If you’re organising a live debate, you need a venue that is suitable both in its size and facilities but also in its professional air, given the nature of the event. With that in mind, here are some interesting choices available in London.
Body & Soul is a creative event space that has a bright, airy feel courtesy of the high vaulted ceiling and large windows which flood the space with natural light. The space can be furnished depending on our particular needs, with either sofas for a more casual approach or tables for a more formal feel both available. There’s also a training room onsite, which could make for a handy breakaway space. Found in the heart of Clerkenwell, the venue sits within a comfortable walking distance of both Angel and Farringdon tube stations, should your guests be travelling from throughout the city.
The Crypt most likely conjures up the image of something deeply atmospheric and distinctly historic in feel, and if that’s what you’re expecting you most certainly won’t be disappointed. This totally unique venue boasts extensive brickwork, arched ceilings, pillars and various others touches throughout which bring an abundance of character, making for the ideal alternative backdrop, a million miles away from the tired old boardroom. With a capacity of 300, it is also found in Clerkenwell and can be reached easily from Farringdon, Chancery Lane and Barbican.
The Forge is a venue which brings an intimate feel, found in the heart of the ever popular area of Camden. With a modern, professional vibe, it is ideally suited to corporate events and has great spaces which can be utilised for a debate. There is a kitchen and bar available, handy if you should wish to organise catering for the attendees for after the debate wraps up, and given its close proximity to Camden Town and Morning Crescent stations (both reachable in about 5 minutes on foot), getting to the venue should also not be a problem.
Level 6 Soho sits above Foyles, one of London’s most celebrated bookshops. This links the space to the city’s cultural heritage and literary world, granting it a real sense of presence and significance that lends itself very well to a professional event such as a debate. The space itself is a bright blank canvas with a contemporary feel, which allows you to put your own stamp on the décor. Its central location keeps it very well connected to the wider city, with Tottenham Court Road, Leicester Square, Covent Garden, Holborn and Oxford Circus all reached within around 10 minutes or less.