Elmley is a 3,300 acre family estate and national nature reserve on an island off Kent, just 40 miles from London. A vast wilderness. The spectacular landscape, soul stirring skies and breath-taking wildlife provide a truly inspirational escape. We provide an extraordinary setting for off-sites, weddings, retreats and short breaks or simply to immerse yourself in nature. We have a range of spaces to use: Kingshill Barn - an amazing rustic cathedral like space with amazing views and large outdoor area for events, parties, weddings, and meetings. Kingshill farmhouse is a wonderfully restored Georgian house in a stunning setting sleeping 12 in six bedrooms with en-suites. Elmley Cottage is a modern, open plan scandi-haus sleeping 10 with panoramic views of the Reserve. We also offer six cabin and shepherds huts each sleep two with kingsize beds, en-suites, fire pits and stunning views. The Reserve - 3000 acres of wetland wilderness, flower rich meadows and abundant wildlife.
Harrow School is a unique venue in North West London. Our famous Speech Room was built in 1871 and can now be hired exclusively for your events. The historical style of the Speech Room replicates the Globe Theatres curvature, housing tiered seating. This provides a dramatic backdrop for guests to enjoy corporate conferences/dinners, award ceremonies, private dinners, fashion shows or even a pop-up cinema. The Speech Room also holds a Civil Wedding license. This is perfect for a traditional wedding in London and Asian Weddings, accommodating 500 guests for the ceremony or a 120 guest, seated wedding breakfast. Related Venue: The Alex Fitch Room
Situated on the first floor of a Grade II Listed warehouse in close proximity to London Bridge Station. Available for events, meetings, photoshoots and filming, the space features plush soft furnishings, a cornucopia of plants and period details, and large sash windows. The space will be a talking point for your guests and provides the perfect backdrop for events both corporate and otherwise. In addition to numerous areas of soft seating there is a 14 seat table for business meetings and lunches, a small kitchen and 3 toilets.
City of London
Located in the City of London, in a magnificent refurbished Victorian building, our rooms are a rare find in this part of London. There is a variety on offer, from large auditoriums (220 & 70 seats), 3 dance studios and training rooms, to a fully equipped gym. We offer quick, reliable service, with a flexibility to meet your needs. There is a small in-house canteen that can provide refreshments and snacks or we are happy to commission outside caterers, if you prefer. The venue is within 5 minutes’ walk from the stations of Aldgate, Tower Hill, Tower Gateway and Fenchurch St, so you have access to the major underground lines of District, Central, Metropolitan, DLR, as well as the Overground line. For those coming from outside London, Liverpool Street Station is 10 minutes’ walk away or one stop on the Underground
41 Portland place is located in the heart of Marylebone, close to Regent’s Park & Oxford Circus. Our unique central London venue is an elegant Grade II* listed townhouse, rich in Georgian architecture with many historic features symbolic of the period. We provide event spaces that seamlessly combine traditional features with contemporary facilities and state of the art AV to ensure a successful event in beautiful surroundings. Perfect for conferences, press & product launches, dinners & receptions, parties, weddings and filming.
Central London's most versatile, multi-faceted venue, supporting Grassroots music. 229 is a multi-purpose entertainments venue which hosts gigs, club nights, awards ceremonies, comedy and fashion events, gala dinners and weekend festivals. The venue includes 2 event spaces and a Green Room. Some of the acts to have played at 229 include Kings of Leon, Paul Weller, Pet Shop Boys, Florence and the Machine, Biffy Clyro, Seasick Steve and Foals to name but a few. Managed under the umbrella of the charity, International Students House (ISH), 100% of the profit made by 229 goes directly back support our mission. We believe every young person should have the opportunity to succeed whatever their background. Together with our university partners and supporters, we provide scholarships opportunities, a home and a social programme to enable students to succeed while giving them a place to belong.
