When most people hear the phrase ‘conference venue’, they think of a tired and lifeless office block with nothing to look at beyond the windows but the brick wall of the neighbouring building. It’s fair to say however that the following venues all more than break that stereotype, boasting both wonderful alternative spaces for corporate gatherings and simply breath-taking views.
Stoke Newington West Reservoir Centre – to give the building its full name – is situated right on the banks of a picturesque lake, and vast windows ensure you make the most of the wonderful outlook onto the water. Though peaceful and calming in itself, the lake is too valuable a feature not to utilise, hence why the venue actually doubles up as a water sports facility, from which open-water swimming, sailing and kayaking can be organised. That would certainly be one way to break the ice and factor in some all-important team building.
Riverside Rooms is another venue that benefits from lovely views onto water, only this time it’s the Thames you’d be marvelling at, as well as the city beyond. Each of the oak panelled rooms has a sense of understated elegance and yet is neutral enough to be adapted to suit your event’s particular style and feel. Working closely with some of the city’s most popular attractions, including the London Eye, SEA LIFE London Aquarium and London Dungeon, package deals can be put together for those who want to go beyond the typical conference and instead offer a whole day of networking, bonding and exploring.
If you prefer the slick and stylish vibes of an ultra-modern space, Mondrian London at Sea Containers with its bold energy and sophisticated boutique finish is sure to impress. As for the view of the South Bank and London’s iconic skyline, the floor-to-ceiling windows frame it perfectly so that it would form the backdrop for your conference at all times. Its fantastic location also means it’s well connected to the wider city via good local transport links, such as Blackfriars and Waterloo.
Found on the 42nd floor of The Leadenhall Building, Landing Forty Two is in fact the city’s highest dedicated event space. Affectionately known as “The Cheesegrater” due to its distinct shape, it certainly stands out in its own right even amongst London’s best-known skyscrapers, but it is undoubtedly the unique elevated perspective of the rest of the city it offers that serves as its biggest draw. As for the interior, it’s a modern space which can accommodate up to 300 guests per reception.
Another record breaker, Sky Garden is home to the city’s highest landscaped public gardens, and the contrast between hyper-contemporary architecture and the beauty and tranquillity of the natural world is both effective and delightful, making this one of the most unique offerings on the events scene. Spread across a generous 3 floors, it’s well suited to large-scale events for as many as 650 people, but regardless of where you are amidst this 45,000-square-feet of space, the venue’s panoramic view of London is always the star of the show.