Our state-of-the-art new home in London City Island opens up multiple opportunities for creation, collaboration, commercial activity and engagement. With four large rehearsal studios, our full height fly-tower Production Studio, social spaces and meeting rooms, English National Ballet has a home to be proud of and to grow in. Our home is the cultural anchor in London’s newest neighbourhood, London City Island. A space where we can share practice, generate ideas and create extraordinary experiences for our audiences and partners. We have excellent transport links, served by the Jubilee and DLR lines at Canning Town – 20 minutes from central London and only five minutes from Stratford, where the new Sadler’s Wells, V&A and London College of Fashion are opening. Once Crossrail opens in late 2019 there will be another fast link to Canary Wharf and Stratford. Our new home has been designed by award-winning architects Glenn Howells Architects. At 93,000 square feet, it is four times the size of our previous buildings. These world class facilities will not only fulfil our needs now, but for generations to come, inspiring and developing the dancers, choreographers, costume-makers, musicians, participants and audiences of the future. The Production Studio Capacity: 500 standing 500 theatre 350 dining 250 cabaret The Production Studio is a blank canvas and can be a productive technical theatre space, an engaging conference or training space, and can transform into a magical hospitality space. With a full height fly tower and a stage space to match London's largest theatres, the Production studio offers a technical space in which to rehearse and produce performances. It is incredibly versatile and can also be used as a dining space, presentation and training venue and for showcasing brands and organisations. The Rehearsal Studios Capacity: 200 standing 100 seated We have four large rehearsal studios, 15 x 15 x 5.5m in size, acoustically treated and featuring state of the art harlequin flooring. Our studios are not only world-class rehearsal spaces but also make the perfect space for a variety of events. Highly suitable for workshops, training sessions, a drinks reception, castings, film and photography and a whole range of other hospitality events. Our studios feature dance mirrors and ballet barres on 3-4 walls (which can be covered if requested) speakers, a 55" screen, a piano which is included within the hire, and lots of natural light from the floor to ceiling windows. The Mezzanine Capacity: 175 standing 100 classroom 75 seated 70 cabaret The Mezzanine is a bright, welcoming space situated on the first floor of the English National Ballet's new home on London City Island. The iconic floor to ceiling shuttered windows gives the area lots of natural light throughout the day whilst also remaining a private space. It is highly suitable for workshops, training sessions and can be used together with the Bickle room to bring the capacity up to 200 standing. This Mezzanine also makes a wonderful setting for a drinks reception and is a highly versatile space for a range of hospitality events. The Bickle Room Capacity: 60 standing 30 seated The Bickle Room is a welcoming space situated on the first floor of the English National Ballet's new home on London City Island. This room makes a great breakout space when hired together with the Mezzanine but can also be used on its own for workshops, training sessions and meetings.
MAMA Shelter is the place to have fun in what you do and who you do it with. Whether you are visiting MAMA to host a business meeting or have a birthday party, you are sharing your time with people. MAMA wants you to love the time you spend with her and those people, friends or work colleagues and enjoy great food and great times. Located on the Hackney Road in zone 2, MAMA Shelter is a ten minute walk from Bethnal Green underground on the Central Line, a short stroll from Shoreditch and well connected to the routes crossing central London. MAMA has amazing creative spaces for you to work in and create new ideas, which can also play host to amazing experiences and events. MAMA loves MUSIC and every Thursday, Friday and Saturday there are live DJs and music acts performing in MAMAs restaurant. With her giant fussball table and arcade machines MAMA is the place to meet friends and hang out for a bite to eat and a drink to end the week. Plus you can start or end your event with friends and family in one of MAMAs karaoke rooms. Yes. Japanese karaoke rooms to let your inner Whitney or Freddie Mercury loose on the world When you are with MAMA you can enjoy a relaxing lunch or fun group sharing dinner, enjoying MAMA classics such as her famous coquillettes with mostellos jambon and a soft boiled burford brown egg. Treat yourself in the evening to one of MAMAs plant based jerk-spiced black bean burgers. Or maybe come along for some Friday Fun and enjoy a modern take on the East London kebab. Every thing is made fresh by MAMA MAMA also offers the opportunity to enjoy a cocktail in her Greenhouse winter garden. Experience a glass of "Sundays on Columbia Road" with East London Liquor Company Gin. Looking for something to do as a group? Come over to MAMA for Saturday Brunch, her Sunday Spread or book as a group and enjoy MAMAs famous group sharer menus from £25 per guest. MAMA Shelter is a place where everyone in London can pass through and feel taken care of by their own MAMA
Waterloo, Southbank, Southwark
Aures London is an exciting new event space under Waterloo Station set within a beautifully restored 2,000 sq ft exposed brick arch. Situated in a beautifully restored exposed-brick arch, the venue is a heady mix of urban graffiti culture and futuristic immersive technology . It is the perfect blank canvas venue for innovative events, Christmas parties, screenings, product launches, conferences or corporate parties. Included in your venue hire: Exclusive use of the whole venue Available access 7 days a week, licensed until 2am on weekends Use of audio – Full 54 speaker surround system and DJ Booth with Pioneer Pro DJ equipment Use of venue lighting system High-speed Wi-Fi 3 phase power Ground floor, street level access and loading Additional requirements: Security staff Venue technician Post-event professional cleaning Additional services available: Furniture hire Additional breakout areas HD projectors and screens DJs and entertainment Team building activities – graffiti workshop Videography and photography Bespoke branding opportunities, including print and original graffiti artwork Full bar set-up with a range of drinks packages Catering
Our gorgeous Grade II-listed building offers quality and competitively priced venue hire services with unique historical character and community spirit. Established in 18889, all our profits support our work as a frontline charity tackling poverty in London. Situated in the heart of Southwark, we are ideally located to serve Central and South London. Thanks to our unique architecture and recent refurbishment, our building offers a variety of spaces, from Georgian-furnished meeting rooms to the large adaptable Gilroy Hall. These are ideal for conferences, exhibitions, sports/dance sessions, and corporate events. To learn about our charitable activities, please visit our website
Our First Floor Dining Room is the perfect space to enjoy any meal with us, be it a lazy group lunch, business meeting or a romantic dinner for two. You can also enjoy the ultimate alfresco dining experience on our wraparound terrace which overlooks the hustle and bustle of Granary Square & the beautiful Regent’s Canal. The First Floor is also available for exclusive hire and can accommodate up to 100 guests. With panoramic views across King’s Cross, this is a beautiful space to celebrate any special occasion.