This stunning 3300 sq ft converted bank complete with period feature ceilings, situated in the heart of Mayfair, is complete with original ornamental ceiling features combined with industrial exposed pipework creating a remarkable contemporary interior. Located in the heart of Mayfair, and a six-minute walk from both Green Park and Oxford Circus, this is a prime location in one of London’s busiest luxury shopping districts. Situated next door to some of the city’s most renowned locations and the most elite brands in the world on New Bond Street and Berkley Square. The gallery provides a unique atmosphere for those looking to host a premium event. The pristine interior of a white space gallery makes it the ideal venue for press and brand launches, conferences, private dining, fashion shows, exclusive parties and memorable functions. The gallery is complete with grey polished concrete floors, white walls and adjustable lighting throughout the space. This venue is well-equipped for your events with a street-level entrance, kitchen area and large professional LED screen.
Situated in the heart of Borough, we have converted a Victorian diary factory into a range of cutting-edge event spaces. 79 Borough Road forms part of Ministry Venues and is modern in design but retains the industrial character of the original building. Featuring This versatile venue features a host of spaces that can be booked exclusively or independently giving the flexibility to accommodate a plethora of events. Blank canvas events space Luxury cinema State-of-the-art meeting room suite Private studio Stunning bar and garden
Senate House in leafy Bloomsbury, Central London is one of the capital’s best known landmark event venues, combining style, grandeur and history with modern conferencing facilities. Built in 1936, Senate House is an iconic Art Deco statement on the London skyline. The rich history and architecture of this unique venue in London inspired George Orwell and has made it an ideal location for conferences, weddings, fashion shows and corporate events. Daytime availability.
Located on Kensington High Street is a stunning listed Art Deco building. The ground floor is a social retail space, offering a range of high quality Japanese goods and a coffee stand; on the first floor, there is a Japanese restaurant and a Tatami Room; and on the lower ground floor, a Gallery, a Hall and a Library. We provide a unique and prestigious backdrop for a variety of events, with an interior that has been transformed into a stunning contemporary space offering an ideal canvas to engage with clients and activate brands in an iconic setting. With a busy programme of exhibitions created in Japan that focuses on art , technology and design, which can be hired exclusively to enhance any event. The spaces available for hire are suitable for a variety of events, ranging from drinks receptions for 170 guests, conferences for 140 or dinner for 100, to small boardroom meetings for 12 guests. Our diverse rooms are available for hire to organisations, bodies and companies whose activities support and promote Japanese culture, society and business. The Tatami Room has a maximum capacity of eight guests for meetings. As per Japanese custom, shoes are to be removed before taking a seat in this room. The Library has a maximum capacity of 12 guests for boardroom style meetings. The Hall has a maximum capacity of 180 guests for a standing drinks reception. The Hall and Library are fully equipped with Ultra HD screens/projector - perfect for screenings, presentations and branding opportunities. All catering is externally provided – please ask us about our list of preferred suppliers.
SouthBank, Waterloo, London
Situated on London’s dynamic South Bank, the Coin Street Conference Centre is operated by social enterprise and development trust Coin Street Community Builders. Venue: With a range of contemporary, purpose-built meeting and event spaces, Coin Street is the perfect venue for your next seminar, training event, board meeting, conference or reception. The versatility of the rooms allows for a range of configurations and an experienced events team will ensure your event runs smoothly. With enviable views over the capital’s iconic skyline, an exclusive hire of the Third Floor Suite includes a large well-equipped conference room for up to 170 delegates theatre style, alongside two ideally placed smaller rooms suitable for use as syndicate spaces, or as refreshment areas. Purpose-built contemporary meeting spaces, the South Bank Rooms have been designed to offer flexible solutions for small workshops through to large conferences. Situated at lower-ground level, clients can take advantage of their own spacious foyer complete with original artwork, perfect for your cloakroom and refreshment areas. The Neighbourhood Room is situated at ground level - a spacious and versatile room capable of hosting a range of events. With natural daylight and residential garden views, the Neighbourhood Room can host events up to 250 people reception style. In addition to the meeting rooms, Coin Street are proud to offer a spacious roof terrace with brilliant views across the capital. During the summer months the terrace works well as an outdoor breakout space, lunchtime barbecue, or post-meeting drinks reception. Social Enterprise: All profits from the conference centre are invested back into the local community as part of their social enterprise principles. By choosing Coin Street Conference Centre for your event you are investing in the future of the South Bank and Bankside neighbourhood. Sustainability: The sustainable features of the conference centre form an integral part of their daily operations. Some of the features are: solar chimneys ventilate the building naturally, energy efficient lighting that turns off automatically when an area is not being used, sustainable caterers, and recycling facilities. It is a fully accessible venue, with all lifts wide enough for motorised wheelchair users and hearing loops available in the meeting and conference rooms.
