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Planning a corporate away day in London? Find and book the city's most unique venues and event spaces for every away day idea under the sun!... Away Day - Venue Hire London | Canvas Events Away Day - Venue Hire London | Canvas Events
 

Corporate Away Day Venues in London

Find and book venues for team away days in London

With so many possibilities when it comes to away days, it is necessary to have a wide range of venues to choose from, making sure every conceivable need can be met. Luckily, we have exactly that to offer you live on our platform. So, if you are looking for a unique or unusual setting that is suitable for an alternative take on a corporate away day, or a stylish and modern space that brings a classy vibe to proceedings, then you’ll find ideal venues within the selection featured below. Venues here vary from one-of-a-kind converted warehouses on the likes of the Regents canal to truly impressive spaces in popular London areas like Canary Wharf, and from fun and funky venues to sophisticated spaces, meaning we’ve got you covered no matter the occasion, be it formal or more laid-back in approach.
  • King's Cross

    Big Chill House

    Standing 550
    Theatre 30
    Cabaret 144
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  • Belgravia

    The Embassy

    Standing 75
    Theatre 60
    Dining 50
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  • Acton

    Vuk Banqueting Suite

    Standing 500
    Theatre 450
    Dining 330
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  • Cannon Street

    The Walbrook Club

    Standing 130
    Theatre 50
    Dining 40
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  • Farringdon

    SMITHS' of Smithfield

    Standing 850
    Theatre 80
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  • Southwark

    The Testing Works

    Standing 50
    Theatre 20
    Cabaret 35
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  • Borough

    79 Borough Road

    Standing 400
    Theatre 100
    Dining 90
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  • Barbican

    Old Street Showrooms

    Standing 200
    Theatre 50
    Dining 50
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  • Oxford Circus

    Six Storeys on Soho

    Standing 300
    Theatre 50
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  • Bank

    Juno Rooms

    Standing 500
    Theatre 40
    Dining 100
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  • Milton Keynes

    Red Bull Racing Formula One Team

    Standing 450
    Theatre 300
    Dining 170
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  • Canada Water

    Hawker House

    Standing 3000
    Theatre 550
    Dining 500
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How to plan a corporate away day

Sometimes, even the thought of an away day is enough to make employees groan. Not only is it a day when emails are going to pile up (because we all know that they don’t stop when you’re out of the office) but you’re most likely going to have to do some excruciating team building exercises with your colleagues.

 

Why Away Days are So Important


Away days are useful for a reason however, which is why they continue to be so popular. When done right, they strengthen the team bond. You can even come away with a lot of new ideas to improve the office, and employees can share the problems that they are having, and how to solve them.

 

Communication


When organised properly, away days encourage communication between team members, particularly those that maybe don’t have a lot of opportunity to talk to each other in the office. They allow the employees to relax, see their boss relaxed and have a carefree day away from the stresses of corporate life.

 

Fun


It’s not all about fun of course, although it is a good chance to extend the away day into an evening meal and drinks for attendees to really let their hair down (best have it on a Friday if this is the case!) Sometimes, it’s good to take a step away from the corporate lifestyle and forget about work for the day. Particularly if your business is very busy, your team will want a more relaxed away day, instead of a formal one.

 

Meeting Objectives


Ultimately however, an away day can be used to brainstorm ideas for the company. It’s a good idea to have some solid objectives for the event, although don’t share what these are with the team beforehand, otherwise it might start to sound more like a conference than teambuilding. Do let everyone know the general purpose however, and what to expect when they arrive.

 

How to Ensure Success


To make your corporate away day a success, you need to pick something that suits your team. Both for the industry that they’re involved in and the personalities of the group. While it’s good to get a consensus from the team on your plans, sometimes this simply isn’t possible. If you know that the room is going to be divided on the type of event you hold, ask for anonymous ideas to be sent to you, make an executive decision on it, and let them know once plans are set.

 

Remember it’s a Team Day


Making certain members of the team take on similar roles as they do day to day, or putting one person above the other during team-building is a big no-no. The emphasis should be on the team, and not the individuals, so activities should focus on this. If you are looking to go down a more ‘fun’ route, something like an escape room challenge can really show everyone how the team works or doesn’t work well together. Trying something creative is also an alternative. Not only is it relaxing, it is a great bonding experience as well. If your day is slightly more formal, exercises should still be done as a group, not as individuals.

 

Get Rid of Formalities


Has your business had better than usual success this year? Has your team managed and completed a difficult project? Sometimes, an away day can be about celebrating, rather than a focus on corporate objectives. If everyone has been working hard, they deserve to be shown that they are appreciated, so a chance to let their hair down without having to complete exercises will be welcomed by everyone involved.

 

Venue


The chosen venue will make a massive difference to any type of corporate event, and even more so when it comes to staff away day venues in London. Due to the sheer range available, and the popularity of some, it’s best to get on the ball early with booking, so that your vision can come to life. You’ll also need to consider how accessible it is to the rest of your team. If it is a bit further away, are you going to organise transportation from the office?

 

Consider Outside Help


Hiring a facilitator to lead some exercises or even a guest speaker is a great way to liven up any corporate event. Not only will they be aware of what you are looking to achieve from the away day, they’ll also be able to read the room and react accordingly. These types of speakers are generally very charismatic and used to being thrown in at the deep end. Pretty soon they’ll have your team’s full attention, and the day is sure to be both enjoyable and rewarding. Of course, this isn’t within every companies’ budget, but it is something worth considering.

 

Get Feedback


Feedback is one of the most important items you will come away with from a team building event. Get participants to keep any notes that they have taken, and exercises they have completed, and ask them to complete a feedback form and return it to you. This can either be done on the day or sent around the team once they are back in the office. Ensure that it’s not too long but do make the questions detailed so you know if your objectives have been met, and what everyone’s take-way was.

 

A corporate away day is going to be unique to every company, so don’t force you employees into something that you know isn’t going to work. It should be enjoyable, even if you do have objectives that you want to meet, and employees should gain something from the experience. There is no one perfect away day, so learn from what has and hasn’t worked in previous years, and your team will be thanking you.