An outdoor venue suited to bigger parties with a more relaxed vibe. It’s a large green area which you can theme any which way you’d like, with a large structure put up on the green & with plenty of room for garden games! A popular option for this space is to get in food trucks or have a BBQ and with stunning views of Battersea Power Station in the background, it’s a very iconic space! We are a dry hire venue & carefully selected list of caterers, mixologists and other suppliers who we will be happy to discuss further with you. Alternatively you can bring in your own suppliers, subject to relevant paperwork. Our onsite Event Manager will be on hand to help you ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. Events must be finished by 1am & additional charges apply for security and waste collection.
Painters' Hall is located in the heart of the City of London on Little Trinity Lane, EC4V 2AD. With three diverse rooms, it is the ideal venue for hire in London. It can accommodate up to 200 delegates for a conference venue and 180 as a private dinner venue. Looking to host a reception in an unique venue in London then Painters' Hall can host 250 guests. As a wedding venue in London, you have exclusive use of Painters' Hall for you and your guests on your special day.
21 Arlington Street, a beautiful, elegant Grade II* listed property. This unique venue in London was originally built in 1740 for Richard Boyle - 2nd (and last) Viscount Shannon. Centrally located in London’s West End, 21 Arlington Street is just a few steps from the Ritz Hotel. The three private rooms available are situated on the first floor, with the main Boardroom overlooking Green Park. Perfect for private dinner parties, receptions, business meetings, product launches and filming. Not available after 11pm.
Hire radio bar at ME London for your morning event! We offer radio bar for hire in the morning every day of the week from 07.00-10.30am only. Host your event exclusively within the stunning rooftop bar, complete with 360 views of London’s skyline. It is available for breakfast seminars, press launches, filming, photo shoots, catwalks, seminars or early morning networking events from £5,000.00.
Karma Sanctum’s intimate Roof Terrace is tucked away on the fifth floor and provides an exclusive escape from the bustling streets of Soho. The two connecting areas includes an inside bar a covered lounge with built in fireplace and a partially covered terrace and a Jacuzzi making the roof a unique hangout throughout the year. Open seven days a week, this hidden gem is the perfect setting for a fabulous cocktail party, press day or private events. Hotel Profile
Two beautiful venue/meeting rooms in an old church school building, 5 minutes walk from London Bridge Station. Comes fully equipped with furniture, projector & screen. This space is suitable for: Away Days Conferencing Meetings Please note that we have no availability for evenings or weekends.
Pergola Paddington Central is a bespoke venue like no other. A unique event space for your next company party. Pergola Paddington is part of Incipio Group which has six unique venues across West London. Hidden urban winter forest ~ drinking and dining in the heart of London, a stones throw from Paddington station ~ 850 seats, self-service dining from 4 fantastic restaurants and 2 bars what more could you want. Summer Party Christmas Party Corporate Event Press Launch Photo shoot We have the perfect location whatever the occasion!
Housed in a pretty Camden warehouse that backs on to the Regent's canal, this space is currently used as a multi-label fashion agency. Featuring two floors of light filled, whitewashed open plan rooms inside, the space also benefits from a lovely outside decking area and small garden on the waterfront. This large showroom is available to hire for events, exhibitions, staff training, break away days, gallery space, photoshoots, sample sales and product launches. The venue benefits from being in close proximity to both Camden Road station, which is less than five minutes’ walk away, as well as Camden Town underground station is ten minutes’ walk. The building is set back from the street with a secluded courtyard to the front with parking for two cars and easy loading access. The hub of Camden is five minutes away.
SMITHS’ is an iconic all-day dining concept with 4 floors in the heart of the City. We are a popular and unique Private Dining and Exclusive Hire venue with our many floors, flexible spaces and an experienced event team working with guests to organise any occasion, be it a Business Meeting, Corporate Private Dinner, Birthday or Wedding. We also offer Cocktail Making Classes and a Beef Butchery Masterclass, ensuring guests are always offered a unique and enjoyable ‘SMITHS’ experience.
The Mezzanine is the perfect venue to host smaller events like birthday parties, hen parties, family dinners and events of up to 80 guests seating or 100 standing. Private bar is included in this space and DJ is also available upon request.
The County Arms is a unique venue for hire in London. Situated on Wandsworth Common it is the perfect picturesque back drop for many occasions. A London wedding venue, we are licensed to hold ceremonies and experienced in hosting the best receptions. We have multiple function spaces for hire suitable for meetings and away days as well as birthdays, engagements, parties and private dining. Warm and cosy with fireplaces for the winter and a beautiful garden for the summer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.