South West London
Tara Theatre is an awarding-winning gem available for venue hire in London. Just 10 minutes by Rail from Waterloo. Step through the Indian front door of our Edwardian terrace into a world of elegant fusion, providing a unique setting for any event. Theatre – plush seats, soaring ceilings and exposed brickwork combined with state-of-the-art technical facilities, perfect for private parties, launch events, conferences, weddings and receptions. Studio – an abundance of natural light and smooth oakwood floors, ideal for meetings, workshops, rehearsals, seminars and more. Foyer & Patio-Garden –a charming haven for parties and events with a café/bar.
Kings College Hospital
Looking for an eco-friendly, flexible conferencing and event space in London? Look no further! ORTUS has 1500 sqm of dedicated, flexible event space with state-of-the-art technology and audio-visual equipment, as well as high-speed Wi-Fi. Larger suites can be divided into 12 rooms, over 7 levels, as and when required. The space is ideal for small or large conferences, meetings, training courses, workshops, presentations, academic lectures, receptions and a range of other events. The venue is regularly used by the public sector and for corporate and private events, offering a welcoming atmosphere, environmental efficiency and openness. We offer discounted rates for the public sector and non-for-profit organisations. ORTUS is owned by the Maudsley Charity and surplus goes back into the trust in the form of grants, to support better care, recovery and prevention of mental illness. Shortlisted for Best Sustainable Venue at the 2018 Global Good, Hirespace and CHS Awards, sustainability has always been a part of the fabric of the building.
Unfortunately we do not accept private party bookings This light-filled space is a versatile environment for your next event. Featuring stunning views of the City skyline and Shard, and nestled close to Borough Market, the Penthouse is conveniently located a few minutes walk from London Bridge Station. A true haven in the heart of London, the Penthouse has a laid back refined vibe and offers ultimate privacy in the heart of London Bridge. A generous space with areas for breakout, two balconies and stunning floor to ceiling windows. The team at the Menier Penthouse can provide a range of catering options for your event - from breakfast pastries and buffet lunches to fully staffed champagne and canapé receptions. Catering, AV hire, DDR etc all available to meet your event requirements. A popular space for corporate events, training days, product launches, away days, filming and photo shoots. The striking setting of Menier Penthouse has made it popular with many high street, and high end, brands and it has featured in major publications in the UK and internaitonally. Capacity: 60 people Max Setups Available: Theatre style / Banquet / Cabaret / Boardroom Stats: 263sqm internal space + 67sqm of open terraces. 2.7m ceiling height. Kitchen and bathroom. Private lobby with lift access. Facilities: kitchen/toilet/separate green room available on request Access: 3 minute walk from London Bridge Tube/ loading bay directly outside property/ lift opens directly into space Additions: 65" Screen, Sound System, Microphones, Stage, Lecterns, Flipcharts, Beanbags
The Alex Fitch Room is the most enchanting room at Harrow School. As part of a War Memorial building, the entire contents of this room were donated by the Fitch family in memory of their son. This unique space can host 20 guests for an intimate private or corporate dinner, with a superb wood clad backdrop. Alex’s portrait is hung above the fireplace, the light above it is never put out in respect for the fallen. All proceeds from the hire of this room go towards a bursary for a Harrow boy. Related Venue: Speech Room
Lectures aren’t always the most exciting things. Most of use have sat through more than one that just seems to drag on and on. Where the only notes taken are a series of random doodles to stave of the boredom, and where you’ve planned in exquisite detail exactly what you are going to eat for the next week.
