If you want a large and above all impressive setting to help your conference stand out from the crowd, then look no further than our top picks, all found in and around South London.
Brooklyn Bowl is no stranger to hosting impressive events, having welcomed the likes of Pharrell Williams to perform. The built in stage itself comes complete with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment, meaning all the production needs for your conference are already taken care of in-house. This is only 1 of 5 areas on offer at Brooklyn Bowl however, with another popular highlight being the 12 luxury bowling lanes, ideal if you wanted to inject a bit of fun or entertainment – as well as a healthy dose of competition – into proceedings. The venue also serves delicious, award-winning food, so any catering needs should not be an issue.
Definitely one of the city’s most unique offerings, Studio 338 comes with a full scale beach arena, with 180 tonnes of sand covering 600 square metres. Coming complete with a wooden decking surround, 2 bars, a BBQ, hammocks and cabanas for that authentic beach vibe – not forgetting the detachable sail covers should the weather play up; we are still in Britain after all. The studio itself is a purpose built, 3000 capacity space, which features a studio and all the latest sound and light equipment. Other handy extras include a 23 hour licence, a self-contained bar, a separate gallery and a noise allowance.
The huge ground floor space and overlooking mezzanine level at Electric Brixton can accommodate up to 1500 guests for a seated event or 1700 at a standing reception. A mere 5 minute walk from Brixton tube and rail stations, it is very well connected to the rest of London and further afield, making it easy for these many guests to reach the event. The building itself is highly contemporary in design and yet still retains many characterful touches that bring an extra warmth and charm to the space. The main room can also be fitted out to seat guests in the cabaret style for a more formal feel, if you wish.
Dating back to 1904, Bush Hall is a former dance hall that was particularly active during the roaring 20s. Much of this Edwardian glamour is still intact today, with ornate details and beautiful period features bringing a sense of decadence to the space. The excellent natural acoustics make it ideally suited to a conference, whilst the experienced in-house team will happily work alongside you to assist in the smooth running of any catering, equipment hire or production needs you may have. With a capacity of 425 and tube stations within comfortable walking distance, it’s as much a practical choice as it is an attractive one.
The Kia Oval is one of the oldest stadiums in the world and it still functions as a premier sporting venue, hosting international cricket matches throughout the summer. With so much space and potential however, it also opens its doors to all manner of different events, from awards ceremonies to dinners, and from Christmas parties to receptions, so you needn’t fret if your event is not linked to the world of sport. The maximum capacity is a very generous 1000, adding to its popularity as a destination for large scale gatherings. It’s also well served by its closeness to Oval, Vauxhall and Kennington stations.
47/49 Tanner Street is a Victorian warehouse that now functions as an events space, making the most of the 3 floors it has to offer. These boast respective capacities of 120, 120 and 240, and can be kitted out in whichever seating style you prefer. Many of the industrial features of the building’s past have survived to this day, giving the spaces plenty of character, with details including the likes of exposed brickwork, wood, pillars, beams, statement wallpapers and large windows for plenty of natural light. Found close to the Thames, the nearest station is London Bridge.