Best Large Scale Event Venue
De Vere Beaumont Estate
De Vere Beaumont Estate was originally built in the 14th Century as a private home for Lord Weymouth. In 2016 the property started a £15 million repositioning project which completed in summer 2022. This encompasses the creation of new luxury bedrooms, opening of 1705 Restaurant and Bar, renovation of the Beaumont Restaurant, refurbishment of the main reception, Gym, and all communal areas, 429 bedrooms and an overhaul of the property’s 45 meeting spaces to bring them in line with De Vere’s Smart Space meetings concept.
Ibis London Earls Court Hotel & ILEC Conference Centre
ILEC Conference Centre features one of London’s smartest venue. The main London Suite provides formidable flexibility enabling planners to choose from over 30 floor plans to suit events of up to 1200 guests. This impressive pillar-free hall is also fitted with state-of-the-art technologies and stylish contemporary décor, perfect to create the most engaging set-up designed for your audience. The high ceiling will permit the most ambitious production combined with in-built LED lighting to fashion various mood or dramatic sets. Additional syndicate rooms, all with natural daylight, are also available as meeting spaces, hospitality lounges or break-out rooms.
ILEC’ most recent renovations were in 2016 where £5 million was spent on AV lighting, a higher capacity in AV & Internet capacity and other features. At birth when built, ILEC was the largest pillar free space in London. The ILEC Conference Centre is part of the Ibis London Earls Court Hotel. The hotel is currently undergoing a bedroom refurbishment and a repositioning in 2024 becoming a Mercure Hotel, under the same brand Accor. The hotel will become a 4 star midscale product and the ILEC conference centre will be the main meeting room, ballroom and the heart of the restored property.
ICC Belfast, Northern Ireland’s only purpose-built international convention centre plays a leading role in attracting international visitors to the region from which an additional £209M in direct economic impact is targeted by 2030. The hybrid-by-design venue, which has in the past year hosted esteemed clients such as Deloitte, the Harkin Institute and the International Respiratory Syncytial Virus Society, is primed for a busy 2023. Upcoming premier events include CYBER UK and the One Young World Summit.
At the heart of this are ICC Belfast’s people whose vision is to create a world-class stage where people make great things happen. In order to future-proof the business and ensure it delivers socially, culturally and economically for the team, visitors and Northern Ireland, ESG is at the heart of every decision made.
The venue is committed to operating in an ethical and responsible way. In the last 12 months, ICC Belfast worked collaboratively with charity partner Autism NI to achieve the Autism Impact Award. ICC Belfast is also helping to tackle food poverty and homelessness in Northern Ireland through its status as founding partner of Visit Belfast’s social impact project, Changing the Menu. For Good., which received the 2022 GDS-Movement’s Innovation Award.
International Convention Centre Wales (ICC Wales) is the UK’s newest and most exciting events venue.
World-class facilities include a 4,000 sq m pillar-free exhibition hall, a 1,500-seat auditorium theatre, versatile meeting rooms and an abundance of breakout and networking spaces, flooded in natural daylight.
Built in an £84m joint venture project with Welsh Government, the venue is highly accessible just a stone’s throw from Junction 24 of the M4, yet it is situated in ancient woodland with floor to ceiling meeting room windows and outdoor breathing space making the most of the stunning environment.
The flexible space accommodates a huge variety of events from intimate meetings to corporate and association conferences, and from exhibitions and sporting events to music concerts and graduation ceremonies.
Since ICC Wales was opened in 2019, it has quickly gained a national and international reputation for the quality of its facilities, service and hospitality. The only venue of its size and type west of London and south of Birmingham, ICC Wales has also been a driving force in enhancing Wales’ wider reputation as a destination for hosting events.
It’s fair to say NEC Birmingham has seen a wealth of changes and standout events since it opened in 1976. 2022 was its most memorable year on record, hosting an incredible 168 events, which was headlined by the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games (CWG), welcoming more than 1.8million visitors through its doors.
This historic moment for the city of Birmingham saw the NEC as a Host Venue, welcoming 440,000 attendees across seven sports on its campus, training 6,000 staff to provide stewarding and security across the course of the games.
The NEC also broke new ground for the industry with the three-day, 45,000 capacity Wireless Festival, proving the highly successful US model of music events on hard standing can work brilliantly here.
The venue has put a focus on innovating at every turn, while keeping the customer experience at the centre of its work. We believe this is helping us redefine what it means to be not just the UK’s number one venue, but a global leader.
St James’ Park, Sodexo Live!
St James’ Park – home to Newcastle United Football Club – is famous for Premier League football, but also for thriving meetings and events operation, as our team pride ourselves on delivering exceptional service and unforgettable experiences for guests. The past year represents a period of incredible creativity, innovation and growth as we’ve not only continued to build relationships with valued clients, but welcome new ones, while ongoing investment and refurbishment has ensured we’ve been able to challenge and evolve our standards and packages, while focusing on continuous improvement.
Over the last twelve months, our meetings and events operation has gone from strength as we’ve hosted a series of spectacular events. There has been substantial investment in to new and existing spaces with exciting renovations including flooring, furniture and catering and audio visual equipment, ensuring we’re equipped to exceed event organisers needs.
While nurturing relationships with valued returning clients, such as the Sunnycon and Comicon exhibitions, we’ve also endeavoured to build relationships with new clients, such as Blackberry and True Potential, which we hope will continue to flourish in years to come as our team strive to deliver unforgettable experiences.
The Brewery on Chiswell Street
The Brewery on Chiswell Street is a majestic Grade II listed building occupies the site of Samuel Whitbread’s 18th Century brewery. Brewing on the site continued until 1976, the last tanker pulling out of the South Yard on 13th April, bringing to an end a 225 year era but giving way to a second life to the building. The Brewery delivered its first event in 1978 and is now one of the go-to venues for national and international events. We are a 360 degree, multi-purpose, dedicated, corporate events venue, delivering all types of events to an equally high standard. Our guests are blown away by the beauty of the building, from the moment they step foot on our original cobbled courtyard they are part of London’s legacy. We work hard to ensure we provide a premium service via our impeccable delivery team, delicious and innovative food from award winning chefs and cutting-edge technology. Items such as LED lighting and digital signage are included free of charge, all adding to the feel of an event without the extra cost. Our brand and personality sets us apart, which can be seen in all aspects of our marketing and onsite.
Tobacco Dock is one of UK’s most in-demand venues for creative events and experiences. Housed in a Grade 1 listed building, historical details marry with an immense tech infrastructure and cutting-edge facilities to create a thoroughly modern venue. Hosting +250 events per annum for the world’s leading brands and organisations, varying from offsites for a dozen to EMEA conferences for 2,500 and large-scale consumer events attracting 8,000 attendees across the weekend.
Outstanding customer service lies at the heart of the Tobacco Dock offering, with dedicated ops and sales team managers for each booking, multiple site visits, extensive service partner list and thorough debrief.
Our dry-hire option provides clients with the opportunity to create completely original, non-formulaic events. Meanwhile, we offer full event management packages throughout the venue for time-strapped clients as well as comprehensive DDRs in our Dock Gallery and East Dock spaces.
WiFi 6 with 10Gb bandwidth and the ability to simultaneously support <8,000 devices, makes us a popular choice with clients from the Tech and FinTech industries, and live events streaming their content to online audiences.
Tobacco Dock Food, provides award-winning and versatile menus, from sit-down banquets to street-food, with a focus on seasonal and locally sourced produce.