list down. Worry not though, there is still a wide variety of solutions for your conference and meeting venue requirements. Read on for a guide on venues capable of hosting and accommodating your corporate events.
The Hilton Metropole
The Hilton Metropole at Birmingham at Birmingham close to the NEC and airport is such a winner. It has virtually no competition. It’s perfectly situated in the Midlands and delivers a great product and service for it’s clients. If you need to hold a large conference, meeting or seminar then you need to book in good time. Sometimes as far as two or three years ahead for the most popular dates.
Celtic Manor – The equivalent in Newport, near Cardiff, but also with excellent golf and leisure facilities, as well as huge conference and exhibition space is the Celtic Manor. Putting itself on the map by hosting the Ryder Cup, it is now a firmly established conference meeting venue. It is easy to reach off the M4 and not far from Bristol and Cardiff airports. Celtic manor offers a great escape to the London and Birmingham venues.
Grange Hotels and Park Plaza properties
Grange Hotels and Park Plaza properties in London in London offer a wide range of properties in different classes. With different styles from the ultra modern such as Park Plaza Riverbank. The more traditional Grange St Pauls. All have a huge amount of conference, seminar and meeting space to suit preferred layouts cabaret, classroom, theatre as well as front and rear projection. The Hilton Metropole with all of the above and 1059 bedrooms in different categories, can satisfy almost any request.
If you want luxury there are many to choose from such as the Savoy and the Dorchester.
Scotland and Ireland Large Conference venues
In Scotland and Ireland you have many options from the luxurious Gleneagles Estate and K Club to castles and Golf resorts. Turnberry can host your conference and provide accommodation. EMEA conferences near Heathrow to accommodate delegate flights, then Sofitel near Terminal 5 and Radisson Blu for terminals 1,2 and 3. These offer great spaces and over 300 bedrooms. Not far from Heathrow but away from the airport you have De Vere Beaumont Estate and Runneymede Hotel.
Alternative Creative Conference Venues for Large Events
Other conference venues abound throughout the UK and one group that is often overlooked is Centerparcs. This offers great alternative accommodation to traditional bedrooms. It has wonderful green spaces for delegates to inspire creativity as you cycle the grounds. Stately Homes, Castles, Country Houses, Football Stadiums such as Manchester United or Reading all provide potential great solutions for your Conference and meeting needs. In London there are cinema’s, livery halls, museums, exhibition halls, landmarks, tourist attractions and restaurants. These can be hired exclusively for almost any event that you can think of.
The Shard and Sky garden are two of the most popular and modern for product launches with a twist or simply great views. The i360 in Brighton would also claim to be part of the new modern venue club. It is close to The Grand and The Harbour and in a fantastic location for an uplifting conference by the sea.