Are you organizing a corporate event or business function in the London area? If you are looking for a suitable venue and are finding it difficult to think beyond the urban confines of Central London, you might be missing a trick. The total geographical area covered by Greater London is a mind-boggling 606 square miles, so there are bound to be many suburban areas that are worth exploring.
We’ve gone southwestwards for inspiration to see what we could find, and we’ve discovered 5 cracking corporate conference venues in Kew, Roehampton, and Kingston that you may like to consider.
Warren House, Kingston-upon-Thames
A stunning 19th century Grade II listed Victorian mansion set in 4 acres of landscaped grounds, right in the middle of the affluent Coombe Hill private estate just off Kingston Hill – can you imagine a more imposing venue to impress clients and executives?
This award winning luxury venue boasts 46 bedrooms, sumptuous fine dining facilities, 10 meeting and event rooms, and extensive leisure facilities include a gym, sauna, and swimming pool. In terms of venues, this must surely be the perfect and most peaceful environment to hold conferences and meetings, seminars and training events, or for private dining par excellence.
Parkstead House, Roehampton
Parkstead House is a recently restored Grade I listed neo-classical Palladian villa, set in the grounds of Whitelands College and with breathtaking views across Richmond Park towards the front.
Various rooms and halls are available for corporate hire, including the Chambers Suite which can accommodate meetings and private dinners for up to 70 guests. Outdoor entertaining is also possible in the courtyard and extensive gardens. Furthermore, there are 2 modern lecture theaters for up to 300 delegates, making this elegant venue a flexible choice for many corporate requirements.
Raven’s Ait, Kingston-upon-Thames
Raven’s Ait is a most unusual venue – it’s set on a private island in the middle of the River Thames! Being on an island, it is only accessible by boat, and the remote location pretty much guarantees maximum security and privacy.
The luxurious and unique conference space can accommodate up to 400 guests or delegates, and the contemporary suite can act as a blank canvas, making it perfect for any type of corporate event, whether you’re planning corporate hospitality, a private dinner or a team building day. There’s a grand marquee on the pristine lawns which leads down to the riverbank, and a ballroom with a bar and full facilities to entertain to your heart’s delight.
Grove House, Roehampton
Just a stone’s throw from Richmond Park in Roehampton is Grove House, a Grade II listed mansion in the grounds of Froebel College. It is a beautiful envelope in which to hold your corporate function – from meetings, seminars, and lectures to large-scale conferences and gala dining.
There are three luxury event spaces – The Adam Room, The Portrait Room, and The Terrace Room – as well as extensive, well-kept gardens that are perfect for outdoor events and BBQs.
Grove House can accommodate up to 200 people (standing) in the largest room.
Kew Gardens, Richmond-upon-Thames
London’s world-renowned botanical gardens at Kew needs no introduction. But did you know that you can hire it for corporate events? In fact, Kew Gardens has many stunning event spaces, including the former royal residence Cambridge Cottage, Kew’s Orangery and the Victorian Temperate House. Of course, there’s an array of glorious outdoor spaces available too.
From daytime meetings to evening entertaining, whatever your requirement for a corporate venue may be, Kew Gardens will be able to provide a memorable surrounding.
Article provided by Mike James, an independent content writer working together with FREE venue sourcing service Best Venues London, who were consulted over the information contained in this post.