We’ve also all sat through lectures that have had us on the edge of our seats, excited to do the extra reading, and already coming up with questions to ask. It’s not just down to the content, it’s also the style of the lecture. How you present academic work can influence how much your audience pays attention. We have some top tips to help you to ensure that everyone gets the most out of the experience.
Summarise at the Beginning
Let your audience know what they are to expect from this lecture. Being able to quickly summarise everything that you are going to go through will let the audience know that you’re unlikely to go off on a tangent – this gets them into the correct frame of mind to listen carefully. If there is one particular section that attracts their interest at this stage, then they are going to make sure that they listen intently to the whole lecture so that they hear all of the context surrounding it.
Why is Your Lecture Useful?
While summarising at the beginning is good practise, you should also inform your audience exactly what they are going to get out of your lecture; what benefit they will receive from it. This is something that can and should be tailored depending on the audience you are presenting to. While you may be giving what is basically the same lecture, it should differ each time depending on what the room needs to know. Letting them know that they will get use out of what you are about to say will mean that they are going to be more attentive.
Don’t Have Too Many Points
While your research may be fascinating, you aren’t going to have the time to delve into it as fully as you might like in a single lecture. Our brains just don’t have the bandwidth to handle so much new information, and so you’re unlikely to get much of a reaction from your audience if you bombard them with too many facts. Keep to a maximum of five sections for the whole lecture, and don’t break these down too much into smaller, component parts. Summarising what it is you will be talking about in the introduction is the first step, but each section needs to have a clear objective. Getting that across as you continue your lecture will be your main goal.
Understand Your Venue
Not all lectures are held with the traditional tiered seating. In fact, there are so many different academic venues for hire in London that you might find yourself in a venue that’s a little more… unusual. Many places are moving away from the image of lectures always being in the same style of building and are looking towards more innovative venues that encourage audience participation. Something that feels like a cross between a coffee meeting and a TEDTalk. Knowing what your venue looks like, and that they have the tech available for you to set up your presentation exactly the way you want it, is a must do beforehand. Nothing will fluster you more than turning up to a venue that is the opposite of what you were expecting.
Don’t Over-use Slides
This should go without saying but having too much writing on your slides will make your audience tune out pretty quickly. As well as this, having many sparse slides that you flick though every couple of seconds will mean that no one will be able to follow what is going on. Instead, only have the important facts mentioned, and ensure that all graphics are easy to read and understand. Having plenty of pictures and images is a plus, but again, too many slides will mean that your audience might lose focus. If you have a video clip to play, keep it short and informative. This is a great tool to break up your lecture and hammer home some key points but use it sparingly. Always lay the main points out clearly, so that people have time to take notes and let the message sink in.
If this isn’t a lecture that you’ve given many times before, you need to practice it out loud. This will allow you to do many things. First of all, you’ll get your timing right. Talking at an even pace means that you will be easy to understand, so if that means cutting out part of your lecture, then do it to keep the correct pace. It will allow you to edit any clumsy sections that aren’t 100% clear so that the whole thing will be easy to follow. Practicing will help you to calm any nerves that you might have. The better you know your lecture, the smoother it’s going to go and the more confident you will feel. Finally, practicing will also ensure that all of the technical parts work first time, so there’s unlikely to be any mishaps.
Everyone wants to be the person that gives a lecture their audience will remember for years to come. Not everyone is going to be able to achieve that however, which is why the first step is to always keep things simple, and to show your research in a calm manner, without going into unnecessary detail. As you grow used to what your audience wants from you, you can tweak your lecture and presentation style until you always walk on stage with confidence, and your audience always learns something new and interesting.